Most of y’all know I recently built a queen bed for my oldest princess, and she needed a nightstand to match! That’s exactly what we built her, and I am SO thrilled with how it turned out! Check out this DIY modern farmhouse nightstand!
Isn’t it so fun?? Before we get started, be sure to download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking HERE!
Build the back face frame first. These are 2×4 boards that are ripped to 3” wide each. Create 1.5” pocket holes on the horizontal boards and attach them to the vertical boards using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws.
Build the front face frame next. This is identical to the back face frame, but you will also add a 2×2 board which will create the face frame for the drawer. Attach the horizontal boards to the vertical boards using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws through 1.5” pocket holes.
Now build the sides of the nightstand. This is 3/4” hardwood plywood. Add 3/4” pocket holes on both sides of each piece. Note the placement of the pocket holes so that they will be covered in a later step. Attach the 2×2 board to each piece using wood glue and 2” Spax screws.
Attach the sides to the back face frame using wood glue and 2” pocket hole screws through the pocket holes on both sides of each side and into the face frame. The top of the sides will be flush with the top of the face frame.
Next attach the base of the nightstand. This is also 3/4” hardwood plywood. Add 3/4” pocket hole around all edges of the bottom of this board. Attach it to the sides and face frame using 2” pocket hole screws into the face frame and 1.25” pocket hole screws into the sides. Make sure these holes face down, and this board should line up flush with the base of the sides and frame.
Attach the front face frame the same way you attached the back. This will attach through the sides as well as on the base of the nightstand.
Build the drawer next. This is 1/2” hardwood plywood that is ripped down to create the drawer sides. Attach each side to each other using wood glue and 1.25” nails. Then, attach the base of the drawer using wood glue and 3/4” staples or nails. The base of the drawer is 1/4” hardwood plywood.
For help attaching the drawer slides and installing the drawer, you can watch the video or check out this post where I walk you through it.
Once that is done, attach the drawer face. This is also 3/4” hardwood plywood cut to size and attached with glue and nails through the inside of the drawer and into the face.
Attach the side trim pieces using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails through the trim and into the top and bottom of both sides.
The top of this nightstand is a laminated pine project panel. These can be found at the hardware store on the same aisle as pine boards, and come in several different sizes. I used a 24” x 36” panel and used the table saw to cut it to exact size. Attach the panel using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails through the panel and into the base of the nightstand.
The final step of building the nightstand is attaching the back. This is 1/4” hardwood plywood. Attach it to the back of the nightstand using wood glue and 3/4” staples or nails.
I used Briarsmoke finish on this nightstand. You can see it HERE!
The drawer pull is my FAV and I found it super inexpensive HERE!
The drawer slides I used are found HERE!
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