Hey guys!

I’m so excited to share my latest building project with you!  I was stalking Restoration Hardware’s Baby and Kid site when I came across their Kenwood Nightstand.  I fell in LOVE and immediately enlisted the help of my good friend Ana to make me some plans!  These were super easy to hack, I mean build!

You can get the plans for these great nightstands HERE on Ana’s site.

Here are a few progress pictures and tips from my build…

I used my Kreg Jig® to help me build these tables.  This tool makes your furniture so professional and sturdy.  It also makes it so much easier to build.

Here are my table sides…

You can see the ones on the right are the backside of the frame.  This is where your pocket holes are and they won’t be seen.  The ones on your left show you the front of the sides.

For the “planks” I had originally intended on using plank paneling in a 4×8′ sheet.  My Lowe’s only carried this in MDF and I knew I wanted to stain.  I did find these though.

They are planks that easily click together and made my job SO EASY.  I would highly recommend using them if you are trying to get the same look I have.  They were $10 a package and I needed one package per table.

This is what the backside of the sides looked like with my planks nailed in.

And on the other side they look like this…

I used one 2×4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood for the bases of the tables.  I only needed one to do both tables.

You add your pocket holes to the bottom of the base to attach your sides easily and clean.

I used my nailer to attach my top planks.  So easy.  I also like to take an 80 grit sanding block to all my edges and round them a bit.  I think it gives it a real custom “I didn’t make this in my garage” look 😉

I always use Gorilla Wood Glue for all of my building projects.  It is super easy to work with and holds like a champ.

This is the frame of my door.


Make sure to measure your opening once you have your tables built.  If you are a bit off on your measurements, your door will end up not fitting clean and pretty.  Just measure your opening and make your door frame 1/4″ smaller than your door.  It will save you lots of deconstructing time… Trust me 😉

I attached my planks to the door the same way I did my sides.

Here it is ready for stain!

I used the same stain on the tables that I did for his bed.  You can get it at Lowe’s in LOTS of colors.

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

You guys will LOVE this stuff.  It literally dries in an hour! My kind  of stain!

This is the hardware I used.  I found all of this at Lowe’s.  I couldn’t find 2″ strap hinges in black but a little Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in black took care of that!

Want to see them all finished???

Now let’s talk numbers!

You can buy these bad boys on RHBaby and Kids for $398 A PIECE. Ouch.


You can build them yourself! I paid under $120 for BOTH of them! Yah… I think I like them even more now 😉

Hope you like them too!  If you did, I would love for you to Pin and Share the heck out of them below 🙂  I would appreciate it!  OH… And just wait until you see Ashley’s project tomorrow.  It might just be one of my favs!

Remember you can see the easy to follow and amazing plans on Ana’s site HERE!

Here are some other projects I have done for his room…

$20 Shelves ANYONE can build!

PB Teen Inspired Headboard

PB Teen Inspired Platform Bed

Pottery Barn Inspired Memo Board


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  1. I am in love with all of the furniture! I would love any information you can give when trying to build these! I am hoping to have nightstands, shelves, beds, and dressers all made within the next few months! Thank so much for your blog!!

  2. Hi ladies!

    Great job on these nightstands! They look great! I’m a little late to the party, but I just stumbled across this project while pouring over your fabulous blog. I’m so inspired and am about to dive in, but had a couple questions first…
    1) when you attached the side pieces to the front and back, you used finish nails and glue. Do you find it to be sturdy enough? Could you have drilled pocket holes in this step? Why or why not?
    2) in your photos, it shows you’re adding the top 1×4 boards separately, but in Ana’s plans, she says to secure the top boards together first and then attach it (as one piece) to the table. Which would you recommend? Also, in the photo where you’re gluing and nailing the top boards to the table, it looks as though there’s another piece of wood running underside one of the boards… what is that?

    Thanks in advance, I can’t wait to get started! I’ll be back to share my adventures (or misadventures)… wish me luck!

    1. Hey!

      1. Yes the nails worked perfect for these parts. You can use the Kreg, but mine are nailed and they really are very sturdy. Not sure why I didn’t use the Kreg??

      2. Ana’s way is probably the correct way, but mine was faster and for me works perfect. I have a crazy 6 year old boy using these and have had no problems with stability at all. I would stand on them 😉


      I would love to see them!

      1. Absolutely, will do! I plan on blogging about it (as well as the wide cabin dresser build), including a link and blurb about Shanty 2 Chic. May I use a photo of your finished builds to include in each post?

  3. Loooove your blog and this nightstand! Can I bother you for the paint colours in this room? I love the blue!

  4. I love this, I saw the bookcase first and then this…it is the perfect look for our house. Do you think it would be hard to modify the dimensions to make a entertainment table, for under a big screen TV to hold the electronics?

      1. We finished one after doing a few modifications and love the turnout for our first piece of furniture!

    1. Yes, I actually came to this post to ask the same question! I’m thinking about building these and want to make sure I have all the materials before I start so that I HAVE to finish! Shanty Sisters, do you usually use a poly after staining or just leave it without???

      1. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Whitney used Rustoleum Polyurethane to seal the piece.

        1. Thanks Jen! Yes, Wendy… On all my pieces I use Rust-Oleum Polyurethane to finish it off. I like the Poly that comes in a can with a yellow label. Thanks so much!

  5. I love the room! My youngest boy would really like those lamps. So nice! Would you mind sharing where you purchased them? Thanks so much!

  6. I must appologize in advance because I know you must have answered this question 1,000 times but… What species of wood are you using? Cedar? Thank you so much and they ook sooo amazing that I plan on copycatting you! lol Looking forward to the dresser and chest of drawers!!!

  7. Seriously, what can’t you do! I’m not sure my husband would agree to the amount of money I would spend a month on new projects even if its a great deal to DIY it, however, if I did have a money tree…your site would be mysteriously blocked because I just love everything! Knowing me though, I’d have piles of wood, no actual creations!