Flea Market Flips: Nightstand Edition

HGTV Magazine turned these unloved nightstands into dreamy pieces for your bedroom — and we have all the amazing how-tos.

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Eclectic Bedroom With a Painted Red Nightstand

Modern Bedroom With a Painted Nightstand

This fun, modern bedroom features geometric blue bedding, navy walls and a vintage nightstand painted bold red.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Who doesn't love a good flea market flip? With a little paint and a lot of TLC, these thrifted side tables turned into total show-stoppers. We've got the easy step-by-step instructions and all the accessories you'll need to recreate these mini makeovers in your own home. The results are worth flipping for!

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Vintage Side Table Before and After

Nightstand Before and After Makeover

This thrifted side table was given a makeover with wood embellishments, paint and new drawer pulls.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Here's how:

  1. Remove pulls or knobs, then sand and prime the body and drawer fronts.
  2. With the drawers out and facing up, glue resin flower appliqués to the fronts using a heavy-duty adhesive like Liquid Nails. Weigh down the appliqués with a heavy book while they dry.
  3. Clean any excess glue with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab, then paint the entire piece and let dry. (We used Pure White by Sherwin-Williams)
  4. Attach pulls or knobs.

Apply a Brass Decal

Vintage End Table Before and After

Nightstand Before and After Makeover

HGTV Magazine gave this thrifted furniture a makeover with paint and gold transfers.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Here's how:

  1. Remove pulls or knobs. Clean the entire piece with Murphy Oil Soap and water.

  2. Cut the decal to fit your surface (we covered just a drawer front), then remove the backing and rub the decal onto the wood following the package instructions. We also painted the lower compartment for a pop of color.

  3. Attach pulls or knobs.

Paint Some Stripes

Vintage Nightstand Makeover

Nightstand Before and After Makeover

HGTV Magazine gave this thrifted nightstand a makeover with paint and modern brass hardware.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Here's how:

  1. Remove pulls or knobs, then sand and prime the body and drawer fronts.

  2. Paint them red (Peppery by Sherwin-Williams) and let dry for 24 hours.

  3. With the drawers out and facing up, lightly draw a horizontal line with a pencil across the center of each drawer, then apply strips of 1-inch delicate-surface painter’s tape, spaced 1 inch apart, above the line. Repeat below the line, staggering the stripes. Paint the drawers light pink (Mellow Coral by Sherwin-Williams).

  4. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet and let dry.

  5. Attach pulls or knobs.

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