While this nightstand wasn't really thrifted, it was gifted for FREE from SLB. She got a fancy new one and passed this one along. It was a "natural" wood color so I sanded it down and threw on some walnut stain and voila!
I still want to slap on a coat of clear shellac, too. The basket is thrifted (around $3 if I remember correctly) and one day I hope to thrift the perfect bedside lamp to replace that not so good looking stick.