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The Better Ikea Nightstand Revamp

July 19, 2015

The last 4 months that I’ve been living in this apartment, I’ve been nightstand free. The space that allows for a side table is so narrow that most of the options I liked wouldn’t fit without making it impossible for me to get to my closet. But after too many times of falling asleep with my electronics, books, and face wipes next to me, I knew I had to find a solution. I was browsing Ikea the other day when I came across the Nordli Nightstand and knew I had to get it. I went to Ikea that day, and within a few hours, I had it assembled.

I love it because it’s well designed with a shelf, a drawer, a little tray, and an open backing for cords (so you can charge your electronics inside the table). However, there’s no denying that with it’s minimalist design, it’s a tad on the boring side. I decided to spruce it up with a drawer pull from Anthropologie and leftover marble contact paper I had from thisthis, and this post. 
I used a rubber bench scraper, but if you’re doing a similar project a credit card will work also. You want to make sure to pull the paper backing off a little at a time then immediately smooth the contact paper down so you avoid air bubbles. It’s pretty hard to do a perfect job, but a few tiny air pockets aren’t noticeable without close inspection. Also, be sure to take extra time trimming and folding the corners. A dead giveaway that it’s not real marble is if you can see wrinkles and creases at the edges. To make the process easier I applied the contact paper before attaching the table top with screws. 

I told myself that I didn’t want to spend more than $12 dollars on a drawer pull, but when I saw these at Anthropologie I had to have it. Suddenly all the other options seemed hideous so I caved and spent a whopping $28 on it. If you do buy these pulls, I recommend going to the store to pick them out because they come in all different shapes and sizes, and the hues range from cream to deep purple. 

Because of all the storage space inside, I’m able to keep the top clear of any junk. In my bedside table I store remotes, a notebook, a pen, cuticle cream, cuticle clippers, and makeup remover wipes. I use the shelf to charge my iPad and phone. 

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