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Door & Picket Fence Nightstand – I “Picked It” from the Trash

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My best friend from elementary school will be flying in today from New York. I have a sweet little retreat all made up for her in our guest room. I promise to post pictures of the whole room in the near future (when the sun – and sons – cooperate with me.)
Our guest room is full of discarded treasures: a rebuilt curbside chair, an upholstered bench, a full size bed, and a little curved desk. But, one of the focal pieces in the guest room is a night stand made from a discarded door and leftover picket fence pieces.

 Isn’t it fabulous?!

So, here is the tutorial for you. I hope you will excuse my first attempt at using Google Sketch Up. These sketches should give you a pretty good idea how to construct the night stand.

I started by cutting two boards for the shelves. They were cut to the width of the door and the depth of the picket fence sections.

I cut two cleats out of 2″ x 4″ boards (shown in green).

And screwed them to the door (purple circles), making sure that the top of the cleats were level with the top of the horizontal cross boards on the picket fence.

I braced the picket fence pieces to the door using L-brackets.

I laid the two shelves on top of the cleats and cross boards. And drove screws down to hold it in place (purple circles).

Next, I cut some face boards (shown in aqua below) to the same width as the nightstand front.

I used finish nails to nail them to the front, then added some decorative moulding to the face boards.

I used wood putty to fill all the screw and nail holes, and caulk to smooth the seams of the moulding (see here for more details on caulking and filling nail holes.)

Then I painted the nightstand white and accessorized it. I’m still deciding whether I should distress and glaze the nightstand. Feel free to give me your opinion. I am all ears.

Here is my door & picket fence nightstand, all ready for our first guest since re-decorating the guest room.

Glass knob and door plate was purchased at NoFo in Raleigh.
If you are ever in the Raleigh, NC area, you MUST eat at NoFo,
then shop upstairs after your meal. 
Some books written by my favorite author, Diane Chamberlain.
A goodwill lamp and a picture of my niece who lives too far away!*

*(bold comment solely for the purpose of guilting my sister into moving closer.)
Fresh towels and my Country Living magazines.

All beautified and ready for our visitor!

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61 replies
  1. Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner]
    Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] says:

    This is the most creative thing I've ever seen! LOVE the fence posts – totally makes the piece in my mind. :]

    I would love to feature the chair that you linked to Love Me 2 Times on my blog on Wednesday! Would you be ok with that?

  2. Sandy J
    Sandy J says:

    I love it – and the door knob makes just the right touch. I never heard of Google Sketch Up before so thanks for using it :0)

  3. Paige (Final Clothes-Out)
    Paige (Final Clothes-Out) says:

    I'm so impressed! I can't wait until we live in a house (instead of a condo) so I'll have a garage and a yard for using actual tools.

  4. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I am completely crazy about this. I'm showing my husband… I have ten thumbs for projects like this, but I can help!

  5. Anette Willemine
    Anette Willemine says:

    You are so creative! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I love them. :o)
    This is my first visit on your beautiful blog, and I would love to follow it in the future!

    From Norway with love,
    Anette Willemine

  6. Green Gracie Home
    Green Gracie Home says:

    that is such a wonderful idea! I love how fresh it looks with the door and that pickets. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me sweet comments as well. Bev

  7. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    You are ever so clever and creative on this one….I love the tutorial, very user friendly. I am having a before and after party going on now, would love for you to join in. Also, every Friday I have a garage salen thrift party you may be interested in. Hope to see you soon. Debbie

  8. Pieced Pastimes
    Pieced Pastimes says:

    I just found your blog via 'The DIY Show OFF' and have become a follower. This door/night stand is such a wonderful idea. My favorite part is how you left the skeleton key in the hole. Look forward to reading your future posts.

  9. Brandi Nell
    Brandi Nell says:

    OMG – you are awesome! Found you from TheDiyShowOff. Love your work! Can't wait to see more 🙂

    Come and see me some time over at BrandiNell.Blogspot.com

    Brandi Nell

  10. Michelle L.
    Michelle L. says:

    Hi, Brittany – just saw your closet nook on DIY Showoff – loved it – and this one is just as cool! I am so excited to find your blog, what amazing tutorials you put together. I'm so impressed and I love your sense of style. Now I must go see all the other stuff you have been doing…

  11. Kristen
    Kristen says:

    This is such a cute and creative idea. I love it and look forward to seeing the rest of the room. And I am in love with the door knob!!! 🙂

  12. Victoria
    Victoria says:

    Wowsers…that is just beyond amazing!!! Absolutely gorgeous! I'll have to show this to my MIL, my FIL recently made a headboard out of an antique door they had.

  13. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    THis was great…so glad you shared again. Anytime….would you just mind adding my link, button, whatever saying you are joining my party. Thanks so much.

  14. Madigan at madiganmade
    Madigan at madiganmade says:

    Wow, you are handy! Thanks for the visit and encouraging words this week for me! I will need to check out more of your blog for inspiration! I'll use a powersaw someday!
    This is a fabulous post with great diagrams. New follower!

  15. Elizabeth (blue clear sky)
    Elizabeth (blue clear sky) says:

    That is one cute table. I love the vintage knob and key. I'm sure any guest would love to use the room.

  16. ★All Thingz Related★
    ★All Thingz Related★ says:

    Looks GREAT! Sorry it took me so long to get over here to see it! Thanks for sharing your project at Anything Related! ~Bridgette


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