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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Night Table Makeover

Happy Thursday! This project was one that I did for a guest post over at Bella Nest a few weeks ago for her Drab2Fab series.

For my Drab2Fab project, I took a little piece of furniture that I already had that was well in need of a makeover. There are several things about this project that are awesome, first one being that this table was FREE. Several months ago my mom gave me this little night stand.


Cute, but clearly in need of an update. Now, this little table has been sitting in the guest room since I brought it home, and since we're changing our guest room to into a kid's room (see more on that here), now is the perfect time to makeover this little piece to match the new room theme.

Since the new color scheme of the room is going to be blue, green and yellow, I decided to paint the table top yellow and leave the bottom natural. Awesome thing number two is that the gallon of yellow paint I used was only $5.00 in the oops section in Menards - bonus! First, I sanded the table top with an electric sander and then I painted several coats of the yellow on the table top.

Now to add a decorative touch to the table. Since I've decided to go with an alphabet/word theme for the room, I used some alphabet stencils from Hobby Lobby that I got for $2.99 and some more paint that I got from the oops section for only $1.00 (yup, awesome x3).


I actually ended up using a much smaller brush than pictured to paint the stencils. After the letters dried I took the sander again and went over the whole table top to give it a nice distressed look, especially around the edges. 

Add some Minwax stain, wait 5 minutes, wipe off.

After the stain dried, I rubbed on some Minwax paste wax finish. I've never used this product before, and I'm not really sure I used it right, but I like the end result! After the wax dried, I polished the table with a clean, dry rag. It gave the table a smooth, slightly shiny finish.


Wahhh La! There it is. It turned out way better than I expected - I really like it! This is definitely the brightest color I've painted a piece of furniture, and I'm really glad I took the risk.

What do you think??


  1. Great repurposing! It turned out so cute! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  2. Hi Liz! I love how your project turned out! This gave me an inspiration for a nursery furniture!

    There is a link party going on in my blog today. I would LOVE for you to share this :)

    See ya there!


  3. This is adorable!! What a great idea!! I am a new follower, I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime:)


  4. I like the way the table came out. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Linda

  5. you know the teacher in me LOVES this - the colors and the alphabet are too cute!!

    I featured this on my blog today:

    And I pinned it too:

  6. totally love the upgrade!! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

  7. This table turned out SO cute ... love anything with letters :) Thanks so much for linking up to this week's {what's shakin' link party}!!

  8. I LOVE your makeover!!! So cute! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Thursday's Temptation.

  9. I am featuring this at today's link party!! Wahoo!!


  10. HOW much fun is that for a kids room? LOVE IT!
    love the colour u picked!