Bedside Table Makeover


Bedside Table Makeover

I am so excited to finally have completed this makeover on my bedside table!

This piece of furniture used to be my mom’s, and it has sat beside our bed in our master bedroom for over a year now.


However, I have never liked this piece of furniture because it just really isn’t my style.  I’m not a “cherry furniture” kind of gal.  Smile

Now, I know that some of you are, and a lot of you are going to think I am cray-cray for painting it.  But I know if my mom was still living, she would say, “Honey, if you would like it better painted, then paint it!!”

So I did!

Mainly because of this inspiration picture from Pinterest…

traditional bedroom by Tom Stringer Design Partners


This picture makes my heart skip a beat every time I see it!

Here is what the piece of furniture looked like before I started painting…



First, I removed all of the hardware with a screwdriver.


Then I applied a layer of KILZ primer with a sponge roller.


After the primer dried, I applied a coat of my favorite white paint at Lowe’s.  It is the same paint that I used on my kitchen cabinets.


It’s extremely durable and dries to a hard finish.  I used a paint brush for the curvy parts of the furniture and a sponge roller for the smooth parts.


I applied two coats of paint on top of the primer, then I let it dry really good.

The furniture was really finished at this point, but I wanted the table to have a little bit of a shine to it, so I added some wipe-on poly.

Bedside Table Makeover

Then when it was dry, I added some hardware from Hobby Lobby to the drawers.

The hardware only called for one hole in the middle, so I drilled new holes with my drill and then attached the hardware.


I already love this piece of furniture so much more!

Bedside Table Makeover

And truthfully, I know that my mom would too!  She would be so happy to know that I am loving and enjoying her piece of furniture.

This corner of our room used to look dark and dingy.  Now it looks like and airy!  Yay!

bedside table makeover
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  1. ::tearing up::

    It’s lovely, Traci! I love that it has special meaning. I love that you gave it a fresh new look rather than storing it away. What a happy way to start and end every day, seeing that sweet piece that has a meaningful history. LOVE the new look!

  2. The makeover on the side table came out lovely and I love that it used to be your moms.
    Love the chalkboard print above the sued table. Did you make that or purchase.

  3. You mentioned this is the same paint you used on your kitchen cupboards. Do you have any issues with chipping?? Can you touch on when to sand and when not to sand?? LOVE how this piece turned out!!!

  4. great. is rub on poly something you have used enough over an extended period of time to evaluate how it stands up ? I am thinking with 4 boys that would be a pretty good recommendation right there. I am thinking this would be such an improvement over conventional applications but have a reluctant hsb. Can I assume that you and Cy were using this in his business projects ??

  5. I love love love the way this piece turned out! Your Mom is right,. We shouldn’t live with, and keep things we don’t really like. “If you’d like it better painted, then paint it!” Perfect!

  6. I LOVE your “new” bedside table! Your inspiration photo is also one of my favorites on Pinterest, and you did a beautiful job emulating that look. Absolutely love it!

  7. I love the makeover of your mom’s table. I’m not a cherry furniture lover, but I have beautiful cherry bedroom furniture that my son gave me. My husband might have a heart attack if I mention painting a piece of cherry furniture, but you’ve inspired me to at least think seriously about it!!!

  8. I am a fan of cherry wood on certain things, but painting that piece white makes all the curves and shapes stand out even more. It is beautiful. I have a question… was your Valspar paint oil or water-based? I’m assuming your rub on poly is oil based. Why I’m asking is every time I use poly on anything light, it turns it yellow so I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing wrong. Even oil-based paint turned yellow with a clear non-yellowing poly was applied. The poly was new and well mixed. Thanks for sharing.

  9. quick question. The wipe on poly…does it yellow over time? I’ve heard that if you apply it to a light colored piece that doesn’t get alot of sunshine that it will yellow. Love the piece!!! I have many pieces in my home that my step dad refinished. They are beautiful as is but they make my home so dark. I’ve been on a white chalk paint frenzie the past few weeks.

  10. Hi, I was wondering if you have any idea who the maker of this piece is. I bought the same piece, not in cherry, at a thrift store and love it. I, have been contemplating painting it and just love how yours came out.

  11. Hello,
    I was wondering what the specific type of paint that you use for painting furniture? And is a roller better than spraying? It’s a beautiful piece, though!!

  12. LOVE, LOVE the piece and everything in this room. Do you know exactly what color the wall behind the finished piece is?! THANKS!

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