furniture

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

Living Space

Our whole living room/dining room/kitchen area is pretty much set as far as furniture and the what-not. We are still waiting for them to redo our cabinets, but it still feels so nice to come home to such a pretty little place in such a pretty little neighborhood. As is probably obvious, mostly everything is vintage (found at either thrift stores or auctions) except for things like our super pretty ikea couch which I had had my eye on for quite some time before it found its way into our living room. Oh and my gorgeous Kitchen Aid Mixer in Pistachio that my mother got me as a wedding gift:)

*sigh* I might have had too much fun with the furniture buying. Anyone need an interior designer? Will work for Starbucks and cupcakes!

Apartment-y things on the brain

I love going to auctions.I remember going with my whole family when we were little and running around with my siblings and play hide and seek in between furniture and rummaging through boxes and boxes of things, hoping to find some little treasure.

Me and my mom love to go even now. get up at the crack of dawn. wait around in the freezing cold. auctioneers always picking on us for being a few of the only women there. oh, and don't forget the gross food. It isn't an auction without the nauseating smell of hot-dogs and Mexican food cooked in the back of a truck (I'm a very picky eater so I usually try to hold out as long as possible before I sneak out and find subsistence elsewhere).

This week was especially fun. I was so happy to pick up a few things for the apartment (9 days until we move in... can you believe it?! I can't). I don't know if I'm ready to flaunt my steals quite yet but I will tell you that I am very into the 60s Scandinavian contemporary/danishy style and give you a few photos that are inspiring me at the moment...

but what I'm really excited for is to go get some stuff and get settled in with my Frank :)

soon.soon.soon. Patience.