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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😉
But for now, I’m enjoying the look of my new little Midcentury modern nightstand.
The cute little legs make it just the right height for the bed, and I love the functionality of the lower shelf area.
Bonus, Lily hasn’t tried climbing on it … yet.
It’s actually one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our house now. I kind of wish it was in my bedroom. 🙂
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.