This is the story of how a little nightstand went from alley to bedside. It happened last week. I was complaining to Alex about how I needed to start another DIY home improvement project so I would have something to blog about. I went for my daily run and as I was doing my *cool down* walk home I spied it. It was a little further in the alley then I usually desire to go, but after a quick but thorough scan I deemed the passageway safe and trotted in. To my delight this little nightstand was super light-weight and in decent condition. (Ok, one of the legs fell off as I walked it home, but it was still pretty decent and an easy fix).
Please note, I have recently started experimenting with using a non-phone camera but I began this project using my phone. I am close to the conclusion that even though there is a tiny spec in my iphone lens, the pictures are just a teensy bit better. AHEM, SONY, PLEASE SEND ME A BETTER CAMERA NOW TO PROVE THIS WRONG!
So here I give you my little nightstand as I found her:
A combination of laminate and wood and even a super lightweight metal. Some people are wood paint haters. I say if you find it in an alley, you may as well paint it. At least you are giving it a home. Also, this wasn’t pure wood. First I mixed up some paint. Then I painted the edges and legs:
Then after waiting for it to dry, I taped the edges and used my ol’ favorite DIY solution gloss almond for the tops!
Once she was good and dry I took her upstairs. You may remember the found shelf I was using as a nightstand before (remember how essential it is to have my phone and my water glasses on separate levels at all times):
And now! Here is a photo I tried to take with my “camera”:
And here is my filtered image. I realized I could take high-def photos, does it help?
So there you have it! From Alley to Bedside. Please note, whenever I bring something home, I leave it outside the door so I can clean it with grub killing cleaner (I used a lysol kitchen cleaner). It’s not perfect but I think it’s an upgrade, It cost me nothing, was an easy as pie DIY project, and now I have a shelf to relocate in my house.