Reduce Reuse and Recycle

I have a friend that only believes in brand new shiny furniture!  NO blemishes, NO nicks, NO work, and absolutely NO CHARACTER!  Just point and click!

I on the other hand...appreciate a little adventure in life.  Not the stand up in public and make a speech kind of adventure, but the take a chance on an old piece of furniture kind of adventure!

This little guy had a home in my living room, a long time ago.  He has since taken residence in my garage. 

My mission is to convert this old end table into a nightstand with a charging station.  I want to 'Reduce' clutter in my garage.  'Reuse' what I already have to save money.  And 'Recycle' this gem, right to my bedroom.

First I needed to add legs, I want it to be about the same height as my bed frame.

I purchased these 4-1/2-in legs at my local hardware store, along with a metal angle top plate. Total cost for all four was about $30.00 and it was an easy install with a Craftsman cordless drill.

Next I started my favorite part, painting.  I wanted a dark color that was classic and would look good with gold accents.  What better choice than navy!  I love navy and would like to eventually incorporate this into a whole bedroom make over.

The color is Naval by Sherwin Williams.  The nice thing is I was able to buy a sample container and that was plenty.  The below is after two coats and the cost was nominal - $5.00.

Next in line, I needed to darken the top.  I wanted to stain this a dark oak color.  I was a little nervous since I have never stained a piece of furniture.  Good thing I 'Google' just about everything in my life, so after some research on staining I decided to give it a shot. 

The staining process cost a little bit more than I wanted to spend.  However, I did not want to mess this up now!  In all my research, the most important facts are: 1) Use a good brush and 2) Use a pre-stain wood conditioner.  Both of these prevent streaks and blotches by evening out the absorption of the stain.  Although, it did cost about $30.00 for all these supplies, I only used a fraction of everything.  I will have plenty left for projects to come.

I added a faux box inside the drawer for the charging station.  I built this about half the size of the drawer to accommodate a hidden power cord.

Hmmmm... Now what to do with all that 'Whitenesssss'!

Throwing it back old school with a little decoupage.  I purchased map paper and cut it randomly and placed it onto the box.  I used Mod Podge to do this and it only cost me a cool $5.00.

That made up for the hardware I found at Antropologie that was a tad bit more expensive, but well worth the splurge. 

Even with a few bumps and bruises you have to admit this piece is adorable!  I am hoping to use this in my future bedroom.

Supply List

  • Hardware         $30.00
  • Stain                  $30.00
  • Legs                   $30.00
  • Paper                    $5.00
  • Paint                     $5.00

Total Project Cost: $100.00

Thanks for stopping by and remember to always try to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle when at all possible.