‘Marble’ Nightstand and Fishbowl Nightstand DIY

We were honored to be asked to participate in the Notable Nightstand DIY Challenge for the Edmonton Fall Home Show occurring October 20-22 at the Edmonton Expo Center.  For this challenge, Home Show attendees will bid on their favorite creations and decide which nightstands reign most notable, with all bid proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. For this DIY contest, we were to choose two nightstands from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and create inspired nightstands to fit flawlessly into two very different rooms: a Kid’s Dream Room and a Parent’s Oasis. Now, we love us a good DIY, but this was our first time undertaking furniture restoration and it was a bit of a learning curve! We learnt VERY quickly the importance of knowing exactly what kind of materials your furniture is made out of. For example, the nightstand we chose for the kids room, which we had initially thought was solid wood, turned out to be a melamine wood replica filled will corrugated cardboard! This caused us a bit of stress when it came to sanding and sawing. Therefore, be sure to double and triple check what material you are working with!

Our inspiration for the Parents Oasis was clean, modern and marble. For the Kid’s dream room, we thought about what we would have LOVED as kids… that would have been to have our pet right beside us! So we decided to put a FISH BOWL right into our nightstand!

Note: This post is sponsored by Rust- Oleum, the Edmonton Fall Home Show and Habitat for Humanity. As always, the opinions and recommendations in all of our blog posts are our own.

Here are the BEFORE Pictures:

Parent Oasis:

Kids Dream Room:


‘Marble’ Nightstand (Parent Oasis )

  • Gloss-Off Prepaint Surface Preparation by Rust- Oleum
  • Rust-Oleum 1-2-3 Spray Paint Primer
  • Rust- Oleum 2x White Spray Paint
  • Decorative Self-Adhesive Film, Grey Marble, 26″x78″ Roll
  • Utility knife

Fishbowl Nightstand (Kid’s Dream Room)

  • Gloss-Off Prepaint Surface Preparation by Rust- Oleum
  • Sandpaper or commercial sander if you have access
  • Rust- Oleum Spray Paint in Chalk Grey
  • Rust- Oleum Spray Paint in Chalk Rose Pink
  • Rust- Oleum Metallic Accents Latex Paint in Luminous Pear
  • 4 Clear Castors (Wheels), with plates attatched
  • Screws to fit Castor Plates
  • Screw driver
  • Reciprocating Saw
  • Large size paint brush of your choice
  • Painters Tape
  • Kraft Paper
  • Clear Glass Bowl or fish bowl of your choice
  • Betta Fish Bowl gravel
  • Fish Bowl decor (we used a lily fish bowl decoration!)
  • Water


‘Marble’ Nightstand (Parent Oasis)

  1. Follow instructions on Gloss-Off Prepaint Surface Preparation to Wipe down entire Nightstand
  2. Prime the bottom of the Nightstand with the Rust-Oleum 1-2-3 Spray Paint Primer
  3. After primer dries, spray base of Nightstand with Rust-Oleum 2x White Spray Paint
  4. After paint has dried on base, measure out the top of your nightstand and mark on the back of Decorative Self-Adhesive Film.
  5. Cut Decorative Self-Adhesive Film to match Nightstand top measurements
  6. Slowly peel and stick Decorative Self-Adhesive Film using a credit car to smooth out bumps and creases as you go
  7. Cut off any excess film using an utility knife.

Fishbowl Nightstand (Kid’s Dream Room)

  1. Follow instructions on Gloss-Off Prepaint Surface Preparation to wipe down entire nightstand
  2. Prime the top and bottom of the nightstand with the Rust-Oleum 1-2-3 Spray Paint Primer
  3. After primer dries, spray top of nightstand with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Chalk Rose Pink
  4. After first coat dries, spray with second coat
  5. After second coat dries, cover top of nightstand with craft paper and tape down with painters tape (to avoid cross spray from base)
  6. Next, paint base with Rust- Oleum Metallic Accents Latex Paint in Luminous Pear
  7. After Base dries, use painters tape to make three angled stripes on either side. You can use a measuring tape if you choose, or simply “eye- ball” the spacing.
  8. Spray base (over top of painters tape) with Rust- Oleum Spray Paint in Chalk Grey.
  9. Once Grey spray paint has dried, remove painters tape to reveal gold stripes beneath!
  10. Using Reciprocating Saw, cut out a circle in the top of nightstand (measured to fit your Fish bowl of choice)
  11. Sand down any uneven edges around circle cut out and clean sawdust off nightstand
  12. Touch up any paint necessary via sanding and spot spray painting
  13. Once all paint has finished drying, add the Clear Castors to the bottom of the nightstand using screw driver.
  14. Place your Fish bowl in the hole, add fish gravel and fish bowl ‘decor’
  15. Fill with water, and move your fish friend to their new abode!

Here are the Final Results!

Fishbowl Nightstand (Kid’s Dream Room)

‘Marble’ Nightstand (Parent Oasis)

If you love our DIY studded pumpkins featured on the marble stand you can find a blog post on those here !


What do you think of the finished results? If you are local to Edmonton, be sure to head down to the Fall Home Show at the Edmonton Expo Center this Weekend (Oct 20-22) and come say hello! We would love to see you, and hopefully have you bid on our projects to win!

1 Comment

  1. 온라인 룰렛 on November 24, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Best view i have ever seen !

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