INSIDE: How to turn old thrift store nightstands into a stylish storage bench with custom seated cushion.
My husband sent me a grainy text photo of a pair of mid-century modern nightstands from his random stop at a thrift store. The text read, “$15! Want them?” Of course, why would I not want a couple of retro side tables in need of a makeover?!
And so these funky tables came home and moved around various rooms until they found a permanent spot in the family room. We butted these two nightstands next to each other and poof! They became a much-needed storage bench and additional seating zone. Because one always needs a space for a storage basket …and wine!
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Make a Stylish Bench from Nightstands in 1 Day
Any DIY project is a great excuse to try a new product. This makeover was successful thanks to spray paint and we discovered a cool new paint product which helped to transform these nightstands from retro to stylish!
– Montana MTN 94 spray paint (Used by street artists, this spray paint has an adjustable spray nozzle head to control the amount of paint it emits)
– Rustoleum spray paint
– Painter’s tape
– Paintable wallpaper
– Optional: Storage basket, Wine rack
Nightstands Repurposed into DIY Storage Bench
Pull out a tarp because this old table makeover was done 99% with spray paints!
We laid some paper towels on the inside of the nightstand and gave the grates on the sides a shot of coral spray paint.
Once the sides were 100% dry, we covered them with paper and secured with painters tape.
We then used a cool new spray paint (to us, at least!) that has adjustable spray nozzles to control how much paint is emitted. Instead of getting the overspray typical of spray paints, we were able to better direct where and how the paint came out.
Gone with the retro brown wood and in with a modern matte finish gray for the rest of the tables.
How to Make a Bench Seat from Old Tables
The bottom of each nightstand was lined with pre-pasted wallpaper. I opted to leave it white but it looks really cool when painted.
Fill each shelf with baskets, bins, books …or a wine rack!
These $15 tables, originally sent to me via text, have become a good drop zone for our busy family and a good place to start Happy Hour!
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- $20 Craigslist mid-century modern coffee table makeover
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More Thrift Store Ideas!
I teamed up with some crafty friends to bring you fun thrift store ideas. Check them out below in our monthly thrift store challenge!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Yami | The Latina Next Door – Amanda | Domestically Creative
Ann | Duct Tape And Denim – Debra | Shoppe No. 5 – Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications – Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
Habiba | Craftify My Love