Wednesday, February 5, 2014

THRIFTED CABINET TURNED BOY'S NIGHTSTAND


I don't think I will ever tire of seeing furniture makeovers and transforming second-hand finds.  If you're a regular reader, I hope you won't either!


As I've been planning somewhat of a makeover of my son's room, I knew that he needed a smaller nightstand than what he's been using.  However, it still needed to offer plenty of storage for my collection-loving boy.  A few years ago I remember seeing some super glossy filing cabinet-type storage pieces at TJ Maxx, and I remember thinking how easy it would be to find a similar piece at a thrift store.

I easily found a two-drawer filing cabinet for a few dollars and brought it home intending to use it for his nightstand, but when I brought it in to try the size i realized that it was several inches taller than his mattresses and the corners and edges were VERY sharp and hard.  Understandly...it is of course a boxy metal cabinet...but as it sat near the head of his bed all I saw was an accident waiting to happen.  So, that piece moved back out and I started keeping an eye out for something else.

Then, a few months ago I came across this strange piece while thrifting.


At first I didn't give it a second look, but then I remembered I still needed something for Caleb's room.  I checked the measurements and the size was right.  It took me a little while to consider it, mainly just because I was trying to figure it out.  I'd never seen a piece like this before.  The top is a metal file drawer and it fits into a wooden base that seems homemade.  But, it all fit together perfectly and everything worked well so I spent the $10 and took it.

The top is still squared off, however it's wood and not quite as harsh as the other one was so I'm not worried about it being dangerous.

I usually don't spray paint furniture, but since half of this one was metal I did.  I'm so guilty of wanting a piece to look great after the first coat, but with spray painting you truly need to do multiple, thin, light coats to get the best result.


Before I started I sprayed the label square silver.  The top handle was not easy to remove, and I planned to re-use it so I taped it and the now silver label section off once it was dry.

I sprayed the entire piece with Rustoleum's semi-gloss black and replaced the bottom handle with a silver cup pull from Home Depot.  I had some old caster wheels from a thrift store that I added to the bottom.


I'm so happy with how this piece turned out, and with paint and the new hardware the less than $20 price tag makes me even happier.  Now, my son has a handy spot for his lamp and books, and two large drawers for lots of treasures!


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24 comments:

  1. I really love it. It's the perfect piece for a boy!

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  2. I've never seen a piece like this before either. But it totally works, especially in a boy's room, it definitely has a masculine vibe to it!

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  3. Well that works! It's an unusual piece for sure but you unified it and gave it purpose. Great job! xo Kristin

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  4. Looks manly enough too! Lots of great storage for your boys stuff! Great job Jennifer!

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  5. You are one clever mom, lucky Caleb!! Way to make great use of a piece everyone else passed up, it will hold a lot of important stuff!! :)

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  6. That is such a cool and different piece, and it looks so great with a little of your love!!

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  7. it's funny because I've been considering a filing cabinet between our two boy's beds. I haven't found the right one yet, but this definitely is a good look.

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  8. It looks great! I too will never get tired of furniture transformations, amazing!
    Tammy @ thecoloreddoor.blogspot.com

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  9. I love furniture transformations too! I love how the black paint unifies it and makes it look pulled together. It's always nice having extra storage too!

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  10. I love it! A one-of-a-kind piece and the price was right!

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  11. Hey you made it work for you. Turned out great!

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  12. First of all, I'm jealous that there's not a bit of snow in sight in your pic and that it is warm enough for you to spray paint! And I think that makes an awesome nightstand - would love having all of that storage!

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  13. Great job...and lots of storage....

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  14. I can't wait to see the rest of his room! that peek looks pretty great!

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  15. so cute! perfect for your boy's room!! I need to tackle some projects like this.... xoxo, emily

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  16. There's really just nothing better than a good furniture rescue! Great job Jennifer. It looks so good:)

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  18. Aren't you a smarty pants!!! What a smart idea and just perfect for a little boy's room!

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  19. Great eye for finding it at a yardsale, which I truly can't wait for them to start up this year!

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  20. Great tip! These are so inexpensive, and really could be used for so many things. Thanks for sharing.



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