Fear, Loathing, & DIY

Faux Bamboo Nightstands

June 30, 2016 by Kirby | 0 comments



I fell in love with the nightstand on the left, but I couldn’t get on board with it’s $1,400+ price tag. So I book marked it with the hope that one day I would see that the price had gone down. However, the longer it sat in my bookmarks bar, the more I wanted it, or something like it, but I couldn’t find anything similar that had it’s narrow proportion. The closest I could find was the classic Chippendale bamboo series, and from an image search they looked pretty good painted. Chippendale is pretty solid furniture, and I knew if I found a set, I could really give it hell.



To ebay I went and I found a set for a fraction of the cost of the original nightstand. Freight shipping took a while, but once I got them home, I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to do:

  • Make each nightstand more narrow to fit our small bedroom and king-sized bed. I took an 1 1/2 inches off each side/removed the lip off each side so that the table top was flush with the bamboo leg. This allowed the two nightstand and the bed to fit along our main bedroom wall.
  • Get new hardware. I found this acrylic hardware. I ultimately decided on drawer pulls, but these knobs would have been a more literal interpretation. These could have also worked.
  • Shorten the nightstands. I loved the detail of the bamboo on the legs but I needed to remove overall height from the nightstand due to the height of my bed, so removed the accents on the legs, and cut roughly 2 inches from each foot.
  • Paint them high-gloss and navy blue. I felt like the finish on these would be the one thing I would really mess up, and I was sort of right. The color I went with was called “Blue Coal” and the paint I used was a high gloss by Valspar. I’ve painted quite a few things over the past year and I do not like Sherwin-Williams Ovation because it tends to get tacky and peals, Valspar went on smooth and didn’t peal if nicked. The finish, is not what I wanted though because I am terrible at painting many thin smooth coats. I should have bit the bullet and bought a paint sprayer, but I just wasnt ready for that expense at the

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