DIY Industrial Nightstand

Hey there and happy Friday! It’s the start of the long holiday weekend and I’m excited for it to be here. For the first time since we moved in, we’ll be putting down our tools and enjoying the last weekend of summer. Our oldest daughter is visiting from Denver and we have plans to go to Asheville to explore. I’m really looking forward to relaxing and spending time with my daughter, I’ve missed her terribly. The only thing missing will be our youngest daughter, but we will see her in October.

Anyway…In my last post I shared the story of our mismatched lamps in the master bedroom and gave you a peek at my DIY industrial nightstand. Today I thought I’d share the transformation. It’s nothing dramatic, just a quick, easy and inexpensive DIY.

Metal and industrial style furniture are so popular right now. Here's a quick and easy DIY industrial nightstand on a budget.We only had one lamp and nightstand in our new master bedroom, and really needed to add more light, so we decided that a new nightstand and lamp would be an easy fix.

We’ve always been a “one lamp in the bedroom” kind of couple. Maybe that’s weird, I don’t know, but for one reason or another I’ve always had a nightstand and a lamp and the hubs has always had a small pedestal and his clock. This arrangement wasn’t working for us in this house though, so the search for a new nightstand and lamp was on.

master nightstand

I was able to find a lamp but had a bit more trouble with the nightstand. I looked online and scoured estate sales and thrift stores but couldn’t find anything I liked in the size I needed. Then I spotted this vintage typewriter cart under a bunch of heavy boxes at a garage sale.

master nightstand 2

It was rusty, old and dirty, but for $5 I figured I could find a use for it, not even thinking about using it as a nightstand. I brought it home, gave it a good cleaning and sanded the rust off when it hit me…I could use it for a nightstand (until I could find a proper one that fit our space). I took some measurements and it was just the right size, a bit on the short side, but otherwise a perfect fit.

A quick and easy DIY industrial nightstand on a budget. chatfieldcourt.com

I have no clue what I’m going to do in the master, so I decided that I would paint the “new” nightstand gloss white to keep things easy. A couple of quick coats and it was ready for it’s new life as a bedroom nightstand (for now anyway).

Turning a vintage typewriter cart into a stylish industrial looking nighstand. A quick and easy DIY on a budget. chatfieldcourt.com

It’s different and quirky and a nice change from all of the wood. The hubs is happy with the change too.

Turning a vintage typewriter cart into a stylish industrial looking nighstand. A quick, cheap and easy DIY. chatfieldcourt.comI mean…I think he is, but you never know.

Now we are a “2 lamps in the bedroom” kind of couple.

Turning a vintage typewriter cart into a stylish industrial looking nightstand. A quick, easy and inexpensive DIY. chatfieldcourt.com

Change is good. πŸ˜‰

Do you need matching lamps in the bedroom? Check out what I did here.

Should you have matching bedside lamps? chatfieldcourt.com

Bedside Lamps…Should They Match?

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36 thoughts on “DIY Industrial Nightstand

  1. Looks great!
    Enjoy Asheville, I was there twice this summer. Love, love, love that city! If you like chocolate, make sure you check out French Broad Chocolates for liquid chocolate truffle and and other unique things!!

    • Thanks Melanie. I love Asheville too and I enjoyed touring it with my daughter. Thanks for the tip about French Broad Chocolates. It just so happens that it was the first shop we went into. Yum!

  2. I love the new nightstand. I wouldn’t even consider looking for a replacement. It looks light and it’s “not wood”.
    I also think your lamps are pretty. I have had mismatched lamps in the bedroom for many years. I love your lampshades. They are beautiful and perfect with your lamps.
    I truly enjoy your postings!

  3. Brenda, Florida

    The bedside table looks great. Amazing what a couple of coats of paint will do! Enjoy your time with your daughter and Asheville is a great place. Lots of quaint shops, I’m sure you will find a “buy”. The Biltmore Mansion is a must too.

    • Thanks Brenda! We really enjoyed our visit to Asheville. We were only there for 24 hours so we didn’t get to do everything we wanted, but we’ll definitely go back (Biltmore is at the top of my list for the next time). Hope you had a great weekend!

  4. Love the table as a nightstand. You did a great job painting it. First thing that popped in my mind though was, “Where is your hubby’s alarm clock?” LOL Ashville has been on my bucket list for quite sometime. I need to get there soon. Have a great time with your daughter this weekend and be safe,

    • Thanks Debbie. The hubs’ alarm clock was in hiding while I took a few pictures. πŸ˜‰

      I’ve only been to Asheville once and it was several years ago so I was excited to go back. Hope that you had a great weekend!

    • HI Eleni. If you would like to receive my updates, just fill out the box at the bottom of the DIY Industrial Nightstand post (there’s also one in the sidebar) with your email and you should get a welcome email in return. If you have any issues with it, please let me know. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Hi Kristi! Love what you did to that old table. Enjoy you new place in the south. One day, Hubby and I would love to retire and move south. πŸ™‚

    Would you consider sharing this at our weekly Dishing It & Digging It Link Party? We are live every Sunday @ 4pm. πŸ™‚

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