From Old Tires to a Stylish Nightstand

by Diana Olvera

Every morning on my way to the office I drive by a tire shop. Recently, I noticed the guys from the shop getting a little creative, stacking up all the used tires into a braid-like pattern to create a “tire wall”.  I was reminded of an old tire swing my parents made for me when I was a kid.  Igniting my imagination, I tried to think of projects I might use them for.  I decided to stop and ask for a pair, and was delighted to receive them free of charge- thanks tire guys!  After a little online research I discovered I could turn them into a fun nightstand.  We featured my nightstand in our previous entry up-cycled bed and headboard.  The materials needed and steps to create this fun piece are outlined below.

For this project you will need the following materials
Tires to paint
Pine round board 1”x17.75”
Primer- I choose KILZ 2® Latex Primer and Sealer
Paint in the color(s) of your choice – I chose a chartreuse color called Anime P340-5 for the tire and ULTRA PURE WHITE® for the nightstand top.
Paint Tray
Paint Tray Liners
Painter’s paper or cardboard
Paint Roller / brush


Step 1: Clean Tires
Acquire tires that do not have large rips or holes. Scrub with soap and hose off, consider doing this outside. Allow time to dry completely.

Step 2: Prep area for the painting
Start by placing a large piece of paper or cardboard on the floor. Open any windows and doors to allow plenty of ventilation into the area.


Step 3: Prop up tires

Position the tires vertically using a couple of wood blocks to hold them in place while painting.



Step 4: Apply primer coat to tires and pine wood board.
This will provide a surface for the paint to adhere to. Priming will also prevent the top paint color from peeling and cracking. Allow the primer to become touch dry, flip, and paint the bottom. Allow your primer coat to dry for at least three hours before continuing.



Step 5: Paint tires
Begin rolling your selected paint color onto the primed tires – use a small brush to get your color into the tire tread grooves.  Allow the first coat to dry, and inspect the piece for any areas that are not completely covered by the paint. Touch up where necessary. Some colors may need a second coat- repeat if necessary and allow to dry.


Step 6: Paint pinewood board
Apply your selected color to the pinewood board and allow to dry.  Apply a second coat and allow to dry if necessary/desired.


Step 7: Assemble nightstand

Stack your tires and place the pinewood board on top.



Colorfully yours,


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