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
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!
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! 🙂
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!
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…
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 )
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?
With basket drawers in place…
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.
And here is the nightstand in action in the master bedroom. Super functional, sturdy, and rustically cute.
With the twiggy lampshade lamp on top. Would you believe I forgot to take a picture of this stand all together?
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.
See the sidetable in my Summer Home Tour is HERE.