DIY Nightstand | Concrete and Wood Nightstand with Plans

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out the DIY Nightstand project. In this tutorial you will learn how to build a nightstand with a concrete top and wood base. This is a great looking piece of DIY bedroom furniture that is fun to build and affordable to make. You can build this a set of nightstands with ease. Just break it down into steps and take one step at a time. I invite you to watch the video, read through this post, and also get the plans here.

Tools Needed

Optional:

Clamps – Clamps are helpful for any project. I love to use JackClamps.
Circular Saw
You can use pocket holes to connect a few of the boards if you prefer.
Kreg Jig Right Angle Clamp 
Speed Square

Approximate Total Cost Per Nightstand: $78

*Approximate Total Cost (Not including tools and supplies you might have like rubber gloves, paint brush, stain, screws, etc.)

DIY PETE NIGHTSTANDS

If you like the bed frame pictured above, that was a project that I completed a couple of years ago with these plans from Ana White!

Gather Supplies and Download Nightstand Plans

Pick up your supplies. I used pine for this project because it is cost efficient, is lightweight, and takes stain well. You could use any other type of wood. Get hardware for the drawer (14” glides). Get a bag of Quikrete Countertop Mix and any other supplies you may still need that we’ve outlined above or in the DIY Nightstand plans.

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Make Your Cuts

Head to your table saw and set your fence to start ripping the boards. Rip all of the 1×6 and 1×8 boards to the varying widths. Then use your miter saw to cut the boards to length. Inside the downloadable plans, you’ll find a complete cut list where we’ve outlined all of the dimensions you’ll need to cut. If you don’t have a miter saw you can find one here.

Make your Cuts for Nightstand

Sand all of the Parts

Now that all of your parts are cut, this is a perfect time to sand everything. Using an orbital sander and 180 to 220 grit sandpaper, sand all of the parts ensuring that you’re getting the fronts, backs, edges, tops, and bottoms.

Sanding Nightstand

Kreg the Legs

Set up your Kreg Jig to ½” setting on the drill bit and the jig itself. Separate your left front, right front, left back, and right back leg pairs. Lets grab one pair and get it prepared for assembly. Using your Kreg Jig, screw into the smaller, 1 ½” board, and make three to four kreg holes down the length of the board. These will be assembled into the 2 ½” boards with 1” Kreg Screws.

Kreg Jig Night Stand

Assemble the Legs

The smaller, 1 3/4” leg sides always screw into the larger 2 1/2” leg fronts. Make sure to be mindful of left front, right front, left back, etc when assembling to ensure you face and assemble the legs correctly. Apply glue to both the areas to be kreg screwed together. Line up the legs and square it up. Screw 1″ Kreg screws into the pocket holes. Clean up any glue bleed-out with a damp rag to save yourself time in sanding later.

Assemble Nightstand Legs

Screw Sides and Back into Place

Once you have assemble your leg pairs and have a left front, right front, left back, etc its time to square it up with the back and side pieces. Apply glue to both areas to be screwed together. We need to pre-drill the areas to be screwed in to ensure the boards will not crack. Using 1” or 1 ¼”screws, screw it all together and repeat the steps for the right back set. 

How to make a night stand

Build the Shelf and Install It

The shelf situates on the nightstand base similar to how the 15 ½” back and 17” sides do. The shelf interior is Kreg screwed together and then into the shelf sides. The whole shelf mounts 6″ up from the bottom of the nightstand.

Assembling Night Stand Shelf

Build and Install the Drawer Box

The drawer box is made from the ½” plywood. All of it’s dimensions and the complete cultist are outlined in the downloadable plans. This drawer box will all get Kreg screwed together after we drill the pocket holes. The drawer front screws in from the inside of the box. The drawer slide hardware mounts inside the nightstand base as well as on the sides of the drawer box. 

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Stain the Nightstand and Drawer

I wanted to match my bed frame, so I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut stain along with their pre-stain conditioner. Apply the stain with a microfiber cloth and/or brush.

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Cut and Construct the Melamine for Concrete Form

The concrete top on the nightstands is 20″ by 20″ by 1″. We need to cut the melamine to that size to build a form for the concrete to be poured into and then cure in. Be sure to keep it clean, any imperfections on the melamine will translate onto the concrete. Seal it around the edges with 100% silicone. 

Concrete Night Stand

How to make a concrete counter mold

Cut The Mesh

The wire mesh is cut to 18″ by 18″. The mesh adds support to the concrete and helps ensure no cracking, deformities will occur during curing.

Concrete Table Reenforcement

Pour Cement and Mix

In a 5 gallon bucket, pour the about 1/3 of the bag of Quikrete Countertop Mix in and add enough water to make a good consistency. Mix it all up with a small shovel, piece of scrap wood, or mixer.

Best Concrete Counter Mix

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Add The Mixture to The Form

Fill about 2/3 of the melamine form with your cement mixture. Remember the top of the concrete top will come from the bottom of this form. Work it all in, level it and vibrate it. Add the mesh toward the top of the form and then fill the rest with the cement mixture.

