Nightstand Update {with Mod Podge}

{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?


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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. Looks terrific! You did a great job on the update :) I love the idea of a map on top.

  2. LOVE it Barbara!!! What a great idea! It looks stunning!

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! How is the texture on top? That part has had me putting off similar projects.

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. What a great idea! I’ve never tried it before on furniture. I might have to soon after seeing your project. Megan

  6. What a difference! I love the idea of being able to look over and see that pretty map when you roll over to turn off the alarm clock! :)

    • 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!

  7. I love it! I have a few side tables that need a little redoing and was considering a mod podge/map treatment for the top :)

  8. Looks fantastic! I used modge podge for the first time a couple of months ago. Love the stuff.

  9. Looks fabulous!!!!

  10. LOVE!!!!!

  11. This nightstand is so fantastic!! I need to redo one for my girls new room and you have totally inspired me…thank you!!!

  12. This looks wonderful – thanks for sharing such a great project!

  13. What a transformation! I love the map accent!

  14. I love this! I’ve always wanted to make something with a map since I love to travel!

    • 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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! ;)

  17. Gretchen@boxycolonial says:

    Love that! Is there anything mod podge can’t do?

  18. Oooh, I love it! I’m a map fan anyway and those pulls are fabulous!!

  19. Pinning so I remember this when it’s time to redo my bedroom!

  20. Saw this on TJ!! It’s so cute! Great job girl!:)

  21. Barbara–the nightstand is sooo pretty. The blue looks so great with the map.

  22. I love this idea I have old maps. Now I know what to do with them. Thanks.

  23. What a great idea I love it saw it on totally tutorials

  24. ps how does one follow you blog cannot see any button/icon saying follow me etc

    • 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!

  25. 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!

  26. You just updated the nightstand perfectly! Great job Barbara! Thanks for sharing!

  27. What is your favorite polyurethane for furniture?

  28. Looks great! I’m thinking of adding a map to makeover my boring file cabinet. Can you use Mod Podge on metal?


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