DIY/Thrifty Decorating, Furniture Makeovers

Estate Sale Makeover – Nightstands!

Master bedrooms tend to be last on the decorating list for some reason and ours was no different.  Our last bedroom was tiny and my husband’s side of the bed always seemed to get the shaft – he got stuck with a dog crate instead of an actual nightstand.  Brown dog had to have somewhere to sleep too!

 When we moved into our current house, we finally had room for two!  I looked around on different sites for matching nightstands or even two that were similar, but everything seemed to be out of my price range. One lucky find at an estate sale changed all that.

Hello Estate Sale!


I apologize for the crappy pics – this was way before I even considered having a blog.  These dusty beauties were a whopping $25 each.  The drawers were perfect.  They were lined with cedar planks, and the nice gentleman selling them even threw in a whole bag of tapered feet in case I wanted to change out the casters.  And they were roomy!

Of course, my husband didn’t quite see the potential when I announced they would become our new nightstands.  I believe the exact words were “those are the ugliest things I’ve ever seen”.  I’ll admit the tops were in terrible shape and the color was a beigey yellow that I wasn’t quite in love with.  But not for long.

  I cleaned them both really good and used Restor-A-Finish on the tops.  Normally, with tops that were this scratched, I would sand them like crazy and try a little harder to get them smooth.  But these didn’t bother me that much.  I knew they would constantly have things sitting on top and moving around so I was ok with the blemishes.

Then it was time for paint. I had blue paint in the garage from another project (I’m almost positive it was Sea Salt from Sherwin Williams).  I did two coats of paint and since it was a satin finish, I didn’t bother with a topcoat.  If I let it cure for several days, I’ve found I can get away without a topcoat on satin latex paint.  These have held up like champs – no chips at all.

I did switch out the casters for the gold dipped feet and I kept the original gold hardware.

Definitely one of my favorite estate sale scores so far.  They’ve come a long way from “the ugliest things I’ve ever seen”.

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