>Nightstand Re-do

>I figured I could squeeze in one more post before the craziness of teaching officially begins tomorrow…I swear I am more nervous than the students on the first day of school! : O

My husband and I didn’t have nightstands when we got married 2 years ago, until my MIL found these nightstands at a yard sale for $5! Great deal, huh?

Nice solid wood nightstands…totally used them like this for the past 2 years.

However, now that I have discovered the wonderful world of blogging and DIY makeovers…I decided this would be my first “real piece” to transform. Hubby didn’t love the idea at first, because of his obsession with wood. But since we had only paid $5 for them, and they were old, he didn’t protest too much πŸ™‚

First, we removed all of that old hardware. Then, we stripped & sanded all of the surfaces. Since my hubby isn’t as obsessed with painting everything, and this wood is a really pretty color, we compromised and decided to leave the top as unpainted wood. It did have a few small stains and nicks in it, so hubby took it on as his job to strip, sand, and poly the tops of both. And I love it πŸ™‚

*Here’s hubby hard at work…this is the first project he really took ownership of! :)*

Third Step: Prime

*Optional: Prime while watching the Emmys πŸ˜‰

Fourth Step: Paint! I used Valspar Gloss Almond

P.S. This is my favorite step πŸ™‚
Fifth Step: Install new hardware! We got ours from Lowes…I think they were $2.97 a piece. I love how the color coordinates with the wood top so well! πŸ™‚

After a small amount of sandpaper distressing…drum roll please…here they are!! πŸ™‚

I’m so sad I didn’t move the cords before I took this picture…but I’m too lazy to go back, reload pictures, etc πŸ˜›

I hate apologizing for my lask of pretty pictures…my camera STINKS! It’s about 5 years old now, and it was not an expensive camera 5 years ago. I am going to keep pestering hubby for a new one πŸ™‚

Think Buckley approves? πŸ˜‰

Please leave me some comments…I have been LOVING reading all of these lately!! Also, check out the awesome parties I’ll be linking to on my sidebar.

Happy back-to-school to all of my fellow teachers, our students, and their families πŸ™‚

*By the way…if you’re not a follower…what are you waiting for?! I am waiting to hit 50 followers so I can do my very first give-away!* πŸ™‚

29 Responses to “>Nightstand Re-do”
  1. >I'm loving your first project! It's great you could compromise with stain & paint. Fantastic job, good luck with "back to school".

  2. >The nightstands look great!!!! Good job!Shannonwww.akadesign.ca

  3. Van says:

    >Amazing work, it looks beautiful!

  4. Ellen says:

    >Love them! They look great! Did the same thing to my Buffet!

  5. >I love these! They look really great!

  6. Steph S. says:

    >Wow – great job! Those are beautiful! I love Valspar paint products. Congrats on your soon-to-be 50 followers! I'm sure it'll be many more soon enough! πŸ˜€

  7. >Great transformation. This would be the perfect post for my linky party. Come on over and join in.I'm visiting from It's So Very Cheri. And I just joined you as a follower.Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottagehttp://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

  8. Kathy says:

    >Great job! I love those tables, you could do any color and they would look fab! Visiting from It's So Very Cheri

  9. Katie P says:

    >These turned out fabulous!! I'm looking to do a desk redo soon and I love getting inspired by projects like this one!Katie PFood, Wine, & Mod Podge

  10. Chrissie says:

    >I love your nightstands, they turned out beautifully!

  11. Sassy Sites! says:

    >I would love to have you join me tomorrow over at our Sassy Sites blog party! It's our Feature YOU Friday! Come by and check it out! xoxoMarni@ Sassy Sites!

  12. Pam C says:

    >Good Job Christina…make sure you show these to Mark and Monica..good job on their part to find these for you.

  13. >They look amazing. They are now pieces you can use for years to come and they will fit in anywhere.

  14. Ron Cooper says:

    >Following you now from New Friend Friday! Please follow my blog of inspiring messages, all original work of mine.http://inspiredbyron.blogspot.com/

  15. >Aaah, the magic of paint–much better now! Thanks for linking up to the Under $100 Linky Party!

  16. oops! says:

    >The nightstands have such detail, and a fresh coat of paint, makes them stand out! Beautiful!

  17. >Visiting from Under the Table and Dreaming. I love the tables and you got them for $5.00 even better!

  18. >Everything looks better painted White….yes, I am convinced!!! Look at the detail now that jumps out.Cindy

  19. Gypsy Heart says:

    >I love them! You did a super job and have inspired me. I'm visiting from It's So Very Cheri…glad I found your blog. I guess I'm your newest follower too!Stop by and say hi when you can ~Pat

  20. Sandy says:

    >This past year I have been painting every piece of dark furniture in my house, distressed white and I am loving the transformation.. the work you put into these adorable night stands is fantastic.. Good job!I going to follow you and see what your up to next!Sandythewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

  21. >Just beautiful! And I would TOTALLY work on this while watching the Emmys. πŸ˜‰

  22. Johnna says:

    >Wow! I love them! They look really great with the wood tops and the shape is amazing! Great Job

  23. Meg says:

    >Good luck with your new school year! I'm sure you will be a hit! I LOVE the nightstands! Two-toned is my favorite! You did a perfect job!

  24. Annie Louise says:

    >Great transformation. I love your nightstands. I like how you left the top wood and painted the rest, great idea.Jeanette

  25. Rebecca says:

    >I really like these-especially that you left the tops wooden-great contrast!

  26. Mandy says:

    >Love these – they are SO much better AFTER! You did an awesome job πŸ™‚

  27. Miriam says:

    >Love the way these turned out. I just found your blog and am intrigued with your before and afters and also by the fact that you're a teacher. I am also a teacher and have been for the last 20 plus years. I have been a junk/thrift store addict for a while now and have just started trying a few projects myself. Your projects are inspiring. Keep sharing them with us.

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