Nightstand Makeover ~ From Dated to Elegant

Do you ever have one of those moments when you’re either at a garage sale or thrift store and something stops you and makes you say, “Ooooohhh…”? I love when that happens. Take for instance this nightstand I spied. It is the perfect candidate for today’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday – a fun day where my blogger friend’s and I share some project goodness with you. Let’s get busy with this nightstand makeover, and be sure to check out the other projects below.

Vintage Nightstand Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

I’m calling this a nightstand, but really it is also an end table or side table or pretty much anywhere-you-want-to-put-it table. My oldest daughter, Miss C, was looking for a project since her and her siblings join me in my adventures. You can see her past work HERE and over HERE.

All I needed to see where those legs and detailing and I was hooked. Same went for her as soon as I showed it to her. She loved the idea and since I had my coupon we were able to score this piece for $7. CHA-CHING!

However, it did need some lovin’, as you can see. Time for a nightstand makeover, yessssss.

Top of Nightstand with Damage | Prodigal Pieces |

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At this point, Miss C had already used a scraper, rubbing alcohol, and some elbow grease to remove the sticky gunk on the top. You can see the spots where it was and even how the finish is flaking off as well.

First, Miss C chose to sand down that inner panel to see if she could revive the wood. Because that inner panel was a veneered layer, she delicately sanded off the layers with a 120 grit paper and my orbital sander. It took her nearly an hour of sanding just so that she could avoid going through the veneer.

Sanding Thrifted Nightstand | Prodigal Pieces |

Once done sanding the top, Miss C, also lightly sands the rest to give it tooth for paint. Yup, the top was going to get revived and the bottom some paint lovin’.

Painting Nightstand by Teen Girl | Prodigal Pieces |

Her color choice was the same color I used on this dresser, this bench, and my repurposed cart (can you tell I’m lovin’ it??). Miss C also knows how much I am in love with the Zibra brushes.

After the base cabinet, Miss C decides to keep the wood on top. However, she adds a bit of wash to create dimension. Exactly like I did to our dining table not so long ago.

Whitewashing Nightstand Top by Prodigal Pieces |

Here it is with a whole new look…

Vintage Nightstand Makeover done by a Teenage Girl. What a difference! | Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Chic Nightstand Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

I must say that it looks fantastic in my bedroom, doesn’t it? Which means tempting to keep. tee hee. But, good for you because Miss C is offering it in my shop for purchase. (SOLD – super fast!)

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My absolute favorite is the top. So pretty! This has fast become a favorite nightstand makeover.

Cottage Chic Style Bedroom Nightstand by Prodigal Pieces |

Harlequin Style Wood Top on Farmhouse Nightstand Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Just look at all that storage too! The things I could hide from my kids in there…mmm…

Inside Vintage Nightstand | Prodigal Pieces |

You can imagine I’m slightly proud of Miss C (and all my children). She does wonderful work and works hard at what she does. Like the rest of my gang, they are building up a savings by selling what they work on. That makes this mama very happy.

Vintage Nightstand Side Table with Queen Anne Legs and Storage available at Prodigal Pieces |

We’d love it if you would pin and share to inspire others to look twice at their current decor to give it new life. Or forget what box stores have to offer. You CAN make your house your home on a budget. ♥ Oh, and be sure to head below to see what the other ladies have worked on for you!

Teen girl gives this vintage nightstand a makeover giving it a cottage farmhouse feel. Find it at Prodigal Pieces |

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WAIT!! Before you head off, check out these other Trash to Treasure Transformations:

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces |

Trash to Treasure Transformation March 2017 | Prodigal Pieces |

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More projects like this nightstand makeover:

French Provincial Blue Dresser Set Makeover by Prodigal PIeces | prodigalpieces.comFarmhouse Cupboard Makeover with Tutorial on Adding a Wall Cleat by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • [email protected] Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Wow, this piece turned out absolutely beautifully! Miss C is super talented just like her Mama! The choice to keep the top light really makes it gorgeous! XO

    March 14, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I absolutely love the top too. Thanks, Christy!

      March 14, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Wow, Miss C did a fabulous job! What an elegant, shabby chic makeover!

    March 14, 2017 at 10:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jen! I’m so proud of her.

      March 14, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Dina

    Great work! Puts a lazy gal like me to shame. Miss C is learning the best skills for the future. And Momma will need a storage unit for all miss C’s future pieces! Fabulous

    March 14, 2017 at 10:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…thanks, Dina! We have storage unit or two – my family room and living room! 😉

      March 14, 2017 at 10:22 am Reply
  • Susan

    Miss C. did a terrific job! Is the basket/container in the corner of your bedroom a project or purchase? It is a very unique piece.
    I love trash to treasure Tuesday. You ladies always shine!

    March 14, 2017 at 10:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Susan! I bought the basket to sell ages ago, but fell in love with it. It’s a wicker basket wrapped in coconut husks. So cool.

      March 14, 2017 at 10:01 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Aww I love what Miss C did with this piece! Such a beauty. The white wash top…love …and how fun, she has a little cubby to keep things. xo

    March 14, 2017 at 11:31 am Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    Awe, Miss C did a beautiful job with this piece and congratulations to her for a quick sale. Mama, you must be so proud! Pinned to share ☺

    March 15, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, ma’am. I surely am and so happy for her. Thank you!

      March 16, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

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