When choosing a nightstand for Megan’s side of the bed, we were met with a bit of a dilemma. Firstly, we’re living with a “use what you’ve got” philosophy until we have time to hit up estate and garage sales again ($$). Secondly, the nightstand also had to be able to house our printer because the router is in that corner of our room and the printer is shared by our many computers via the router. Our solution? Transformation of a rusty old yellow kitchen cart Megan found at an estate sale last Spring for $2.

Before & After: Rusty Kitchen Cart Turned Nightstand

A lot of sanding and two coats of spray paint later, we have a nice little nightstand. The printer and router are easily accessible but hidden from view from most angles in the room. There’s enough room on the second shelf for Megan to house her monthly reads.

Rusty Kitchen Cart Turned Nightstand

All that was left was to top it off with an inexpensive (clearance!) lamp from Target and a big bucket. Why a bucket, you may ask? Well, firstly we like any excuse to use chalkboard spray paint. Secondly, it cuts down the clutter. Notebooks, baby paraphernalia (burp cloth, random socks, squeeky toy), pens, and bottles of lotion would otherwise take over the surface.

Chalk Bucket

Stay tuned for more before/after magic as we work to transform Holly House into a proper nerd nest.