Ever find an inexpensive desk at a thrift store and think, what can I do with that? Let me show you how I turned a wornout and discarded desk into a pair of adorable nightstands.
It was love at first sight when I found this desk at a local thrift store. It was only $18 and I knew immediately what I was going to do. Finding small matching nightstands is almost impossible.
I started by taking the center support off of the desk. This one was fairly easy to remove. It was held in with glue. A quick wack with the hammer and it popped out.
This desk was solid wood, which made it super easy to upcycle. I measured the top so that the new cut side would have the same edge hangover as the original side. I measured and went to work with my circular hand saw.
You can see it would need some sanding after I cut it, but as long as you take your time you should get a pretty straight cut.
Well so far so good! What was once one is now two! Now the sanding begins. I have the Ryobi battery operated mouse. I absolutley love their tools. If you are looking for an easy to use item I would highly recommend it.
Once I felt I had the tops and sides nice and smooth, I went to work on sanding and roughing up the rest of the piece. I didn’t strip them completely, but just roughed them up so they would take the fresh paint better.
I had it in my vision to paint them bright white. So I grabbed my General Finishes Snow White paint and Wagner Paint sprayer and I got to work.
It didn’t take long to put a few coats of paint on these cuties. Now I just had to wait for them to dry. I gave each one a quick distressing and added some new hardware.
And DONE! Now it wasn’t that hard was it? Ok I know it does take some elbow grease but it is totally worth it.
They are just perfect in my daughter’s small room. She needs storage, but the room is not huge! I hope this inspired you to give a new DIY a try.
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