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.
- 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.