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5 Ways to Style a Basic Nightstand

By: Stephanie Marchetti
See how we took a simple black nightstand and gave it five completely different looks using basic materials and tools.
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From Basic to Stylish

A basic black nightstand on its own doesn't add any design value to the bedroom, but add some paint and cozy styling techniques, and you have a visually-appealing piece.

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The Right Accessories

Decorate your nightstand with a few accessories like a votive holder, lamp and fresh blooms to add interest without the clutter. A gray tray lightens things up while tying all pieces together.

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Give It a Whole New Look With Paint

If you're less than pleased with the finish of your nightstand, then paint it! Lightly sand the piece with 180-grit sandpaper, and paint two coats of primer followed by two coats of paint in any desired color. Seal it with 2-3 coats polycrylic to keep it from yellowing over the years, and let dry for at least 24 hours.

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Dress It Up

To break up the all-white look, incorporate metallic accents like a candle holder. Keep your favorite jewelry on a stylish dish, and add color through faux or real greenery.

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