After a couple of months searching high and low for a bedside table, I decided there was no way I could afford one that I wanted and no way I wanted one of the ones I could afford!
So, being intrepid DIY-er, I decided to craft my way to the perfect item of bedroom storage.
I found a sturdy but hideously orange-y varnished pine bedside table in a local charity shop for £20. I went and bought a random shade of cream paint (out of like 20 options- who knew cream was so complex?) and some beautiful knobs to replace the originals.
After laying down some newspaper and gathering my tools (sandpaper and block, paintbrush…), I got to work. Here’s how I did it.
- Remove drawers and unscrew knobs.
- Sand the whole cabinet roughly – it doesn’t have to be perfect (this a whole lot more dusty than you think- be warned).
- Wipe every surface with a damp cloth to remove dust and leave to dry.
- Paint all visible surfaces with a thin layer of paint. I left the inside of the cabinet and drawers in/as plain wood because I liked the contrast and well, it’s easier.Leave to dry- a couple of hours should be enough.
- Paint a second coat on.
- Leave to dry overnight.
- Screw in new knobs.
Hey presto, a French-style piece of furniture for a fraction of the price!