Making a concrete table

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Screed, Trowel, and Level

Its important to screen and level the cement mixture to the top of the form. Use a scrap 2×4 to level and scrape any excess off, working any back in that needs to be. Get everything smooth, this is the last step before curing.

Screeding a concrete counter

Removing concrete from mold

Sand the Concrete and Fill any Holes

After the concrete has cured for at least 24-48 hours, remove the concrete top from the form. Sand the bottom, top, and edges of the concrete. Fill any holes with a cement paste and then sand that all smooth. Prepare it for sealing.

 

Sanding a concrete Table

Filling Bug Holes

Seal the Concrete Top

Seal the concrete top with at least 3 coats of sealant. Rub it in with a microfiber cloth.

Sealing a concrete table

Enjoy!

Enjoy the fruits of your labor! This is a very fun project to make and the collaboration of wood and concrete in the nightstand make for an excellent piece of furniture! Remember to check out the downloadable plans for the DIY Nightstand here.

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Remember to check out the downloadable plans for the DIY Nightstand here.

  • Aaron Ritter

    Hey Pete love your website if I’m bored on a weekend I always know where to look for something to do! My girlfriend wanted me to try and make the wood look like old barn wood with colors to match our room first attemp with that and working with concrete. Keep the projects coming. Go Vikings! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2631ef0346ab099eb6e6264997625b8ad0f7e22427fa92a57a0d9a07ec0c8b26.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7901707ffc53413022e58628655fc50a2e374c9b31322561c4b1d214d2eab839.jpg

  • Fernando Guevara

    How did you secure the top to the base?

    • DIYPETE

      100% silicon. This holds it firmly in place. If you ever need to remove the top during a move it can be done.

  • Matthew King
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    • DIYPETE

      great job Matt and thanks for sharing the photos!!

  • Matthew King

    Hey Pete I love the projects! I started with this one because I’ve always wanted to deal with concrete and never knew how but you explained it great and made it look easy! Here is my trial run.

  • Kevin Wiley

    Hey Peter,

    I went out and bought the wood (1×6)(1×8)plywood,melamine etc. However, I wasn’t able to figure out how you cut the 1×6 and 1×8 into all of the small pieces. I came up short of wood. However our 1×6 are actually 1×5.5? Any advice?

    • DIYPETE

      Hey Kevin,

      Yep, a 1×6 is actually 3/4 inch thick and 5 1/2 inches wide. Just like a 2×4 is 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. A 1×4 is 3/4 by 3 1/2″. Let me know if that helps.

      • Kevin Wiley

        Hey Pete, how did you end up dividing the wood into the cuts?

        • DIYPETE

          Hey Kevin! Let me look into things tonight when I get home so I can check for you. I could have made an error in qty on the plans and if so I apologize, I’ll take a look though for you. Thanks! – Pete

          • Kevin Wiley

            Hey Pete,

            Just checking in on ya. So I’m currently constructing the nightstand and I’ve found some more errors- but I would like to say that this project has been fun. You need to add 1 more 1X6X6 to the wood list and you forgot to add the 2 – 15″ X 1 1/2″ inch side supports for the inside of the drawer in the cut list. Unless I’m interpreting your plans wrong. But probably not 😉

            • DIYPETE

              Thanks Kevin, a few plans were outsourced and I need to get them re-done a bit. Thanks for the updates you found. Cheers and can’t wait to see a photo of your build!

      • Kevin Wiley

        Hey Peter, just to better explain myself. When ONLY buying 2 – 1x6x6, 1 – 1x8x6, 1- 24″x24″ plywood and the melamine sheet. I don’t get how you were able to cut all of those pieces, using the aforementioned quantity of wood. According to your plans, the 1x8x6 should produce the 6 pieces of wood. (2 – 17″ x 7″1/4, 1- 15″1/2 x 7″1/4, 3- 15″x 5″5/32)….Im so lost! Is anyone else running into this problem when trying to cut the wood into the pieces needed? Or did you all have to go buy more wood?

        • Kevin Wiley

          Is there a specific breakdown of which pieces should come from the uncut pieces of wood? I’ve driven myself crazy trying to figure out how you only used 1 1x8x6, 2 1x6x6 and a plywood to cut all of the needed pieces! Somethings not adding up!

  • alago

    Awesome project

    Free download ted wood working plan 2.94 GB in torrent file
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  • Eric Stoner

    Another saved project!!! Thanks!

    • DIYPETE

      Thanks, this one is a blast! Best of luck on yours, my friend 😉

      • Eric Stoner

        Thanks for the use of your plans! This is a great site!

      • Eric Stoner

        THANK YOU, I WILL NEED IT!

  • jaycuse

    Awesome, I’ve been wanting to try one of your concrete projects. This looks like a perfect starter project to get a feel of working with concrete.

    • DIYPETE

      Thanks, it was a blast to design and build these nightstands! It really is a good introduction to concrete, you’ll have to give it a shot! Send photos when complete. Cheers