DIY nightstand upcycle: from garage sale to glam

Yesterday I revealed a beach-glam bedroom refresh done for a client.  Because the budget was low, we needed to be creative in coming up with furniture options. A side table with storage was a requirement, so we tracked down a fantastic but cheap old chest at a garage sale. My client couldn't believe we could turn this ugly laminate box into something befitting the glamorous guest room she envisioned. Oh, how I love freaking out rookies. 

DIY upcycled thrift side table

Below is what it looked like when we picked up for $3.50 at the garage sale. 

I removed the hardware, used wood filler to fix some dents, and lightly sanded down the laminate wood finish. We then spray painted it with two coats of white enviro-friendly Krylon H2O paint (about $10). As I always do, I put 3 coats of water-based high-gloss urethane on top. Then I added shiny new oversized knobs picked up at IKEA for $10. 

Easy-peesy! And she doubted me. Pfft. :)