20th Nov2012


Refurbished Garage Sale Night Stands

by Dinah Wulf

On the same garage sale trip I found my bench I posted recently, I found these two night stands for… you’ll never believe this… $5.00 each!!! What?? I know!  All I knew was that it has great bones and would be a good trash to treasure project, it didn’t smell, there were no major scratches or dents, and the lady was coo coo.  Just kidding about that last part but I seriously couldn’t believe that I walked away with three great pieces for $15.00.  Anywho, here is how I made my refurbished garage sale night stands.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Thrift store or garage sale night stands in need of some love
  • Sander (I used both block and electric, but just block is fine)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hardware (optional)
  • Screwdriver
  • Clean cloth
  • Time
  • Read this to find out if you need primer

The first thing I did was removed the hardware and sanded it.  I used a hand block sander for hard to reach areas, and used an electrical sander for the larger areas like the top and the shelf.  Next, I cleaned the sucker.  It obviously had not been cleaned in a long time, perhaps left lonely and unattended in a garage. There were caked on gooey stains, but nothing that couldn’t be easily removed.

Once they were clean and dry, I painted them with the left over paint I had from re-painting my guest room.  I used two coats.  I had to order the new handles online because the average size these days is either 3” or 4”.  These were 3.5”.  If you’d rather not order new handles online, you can always putty the holes and drill new ones.  I screwed in my new hardware when they arrived in the mail and I was done!  Here are some more after pictures.

Nightstand Makeover DIY

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.

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