All Wrapped Up!


What would you do with your one day off, two weeks into school?  Why, finish a long overdue project, that’s what!

I give you my most cost effective refurbishing yet.  Guess how much it cost me to turn this…


…into this!?


Well, you may my surprised to find that, other than purchasing a can of Montana Gold professional spray paint ($8), which I HIGHLY recommend if you want the real gold metal look, I only spent $20.  That’s right!  $20 smackers was all I spent on new drawer pulls from, which I painted the same gold as the legs, and that’s it!!!  My crafting obsession truly paid off with this project.  I had EVERYTHING I needed to turn these sad, outdated and poorly painted nightstands into true showstoppers!

Let’s see how we got there, shall we?


Ok, so the nightstands in question were a #sidewalktreasureseeker find out for the garbage, and I just knew I could give them new life.  Great bones, mid-century construction with fully functional drawers and sturdy brass legs.

They may have sat in my basement for a few months, but eventually I got around to sanding off all that yucky maroon paint, and what do I find?  Vintage blonde stained veneer poking thru…


It couldn’t be salvaged, and I’m not sure I would have wanted to anyway…too outdated.  So I sanded down to the original veneer to show the wood grain.  I still was not quite sure what I was going to do design wise.



Nice clean canvas to work with after some serious elbow grease to get into all the nooks and crannies.  I considered restaining, but the veneer was bald in some spots due to sanding, so that wasn’t really an option.  But, the wood applied to the drawer fronts was solid, so I could sand all I want and still stain!  Now I had something to work with.

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I used a light honey walnut oil based stain to give it a nice conditioning.


Now for the ‘Aha!’ moment…ever had the desire to try your hand at decoupage FOR THE FIRST TIME with wrapping paper you had in your closet?  DON’T DO IT.  That being said, I did it.  A billion headaches later, these turned out pretty well, so no harm, no foul.

In case you haven’t ever tried decoupage, it’s basically the process of gluing paper to a surface and then using said glue to cover and firm up your application.  Modge Podge is the go to brand for decoupage, but my project was big so I made my own!

MIY Maven Modge Podge Recipe:

8oz. Elmer’s Glue

1/3 Cup water


That’s it.  Super easy.  Well, the glue solution was easy, the application and protection of flimsy wrapping paper not so much.  It wrinkled, it crinkled, it wanted to tear, but I was gentle and it worked out ok.  You can also use fabric to decoupage, which I would like to try that considering you can tug and pull and make a nice smooth surface that way.


ugghhh, *shudder*, the stuff of my nightmares.  Here was my process in a nut shell:


spray paint black

Paint thin layer of glue mixture onto a surface

Carefully apply wrapping paper, starting at center and working your way outward, smoothing out bubbles and wrinkles as you go

Let dry

Apply another coat of glue mixture to the surface

Let dry

Sand off excess paper from edges (quick for the 90 degree edges, but the drawer fronts were a bitch)

About a million cosmetic touch ups later and viola, except for those pesky drawer fronts…what a mess.


I had to glue and paint around the edge to cover up lots of tears and crinkles where the paper met the wood.


Finally, I sprayed the whole thing with Shellac or Lacquer, whatever I had lying around that needed to be used up!


As for those nice brass legs, I considered keeping the oxidized originals, but the design called for a clean gold metallic look!


Remove legs


Spray paint


Screw back on!




I painted the drawer pulls the same color, to create a cohesive look.  Hint:  Affix them to a piece of cardboard for easy application!






I am pretty pleased with all the end result, even if I NEVER plan on doing it again!


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Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed the transformation!


2 thoughts on “All Wrapped Up!

  1. I know people around here who do this for a living.   Take some old and used and fix it up and sell it for lots of money, especially if they get the item for free. It was fun to see your little one…..Irene was so happy. Take care. 

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain. Jennie Millerhagen P.O. Box 525 Fargo, North Dakota 58107 (701) 235-5839 From: Make-it-Yourself Maven To: Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 12:20 AM Subject: [New post] All Wrapped Up! #yiv3542223821 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv3542223821 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv3542223821 a.yiv3542223821primaryactionlink:link, #yiv3542223821 a.yiv3542223821primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv3542223821 a.yiv3542223821primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv3542223821 a.yiv3542223821primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv3542223821 | miymaven posted: “What would you do with your one day off, two weeks into school?  Why, finish a long overdue project, that’s what!I give you my most cost effective refurbishing yet.  Guess how much it cost me to turn this……into this!?Well, you ” | |

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