Monday, January 31, 2011

The Nightstand Addition: Or the table that Goodwill would not even want

As we've been pulling our master bedroom together, I've been looking around for a nightstand to sit beside our bed. (When we were sleeping on the floor, we had no use for a nightstand. Haha!) But, a new nightstand was not in the budget right now (nor was it the highest on our priority list), so I had resigned myself to lustfully imagining being able to turn the bedroom lamp on and off without even getting up (at 32.5 weeks pregnant and averaging 4 bathroom trips/night, with excruciating round ligament pain, I hate getting up unnecessarily). Until I took a look around our living room, and there it was: the almost-perfect little nightstand.

Where did it come from and why was it sitting in our living room? Well, my manager, when I worked at a gift shop in downtown Athens, found it in the dumpster behind the store and gave it to me. It started out yellow and I painted it off-white, and used it as a little table in our living room in our former apartment. However, our incredibly destructive yellow Labrador chewed parts of it up, so we planned to get rid of it. But we never had. 

And that brings us back to it sitting in the living room, waiting to be taken to Goodwill (or the wood pile...since Goodwill would probably not take it. Have you ever been refused by Goodwill? That's embarrassing...). David took the table and cut off the chewed up parts with our jig saw. He proceeded to cut a new piece of wood out of scraps to replace the old chewed up piece, and attached it using wood glue, nails, and then wood filler. I knocked off the old wooden handles and filled in the holes. And then it got a good dose of green spray paint (the same paint that we used for my shelves).We added a cute little Anthropologie-esque knob that we already had from a collection of mismatched knobs that we were sampling for our kitchen. And now for some photos because that's what really matters:

 Keeping it simple

 A wider shot

With the fur

And that is the story of how we got a nightstand for our room for free. 

Sources & Costs

Nightstand: Dumpster, then Living Room: Free
High Gloss Spray paint: Lowe's: $4
Lamp: Target: Already owned
Picture Frame: Target: Already owned
Knob: Hobby Lobby: Already owned (However, they only cost about $2!)

Total: A whopping $4....I spend more on the Sunday paper than that!

I linked up at Show Me What You Got!

35 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

and it is perfect! i love the happy color- your bedroom is just amazing!

Gina @ Temporary Nest said...

I can't believe how great it looks! And the color is fantastic! You are seriously the queen of your domain! YAY!

Kara said...

Wow!! Isn't it amazing what treasures you can find around your own home that you used to think of as garbage?! So awesome! I LOVE your bedroom too...this table fits it perfectly. And it looks like it came straight out of a magazine!!

I'm only 23 weeks along, and I avoid the unnecessary trips at all cost too! You're getting so close!! So exciting!

Kristen said...

your room is soooo cute!

Liz said...

So cute! I'm in love with that color green right now! Great job!

17 Perth said...

Just found your blog! Love love love your new nightstand--and LOVE that wallpaper. Gorgeous. : )

Leanne said...

I love that color. The nightstand looks perfect. I love when you can find things in your own home to solve a decorating or utilitarian problem. Your whole room looks so happy. Oh, and thanks for offering to help with my basement. I got some of it worked on, but not as much as I had hoped. Have a great week.

A Vintage Vine said...

Thumbs up on this bedroom...double thumbs up on the cost!

Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse said...

It looks great! Your bedroom is really looking magazine worthy! P.S. Your post made me giggle.

Bromeliad said...

What an excellent save.

JoDee said...

Thanks for commenting on my yellow coffee table!

I love your bedroom--the wall color is awesome, and the stecil is perfect. The color you picked for the nighstand is perfect too! I love it when I can 'shop' at home and end up with a winner!

Clandestine Road said...

Nice work! That lamp is quite cool, too.

Mama Gone Green said...

great job, i love it!

Ashly@Moon Walk said...

The nightstand is great and for $4.00 you just can't go wrong.

Wendy said...

Gah! I LOVE your bedroom!!!!! Love the nightstand! I am a total dumpster diver so this kind of stuff is right up my alley. Btw, thank you for stopping by my blog and for the advice. :)

Adriana said...

It's the perfect little table for that spot, I love it!

the cape on the corner said...

the cutest little night stand! and i can't believe goodwill wouldn't take it...i've seen some interesting things there. i need new bedroom furniture! agh!

Mandi Miller said...

Wow! That night stand could sell for 80 bucks!! It looks fabulous!!

calikas said...

soooo cute!

michelle said...

I love this, what a cute little table! I am so glad that you could save in and breath new life into it! :) Love that color and rug is so gorgeous!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Ahhh, it is so perfect!!! I love that the green matches that green in your bedspread. Wonderful job!

Stacy said...

I am LOVING your room! The wall, the bed spread, and of course the TABLE :)This is getting featured Thursday for sure!!!

Comeca Jones said...

Love the colors you used and the lamp cute cute!

Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki said...

It looks fabulous! I love those colors. I'm your newest follower!

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

a cheerful bedroom!

Cristina said...

Swoon! It looks great. :) I love how you're so confident in using colors that many are afraid to use. The bedroom is looking amazing!!

P.S. I mentioned you on my blog today. Just passing on a little blog-love :) Take care.

Hope said...

I am in love with your color combo. It's so fresh. Love your little corner too. It looks like we have about the same amount of space to create in. :-)

Full House said...

Oh my, your space turned out so AWESOME!! Way to be resourceful. What a dream to have a happy space all to yourself.

Katarina said...

The bedroom looks great. Even though the greens differ in warmth, they go together very well. I like how the bedcover takes up the wall-ornaments.

Stephanie Cameron said...

Another beautiful shot of your damask wall...one more question... What size is your stencil? medium or large? Thanks!!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Stephanie-

I tried to email you but you have a no-reply email! You might want to consider changing that! = )

However, the stencil is a size large!!

~Caroline

Stephanie Cameron said...

Caroline: thanks so much for responding. You are the second person to point out that I am a no-reply email commenter...but I don't know what that means or how to change it!! I keep trying to find a place to change it, but can't. And I have one last question...What color is your teal/blue/green wall?? I just adore it too much!! I show showing all of my sisters tonight and they all were amazed as well!

SHERRY HART said...

$4 for a whole lotta cuteness and function!

Becky said...

Spinningbabies.com has some advice on ways to reduce/eliminate round ligament pain. If I remember right, it's an inverted hand walk to stretch the ligaments the other direction so when the uterus settles back in, they aren't twisted any longer. (sounds scarier than it is) I love them for lots of things, that chick really knows her stuff.
Happy Birthing!
And I totally adore your table. :)

Amanda said...

Wow that turned out fabulous!!