Nightstand Makeover

DIY Nightstand

Lately, I swear– Crate and Barrel is out to get me. Within a three day period, I received a new catalogue (swoon), TWO 25% off discount mailers, and a “pre-approved” Crate and Barrel credit card.. can you say 10% back in reward points?! Not to mention the countless emails: free shipping!, 30% off rugs, farm to table looks, 70% off outlet sale… I’m this close to caving.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve subscribed to home decor and kitchen retail store newsletters, catalogues, ect. Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, West Elm… when I would get their monthly catalogue in the mail I’d sit for hours and mark the pages I loved. Building an inspiration board in my head of an open, bright kitchen and what I wanted my future kid’s bedrooms to look like. And yet, I was just a kid myself. To this day I continue to go gaga over interior design and styling with an exception I now use Pinterest instead of a mental board. What remains is my love for flipping through a new catalogue and getting inspired from the products I adore.

For two years I’ve slept next to an old, makeshift, hand-me-down nightstand. What was once a desk, we turned into a “stand in” nightstand until we could get settled after moving.. as I mentioned that was two years ago. Although, mentally I’m at a point where I’d splurge on the right pieces to complete the decor in my home, I have some sort of road block not to do so until I own a home. There’s something about renting and buying furniture for a “temporary” place that gets me. So, in the meantime, I choose to decorate with what I have– which in my opinion, still works! Also, I’m a firm believer to not spend beyond your means. There will come a day when dropping $2K on a Mallorca Marble dining table  will be no big deal. But until then, we work with what we got.

Nightstand makeover



  • Weathered piece of furniture, in this case a nightstand.
  • Few different types ( and multiple sheets) of sand paper. Choose coarse sandpaper measuring 40- to 60-grit (for heavy sanding) and 80- to 120-grit (for smoothing surfaces and removing small imperfections).
  • 2-3 cans of white spray paint. Be sure to choose a paint + primer in one, gloss duo.
  • Hardware to match.
  • 1 roll of marble contact paper ( you can find this at your local Lowes).


  1. Wipe down your piece of furniture to remove any dust, spills or easily cleaned scuffs and remove hardware ( it is has any).
  2. Start sanding! Go over the entire outside of the object with your sandpaper removing the current finish, marks, dents, ect.
  3. After you’re done sanding, take a damp cloth and wipe away the dust.
  4. In a well ventilated, open space spray paint each piece separately. In this case I had 3 drawers, and nightstand itself. *Note: B sure to lay down a protective sheet or tarp and be cautious of overspray, as spray paint tends to drift.
  5. Follow drying instructions on spray can and allow items to draw. In the meantime, prepare your new hardware or refurbish your old hardware (like I did above).
  6. Assemble and style!

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