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!