DIY : Bedside Table Makeover


Sometimes when you're deep into a long home reno and have about twenty different big projects going at once, you hit these points where you think, "I just want to finish SOMETHING!" Well that's where I've been at. Should I be scraping wallpaper from the hall instead of worried about how ugly our bedside table is? Yep. But here I am.

I grabbed this not-so-pretty table from a thrift store after being on the hunt for something for a few months and coming up empty (we only have about a foot from our bed to the wall, and I really wanted something with a little drawer to hide all of my junk). So when I came across this for $5 I just grabbed it, still hoping I might find something a little cuter in the future.

But I didn't. And now that our bedroom is finished it really felt like it was sticking out like a sore thumb, so I thought I might as well try to give it a little makeover. Honestly though, I can't believe how cute it turned out! I actually love it now and have officially stopped the hunt for a replacement.

The best part is I spent less than an hour in total working on it.


Before & After : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

Isn't it crazy what a little paint and a new handle can do? We actually had these pulls left over from redoing our kitchen cabinets, so I really only had to buy a little paint! Everything else we had one hand, but if you're looking to give a piece of furniture a little facelift you can easily grab everything you need at Lowes or Home Depot.


The hardest part (and I use that term lightly, as it was a breeze) was changing out the pull on the drawer. If you're looking to do the same you could opt to go with a pull that fits in the hole from the original hardware, in which case you can skip the wood filler and drilling new holes!

  • I started by removing the old pull, filling in the hole with wood filler, and letting it dry overnight.
  • Then I sanded the wood filled hole, drawer, and entire table down. I started with a very coarse sanding sponge and worked my way down to a fine one.
  • For the hardware: My new pulls were 5" so I found the center of the drawer and then made marks 2 1/2" out from the middle on either side, being careful to keep them straight. I then sat the new hardware on my drill marks to make sure they lined up and everything looked good before drilling. Then I went ahead drilled the holes using the marks I made. Easy peasy.
  • Clean Clean Clean! I always make sure everything is super clean before I paint.
  • I used just a basic paint brush on all of the edges and corners, and then used a mini roller to go over everything (these are my go to for cabinets). The paint I went with is Sherwin Williams Carbonized, and I ended up absolutely loving it. It's a nice deep grey. I did about 3 coats of paint and used about a half of a quart of paint in all.
  • Once completely dry I attached the hardware (This is the pull I used in the 5" size). And that's it!

I'm telling you, it's a breeze. So if you have a piece of furniture you've been feeling a little so-so about, try and give it a quick makeover!

Fine and Feathered Blog : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

Of course, once it was looking so cute I couldn't resist adding some artwork to this corner and a plant, becuase I truly believe every surface in our house probably needs a plant on it.

Fine and Feathered Blog : DIY Bedside Table Makeover

Before & After : The Guestroom

Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered

It's been a long time coming, hasn't it? We bought our home over three years ago and I haven't shared much of our renovations so far. Mostly of our time and money up until now has gone to fixing things that are necessary, but not so "pretty". But here we are, this summer I got some big things done upstairs, and am super excited to finally have some finished spaces to cozy up in!

Here's the before...

Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered


Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered Blog


Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered Blog



For the last few years we've been mainly just using this room as extra storage, and it sat pretty untouched from the before photos. It definitely felt so good to finally say goodbye to that horrible highlighter yellow color on the walls, and swap it out for something really soft, clean, and bright. We also got rid of the radiator cover and have the old beaut a fresh coat of white paint.

I'm still adding a few more things (is there even such a thing as too many plants??) but I'm so excited to finally have a spot for our friends to be able to stay now that isn't an air mattress on the floor of a storage room.

Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered
Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered Blog
Before & After : The Guestroom - Fine and Feathered

Tea Cart Makeover

I have been keeping my eyes out for a cute cart for a while now. I really love all the bar carts I've been seeing around the web, but since I only drink socially and my husband doesn't drink the whole idea of a bar cart doesn't really work for us, but I love love love tea. So I've been wanting to make myself a whole tea cart! I figued I can keep all my hot tea stuff and some snacks on it during the winter and add stuff for ice teas when summer comes around. And I finally found the perfect cart for it!

Though, it was a little rough when I first found it...

Kinda nasty, right? It was tagged for $15 but I got them to come down to $10 since it needed some rehab (yay for a little bargaining!). So I disasembled it, cleaned all the peices really well and sanded the tops just a bit before doing several light coats of universal spray paint (I like Rustoleom). I debated whether or not to change the color but realized I really like how industrial it looks. It kind of reminds me of something you'd find in a hospital or something!

I love collecting tins from thrift stores and my favorites are these little vintage tea-tins I keep all my tea bags in (I'd love to get back to loose leaf tea but have been really lazy lately). I'm also keeping my eyes open for a cute tea pot since I have a hand-me-down electric kettle that's a little...ugly. So I figure I'd keep that in the kitchen until I find a nice one to show off.

For those wondering the feather mugs were a gift (they're from Target) and I believe I got the black mugs at Marshalls a few years ago. The DIY for the herringbone tray can be found here.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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