A Nickel’s Worth of DIY on a Bedside Table

My slatted bedside table needed to be cleaned off, straightened up, and maybe redone. I took some very simple steps to make my wood table look better, at least to me, and at least for now.
First, I moved everything off the three shelves and dusted the shelves thoroughly. I didn’t sand. I didn’t prime.
Second, I used some white liquid shoe polish in its applicator. I sponged the polish on a slat or two of the top shelf and on one top rim. I went over this small amount of wood a couple of times. Since the applicator sponge is very old, the polish barely came out, being almost dry, but sometimes the polish came out in big drops. The purpose was to see how this table might looked white washed, not painted. I think I will paint and distress this table at a later time.
Third, I replaced the open-weave plastic placemats I’ve used on top of the table for two years. I have to drink water and citrus juice drinks very often because of a kidney condition, and these placemats take hot, cold, or sweating bottles and containers without leaving puddles or suction. I like the whitewash sample with the royal blue mats. Another vote for painting.
Fourth, I replaced the brass-look lamp base, some magazines, my medicine container, a former coaster holder I use for nighttime necessities, a desktop pen holder I use for other things I might need, and my juice container. I also put a former letter holder near the edge. You’ll see it in a photo with two of my three “devices”. The red cover is my LG tablet. The blue cover is my iPad mini. The third space is for my iPhone, which I was using to take the photo! The little blue clip holds the two charging wires to the device holder.
The last step for today was to put my blood pressure monitor, misc. basket, knee brace, and arm brace on their shelves. I also replaced a folding laptray which I use for coloring sheets, handwritten notes, and small jigsaw puzzles, and for eating soup in bed. A much neater bedside table awaits its turn to be painted, and I am a bunch happier with the results and decisions I made.

Cost: about 5 cents worth of years old shoe polish.

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