Nightstand Update

{Updating a Nightstand with a Map and Mod Podge}

Hey lovelies!  I am back in the swing of things and so excited to have spent the last two days knee deep in projects.  Aaah, I missed the smell of fresh saw dust, and the mod podge under my nails.  :)

mod podge, nightstand, green chair, map

I had this nightstand, it had been repurposed into an entry way table, and now will serve as an end table.  Who knows what it will be in its next life!

black nighstand, diy glass knobs

blue nightstand, prelude by behr, nightstand update

I am really into lightening up my house lately so I went for a pale blue color, Prelude by Behr, also used here, to give it a drastic transformation.

Updating a Nightstand

First things first, I sanded the entire piece down with my orbital sander (if you want a tutorial on that click here).

Secondly, I added 2 coats 0f paint with a foam brush (my go-to brush).

Everything dried completely in a few hours so I went ahead and distressed with with some fine grit sandpaper (check out a tutorial for distressing furniture here).

Lastly, I added a coat of polyurethane to seal it.

I liked it as is, but I thought it needed a little interest.  I had a map that I’d used on an ornament I made during the holidays, so I thought why not add it to the top of the nightstand?!

Adding a Map to Furniture with Mod Podge

Surprisingly, this was the easiest part of the entire project!  All I did was cut the map to size, added a coat of Mod Podge with a large brush (both had been generously provided to me by the folks at Plaid so I could make this project).  Pressed it into place, and added an ample coat of the Mod Podge over all of it again using the wide brush.  So easy!

mod podge collage


For the final touch, I updated the knobs with these nickel cup pulls from Home Depot.

map table4


map, table, nighstand, mod podge, diy

Naturally, now I wanted to Mod Podge a map onto everything I can get my hands on!

Have you ever used Mod Podge to update a piece of furniture?


Linking up here!


TDC Before and After


    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Leisa, the texture is surprisingly smooth. It almost feels like a piece of fabric or something. Also really durable!

  1. says

    LOVE it! Was I with you when you bought that map? I am planning on using mod podge when I repaint my nightstand so this is perfect, thank you!

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Yes Tara you were! I went back to that store recently and they were all out of maps, I should’ve gotten a few! I also used it on Christmas ornament. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Courtenay, I actually use it as a side table in my living room, but you’re right, it would be a cool thing to look at first thing! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Than you Dianna! I had been wanting to make something with a map for a long time too, it’s such a fun trend!

  2. says

    What a great idea! My son has a simple red nightstand that I picked up free somewhere and I think something added on top like this is a great idea! I’m fairly new to using mod podge. Do you think wrapping paper would work okay? I have some awesome vintagey looking superhero wrapping paper I used for Christmas that I think would be a great idea for it. Do you think you need a specific kind of mod podge or will any kind work? Thanks!!

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Eva, I love the idea of using wrapping paper, especially with a vintage flare! To answer your question, yes you can use wrapping paper; if the nightstand will remain indoors (which I trust it will!) then I think any kind of Mod Podge will do. I used the antique matte finish because I wanted to give it a vintage look so you may want to try that, or just the original Mod Podge since your paper most likely already has that tint naturally. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. says

    Wow! It looks fantastic! I really love the map on top and the color! This would be a really unique way to cover up some of the damage my kiddos have done to our furniture! ;)

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Dawn, thanks for the support! You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. The icons are up top in orange!

  4. says

    I love it!! I wanted to have map wallpaper for a wall but my husband doesn’t like it as it reminds him of work, maybe I should cover my sewing desk like this and then I get to see the beauty! Thanks for the idea! X

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Nicola, I LOVE the idea of map wallpaper! I bet your sewing desk would look awesome covered in map!


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