Rustic Nightstand Makeover

A nightstand makeover using paint sticks and stain |

In January I shared the mood board for the guest room redo, which included a new nightstand from West Elm. After starting the redo and assessing my needs and wants for the room, I decided to stick with what I had and to try to give the old nightstand a new look.

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Changing the Look of a Nightstand | Chatfield CourtI bought this piece years ago. I don’t remember where I bought it but I do know that I didn’t spend a whole lot of money on it (and you could tell). Although it’s made of wood there was a big gap on both sides, between the leg and the wood on the side, that I wanted to try to disguise with trim, but instead I came up with another idea.

Changing the Look of a Nightstand | Chatfield CourtI decided to try to use paint sticks to give it a different look and to cover up the gaps by the legs. Because I love the look of rustic planked walls, I thought I would try that idea but on a much smaller scale (and on a piece of furniture). I figured that I had nothing to lose by trying and dove right in.

The supplies I used to complete this project were 25 paint sticks, a razor knife, sandpaper, dark walnut stain, and Elmer’s wood glue.

Changing the Look of a Nightstand | Chatfield CourtFirst, I laid a few of the paint sticks on the nightstand so I could see where the seams would lay and how I wanted them placed. Once I had an idea of what I wanted, I used the razor knife, to cut the notched handle off, so that I had straight pieces. Then I sanded all of the edges that were cut. Since one stick wasn’t long enough to fill a whole row, I ended up using a small piece of another stick and staggering my seams to keep the rustic feel.

Changing the Look of a Nightstand | Chatfield CourtOnce I got a few rows worked out, I used a paper towel to stain the top, sides and ends of each paint stick so that no raw wood was visible. I ended up with sticks from 3 different stores so they were made from 3 different kinds of wood and I really liked the variety that this gave me.

Changing the Look of a Nightstand | Chatfield CourtAfter they were dry, which didn’t take long, I glued each piece to the side of the nightstand. To ensure that my sticks stuck, I ended up using a heavy weight and some canned beans to weigh them down until they dried. I would do a few rows, let them dry, do a few more, until one side was done. I flipped the nightstand over and followed the same procedure for other side. That’s it. This project really was so easy but it did take me take me some time to complete because I had to let the glue dry before I could remove the weights and move on to the next row.

You can really see the difference in the wood in this pic. Plus the gap is gone!

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I also switched out the glass knobs with 2 oil rubbed bronze knobs that I had in my stash to bring the rustic look to the front of the nightstand.

So what do you think? Is this nightstand makeover something you would try? I like that it cost me nothing to do, since paint sticks are free and I already had the glue and the stain on hand, and now I have a “new” rustic-looking nightstand.  

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100 thoughts on “Rustic Nightstand Makeover

  1. Wow, genius! I really love it! I just shared my dresser makeover and have been looking for inspiration on redoing my night stands. My mom has almost the exact night stand…. I may have to work this magic on it next time I’m there (or steal it…..)

    • Thanks Emily. I’m loving the dresser that you redid. I like that you didn’t paint the top, that contrast makes it more interesting. I say steal the nightstand 😉 I would love to see what you do with it. Thanks so much for visiting.

  2. I really like it. Very clever idea using the paint sticks. I always grab an extra one when buying paint but I always end up losing them by the time we reach the truck. I think they slide out of the shopping cart and end up either on the store floor or parking lot.
    Nice that you could use something you already had instead of having to buy something new.

    • Thanks so much Sarah! I think that I like that it tones down the traditional look too. I wasn’t sure it would work, but I’m glad that it did. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I absolutely love this Re-Use Project. Your idea has inspired me to use this with pallet wood on Kitchen Cabinets that we got for free. When we made an island out of them there wasn’t a back and I have been trying to figure out something to do. THANK YOU!!

    • So glad that my idea could inspire you Treshea. It sounds like your island is going to look great. I would love to see it after you’re finished. Thanks so much for reading and for your nice comment.

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  5. You are such a clever girl. What a great idea. I love the classy look of the dark against the clean white.. And you would never imagine that it was paint sticks..Great job..Happy Thursday..Judy

  6. I love the idea of using paint sticks. I really like to look it adds to the nightstand. I am in love with dark walnut stain and white, I am going to be using this combination on my kitchen table. Great work!

    • Hi Megan. I love dark walnut stain and white too. Something about the contrast that makes it interesting. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good luck with your kitchen table.

  7. I have to say I absolutely love look of your night stand and even better that you redid a piece you already had. Don’t know how much night stand at West Elm was but guessing enough to take family out to dinner? You did such an awesome job on that night stand, I’d sure buy if you were selling. The style and changes you made on it really give the stand interesting style and look. Pinning this so I don’t forget.
    I have a table I got at Hobby Lobby years ago, want to change it to go with style/colors when we paint our bedroom. Right now it’s dark all over with dark wicker fronts on drawers. Will figure out how to include your idea into redoing the table. Room will be coral walls with apple green furniture, maybe some white, still thinking about that part. I might have to try your idea on table in living room, like things to have different slant. Your table is such wonderful inspiration. Happy summer days

    • What a nice comment Jane Ellen. Thanks so much. The West End nightstand was pretty expensive, more than I wanted to spend for a guest room, so I’m glad that my little project worked out and I didn’t have to spend any money.
      It sounds like you have some great ideas for your bedroom. I hope that you are able to try this project. I would love to hear about it and see pictures if you do!
      I appreciate your visit. Happy summer days to you.:)

  8. Wow, it looks completely a great way! You did a fabulous job!

    My weekly Say G’Day Saturday linky party is on right now and this would be a wonderful addition. Please stop by and say g’day if you have a minute!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  9. Stopping by from That DIY Party….This looks great! I love paint sticks but I never thought of using them like this! Great idea! Following you on social media – love if you’d follow back however you like!

    Shelly@The Domestic Heart

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  13. What a nifty idea!! How creative!! Love the look of the wood and white. I am looking for ideas for my bedroom furniture. Even though they’re wood…after seeing this, I think the color I want to go with is White. I could somewhat have the same look!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Pinning it!

    • Thanks so much Bobbi! I think that painting your bedroom furniture with some white and leaving some wood would look great. Would love to see it. I appreciate you visiting and commenting and pinning! 🙂

  14. I absolutely love your night stand. I was just wondering why you didn’t put the stained wood sticks on the top? I think that would have looked really really good. It still is very nice perhaps on another one you can try putting them on the top. Best wishes

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    • Thanks Allie! I just used plain old Elmer’s wood glue. I did add a weight on each section as I glued them though, and I’ve not had any problems with it. Hope that helps.

      Good luck, hope your project turns out. I’d love to see it when you’re done.

    • Thanks so much Terry for the lovely comment. I had no idea how it would turn out when I started it, but I love it. I appreciate your visit. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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  17. Beautiful mind you have to think of this idea! It looks soooo good! I would so love it if you would come share some of this inspiration at Making Broken Beautiful over at The Curator’s Collection! The party runs every Thursday thru Sunday and has just started. You do amazing work and I do hope you will come inspire! I hope you have an amazing day!
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  22. What a smart way to solve this problem. I am also in the process of redoing my dresser and this is such a nice look. Thanks for the inspiration. Pinning! Kristi, I host a new link party Sweet Inspiration that runs Friday till Tuesday. I would love to have you join us.

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