Categories: DIY Projects-Published On: June 9, 2024-

DIY Scalloped nightstand

DIY Scalloped nightstand

DIY Scalloped nightstand

This is the first project done for Quinn’s new room. With Sawyer off to college and the largest bedroom available, we all agreed that Quinn could upgrade and get the big room now. Whenever Sawyer comes home, she’ll get to retreat upstairs to the guest suite/ family room. Before you feel bad for the room less college student, please know that the upstairs space has the same size bed, a full bathroom, a gaming PC, and the largest TV in the house. She’s more than happy to take over the upstairs when she comes home. So, I decided to get started on Quinn’s bedroom design and some of the DIY projects, including a scalloped nightstand.

DIY Scalloped nightstand

I always give credit where credit is due, and this nightstand build plan is by Zoe at Pine and Poplar. I met Zoe years ago at a virtual bloggers conference and over just a few years she and her husband have designed awesome furniture builds that they make available on their website. I also love getting wood working tips/tricks on her Instagram, and she’s just a very positive person. I hope you’ll check out her blog with courses and awesome build plans.

DIY Scalloped nightstand

While I still consider myself very much a beginner with DIY home projects, I know enough that I was able to just follow her blog post on this scalloped nightstand. Zoe didn’t do a scalloped edge on her build, instead she chose a pretty scroll-style edge. It goes to show, that any decorative line that you can cut, you can use to add character and style to this design. If you’re very novice at wood working and don’t already know some basics (how to do pocket hole joinery, how to cut plywood, proper sanding, etc.) you may want to purchase her build plan. Otherwise, she offers plenty of steps and tips on her blog.

DIY Scalloped nightstand

This blog post isn’t going to be a copycat of her post, but I did make a video showing the steps and how I built this nightstand. My video doesn’t include the DIY jig to make the tapered legs (but Zoe’s blog includes those instructions), and like mentioned before, I created a scalloped edge instead of a scroll style edge. Anyway, I hope you’ll check out my video, and reference her blog for any needed written instruction (including her cut list).

DIY Scalloped nightstand

The nightstand turned out better than I expected, and I really love it. It’s also more affordable than buying some of the others I was considering. Also, my Quinn likes symmetry, so I’m going to make a second nightstand, but it won’t have a drawer, just a cubby with a coordinating scalloped edge to hold her bedtime books. The paint color is Americana Egg by Magnolia Home (satin finish). The most valuable part of Zoe’s blog post for me was the cut list. Once I made all the cuts it was very easy to add the pocket holes and assemble. (Note: this was my first drawer build and install, but I’m looking forward to doing more in the future.) One more thing to mention was that Zoe applied wood filler on the plywood top for a smooth finish. I skipped this step and just sanded it with several different grits until it was ultra soft to the touch. I also considered not doing the tapered legs, but wow they just add so much to the design and have a nice feminine look.

DIY Scalloped nightstand

Building furniture is intimidating (at first), but I’m so glad I tried. For this build, I took it slow, and it turned out great. I love the paint color and scalloped edge; it’s going to be so cute in Quinn’s new bedroom. Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope you feel encouraged and inspired to take on your next project no matter how big or small. Be sure to subscribe for my free email so that you can see Quinn’s new bedroom once I’m done!

DIY Scalloped nightstand

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