$12 Oak Night Table Makeover

Dear friends, welcome back! I am rolling right through this second bunch of thrift store finds!

Today’s makeover is this oak night table I scored for $12 on the same stop where I found this tufted foot stool I shared a couple of weeks ago:

An oak night table with free dirt for only $12? Yes, please!

This poor thang. It was a hot mess and it was SO dirty! If it weren’t so big, I would swear it had fallen between the counter and refrigerator and had been left there for a couple of years. I’m surprised the people at Good Will didn’t at least wipe it down. It had some sort of dried syrupy substance all down the front, something that seriously stained it on the top at the back, and those flowers you see below the drawers? They were drawn on with magic marker.

I just wanted to bring it home and hug it save it, and that is exactly what I did:

Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I don’t know what’s up with me and black paint lately, but we’re becoming pretty good pals these days.

I knew this piece had potential!

After giving this thing a good cleaning with lysol wipes, I primed the areas that had stains that I couldn’t remove with wipes using Rustoleum spray primer.

Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I love the contrast of black and white. This is my go-to white, Bit of Sugar by Behr (Recipe with video HERE.), and the drawers are Liquorice by Country Chic Paint. Country Chic paint recommends a light sanding prior to painting unless you are painting over an already-painted finish or bare wood. Luckily there wasn’t much to sand here.

I still had the plates up from when I photographed the drop leaf side table so that worked out…

Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The drawers were pretty gross before as well:

I’m not sure I want to know what is spilled inside…it almost looked like blood.

I ended up priming and painting those too, but it gave me the opportunity to add a little something extra for fun:

Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I love stripes! They always add a little something extra and they are so easy to do. I used the tape as a guide for how far apart to space my stripes.

I used FrogTape for delicate surfaces to add these:

FrogTape is my go-to product for adding stripes!

I gave them two coats of the Liquorice, just like the drawer fronts. That paint is so old, but still working great. I pulled the tape off as soon as I added my second coat.

Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I gave everything a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper, and sealed with Dixie Belle’s clear satin topcoat.


Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I primed the bottoms of the drawers as well since the fabric I wanted to use had a white background:

Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I had just enough of this pretty toile fabric left for both drawers. I cut the fabric using my rotary cutter and straight edge, then attached it to the insides with Matte Mod Podge. I just brushed it on like a glue using a cheap chip brush.

The knobs came from Hobby Lobby a few years ago. They’re perfect for this sweet piece!

Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com





Oak night table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I painted a couple of dressing tables in black and white in the past and they sold quickly, so hoping this works for a sweet young ladies room!

Another piece down..still a few more to go..

If you’ve missed any of these makeovers so far or just want to have another peek, you can find them all here:

$30 Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover

Drop Leaf Side Table Makeover

How to Recover a Tufted Footstool (The Cheater’s Way!)

$4 Vintage Suitcase Makeover

Drop Leaf Repurposed (Corbels)

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this flatware box I picked up for $3.25 and half off that…deal of the day for sure!

UPDATE: See how this little box looks now HERE

See ya then, sweet friends!



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  1. So lovely! Love those knobs.

    • Thank you, Rose! I’ve had those knobs for a long time and it was nice to finally have something to use them on! XOXO

      • Yes beautiful! ❤️❤️ Have a question? What do you do to cut the knobs once you install. The long center pole is usually way too long. Do you use a drummer tool to shorten it ?

        • Yes for those posts that are too long, I either use a small handsaw with tiny teeth and just saw about halfway, then I can use needle nosed pliers to snap the excess end off, or I’ll use the Dremel tool with a small cutting blade on it. That one makes me a bit nervous so I usually opt for the first method! XO

  2. ColleenB.~ Tx. says

    What a darling little night table. Absolutely love them knobs. They go well with the table.

