Katie Nightstand with Shelves {Building-Ana White}

Wednesday / 7 comments
Hi friends!  I'm so excited to show you how I built the nightstands to go with my brother's new headboard.  They wanted something with lots of storage since the nightstands are going to double as bookshelves.  Ana was so great (as always) and wrote up some awesome plans.  It still amazes me how talented Ana is!

They have backs to them but my brother left them off for now since they have a new baby and have a monitor and phone to plug in as well as their lamps.  When the baby is bigger they can just nail the backs on there!

The nightstands are built out of plywood and I used cabinet grade since my local lumberyard had some on a special buy.  I used the kreg jig® to build the main nightstand box.  Seriously can't say enough good things about the kreg jig®, it makes building so much easier!

Then I used a little wood glue and the nail gun to attach the bottom support and front face frame.

Then I attached the top molding with a finish nail gun. Attaching the molding to the bottom and top of the nightstand was the hardest part!

Bottom molding.  I used the same type of moulding you would for floorboards.

I used birch iron on edging to finish the exposed plywood edge on the front.  It's really easy to attach and gives a nice finished look to the plywood.

Then the bun feet got screwed on the bottoms.  I built little crates for my the nightstands too but didn't manage to get them painted before I had to come home.  I got too busy holding their cute new baby!

I filled the nail holes with wood fill, sanded and then primed and painted the nightstands with a paint brush and 4 inch roller.  I used Zinsser cover stain primer and Valspar enamel paint in soft gloss.  The same paint we painted the boys dresser and laundry room dressers.

They turned out so cute!  I think the moulding on the nightstands really makes them go with the headboard perfectly!

Aren't I the best sister ever?  Friday I'll show you what I did to my nieces bedrooms!  Girls rooms are my favorite to decorate.


  1. I don't suppose you would like to visit the east coast? I need a decorating/furniture building helper to come my way.

  2. You are the best sister ever. What a great job you did on those. I love the tutorial too. Makes me think I could make these.

  3. Great job! I think I will give these a shot. I guess I am blind, but did you only use the iron on edge across the front of the shelf? I wonder if that could be trimmed out another way ? Thoughts?

  4. Sher, if the shelf was fixed vs. adjustable, you trim it out with your face framing. However, if it's adjustable, I'm thinking then you need to use the iron-on edge.

  5. Wow! Looks amazing! All you gals in blogland are so darn talented . Wish I knew how to build stuff!

  6. I found this tutorial through Ana's blog as I was looking for a headboard tutorial. This is amazing! Thank you so much for posting this!!

    After spending some time on your blog (totally in love), I realized I have a ton of your stuff "liked" on pinterest! My to do list is enormous!

    I also have to tell you that I love hearing that you are a military spouse! I am too and I also have 4 children. My whole family is military, so I grew up moving all over. My mom always did a lot of crafts, so I guess I inherited that from her. We both know how limited space can be throughout our moves and some of the organizational stuff you have posted is such a space saver, especially when you have a large family like we do.

    I just love following a kindred crafter and learning something new! You're doing a great job! Thank you for what you do and thank you and your family for your service!!


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