“Boosting” up Our Side Tables

When I shared the guestroom updates the other day, I mentioned I made some alterations to the two side tables next to the bed.  They were just too short as is and it wasn’t going to cut it.  They’d be cute next to an accent chair or low armed sofa maybe, but just not the right height for a nightstand.

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End tables and nightstands can get expensive, especially for quality pieces made from real wood. I really wasn’t looking to spend $$$ on pieces for this room and was sort of itching for a project to do.  I looked on Craigslist for something vintage or antique but I really wasn’t seeing anything that I liked.  These little cuties are a bit unique, but came in at $80 a piece after sales and coupons at Target.  I knew I could add some height to them with a little work and they’d be just we needed.  The tops on these are about 1″ thick and I wanted the base to blend in so I picked up a small sheet of 3/4″ sanded plywood. I flipped each table over to trace the shape of the top onto the plywood, then cut them out as straight as I could using our jigsaw.

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Table 3

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I’ve got a little workshop set up in the basement for the winter so don’t mind the mess.  🙂 I sanded each piece down until smooth and evened out some of the edges that way.  While I was at it I sanded down the tops of the tables so I could re-stain them.  The finish originally is a grey-wash which was a bit odd and actually doesn’t really go with the gold finish of the body. It’s described as “weathered”, but it was more grey than “weathered”. I didn’t care for it, but it’s an easy fix.

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Plywood has an unfinished edge that needs to be covered, so I purchased a roll of birch veneer which you iron on and then trimmed it with utility knife.  It was my first time doing this and it was actually easier than I thought!

Veneer 1

Veneer 2

Time to stain.  The bed in here is Dark Walnut by Minwax, so I used that on these pieces as well.  I purchased 8 of these 5.5″ furniture legs and brackets at Lowes and stained them to match too.  The chrome feet got a little rub of rub-n-buff in Antique Gold to try to match the table and then I left everything to dry for 24 hours.  (Oh, I also put a light coat of wipe-on poly on the table tops for a little added protection.)

Staining

Next day, I grabbed my bottoms, feet, and brackets and went to assembling some tables. The brackets came with screws so I just eyeballed a good layout and put these together upside down.

Base 1

Base 2

Base 3

Flip it over and now you have a tiny little table!

Base 4

Plop your little accent table on top and look how cute this little eclectic thing turned out!

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But wait…how did I attach the table to my new base, you ask? Well, I used Gorilla Glue and clamped the tops to the bases to dry for a good few hours.  I have no pictures of this because I got far too interested into watching Anthony Hopkins defeat the bear and forgot to take a picture.  The Gorilla Glue worked like a charm though and the bases are firmly attached without using a screw or anything. The height really helps out and I actually like these tables better with the addition of the wood base!

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Plus, it brought them up to a much better height besides the guest bed.

GR Side TableWith the additional feet and base each table ended up at about $110 each. I’m happy with that price knowing what wood there is on this table is a solid wood and not particle board, plus I got to do a project which I always find enjoyable.  $220 on two bedside tables is actually a really reasonable amount that I can be happy about spending.

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What do you think? Ever alter a store bought piece to suit you better?

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Guest Room Updates

We haven’t done much to update the guest room in the last few years, but I thought it was time add a bit more style to this room.  Or at least comfort in the form of some night stands and lighting! Part of what holds me up when trying to move forward is deciding on lamps.  Lamps, of all things hold me up! Ack. What holds you up, if anything on improving your space? Either way, I got past it, am happy with my decision and think the room is looking a bit more cozy and guest-worthy.  I also picked up a simple wide angle lens that attached to my phone so I can use that to photograph rooms, but it didn’t really pan out.  My Nikon is in need of a visit to a photo shop for repair, so I thought I’d give this a whirl.  I’m not all that happy with the results since they’re all a little blurry, but I know you won’t judge me too harshly.  🙂

Probably the last time you saw it, it looked something like this:

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I’ve had a new duvet in there for a while (did I ever tell you I’m addicted to duvets?), but after some new art, side tables, and lamps, it’s still looking cozy and inviting. Guest Room

I knew the wall next to the bed where I had the created crochet art from Jacob’s grandmother needed a bit more and something that was a larger scale. I chose 6 8×10 botanical prints from this shop on Etsy and was so pleased about the quality and color. I picked up (6) 11×13 natural wood frames at Michael’s that were on clearance and spray painted them black and then with a layer of gold by Krylon.  We moved Mary’s crochet piece to the wall over the chair where it’s the perfect scale.

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Mary Art

The two side tables were from Target, but I did I made some alterations by re-staining the tops and adding height at the base which I’ll show you another time.  They’re in a guest room, so really only needed surface for a book, cell phone or magazines which is why we went with something without storage.  I like how abstract they are as well and combine some modern and rustic elements.

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This is actually one of the only rooms that has appropriately placed wall outlets and there’s one on each side of the bed (our room lacks this).  I though wall mounted sconces would be different and allow for easy use if you’re up reading (Mom) when you stay over.

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These were pretty affordable options that also came with cord covers making them a neat addition to each side of the bed.

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So there you have it! A few small updates that help spruce this space up.  I have a few more ideas of things to do in here, but it’s the one room I haven’t wanted to repaint since we choose the stormy blue – I still love it and since this room gets so much morning sun, it’s a color that can hold up really well.

So what do you think about small updates? What holds you up when planning a space?

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More Closet Makeovers

Everyone has one of these closets, am I right?

Guest Closet

I hope I’m not alone! It was definitely time to upgrade our storage in our guest room closet.  Ideally this closet would be empty (#alternateuniverse), but  we use it for off-season items, my dresses, Jake’s endless collection of hats and sweatshirts and our most functional purpose is to hang clothes that don’t get put in the dryer. We would LOVE to do this in the laundry room like normal people, but our laundry room is in the basement in a corner that is far from finished or cob-web free for my comfort level, so we do this up here.

First things first… emptying and purging.  Ahhh, it’s good for the soul, but not easy on the eyes…

Guest Closet

(can you find the puggle?) I took the bar down and made some measurements. I knew I wanted to put the cedar chest we removed from our master closet in here and was glad to see it fit with no problems.  Guest ClosetWe went to Lowes and used the same easily configurable Rubbermaid system we used in our master closet. The wire shelves aren’t my favorite and I can change them down the road, maybe, but they’re here and affordable so we don’t mind using them. I redesigned the closet to fit a row of shelves along the top with a high hanging rack and more shelves and storage to one side over the cedar chest. The left side of the closet I left free so I could hang long dresses.

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With the center of the closet open we can still hang our non-dry shirts and work pants and have plenty of room to add more shelves if we needed them.

Guest Closet

If we had a long term guest, the “dry-rack” would of course be empty along with at least a shelf and the top of the cedar chest which would hopefully provide plenty of storage. We haven’t had anyone stay for more than a few days at a time so far, so this systems works well for us.

So there, dear readers, I’m sharing my closets and dirty clean laundry with you, so you know I must love you! 🙂 This closet redo took about 45 minutes of my time to install on my own and cost about $80 in supplies for the supports and shelves. We reused a lot of the hanging racks and pieces from reworking the master closet so didn’t have to buy absolutely everything. It would probably be about $100-$110 if you did though. After putting this off for a few years, I can’t help but feel silly at how easy this was. I know it still needs to be patched and painted and could use a better light fixture than that gorgeous exposed bulb, but it definitely works for now! Hopefully you have a “Monica Closet” too?

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