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Sliding Barn Door Nightstand – DIY

We are back to share the free plans for the DIY Sliding Barn Door Nightstand that we built with our $20 DIY Barn Door Hardware. If you missed that tutorial, you can find it HERE.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

I built a new Rustic Modern King Bed and I wanted something fun for my nightstands. I have always thought that my DIY Barn Door Bathroom Cabinet would make a cool nightstand so, I gave it a shot! I am so happy with my new nightstands and after I gave a little sneak peek of them, we had tons of requests for a how-to video! So, we did just that! Come hang out with us in my shop and see how we built it! Click HERE or the image below to watch the video.

So fun, right! We’ve also got the FREE PRINTABLE PLANS! Just click HERE to download them and you can follow along with us as we build in the pictures below!

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

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To start, we had the hardware store rip our hardwood plywood to the correct widths. Then, we used our miter saw to make the cross cuts on each sheet. Make sure to check our our How to Rip Plywood and our How to Use a Miter saw videos. We show you out tips on cutting plywood 😉

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Next, we used our Kreg Jig to drill 3/4″ pocket hole screws. Refer to the plans for proper placement. You can find our favorite Kreg Jig model HERE on Amazon and check out our How to Use a Kreg Jig Video HERE.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Here are the side, top, bottom and shelf of the nightstand.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Time to build the frame. Attach the bottom piece to the side pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Make sure the pocket holes are facing down, on the bottom piece and inside on the side pieces.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

This here is one of our favorite discoveries! Whit found this Glue Bot on Amazon and it is the BOMB! You can apply glue with the bottle upright and it doesn’t clog! You can find it HERE on Amazon.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

At this point, you cabinet will look like this.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Now, it’s time to attach the shelf piece. Put a screw piece of plywood under the front side of the shelf. This will give you the 3/4″ gap,  that you need for the trim piece and the 1/4″ gap on the back, for the backing. With the pocket holes facing down, attach the shelf with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The placement of the shelf if up to you. I centered mine, so that both of my baskets would fit.Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Here is the nightstand from the front, now.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Now is a good time to attach the front trim piece, on the shelf. I used a 1/2″  x 3/4″ stick of trim (you can rip your own from a 1x board, as well). This will cover up the rough plywood edge. Apply a thin line of wood glue to the back of the trim

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

and attach it to the front of the shelf with 1 1/4″ brad nails. I used my Ryobi 18v Airstrike.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Turn the nightstand around and attach the top support to the back of the nightstand with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. Make sure to leave a 1/4″ gap on the back.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Next, measure and cut the face from pieces to size. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes in the ends and top of the top board and the ends of bottom board. Attach them to the side pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Refer to the plans for pocket hole placement.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Here is the back of the face frame. Notice the pocket holes are facing UP on the top board.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Attach the face frame to the nightstand with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Here she is with the face frame attached.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Now for the base trim. Measure and cut the side pieces to fit and attach them with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Then, measure and cut the front piece to fit and attach it the same way.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Flip the nightstand upside down and place in on top of the top piece. There should be a 1/4″ overhang on the front and sides and the top should be flush with the back of the nightstand. Attach the nightstand to the top piece with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws through the pocket holes in the sides and front of the nightstand.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Flip the nightstand back over and it’s time to trim the top!

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Using the same trim that we used for the shelf, measure and cut the side pieces then, attach them with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Follow up with the front piece. This covered up the rough edges of the plywood!

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Now, attach the backing to the back of the nightstand with 5/8″ staples and wood glue. I used my Ryobi Airstrike Stapler but you can use your nailer here too. We like to use staples to attach 1/4″ backing because the staples grip the board and keep it from pulling off.

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Now for the door. I cut my planks and drilled 3/4″ pocket hole screws in three of the boards. Then I attached them together with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

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Here’s the door, all finished!

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

For the finish, I went with Briarsmoke stain by Varathane. Check out our How to Stain Wood video HERE!

Sliding Barn Door Nightstand

Once the stain dried, I attached our $20 DIY Barn Door Hardware and called it a day! Click HERE to learn how we built this hardware!

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I couldn’t love my nightstand more! I keep all of my junk in the baskets and I keep magazines, my tablet, laptop and other stuff behind the door 🙂

Want to know more about everything in this space! Follow the links below!

Baskets – AtHome

Light Sconce – Video and plans coming soon – click HERE to subscribe!

$20 DIY Barn Door Hardware – HERE

DIY King Bed – HERE

Bedding – HERE

“A” figurine – HomeGoods

Candle Holder – HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

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35 Comments

  1. Rene Fontaine on September 30, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Hi,
    I build a set for myself and and son with pallet and barn wood, looks awesome. We are having a hard time finding baskets at a reasonable price. Can you give any advice on where you found yours?

    Thanks

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