Repurposed Wash Stand DIY Bedside Table

Repurposed Wash Stand DIY Bedside Table
Repurposed Wash Stand DIY Bedside Table

You won’t believe the makeover that this old wash stand experienced! This Repurposed Wash Stand DIY Bedside Table goes to show that a little bit of paint and care can completely transform a furniture piece. Repurposing neglected furniture can help you save money without sacrificing style. It is also an easy way to customize your furniture to blend seamlessly with your other home decorations. This project will show you that thinking outside the box can really pay off with old furniture gems. Try this repurposing project before you throw out your old furniture; and, you might be impressed by the results!

From the blogger: "After finishing up the two dressers from my Grandma with black paint and new glass knobs I was in dire need of a bedside table! Immediately I thought of this old wash stand. It was in MUCH worse shape then the rest of my bedroom set and was not nearly as nice a piece, however it shared many of the same pretty curvy lines so I got to work! Five layers of paint later (and two days) I was finally able to sand it down a little and paint it! I think this little wash stand really came out nice and I'm rather proud of it!"

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects


Materials List

  • Paint Stripper
  • Scraper and protective gear
  • Electric sander and sand paper
  • Paint of your choice (black, matte acrylic spray paint is used here)
  • Sealant of your choice (Poly Acrylic is used here)
  • New Hardware of your choice


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Strip the piece of furniture as many times as needed until you get down to the plain wood. This piece took me several stripping sessions to finally get there. Make sure and get all for the stripper off of it - steal wool and mineral spirits are used here. And don't forget to where protective gear when you're doing this!

  2. With the stripping done and the piece dry and free of debris/stripper get to work on sanding it down to a smooth surface. Because you're painting this piece it doesn't need to be perfect.

  3. Do at least one coat of primer and two coats of paint or three coats of paint.

  4. Do at least two coats of a good sealant (some paints like the shiny paints come with this built in but the blogger always prefers applying sealant after the paint is dry).

  5. Add your new hardware once its all dry and you're done!

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