Found Topless

The end table, that is, not me. Everything here is all tucked in where it should be. The only top missing is for this interesting end table, maybe in the bottom of the dumpster I fished it out of? I was only willing to dig so deep, ya know? Take home the treasure, not the smell.

Topless, it almost looks upside down, but its not. We tried it that way, too, just to make sure.

And yes, my little girl's room really is that messy. She takes after me. :)

Here we are in the basement, our playroom/laundry room/storage unit/craft room (we like to make the most of our space), swapping out boards and planks to see what fits. FINALLY I agreed to cut up an old shutter that was buried in the corner of the corner (there was no actual argument with anyone...just me mentally agreeing with the hoarding inner-self that swore that there was no reason to slice the shutter up...even though I've done NOTHING with it for the past three years). 

The addition shutters were previously made into a very sturdy shutter-shelf which has held up extremely well the past three years. Click Here to see it, nothing fancy at all, just functional. The shutter boards are much better wood quality than the actual end table which isn't wobbly or anything, just not solid wood. 

Ran a Dremel along the edges to round out the cuts. Used a bit of wood filler for the gauges left from pulling out the screws but left the cutsy holes and scratches for character.

 At one point my daughter asked if I was going to make this look old. 

Nah, not this time, I said.

 Her response? "To be honest, I don't like it when you make things look old." 

Oh bless your heart child for your tactful truthfulness. She's so polite! Good to know we're doing something right, in parenting that is, just not in painting furniture according to her, lol. 

We recently purchased a handcrafted loft bed to create additional play space in her bedroom that she shares with her baby brother (there we go again maximizing our space, why settle for one use on a room, huh?).  The guy threw in half a gallon of paint leftover from the project so we used this for the end table. Its Rainbow Dash blue (not really, but in her mind it is) and she is THRILLED to have her bed frame and table the same color as her favorite My Little Pony. 

Added some scrapbook paper inside and along the edges and called it done. Its my favorite part of this project. (sealed the paper with Mod Podge so it doesn't rip while sliding in and out)

My little girl was so excited to have a book shelf, she carefully and thoughtfully arranged her stories. Chapter books to the left, story collections to the right, and everything else sandwiched in the middle. Maybe a future librarian? 



awwwww, thanks Rainbow Dash

what do you think? 

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  1. That's funny, it does look like it's upside down without the top! Great transformation!

  2. Fantastic transformation!! And I LOVE the color!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!


  3. Great color and I'm loving the creative top you added to this nightstand. Good choice:)

  4. What an amazing before and after! I am sure your daughter will treasure it for a long time. She did a great job of organizing her books too : )

  5. Ha ha, you are hilarious! My son commented on a table I recently made and made if very clear that he did not like it when I made things look old! lol! "Why do you have to do that?" he asked. :) I love the table and it is perfect for her room, Rainbow dash blue perfect!

  6. Such a great transformation! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  7. Hi Audra! The Weekly Feature Series is live! You are one of the 25 Amazing Features from the Week. Here's the link to check it out. Have a lovely Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Beautiful job Audra, you never would have known it was once topless!

  9. That looks like a totally brand new piece of furniture. I can see why your dd wanted to place her books in there right away :-)

  10. That looks like a totally brand new piece of furniture. I can see why your dd wanted to place her books in there right away :-)


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