Autumn Refresh: Gold Night Stand Hack

Bedside Table Hack | Frock Files

Before unveiling our full makeovers next week, Heather and I are each showing off some handy work that we put into our new rooms. In my inspiration board post, you might remember a gold table from Anthropologie. I toyed with buying that table but in the end I needed to spread that money out across my other decor needs.

I originally fell in love with the idea of a round, gold nightstand after staying at the Refinery Hotel. You can just make it out in the photo below. It was generously sized and perfectly proportioned.

Hacking the Too Small Nightstand | Frock Files

After a bunch of hunting around, I couldn’t find anything with the same tabletop radius–particularly not within my budget–so I ended up hacking one that I found at Home Goods. It was the right color and I liked the classic lines, and at $30 it was also the right price. But when I put it next to the bed, it was laughably small. I’m one of those people who keeps a lot of things next to the bed, so I needed room for my phone, a book, a glass of water, and a vase. One magazine would have overwhelmed this table!

Hacking the Too Small Nightstand | Frock Files

So I took some measurements and decided that I wanted a tabletop that was about 22″ in diameter, and off I went to the land of plenty: Amazon. Here’s how I finally got the table that I wanted without breaking the bank:

Supplies:

Table base
22″ table top
Spray paint primer
Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint
Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel (Gloss)
Drop cloth
Screws
Screwdriver

Instructions:

1. In a well-ventilated area, lay out a drop cloth and place your table base and table top on it. Spray each with a good layer of primer, according to the directions on the can. Follow immediately with a light layer of gold paint. Get a drink while you wait 10 minutes to do the next coat.

2. Follow up with a second, heavier layer of gold paint. If you’re satisfied with the coverage, wait 90 minutes to two hours for the paint to dry before applying the crystal clear enamel.

3. Lay the tabletop face down and center the base on top of it. Using metal screws and an electric screwdriver, attach the two pieces together. If you’re not keen on screws or you don’t have an electric screwdriver handy, you can use a strong adhesive like Liquid Nails instead.

Bedside Table Hack | Frock Files

That’s it! I can’t tell you what a game changer it is to finally have a night stand with sufficient space–and at a sufficient height. We used to have low nightstands and I was constantly knocking things off of them with the blankets. Pretty and functional? Be still my beating heart.

Next week we’ll be showing off the before and afters of our completed rooms! Until then, you won’t want to miss Heather’s DIY over at The Caterpillar Years, where she’ll show you how she brightened up her wall with fabric-covered cork that doubles as a place to post little reminders and cute mail.

Are you refreshing any rooms for fall? Show us on Instagram by using #AutumnRefresh. xoxo

Update: Want to see the full bedroom makeover reveal? Check it out here.

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Comments

  1. That looks so classy and I love the spray paint color. We’ve been doing some DIY at home and this gives me an idea.

    • Oh, I’d love to see your project once you’re finished! And I have to say, I’m smitten with spray paint after this project. It made it so easy to create a smooth coat and it dries so quickly.

  2. I’ve been thinking about doing this with the Threshold table at Target to coordinate with my Anthropologie brass table. I have to say though, I love it!

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