New Nightstand

Daniel and I got married right after we graduated college. We were broke and had no furniture. Daniel’s dresser was a plastic storage bin with drawers, and my clothes were stacked in laundry baskets in the corner. Thanks to some generous wedding gifts, we were able to get a bedroom set. We found one for a steal at a discount furniture store. It included two big dressers, a sleigh bed, and a nightstand. Our bedroom in the old apartment was huge, with cathedral ceilings and a big window. The furniture fit perfectly. A few years later we moved into our house, and the master bedroom was the only downgrade from our apartment.

Our bedroom is at the top of our a-frame home where the attic would normally be. The ceilings are low and slant in, which makes the room feel small. Once we lined every wall with our big dark furniture, the room looked even tinier.

It has been pretty easy to ignore the bedroom for the past (almost) 5 years, since most of my time is spent elsewhere, but this year I want to show our room a little love. I know I can take it from claustrophobic to cozy with the right tweaks. Maybe a space-saving storage bed frame to replace our humongous dressers, or lighter colored furniture might help open up the space.

I picked up this great vintage nightstand recently on Craigslist. I think it’s a step in the right direction! It’s solid metal, super sturdy, and it has that mid century modern vibe that I love. The drawers are so much deeper than my old night stand that I can store twice as much stuff.

mid century metal nightstand

The best part? The drawer interiors are robin’s egg blue, which conveniently coordinates with the blue knickknacks and throw pillows I already had around the room. Awesome.

mid century metal nightstand

Also, Mabel says “hi”.

mid century metal nightstand


  1. Angel Y.

    That is an amazing find! It seems to be right at home in your bedroom. I’ve been adding in some love to my master bedroom and it’s funny how long you can go without putting in work into it. Thank you for sharing. Mabel is too cute!

  2. Veronika

    OMG I love your bedside lamp!! You have an amazing taste in furniture und interiors anyway, I love to look at pics from your house! ohhh and Mabel’s such a cutie :3

  3. Emily

    darling! love the blue inside too. and, i love that you have your cute necklaces hanging from your lamp…such a nice personal touch. can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the room!

  4. Julia

    I have no doubt, absolutely none, that you will be able to create just the perfect spot for you and Daniel :) The nightstand is a great start! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Sure, it would be easy enough to paint the inside of your dresser drawers blue! :)

  5. Jenni Bailey

    That is an awesome find! We’ve never had enough room for nightstands before our current house so at the moment we are working with upside-down laundry baskets next to the bed. They do the job and fortunately (or maybe unfortunately) I’ve already stopped noticing them.

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