Your nightstand can be more than just a place to set a lamp or a book. With a little TLC and some imagination, it can become a beautiful design element in the room. Here are DIY ideas that are sure to give you sweeter dreams.

February 18, 2016

Overlays House of Jade Interiors

When the design team at House of Jade Interiors needed to come through with big style on a budget, they turned to the IKEA Rast chest. After a coat of blue paint, they also added gold-sprayed O'verlays -- a product designed to add detail to furniture. See more details and the full bedroom design here.

Image source: House of Jade Interiors

Photographer: Jylare Smith Photography

Turn an End Table into a Nightstand

No nightstand? You might already have what you need. Sarah converted a vintage trunk (that she was using as an end table) into a nightstand by adding a metal base. She used aluminum strips and rivets and sprayed them gold to match. An easy update for under $20! Find full instructions here.

Image source: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

What's Your Decorating Style?

Try an Ostrich + Emerald Green Makeover

The $35 price tag on IKEA's Rast chest makes it a popular option for a makeover, and Naomi's hack is a stunner. She used ostrich-print white vinyl to cover the drawer fronts and added trim, bold emerald paint, and new hardware. With just a few updates, it's barely recognizable. Find full details here.

Image source: Design Manifest


Use Putty and Paint for a Nightstand Facelift

This update is a prime example of why you shouldn't overlook outdated furniture--if the size and price are right. Jennifer took a pair of older maple chests and completely changed the look by filling in the sectioned drawer fronts with an all-purpose putty product. She also added new hardware and fresh white paint for a new, clean look. She shares her step-by-step directions here.

Image source: Dimples & Tangles

Add a Touch of Gold

This was one of the easiest updates that made the biggest impact when I was refreshing our master bedroom. I spotted a much pricier version of a white and gold nightstand with the same clean lines as our $99 IKEA Koppang chests. I decided to attempt a knockoff version by using some painters tape and gold leaf Rub 'n Buff. I also changed out the hardware for slightly bigger knobs that I painted gold. See my full tutorial here.

Image source: Emily A. Clark

Photographer: Caroline Lima


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