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Affordable Furniture Makeover Inspired by Scandinavian Design

Affordable furniture is easy to find if you know what to look for! Learn how to transform tired old furniture inspired by Scandinaivia. 

What are you going to do with your old and outdated bedroom furniture?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 have visited a retail furniture store or shopped for furniture online his past year, then you know just how expensive it is to purchase new furniture.

Rather then spend several thousand dollars on a new bedroom set, I'm giving YOU a challenge!

Return that tax return refund $$$ back to your bank and save your money 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 wanted to show you 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 in a popular farmhouse style, I've been yearning for something a just a little bit 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 boys, but I sure wanted to try my hand at it! ;) We're calling this furniture makeover The Magnus project.

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I see a lot of natural wood finishes on the tops of Scandinavian furniture so I wanted to try and replicate that look with these nightstands.

That meant that I was going to have to sand the tops of each nightstand. To replicate this look you'll need to...

  • 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 was not going to work so I opted for some earthy neutral knobs.

Filing in the existing hardware holes was quick and easy with this wood filler

I personally 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 these nightstands with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Graphite to help diminish the curvy lines on this piece and add extenuate the natural wood finish.  ....Kind of like when I want to try and look like I've lost 5 pounds by wearing all black. ;)

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What do you think about the natural wood top? 

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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 help you get you started as well as this Painted Modern Pair of Nightstands that you might like!

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 great week!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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  1. I love how these turned out. Perfection.

  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?

  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!

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

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

  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 :)

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

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

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

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

  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!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Nikki! You have great taste! ;)

  10. Another winner Carrie, the raw wood combined with the dark matt chalk paint just whispers "understated class". Beautifully done

  11. These are gorgeous! In fact I love them so much, I chose them for a feature at the Creativity Unleashed party. You are a finalist for the "Mega Rockstar" feature. Voting opens on Thursday and runs through Sunday night! Good luck!

  12. I absolutely love these! The top combined with the rest, so cool!!

  13. Love the Scandinavian look you gave these two night stands. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!Pinning!

  14. These are sooooo cool Carrie! Love them!

  15. HI there! I've been reading you since I came in via Pinterest a while back.

    I am finally driven to ask why you bother sanding your furniture, when 1 coat of Citristrip will take off the paint in layers, and a 2nd coat will suck the stain right out of the wood? Right down to RAW, unstained wood. I swear! No scraping, no digging, no chemical space suits, and no flesh eating chemicals. Dare I say it's even fun? Yup. I do dare!

    Keeping in mind that you can do this in front of the TV in your pajamas, neutralize with water, and the only sanding you'd need to do is with a 220 to smooth the raised grain. The most difficult thing to do with Citristrip is to leave it ALONE and don't peek!

    You are way too talented and your time way too valuable to be wasting on 20th century (destructive) practices such as sanding. No sanding = more projects by you for me to oggle. Yes, all 'bout me. LOL!

    Anyway, I wanted to tell you how much I love your results and remodeling of mundane, "Meh" pieces into real heirlooms.

    1. Thanks, Christine! Believe it or not I sanded both of these nightstands in 30 minutes. It was quicker for me to sand then to let CitriStrip sit and do it's thing. Plus, sanding is actually therapeutic on the right pieces. ;) Don't get me wrong, CitriStrip has its place! Just wanted to get crack'n on these two quickly!

  16. Oh please, oh please will you tell me where you got those amazing knobs? I have looked and looked and can't find anything as spectacular.