Wednesday, August 8, 2012

DIY nightstand from old wood- a free project!

Some people see these old shipping crates and think, "junk."

I see these shipping crates and think, "victory!"

I found them on craigslist, and sent my amazing, willing, forgiving and oh-so-compassionate Happy Hubby to break them apart and bring it home to his creative wood loving wife. 
Wow, I did just type that...

I know pallet projects are all over the place, and I love it!
They are cheap, they reuse/recycle (I'm a huge fan!), and they are so darn cute!

My side of the bed has sadly been looking like this for awhile:

Yikes! That's embarrassing! 
Looks like a dorm room. 

Needless to say I was eager to turn free loot from the pile of crap above into a functional less of an eye sore nightstand... 

So, we got to work.

we cut.
we screwed.
we sanded.
and sanded.
um, and sanded.
we painted.
we sanded.
we sealed.

and here she is...

The shelf to the right is going to go soon...

We are looking less like a dorm room! Yipee!

Not bad for free huh?!

free wood.
white ceiling paint left over.
spare screws.
left over poly-acrylic. 
(Yes, it yellowed a little, which was fine for this project.)

I'm considering adding a little something to the front of the shelves... 
we will see how that goes, you know you'll hear about it when it happens ;)

It compliments our homemade headboard and our luxurious pin tucked duvet cover from old Rit dyed sheets

Happy, happy homemaking- one project at a time!

Do you have any free projects or pallet projects you'd like to share? 
Post a link in the comments, I'd love to see 'em!


  1. You are awesome! You and I both LOVE free!!! It looks so great!


    1. Thanks! Free is the best price for sure. I have often wondered what you and I would come up with together... ;)

  2. Loving hubby just shakes his head when I have an idea;(

    1. Thank you! Happy Hubby shakes his head a lot too... but I usually get my way. *Big Grin*

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  6. I think you did a wonderful job on this. What I'd really love to see is what part of the pallets you cut and where. So more actual instruction would be super helpful!