Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Night Stand with Attitude

As promised, I am going to show/tell you how my husband and I transformed a garage sale nightstand into a nightstand with attitude for our son's room. This one was a joint effort, because it required some skills that I really didn't want to learn at this point. More about that later.

Before I started, it looked like this:

After removing the hardware I lightly sanded just to make sure the paint adhered properly.  Next I distressed it.  It already had some dings in it; I just added some more. My tools of destruction were a hammer, a tiny nail set and some big chain. 

I used the claw on the hammer to make some longer marks.  I just banged it lightly.  This is pine so it didn't take much.   Then I used the chain and gave that poor thing a spanking, but not too hard.  Lastly I used the nail set to create "worm holes."

I gave it another light sanding in case I stirred up any splinters, then I sprayed it with a couple coats of black paint. After it dried I lightly sanded the edges to age it a bit.

Now to give it some attitude.  I knew I didn't want ordinary handles.  His room was getting a industrial/auto mechanic sort of remodel.  It had to be cool.  Tractor Supply was my go to spot.  It's where I got the curtain rod after all.  What?  You don't get your curtain rods at Tractor supply?  Check out this post and you might just change your mind.

Up to this point the remodel of this little piece was all me.  Here's where hubby came in.  We found large bolts at tractor supply.  I wanted them cut off to use as handles, but I was frustrated because I didn't know how to attach them.  Hubby said, "that's easy."  I said, "huh?"  He explained that he would cut it with a Sawzall, which is a mean looking saw that looks something like this:

"Uh huh babe.  You do that."  I'm just not ready for that one yet.  Then he said he would drill a hole for a bolt with a tap and die.  I really didn't want to tap dance until I died, so I let him have at it.  Turns out he used a kit like this called a tap and die set.

First he cut off the bolts to the right length for knobs, then he filed them smooth.

Then he drilled holes in the exact middle to start the process.  After this it's a mystery what he did.  It was freezing cold out in the barn and it looked like it was going to be awhile.  He used the tap and die set somehow to make the hole with threads to match the bolt.  Sorry I don't have pictures.  You'll have to google that one, or ask someone with a tap and die set.  Don't take your tap shoes along though.  You might get laughed out of their garage.

So now the knobs to the top drawer were in place and looking cool if I do say so myself.

But the bottom drawer presented another problem.  Remember the before shot?

See that handle on the bottom drawer?  It was attached with two screws, so I had two holes about two inches apart.  The same knobs would have looked funny there.  So I thunk, and thunk some more, then got inspiration from the curtain rod.  Back to Tractor Supply I trotted.  I got the shortest length of small chain link that I could buy (6 inches), and two eye bolts with nuts.

 Using bolt cutters, hubby cut me off a piece of chain 5 links long.  Then he opened up the eyebolts enough to slip the chain on and closed them back up again.  I just inserted the bolts through the holes in the drawer and secured them inside with the nut.

Another handle with attitude.  Kinda like my boy.  But that's another story.  Here's the finished night stand. 

Oh look...it's smiling.  I think it likes it's new look!

I've linked this to these parties.  Be sure to check them out!

Domestically Speaking - Power of Paint Party
Today's Creative Blog - Get Your Craft On
Someday Crafts - Whatever Goes Wednesday
Blue Cricket Design - Show and Tell
Debbiedoos - Before and After 
The Shabby Chic Cottage - Transformation Thursdays
House of Hepworth's -Hookin' Up with hoh
Tools are for Women Too
The Shabby Nest - Frugal Friday 
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday 
Mustard Seed Creations - Furniture Feature Friday 
Just a Girl - Show and Share Day 
Funky Junk Interiors - Sat Nite Special


  1. Oh My Goodness I love that!!!!

    This might be something to do in my son's vintage automobile/"dirty metal boy stuff" room! So Creative. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It looks great! You are so creative!

  3. Woow...beautiful work, bravoo!!!

    Big kisses dear.

  4. Very unique! Love that chain handle!

  5. lol "it's smiling" I love that!!
    It looks so COOL! you're such a KEWL mom lol

  6. Hi Deborah,

    Your ideas are so super-original,I can't keep up with you!! May I ask, is your husband Super-man? Have you checked underneath his glasses for Clark Kent eyes? Ever noticed lots of red pants in the wash? Be suspicious!

  7. Thanks everyone! It was a fun, though sometimes frustrating room to work on.

    Modern Country: ROFL! You are too funny! Come to think of it I do have so much red in the wash, that I have to do a separate load for them...giggle.

  8. So incredibly creative!! I love it!! You did an awesome job - bet your son is loving the new elements in his room! It does look like it is smiling btw- a happy nightstand! :)

  9. COOL!!~ The chain really gives it that rugged boy look. I love turning trash to treasure...nothing more rewarding than that. Thanks so much for joining me this week.

  10. I just love how you did that! It is definitely a night stand fit for a boy!! You are so clever!! I thought of you today, I was at an antique place and saw a front end of a car, red too! I have always wanted to put on on my sons room, but that would have looked perfect in your sons room!! When I win the lottery! :)

  11. that little chain pull is brilliant! i love that idea- brings in a little industrial feel. thanks fro joining my party!

  12. Oh my gosh Debbie...I burst out laughing at the part where you "spanked" the piece with a chain!!! You are too funny girl!
    Great ideas applied for a great night stand.

  13. That's one cool night stand. Love the chain handle.

  14. Just blogging around this evening and found your blog. I love reading the different blogs, they are all as unique as we are as individuals. Thank you for letting me visit.
    For a fun read:
    Bet it will make you smile

  15. Well I guess it's time for me to go to bed when I don't seem to be able to type right.
    So let me try one more time.
    For a fun read:

  16. That is really cool! Very masculine :)

  17. great job, it looks so cool:)).....
    greeting from croatia:))...

  18. I love black furniture and I love this transformation. Your choice of hardware is excellent for a boys room too! I would have never thought of that. Great job!

  19. OK... lovin' the attitude on this one! Very cool with the chain handle! Very creative!

  20. Awesome! Love the bolt pulls! What guy wouldn't love it?

  21. The chain link handle is an inspired idea - great "thunking"!

  22. its a very amazing night stand and looks very cool with the chain, the chain adds to its modern and funky look, it seems to be a sturdy piece of wood, great for storage

  23. looks terrific!! right up my alley of what I'm trying to find for my sons rooms to do. :)

  24. Came over from Just a Girl--
    Your nightstand is very cool! I bet your son loves it.


  25. its a beautiful nightstand. the black color gives it a very dignified and simple touch yet makes it very elegant, i like it a lot

  26. What a difference! I love your blogs and all of your wonderful ideas inspire me! Thank you so much for sharing these!


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