Something the hubby has really been wanting lately is a nightstand to place stuff on. We have been saving a scrap piece of wood leftover from our TV stand and our kitchen bench, and the size of the board was perfect for a nightstand. So out came the sketch pad and we designed one. And because this is his, he decided he wanted to paint the base and stain the top. Here is his finished simple nightstand.
Want to make your own? Let me show you how.
Build a Simple Nightstand
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CUT LIST: actual size of wood
1- 2″x19 3/4″x11 3/4″ (top)
2- 3/4″x11 1/4″x22 1/2″ (sides)
2- 3/4″x11 1/4″x17 1/2″ (shelf & bottom)
1- 3/4″x7 1/4″x17 1/4″ (door)
-1/4″ MDF cut to fit back (ours was about 19″x22″)
After cutting all the wood, we used our Kreg Jig K5 and created pockets in the wood. We placed 2 on the tops of the sides (these will be on the inside). Next we placed 4 on the shelf and bottom, 2 on each 11 1/4 side. See diagram below:
Next we filled in any dents in the wood that we did not want with the wood filler (I suggest doing this only if you plan on painting). After the wood filler dried, we took the orbital sander and sanded the wood with #220 grit sandpaper until the wood was smooth.
At this point, we stained the top board to save time later.
Now we started to assemble the nightstand, starting with the bottom and sides (remember the pockets face the inside of the stand). Then we added the top to the sides. After we attached the shelf, we spaced ours 7.5″ away from the top piece.
Then we took our nail gun and nailed the MDF back onto the stand.
Next I caulked all the seams where the wood meets together. You could also fill in all the pockets if you wanted.
Once the caulk dried, we painted the base of the stand in Behr color Greek Isles. Two coats later we were ready to add all the hardware.
And here is the simple nightstand finished.
What do you think?? How do you like the blue? It turned out brighter than we wanted but the hubby still likes it and maybe one day we will paint it another color.