Introduction

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.

Step 1

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).

Step 2

Budget DIY Project: Turn One Table Into Two Nightstands- Step 4-Sand and Prep for Paint

How To Re-Purpose A Table Into Two Nightstands

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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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Seal New Finish

After thoroughly cleaning paint sprayer of all traces of paint, pour floor sealer into paint container portion of paint sprayer. Maintaining a distance of about eight inches from surface of table, spray on an even coat of floor sealer.

Step 5

Budget DIY Project: Turn One Table Into Two Nightstands Step 7: Create a Cleat

How To Re-purpose One Table Into Two Nightstands

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Create a Cleat

Measure width of table and transfer dimensions to 1x2 wood trim with pencil. Cut trim to size with table saw.

Step 6

Budget DIY Project: One Table into Two nightstands -Step 8-Install Cleat

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Install Cleat

Lean table up against wall where it will be placed. Use pencil to mark area below table's edge where cleat will be attached. Use drill to fasten cleat to wall with screws.

Step 7

DIY Transforming A Table Into Two Nightstands- Step 9: Attach Table to Cleat

How To Turn A Table Into Two Nightstands

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Attach Table to Cleat

Place table on top of cleat. Using a drill, attach table to cleat with wood screws from underneath.

Pro Tip

Match screws' length to thickness of table and cleat so screw tips don't penetrate tabletop.