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!
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