  3. Sandra Long says

    Hi Christy! I just love this table! Black and white is my favorite color combo and I am loving everything you’ve done lately. The knobs are perfect. Another amazing transformation 🙂

  4. So glad you saved this little stand it’s beautiful. Love the toile fabric. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Christina in SW FL says

    Wowzers Christy, she’s gone from a dirty, ugly duckling to a swan! 🙂 Love the black and white. I adore the knobs as well. You always do just a tiny bit of sanding/distressing and I adore it. To me, a lot of distressing makes the piece look like is is a before photo rather than an after.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the flatware box… at a bargain price too!
    Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Christina! I agree…not really a huge fan of the over distressed look. I want my pieces to look a bit worn but like they were cleaned every once in a while lol! XOXO

  6. Janice Holt says

    Love the back and white and the stripes on the sides of the drawers. Of course the knobs were the best part. Not disappointed again.

  7. Perfectly adorable. Am very depressed as the storagevplace sold my locker instead of the one to go next door to mine. Mom’s china, grandpas desk everything gone. I want to hurt someone. And they didn’t even know until I called to say March was my last month and I’d be there on the 21 st to get my things. I want to scream and cry and scream some more. I can’t replace her china. And that desk was very important to me. New house and nothing to put in it. I love the nightstand and will be hunting for furniture again. Sorry to say all this. I am hurt beyond words.

    • Oh no!!!! How could that even happen?? I hope you get some compensation, although nothing can replace precious family pieces. I hope you are blessed by finding some amazing pieces in your search to help ease the heartache. XOXO

  8. Sheila DelCharco says

    Oooo! What a rescue! Love the stripes, the toile, and the knobs! It has such pretty lines! I’m so glad you gave it new life!

  9. Dorenda Dyal says

    That turned out really great. I love the stripes on the drawers. But then I haven’t seen anything you have done that wasn’t spectacular.

  10. I don’t see any oak grain “holes.” How did you manage that?! I had to use 3 coats of aqua coat on my oak cabinets and even then they weren’t smooth.

    • Only the top and the drawer fronts were actually oak, but you can definitely see that on the top when you look more closely. The black paint worked wonders to hide it on the drawer fronts. But it is my opinion that painted oak, even with its flaws, looks so much better than that 80’s golden oak! XO

  11. This is perfect! ❤️ Always love the details !

  12. Adorable! I would need to display it with the drawers open. So cute.

  13. Ann Williams says

    Wish I was near enough to see your booth. I love it when you post pictures of it!!

  14. Can’t wait each week for your makeovers. Do creative. Very inspiring. Keep up the great work.

  15. That came out so dang cute. I never knew I liked the black white contrast. Epic!

  16. I llloooovvveee it! Who knew a gross oak table could look so cute? (You obviously) ???? The knobs are the perfect touch to tie the black and white together. Awesome job!

  17. Kelly Howard says

    Absolutely one of my favorites and so different for you to go dark on the drawer fronts! It is simply perfect!

  18. Aw Christy, you really did give this night table some love. It’s so pretty from head to toe, inside & out! BTW your thrift store haul makeover series are such fun to follow – great idea!

    • Thanks, Marie! Smaller pieces like this are so fun to do…and I am thrilled to hear you are enjoying seeing these pieces one by one. It has actually stopped me from wanting to run into every thrift store I drive past lol! XOXO

  19. Michelle Roberts says

    Hi Christy! I love seeing how you repurpose and repaint thrift store finds and give them new life. This piece is beautiful! Would you mind sharing how much you would price this piece for in your booth? I am in North Alabama and considering opening a consignment/home decor store and doing some research on how things are priced. Thank you for bringing us your beautiful photos and tutorials.

  20. SHARON austin says

    The KNOBS!!! They are adorable and really tie it all together…love it!

