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DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands

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Last week I finished up our dresser which you can see here, which then inspired me to complete our nightstands to match. I purchased these two nightstands off craigslist and knew they would be perfect for my 2 remaining branch style drawer pulls. This last week was a bit rough with being sick, but I’m finally feeling about 98% which means I can spend more time on projects and that makes me happy. For this project I decided to test out some sunbleached stain and then paint the drawers the same color as the dresser, creating new DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands!

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DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands

Here are some before photos:

DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.comDIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

I actually decided to take the nightstands apart thinking it would make staining an easier task. I think it helped and since they were easy to take apart and put back together it was worth taking the extra time. Here is a photo of most of the pieces in a pile.

DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

Then it was time for sanding. I recently picked up a new respirator which has made a HUGE difference. I was using those cheapy face masks but they were so uncomfortable and dust still seemed to get in my nose and mouth anyway, so I decided to do a bit of research and find a better, safer solution. I actually went through Ebates so I could get cashback and then picked this bad boy up at the store. Gotta love the pink filters.

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DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

I also had to use wood filler to fill in the previous drawer knob hole so that I could create new holes for my drawer pulls. After filling the existing hole I waited about 15 minutes for it to harden and then sanded it down. I then clamped the front of the drawer down and measured and marked with a pencil where I would drill the new holes.

DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

Afterward I sanded the drawers down again and painted them, the previous knob hole is practically non-existent, yay! I then added a little bit of glaze to the drawer fronts so they would match the dresser. Then it was time to stain the rest of the nightstand. I thought the color would turn out a little more tanish but it actually has more of a gray tint to it, which I like.

DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

 DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands

After lots of staining, lots of coffee and lots of cold medicine, my nightstands are finally completed! I still need to wax them but figure that will have to be a job for next weekend. Here are some after photos:

DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

And here are the before and after photos side by side:

DIY Sunbleached Stain Nightstands - Looking for something beachy and outside the box, look no further! UpcycledTreasures.com

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Comments

  • Christine

    Hi! I just found this post and really like your tables. I found 2 ikea side tables such as these (no drawers) and [drum roll] a case of Rustoleum ‘Sunbleached’ stain.
    I’m going to use it on some pallets, as well.
    I really like how these tables came out for you. Glad you’re probably feeling well!

    June 14, 2013
    • A Case of the sunbleached stain!?! Wow, that’s awesome! After this project I have had to stray from staining furniture pieces {unless it’s just a piece of wood} because the air circulation in our apartment isn’t that great. Can’t wait until we get a house, but until then the staining will have to wait. I would love to see your side tables when your finished! 🙂
      ~Katie

      June 14, 2013

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