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Budget DIY Project: Turn One Table Into Two Nightstands (page 1 of 2)

No money for new furniture? Here's an easy way to make two new bedside tables: Find a plain table, cut it in half, attach each piece to the wall, then paint. Simple and stylish.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Prepare Workspace and Determine Dimensions

In a well-ventilated area, cover floors with drop cloths and surrounding walls with plastic sheeting. Measure available floor space on either side of bed to determine necessary width and height of finished nightstands; jot dimensions down on notepad with pencil.

Cut Table to Size

Referring to dimensions on notepad, mark table to correct size with pencil. First, if necessary, cut legs down to proper height using table saw (image 1). Next, use table saw to cut table in half (image 2).

Sand and Prep for Paint

Remove existing finish and rough edges with orbital sander using medium-grit sanding pads. Remove dust and sanding residue with damp cloth.

Apply New Finish

Pour porch and deck paint into paint container portion of paint sprayer. Attach container to sprayer (image 1) and apply an even base coat to table, keeping about eight inches' distance between table and sprayer to avoid paint buildup and dripping (image 2). Allow at least one hour for base coat to dry then apply a final coat.

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