Desk Turned Nightstands DIY

Friday, April 3, 2020

Good afternoon everyone!  Or whenever you're reading this, I hope you're having a great day!

Today I am going to share a furniture project with you that I ave never attempted before.  That is, turning a desk into NIGHTSTANDS! Yes, you read that right, we are turning an old thrifted desk into a set of pretty nightstands.

Let's just get right into it!

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(The paint used in this project was so kindly sent to me by the team over at Country Chic Paint, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!)

Here was my vision for the piece :

I picked up this piece off of Facebook Marketplace (before the social distancing) and I was so happy I found it!  I had been looking for a desk or vanity of some sort that I could turn into some nightstands for awhile now, and this piece was perfect.

When I brought it home, it was clear that this piece needed a lot more work than I thought, but I pushed through and got it all done.



I started off by removing any drawers that were in the way, and making sure there were no nails or screws where I was going to be cutting!  I grabbed my circular saw and cut through the middle, leaving an edge to match the rest of the edges!

I then took my screw driver and a hammer and chiseled off or removed any things attached to the inside so I had a clean side.  

I used bondo to patch all of these holes and marks from where I removed pieces of wood or screws.

I sanded that all down smooth and I was ready to create the decorative edge to match the rest of the sides. I used a wood router from Harbor Freight and gabbed the bit that matched the best.  I have NEVER used a router before so I did mess up a little and it is far from perfect, but it got the job done, and I'd say its pretty good for my first go at it!

Next I brought all of the drawers and the nightstands inside.  I had to remove all of the veneer from the drawers and the tops of the nightstands, luckily it came off super easily with a damp towel and an iron!

I sanded everything smooth and primed it all with my BIN Primer.  I also took some wood pegs and wood glues them on to create new drawer stoppers.  I also spackled the old hardware holes and drilled my new holes for the knobs I chose :)

After my three coats of primer was dry, leaving the top raw wood, I sanded it smooth and grabbed my paint.  For these I use Country Chic Paint in the color Peacoat, which is a perfect Navy color!

I used my oval paintbrush from them to brush this on.  I did 3 coats of paint! While the paint dried, I took my Limestone Glaze and did a light white wash on the tops.

Once everything was dry I used my paint sprayer to apply my poly topcoat to the whole piece!  I did 2 coats of topcoat on the base and 4 coats on the tops!

Next I lined the drawers with this pretty wrapping paper from Homegoods and put on my new hardware from Amazon and they were done!

I think they turned out pretty dang good for my first time trying anything like this. Yes, they have some imperfections, but old pieces aren't supposed to look brand new so that's okay!

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  1. Hi Meg! These are so pretty and I love love the tops. Do you do all of the work by yourself? I ask because it's just me and sometimes i feel that limits me. I live all of your pieces. I love that you don't add of the nonsense that some people do. Your pieces are so clean and pretty.

    1. Hi Cheryl! Thank you so much! Yes, I do all of my pieces by myself, I am a one women show over here :) You just have to go for it and try new things! Experimenting on small pieces really helps with practice of new tools or techniques and helps get over nerves on trying it on the real piece! I hope that helps :)


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