Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pinterest Challenge: Bedside Tables

I am hopping on the bandwagon! Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power, Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! and Erin from The Great Indoors issued a Pinterest Challenge, and this will be the first one I participate in.

We have been looking for bedside tables for the longest time. We had 2 mismatched tables, one from Ikea and one from Urban Barn that were sort of working for us... but. I really wanted some more storage that was hidden. Kris has a tendency to accumulate a lot of crap stuff. I hate clutter and junk lying around and really wanted to maximize storage space. We have searched high and low... Craig's List and Ikea for some cheapies that we could makeover, and countless other stores for something that would meet our needs in our budget (non-existent). Argh.

Then, I came across this on Pinterest: Ana White had plans for a bedside table that would work! And better yet, I liked this one and this one even more! We decided on the all-white look to contrast the headboard, and long simple hardware was calling my name. Find the project plans on Ana White's website here.

Kris and I followed the plans given, but did run into a couple snags. Because we were making two tables, we thought it might be easier to do all the cuts first, and then assemble both together. We agreed it was easiest in the end (so we weren't going back and forth to the saw), but the cut list called for one extra trim piece that the plans never used... lucky for us, we realized this before doing the cuts so just skipped it. The cut list left out one piece that the plans asked for at the end (for the life of me, I can't remember what it was), but we had quite a bit of extra lumber thanks to carefully thought out cuts so it wasn't a big deal.

We found that the plans really forced us to think out our approach along the way. We are true beginners, and we even ended up having to think about where we were sinking the screws and making sure to sand the pieces prior to assembling. These tables are never going to fall apart, I can tell you that. You could jump on them, throw them around... I don't think it would matter. They are so sturdy!!

We have very few photos of the process... oops?
Framed tables

Done, just waiting for some paint. No idea why Kris decided to stack one on top of the other. Weird. 
Once we assembled the tables, I did all of the spray painting. Seeing as it was all my idea, I had to take the hit somewhere :) I ended up doing 2-3 coats of Rustoleum Primer, 2-3 coats of Rustoleum Gloss White and 1-2 coats of Rustoleum Clear Lacquer. I ballpark the number of coats because I was all over the place and re-spraying parts with no clear pattern. They definitely took a lot of paint though. I was unsure about the lacquer but I'm glad I did it now - I really wanted a sheen and I found it helped to set the paint and eliminate that tacky feel. Here they are!!

Finished product! And yes, I know the pillows on the bed are super awkward. 

In future, I won't use coloured flowers in this room... but  they were birthday flowers from  Kris and I wanted to enjoy them!

Love it! Mental note: next time, move un-hung pictures and cell phone chargers. Ooops?!
As far as our materials went, we purchased most of it at Home Depot. For the tops, we decided to use some scrap MDF that we had leftover from another project. Otherwise, we just used the cheapest lumber we could find, and pine for the 1x6 and 1x12's. Our Home Depot bill was $104, but we have a few pieces of lumber and pine that we didn't use, so plan to take them back. We already had the paint, and we bought the hardware at Lee Valley in Vancouver, which was $24. We figure that the end price for each table is about $60.

We love them, they are perfect for our needs... next stop is Ikea to pick up some of these. For some reason, they aren't on Ikea's website but I saw them there just a couple weeks ago. Perfect to organize the drawer (and prevent Kris' crap stuff accumulation).

Success!! Have you attempted anything that you have "pinned"? I would love to hear about it!

xo,
Andrea

Update: Tamsyn from Max and Me featured our project in her Pinterest Challenge Round Up! Check it out here.

13 comments:

  1. Wow those look amazing! You should be so proud! I'm curious if you also made your headboard? Do you have a tutorial if so?

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    1. Aww, thanks Pamela!! We did make the headboard too. We followed this tutorial (http://www.pbjstories.com/2011/06/diy-wood-headboard-tutorial.html) with a few tweaks. I'll post details about the project in the next week :)

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  2. They look great! The size is pretty much perfect and I love that they have a drawer and a space to put stuff in the open.

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    1. Thank you Brandi! The dresser squishes the one side a bit, but we have moved it over since these photos and that helped. We are really happy with them :) Thanks for your comment!

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  3. These are so good. They look incredibly professional. I'm inspired to try and give it a go myself!

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    1. Thanks Tamsyn!! You definitely should, they really weren't too bad to make... it took us about 8 hours to do both from start to finish. Painting was probably another hour or so if you don't count all of the torturous waiting time for coats to dry :)

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  4. These look great! So professional! Wonderful job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

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    1. Thank you Erin, and thanks for hosting (and popping by!)
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  5. Hi, I came over from Ana's site. You did an amazing job. As for the next trip to Ikea. You can do that or you can keep going w/your new found skills and check this out: http://ana-white.com/2011/03/wood-drawer-organizers . Just sayin' ...........

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Wow, I hadn't seen those drawer organizers... and you have great timing, Ikea no longer has those drawer organizers I mentioned. So we just might have to make those! Thanks for the suggestion :)

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  6. Revisiting this older post since me and my husband just built these exact nightstands. I was curious, did you spray paint everything? Trying to end up with a nice professional finish! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Diana! Yes, I did use spray paint for the whole thing- primer, paint and gloss :) good luck with your tables, I'd love to see how they turn out!!

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    2. Oh, I should say I only did the drawer fronts and left the insides as just pine.

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