Total Nightstand Makeover and Organization DIYs

Holly Grace
by Holly Grace
In the spirit of the new year, I have one resolution that I intend to keep! My nightstand tends to be a bit of a dump heap. It is a lot like some people’s junk drawers — I just toss stuff in there when I am tidying up, but I am sick of having to dig through it every time I need something. I have come up with a couple of DIYs to help keep my nightstand clean and organized. I have also made over an old nightstand so I have “brand new” nightstand to keep clean this year.
Take a look and see what I did! Hopefully these little DIYs can help you, too!
Nightstand Before. I picked this little beauty up by the side of the road. I have had it for a while and have been waiting to give it a bit of a makeover.
I got this Milk Paint from FolkArt on clearout from Micheal’s. These were a dollar each.
These paints were easy to work with and I love the finish it left on my nightstand. I also love any opportunity to use my Finish Max Paint Sprayer from HomeRight. This is the first time I used my spray shelter inside, though. It is cold and there is snow everywhere so there was no way I was painting outside.
Since my nightstand was sans drawer pulls, I had to add some. I had a bucket full of these beauties and they were a perfect fit.
In order to ensure that I can keep my nightstand clean and organized, I wanted to do something to break up the drawer. I had thought about buying dividers and organizers but they are so expensive. Surely, I could make my own… and I was right, I could!

I started by measuring the inside of the drawer. I picked up a piece of foam poster board from the dollar store and I cut pieces of the poster board to fit my measurements. This was really easy to do. I love how easy the poster board cuts with an exacto knife.
Here is the design that I came up with.
I thought that the poster board looked a little plain so I jazzed it up with some glitter tape from the dollar store.
All I did was wrap the glitter tape around the poster board.
I love how my dividers keep everything from just becoming a giant pile.

On to my next DIY! Something for the top of the nightstand. The one other thing that I hate about my nightstand is how I just throw stuff on the top of it, no organization and certainly not appealing to the eye. I wanted to make something that was both pretty but that would also help keep my little things in an organized state.

I wanted to also use up old things that I had kickin’ around the house. I had a whole bunch of candles that I have been saving because I like the glass canisters that they were in.

These candles I don’t light because I wasn’t too fond of the scents… so I probably should have tossed them, but I am glad I didn’t because the canisters now have a new use. To get the candles out I placed them a boiling pot of water and melted down the wax.
I found this old tray that I have also been hanging on to. This was a thrift store score.

I use another one of my FolkArt Milk Pants to give it new life. This color is called Port.
Once I had the tray all painted I lined the bottom of the inside with marble adhesive drawer liner which I got from the dollar store. I cut a piece that was roughly the size of the bottom and then use an exacto knife to trim the access.
I heard that marble is going to be one of the go-to looks for 2017🙂

Next, I arranged my glass canisters from my candles on my tray.
Looks kind of silly just like this, but when you put it all together….
I now have separated little cubbies for all my little things that would normally just be piled up on the top of my nightstand.

Let me know what you think about these DIYs! Be sure and check out my blog for more tips on this projects and more photos!
Holly Grace
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  • Ellen Ellen on Jan 07, 2017
    do you have to sand your piece before applying the milk paint? Can you just paint right over the old piece?

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