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Crafting A Bedside Table

bedside table

While remodeling a bedroom for my daughter, I began looking for a bedside table, but the price of most new ones were quite outside my budget limit! I wanted something with a little bit of storage, but those cost in the $200 to $400 range. More than I wanted to spend!

I happened upon this small dresser at a second-hand shop and snatched it up for only $25! It did need some mending however.Dresser: Before

First up, I needed to repair the top, which was the only part that really needed to be redone (other than replacing the knobs). The drawers and door were in good shape – nice dovetail joints and good, sturdy legs. The round wooden knobs that came on the piece were also chipped and one was broken completely in half and missing!drawers: before

The top had a crack along it and a gouge in one corner. Since I knew I was going to need to paint this piece after all those repairs, it fit in well with what I wanted to do in the room. I sanded the crack in the top a bit to smooth some of the rough edges and then filled it, as well as the gouge in the corner, with wood putty. I did end up filling these areas a couple of times since wood putty tends to shrink as it dries. Now for a final sanding with fine grit sand paper and I was ready for the paint.

I had some dark teal paint leftover from painting a wall behind a built-in daybed in my daughter’s room and really wanted a little more of that teal color in the room, so I opted to paint the dresser in that color.Wall behind Built-in daybed I put one coat of the teal paint on the dresser and allowed it to dry. It didn’t look too great at this point! But I knew it would get better with more coats of paint applied.

I lightly sanded and then applied a second coat of paint. Ah, this was better. I was liking it already, but I wasn’t finished yet!

After the second coat of paint dried really well, I applied Annie Sloan dark wax and allowed it to dry. Next came buffing the dresser with a clean, soft cotton rag. I added new handles and it was done!


I now have myself a very reasonably-priced new bedside table. I absolutely love it and it works perfectly for that room!

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