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DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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!

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse 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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

 

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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

 

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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse 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.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

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!


DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

DIY Modern Farmhouse Nightstand

Make sure to share yours with us on social media! Use #shanty2chic so that we can see it and share it!

Happy Building!

21 Comments

  1. Greg on August 26, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Hi, the plans say 16in drawer slides. But the link is to 14in AmazonBasics drawer slides. Which is needed, please?

  2. Dawn on July 10, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I would like to make the complete bedroom set (dresser, nightstand and bed). I found the dresser and nightstand but I do not see that plans for the bed frame/headboard. Can you advise if they exist and I am just overlooking it? Thank you

  3. Tonya on June 18, 2020 at 8:48 am

    What is the drawer height?

  4. Rodney on June 9, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    I would like to know how far down you attach the 2×2 board to each 3/4” hardwood plywood piece when using wood glue and 2” Spax screws?

  5. Julie on May 27, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    I’m super excited to start this project, but will be making it with slightly smaller dimensions. I noticed a few missing points when going through the plan.

    I think the laminated panel that makes the top was left off of both the cut list and the supply list.

    It was also slightly confusing on the drawer because the colors don’t match up to what is pictured on the cut list.

    Looking forward to starting this project!

  6. Jessica on May 13, 2020 at 10:49 am

    The link for the drawer pulls and drawer slides are not working. Could you please repost?

  7. Kelly on April 11, 2020 at 11:33 am

    The drawer pulls now link to a barn door. Is there a new link to find the pulls?

    • Kristian on July 12, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      On the youtube video, it links to barn door handles, which is correct. That is what they used at the drawer pulls. They just turned them to run left to right, instead of top to bottom.

  8. Amy Pomeroy on January 11, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    I love the stain. What is it?

    • Kelly on April 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Briarsmoke

    • Tonya on June 15, 2020 at 10:45 am

      What is the drawer height?

  9. Jennifer Thompson on September 17, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Do you happen to know what the total cost of making this was?! So cute!

    • JBurns on May 6, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      I know this is several months old, but I made one last week with oak and the cost for me with all materials was about 65 bucks.

  10. Xaviour on May 20, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Nice, cool will try it one of these days. First I need the wood sawed and seasoned

    • Selena on February 24, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Did you use wood conditioner before staining? Or did you not use it on purpose to get that roa rustic look?

  11. Kola on April 29, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Do we have to do poly after the stain ?

  12. Shereen on April 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I also have the question how low from the top are the 2×2 cleats on the inside of the two sides? I don’t see that anywhere on the printable plans or the above instructions. I can see, however, on another photo that there is a 26″ 2×2 on the front face frame that is 7 3/4″ below the 26″ 2×3 (ripped)… so I assume that’s 12.25″ down from the top? (3″ for the 2×3 , 7.75″ for the space between the two boards, and 1.5″ for the 2×2)?

    I love this nightstand and plan to make the six-drawer dresser that looks like this, too!! Thanks in advance!!

  13. Anthony on February 21, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    At what height do u put the 2 by 2 on the inner part (cleat))

  14. Brent S. on February 21, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Could you tell me what, if any, clear coat you used on the side table and bed? Love the work you guys do. You’ve inspired my wife and I to start building. 🙂

  15. Meghan on February 21, 2019 at 11:14 am

    What kind of hardwood did you use for
    the frame & plywood? Thanks!

  16. katie on February 21, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Its beautiful!! Thank you for the plans!

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