|Project by MadeinMT||posted 05-29-2013 01:14 PM||1139 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
A couple years ago we purchased a new boxspring/mattress set that was much taller than our old set. The result was our nightstands were far too short and we had to add stacks of books to get our lamps and alarm clocks to a proper height where we could reach them.
So I built a pair of taller nightstands out of #2 pine. I finished them with a dark stain to make the pine look weathered. I then applied a coat of latex paint somewhat sparingly, and here and there over some glue to get a crackled look. I then strategically sanded some of the paint off to reveal the dark ‘weathered’ pine underneath. The result is an antique, battered look that my wife and I love. The nightstands are 18”W x 16”D x 36”H. Simple joinery in most cases although the doors are raised panel made with a table saw jig.
The hinges are ordinary zinc-plated hinges found in any hardware store. I soaked them in apple cider vinegar for a couple days which takes the plating right off and makes them appear ancient.
Speaking of weathered wood, here in Montana there are lots of farms and ranches around and its easy to find old barns, sheds, and corrals that have been abandoned for many, many years. I’ve been scouting around the countryside and have spotted a couple of promising sites. I plan to ask the landowners if I can help myself to some of the wood. After all, if I’m looking for a weathered look, why buy new pine and stain it when I can use the real McCoy?
-- Ron, Montana