Updating a Nightstand {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

The best way to give your room a makeover on a budget is if you can use your existing furniture. Notice that I didn’t say using it “as is”. Heck no! Update your solid furniture by adding moulding, paint and new feet!

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl
(Pretty Handy Dog is already staking his claim on his preferred spot on the new bed.)

When I decided to build our new bed, I wanted to use our existing nightstand and vanity to save money. But, the nightstand was a little too short for the new bed height. By adding new feet and painting it the same color as our new bed, I was able to give the knotty pine nightstand a second life.

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Instructions:

Start with a solid night stand. She may have some dated curves, but that’s nothing a little baseboard moulding can’t fix!

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Remove the drawers. Clean out any dust bunnies and lost love letters out of the back.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut an interior facing 45 degree angle into one end of the baseboard moulding. Line up the bevel against one end of the front of the nightstand. Mark the opposite corner of the base where you need to cut.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut baseboard piece for the left and right side of the night stand. The back of the baseboard will be a straight cut instead of a bevel cut.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Apply Gorilla Glue to the back side of the baseboard trim.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Press the baseboard in place against the base of the nightstand and secure with finish nails.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Patch any nail holes with wood putty. (Side note: I also filled several of the “factory added” dimples on the dresser to give it a smoother finish.) Allow the putty to dry and sand smooth with the sanding block. Lightly sand the entire nightstand. Wipe off the sanding dust with a damp rag.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Prime the nightstand with one coat of Zinsser BIN primer. (I highly recommend a shellac-based  primer for knotty pine furniture. It seals the knots and protects the sap from staining later.)

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

After the primer has dried, lightly sand the nightstand.

Turn the nightstand upside down and assess where you want the new feet to attach.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

If you don’t have a wood support to attach them to, first say, “Dang It!”

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

(Warning: Lego Movie reference! Did you happen to picture Batman & Wonder Woman?)

Then cut two 2×4 studs to fit into the base of the baseboard. Use a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into each end of the 2x4s.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure both 2×4 pieces to the inside of the front and back of the base of the nightstand.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Add straight top plates for the feet to the base of the nightstand. Screw the new tulip feet into the brackets.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint your nightstand and its new feet with at least two coats of paint.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

For added protection you can finish with a coat of polycrylic. I used the Benjamin Moore Advance paint which has a hardener in it, so I skipped the poly top coat.

Updating a Knotty Pine Nightstand | Pretty Handy Girl

She’s a whole new lady now! She’s the perfect height next to our new bed. And I didn’t have to buy a new nightstand!

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Look around your home. Do you have any pieces of furniture that you can transform with paint and new legs?

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PHGFancySignDisclosure: As a #LowesCreator, I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase supplies for this post. I was not told what to write. All ideas and words are my own.

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Comments

  1. Love it! And you didn’t even have to buy new hardware. Great job!

  2. You really did a great job transforming that. I love the new legs. I would love for you to link this up to my Sizzle into Summer party that opens each Tuesday evening at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  3. That’s a super transformation from before to after. I kept looking at the nightstand & wondering what you did to get the curvy bottom to be gone…Wonderful job & it’s so much prettier too!

  4. Wow, what a transformation! I really love how you added the extra trim at the bottom – what a difference it makes. If you want to, I’d love for you to share this post on my blog at Motivational Monday: http://thediymommy.com/motivational-monday-13-craft-diy-home-decor-link-party/

  5. You are so clever, my friend! I love that you just covered the bottom curvy part… I never would have thought to do that.

  6. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says:

    I have many many things I can transform with paint alone – thanks so much for this post and inspiration!!

  7. You did such an amazing job redoing everything! I have been planning on making a bed frame myself. Maybe one day I’ll get around to it! Thank you for the inspiration!

    -Lara

  8. Wow, it turned out so cute! I love the feet, that was a stroke of brilliance. I’m filing this for my daughter’s room makeover (whenever that is, haha!)

  9. That is a very clever idea, I really like the way the product turned out.
    I am probably gonna try something similar with an old table at home.

  10. Love this!! Amazing difference!

  11. Hi Brittany, it looks great! I have a similar nightstand I picked up at a garage sale. Transforming it into an attractive piece of furniture is the plan. I just needed some motivation and your post got my creative wheels turning.
    Thanks for this inspiring post.

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