Bedside tables are often one of the more utilitarian pieces of furniture in a bedroom, which is especially true if you get a bedroom set in which the bed, dresser and bedside tables all match. Bedside tables are convenient for achieving a uniform look, but they don't add much personality to the space. Fortunately, you can spice up the look of your bedside tables without breaking the bank and add some pizazz to your bedroom in the process.
Use a bed sheet or a swatch of brightly coloured cloth to decorate your bedside table. Experiment with draping it simply, or use tacks to create pleated skirting around the edges. Use cloth with the same pattern as a wall hanging, dresser covering or pillowcase and create a motif. If you get tired of the pattern or colour you choose, you can simply update it with a new cloth.
Painting works well for a simple wood bedside table. Bedside tables at thrift stores work well for a painting project since painting is typically inexpensive and the tables likely need freshening up anyway. Match the paint to your walls or moulding, or choose a vibrant shade to add a splash of colour to your room. Get creative with polka dots, or use masking tape to add colourful and even stripes.
Découpage is a collage art form that works well on furniture. Cut out images from magazines, vintage newspapers or books, and arrange them on your bedside table. You can also use photographs of family and friends. Glue the images in place, and brush over them with a lacquer like Mod Podge. Allow adequate drying time before putting anything on the table. If the lacquer doesn't dry completely, it will be tacky to the touch. If you are decorating a bedside table for a child's room, you can involve the child in the process by asking her to help you pick out images for your design.
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