I made over the night stand several years ago, stenciling the top with a Fleur-de-lis pattern that I liked but with my new cottage style look I decided to take the time to fix up this night table once and for all.
I needed to gain an inch or so in height to make it a little more comfortable for use and I wanted to pretty it up a lot. I pulled the decorative trim off the front of the cabinet and replaced it with a plain 1x6 and a chunk of quarter round trim.
1x4 boards nailed across the top of the night stand give it a planked look and some skinny screen molding mitered around the table top give it a nice finished edge. This added about 3/8" to the height. Not enough...
I used some scrap pieces of 1x4 to create feet. Two pieces cut with a 22 1/2 degree angle and fastened with brad nails to the inside of the new plain trim give me the inch of height I needed plus a half inch more! Another two pieces added to the back of the cabinet level it off and to make the new feet look more original to the night table I added another chunk of 1x4 to the sides of the new feet to bring them out to the edge of the base.
I added a bit of bead board wallpaper to the shelf to dress it up a bit and began to prime and paint the whole thing.
I wanted an interesting knob for this cabinet, so I decided to use this cool door plate that I got from one of my many old doors. I've never seen a square one before! It was exactly the same colour as a knob I had taken off the console table I'm using in my front entry and the knob and back plate fit together like they were made for each other. I attached the knob to the back plate using a washer and the screw that normally would attach the knob to the dresser and then used short screws to attach the back plate & knob assembly to the drawer.
OK now we're getting somewhere! Another coat of aqua paint on the base and a little styling and she's good to go!
That's my grandma's rosary and prayer book that was given to her in 1912.
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!