I have been searching high and low for another nightstand for my bedroom. I like the Ikea one alright, but I’m not in love with it enough to get a matching pair. I love the look of mismatched nightstands anyway. The problem is that everything out there is so short! I need something that’s at least two feet tall to be even with the top of my mattress and most nightstands out there seem to fall between 18 and 22 inches. I visited several thrift stores while we were in Austin and even checked craigslist daily, but I couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. Finally, on the ride home, I got the idea that maybe I could DIY something. Below are my favorite ideas from Pinterest/the interwebs:
from top left: thrifted tabletop + pipe base, source unknown; DIY Copper & Nylon Zip Table; DIY Tree Stump Side Tables; DIY Bedside Table; industrial tabletop on pipe base, source unknown
I would love love love to have a stump table but it seems kind of labor intensive. I’ve seen a house about a mile from here with a pine tree that’s been chopped up and waiting on the curb for weeks so I could maybe I could get a log/stump from there, but then I’d have to get it home, cut it down to the proper size, and dry it out, all before doing whatever finishing needs to be done to make it a functional piece of furniture. And while I am in love with the hourglass shape of this accent table from Target, I’m not sure the vinyl strips used to create a similar silhouette in the table pictured above are a good choice for a house with cats. That leaves us with pipes! And while I’m still working out the details I’ll go ahead and confess that as soon as we got back to Baton Rouge I ran to Lowe’s and bought some copper plumbing pipe. I really wanted brass but I guess they only use brass for fittings? I’m so excited to get going on my new nightstand as soon as I can find the time. Going on vacation always leaves me so discombobulated upon return! How is the house such a mess when we haven’t even been home? Those dang cats have been getting into mischief, I’m sure of it.