Oh my goodness, this project was awesome. Let me show you how to DIY a dresser (or chest of drawers) into two nightstands. Save money by repurposing what you have, and make it into what you need.
I wanted JJ to have a nightstand on each side of her bed, but she really didn’t have the room for two nightstands with this dresser in her room. To be honest she didn’t even need this dresser because she has a huge closet with most of her clothes already in it. So, I thought what if we could turn this dresser into two separate nightstands… And it actually worked!
This was JJ’s chest of drawers before I did anything to it.
I didn’t want to buy 2 nightstands and move her chest of drawers because her room just isn’t big enough. I didn’t want to sell her dresser either because my grandparents bought this for her a couple years ago and I still saw potential in it. I also wanted to give her something functional without losing the drawer space for her clothes. She always pulled up a desk chair to put her belongings on before she went to bed (her iPad, glass of water, books, etc…) so I know she needed a nightstand. Could I cut this dresser in half and make 2 separate nightstands out of it? If I do this, it’s gotta be functional and it’s gotta be aesthetically pleasing.
Scott thought I was crazy. “Why do you want to cut this dresser in half and make two nightstands? What’s the purpose? I don’t think that’s a good idea. What if you ruin it?”
Scott. Just believe in my vision, I kept trying to reassure him it’ll work. Aaaaand, because I’m always a little hesitant, I said, “if it doesn’t work, we’ll just have to get some inexpensive used nightstands and I’ll refurbish them”. Inside I’m just like “please help me do this, cuz I know it’ll work!!” He hesitantly agreed but at this point he’s learning to let me do my own thing and have faith in my visions – no matter how crazy they seem.
At this point I set the camera on the tripod and recorded as we went along. I’m horrible at progress photos because I get so involved in a project and forget to take them.
This is what they looked like after they were built.
+ this is what they looked like after I mirrored them out. And once again, my photoshopping skills kill me.
if you already have your nightstands and you want to make your own DIY Mirrored Nighstands, I’m going to show you how I did that as well. Click here if you want to learn how to mirror out any sort of furniture.