A Bedside Table for Madison

I picked up this bedside table on Sunday afternoon around 1pm and by Monday at 3pm it was complete!  I love when projects can be whipped out like that – gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

Wanna see the before shot?

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

This was a $20 find on Kijiji, and while I had considered (attempting) to build a nightstand for Madison, I felt fairly confident I couldn’t come in less than $20.

This bedside table had a neat shape, tapering up towards the top, and it was small enough not to take up a large footprint in her bedroom – plus it had the shelf above the drawer – which is what I was looking for so that she can charge her iPad there.

But…

The top was in ROUGH shape.

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

The top was made of 1/4″ (although it seemed like 1/8″) plywood and water had warped the surface. With the plywood being so thin, there was no room to sand it down and start again, so I had to replace the top entirely.

I sanded the entire piece down and then added a coat of Kilz primer, sanding that smooth once dry.

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

So that this bedside table would coordinate with her recently refinished desk, I kept with the two-tone them and stained the legs in a special walnut.

I had leftover plywood from my bat house project the other day, so I chose a piece with an even grain and gave it a coat of special walnut (after this photo I went over it with a coat of dark walnut to deepen the colour):

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

I should have bought veneer to apply to the edges, but once you see the finished product, I don’t think you’ll notice that I cheated.

I wanted to add a new handle to the front of the drawer, so I used some wood filler to get rid of the previous holes.

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

At two coats of BM’s Antique White, you could still see some shading in different areas.  Have I ever told you that I often hear George Michael in my head?  Yup, moments like these when I want to stop at two coats, but deep-down know that I should do three or four, an 80’s cassette clicks on to “If you’re gonna do it, do it right”.  The song keeps going of course, but this is the message being sent.

I just admitted to hearing voices in my head didn’t I?  Does it count as crazy if it’s a song?  A song telling me to put on another coat? lol

Three coats later, and two coats of varnish on the top and legs and Maddie’s bedside table is done!  (Thanks George – you were right again).

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

Cute right!?

While you can see a bit of the striping of the plywood top, it’s negligible in the overall effect.

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

Have you ever seen plywood turn out this beautifully?

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

I decided to add a bit of “Maddie” to this piece – so I gave the drawer a peekaboo colour that matches one wall in her bedroom.

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

$20 and 26 hours after purchase:

Two-tone bedside table, nightstand makeover, refinished nightstand

She’s thrilled with her new bedside table and I’m thrilled at how quickly it all came together. I guess I just “gotta have Faith”.

Have a great one!

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2 Comments

  1. Regality (aka The Quing) October 5, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

    The flash of pink made me smile. Good on you!

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca October 24, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

      If you’re going to make something over, might as well make it your own right?! She loves it and it’s a cute touch. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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