Chic Nursery Stand DIY
Did you hear?! Mr. Groundhog saw his shadow so that means six more (tentative) weeks of winter. Now I LOVE winter, but if it is going to be cold, I want it to snow. So far this year, we have only had a light "dusting" with a WHOLE lotta cold. So to cheer myself up, I started going through my Pinterest board for little projects I can start planning for. Last Summer, I tried the second of my first real DIYs. (The first was my kitchen table, but unfortunately I didn’t take before and after pictures, so I will keep it short and simple- it was a disaster! But, in the end we made it work and the frustration of the whole ordeal is now just an afterthought)
If you know me, you know I am all about some thrift stores (can I get an amen?) You see, ever since I became a homeowner , and a college student (again), I have realized how expensive and over priced everything is. When I didn’t have these "big girl" expenses, it was nothing for me to want to go out and spend a hundred dollars on some new clothes for the office. Even though I had a full closet at home already! Well, this girl is forever changed and I REFUSE to pay full price for ANYTHING. It is simply a waste of money.
About a year and a half ago, I found this adorable little 4-drawer stand at my local thrift store. This stand was in need of some paint, and TLC. But for $10 bucks, I knew I could make it into an awesome addition in my house!
First thoughts that came to mind were for either a nightstand in a nursery, or a stand in my bathroom. Since this little table was obviously from a child’s room (it had crayon marks all over it) I decided this would be for my “one-day” nursery. So, I began my search for the color I would use. If you know me, you know I am incredibly indecisive because I will generally be happy with pretty much anything! While I LOVE the color blue, I figured to have a nice neutral color would be best, and so I decided to stay close to the original, with an ivory based crackle paint. Now , I should have learned form my aforementioned kitchen table disaster that my initial ideas are not always winners. The crackle paint was not cheap, and it came in two applications. Needless to say, the paint did not crackle...Well, it did in about five different spots so I was a little more than slightly disappointed. Ten dollars down the drain , three hours worth of tender loving care and I was farther away than when I started. So I then decide I am going to cover up the ivory color because it really didn’t look any different than before . I began to think of a good color that would easily cover the first coat of paint, but also be nice in a nursery later on. So I trekked back to Lowes to once more peruse the endless array of color samples. After l finally decided on a Grey ( I believe is was Valspar's Cool Grey, but can't be 100 %), I decided to grab a metallic spray paint as well. This will add a little dimension to my design for the top of my table.
I began by painting my shelf and the top of my table white. Now, the idea of Chevron seeeeemed easy enough, but trust me, when you try laying out painting tape to execute Chevron, it is a totally different story. Fortunately, before I became too frustrated, I was able to find an easy tutorial online which showed how to efficiently tape up your chevron pattern. I actually made this part a four step process instead of two. I initially taped up my design and spray painted my stripes and then when that dried, I used the painters tape to tape over the spray painted areas and then painted my white. Looking back, I am pretty sure the spray paint could have covered the entire surface area and then the white could have just been painted over it. My way may have taken a little longer, but hindsight is 20/20. While the last coat of paint for the top of my stand dried, I painted the base of my stand with about three coats of the grey paint. *Fun Fact, I used the sample size of this paint, so I only paid right under $4 and I had just enough to finish the stand.
Now if you will notice, my once “four-drawer” table, is now a two-drawer. I simply removed the top two drawers and cut out a piece of wood that fit on top of the prior shelving supports. Yes, it is as Simple as it sounds ;)
The last step was to trek to Hobby Lobby (my fave store ever) and find the “perfect” knobs for my drawers. At $7 a piece, these were probably the most expensive part of my investment and I didn’t really need them because the knobs from before would have been just fine with a little paint. But I wanted a MAKEOVER. I had in mind from the beginning that I wanted the crystal knobs and honestly, I think they really pulled the piece together! I had some gloss spray paint left over from when I did my dining set, so I used it to put the finishing touches on my night stand! When all was said and done, my total came to about $44. Since I already had the white paint and painters tape, this totalincluded the table itself, the cans of crackle paint, the sample of Valspar paint and the two drawer knobs. First of all, $44 is at leasthalf the price you would pay for a comparable nightstand anywhere else and secondly, if I would have just gone without the crackle paint in the first place, that would put my out of pocket expense at $28! Even with that small snag, this little thrift store find turned out to be an even better steal than I expected. I am so proud of the before and after and I cant wait to get my hands on the next project to share with you!
While I made this with a future nursery in mind, the stand is currently being used in my master bathroom as storage for washclothes and the like. It is the perfect addition to glam up my otherwise boring bathroom space. With that being said, itjust goes to show how versatile these projects can be if you ever need to change something up every now and then ;)
What about you? Have you tackled any cool DIY projects lately? Were they a trial of patience, or easy breezy?! What was your "go-to" to get more for less?