Creative and Chic DIY Nightstands

Turn an unused table into a pair of stylish and useful nightstands with our easy-to-follow instructions.
Navy Blue Bedroom With Stylish Pink Nightstand

Navy Blue Bedroom With Stylish Pink Nightstand

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A little elbow grease, and one table can become two matching nightstands.

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.

Sand Old Finish and Prepare for Paint

Sand Old Finish and Prepare for Paint

Apply New Finish

Pour porch and deck paint into paint container portion of paint sprayer. Attach container to sprayer and apply an even base coat to table, keeping about eight inches' distance between table and sprayer to avoid paint buildup and dripping. Allow at least one hour for base coat to dry then apply a final coat.

Seal New Finish

After thoroughly cleaning paint sprayer of all traces of paint, pour floor sealer into paint container portion of paint sprayer. Maintaining a distance of about eight inches from surface of table, spray on an even coat of floor sealer.

Create a Cleat

Measure width of table and transfer dimensions to 1x2 wood trim with pencil. Cut trim to size with table saw.

Make a Wooden Cleat

Make a Wooden Cleat

Install Cleat

Lean table up against wall where it will be placed. Use pencil to mark area below table's edge where cleat will be attached. Use drill to fasten cleat to wall with screws.

Position and Attach Wooden Cleat to Wall

Position and Attach Wooden Cleat to Wall

Attach Table to Cleat

Place table on top of cleat. Using a drill, attach table to cleat with wood screws from underneath. Tip: Match screws' length to thickness of table and cleat so screw tips don't penetrate tabletop.

Install the Table on the Cleat

Install the Table on the Cleat

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