Thursday, August 6, 2015

DIY Nightstands

I may or may not have mentioned on here that we are staging our house to sell.
That means most of big items (beds, couches, etc.) are sticking around the old place.
However, there are few items we need to add for staging purposes.

In all the years we have lived together/been married we have only had one nightstand!
We have used little side tables that never are big enough, don't have drawers, etc. for years.
It drives me crazy!
So for staging purposes I decided to DIY some nightstands to make things look like they match.
Am I the only one that has to have matching things?

So awhile back I had picked up some plain wooden crates at Joann's thinking I would paint or stain them for the playroom.
That never happened.
Fast forward to now, and I am trying to come up with some easy and cheap nightstands for staging.
Those crates are perfect!

I had three already, so I ran to Joann's again and picked up three more.
We had some walnut stain in our garage and we had picked up some hammered looking spray paint for a different project (neither had been used yet).

I gathered up all six crates and headed outside to get to work.
This is what they looked like before I did anything.
Plain, simple, wooden crates.
They were on sale for $9.99 and then a lady gave me her 25% off my whole purchase coupon!

I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to stain them all, or spray paint them all.
So I tested out one of each before making the final decision of 4 stained, and 2 painted.
I just painted it on with an old paint brush and didn't wipe any of it off.

 The spray paint I used was Rust-Oleum Dark Bronze Hammered Spray Paint.
It actually dried with a gray tone.
Which is actually perfect for X's room!

I probably could have put some plastic on the ground, but it was actually pretty easy to just paint or stain right on the grass.
Any spills, drips, etc. were gone as soon as Mic mowed the grass :)

And in case you are wondering, I found that standing them up on one end made the best way to coat the crates.
Once dry to to the touch, I quickly flipped them and painted or stained the remaining end.

And here are the final results.

I absolutely love how the wood and stain created different tones.
Those four will go in the master bedroom for nightstands.
Two on each side, on top of each other.

And here is the result of the spray painted ones.
They are the exact gray tone in X's bedding.

I will post a few more pics once we stage the house and have all these bad boys in place.
I hope it sells fast so I can bring these over to the new place soon!

Have you done any DIY projects recently?
Do you put them off like me and then realize how easy they truly are? ;)

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  1. Good luck with selling your house! That's always tough especially if you're still living there. I always have to have my stuff matching, but it rarely ever is :( I cannot wait to see the finished product in the house.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  2. Those look great! And I always put off DIY projects too. I'm always afraid of how long they'll take! And good luck with staging and selling your house. I'll pray you guys get a great offer very quickly! -Jess, Sweet Little Ones

  3. Oh those look great!! And so easy!!1

  4. Great job!!! It's always amazing what a coat (or two) of paint can do! Can't wait to see more pics!

  5. Oh my gosh they turned out so stinking cute!!!! :) I love it!!! Great job girl.

  6. I love those crates! My mom has a couple and I always snag them to use as table top decoration at my girls birthday parties! I would totally DIY them into a shelving cube unit.


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