How to Make Your Own Tiled Nightstand

Design expert Sabrina Soto shows you how to upgrade a nightstand with tile.

ByABC News
August 28, 2014, 7:12 AM

— -- Got extra tile from a kitchen remodel? Don't let it go to waste. Instead, you can upgrade a basic nightstand with tile to create an effortlessly chic and sophisticated finish. Watch design expert Sabrina Soto show you how in the video above and follow her step-by-step instructions at home.

Furniture item you wish to upgrade

Sandpaper or Sanding Sponge

Spray paint primer

Spray paint in desired color (We're using Valspar White Spray Lacquer)

Measuring Tape

Backsplash tile (We’re using Elida Ceramica Modern Night Glass Mosaic Square Indoor/Outdoor Wall Tile -- Common: 12-in x 12-in; Actual: 11.75-in x 11.75-in))

Tile Mat (We’re using: MusselBound Adhesive Tile Mat)



Grout Float


1. Start by sanding your furniture and wiping down with a moist cloth to remove any dust.

2. Apply your primer in even thin coats using a sweeping motion. Make sure you stay a consistent distance from your furniture.

3. Once primer is dry, repeat step 2 with your spray paint.

4. Let furniture dry fully.

5. Measure the area you will be adding tile to.

6. Cut tile squares to fit that area using scissors.

7. Cut tile mat to size. Peel one side, and apply to tile.

8. Peel outfacing side of tile mat and affix your furniture item.

9. Mix your grout according to package instructions.

10. Using a grout float, apply and press grout between the tiles. Work in small areas and move the grout float diagonally to the grout lines.

11. When grout begins to form haze over tile, use a clean damp sponge to wipe grout from tile surface.

12. Before grout completely dries use a dry clean towel to polish your tile.

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