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.








Closet Organization 

Personally I like to try and finish a task, like really and truly finish it, before I start another. It feels soooo good to cross that item off my to-do list, but if you’re doing 5 things at once it takes a lot longer to complete any of them.

But in the case of my home organizing extravaganza, I have been picking up storage finds for all parts of the house and incorporating them into my efforts. And I’m ok with that.

I told y’all about my 3 main problem areas and I have focused mainly on the craft room… To see it today, and to see it like a week ago is such a drastic difference! I’m trying to do the same for our closet.

A few of the things I’ve done so far:

[Organizing all my clutches!

They used to just be crammed into the smallest cubbie in my closet. And they fit in the space… But trying to pull one out was a hassle, all the rest would fall out and I never really got to the ones in the back cause I pretty much forgot they were hiding back there. Now that I have them in this drawer/bin, I can pull the drawer out and see everything I have.

And it looks nicer. Way nicer.]

Hanging up my purses!


I love that my mom has this beautiful armoire and cute baskets to organize all her purses. I thought I could just stack my purses in one of the cubby spaces of my own closet.. But it just never turned out that way. They always seem to fall over each other and it looked chaotic. So I looked into command hooks and said I’d hang them up instead, the lighter ones anyway. And I decided I should try and add in extra shelves to help use the wasted space of my cubby system. Also get more drawer/bins to do like my mom 😀

Clearing up my shoes!

This has been a big source of irritation for a while. I never had a good place to put them in the closet and the space to add in a shoe rack is very limited. So they have always just been in a pile on the floor. Or in some of the low space underneath my second hanging rod. I also have another drawer unit in the garage which has kept some of the shoe clutter away from the closet; mainly shoes that don’t get worn as often. I was considering finding a tall tiered shoe rack but i would have to turn it on the side to fit in this small space and it would mean i only have a few inches trying to get shoes in and out of it. I came upon this tiered revolving shoe tree and was pretty excited. The diameter was small enough to fit the space, and it would mean I could access all of them pretty easily. Found it on Amazon for $33.

[All of my flipflops and flats are going in… – you guessed it ! Drawer/bins!!]

Fixing up the cubbies!

When we moved in, I was super excited for this closet and its existing setup. But lately I wasn’t utilizing it to its best. So I decided to get some shelves cut and add some cute bins to put the stuff in so it didn’t look so messy. See what I mean about messy?

What do you think?

also got a cap rack to hang up Ds hats.

Now on to organizing all the clothes O_O.