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I have a wooden nightstand that I like to put drinks on. I was always afraid if I spilled it, it would damage the wood. So, I had a thrifty idea, you can put a placemat on the nightstand. This also protects it from scratches! This is a easy, fun, decorative way to protect wood from any harm you could do to it. Placemats aren't just for the kitchen any more!
I use salad plates, candy dishes and ashtrays--anything made of glass and china, wider than saucers and low-slung. You can find them for very little at thrift stores.
The more artistic they are, the better.
I HAVE USED PLACEMATS.HAND TOWELS AND PILLOW SHAMS ON MY NIGHTSTANDS
YOU WOULD BE AMAZED AT WHAT LOOKS CUTE AND SAVES YOUR NIGHTSTAND FROM WEAR AND TEAR AND ABUSE
I USE ONE FOR A MOUSE PAD THAT MATCHES MY ROOM. IT LOOKS GREAT AND LOTS MORE ROOM.
I use hand towels---easy to clean and change them for any occasion or style!!