Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"L" is for Locker Nightstand

Build: wood topped locker nightstand

A friend of mine recently updated her oldest son's bedroom:

 We refinished the dressers from nursery white to a much more mature black:

And then she found a locker style nightstand at Homegoods for a good price, very similar to the Pottery Barn Safe Bedside Table:

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The locker was a perfect fit and just the right amount of 'teen boy' for his room update but I thought it might look more finished and add a touch of warmth with the wood top:

(Excuse the blurry pictures, not so much natural light in the corner there.)

Here's how to add a butcher block top:

1. Cut butcher block to size:
(Measure locker top then add 3/4" on both sides and front.)
(I used a piece of IKEA numerer in oak.)

2. Sand and stain two coats Minwax Provincial:

3. Apply 3 coats of Minwax clear satin poly, sand between coats:

4. Place butcher block down (on towel to protect finish) then line up locker on top.
Predrill screw holes in 4 corners and center:

5. Lift up locker and apply construction adhesive to wood:

6. Place locker down and line up again, use 1 1/2" metal screws and secure top to base:

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  1. Such a great idea to add the butcher block to the top of the table… Beautiful job!

  2. This is just awesome- It is industrial and cool! If you find a sec this weekend, I would love to have you share at Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time On My Hands.

  3. Very cool Idea! Ill have to borrow that one!
    Laura at

  4. Good call on that--the butcher block adds a touch of warmth without taking away from the industrial feel. Yours is the second project I've seen lately using Ikea butcher block --I really like the look!