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 –