When we first moved to our rented townhouse, my husband didn’t want to do too much painting or decorating…HA! Who was he kidding? All I needed to do was be patient and work in phases. Before he realized it, our bedroom was completely transformed.
But it took some creative convincing. After all, this is my 4th or 5th place to live since college? I think? Poor thing has painted walls, put together furniture, hung frames and art work in each one. The man has (almost) an endless supply of patience for me.
When I have an idea, I typically make a vision board (on Microsoft Word) so I have a better way of explaining to him what I want to do. I’m very visual…he’s not. I can talk my brains out on how I’d like to design something, and he will just stare at my blankly. He wasn’t very thrilled when I told him I wanted to make our bedroom more personal so I set out to be more creative and budget friendly.
My budget was $500 TOPS for the entire room. That includes our actual bedding and if you’ve shopped for bedding, then you know it racks up quite easily. Therefore, I had to be inventive with the rest of our room…starting with the nightstands!
I found these milk crates at Michaels and after using their coupons, I was able to score each one for $6 each. A total of $24 for four. Two were going on each side of our bed.
These are so easy to make and you don’t need crazy tools to make them either. My husband made these over a weekend, and that’s because we stained them and you need to let them dry.
We basically screwed them together. All you need are screws long enough to place them together, but not too long for them to stick out.
For extra security, my husband wanted to add flat brackets to the back.
This is how they look side by side!
Now here’s the deal…you could call it a day and start your staining…buuuuut we were using these as nightstands and the top needed to be a bit bigger so I asked my husband to make one.
He used a kreg to drill holes at an angle to screw the boards on top together. You don’t necessarily need to do this so don’t worry if you don’t have one. My husband likes to reinforce his projects where ever he can.
It’s kinda neat though to see how the screws go in, it makes for a clean finish.
And for even MORE reinforcement, he used wood glue to glue the boards together on the sides.
A foam brush was used to spread the glue evenly on the boards.
Glue boards first, then screw them together.
Once the top was glued together, he screwed the top to the crates from the inside. See how it kinda sticks on in the front already?
He took this picture before he screwed down the last board but it gives you an idea of what the top looked like. Longer in the back, perfect for our lamps!
It’s definitely an optical illusion in our bedroom because no one realizes the back is longer than the front.
This happens to be the most common stain we used, but feel free to use any! A grey stain would be nice, too!
Make sure you use a rag and gloves!!!
Pretty neat, right?! I think it needed a little a special detail though…
I had jute rope in my craft cabinet so I hot glued one end, wrapped the handles and sealed with more hot glue at the other end of the handle.
Here’s the finished product!
The back still blows my mind, but it was really necessary to hold our lamps. In the end, all we truly paid for were the milk crates because we had everything else on hand.
The basket actually holds our cables for laptops, phones, kindles, extra HDMI cables for the TV…did I mention I married an engineer? If you don’t have the stain or hardware for these nightstands, it will set you back (at most) another $10.
But hey, that’s still WAY cheaper than a typical nightstand and these work great with our decor. Can you tell this is his side of the bed?