Nightstand Makeover

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Turn an ordinary generic nightstand into a painted mirror mosaic beauty in just a few easy steps. Find all the do”s and don’ts here.


MirrornightstandredoThis mirrored nightstand was 10 years in the making.  Let me explain… picture it- I am overjoyed at the fact that we were redoing our oldest daughter’s room out in Cali, the room was the original master and I had a fantastic idea!

Why not take the massive closet with the ginormous sliding mirror doors and turn it into TWO closets! and… while we are at it- why not make them completely separate from each other with beautiful louvered closet doors?  Being the type of person I am, I had grand plans for the ginormous mirrored sliding doors as well… didn’t have a clue what that plan was BUT I knew I had to keep them intact.

I was so stinking proud of myself, I was really thinking out of the box. Ha! All went according to plan for about 5 seconds…. Yes, you guessed it. The ginormous mirrored doors fell, shattering into pieces.  Fortunately, no one was hurt and the mirror shards made their way into a heavy-duty cardboard box.


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Flash forward 6 months…. we received the news that a move would be taking place and back to Texas we went – mirror shard box and all.

Let’s now move forward 10 years… the hubby is cleaning up the attic and came across my cardboard box of mirror shards. A challenge was put forth – I had to do something creative with the mirror or it was going to the dumpster.  Challenge accepted mister.

I have been updating my middle daughter’s bedroom slowly. Much too slowly. She has a great nightstand that needed a pick me up, the mirror would be a fun accent… I thought.


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Now let me tell you, my methods of achieving the nightstand makeover are wrong. In fact, I did everything and I mean EVERYTHING against the rules. The whole project kinda stayed in the same vein as when I accidentally shattered the mirror in the first place.

Having warned you- I must say that even though I totally went rogue on this project- I learned a lesson (and I know I went rogue because I do know how to tile, lol, really I do).

I learned that sometimes you fail due to not being prepared and sometimes… you succeed in spite of yourself. Here’s to success in spite of me!


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See? not too bad right? Let me show how I “accomplished” this beauty…

Supplies **

  • Paint (if you want or need to paint your furniture piece)
  • Gorilla glue – now Gorilla glue has come out with a new clear, non-foaming concoction! 
  • Grout – in your preferred color
  • Mirror shards
  • Cleaning supplies and a cleaning sponge

Step 1 – Decide on the layout of the mirror pieces. If the mirror shards need to be smaller, use a mirror cutter ($6 at Hardware store). Use an appropriate adhesive such as liquid nails to attach pieces in your desired pattern.

What I did… “Hey, look that piece just about fits… let me grab my pliers and take off the end. Ok… that doesn’t look too bad. The slightly primitive look will lend character. I recite this throughout the process by the way.


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Oops- out of liquid nails… Gorilla Super Glue, that should work, I thought. Nope, it EXPANDED – YIKES! I had to break out the cheap tweezers and pick away. UPDATE! Gorilla Glue has now come out with a fabulous new update- clear glue that DOES NOT FOAM!! **

Step 2 – Allow the adhesive to dry. Next, start the grouting process using a non-sanded grout. Follow instructions on the grout container.

What I did… I asked my hubby to pick up grout on his way home from work. I didn’t specify how definite I was on non-sanded grout, at least the color was right.

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Finally, after tons of buffing and wearing out a few non-scratch sponges and going through a bottle of homemade glass cleaner… I ended up with this.

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Hubby and I both won the challenge I updated a nightstand and I let him throw away the extra mirror shards.

So to recap…



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Pin the Pinterest pin for this post- you know in case …you want to try it… someday. Perhaps I am not the only one with 10 plus-year-old mirror shards hanging out in the attic. 🙂

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Till Later,


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