DIY Thrifted Industrial Nightstand

DIY Thrifted Industrial Nightstand

Metal and industrial style furniture are so popular right now. Here's a quick and easy DIY industrial nightstand on a budget.

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 upcycle.

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. We don’t have overhead lighting in this room so this arrangement wasn’t working for us. To remedy that, I began the search for a new nightstand and lamp.

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 thrift store.

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…

We 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.

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.

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.

I 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.

Change is good. 😉


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  1. Melanie
    Friday,September 2, 2016 / 6:29 am

    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!!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      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. Colette
    Friday,September 2, 2016 / 7:10 am

    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!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Colette. It truly made my day! I’m loving the new nightstand too and think it will stay, for now anyway. 😉

  3. Brenda, Florida
    Friday,September 2, 2016 / 8:55 am

    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.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      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. Linda
    Friday,September 2, 2016 / 9:15 am

    LOVE that little table! Wish I could find one. Would you share the paint color on your walls in the bedroom?

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks so much, Linda, I appreciate it. The color on my walls is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, at 50% strength.

  5. Friday,September 2, 2016 / 9:31 am

    That is an awesome piece…great find!! It looks super in the space, too!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Kim. It’s not what I had in mind but I’m loving it. 🙂

  6. chris aka monkey
    Friday,September 2, 2016 / 10:18 am

    I think the table looks awesome there and as I said I love the lamp I wouldn’t change a thing xx

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Awww, thank so much! I’m happy with the way it turned out.

  7. Debbie H
    Friday,September 2, 2016 / 10:41 am

    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,

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Thanks Debbie. The hubs’ alarm clock was in hiding while I took a few pictures. 😉

      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!

  8. Cheryl Andersen
    Friday,September 2, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing this idea. As someone else I would also be interested in knowing the colour on bedroom walls. Thank you

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Thanks Cheryl. The paint color on the bedroom walls is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, at 50% strength. Hope that helps. 🙂

  9. Rhonda
    Friday,September 2, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Love the nightstand,color and the price. Good job, thanks for sharing. Have fun with the daughter,I always do.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:52 pm

      Thank you, Rhonda, I loved the price too! Like you, I always have fun with my daughter. There’s nothing like spending time your with kids. 🙂

  10. Eleni
    Saturday,September 3, 2016 / 4:03 am

    I would like to receive your email,please.thank you!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,September 3, 2016 / 10:27 am

      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!

  11. Eleni
    Saturday,September 3, 2016 / 4:06 am

    Love your great ideas!Very good job!have fun! Thanks for sharing the idea!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,September 3, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Thanks so much, Eleni. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

  12. Lisa House
    Saturday,September 3, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Beautiful as a bedside table, I wouldn’t change a thing!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 4, 2016 / 10:54 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa. I love the way it turned out! 🙂

  13. kathie
    Monday,September 5, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    call off the dogs!! i love your nightstand and would say your hunt is over. it looks way cute!….

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 6, 2016 / 2:44 am

      Ha, your comment made me laugh, Kathie! Thanks for that, I appreciate it. 🙂

  14. Linda
    Tuesday,September 6, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Love the nightstand, Where did you get striped vase, love it and have been looking for one for a long time.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,September 8, 2016 / 4:10 am

      Thanks Linda! I got the striped vase from the Target Dollar Spot about a year or so ago.

  15. Monday,September 12, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    wowsers your bedroom looks so crisp and clean and the table is adorbs!!! Nope, lamps don’t need to match! SO much more personality!!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 13, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Awww, thanks so much Christine. I am loving the way it turned out. 🙂

  16. Saturday,September 17, 2016 / 9:58 am

    I love the nightstand Kristi! Mixing industrial and wood is one of my favourite things to do… it’s like Farmdustrial 😉 Thanks so much for linking this up to our Inspiration Galore Project Party last week.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,September 18, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Ha, great word…Farmdustrial. Love it!!! 🙂

  17. Monday,September 19, 2016 / 6:21 am

    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. 🙂

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

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 1:07 am

      Thanks so much, Lori, I appreciate it. We really love the south and can’t imagine living anywhere else. 🙂

  18. Monday,September 19, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the white! It’s so crisp!

    Well done!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely evening.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 3:46 am

      Thanks so much, Jennifer. I hope you have a great week! 🙂

  19. Friday,October 27, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I love this Kristi & it has a shelf underneath, so that’s handy! Love the makeover too! Especially the white paint, which goes with everything. There’s no way I could make it in our bedroom without 2 lamps. Visiting from the Challenge. Pinned.

    • Kristi
      Monday,October 30, 2017 / 7:37 am

      Thanks so much Florence, I appreciate your visit and the pin. Now that we have 2 lamps in our bedroom, I could never go back to one. 😉

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