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Scandinavian Inspired Nightstands

What are you going to do with your old and outdated bedroom furniture?

A. Live with it?
B. Sell it/get rid of it & buy new furniture?
C. Save your money and transform your old furniture into something you love!


If you've visited a retail furniture store this past year then you know how expensive it is to buy new furniture. Rather then spend several thousand dollars on a new bedroom set, I'm giving YOU a challenge! Go put your tax return in the bank and save it for something more important! Choose option C and try your hand at updating your existing furniture with some fresh paint and new hardware. Not only will it give your old furniture a fresh new look, it will truly save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars in the process!


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Today, I'm sharing a quick and easy furniture project inspired by Scandinavian design. I acquired two of these side tables from a friend and although they would have been lovely refinished with a worn and farmhouse look, I was yearning for something a little different.

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I've been pinning and collecting inspirational photos for our house remodel and I'm finding that I'm starting to gravitate towards minimal, simple, white and light spaces- characteristics of traditional Scandinavian style.  I'm not sure if it's a realistic look with two rowdy boys, but I sure wanted to try my hand at it! ;) We're calling this furniture makeover The Magnus Nightstands project.



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Steps To Get A Natural Wood Looking Finish

I really wanted a natural light looking top like you see in so many Scandinavian furniture pieces.

To get a light natural wood finish I'm going to need to sand.

  • Grab a sander and sand down the existing stain until the original wood finish is exposed. (I think it took me a little less than 45 minutes to complete both nightstands). 


The original hardware wasn't going to work so I opted for some earthy neutral knobs. Filing in the existing hardware holes is easy quick and easy with wood filler. I like to make the new hole(s) before I fill in the old ones. Sometimes, I measure. Sometimes, I just eye ball it. ;)

I painted the base of the nightstands with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Graphite to help diminish and hide the curvy lines on these pieces. ;)



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I love the simplicity of this makeover! If you're on the fence about refinishing your own furniture, I hope you'll take the leap! Here are a few easy furniture painting tutorials to get you started!


Some of my talented DIY Furniture Refinishing friends have been busy too. Check out and see what they created with these...

1. Modern Pink Desk Makeover from 58 Water Street
2. Rustic Toy Chest from J Burns Design
3. Reupholstered Painted Vanity by Just The Woods
4. Scandinavian Inspired Nightstands from Thirty Eighth Street
5. Pitch Black Buffet from Lynn Fern
6. Fabulous Unicorn SPiT Fireplace by That Sweet Tea Life


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Have a lovely Valentines Day and a great week!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street


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22 comments

  1. I love how these turned out. Perfection.

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  2. Carrie,
    These came out so beautifully! Wow! I love your gorgeous color and the knob are perfect! Can you come and do my bar stools?

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    1. Thanks so much Janine! Oh, bar stools sound fun!

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  3. What a beautiful result!!! ;-) I love this idea and I have been so much inspired by you that I have a few projects with our furniture!
    Thank you so much!

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    1. The best kind of compliment! I hope you get a chance to refinish something soon!

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  4. Wow I love what you've done with these! That colour makes such a style statement x

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  5. These turned out gorgeous! Pinning to my before and afters furniture board! We would love to have you at our To Grandma's house we go link party that opened this Wednesday morning and lasts all week! Its at grandmashousediy.com :)

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    1. Thank you and thanks so much for the invitation!

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  6. Carrie, you do such beautiful work - these night stands turned out gorgeous. Swooning over the knobs you added too.

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    1. I wasn't sure if the knobs would work, but they have grew on me. ;) Thank you, Marie for your sweet words!

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  7. They look so beautiful! I love the color.

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  8. Bravo! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for linking to the #homemattersparty

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  9. Girl, you just get me! LOL I'm sure you write your site just for me, right? So funny, but I could be your ideal reader. Honest. These nightstands are a beaut, love the naked top, and the color. And I always love your staging, I want to move right in!

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