Heather Olinde
Heather Olinde
  • Hometalker
  • Saint Francisville, LA

DIY Nightstands on a Budget

12 Materials
3 Hours

I recently made over my youngest son's bedroom. I wanted to stick with the modern vintage vibe that I was going for in his room, but didn’t want to spend a fortune on vintage nightstands. So I started thinking about how I could DIY nightstands that would fit the look of his room. And this is what I came up with…

diy nightstands on a budget
I didn’t want to use new wood on this project because I wanted the wood to have some character. You can’t necessarily go to the local hardware and get old wood, so I headed to a local antique shop to see what I could find. I found this little shelf unit for a steal of $18 and knew the size of the wood on each side would be perfect for my project. And I’d even have some left over pieces for another project. Score!
diy nightstands on a budget
diy nightstands on a budget
The first thing we did was disassemble the shelf unit. It was screwed together so it was very easy to take apart. I wanted rounded edges as a safety factor since it was going on the side of my son’s bed. We measured an inch on each front corner and then used a round object to draw a rounded edge. Then we used a jigsaw to cut the rounded edges and sanded the edges to give them a smooth finish.
diy nightstands on a budget
diy nightstands on a budget
After the boards were sanded, I stained them with Minwax in Special Walnut. 
diy nightstands on a budget
Once the stain was dry, I applied Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax to give the wood a protective coat.
diy nightstands on a budget
Next, I attached the shorter end of the brackets to my boards, about two inches in from the edge on each side. Make sure the back of the bracket butts up to the back of your board. You can use a level to make sure it’s straight so that when you place it against the wall, it will all be flush.
diy nightstands on a budget
After the brackets were attached to the board, it was time to attach the DIY nightstands to the wall. You will need to measure out where you want to place the DIY nightstands and use a level on top to make sure they are straight. We predrilled sheetrock anchors to make the shelf more secure. Tip: if you place a folded post-it note underneath, it will catch the sheetrock dust so it doesn’t get all over the floor.

Once you have your sheetrock anchors in place, it’s time to attach your DIY nightstands to your wall!
diy nightstands on a budget
We placed the nightstands on each side of his bed and placed a  gooseneck light above each. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they turned out!

If you missed the full room reveal, you can check it out  HERE. And I’ll be back soon to share those DIY crates below the DIY nightstands.

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
Fake It Until You Make It! 27 Creative Hacks for High-End Looks
15 Affordable DIY Projects You Can Do Right Now!
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
14 DIY Hacks to Stay Clean While Camping
31 Space-Saving DIY Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
15 Things To Do With Scrap Material
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
22 Ideas To Make Your Terra Cotta Pots Look Oh-So-Pretty
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
Heather Olinde

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

2 questions

Join the conversation

3 of 64 comments
  • Kristy Kitchens Myers
    on Mar 10, 2019

    i love it! Such a cleaver idea! I am going to do this for sure. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Sharleen
      on Mar 12, 2019

      One thing to be careful of: my husband installed night stands on the wall in our spare bedroom. It is also my sisters room when she visits. She braced herself on the shelf to get up. She and the shelf went down to the floor.

  • Paula
    on Mar 11, 2019

    Very cool, genius space saving night stands!! 👊👊

Your comment...