Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How to Add a Butcher Block Top to a Locker Nightstand

butcher block wood top on metal nightstand

How to add a butcher block wood top to a metal locker nightstand.

before and after nightstand makeover

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

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

painted dresser makeover enamel

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

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:

locker style nightstand makeover

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

locker style nightstand with butcher block top

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.)

ikea butcher block numerer oak top

2. Sand and stain two coats Minwax Provincial:

minwax stain on butcher block

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

minwax polycrylic clear satin on butcher block

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

attaching butcher block top to metal nightstand

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

construction adhesive on butcher block

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

attaching butcher block top to metal nightstand

how to add a butcher block wood top to a metal nightstand


  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!