knock off nightstand.

I saw this beautiful nightstand on pinterest a while back …

nightstand 2

Lovely, right?

I tracked it down to its source.  Turns out it is for sale at Neiman Marcus and it can be yours for a mere $799 plus $175 shipping.  Hmmmm.  Add in the tax, and you are looking at over $1,000.  For a nightstand.  Wowza!

I guess if you have that kind of money to blow on a nightstand, more power to you!  But if you don’t, you can create a knock off.

Start with a basic French provincial nightstand.

grey nightstand before

Paint it with Annie Soan’s French Linen (that’s what I did), or you could use Miss Mustard Seed’s Trophy.  I think that would come closer to the shade of grey on the inspiration piece.  I didn’t use milk paint on mine because I didn’t want to see much of the original white and green paint coming through any chipping.

grey nightstand close up

Sand, wax and add a little gold rub ‘n buff to the details, and voila!  A Nieman Marcus knock off nightstand.

knock off nightstand title

In hindsight, I should have added a lot more gold to mine.  Unfortunately, it’s too late, I’ve already taken it to Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater to sell.  Do you think they would mind if I popped by with my rub ‘n buff and added some more gold?

I know mine isn’t quite as gorgeous as the original.  The lines on my nightstand aren’t as delicate and fine as the $1,000 version.  And I definitely don’t have as much gold.

nightstand collage

But seriously, at $125 for mine and over $1,000 for theirs … well, at least if you bought mine you could still afford your mortgage this month too.

26 thoughts on “knock off nightstand.

  1. Hmmmm….Most of your followers likely have the proverbial “champagne taste on a beer budget,” so while we can moon over the shape and details of the NM version, the Q version is the one most likely to come home with us. And make us very happy! Love that French Linen!


  2. Both are lovely! Yours is in my price range. Hey, I joined the “notes from the Universe”! I am lovin’ it. Hit the nail on the head today! FREAKY! 🙂
    Blessings, Shelly


    1. Yeah, I won’t be spending $1,000 on a nightstand any time soon either. OK, well, never! Even if I had an extra $1,000, I wouldn’t spend it on a nightstand. I’m so happy to hear that you like the notes! I’ve often wondered if everyone gets the same ones, or if they are categorized in some fashion. Was yours about imagination today?


      1. Q,
        Mine was about imagination as well. They must send the same one to everyone, or we are enough alike that we are in the same category. 🙂


    1. I used gold rub n’ buff rather than paint. I like the way it looks more like gold leafing than paint does. It’s hard to describe, but it just has a different quality to it. I think I should have put gold around the edge of the top like on the inspiration piece. And maybe some on the carved flower detail at the bottom. Perhaps even some around the edges of the drawers. I was say too timid with the gold on this piece. But I have a similar piece coming up next week that I think turned out nicer. Stay tuned!

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      1. Thank you so much for saying so! I’m actually sitting here on Sunday evening with a glass of wine and going through the photos of my projects from the weekend and feeling like none of them turned out exactly how I wanted them to. Which of course is par for the course. So I needed that compliment at this precise moment! Thank you!

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