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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

Nine Home Decor Projects to Try

Thrift shops and flea markets are great for finding unloved treasures that just need a little makeover. I still am in love with my little tea cartI rescued. But whether you save an old piece or buy one new, having a little cart dedicated to your love of tea is always fun:)

Decorative pillows can be so expensive, but it can be fun and cheap to make your own! Whether you make your own stamp or buy one, it's a pretty simple project to do.

Pajaki chandliers are a great little decoration for a window, or can be adorable used as a mobile over a crib! You can choose to make it completely from scrach or buy some of the materials pre-made. Whatever way you choose to do it, they're fun to put together, and really lovely!

Old tin trays are another one of those things that tend to always be at thrift store, and it's so easy to give them a little makeover. Adding a little herringbone pattern to one is quick and simple - you can check out the tuturial here!

Celebrate your love for your own little furball with some silhouette art! I cherish my little version of Krammer even more since we lost him - it's nice to have a little reminder of our favorite guy.

Looking for some fun, usable decorations? Make a map of the world (or just one country, if you like) out of some corkboard. You can even paint it to give it a little extra pop, and then use it to pinpoint places you've been, or just pin up some notes!

Another great alternative to spending a small fortune on cute pillows is to sew your own. I made a pair of these swiss cross pillowsa while back and we still use them on our couch! You only need to know the basics of a sewing machine to make them.

I love this candle holderI made using a tree branch and some twine. It's pretty simple, and just plain lovely, in my own opinion! 

Rustic Tree Branch Candle Hanger DIY

Rustic Tree Brance Candle Hanger

This weekend we finally got back to cleaning up the backyard. While we were cleaning up some of the trash (not from us, by the way!) I came across a gorgeous tree branch. I was totally one of those weird kids who collected every stone or stick that I thought was cool, and that hasn't really changed. I really had no idea what I would do with it when I saved it, but it hit me to combine it with a craft I was already planning to do with making candle holders - and I love how it came out!

Rustic Candle Branch

It's really simple to make. Start by scavenging a beautiful branch from the woods, or just pick up one at your local craft store (they often have several sizes and types in the floral department). Wrap and double knot pieces of heavy twine or rope at each end, leaving at least a few inches of branch at each end as well (you may want to use a little hot glue on the back of the branch to extra secure the rope to it). Use dry wall anchors to anchor two hooks into your ceiling, and hang the branch. 

For the candle holders use six or eight pieces of twine, tying them together a couple inches from the bottom. Seperate the strings into pairs and tie each pair together. Seperate the strings again, pairing each with the one from the pair next to it and tying them together. You can repeat that as many times as you like. Then wrap them around the branch, and double knot (you can also add some hot glue here too to secure). Insert your candles, and you're done! 

Rustic Candle Branch