So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

April 2, 2012

Desk to Nightstand Complete!

So I've had this idea in my head for over a year and finally did it!  I was given a desk identical to this one from a friend in a dark walnut stain.  I had removed the drawers but added back 2 of them for this pic.

My sil was given this one for my teenage nephew's bedroom when their home caught fire.  They were going to strip and stain this a dark stain to match his bedroom so . . . I suggested we just do a switch. :  )
Since I no longer need a full desk, I was going to paint and sell it.  But then one day after thrifty hopping and failing again to find a tall nightstand to fit my high bed, it hit me . . ., cut the desk in half!  So I measured, marked, and taped and then had a friend come and cut it for me.

Ta da!!!  Perfect size and height with three deep drawers. 
 So then I did some light sanding to knock back the shiny surface.  Then on with the chalk recipe paint in aqua.

I then added the royal on the top to match my bed and also on the drawer knobs.

Then I painted the knobs the same as the top, royal blue. (tip- sticking knobs in piece of styrofoam helps keep your hands free of paint)

Once the paint had become a little tacky, I took a dry brush and drug it through the top to bring some of the aqua through.

 A little light distressing and  . . . Voila!!!  I really love the color combination!

 This is a hint of where I'm going with my bedroom theme.

The lamps will be different and so will the bedding.  The fabric tucked over the pillows is the basis for my bedroom color scheme and will be my window treatment and accents.  I must admit that I'm not very happy with my bed frame now; seems like to much of the same color.  We've got sunny days all week so think I'll be repainting or at least re-working the coloring of the bed frame.  I still have some more furniture to be painted for the bedroom, a corner amoire and a mirror!

Thanks for stopping by to share my progress.  I love hearing from you so please leave your thoughts and tips.

Linked to the following:
Monday Newbie Party @ Debbiedoos
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Show Me What You Got Tuesday @ Our Delightful Home
Party With My Peeps @ How to Nest For Less
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Thrifty Love Party Friday @ Cap Creations
Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Jillify It Party @ Jillify It
M-I-Y Monday @ An Original Belle
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Weekend Warrior @ Ask Anna
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
White Wednesday  @ Faded Charm
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Creative Inspirations Wednesday @ Embracing Change
Delightfully Inspiring Thursday @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Time Travel Thursday @ The Brambleberry Cottage
Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence


  1. That looks beautiful. What a great color too!

    1. Hiya Debbie and thank you! : ) I added a bit of the royal blue with the aqua for the second coat to give it some depth. : )

  2. What a GREAT idea! I too, can't seem to find a nightstand that is tall enough for my bed. You've inspired me to start looking at desks. I'm your newest follower!

  3. Thanks I really like the way it came out. Hope you find a suitable desk soon. Tip- look for one with deep drawers and it makes a better nightstand. : ) Happy Hunting!!!

  4. What a brilliant idea. I will be on the look out for a desk with deep drawers. I really could use this in my sons room. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.


    1. Hi Paula and thanks for stopping by and the party invite. If you find a desk with a long top, you'll have enough left to create a cute side or decor table. Stay tuned for what I do with the rest of that desk. -_^

  5. Awesome job Beez! Great color choice too. Thanks so much for sharing with the newbie party!

    1. Thank you Debbie. I really love the color and think I will add it to the headboard also. : )

  6. Great job! And what a great idea, just chop it up. I love it!

    1. Hi Peg, thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. : )

  7. Wow that is so cool how you were able to transform that! Great Job! Thanks for linking up at Cap Creations.

  8. Wow what an amazing redo! I would never have thought to cut it in half! Thanks for stopping by now following you too, Laura

    1. Hi Laura,
      It had been on my mind for so long and was as easy as I had imagined; don't have many projects like that. lol So happy you made it by and became a new follower. Looking forward to getting to know you and sharing projects. : )

  9. That is a great idea and way to repurpose a desk! Love that!
    I am so glad you came by to link up to the party at Embracing Change!
    Please come back this week again! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  10. How smart - and thrifty - you are! I've cut down various pieces of furniture before. But it never dawned on me to cut down a desk to use as a nightstand. How clever!

    Thanks for joining Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll be a part of the fun each week. Be sure to stop by tonight, and see yourself featured! ;)

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage


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