This handsome little nightstand was made out of an old bathroom cabinet, found in forlorn circumstances. With some clean-up, repair, paint, and the addition of shop scrap drawer fronts, a laminated wood top, and four little pallet-wood feet, I ended up with a beautiful bedside companion for less than ten bucks in materials. Scrap on!
Built for/at the ReBuilding Exchange, Chicago, IL.
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You will need these materials:
An old cabinet of some kind
Some scrap wood/shop offcuts
2 2" x 10" or similar pieces of lumber
Some small (approx. 3" x 3" x 3") hardwood pieces, possibly from pallets
Masonite/plywood to repair cabinet back/sides if necessary
Handful of drywall screws
Polyurethane or similar
You will need these tools:
Bandsaw (optional but helpful for feet)
Nailgun, brad gun, or stapler (optional but helpful)
Step 1: Repair
So, whatever your particular cabinet has been through, the first step is to refurbish it.
First, clean it out well with a disinfectant cleaner. There was all sorts of nasty stuff in these drawers -- hair, floss, etc. Take the drawer fronts off, usually attached with screws through the backside, and discard. Pop screws in where necessary to tighten up the box. If really necessary, put a new back on -- I used a scrap piece of masonite -- with glue and screws. Add plywood stretchers to the top if not already in place, cutting them to fit tightly.
Fill in all the nail and screw holes with putty, sand smooth, and paint the whole thing with the color of your choice.