How to Update Your Outdated Nightstand!

NightstandHave you ever wanted to update that nightstand to better match your current style and likes?  When I bought my three-drawer nightstand years ago, I loved it.  Over time it has become worn and outdated!

This is truly my first complete attempt at updating a piece of furniture with success!  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)

I searched Pinterest thoroughly for ideas and instructions.  What I found culminated into the following project I am going to share with you!  

What you will need:

  • Area to paint in that is well ventilated
  • Fine grit sand paper or block
  • Screwdriver (to remove/add knobs)
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Wood Filler
  • Quality Paint Brushes
  • Small Painter Pan (plastic)
  • Quality Mini Paint Roller
  • Paint Primer
  • Quality Latex Paint
  • Lint free rag – lightly damp

Project steps:

Remove all hardware (usually just existing hands).  Below you will see that this left two holes in the front of my drawer.  I purchased single knobs to replace them.

Before Photo of Nightstand

Next, I filled in the existing holes from the previous drawer handles with wood filler.  I sanded them down to make them even.  Then, I made sure that the nightstand was clean and lightly sanded to smooth it out.

Next, I put my first coat of primer all over the nightstand, including inside the drawers and on the outside sides of the drawers (that you see when you pull the drawer out).  In this particular project, these drawers did not come out.  I have never had a dresser/nightstand that didn’t have removable drawers, but these didn’t.Priming NightstandOnce the primer was dry, I sanded lightly again making sure it stayed smooth.  After sanding, I lightly wiped with the damp rag to get off any dust.  I repeated another coat of primer, sanding, and wiping.

Nightstand Front

Then, I painted using a nice ivory color latex paint.  I used a total of two coats of paint, lightly sanding and wiping after each one dried.  Of course, I had to sand down a few drips that I didn’t catch before!  Love it when I do that!  HA!

Full View of NightstandI measured to the center of each drawer front and marked where the single knobs would be placed.  Then I added the new knobs.

Lastly, I did two optional things that gave it a personal touch.  I purchased a package of reusable stencils and chose ‘live SIMPLY’ from the options.  I already had some brown craft paint and paint brush.  So, I centered the stencil and filled in with paint.  Once it was dry, I sanded down the stencil print to fade it into the piece nicely.

Nightstand Top and DrawerLastly, I purchased some contact paper that fit the theme of the new style and placed them in the drawer bottom.  Nice touch, huh?

I have to say that I love the new look of my nightstand.  Have any of you done a similar project?  We would love to hear all about it!


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