About three weeks ago I listed my Simple Nightstand for sale on Craigslist, and not only sold it, but got commissioned for 5 MORE nightstands! I’ve finally finished up all the projects I needed to finish before these, and got to work. It’s a bit difficult to find time to build, but luckily Charlie is a great napper. I had a little assembly line of nightstands going for a little while…
I used glue and my nail gun to assemble these. It took roughly 5 hours to build them, 2 to sand, and another 2 to paint. Tack on one last hour to glaze the tan ones, and that’s a total of 10 hours on this project. That translates to roughly 1 week’s worth of naptimes!
The shelf and drawer give a lot of good storage. And I found these great oil rubbed bronze pulls at Target, of all places. You can get a 10 pack for only $9.99! That’s a steal! I’m going to have to keep Target in mind in the future for hardware. They have some great modern pieces for really good prices.
So, let’s talk pricing. What do I charge for all this? Well, I listed the original nightstand at $30, since I was trying to sell quick to build a smaller version for my room. For the other 5, I factored in cost of materials ($100 for lumber/glue/nails/sandpaper) and the time it took me (10 hours at $10/hr) to come up with $200. That equals out to $38.34 per nightstand. For something hand built from solid wood, with a quality finish (I use Behr paint so it’s low VOC) I would say that’s a very fair price. They’re being picked up tomorrow, and I hope the buyer loves them!
Oh, and if you want to build your own, you can use Ana’s plans here.