Look what I made!

My daughter doesn’t have a nightstand and I’ve been meaning to buy her one. Not wanting to spend a lot on a kid’s nightstand (call me cheap if you want,) I checked Ikea and they don’t have a nightstand under $100, a little more than I really wanted to spend.

So last week I was driving home and I noticed this lying by the side of the road:
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I’m not the kind of person who can see potential in things that look crappy and then be able to transform them into something cool, funky or even functional. I have never been able to go to Value Village and be able to make a cute outfit from quirky vintage clothing items; I just end up looking like I’m wearing some garbage from a second-hand store. So the fact that I saw this item and knew immediately what I wanted to do with it was something!

After seeing it there for two days, I got my husband to pick it up and bring it home for me. I was originally planning to just sand it, but a friend advised that I get paint stripper so I could just scrape the paint off and then gently sand it. Thank god I talked to her first! That made the job so much easier.

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Finally the spraying of the new colour. Spraypaint was a bit of a pain in the arse because it dripped a lot while I was spraying and I got unsightly drips, especially on the back of the bottom cabinet part. That will probably end up holding books and notebooks, so it won’t be that noticeable, but annoying nonetheless.

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She asked for a knob for the drawer that “looks like a crystal” and I think it adds the perfect finishing touch. I’m just adding a coat of clear gloss to seal the paint and help it to resist scratches, and I’ll post a picture of the final product.

Not bad for a free nightstand and about $35 in supplies! I feel so handy and smart!

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