Princess Katy and the Bedside Table

by Katy on September 24, 2011 · 29 comments

Once upon a time there was a lovely princess. (For the sake of the story, we’re going to call her “Katy.”) Princess Katy was the proud owner of a table. You might have called it a console table, or even a desk, but for the princess, it was a bedside table. Sadly, this table had no finish on it, which meant that when the young princes drew all over the side of the table, her ladies in waiting were unable to remove the offending ink marks.

So the sweet middle aged princess threw a vintage tablecloth over the table and went on with her royal duties of picking out hats and posing for pictures with ill children.

But then, the Princess Katy got cable TV and watched a large amount of HGTV. She was full of inspiration and decided to refinish the table. With a sander borrowed from the hunky middle-aged Prince Dale, she set to work.

Armed with wood stain from the Queen Mum and oil finish from her own basement, the princess set to work. Although the hands-on time was minimal it took quite awhile, as her royal duties were numerous.

When the oil finish finally dried, the princess placed diamond knobs on the drawer, which she had garbage picked off an abandoned vanity.

The Princess Katy was very pleased with her bedside table, and felt she could finally focus her attention on important royal matters such as shenanigans with the stable boy and pleasing the Queen Mum.

Which is how it should be.

The end.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol September 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

Absolutely lovely!


Kristen@TheFrugalGirl September 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

Good job, Katy!!!


Megg September 24, 2011 at 9:05 am

I love the knobs!!
I’m in the process of refinishing my bedside table too! It’s at least 75 years old and so is the finish, I swear so it’s taking forever. Yours looks so nice!


Jennifer September 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

I love a happy ending!


sudebaker September 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

I’m a sucker for a good story 🙂 Thanks!


Jinger September 24, 2011 at 11:40 am



Stephanie September 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

Tell me more about the stable boy…


Esther September 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hilarious post! And I love the diamond drawer pulls!


Shannon Breen September 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Nicely done!


Renee September 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

What a crack-up! Thanks for the chuckle. I needed one today.


Cynthia anderson September 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Very sweet!!


Karin September 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Can’t decide what I love more — the story or the end result of your labors with the (very approriate) diamond knobs. You’re a natural story teller!


Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares September 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

So, the cable TV did some good! I Dumpster-dived some tables (full of crayon marks) when a school was torn down nearby. They are in our living room. Thanks, hubby, for refinishing them, because I know, like Princess Katy, I would never do it myself!


Jessica Wolk-Stanley September 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm

My favorite part of the story is that Princess Katy GARBAGE PICKED diamond knobs.


Katy September 25, 2011 at 7:31 am

Well, “Princess Katy” can only make do with the very best.

Princess Katy


Linda September 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm

great story, great table the only thing I wish for is close up detail pictures


Katy September 25, 2011 at 7:32 am


If you click on the picture, it will enlarge.



Hiptobeme September 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I’m in the middle of stripping a green monstrosity into a gem. I hope to have a happy ending like yours!


Cate September 25, 2011 at 4:15 am

1. Princess Katy is beyond hilarious. I also especially love the garbage-picking aspect of her personality.

2. I am in love with Princess Katy’s bedspread, and the royal cat adorning it.

3. What a great job!


Katy September 25, 2011 at 7:30 am

Sadly, that blanket is just for cold weather, so it’s not in use at the moment.



Linda September 25, 2011 at 6:50 am

Fabulous post! I love the table. I would make a great desk, too!


Jo September 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Clever job on the table and too-funny narration!


Elaine September 26, 2011 at 8:58 am

Finally, a royal personage that we commoners can relate to and truly admire! Your royal treasury will never depleted, and your regal furnishings will always be admired (and coveted) by others.


Van September 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

The table looks amazing! I love your sheets…and the inviting photo with the cat on it, too. (I keep commenting on your cat, I think I need a cat…)


Katy September 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

That’s Zelda. I’ll pass along the compliment.



Mary Ellen December 17, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Dear Princess Katy,

I love the table! That drawer front looks like tiger maple, it’s beautiful.

Thank you for showing us that the 1% (to which you belong) are handy and care about salvaging worthwhile things! Occupy DIY!


Katy December 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Thanks! I am really happy with how it turned out.



Patricia December 18, 2011 at 4:49 am

I love it- it looks beautiful! Is that a moonbeam clock on it? I used to have one years ago and I wish I still did!


Katy December 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

It is a Moonbeam clock. I bought it from LL Bean.



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