Nightstand Makeover – Furniture by the Numbers

January 31, 2013 in Bedrooms, Building and Repurposing, Furniture Makeovers, Gettin' Crafty, Thrifty Thursday

Time for another Thrifty Thursday!

The Big Guy celebrated a birthday last month and I thought it might be fun to MAKE something for him. (Does this seem like a recurring theme for me?) 

I mulled around a couple ideas… and then it hit me. Brilliance. Perfectly HIM.

Today… you see the outside. …and in my next post you see the INSIDE!

…because as well all know…

It’s what’s inside that counts, right?

It all started with Craigslist. (another recurring theme for me!)  I saw an ad for a piece of furniture (shocker). Turns out it was close to where The Big Guy lives… so I sent him a text to see if he could go pick it up.  …and yes. He picked up his own birthday present and didn’t even know it. Yeah… he’s pretty nice like that.

Anywhooo… once I got my hands on it, I got to work! I turned this nightstand from a shabby Craigslist Castaway to a Front-and-Center HANDY piece of furniture!

Want to know how I got there? Well… I’ll explain:

First I painted him (the nightstand, not The Big Guy) head to toe in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey.

Then I fired up my trusty $5 projector. I grabbed the same transparency I used for Christy’s Pottery Barn Knock-Off Numbered Wall Art and lined it up. Using a pencil, I traced the outline of the numbers ever so carefully.

I sat (for a couple hours) painting inside the lines with a homemade chalk paint.

I decided to go with super simple hardware. Busy-looking drawer pulls would have competed with the numbers. Better to keep it simple!

After everything was dry, I gave it a solid sanding all over. For some reason it felt too perfect and I wanted it to have a little more edge… so I used my sanding block to knock off the paint on some of the edges and corners.

Final to-do – Give it a good wax and buff!

I was so excited to give it to him that I totally forgot to take any good “beauty” shots. Sorry ladies, no perfectly staged pictures of this one to share. Instead, you get to see it the same way HE did for the first time – With his beer cake on top!

When all was said and done, I thought he looked pretty darn nice… but like I said earlier – it’s what’s INSIDE that counts. Stop back by and see what I did on the inside to make this one-of-a-kind nightstand perfectly unique for The Big Guy.

Remember – it’s what’s INSIDE that counts!

Update – I spilled the beans!  Click Here to see the INSIDE of the nightstand!

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