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Give a sweet little table half a chance and it will happily deliver a big lift to your bedroom

Upcycle an table to make a bedside table

If you’re looking to give your bedroom a small-scale style update, adding upcycled bedside tables is a great place to start. Browse secondhand shops or online for a small character table that speaks your language, then simply slice, sand, seal and paint for a totally original duo at a fraction of the usual price.

You will need

  • Table (we found ours on Trade Me for $35)
  • Measuring tape and pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Jigsaw

Learn how to upcyle bedside tables

  1. Measure the table and draw a pencil line across the middle.

  2. Using the jigsaw, cut the table into 2 equal pieces. Sand off any rough edges.

  3. Coat tables in Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer.

  4. Paint tables in 2 coats of Resene paint, letting the paint dry after each coat.

  5. Place tables against wall on either side of bed (you could fix to the wall with a small bracket, if you prefer). Let the tables provide design and colour prompts as you style the rest of the room.

Measure a table
Step 1
Cut table in half
Step 2
Seal and paint table
Step 4

Project tips:

  • A semi-gloss paint will give the tables a soft shine.
  • Consider adding a knob/handle for extra interest.

Accessories: White bedlinen from Foxtrot Home. Pillowcases, throw from Homebody. Black euro linen cushions, grey linen cushion, rug from Adairs. Vase from Nood. Candle from The Aromatherapy Company.

June 2020. ▸ Download a PDF of this article


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