Remember the DIY X-base nightstand I made for our master bedroom a few months ago… it now has a partner! Presenting the Pottery Barn inspired DIY Clara Lattice Bedside table.
And it only cost me $55 in lumber and paint! Beat that Pottery Barn! Not to mention I got to pick the color :). Our master bedroom has been in evolution mode for the last few months. We started out with just a mattress and box spring on a bed frame. I built an upholstered headboard, hacked an Ikea Tarva dresser and built the X-base accent table to serve as the nightstand. It was so nice to finally have a real nightstand after 3 years! Of course, I kept it on my side of the bed 🙂
Next, I set out to find the perfect mismatched bedside table to my DIY X-base nightstand. When I came across this Clara lattice wide bedside table from Pottery Barn, there was no looking back! So, it cost only $499… obviously I was going to be building it!
The awesome Jamison from Rogue Engineer graciously agreed to draw up the plans to build this DIY Clara Lattice Bedside table! His plans were so easy to follow and precise! I am so honored to be able to work with him on this. You can download the plans for free by clicking below. I show you how I built the nightstand in the steps below.
How to build DIY Clara lattice bedside table –
Please note that I reduced the width of the nightstand to fit the space in my master bedroom. Simply follow Jamison’s directions for the full width.
Step 1 – Start by making all the cuts and pocket holes per the plans.
Step 2 – Build the back of the table by attaching the two 2 x 2 legs to the back plywood using wood glue and 1 1/4 pocket hole Kreg screws. I love using Purebond plywood because it is formaldehyde free!
Step 3 – Attach the side panels for the table and the front 2 x 2 legs. These right angle clamps are my favorite! Its like having an extra set of hands!
Step 4 – The middle shelf looks like this with the corners cut out. First I cut out the corners and used the removable spacer of my Kreg jig to make the pocket holes like shown blow. Attach the middle shelf to the legs using the pocket hole screws.
Step 5 – Screw in the bottom shelf to the frame. I use these 1 1/4 spax screws. I love these screws because they do not need any pre-drilling.
Step 6 – Next, I added 1 x2 rails around the top where the drawer goes.
Step 7 – Make the X’s. I cut them per specifications in the plans but then, also had to do a rough fit while I was attaching them. I used wood glue and 1 1/4″ finish nails. That was followed by attaching the 1 x 2 molding around the middle and bottom shelves. I used pocket holes on the sides of the 1 x 2’s as well as the pocket holes on the bottom of the shelves.
Step 8 – Time to assemble the top. This was really straightforward!
Step 9 – Then I assembled the drawer. I forgot to take a picture of it after the base was attached. You will see why in the next step.
Step 10 – Now came the attaching of the drawer slides! This was my first time working with drawer slides. Jamison recommended these ones that weren’t too hard to install once I got things square. Its a different story that I had rebuild the drawer 2 times because it was just so slightly off square. But once I had the drawers figured out, it wasn’t too bad.
Step 11 – Attach the drawer front. I put the top on and used wood shims to make the 1/8″ space around the drawer front. Then I took the top off and attached the front using the 1 1/4″ spax screws.
Step 12 – Next it was time to attach the feet. I cut up the feet out of scrap 1 x 4 boards. I attached them to the bottom molding using the 1 1/4″ spax screws.
Step 12 – Attach the top by removing the drawer and using pocket holes on the sides and back. And we are done!!
Step 13 – I filled all the visible pocket holes with wood putty and all the gaps with caulk. I gave sealed all the knots with a shellac based primer followed by primer and paint using my Homeright paint sprayer! I used Behr Marquis color matched to Glidden’s “Mayflower” same as the DIY X-base accent table. I only needed about 2/3rd of a test pot. The knob is from hobby lobby.
Here it is all dressed up!
I love it so much! I moved the X-base table to my husband’s side of the bed and this one to mine. Look at those X’s on the sides!
And this is what the bedroom looks like now! I am in love with the mismatched yellow nightstands!
Once again, if you want the plans just click here to go to Jamison’s blog by clicking below –
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