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DIY Project: Nightstand Rehab

Sometime in September we found this beat up old nightstand in the alley.  I was immediately drawn to it’s shape and could see right past all the dirt and dings. 

It started a mini obsession rehabbing old wooden furniture and spray painting anything I could get my hands on [bedroom dresser DIY coming soon].  The ONLY thing I miss about our old apartment uptown was that it had a small yard and big basement I could use for this kind of stuff.

Anyway, all I used was some medium and fine grit sandpaper, gloves, black spray paint [mine was a high gloss], and a new knob.  Easily less than $20 in supplies.  And no more than 1-2 hours of labor.

First I scrubbed it clean, sanded out the imperfections with the medium grit paper, wiped it down, went over some spots with the fine grit, wiped it down again, and then I busted out the spray paint.  Omigosh I love spray painting … even if I did have to drive 10 extra miles to a Home Depot outside the Chicago city limits to get it.  You can buy one of those spray paint holster things to save you some finger cramps, but this was a pretty small job, so it wasn’t really necessary.  I find using a slow and steady back and forth motion with the can works best.  Don’t get carried away.  Light even layers.  Make sure each layer is dry before you do the next to prevent drips and bubbles.  After the paint dried, I screwed in the new knob and one month later we moved our “new” little nightstand into our new loft.

Saved from the trash, and now a bedroom treasure.


Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Ideas

I love the look of old luggage – it has so much character, so many stories to tell.  But what do you do with it?  Many vintage suitcases are too heavy or too musty to use for packing clothes.

So why not turn it into a pet bed?!  This idea falls into the category of “I could totally make that …. but I won’t”.  There are several different styles of these vintage suitcase pet beds at Love-Nostalgic-Whimsy on Etsy!


The Love-Nostalgic-Whimsy store has several other upcycled vintage suitcase items for sale, including this retro looking side table.


A vintage suitcase filing cabinet?!  Love it!  Courtesy of Poetic Home.


Another side table idea – this time on casters!  So easy and so cute [doubles as storage too].  Via sassycrafter on Flikr!  Oh and be sure to check out Kim’s blog – The Sassy Crafter – she’s going to be posting a DIY tutorial for this lovely piece!


Just stacking a few vintage suitcases can make a great side table too!

[Via m.bibelot]


[Via deardaisycottage]


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