Mostly Wood Night Stand Makeover

September 24, 2012Allison Murray


Like a child, I have phases. Right now I’m in my cereal phase. Gotta have me some cereal and all the dang time. It won’t last forever, though. One morning I’ll wake up and think the idea of having cereal is simply gross. Then I’ll start a new phase where I can’t get enough canned chili, chocolate ice cream or grapes (all very recent phases of mine).

I also craft in phases. My crafting area will be filled with embroidery pieces I’m working on, or I’ll start knocking out bird house after bird house. For the sake of the blog I’m trying to keep things a bit varied and not totally work within my phase, but it’s hard! Right now, my phase is furniture. I find something old at a garage sale or a thirft shop with excellent bones and I want to take it and paint it and make it my own.

So please bear with yet another furniture make-over post and check out  my awesome new night stand! I have been on the lookout for something affordable and real wood. I got about 75% of my desires with this piece. While some of it is that nasty comp board, it also has a lot of real wood in it. Like real wood drawers. Nice.


My original desire was to stain the wood black but since it isn’t 100% real wood, I decided to just paint the sucker. Besides I have 3 or 4 half used quarts of black glossy paint out in the garage that I somehow continue to accumulate.

Firs things were first, though. There were some fairly major functionality issues. The top was warped. I mean like a semi-circle kind of warped. I put that top directly on the garage floor and Russell and I loaded it with as much weight as we could make happen. Moving boxes full of books, paint cans, 5 gallons of joist compound (or whatever it is). Then it sat for weeks and weeks.

At first I would sneak out to the garage to check on the progress every couple of hours. Then it was once every day. When there was literally no visual change I quit checking on it. Then one day weeks and weeks later I happened to see it and notice that it was flat!

I was dragging those heavy boxes and cans off of it that very second and digging out my mouse sander. I technically had a whole bunch of other things to do, but who cares! I was fixin’ to have a new night stand to replace my old, flimsy, tiny and crappy comp board one. Everything else can just sit tight!

There is no DIY because you don’t really need one. I sanded it, primed it, painted it and then painted the little squares behind the lattice silver. Oh, and I had to fix up some wood that had come loose, reattach the top and fix one of the drawer rails. And after I was finished I felt so, so accomplished! The only thing is that now I need to do something about that cherry dresser across the room that clashes something terrible!


Until tomorrow! Don’t forget it will be Shoesday!

Comments (2)

  • Corinne Munger

    October 9, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    I don't know where you live, but it's too bad it's not near me – we'd get a long great. I have NO idea what I'm going to create one day to the next, but create I do! From painting, to crochet, to sewing, to woodwork – leatherwork, clay, baking and mixed media – gotta love 'em all! lol! Thanks for this post. I'll be checking out the rest of your site now. If you get a chance, you can see mine as well – We have a lot in common!

  • Allison Murray

    October 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    That is awesome, Corinne! I'm in Oklahoma. I LOVE your shoji screen mural. Love, love, love.

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