DIY Nightstand

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Well, my house is in the middle of some BIG changes.  One of my daughter’s is turning 10, and we have decided to close off a space upstairs to give her a new bedroom for herself.  I’m so excited about this space, and can’t wait to show you guys progress next week.  I have also been doing some work on my youngest daughter’s room at the same time.  You may remember her bed I made a few weeks back.  I just finished the matching nightstands for that bed, and I can’t be more pleased.  Look how cute they turned out!

DIY Nightstand

DIY Bedside Table

Bahhhh.  I love them!  I made two for her room, but until I get that space ready, you get to see them here on my DIY plank  wall ;-) !

I teamed up with my sweet friend Ana to design these.  I told her how much I love the DIY nightstands I did for my son a while back, and I really thought we should do a ‘girly’ version of them.  I love the storage these provide and that it’s hidden! That’s the best part.  Plus, they are an EASY build, I promise!  As always, you can download the full set of FREE plans over on Ana’s site, and I will share a very detailed tutorial with you here to help you tackle those plans.

Here we go!

So, for the frame of these tables, I chose to use primed finger joint pine boards from Home Depot.  I knew I wanted to paint them, and these are cheap but nice and straight boards.  They come primed white making painting easier as well.

I used my ever so AWESOME Kreg Jig
to build them.  I use the Kreg Jig
K5 model, which is so worth the extra few dollars it costs. You can get it on Amazon HERE!

I started by adding 3/4″ pocket holes in my smaller pieces to build the frames.  When using the Kreg Jig, you will also need a drill to do the attaching.  I use a Ryobi 18V drill.  This thing is the BOMB and the battery fits all my other Ryobi tools.  Plus, they battery charges in under 30 minutes.   Go check the ratings on Home Depot yourself… This drill is awesome.  I actually have 2 of them I use so I don’t have to change out my Kreg bit and driver ;-)

K5 Kreg Jig

pocket holes

I joined all of my pieces using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

attach with pocket hole screws

You will build 4 frames per table… 2 ‘skinny’ frames and 2 ‘fat’ frames.

Skinny frames look like this…

nightstand side

And, the fat frames look like this…

side of bedside table

Once those are built, you just attach them.  To do this, I decided to add some more pocket holes into my skinny frames.  You can see here in this photo how I did that.  I placed the entire frame into the Kreg Jig like this.

Kreg Jig K5

That left me with 3 pocket holes on each side.

new pocket holes

Next, I attached the skinny frames to the fat frames through those pocket holes I just added.  I also ran a line of wood glue between the two frames.

building a nightstand

Kreg Jig Nightstand

I used my Ryobi AirStrike nailer to add a few nails down the middle since I didn’t have any pocket holes there.

Ryobi Nail Gun

This is what the frames look like attached.  The arrows show the pocket holes where they are attached.

where to put pocket holes

I did the exact same thing to my other skinny frame and then I had a box that looked like this!

How to build a storage nightstand

Next, you attach the base.  I used MDF for mine because I had lots leftover.  I added 3/4″ pocket holes around the entire base piece.

adding pocket holes to the base

Then, I fit it inside the base and attached it using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

base of diy nightstand

For the panels of the table and the door I used 1/4″ Purebond hardwood plywood. It has a smooth finish when it’s painted, so it’s perfect for this table.  I added a line of wood glue down each piece and attached them using my new Ryobi Airstrike Staple gun.  Friends… This gun is too legit.  It is a sister to the nail gun, but uses staples instead.  It’s perfect for working with thin material like this, and it’s also perfect for upholstery projects.

Ryobi-18v-Stapler-500x750

The outside looks like this once you have this attached.

side of diy nightstand

I attached the top next!  I chose to use project panels for these, because they are smooth and paint really well.  Plus, they are cheap!  I used my nail gun to attach it.

nail top of nightstand

Time for trim!  First, I added a small piece of decorative trim under my top using the nail gun.  I cut each end at a 45 degree angle.

small decorative trim

For the base, I used a 5 1/4″ primed base moulding.  I used wood glue and my Ryobi nailer to attach it.  I started with the front piece, and cut each end at 45 degrees.

adding base moulding

Ryobi Cordless Nail Gun

Next, I added the side pieces also cut at 45 degrees.

how to miter base moulding

add base moulding

To build the doors, I built the frames from the primed pine boards.  I attached them using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws through the 3/4″ pocket holes.  Once I had them built, I attached a piece of the 1/4″ hardwood plywood to the back.

how to add wood panel

I did decide to add some 1×2 to the inside of each of my tables to create a shelf.  I glue and nailed these, but be sure to only add nails at the front and back where there are boards to attach them to.

build a wood shelf

My final step was using my stapler to add the back on.

back of nightstand

I used caulk on any of my open seams and painter’s putty on all of my nail holes before painting mine.

I used a paint color called Ivory Lace by Valspar.  It matches her bed perfectly.

I found my pulls at Lowe’s… Aren’t they so pretty?? I love them.  I found the cute hinges at Home Depot.  These are so easy to attach!

Knobs from Lowes

Wooooooh.  That was a mouthful! ;-)

I hope you love them as much as I do!  Remember, you can check out the full set of FREE plans over on Ana’s site!

I would LOVE for you to PIN this and share it with all your friends!

Let me know if you have any questions at all!

Happy Friday!

Whitney

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  • Christa

    Okay, so you finished nightstand photo looks like it was shot on a stained concrete floor with a wood accent wall behind it. ?? I don’t see anything about stained concrete when I search the blog, so I thought it was worth asking because I was planning to do both in my basement.

    • Lori Koepsel

      Rust-oleum epoxy floor

  • Nicolle Jansson

    So cute! I just finished building the farmhouse bed and tonight started on the matching tables. But seeing you build these … The wheels are turning as to which bedroom I will make this for ! :):):

  • Tina

    What size staples did you use? I can only find rather long ones home Depot! Also, this is kind of unrelated but since you seem to be a sort of Ryobi One Expert..I ll ask. I have purchased just about every cordless Ryobi after I see you use them lol but I have yet to be able to find the cordless miter saw . I have been waiting for about a year for Home Depot online to get it in. When I called Home Depot they said call Ryobi , when I called Ryobi they said I needed to call home Depot. Sooo, any advice on how I might find this awesome looking took? Sorry for going off subject but I see you seem to work closely with both companies, maybe you could help your readers out! I can’t be the only one that has has this problem:)

    Thanks,
    Love your site! …Tina

    • Cokie Evans

      Try Amazon for the cordless miter saw or CPO outlets, I have seen them on those sites when Home Depot has not had them. They do seem to sell out quickly on those places as well. Good luck! It works like a dream :)