Nightstands – from a desk!

You can be jealous – my nightstands are amazing!!  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?

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 -



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  1. says

    Wow, they look fabulous, I love them! What a neat idea too! I am jealous you found that wood desk for only $10 on CL. I’ve been looking for a desk just like that for so long and if there is one, it’s too expensive. Sigh, that’s how it is with CL though. I won’t give up! :)

  2. says

    Those are fabulous!!! This is exactly what I have been looking for! I have had so much trouble finding the right nightstands for our master bedroom. They have to be pretty skinny because we have closet doors on both sides of the bed that don’t leave much space when they are open. Thank you so much!! I’m off to Craigslist to look for a desk!

  3. says

    I love the green (it shows up sort of a pear color on my screen?) – that is brilliant to cut them apart. If you hadn’t pointed it out, I don’t think I could have figured out the new edge.

  4. says

    What an awesome hubby you have!! I’ve had some pallets in the basement for MONTHS trying to get my hubby to help me with them and…they are still there! I think my guy and yours need to have a talk! lol The tables look great!

  5. says

    What a fantastic idea. I could use some more drawers. Hubby has the matching nightstand to our bed while I have my mom’s antique treadle sewing machine on my side of the bed. (Yes, it has drawers – but you know how tiny they are.)

  6. says

    this looks great! i actually did the opposite. i found two old nightstands at my local goodwill and i had an old window frame i put between the two. voila! but i have been wanting some new nightstands…

  7. says

    First, I have to say I absolutely loved this and was blown away when I saw it. Then, this evening, my husband asks me, “Have you ever heard of the blog Sugar Bee Crafts?” I say yes, I’m a follower. He says, “Well, they were featured on Life Hacker today for a desk turned night stand. That’s a big deal. Life Hacker is huge.” He was impressed by your project and by getting featured on Life Hacker. So I had to come by and say congratulations!!!!

  8. says

    Awesome idea! I really wanna try that. We need new/any nightstands. My husband thinks I can’t do the edges though. I’m sure I can come up with something…;)

  9. says

    I think you ruined a perfectly good desk! It might have had a great history but now it’s yellow and plastic looking! Even though that’s my humble opinion I am sure I’ll be censored and deleted! =D

  10. says

    Wow, that last comment was uncalled for. Now to mine…

    Incredible! Thanks for sharing! I’m heading straight to craigslist now to check out the goods.

  11. says

    Hi Mandy! Skaie (sky) Knox here…I’m the editor-in-chief blogger for DiggersList, a home-improvement/decor marketplace. Thank you for this fantastic repurposing/before & after project! I will be featuring an excerpt in our DiggersList’s blog that will be published Thursday, February 23nd. Please visit us as well for other fun finds for home improvement stuff! Thanks again!

  12. says

    Love this idea. One other thing you could do – you could take the center section, presuming it had a large drawer in the middle, sand it, paint it etc and put wheels on the bottom. Then use that as a small under bed storage unit too.

  13. says

    Wow, awesome idea and awesome turnout! I have a desk that would be perfect for this.. I was just wondering how freed the sides from the center part of the desk? Did he make a cut down the middle and pull the shelf, in halves, away from the sides? Just wondering how to do this so I don’t screw it up! Thanks!

  14. says

    Such a fabulous idea I can hardly stand it! They look wonderful and open up so many possibilities, not only as night stands but for those oddly shaped spots that need a smaller furniture piece.You could even stack them, right??!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. says

    I saw on Pinterest a great idea for that middle drawer. use it as the bottom of a shadow box coffee table. Either make a frame for it – or – find an old window that fits its opening. Put hinges on the top of the window, add neat legs and a drawer pull on the window and voila! Coffee table to showcase your beloved vintage items… I have my greaet granma’s tatting sammpler book she created as a child. From around 1881-4.

  16. says

    Thanks for posting. What a great idea! I think I know someone who could help with the machinery part of this for me. :-) I am impressed with the creativity! Pass on the kudos to your friend too! Also I will say, since I didn’t see the thought mentioned anywhere else in the comments — forget sewing that pillow — fabric wraps on pillows are in, especially on pinterest! :-) I think it looks fun and refreshing! Blessings!

  17. says

    So weird….I did the exact same thing….and the desk looks to be exactly the same as mine! I was drawn to the picture of the nightstands being that I hadn’t painted or stained mine yet! I guess great minds think alike! Lol I had wished that we had taken pictures alng the way to describe what we had done….but now I can refer to your page….great job!

  18. says

    So awesome! I have a question. The top of the night stand was all chipped in the picture of your husband sanding the edge. I was just wondering if you first chipped off the top layer on the whole top piece or if you just had to sand it.

    • says

      Great question Jill – – I ended up filling in the grooves of the chips with wood putty filler stuff. It took a lot. Then I sanded it down when that dried. It’s not perfect, but it works!

  19. says

    I’m new to tools and carpentry. What kind of saw did you use to cut the pieces apart? I don’t have a router to bevel the edges to match. Any suggestions? Excited to get to work on it!

  20. says

    I think we just used a circular saw, but I’m sure several different types or even a saws all would work. To bevel the edge, maybe borrow a router from someone?? Good luck with the project!

  21. says

    Hi Mandy. I have enjoyed wandering around your blog and checking out your projects. I especially liked the night stand from a desk project. Pretty cool. I will be joining you in your Project Crochet this month. I was looking for a way to subscribe to your site. Did I miss it?

  22. says

    many years ago i bought a bedroom suite that included a dresser with a stack of drawers on each side with a full cheval mirror and a low shelf in the middle.
    when i moved years later my husband and i simply chopped out the supporting posts, stained the ‘raw’ wood to match the walnut and made two really functional cabinets not a million miles different to yours.

  23. says

    Seriously Mandy? These are so unique, gorgeous, and FUN! I love everything about them! I now have a new focus for my yard sale searches! Thank you! Melanie :)

  24. says

    Do you think that a particle board desk would work to do this too? I have one I have been wanting to get rid of bc it is just too big but the ends would work well for night stands.


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