Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year! I kept myself busy working on a few projects, and now have a chance to share one with you. It’s been just over a year since we closed on our home, and we’ve done so much to it already. I’m trying my best to finish up my to-do list of house projects so I can finally call it “done” and take some after photos and post about the entire process. As if I didn’t have enough on the list already, I had to go and add another thing by building this “nightstand”. The last time I showed you my master bedroom, it looked like this:
It was pretty, but as I started adding more and more rustic, reclaimed pieces, it looked too pretty. Once I hung a few rusty reclaimed mirrors (with a post to come!) it sealed the deal. I wanted something different by the bed.
A quick tour of the barn showed me these two cedar 4×8 pieces, which I attached together with a few straight brackets and hung on the wall using galvanized pipes. Here’s the quick and dirty:
• 2- 1/2″ galvanized flanges
• 2 – 12″ long, 1/2″ galvanized pipes
• 2 – 1/2″ pipe caps
• 1 pack of 4 straight brackets
• 2 packs of 3/4″ conduit two-hole straps
• 2 – 4×8 cedar beams cut at 50″ or desired length
The previous vanity was 28″ tall, so I accounted the 4″ of wood thickness and marked 24″ up on the wall for the center of my flange circles. I screwed them into studs using 2″ screws on the top and bottom, and the left and right were just 1 1/4″ as they only struck drywall.
Then you just twist in the pipes nice and tight.
Then I cut my two beams and attached them to each other with four straight brackets.
Once they were together I used the pipe straps to hold the pipe to the wood. This helped to add stability as well as make sure the wood doesn’t slide around on the pipes. It’s a good, solid hold.
That’s it! It took maybe 15 minutes to put it all together. I like that the beam in the front is weathered and worn down to a “live edge” finish. But it would also look good with straight new wood too. You could also use a wide slab of wood from a sawmill. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
This added just the right amount of modern, rustic simplicity that I was looking for. I put a couple of large baskets below to hold pillows and blankets and that sort of thing. I’m not going to pretend to be an interior decorator, but I’m happy with the arrangement of the lamp, tray, mirrors and little frog luminary. I’m sure it will change a dozen more times, but for now I’m pleased with it. And I think I should remedy the gray paint situation on my husband’s grandmother’s vanity and restore it to its former wood glory.