    • Thank you, Sharon!! I have had those for years…just waiting for the right project to use them on I guess! XOXO

  21. I LOVE this makeover..WOW~~ I just picked up 2 flatware boxes last week and am almost done with one. I can’t wait to see what you do to this one~

    • Thank you, Lisa!! This one turned out really cute. I love these boxes since they can be used for so many new purposes! XOXO

  22. Adore this project – such a brilliant makeover – crisp and clean! Also love the basket on display – is there a previous link to that do over? Love the biweekly projects – so inspiring

    • Thank you so much, Kathy! I did paint that little basket but I never shared it anywhere. I just used white spray primer and then sanded it here and there. Baskets are something I have a really hard time passing up! Glad you enjoy what I share!! XOXO

  23. Marcie Lovett says

    What a lovely result from such a sorry-looking start! You always see the potential in these unfortunates, Christy. Another beautiful makeover that surely will get snatched up quickly. I have a remnant of that toile from Joann’s (bought a few years ago for a project that went in a different direction) – great idea to line drawers with it!

    • Thank you, Marcie! I love that fabric. Just when I thought I didn’t have enough left to do much with it, another small project comes along lol. I definitely don’t have enough left to do anything else with it now! XOXO

  24. That’s phenomenal, I knew you would make it look nice but you knocked it out of the park!! I wish I had your vision lol.

  25. Ya, it would be nice if thrift stores gave these pieces a wipe down…lol. Love the contrast and those knobs are adorable! Pinned! XO

    • Right?? They could have gotten a little more for it if they had only taken a minute to wipe it down. Oh well…my gain! Thanks, Denise! XOXO

  26. This turned out so cute!! I love the stripes and the knobs. It is all those sweet little details that make a piece.

  27. Love the makeover!!

  28. This table is adorable! The colors are perfect and I love what you did with the drawers!

  29. I just love this! Those knobs! Beautiful. I love the black and white. The draw liner you used. The striping. All of it!

  30. Yeah, Dixie Belle topcoat! I just became a Dixie Belle retailer in Pennsylvania all because I tried some when visiting my son in Chesapeake!

    • I love Dixie Belle!! If there wasn’t another vendor in my Antique Mall selling it, I might consider becoming a vender myself! Good for you…wishing you lots of success with it! XOXO

  31. Teresa Smith says

    Love all of your posts!! Great ideas and beautiful work.
    Moving soon and was wondering how you hung your plates. Not wanting to put holes in the walls as I have spent many hours patching and sanding walls in new home. Thanks.

    • Aww thank you, Teresa! I used paper clips opened up to make an “S” and attached them to the backs of the plates with E6000 glue. Let the glue dry at least two to three days. These lived on our old bedroom walls for several years. Now this will require small nails wherever you decide to hang them. I haven’t tried any command products, but maybe they make something that will work? Good luck in your move! XOXO

  32. Gorgeous, as always! Feel free to link-up at Homestyle Gathering, if you have time, Christy! 😉

  33. What a transformation! You’ve taken this little nightstand from plain to pretty darn awesome. I love the details you added to the drawers, and the cute knobs add just the right finishing touch. The piece is staged beautifully as well. How did you attach the white plates to the wall behind it?

    • Thank you, Diana! I always enjoy the smaller details. I used paper clips opened up to make an “S” and attached them to the backs of the plates with E6000 glue. I let the glue dry for at least two to three days. These lived on our old bedroom walls for several years and held perfectly! XOXO

  34. What a stunning transformation! I’m curious to know whether you usually have a vision in mind before you begin working on a piece like this bedside table. Or do you just begin and create the vision as you work? The end results seem to always be fantastic!

    • Thank you, Naomi!! I actually thought I would paint the drawers blue when I started, but when looking for fabric for the drawers, I came across that toile and the plan changed. Sometimes I have a clear plan and other times, projects evolve as I go! 🙂 XOXO

  35. Wow Christy, You really had your work cut out for you on this piece, it was so dirty they should have given it to you for free, lol! But just look at this beauty now, I love the black and white, the toile, and the knobs, , , she is fabulous!!!

