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DIY Trash Can Nightstand

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A DIY nightstand like this one is not only stylish and 100% customizable, but also extremely affordable, making it the perfect nightstand for a kid's bedroom or guest room. Not to mention the fact that you get to brag about your excellent upcycling skills.

  1. PREPARE: Always work in a well ventilated area and cover nearby items with drop cloths to protect them from overspray.
  2. PAINT:
    Trash Can: Shake your can of Ultra Cover 2X Gloss spray paint (we used Gloss Coral) for 1 minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Hold the can 10-16” from the trash can and spray in a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Apply 1-2 light coats a few minutes apart. 
    Round Tray Top: Repeat the same steps on your tray using Ultra Cover 2X Gloss spray paint in Gloss White.
  3. FINISH: Let the trash can and round tray top dry for approximately 1-2 hours. Adhere the tray to the bottom of the wire trash can using strong adhesive glue. Allow 24 hours for the entire nightstand to dry before using.
Once your nightstand is completely dry, add a complementary lamp and place it next to your bed. Don't forget a table for the other side!