Curbly's ModHomeEcTeacher, Shelly Leer, dropped us a line to let us know about a nifty project she designed. This upholstered nightstand cost her less than $25 to purchase and overhaul, and with attention to detail, you can do it too.
Shelly was nice enough to give us a bunch of extra photos of the makeover process. I've set them up in a gallery, below, where you can watch it all come together.
Please join me after the break for a few more notes about methods and supplies, like the name of the fabric used in the tutorial and at least one place where you can purchase it.
To accomplish her goal, Shelly used fabric designed by Amy Butler (Rowan's Nigella line in Grandiflora - Aqua), paint, a decorated knob for the drawer, and a number of other basic materials like primer, sandpaper, adhesive, and a staple gun. You'll find the list of supplies and the instructions over on Apartment Therapy, where it was part of their January Jumpstart, as well as on Shelly's own Flipt Upholstery Studio blog.
There are some special notes about the supplies. A few color photocopies of the fabric were used, specifically to make it easier to get the design into the table's interior (paper is much less flimsy than fabric, and a more practical lining for the area in question). Plenty of paint should be left over from a quart when you've painted the table: she used about 8 ounces, or 1 cup, but that will vary based on the size of your particular table.
You might also like to see some of Shelly's other projects that we've written about in the past: how to reupholster a task chair, and how to make an attractive ottoman out of a large wooden spool. As you may have noticed, we love her work!