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Guest Project — $7 Yard Sale Nightstand Makeover!!

Hey Y’all! 
I’m Myra from The Casabella Project and My Blessed Life
I’m thrilled to be here at Tatertots and Jello! 
{Thank you, Jen!!}

I’m a yard sale, thrift shop, spray paint, craft and decor junkie and I’m excited to share my yard sale nightstand makeover with you!

I spotted this nightstand/end table at a yard sale for $7. I hesitated slightly when I saw that it was laminate, but it’s actually good quality with a dovetailed drawer and solid wood instead of particle board under the laminate. The shape is just adorable and the price was right, so I bought it. I couldn’t wait to give it a new look!
1. I lightly sanded it down with a coarse sanding pad. Old stringy tape was stuck to the sides {eewww}, so sanding took care that.
2. Then I primed the nightstand with white Rustoleum American Accents oil-based spray primer and let it dry for a few days.
3. I used Rustoleum American Accents Blossom White spray paint in a few light coats to finish off the paint process.
{lookin’ better!}

After a few days of forcing myself to allow the paint to dry and harden, I lightly distressed the nightstand’s edges. I also distressed the drawer a bit. I love how it added texture, color and depth. The knobs are from Hobby Lobby where I scored them for 50% off – only $2.50 each! Woo to the hoo!

Now for the really fun part… stenciling!!
{supplies I used}
1. I divided the top into quadrants so I would have the center vertically and horizontally. I couldn’t find my hard measuring tape, but a sewing measuring tape and a ruler worked just fine.
2. Then I taped down my stencil with blue painter’s tape.
3. I squeezed Americana’s Bleached Sand acrylic paint onto a foam plate {fancy, I know!}.
4. Then I lightly brushed the paint onto the stencil with a foam brush. The key here is to not saturate the brush, but to lightly and repeatedly add more paint to the stencil. You could also use a small foam roller for this step.

I continued stenciling the design all over the top of the nightstand. {Don’t you just love those sweet little fingers peeking over the edge?} Once the stencil was dry, I sprayed two light coats of clear matte spray paint on it to give it a little bit of extra protection.

I’m thrilled with how my nightstand turned out!

It was easy and inexpensive to makeover. I only spent about $12 for supplies that I didn’t have on hand.

{more eye candy}
We all love a good before and after, right?
I hope you’re inspired to makeover a piece of furniture or even to stencil something in your home. I would love for you to visit my blogs – The Casabella Project and My Blessed Life.
Again, thank you SO much for having me, Jen!
Such a great project, Myra. I adore that stenciled top!
I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so I can get out to the yard sales again!
If you haven’t been over to My Blessed Life or The Casabella Project, this is what you have been missing: 


And now with her new blog, the Casabella Project, Myra and her husband are redoing a 1950’s home and showing us all of the DIY projects. I am so excited to see what they do! 
Don’t miss out on all the DIY goodness going on at 
PS — There’s a super sweet deal at GroopDealz today from my friend Brittany at {Love Stitched}. She is selling these amazing Cabochon Rings for 1/2 off — $5 each!!
These would make awesome Valentine’s or Birthday gift for your mom, sister, best friend, neighbor, babysitter, teachers — anyone who loves cute things!!
Check them out here.


  1. Craft Snob says:

    The night stand redo is right up my alley. I want to try my hand at before and after furniture and decor. The stenciling inspires me! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I love the transformation. I am going right over to check both sites. So many lovelies.


  3. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    What a great makeover and the step by step instructions are really helpful. I like the stenciled top…makes it very unique.

  4. That is beautiful1 You are really talented.

  5. I love the stencil on top. Sweet!

  6. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    This nightstand turned out lovely! I really like the knobs she used! And on sale!! Whoop!

  7. I'm gonna be redoing my nightstands this summer! If I can wait that long. :)

  8. Lesley K Yates says:

    So cute!!! Love your ideas!!!

  9. Good Time Charlie says:

    I am on my work avoidance program this morning, and so glad I am! What an adorable little project and what a very talented girl. Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. everyday muses says:

    Why is that everyone else seems to be able to find cute stuff second-hand but me?? :)

  11. Lil Mama Stuart says:

    love it! agreed with others, where does one pick up cute stencils?

  12. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Such a cute table! I love the stencil and the knobs!

  13. Ali Rockwell says:

    Very cute! I want to do a stenciling project SO BAD but I am afraid I will ruin it… and I don't know where to find good stencils… Some day I'll try it.

  14. I'm loving the nightstand – I'm totally inspired to go stencil a piece of furniture :)

  15. rindercella @ neatheringourfest says:

    that is such a cute makeover! :) i love the stenciling on the top!

  16. Trisha @ The Sweet Survival says:

    Love the nightstand!!

  17. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    It's beautiful, Myra! I think the stencil on top was the perfect touch. :)

  18. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    I love that nightstand! It turned out so cute!

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  20. Admitted Fabricaholic says:

    love the table! Came out so cute, and I Love it even more because it was a yard sale find – those are my absolute favorites!!! Ummm…and that green desk in the other photo? Loving that too!

  21. Love it! And definitely have to head over to check out that Valentine's decor! :)

  22. Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots says:

    What a CUTE table! I have an old crib that turns into a full headboard, but the "wood" is laminate, and I'm desperate to paint it and actually use it! I think this post just gave me the guts to do it! :)