You can be jealous – my nightstands are amazing!! I am so thrilled with how they turned out – what I saw in my mind actually came into reality. And I’m here with a quick tutorial for you of how to make nightstands from a desk.
You see the pop of color they bring to that whole wall (um, just ignore that the pillow isn’t really sewn – it’s just fabric wrapped around some other pillow to help you and I visualize what the look could be if I ever get around to sewing pillows…..) (remember, my wall stencil can be seen here and the ceiling inset dilemma can be seen here)
I love the all the drawers and the unique curve that they have:
So yep, these came from a desk – seriously!! I can’t take credit for the idea – my sister-in-law said she was chopping up a desk to convert it to nightstands, and I thought it was genius. So I started haunting Craigslist for a cheap desk. I found it, solid wood – for $10 – awesome!! The top was a little rough, but that’s part of the charm, right? And that’s why I didn’t feel bad about cutting it – it was in pretty rough shape.
How to Make Nightstands From a Desk
I enlisted Trevor’s help. He cut free each stack of drawers from the middle part. Aren’t I nice to showcase his new motorcyle 🙂
Then he routered the cut edge to make it match the manufactured edge and sanded it smooth.
After painting and putting them in our room, I had to ask him which edge he did – so obviously he did a great job, since I can’t even tell:
I primed and painted everything. The color is green even though it looks yellow. Trevor calls it yellow. But I wanted green – and the paint is called “gecko” – who has ever heard of a yellow gecko? So I call it green. I actually liked the drawer pulls it came with, so I just soaked them in mineral spirits overnight and scrubbed on them with a toothbrush to clean the up a little, then put them back on – –
And voila, in their place – they’re looking great and I LOVE all the drawers:
You can do this!!
Find an old desk and get to work. Kate found a desk on the side of the road and made herself some. Here’s hers –