HGTV.com
Click to Print

http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/bedside-table/page-3.html

Bedside Table

Read through the following options for constructing a table, choose your budget and then create your own custom bedside table.

First, read the steps for constructing the basic table then choose your budget below the instructions.

Basic Table

Materials and Tools:

3/4" birch plywood (two 18" x 22.5" pieces for sides, two 18" x 20" pieces for top and bottom and one 18" x 18.5" for the shelf)
1/4" birch plywood (19.5" x 23.5" piece for back)
nail gun (available for rental at home-improvement centers)
3/4" nails
wood glue
hammer

Steps:

1. Mark the shelf position on the back piece 9" from the top edge.

2. Apply a bead of glue on one of the short sides of the shelf and attach a side piece. Using the nail gun, secure every three inches. Attach the other boards the same way, following with the second side piece, the top, then the bottom.

3. Attach the back with nails hammered into place 3" apart.

Now that you've got the basic steps, choose the version you'd like to complete.

Less Expensive

Cost: $41

Additional Materials and Tools:

four furniture glides
flat interior latex paint, taupe and caramel brown colors
sea sponge
cloth rag
water-based polyurethane

Steps:

1. Construct the table according to the basic table instructions.

2. Apply a light taupe base coat and allow to dry.

3. Using a clean cloth, rub on the caramel brown paint and blot to create a textured look. Use a sea sponge for additional texture.

4. Continue wiping/blotting the caramel brown color onto the table until the desired depth is achieved. Once dry, apply a coat of polyurethane to protect the finish.

5. Attach four furniture glides to the bottom.

More Expensive

Cost: $63

Additional Materials and Tools:

four furniture glides
dark stain
electric sander or sandpaper
basket
drawer handle
water-based polyurethane

Steps:

1. Before assembling the table, stain each piece. Apply three coats of polyurethane, with a light sanding in between each coat. Once dry, attach all of the pieces according to the basic table instructions.

2. Attach the floor glides to the bottom.

3. Measure the bottom shelf space and purchase a basket to fit inside.

4. Attach a drawer handle to the front of the basket.

(basket: The Great Indoors)

Most Expensive

Cost: $113

Additional Materials and Tools:

wooden ball feet
cherry stain
electric sander or sandpaper
water-based polyurethane
fluorescent light
drawer handle
travel labels
woven thatch matting
spray adhesive
Plexiglas
miter saw
3/4" birch plywood (for box drawer)
craft knife

Steps:

1. Before assembling the table, stain each piece, including the wooden ball feet.

2. Apply three coats of polyurethane, with a light sanding in between each coat.

3. When dry, mount the fluorescent light to the underside of the top piece.

4. Attach all of the pieces according to the basic table instructions. Be sure to cut a hole in a bottom corner of the back panel to accommodate the light cord.

5. Measure and cut the birch plywood into pieces for a box drawer to fit the bottom shelf. Also cut two strips for the front panel. Stain and add a polyurethane finish. Allow to dry, then assemble the box. Add a drawer pull and the strips of plywood to the front panel. Adhere travel labels to the front with glue.

6. Cut the woven thatch matting to fit the top and stain to match the table. Attach with spray adhesive and cut off the excess with a craft knife.

7. For a finished look along the matting, use a miter saw to cut strips of L-molding (or have the pieces cut at a home-improvement center). Apply stain and polyurethane, then secure with nails.

8. Protect the matting with a piece of Plexiglas cut to size.

(Plexiglas: Lowe's)
(hardware, light: The Home Depot)

Advertisement will not be printed