One day I was sitting in my "Game Room" working on the computer, I turned around and looked at the little table that was on the side of my sofa and thought, "that's cute but nothing special. What can I do with it?' After a couple of minutes the "nightstand" popped in my head. Who says a nightstand has to be by a bed?!
This is the results of those two events.
Notice the dried look of the wood. It was dirty and scratched.
It was so dull but I thought it had such character. I love it and I knew it could have a great 2nd life.
Does this even look like the same wood? I use a mixture of 3/4 C oil and 1/4 C vinegar. (No, I am not making salad dressing.) It can be any kind of vinegar, white or cider, and any kind of oil, olive, vegetable, canola. You get the idea. I put it in an empty water bottle so I can shake it up while I work on the project. I use a clean old tea towel and wipe the furniture with the grain of the wood. I turn my cloth as it gets dirty so I don't put the dirt back into the piece. The vinegar cleans it and the oil brings it back to it's glory. The wood is beautiful now!! Note: NOT ALL FURNITURE NEEDS TO BE REFINISHED!!! Sometimes it just needs to be cleaned. I didn't use any paint or stain on this!! I promise!!!
I collect cute knobs when ever I see them CHEAP!!!! I generally don't pay more than $3 or $4 for one. And I usually only buy one or two. But if they're REALLY cheap and REALLY cute, I might buy 5 or 6!! I very seldom use all the same knobs on a piece. (Remember me saying I don't follow rules too well?) I find knobs at Cost Plus World Market, Pier 1 Imports, Anthropologie, Jo-ann's, Thrift Stores, Home Depot... I'm always looking. (I have a list longer than your kids Christmas lists of things I keep an eye out for)
Here is the finished project in it's place of honor. I am so happy and I just love it!! So much cuter than the table that was there!!! Stop by and see it when you're in the neighborhood.
My summary of expenses:
oil, vinegar, tea towel and empty bottle 0
knobs (I'll guess) 7
fabric (I have 1/2 yd left) 12
leather strip (what I used from the pack) 1
Priceless to me!!!
P.S. I had been looking for a nightstand for the side of my bed for almost a year!! Wait till you see what I put there!!