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DIY Nightstand from banister spindles

 

DIY Nightstand from banister spindles

Good morning! On nearly a daily basis, Saylor reminds me that she wants/needs a nightstand for her bedroom. She says she wants to be able to put her stuff on it and be able to turn off her lamp while she’s lying in bed. A couple days ago, I decided to take those old banister spindles from Our Junkin’ Adventure and turn them into a cute little nightstand. She was seriously in heaven when I surprised her with it in her bedroom after school yesterday! What 5 year old gets excited about a nightstand? Mine does. This morning Saylor woke up and the first words out of her mouth were, “I just love my new nightstand, Mommy”. I love that she loves it. And love that I built it for her.

So here are those old chippy banister spindles that Jess and I picked up last week. They were pretty gross and dirty.

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I used my jigsaw to chop off the little toppers. See all that grossness I’m talking about.

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I used my plastic sawhorses, used my weight to hold down the spindles and chopped off the toppers. Yep, there’s Stella hangin’ out. She was my little helper and handed me all the screws I needed.

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Next, I measured how wide I wanted the little apron to be and cut 4 boards of equal size. Then I got out my Kreg Jig. I seriously LOVE this tool. It brings the two pieces of wood together perfectly. This tool came in very handy while I built this nightstand.

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Here are my 4 apron boards that have all of the Kreg-Jig pocket holes. I’m weird and think they look so pretty all lined up with their pocket holes.

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Here’s a little glimpse of what it looked like as I was using the pocket holes screws to bring the boards against the legs. Yea, don’t mind the cat’s food and water dish and this messy set-up. It was mid-60’s this beautiful day in Ohio and I wanted to be outside as much as possible and get some sun on my pale skin!

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So here is the nightstand all put together! I just love it. This is prior to sanding, as you can see all the jagged edges on the tabletop.

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After I sanded it outside, I brought it into my basement and chalk painted the nightstand. Stella even put her painting skills to work!

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And ta-da, here is Saylor’s perfect little nightstand. Bentley didn’t want to move so she’s in the picture too.

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I styled it with some Easter books. So last night, us 3 girls hung out on Saylor’s bed, read these Easter books with her lamp on. Saylor thought this nightstand was the coolest thing ever. And the best thing yet, I have less than $10 in the nightstand!

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I hope you enjoyed reading about this thrifty little project. As always, thank you for following us on Instagram & Facebook. We appreciate all of our followers!

-Tiffany

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