Friend, it’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day – one of my favorite days every month when my DIY Furniture Makeover Girls and I all share projects based on a theme. This month’s theme is Rustic.
These campaign-style nightstands didn’t start out too rustic, except for the huge missing chunk and the scribbles on the side.
Believe it or not, this makeover has been months in the making!
Actually… If I’m totally honest, I went through my computer files to find those Before photos and they were dated TWO YEARS ago. Dang, how time flies!
Well a few months ago I was inspired to turn them into a knockoff project inspired by Pottery Barn’s Redford Trunk Bedside Table. They just needed a major makeover to turn them into something like this:
First I removed the hardware and filled the handle gaps with a few layers of 3M Wood Filler.
I also managed to fill and smooth out that missing chunk.
I bought balsa wood strips from Hobby Lobby to mimic the metal trim on the PB table and painted them brown. (I used way more than what’s pictured here!)
How to Decoupage Fabric onto Furniture
Then I found this lovely linen-like fabric to decoupage onto the tables. It took a long time measuring and cutting panels for every drawer and wrapping the three sides of each table to decoupage. Leave a little excess fabric on the sides if you’re worried about the sizes, and then off the extra afterward.
New fabric-cutting scissors and matte Mod Podge really helped me out with this step! Definitely don’t overdo it with the Mod Podge. A thin coat is best. You don’t want it globbing up or leaving bubbles under the fabric.
How to Make DIY Leather Handles
I searched high and low and all over the internet for leather drawer handles but finally decided to DIY them myself. I cut one thrift store leather belt into six pieces for drawer pulls, and this little punch set helped me make the holes for the hardware.
Drill new holes in the drawers to fit the bolts, and finally attach the DIY leather handles.
Finally I measured and cut the balsa wood (with regular scissors since it’s so soft) and used both Mod Podge and upholstery tacks to attach it to the tables.
These painted tables with decoupage fabric and DIY leather handles were a lot of work but I think they turned out fabulous!
These are going to my booth and I hope someone will love them as much as I do.
(And no, I won’t charge anywhere near what Pottery Barn is asking for them.) 😉
Here’s another before-after comparison below. Feel free to save or Pin this project for easy reference later!
Update: You might also love this similar project below that I did recently… Vintage Steamer Trunk Painted Nightstand
Now head over and visit my friends’ posts below to see their rustic makeovers!