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DIY Side Table Ideas

As I inch nearer to wrapping up our master bedroom, I started thinking about the side tables we have next to the bed.  On the boyfriend’s side he has the farmhouse side table that I built quite some time ago and on my side we have an old end table that was past down from family.  I like both of them, but really want to move the farmhouse side table downstairs next to the front door.  I think it would fit perfectly there.  The old end table I plan to refinish and really like the style, but it  just doesn’t offer enough storage.  I like to keep a few things next to the bed and right now I am constantly knocking things off if I reach for anything in the dark.  So I’d like to find a new home for that too, which would then leave both sides of the bed empty.

I’ve been on the lookout for side tables at the various thrift shops we have up here, but haven’t any luck yet.  If I can’t find anything ready made, I am always open to building something.  Although, I’m not ready to build anything just yet I thought it couldn’t hurt to do some searching and see what others have already created.

I love this knock-off of a restoration hardware side table.  I think it would look good next to our new headboard.  She includes plans to build it on her site too.

printmakers-side-table-pw1Here’s another restoration hardware nightstand that I like too.  It might actually be a little too rustic.  Maybe with different hardware and finish it could work.

shantyThis old filing cabinet made into a table is super cool.  Won’t work in my bedroom, but would love to find a place for it somewhere else in the house.  I see these occasionally at the thrift stores and might just pick one up the next time I spot one.

12I didn’t find a diy for this particular table, but I like the metal wrap and wonder if it would be difficult to replicate the look.

And, last but not least I found this one here. I think this one would work well with our bed and I love the clean, simple lines. This site also includes easy to follow plans to build it – always a plus!

rogue engineer nightstandAfter all my searching I figured out I definitely seem drawn to the cabinet style, probably because I know I want more storage space or maybe because I just really love cabinets.  Who knows.  I still have plenty of time to put more thought into this particular design choice (it’s not like we have no nightstands at the moment), so I will continue to keep all options open.

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New Headboard for the Master Bedroom

One of my favorite projects to date.  Our bed has been sitting in the raw minus and headboard or foot board for a little over a year now.  The boyfriend purchased it as a Christmas gift to ourselves the year before last so it’s fairly easy to keep track of the neglect time on this one.  I love our bed.  It is a Tempur-Pedic and I love it.  Never really thought about mattresses until he bought this one and now I can’t imagine sleeping without it.  I like to refer to it as my best friend.

So how could I leave my best friend unattended for so long?  The inability to make up my mind played a big part of it.  I like a lot of different styles and finishes which makes choosing a direction to go and sticking to it very difficult.  As I mentioned, in a few previous posts, the new bedroom window and baseboard trim finally kicked my procrastinating butt into action (at least in our bedroom).  I knew it was time to make a few decisions and follow through on them.  Finally.

This is my bed in it’s raw state.  Not the best photo ever, but I might possibly be the worst ever at remembering to take before photos.  Seriously, the worst.

raw master bedroomI’ve had that down comforter since before either of my kids were born, so it has definitely seen better days and as you can see in the photo it doesn’t really fit this king sized bed very well.    I figured it was time to find a new comforter too.

One goal of mine for our bedroom was to keep things pretty, but not overwhelmingly feminine.  I’m not much of a girly girl myself, so it hasn’t been super difficult.  I just wanted to be sure it was a room the boyfriend wanted to spend time in too, without feeling like he was in “my” room.  So with that thought in mind is how I began my headboard search.  The bed plan that inspired me the most was this one from Ana White’s site.  The decorative wood headboard really appealed to me.

3154831991_1375986653The plan called for using bunches and bunches of wood shims for the decorative part of the headboard and initially that was what I planned to do until I put some more thought into the project.  I keep every little piece of scrap from all of my woodworking projects, unless it is no longer in usable condition (warped, cracked, etc).  That is where the idea to change up the plan spawned from – wood scraps.  Why buy packages and packages of more wood scraps (basically that is what wood shims are to me) when I already have a huge stockpile of my own?

So my new plan was to create the decorative portion of the headboard from scraps I already had on hand.  Two huge benefits from this plan – greatly reduce the small pieces in the scrap stockpile and save some $$.

This is the end result and I love it.

headboardIt took me an entire Saturday to cut, stain and piece together the puzzle.  I dug through all my scrap beforehand to find as much of the 3/4″ stock as possible and then started fitting strips from each end with the goal of meeting in the middle.  There are 4 different stains from minwax that create the color combo, ebony, special walnut, early american and espresso (this  color was used from the body of the bed too).  I don’t think this project would have been possible without my beloved table saw.  It’s a game changer.  Seriously, I don’t know how I lived without one as long as I did.    The table saw allowed me to easily create strips in the same width from mis-matched wood and in some cases rip pieces down to 3/4″ thickness. The strips were nailed into place.

master bed

I kept to the plan for the rest of the bed with a few minor modifications:  modified the width (plywood was cut to 73″ vs 77.5″ in the plan) of the headboard and footboard to accommodate the pre-existing metal frame (I did not use the frame setup described in the plan) and increased the height of the foot board by 2 inches.  The height increase was so that the side rail would sit level with the metal frame and allow the 1×12 to completely cover the box spring.

master bedI’ve given up hope of getting better pictures in our bedroom.  The darker walls just throw everything off-balance.

headboard closeup
The new comforter is one I found on  Not that you tell from the pictures, but it is a nice, rich brown corduroy that goes well with all the other wood tones in the room and on the bed and it is lined in this super soft berber fleece.

One more big project down and only a few more to go before I am done in here.  Two painting projects:  Need to paint the chest at the end of the bed.  It’s current color is a cherry wood and it really doesn’t go with the rest of the room anymore.  Also, need to paint the ceiling.  Ugh.  Painting ceilings is not one of my favorite activities.  I know it will make a huge difference in the end, but I don’t wanna.  And, lastly, to maybe add crown molding.  Just not sure the ceilings are tall enough to handle it along with all the other molding in the room.  Oh, and put up some artwork.  Right now the walls are completely bare.  Figured I would wait until all the big pieces were up before decorating the walls.

I’m just happy that is starting to look and feel like a real bedroom now and not like we just moved into it yesterday.

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