Vintage Nightstand Found Curbside

What could be more fun that sharing a furniture makeover with you? Adding some furniture-loving friends to join me in sharing with you. Yay! It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers day and we have much to share. For today, I’m eager to show you this vintage nightstand I found set out for city trash spring clean-up.

Vintage Nightstand Found Curbside by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Did I jump out of my car and run to snag it? No. Actually, I drove right by and went about my shopping. {{gasp}} I am at the point that if it’s still there when on my way back I’ll grab it so good things will at least not go to the trash. I always have more than enough projects I can handle. Since it was still there and passed my inspection, I eagerly took this cutie home. To know more of what I look for in project piece to pass muster, sign up for my newsletter to get my FREE furniture buying guide.

Here is this vintage nightstand at home, rescued from the mean old trash truck. tsk. While this isn’t a high end piece, it’s still solid wood. Even if it wasn’t I could still salvage the legs and even the hardware for future fun.

White Vintage Nightstand Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Thankfully, however, it was solid enough to save and even could be used as-is with the wear and tear. The top had many dents and dings, but those are fixable. And, while normally I have decided against fussing with previously painted piece (long story), this one was small enough it shouldn’t be an issue.

Vintage Nightstand with Damaged Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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My goal in today’s project is to show you how you can update a previously painted piece and give it an updated look (so that you won’t set it out for trash…haha).

First, I made all the necessary repairs – filled holes with wood filler, tightened up joints, and cleaned like crazy. Then, once everything was evened out with a light sanding with my sander, I used my Stubby Brush to give it a fresh coat of paint.

Painting Already Painted Vintage Nightstand for and Updated Look by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next, while the paint cures I set about to update the hardware. Unfortunately, I had hope the pulls were brass, but they were just a steel make.

TIP: to test for brass, use a magnet. If not magnetic, real brass. This also works on silver and copper-look items. I carry a magnet with me at all times for this reason. A girl’s gotta be ready!

Time to break out my Pure Gold spray paint and give them some spunk.

Spray Painting Hardware with Pure Gold Spray Paint | prodigalpieces.com

Then, the drawers got much needed lovin’. They aren’t dove-tailed, but still solid wood and plenty of life left. The only problem is that they are dingy and stained. If you have drawers that need some TLC, paint and paper (or fabric lining) are a easy and affordable solution to update.

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For this vintage nightstand, I chose to use a custom mixed blush pink to paint the drawer sides. Since the interior of my drawers had stains I was concerned about bleed-through. Another easy fix with Kilz, a stain-blocking primer.

Priming Vintage Nightstand Drawer with Kilz | prodigalpieces.com

Last, I used this same modern upholstery canvas I used on this vintage Mid Century Modern dining table set made of laminate (YES, you can paint laminate!). This nightstand is from the same era and this modern update will suit it well. My preference is to use a rotary cutter and mat for clean edges, and wallpaper paste to adhere. You can also use a homemade decoupage paste with thinned school glue, but this paste is a bit stronger.

Lining Drawer with Spoonflower Chevron Canvas Fabric by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Just brush in an even coat of paste, place in fabric, and smooth out any air bubbles. Easy!


Now this vintage nightstand found curbside is done and ready for many more years as a sweet accent to your home.

Vintage Mid Century Nightstand Found Curbside is Given New Life by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces.com #furniture #home #homedecor #diy #vintage

Painted Gold Drawer Pulls on Vintage Nightstand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #vintage #homedecor

Those pulls now have a fresh new look and the nightstand no longer looks worn down.

Vintage Blue Gray Nightstand Found & Restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #vintage #home #homedecor

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eep! How about those fun peek-a-boo drawers? A pop of color is what this needed to liven up those worn down drawers.

Blue Mid Century Modern Nightstand Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #midcentury #boho #home #homedecor

Fabric Lined Open Drawers of Vintage Mid Century Modern Nightstand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture

My goal is to show you that even if you have a piece of furniture that you’ve given up on – hang on! It just needs a bit of TLC so it can be restored and refreshed.

If you’re interested in making this nightstand your own, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.  (SOLD)

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Do pin and share this vintage nightstand makeover. Let’s inspire others to see past the curb and latch on to the potential.

Sweet! This vintage nightstand was set out for trash, but Larissa of Prodigal Pieces found it and gave it new life both inside and out | Come see at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #midcentury #boho #homedecor #vintage

Up next, I’ve got these set of thrifted baskets that are going to get a new look and purpose. Join my DIY fun OVER HERE.

Thrifted Baskets Before Mother's Day Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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24 Comments

  • Debbie Richards

    I wonder if anyone ever sees their trash in your blog and has regrets about it. The pieces turn out so beautiful and usable!

    April 25, 2019 at 6:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…I have wondered the same. 😉 I’m so glad you like it, Debbie.

      April 25, 2019 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Marie

    If the previous owner could see their nightstand now! Love the surprise pop of color on the inside and the pretty fabric. You definitely turned this trash into such a pretty treasure 🙂

    April 25, 2019 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I always wonder…tee hee. Thank you for the love, Marie. Maybe I should show them? 😀

      April 25, 2019 at 11:53 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    beautiful! Larissa, how do you “clean” wood? Do you wash ? spray with Lysol ? I have a chest of drawers I picked up and it needs cleaning, but I’m afraid water will damage the wood. How do I make sure it’s clean ? what I see, and what I don’t see ?

    April 25, 2019 at 9:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It depends on what needs cleaned…sometime a light mist and damp rag, but mostly the sun to removed the unseen. Just bake it. 😉

      April 25, 2019 at 11:54 am Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    Looks great! Good for you for rescuing it and giving it a new life.

    April 25, 2019 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So good to hear from you, Paula. Thank you!

      April 25, 2019 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Becky

    Lovely! Beautiful simplicity, such calm colors. The drawer liner is the cherry on the top!

    April 25, 2019 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’ve made my day, Becky, Thank you! I love to add those touches as a sweet surprise.

      April 25, 2019 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Denise

    Love love love that color and the inside drawer detail! Pinned! 🙂

    April 25, 2019 at 10:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much for the love, Denise. I so enjoy your work too.

      April 25, 2019 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Shirley

    Wow, I really like the night stand. You did such a great job.

    April 25, 2019 at 12:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic! I’m so glad to hear it, Shirley. Thank you!

      April 25, 2019 at 9:29 pm Reply
  • Christy

    What a great save! I can’t believe someone would just throw it out on the curb. Maybe they were hoping someone like you would rescue it! Love the soft blue-gray with the gold hardware! XOXO

    April 25, 2019 at 2:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yeah, around here they know it saves them a trip to donate it at the thrift store. More fun for me! 😀

      April 25, 2019 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Such a lucky find! It looks chic in gray and gold, and the fabric liner is perfect. xo

    April 25, 2019 at 10:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jen. 🙂

      April 26, 2019 at 5:08 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    What a great find! I love the colors you used and the pretty pops of color in the drawers!

    April 26, 2019 at 11:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t believe it was still there when I came back through. Yay! Thank you, Kaycee

      April 27, 2019 at 5:57 am Reply
  • kandice kullmann

    this is so pretty! love the pop of color and modern no distressing. It has such a crisp fresh look

    April 26, 2019 at 2:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yeah, the original distressing was too real…haha. Mid Century calls for clean lines. I’m glad you like it. 😀 Thanks, Kandice.

      April 27, 2019 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Barb

    I really like how this turned out and am glad you rescued it from the trash.

    April 26, 2019 at 4:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic to here, Barb. Thank you! 🙂

      April 27, 2019 at 5:59 am Reply

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