It is so exciting to be here, and I can't wait to share my experience when I return home, but for now I am thrilled to show you my latest project in my master bedroom makeover, a DIY Floating Night Stand! *Update- For building plans click here.
When I decided to build my Farmhouse Storage Bed, I knew that I wanted to eventually make some floating night stands, so that I had access to the first storage drawer in my bed at all times. I did NOT want to be moving my night stand every time I needed to get something out of the drawer. Plus it saves on floor space in a small room. That's what I call a win win situation. My favorite kind. :)
I also committed to doing a fun "one board challenge" with some awesome DIY bloggers and decided that I HAD to make the challenge work into my bedroom makeover. You know...kill two birds with one stone....
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This is going to be so fun! First let me show you how I got started...
Kreg Rip cut, my newest favorite tool, at 4 3/4 inches (top right), and partnered with my Ryobi Circular Saw (bottom left) I proceeded to rip my 1x8 board into two strips (bottom right). I did this with two boards.
If you have a table saw you could rip your boards that way...but I do not. Using my Rip cut/Circular saw combo, makes for straight accurate cuts when you are limited on your tools, and it makes me happy!
Just in case you are confused actual lumber sizes are usually a little different than the size they are called. For example this board is a 1x8 board but it is actually 3/4 thick and 7 1/4 inches wide, not 1" thick and 8" wide. Also please note that the 4 3/4 and 2 1/2 boards are slightly smaller in real life to account for the blade cutting the wood, I just gave you the rough measurements.
Kreg Jig K5, which drills pocket holes that create hidden joints. I drilled three pocket hole into my 1x8x17 board and three into my 1x4 3/4x17 board, making sure to stagger them.
Then I added some gorilla wood glue and clamped my boards down to screw them together. I ended up with two 1x12 x17 inch boards. Aka- the top and bottom of my night stand! This is so fun!
Nope, not quite! I couldn't just make a box, I wanted something a little more fun and fancy. So I started drawing all sorts of designs on paper and I ended up with a simple double X design. Which happens to be made completely out of triangles!
For the double X pattern I found this scrap triangle block. It just happened to be the exact size I needed to create my pattern. and so I used it to trace 8 triangle outlines to make my pattern. I repeated the process for the other side board. Now they are ready to cut!
Ryobi jig saw to cut them out. My first one I drilled just one hole. For my other ones I drilled three holes which made it easier, to cut three sides, and then cut out the smaller pieces that were left.
Kreg Right Angle Clamps! These are so great to keep your pocket holes going in perfectly and accurately the first time. I LOVE them. I used glue and one clamp to add my top board to the side board. I also used a longer bar clamp in the back to hold the other side.
right angle clamps because my pocket holes were facing the other way. Then I added the back support pieces, and I was done building!!
my plank wall I screwed into the studs on one side and used drywall anchors on the other. I simply made sure it was level and screwed them in! Actually, I held my night stand at level (marked the corners so I knew where it was supposed to be). Then while still holding the night stand in place I predrilled two holes through my back supports into the wall.
Next I removed the night stand and used those two holes as the spots to add my anchors. I added the screws into the pre drilled holes so they were barely sticking out the back of the support boards and then lined my night stand back onto the wall and screwed them in. Lastly I added the screws into the studs, which I had marked on the wall previously. My screws are two different screws because I used 3" self tapping screws for the studs and regular 2" wood screws for the wall anchors.
1x8x8 pine board, which is less than $13 at HomeDepot! Totally worth a little DIY Love! I am almost finished with the plans for this floating night stand, so look for it soon!
Don't forget to check out the other One Board Challenge Projects...
Jamie Costiglio @ That's My Letter
Sandra Powell @ Sawdust Girl
Brittany Bailey @ Pretty Handy Girl
Brad Rodriguez @ Fix This Build That
Jenn Largesse @ Build-Basic
Amy Baesler @ Her Toolbelt
Pauline Henderson @ My Altered State
Bethany SyWassink @ Sawdust & Embryos
Kim Six @ The Kim Six Fix
Sarah Fogle @ The Ugly Duckling House
Elisha Albretson @ Pneumatic Addict Furniture
Jessica Wangelin @ Decor Adventures
Karah Bunde @ The Space Between
Emily Fazio @ Merrypad
Jen Woodhouse @ The House of Wood
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