Nightstand Makeover

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2 Hours

After buying new curtains for our guest bedroom recently and loving them, I have decided to give this whole room a refresh. This room is a collection of all of our old, outdated furniture so it is time to give it some updates. Of course, I plan to do it as inexpensively as possible too.


I decided to start with the nightstand.

The furniture in this room is pretty outdated. We have had this set for over 20 years. It came from a discount furniture store. I remember helping my husband pick it out for his condo early on in our relationship when we were dating.

I plan on keeping this furniture and painting it. I figured I would start with the nightstand first to see the direction I wanted to go. Here is what I did.

Sorry but I forgot to take a picture of it before I started painting. Whoops! However, the hardware on it looked just like the matching dresser.


Matching Dresser with hardware still on it.

First, I took off the handles and the decorative metal pieces that you can see between the drawers. I patched up any holes and then painted over it. I used some white paint we had in the garage. Once it dried I used 2 coats of polycrylic to protect the finish.

To add a little interest to it, I decided to purchase some Grasscloth Peel Stick Wallpaper from Amazon. I applied this to the drawers.

To apply the wallpaper, I took the drawers out of the nightstand to make it easier. Then you just need to peel a bit of the wallpaper, apply it to the drawer and make sure you smooth it out as much as possible as you go. Trim any excess at the end.

Added wallpaper to the drawers

Added new brass hardware

I also switched out the hardware with these fun brushed brass handles ones and these knobs, both of which I found on Amazon.

Doesn’t this piece look happier now? Like it is smiling at us? LOL

Found the lamp at Goodwill for $9!

Can you believe I found that lamp at Goodwill? I stopped in there quick the other day and scooped it up for $9! I am not totally convinced that it looks good on this table, but I’ll use it somewhere in my home. What do you think? I am liking the improvements so far.

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  • SavvyGal SavvyGal on Oct 14, 2021

    What a breath of fresh air to a piece of furniture. The remainder of your furniture

    will look stunning when you have completed your update.

  • Emee Emee on Oct 24, 2021

    Love the update and the lamp looks perfect. May I recommend change the legs using either hairpin or triangle legs in metal brushed gold to elevate your update. Check Amazon.