    • Thank you, Kaycee!! It really was so dirty lol. Glad I was able to give it some much-needed love! XOXO

  36. It’s perfect in black & white 🙂 I must have a go with fabric for lining the drawers in future projects – I normally use a wallpaper-type paper with Mod-Podge – but I’ve seen some lovely fabrics that are cheaper 😀 Well done once again xo

    • Thanks, Petra! I used to use paper, but I found that with fabric you don’t get those pesky air bubbles! And you can get pieces as large as you like. XOXO

  37. This is such a great makeover, Christy! I love so much about this – the knob, the stripes on the sides of the drawers and that toile drawer liner! It all comes together so nicely! Pinned! Thanks for joining us and sharing at Homestyle Gathering!

  38. ADORABLY CHIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Wow! Very striking! I love the work you do and am especially enjoying the “doing everything from the haul”. I just have to comment on your photography. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Could I ask what camera and lens you are using? I would love to be able to get that quality when I take my before and after pics. Simply beautiful!

    • Thank you so much, Connie! I appreciate that! I’m using a Cannon Rebel T5i with a 50mm lens. I have to back up quite a bit to use that lens, but it’s my favorite. My next favorite when I don’t have the space to back up is my 35mm. Hope this helps! XOXO

      • Thank you for responding! I have that camera and lens but oddly enough my pics look nothing like yours! Lol You are very talented. I just wanted to give props to you photography skills!

        • Aww thank you, Connie! Do you use yours in manual mode or auto? Manual mode makes all the difference. I took the Shoot Fly Shoot camera course several years ago, and they taught on a Cannon Rebel which was really helpful. I learned just about everything I needed to know in the first couple lessons. Good luck!

          • I am making myself stay in manual. I’m definitkey getting better at it but it’s a process for me. Lol You want to hear something crazy? Of all the online photography classes I’ve taken only one and it was Shoot Fly Shoot! I need to go back and rewatch the videos because it’s been over a year ago when I watched them. They are what got me to a place where I could start shooting in manual. 🙂

            • Oh funny! It definitely takes practice for sure, but the more you do it, the better you’ll get. I also use Photoshop Elements to edit my photos, so although you can get pretty great photos with just the right settings, there is a lot more you can do with a good editor. XO

  40. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Christy, this little table makeover sparks ideas for me and that is why I love your blog. I have 2 end tables that my bro found by the road and he had to build a missing drawer, which matches perfect. Brothers are great, (now that they are all grown up and don’t tattle on me). I can’t wait to try the stripes on the sides of the drawers…such a cute touch. I did see on another blog for painting stripes, that if you paint the edges of the frog tape with the same color of the piece you are putting stripes on, then paint over that with the color for the stripes, that it does not ooze under the tape. The first color seals the tape. Have you ever tried that? I can’t wait to see another silver chest makeover…you always knock me over with your pieces. Have a good “Hump-day”!XOXO

    • Oh yay! How awesome that your brother looks out for treasures for you AND fixes them too! As for painting the frog tape, as long as your surface is smooth, that is not necessary. I’ll include a close-up of me removing the tape in tomorrow’s post so you can see how crisp the lines are. FrogTape is just fantastic! Thank you for your kind works, my friend! Enjoy the rest of your day! XOXO

  41. Debra A Wise says

    Such a great makeover! Love the black and white plus the knobs and toile are the icing on the cake.

  42. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Christy!! This little table is adorable, I have one just like it and i’m thinking of copying you but i don’t think mine will look so cute. You always bring things to life. I have TRIED to copy you trays, boxes and totes. I was tearing apart a sliverware box last night remembering you saying that some of these are really built well, This one is built really well so i am tackling it. Do you think i can line over the felt?? LOL

    • Aww thank you, Cheryl. I’m sure yours will turn out just as cute! And yes that velvet lining is in there so good sometimes! I do try to remove it all. Sorry! Good luck! XOXO

  43. Christiane Lavoie says

    I love your work Chi sty everything you transform looks gorgeous.

  44. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Christy, I just want you to know that you inspire me. I love all the things you do and I just want to thank you so very much.
    Your biggest fan

  45. What an adorable makeover!! The black and white really update this piece and the knobs you chose are perfect!! I have lined drawers with paper but not with fabric — I will have to give that a try!! Thanks for sharing!


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