Confession: I am obsessed with my new guest bedroom. Truly obsessed. I still catch myself walking by, peeking in, and giggling like an excited little school girl. Like, pinch me, this room is in my house!
The planning process for this room was a long time coming. I have lusted over white rooms forever, but never considered myself “bold” enough to pull it off in my own home. Once I came to the conclusion that this room had to be white, everything else sort of fell into place. Warm, rustic woods, dark browns & blacks, and gold accents would help create a warmth in a room that could easily feel cold if left all white.
I am also the type that envisions something and tries to stick true to that vision as much as possible. Because of this, my search for nightstands and a headboard was long and hard. I had considered another Rast hack, but since this was a guest bedroom that was going to be used a few times a year, a storage piece was not necessary. And then I came across a beautiful nightstand at Target. It was exactly what I needed… expect it was the wrong colour. I was not going to sacrifice everything that I had envisioned for a yellow nightstand.
But I still couldn’t get the nightstand off my mind. And then it dawned on me, just build one! The x-shaped legs would be easy enough to replicate, and since a drawer was not needed, an open concept box would look just as good! A simple wood plank headboard (stained in the same dark walnut) would complement the nightstands perfectly. Finally it was all coming together
“J” and I sketched out our idea, made the necessary measurements, and were on our way to The Home Depot. They had everything we needed for both the nightstand project and the headboard.
“J” and I spent 3 weeks working on these projects. Not because they were overly complicated, we just needed to fit them into our busy schedule. I spent a good 4 hours out in my freeeezing garage staining the wood for the nightstands and headboard (and I swear I will never do that again!). Lighting was installed one evening after work. The room was painting on a lazy Saturday afternoon. The nightstand were assembled after a busy day of running errands. And to be 100% honest, the headboard was installed only 1 day before my reveal post went live. But this is the reality of a DIY project; it may be simple, but it does take time to do it right.
// The Build: Nightstands \\
Designing and building things has always been something I have enjoyed. Whether it’s something large like a cedar bench or raised garden bed, or something small and simple, I find the process quite exhilarating. I mean, to see a sketch brought to life using your two hands (plus the two hands of your spouse!) is something to be very proud of.
When broken down into steps, the nightstands are actually quite simple to make.
Step 1 // Cut & Prep the Wood
Cutting ALL the wood for your projects is absolutely the right place to start. That way you are only hauling out your heavy tools and making a mess once. Once everything is cut, sanding the wood ensures you are ready to work quickly with the stain and paint.
Step 2 // Stain & Paint
Make sure you keep all the pieces of wood that need to be stained and painted separate. Depending on the colour of your stain, you may need (or want) to do two coats. Leave plenty of time in between staining/painting for your pieces to dry before assembling. I also used this time to spray paint the L-shaped brackets using Rustoleum’s hammered finish spray paint.
Step 3 // Assemble
When working with wood I like to make sure everything is nice and secure when it’s put together. I often use a wood glue (like Gorilla glue) AND wood screws. It’s important to note that I screwed the nightstand boxes together using 1 1/2 inch wood screws before installing the “rustic” hammered L-shaped brackets. The x-shaped legs were assembled before I attached them to the box. Braces, which go between the front set of X’s and the back set of X’s, add stability to the whole piece. To complete the look, additional trim was added to the bottom of the box, and secured with wood glue and nails.
Step 4 // Install
When we set up the nightstands in the guest bedroom we quickly realized how top-heavy they were once the large accents lights and accessories were in place. To prevent the nightstands from tipping over we used 2 L-shaped brackets to secure the nightstands to the wall. Worked like a charm!
// The Build: Headboard \\
The headboard was the easier project of this guest bedroom makeover. It may be simple, but it sure packs a visual punch. Similar to the nightstand process it’s important to do all the wood prep first. Depending on the width of your bed you may need to cut the boards down from 6ft to 5ft (as I did). Sanding everything ensures the wood will take the stain evenly, and removes any sharp corners. Three spacers per board were attached to the back of each board using wood glue and nails. Eight holes were drilled in each board in order to attached them to the wall. If you cannot hit a stud, it’s best to make use of wall anchors to ensure it stays secured. Wood plugs fill the screw holes, and give the boards a clean, finished look.
// Project Breakdown \
For those of you who are interested in the materials breakdown of this project, you can find everything listed below. I choose to buy every thing new, so your total costs may vary based on what you already have on hand. Going with pine boards vs. cedar was a smart choice, as it considerably lowered our costs.
- Gorilla Glue
- Paint Brushes
- 1 package Norton MultiSand 9 inch x11 inch Sanding Sheets Extra Fine – 320 grit
- 4 #1 3/4x16x36 Pine (for the box)
- 6 1x3x6 Select Pine (for the legs)
- 6 1/2x2x3 Poplar (for trim)
- 8 Brass Corner Braces 1 1/2 inch
- 16 Wood Screws 1 1/2 inch
- Rustoleum Universal Hammered Dark Bronze
- 1 Qt Premium Plus Ultra Interior Flat Enamel Paint & Primer in One in Antique White
- Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut
- 4 1x8x6 Knotty Pine Boards
- 1 SPF 1x8x2 Framing Lumber
- 24 Wall Anchors
- 24 Wood Screws (1 1/2inch)
- 24 Alexandria Moulding Hardwood Mushroom Plugs 3/8 inch
- Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut
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Looking for more beautiful pictures of this room? Check out my Guest Bedroom Reveal Post!
Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card from The Home Depot in order purchase supplies to complete the this HDBlogSquad project.