Night Table Upcycle

How I upcycled these FREE Kijiji finds…

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When I see furniture on Kijiji with “free” in the price field, I have to admit, I’m sceptical. But these night stands turned out to be an amazing upcycle. See my post, How to Find the Best Kijiji Deals for my top three tips!

To give these nightstands a refresh I started by removing the old hardware and giving them a light sanding with 220 grit paper. The wood is a composite so I was only sanding to rough the surface and even out any minor blemishes.

I wanted to add some more interest and also raise the night stands off the floor so I bought inexpensive legs from Home Depot (about $2.50 each).

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I drilled holes into the bottom and screwed the legs into place.

 

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I primed both night stands with Benjamin Moore Advance and let it cure over night. I used Benjamin Moore Grey Owl Advance for the top coat (I applied two coats). After it was dry, I replaced the old hardware with brand new knobs.

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These tired, old night stands have new life!

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Easy Refinishing Cheat – Dresser Makeover

In need of a more functional night table with tons of storage, I decided to give new life to an old and overlooked dresser buried in the garage.

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This dresser was already primed (a forgotten project from the past) so all it needed was a fresh coat of paint and a hardware update, but I wanted to add some additional visual interest.

My plan was to strip the dresser’s top and stain the raw wood but I quickly discovered that the dresser was veneered and there was too much damage to salvage it.

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Really set on a stained wood top, I bought a piece of 1′ craft pine at Home Depot and had them cut it to the correct measurements to fit over the existing top.

I gave it a good sanding and finished with two coats of stain and two coats of sealer.

I used wood glue to adhere it onto the dresser and the result was the paint/stain contrast I envisioned.

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