I know there’s a name for people who stockpile things they don’t use, and I guess I’m one of them, because I have accumulated a stockpile of vintage rulers and yardsticks, but I almost never actually use them. They’ve gotten a bit pricey in the last few years, so I kept waiting for the absolute perfect project to use them on. I finally realized if I wait much longer, they their popularity as a crafting trend may end, and I’ll just end up with a bunch of rulers no one wants.
So, although this isn’t what I would call the perfect project to use some on, I’m glad at least I’m finally starting to use them. This little wooden nightstand was used by both of my younger sons. We have a new nightstand for the youngest now (which I’ll show you later), and I had this one loaded in the back of my Jeep to donate, but my husband took it back out when we had to fill up the Jeep with my older son’s belongings when we took him back to college last week. Bringing “junk” back into the house, probably wasn’t the smartest move on his part, because I’ll always second guess my decision to get rid of it. Although it was really dinged up, I realized I could put a little work into it, and it might improve its appearance. I didn’t want to bother painting it, so I just started distressing it, only to discover that there was green paint under the black paint. Bonus!
I cut the rulers to size and attached them, then I removed the back and my husband cut a piece of corrugated metal to put on the back side. I replaced the original wooden drawer pull, with one from Hobby Lobby, and I think it has a funky, industrial look now.