Matching Nightstand

Although this was the third nightstand I built, it was the second type of nightstand. This Reclaimed Wood Look Bedside Table was another Ana White plan. It had a few firsts for me, including making side panels and installing drawer slides. I learned a lot while building this, though I learn a lot with every build.

Here is a view of the side panel, boards are attached to each other with pocket hole screws. I opted for one coat of stain prior to assembly because it is hard to get all the nooks and crannies once it is together.

Here you can see the pocket holes on the inside. Fargo is inspecting the assembly of the two sides. I was very proud and excited that it was all square!

Also square, were my drawer boxes.

First time installing drawer slides.

I had seen several people use a deck of cards to center drawer faces. Unfortunately, these cards were so slippery, that it made the process extra challenging. Centering drawer faces well is something I think I’ll be working on for a while.

For the top, I laid all the boards out and lined them up, then clamped one board in place to use as a guide for the rest.

Added the knobs and here it is!!

I again used Weatherwash Rusted Stain and Satin Varnish, as those are what I used on the headboard. I ordered the drawer slides from Rocklers, and the knobs are from Home Depot.

My next few posts will focus on the table I built for The Builders Challenge, which took place on Instagram. My current build is a dresser to match the headboard and nightstand. Stay tuned!

Catching Up and a Headboard and Nightstand Pair

The months fly by, seemingly faster as I get older. When I started this post, it was a March round up and I was asking, “where did March go?” I’m wondering the same about April! Now that yard/garden work is in the mix, I’ve been keeping ridiculously busy. I’ve actually started posting a few times and just haven’t finished. Today is the day though!

I do want to share one of the highlights of March, which was seeing the eldest, who was on the East Coast for work and was able to hop a bus to spend two days with us.

Another highlight was the youngest having her artwork selected for a second gallery show in Pasadena. It’s bitter-sweet for us as we are super duper proud and would so love to be able to attend these events. We are grateful the kiddos are nearby-ish to each other and can be supportive in person.

Tim and I bought new wedding bands from Groove Life and I posted about them on Instagram. We’ve been wearing them for a few weeks now and we are both really pleased.

I’ve been logging a few miles 3-4 times/week since January. I ran outside a few weeks ago for the first time in WAY TOO long. I’m slower than the slow I already was before, but I’m proud of myself for getting back into the swing of some weekly miles.

Fargo has really taken to his role as driveway workshop dog. He doesn’t always opt for the bed, but he enjoys being outside with me when it’s sunny. It’s hard to see in this picture, but I’m getting quite the silver streaks going on both sides of my hair. I started using a new hashtag on Instagram: #silverhairandsawdust.

Okay, now on to the headboard and nightstand. A friend asked me to build these for her son’s room, with the understanding that I would be learning through the process. I learned a TON through both of these, as they each had elements (such as drawer slides) that I had never done before. I will show some end result pictures here, and hopefully do a more in depth post about the builds.

Both were Ana White plans. Both are finished with two coats of Weatherwash Rusted Stain and Satin Varnish. I know I need to expand beyond Weatherwash at some point, but I really love their results.

We’ve also done so much in the shop (garage) and I will get a post up with all of those pictures/descriptions as well. Hope Spring is treating you all well!