DIY Dresser & Nightstand Update

some of my first big girl purchases were for my bedroom furniture.

while i was in college, sophomore year, one of my roommates and i decided to rent an apartment off campus together. like a real apartment. not an off campus student housing apartment that comes furnished with nasty old mattresses and plain dressers that probably came from the 70s. not that there’s anything wrong with the 70s, or vintage furniture.

but our new apartment was going to be ours!

ours to decorate as we wish and furnish how we decided. with the rise of affordable and modern styles at ikea, i purchased the Hemnes dark brown/black queen bed and dresser. i got an ikea credit card to pay for some of it, and to help build some credit. a cheap desk  dual purposed as my nightstand, and study area.

and to this day i still have the queen bed and dresser. this dresser has lasted me 7 years. and its honestly still in great condition. that’s why i’ve kept it this long. but my style has changed a little. where i was initially drawn to espresso colored furniture, now im looking to lighter hues and different textures. also D had a king bed so we moved my queen set into one of the guest rooms and it is the least used of the two now.

our current bedroom set is a mix and match of furniture and materials. the two dark nightstands match, but are missing drawer knobs and have scratched surfaces. my beloved Hemnes dresser has a few small nicks and different color knobs as well. the headboard we made has a different aesthetic than everything else and the 2 lamps but don’t really go with the furniture but match the bedroom wall color.

i’m looking to tie our bedroom look together especially with our upcoming move. i know our room will be a dark grey and i don’t want to have all the dark furniture making the space seem small. so i decided to start with the dresser and nightstand and do a little update/upgrade project.


it didn’t make sense for us to get brand new ones when we had perfectly good ones already. they just needed a little TLC.

i had this idea to cover the tops with marble contact paper.

i thought by covering all the tops it would look more like a you can see the nightstands were not perfect and I’m sure if i sharpie-d the tops it wouldn’t make things any better.

the nightstands had an awkward shape that made covering them a little bit of a task, but i think with the design of the marble you can’t even see the imperfections that i know are there.

The dresser was an easier job, but a larger space. there are seams because the contact paper wasn’t large enough to cover in 1 piece but i love it.

and we changed the knobs so they all match.

We originally settled on these knobs, but I found ones I liked on hobby lobbys site better, so i ordered them. D was not happy because he said that he will be the one using the dresser more and he preferred the first set of knobs we chose. (to be honest when i received my online order it wasn’t what i was expecting either, the finish was a little duller and it just didnt give me the wow factor like the online picture did. )

but yeah our dresser & nightstand update is complete ! all under $75. (much cheaper than buying new furniture!)

we needed 18 knobs and they were about $3 a piece so that’s about $55 in hardware.

and i used 2 rolls of contact paper that i found on amazon $15.



after we move i’m going to change the lamps we currently have, and paint the headboard white. it’s going to be great.