Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand

I bought this skinny little table from Hobby Lobby about five years ago. I liked the rustic wood and metal look, and at the time I was looking for a nightstand for our master bedroom. The surface area was always a little too small, and after getting a lower-profile bed a couple years ago, it no longer worked. Since then it’s moved from room to room, never really finding the perfect spot.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

But I wasn’t ready to let it go. (If my husband was writing this post, he would probably make a Titanic reference right about now. Lucky for you, I’m the “writer” around here.)

Anyway, we recently moved Lily from her crib to a legit bed, so I decided she needed a nightstand. And since her room also doubles as our guest bedroom when needed, I figured our guests (a.k.a. my in-laws) might appreciate a nightstand as well.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

My plan was to flip the table on its side and create a C-shaped plywood shell around the metal frame, then attach it to the wall to create a floating nightstand. I love this look, but in the end decided it wasn’t the best idea for Lily’s room – she’s the climber of the family.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

My handy Dad built the “shell” with three pieces of furniture-grade plywood assembled with glue and biscuits. Then I got to try my hand at applying iron-on edge banding. Tip: Inspect your edge banding before applying. You don’t want to use an area where the veneer is spliced together (see below).

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

After using my iron (for the first time in months, possibly years), I used a combination of razor blade, utility knife and sanding block to trim the excess banding and smooth the edges.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

Then I had to decide what paint/stain combo to use. This took some time … there are just so many possibilities! In the end, I decided to spray paint the metal frame white and stain the wood to match Lily’s Ikea dresser. After sanding and cleaning the metal, I used a semi-gloss white spray paint. For the wood, it was a two-step stain process: one coat of Minwax Jacobean, and one (very light) coat of Rustoleum Sunbleached.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

To attach the metal to the wood, I used a drill press to make the holes in the metal frame. Then I used these screws to attach the two pieces. For now the screws are bare, because I actually like the way they look, but I could always spray them white if I change my mind later.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

After I decided that this would not be a floating nightstand, I had to give the thing some legs. My local Menards has a nice little section with pre-made furniture legs that attach easily with Waddell top plates.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

Three trips to Menards later (sigh), I had the right size legs and correct top plates for this project. Sidenote: I also now have four extra legs, and another furniture makeover to share with you soon. πŸ˜‰

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

But for now, I’m enjoying the look of my new little Midcentury modern nightstand.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

The cute little legs make it just the right height for the bed, and I love the functionality of the lower shelf area.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

Bonus, Lily hasn’t tried climbing on it … yet.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

It’s actually one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our house now. I kind of wish it was in my bedroom. πŸ™‚

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space

I love it when a piece of furniture can get a new lease on life, don’t you? Feel free to share your own furniture flips in the comments below, or share it over on instagram (and tag @realhappyspace) so I can see it.

Furniture Flip: Midcentury Modern Nightstand from Real Happy Space


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