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Upcycled Bedside Tables

Safely set aside any bits you undo/take off! You don’t want to work hard on a project to find you’ve lost bits and can’t finish it off!

You should now have a collection of accessory-free bits and pieces.

Now for my least favourite part- sanding. The paint I bought actually says no need to sand and prime, but all the drawers were pretty tightly fitted already so I was worried if I didn’t sand, they wouldn’t fit back in once painted. Better to over prepare than to have to start all over again for being lazy.

How different does that look now?! At this point in the project I actually considered staining instead of painting because the wood is so lovely! But I had already been and bought the paint and painting it fits a lot better with other pieces in the room it’s intended for.

Once all drawers are sanded you should have a collection that looks something like this.

Sand the main body as well, then it’s onto the fun part- painting!

Make sure you give everything a good coat of paint and then leave it to dry thoroughly before adding any necessary second coats. Waiting until the first coat is properly dry will avoid the paint dragging and looking bitty.

While you’re waiting for paint coat number 1 to dry, you can get on with cleaning the handles. These weren’t too dirty so I just used washing up liquid and a soft cloth.

Lovely shiny handles! They look like brand new!

Once everything has had the necessary coats of paint (to paint the inside of the drawers i slid the bases out) you can start putting it back together. On go the lovely shiny handles!

So pretty and new!

There you have it! Someone’s unwanted, destined-for-landfill furniture given a new lease of life in less than a day. I love my new bedside tables!