The Perfect Nightstand

UPDATE:  Enjoy this project for a bedroom in our former home.  We’ve moved and are giving our new-to-us home a complete remodel.  I’ve completely changed my style!  Click HERE to take a look.
Have you ever had a vision in your head and can’t find just the right thing to pull it together?
Oh – and let’s also add the caveat that it has to be done on a slim budget.
That was the place that I found myself in while trying to figure out what just the right thing would be for a nightstand in my guest room.  I sure had a case of DP.  That would be Decorating Paralysis.  In an effort to cure myself, I turned to all of you for advice.

Well…after taking all of your suggestions into consideration, this is what I decided to do.

BTW – thank you to everyone who took the time to help me out.  You all had some great suggestions!  Just for fun, I tallied everything up and added it to the bottom of this post.

When I asked for your help, I should have mentioned that there is only about 4′ between the side of the bed and the front of the dresser.
My vision included something with texture and something besides a plain brown nightstand.  It couldn’t be anything too colorful because I also plan to paint the dresser and mirror that reside in this room.
So one fine day, while browsing the aisles of TJ Maxx, I came across a gray wicker laundry basket.  Bingo!
Turned upside down, I think it makes the perfect nightstand for this space.
Everything was looking all taupey-gray and bluish-aqua, so I wanted to add one more little pop of color for interest.
When I found these botanical sea prints on (with 30% off that day!), I knew that adding little touches of pink/fuchsia would work well.
I mentioned that I’m doing this room makeover on a slim budget, right?
And we all know how expensive art can be – right?
So even though I got a great price on the botanical sea prints, I didn’t want to blow the bank on frames and matting.  Fortunately, I already had some frames and mats that were the right size and only needed the touch of some spray paint.  🙂
Did you know that you can spray paint mats?  Yep, you can!  The ones that I had were a horrid color.  So a few light coats of gray spray paint did the trick.
If you try painting a mat, just make sure that you don’t get the mat wet by adding too much spray paint at one time.  Several light coats, that dry thoroughly in between, do the trick.
I put the nightstand vignette together using a vintage brass tray that I found a few months ago at a favorite local shop called Chartreuse.
I love the open fretwork and of course the patina of the aged brass.
I’m glad to see brass making a come back.  What about you?
When I found this cute little vintage clock at The Carolina Vintage Market last month, it hoped right into my hot little hands.
I’m really pleased with how this little area came together.
Now for the tally of your suggestions:
Demilune table
Lindvedt table from Ikea
A table painted aqua
Octagonal table
Off white table
Glass top table with some sort of metal base – 2 votes
Mirrored table/chest – 3 votes
Small chest
Wicker something – 2 votes
Chair/bench in place of a nightstand – 2 votes
Stacked suitcases
I loved all your ideas and really did consider each one.  I especially liked the suggestions to add a mirrored table/chest.  But in the end, I decided that I really wanted something with texture and since the side of the bed is so close to the dresser I didn’t think a chest of any kind would look right.
Thank you again for your help everyone!
The next project will be to paint this dresser and mirror.

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  1. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table says:

    The basket makes the perfect bedside table. I love old brass too.

  2. Marty Walden says:

    Great idea, Suzy! I would never have thought of that!

  3. Love the upside down wicker hamper….cool idea! It fits the room perfectly! 😉

  4. What a great solution, Suzy. No one will ever think that it is a laundry basket/hamper at all. I love that little tray. Can’t wait to see it all finished up!!


  5. Suzy, I think you found the PERFECT piece! I love it and love how you decorated it. The artwork just pops too. What color will the dresser and mirror be? XO, Pinky

  6. Laurie Ritchey says:

    Suzy, I would never have thought to do that. Brilliant, and it looks so pretty in the room. laurie

  7. I love the wicker used for the side table and the pop of color is perfect. Looking forward to seeing the dresser redo.
    Have a blessed week, Ginger

  8. Liz @ Quirky Vistas says:

    The texture and color are perfect. Good idea! I really do love it being round as well!

  9. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    You are a genius! I love the wicker basket, and the artwork looks bright and fun. Can’t wait to see the dresser and mirror makeover. See you soon at Haven! 🙂

  10. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    The table is perfect and great vignette Suzy!

  11. Therena Taylor says:

    It looks amazing, what a clever idea!

  12. The basket is fabulous and makes such a difference. I love that gold tay also, it is perfect. Beautiful. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  13. Tazas y Cuentos says:

    Great idea! It looks fantastic. And I love the way you match the colors in that room.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  14. Laurel Putman says:

    Perfect…looks great!

  15. Wow! What a really great and original idea! I love unexpected items in a room, always makes them so much more interesting to look at! 🙂 Kim

  16. Selene @ Restoration Beauty says:

    I love all the touches that bring your bedroom together! Love your nightstand, too!

  17. Something Nice and Pretty says:

    I would have never thought to turn one over to use as a nightstand which I’m actually looking for my bedroom. Love TJMaxx too!

  18. meijo's JOY says:

    Brilliant and nicely done!