Hey there “junkers” save those desks that no longer fit folders or even papers! Check out this desk I took apart and made matching nightstands. Nightstands for these desks are much more practical. They are a little taller and provide ample storage space. Bonus they are easy to match.
Heres what I did:
- Remove the top and put aside I will need that later.
2. Cut it up! Remove the stretchers in the middle using a reciprocating saw.
3. Then it is time to do the necessary repairs. Lots of veneer missing, which I was able to fill smooth! I use a lot of bondo for just this purpose!
4. It’s in two pieces! Needs a little gluing but otherwise its a good and solid for night stands!
Because this is being painted I had to use a lot of wood filler. More veneer and missing wood more bondo! These are ready to prep. Start with cleaning sanding cleaning, and then painting.
5. Cut up the top to the size of each nightstand and router the edge I cut off to match the profile of the original.
6. I like the stained wood to match the distressed wood. I kept the color somewhat similar to the original. I strip the wood down this is standard for me when I am re-staining wood. I choose shaker maple General Finishes water base stain.
The casing on these twins are painted with basil green from General Finishes. I distressed using a 220 grit sandpaper and then glazed using none other than vandyke brown as well.
Thank you for reading and happy making matching nightstands
UPDATE 6/5/19- I think the only thing that I would change is a little more distressing. Although I do love the handles I think that I would maybe change those up a little bit, to something to fit the changes that I made. What would you have done differently?
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