A yardstick pallet wood night stand

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

This little pallet wood night stand transpired by accident. Sort of.

The Summer Tour of Homes was FAST approaching, and you know how you have a little done in every room but no room is really complete?

I challenged myself to replace a too small file cabinet with a proper night table that I actually liked. Deciding that baskets would be the drawers, the frame was built to suit. Here’s how I did it!

Prepping the wood

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

This wood starts course! The legs were 3 x 3 solid oak, part of a large crate. I sanded the boards heavily with a palm sander using coarse and fine grit. You’d never know it was the same wood!

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

For those that write me asking how I remove nails out of pallet boards, builders, please cover your eyes for a moment…

Cheater builders… I DIDN’T! ๐Ÿ™‚

I couldn’t get these guys out, so I gave up and just beat the nails back into the wood sideways. I call it junk jewelry. NEXT!

The Frame

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

Here’s a side shot of the basic framework for the front and the back. 4 boards per size. And size is determined by what size baskets you use.

Just know, this didn’t become this in 5 minutes. I went through several drafts. Do you call these drafts? I don’t know. Proofs? Messes? Trial runs gone south? Dumpster fuel? You get the idea…

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

I built the frame around the baskets while everything was laying on the ground.

Tweak time: the front 2 x 4 boards were switched out for 1 x 4’s to remove some bulk. Much better!

Thank-you neighbourhood friend Corinne for your photography! ( while I struggled along pretending to know the score )

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

Hey… it stands! Things I build that stand still amaze me to this day.

The yardsticks and surveyor’s stick added a little junky bling. The wood had to be there anyway so why not use something cool to look at?

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

With basket drawers in place…

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

And a top to come! The top was created with crate planks I had gathered awhile back. I wasn’t sure about the very blonde colour but that ended up being my favourite thing about the build after the fact.

Oh… and I forgot to attach them. Cheaters, they are still loose. Guess the boards were heavy enough to be ok with that.

Reveal

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

And here is the nightstand ย in action in the master bedroom. Super functional, sturdy, and rustically cute.

twiggy lampshade

With the twiggy lampshade lamp on top. Would you believe I forgot to take a picture of this stand all together?

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors
pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

pallet wood night table with basket drawers and yardstick trim via Funky Junk Interiors

This design would also look kinda neat as a coffee table or even bench. It’s very adaptable with a little added bracing for strength here and there.

Price… free!

Priceless! Exactly.

If you like reclaimed wood projects, click HERE for a few more.

See the sidetable in myย Summer Home Tour is HERE.

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  1. That is one very cool and unique night table! Love the combination of the old rough wood with the yardsticks. And the hammered down nails just add some more rustic-ness to the table ๐Ÿ™‚ Your twig lampshade is super-cute – off to read about that project now…

  2. Wonderful… love the easy peasy way you made it and the baskets make a nice touch.
    I bet it would be great stained even a bit darker too. the sky is the limit with pallet wood!

  3. This is so darned cute, love the rusticity of the style. We would most likely put shelves across where you have the baskets but that’s what is so great about this table, the versatility for one thing. I so love ideas for reworking found lumber and we have bunches of it luckily. Now to get hubs busy, he’s been lagging lately but it is really hot out, can’t blame him. Maybe seeing this will inspire him to get busy. So glad you shared this table, it’s really special. Happy Days

  4. Gorgeous! Jealous!
    ๐Ÿ˜€
    You call your projects happy accidents…we fans know it’s your great ‘crate’tivity…LOL
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I love this little table and I am new to woodworking or should I say a wood crafter wanna be. I have only done very simple things, but this honestly looks so darn simple that I may have to try it. I’d love to incorporate it as a dog crate/night stand, for our Chihuahua. He needs a new crate.

    Wish me luck, some day after I get done with my brick patio.