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DIY : Bedside Table Makeover

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Sometimes when you're deep into a long home reno and have about twenty different big projects going at once, you hit these points where you think, "I just want to finish SOMETHING!" Well that's where I've been at. Should I be scraping wallpaper from the hall instead of worried about how ugly our bedside table is? Yep. But here I am.

I grabbed this not-so-pretty table from a thrift store after being on the hunt for something for a few months and coming up empty (we only have about a foot from our bed to the wall, and I really wanted something with a little drawer to hide all of my junk). So when I came across this for $5 I just grabbed it, still hoping I might find something a little cuter in the future.

But I didn't. And now that our bedroom is finished it really felt like it was sticking out like a sore thumb, so I thought I might as well try to give it a little makeover. Honestly though, I can't believe how cute it turned out! I actually love it now and have officially stopped the hunt for a replacement.

The best part is I spent less than an hour in total working on it.
 

BEFORE & AFTER

Before & After : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

Isn't it crazy what a little paint and a new handle can do? We actually had these pulls left over from redoing our kitchen cabinets, so I really only had to buy a little paint! Everything else we had one hand, but if you're looking to give a piece of furniture a little facelift you can easily grab everything you need at Lowes or Home Depot.

How

The hardest part (and I use that term lightly, as it was a breeze) was changing out the pull on the drawer. If you're looking to do the same you could opt to go with a pull that fits in the hole from the original hardware, in which case you can skip the wood filler and drilling new holes!

  • I started by removing the old pull, filling in the hole with wood filler, and letting it dry overnight.
  • Then I sanded the wood filled hole, drawer, and entire table down. I started with a very coarse sanding sponge and worked my way down to a fine one.
  • For the hardware: My new pulls were 5" so I found the center of the drawer and then made marks 2 1/2" out from the middle on either side, being careful to keep them straight. I then sat the new hardware on my drill marks to make sure they lined up and everything looked good before drilling. Then I went ahead drilled the holes using the marks I made. Easy peasy.
  • Clean Clean Clean! I always make sure everything is super clean before I paint.
  • I used just a basic paint brush on all of the edges and corners, and then used a mini roller to go over everything (these are my go to for cabinets). The paint I went with is Sherwin Williams Carbonized, and I ended up absolutely loving it. It's a nice deep grey. I did about 3 coats of paint and used about a half of a quart of paint in all.
  • Once completely dry I attached the hardware (This is the pull I used in the 5" size). And that's it!

I'm telling you, it's a breeze. So if you have a piece of furniture you've been feeling a little so-so about, try and give it a quick makeover!

Fine and Feathered Blog : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

Of course, once it was looking so cute I couldn't resist adding some artwork to this corner and a plant, becuase I truly believe every surface in our house probably needs a plant on it.

Fine and Feathered Blog : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

Simple Copper Planter DIY

Simple Copper Plant Pots DIY

To say I love my little plants may be a bit of an understatement. Through the winter months they carry me, and keep me smiling some days. I love having the inside of our house overflowing with greenery, even when the rest of the world feels bleak. The last few plants I've collected over the past month or two were still sitting in their little plastic containers, and I've been determined to give them their proper homes. 

I am a big fan of those classic clay pots you can easily pick up for just a few bucks, but I've had this copper spray paint sitting around from another project, and thought it would be a match made in heaven to give them a touch of copper too! I adore how they came out. Still simple, and classic, but with a little twist. Nothing to garish or showy. Also, copper is just the best, right?

Copper Pots DIY
Copper Planters DIY

To create your own is quite simple. Starting with clean clay pots, I used some basic painters tape from the hardware store to tape off the designs I wanted (you can also use some newspaper too, to block off any over spray on the parts you want to keep clay), and then used Rustoleum's Hammered Copper spray paint and sprayed them down outside, over some newspaper (don't be afraid to go a little heavy, this paint actually has a really interesting effect when it's a little runny!), and then allowed them to dry for several hours. 

It was such a quick and simple project, and I'm smitten with how they came out! I imagine you could do some really interesting designs with the painters tape as well, or they would look just as gorgeous painted completely copper.