Creative and Chic DIY Nightstands

Turn an unused table into a pair of stylish and useful nightstands with our easy-to-follow instructions.

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Materials Needed:

  • small wooden table
  • tape measure
  • pencil and notepad
  • 1x2 wood trim
  • drill
  • wood screws
  • porch and deck paint
  • paint sprayer
  • floor sealer
  • extension cord
  • plastic sheeting
  • drop cloth
  • table saw
  • orbital sander
  • sanding pads
  • damp rag

Prepare Workspace and Determine Dimensions

In a well-ventilated area, cover floors with drop cloths and surrounding walls with plastic sheeting. Measure available floor space on either side of bed to determine necessary width and height of finished nightstands; jot dimensions down on notepad with pencil.

Cut Table to Size

Referring to dimensions on notepad, mark table to correct size with pencil. First, if necessary, cut legs down to proper height using table saw. Next, use table saw to cut table in half.

Sand and Prep for Paint

Remove existing finish and rough edges with orbital sander using medium-grit sanding pads. Remove dust and sanding residue with damp cloth.

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