This girls’ bedroom makeover is simply adorable. Jaime Costiglio’s two little girls (and one little boy!) are so lucky to have such a talented mom. Jaime is known for the terrific craft and DIY projects she writes about on her blog That’s My Letter.
She has three DIY projects to show you here on The Home Depot Blog– a pair of nightstands, a plywood lampshade and a DIY wall shelf. This is her contribution to our DIY Challenge series. We invited some of our favorite DIY and lifestyle bloggers to create fun and practical DIY projects using a single building material. In this case, it’s plywood.
These three DIY projects look fabulous in this little girls’ room, but they’d be quite at home in any bedroom, and even in the other rooms of the house.
Here are Jaime’s three tutorials, along with her bedroom decorating ideas.
We moved into our current home, a 1740 saltbox farmhouse, over a year ago. I plopped my two girls into their bedroom, and I hadn’t done a single thing to the room until now. I wanted to update the space to reflect our lifestyle, embrace their innocence and be purposeful. I’m sharing three plywood projects that I built to complete my girls’ bedroom makeover.
The girls’ beds flank a pair of windows, and the only place to put a nightstand is directly in front of the windows. Typical to many traditional saltbox homes, the windows in the front on the second level are close to the floor. They are so very charming, but they create quite a decorating challenge!
The DIY Nightstands
The challenge for me was to create a nightstand that wouldn’t block the window, but would provide some storage.
I built this open-shelf nightstand, keeping it simple and unobtrusive. The wall lamps are mounted just above the window moulding, which frees up the nightstand surface.
To build the nightstand, you will need basic furniture construction skills and tools, including a pocket hole jig. The finished size is 16″w x 18″d x 24″h. I used ¾” Purebond birch plywood for the main body and legs.
Materials for DIY Nightstand:
- 1 – sheet ¾” Purebond birch plywood (see cut list below)
- 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′
- wood glue
- 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
- 1 ¼” finish nails
Nightstand Cut List:
- 1 – ¾” plywood @ 18″ x 16″ (top)
- 2 – ¾” plywood @ 5 ¾” x 17 ¼” (sides)
- 1 – ¾” plywood @ 13″ x 17 ¼” (bottom)
- 2 – ¾” plywood @ 16″ x 17 ½” (legs)
- 2 – 1″ x 2″ pine board @ 15 ¼” (leg cross supports)
- 1 – ¼” plywood @ 14 ½” x 6 ½” (back)
Attach the sides to the top using pocket holes. The sides are flush to the back and inset ¾-in. on both sides. Attach the bottom to the sides using pocket holes. Attach the back using finish nails.
Make a paper template for the curved legs. Fold the template in half and use a curved object. The legs are 1 ½-in. wide at the base.
Trace the template onto the plywood and cut out the curved legs using a jigsaw.
Make a pattern for a detailed cut out, and trace it onto the corners. Drill holes into the pattern, and then use jigsaw to complete the cut out areas (see images above).
Attach the legs to the main body of the nightstand using pocket holes.
Attach the leg cross supports 2-in. from the base of the legs.
Sand it well, then prime and paint the nightstand. I used high gloss white enamel.
The cut out detail lets the light through and adds just that tiny bit of charm to the DIY nightstand. Below you can see the difference with the new, smaller and less obtrusive nightstands:
The Plywood Lampshade
This DIY plywood lampshade is a basic project that is fun to do, and the finish options are endless. I chose to keep the wood natural against the pale pink painted walls. And I like the contrast against the bright neon pink of the cording.
Despite the wood being opaque (versus a typical fabric-style shade) the lamp still emits plenty of light. The bulb is far enough away from the wood so there is no danger of fire.
I used the pink cording like a thread and needle making a loop stitch up, over and around to secure the plywood to the metal frame.
Materials for DIY Plywood Lampshade:
- Project panel (I used ¼” plywood handy panel)
- Polypropylene rope (your choice of colors)
- Masking tape
- Tape measure
- Metal lampshade frame
Obtain a lampshade with a metal frame, and remove any previous shade material.
Place the metal frame flat onto your plywood, and mark the size to cut. Then, cut four pieces, one for each side of the frame, using a circular saw.
Mark a spot along the edge of the plywood every ¾ in. Choose a drill bit the same size or slightly larger than cording, and drill a hole at every mark (see images above). Repeat this process for all four sides of the plywood. Sand the plywood smooth near holes.
Clean off any excess gunk from the metal frame using a scraper or Goo Gone.
Tape up one end of the cording to stiffen it so that you can easily thread it through the holes.
Start at one corner, tie a knot on the interior of the frame, then begin sewing wood onto the frame looping the cording around. Cut enough cord for 2.5 times the distance you are sewing. Repeat the sewing, going up one side and over one top portion then tie a knot. Do this for all four sides. Attach the shade to the lamp.
The final product.
DIY Wood Wall Shelves
And lastly, I’m sharing how to make an 8-foot wall shelf using plywood.
Like most kids, my girls love to keep and collect things. So I wanted to provide a space where we could put all these things – up and out of the way. This wall shelf provides open storage and a great display ledge. You could even use it for books too.
To build the wall shelves you will need basic furniture construction skills and tools, including a pocket hole jig. The finished size is 96″ x 8″ x 6 ¾”. I used ¾-in. Purebond birch plywood for everything.
Note: You could make this as one long 8-foot shelf. But I was using the remaining portion of plywood left over from the nightstands, so I used rip cuts to cut my large piece of plywood into short planks.
Materials for DIY Wall Shelves:
- ¾” Purebond birch plywood (see cut list below)
- wood glue
- 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
- countersink bit
- 1 ¼” wood screws
- 3″ wood screws
Wall Shelf Cut List: (makes one long shelf as pictured)
- 2 – ¾” plywood @ 8″ x 48″ (top)
- 2 – ¾” plywood @ 4″ x 48″ (support)
- 5 – ¾” plywood @ 6″ x 6″ (brackets)
Attach the support piece flush to the back and underside of the top using pocket hole screws.
Cut out the brackets’ curved detail using a jigsaw. The back portion of the bracket needs to be notched 4-in. down and ¾-in. in order to sit flush on the shelf support.
Attach the brackets to the shelf piece with even spacing. Countersink and screw them in place. (Leave off the center bracket until the shelf is mounted to the wall; this center bracket will hide the seam.)
Sand, prime and paint one coat before hanging the shelves.
Now we’re ready to hang the shelves. Locate studs in the wall. Secure the shelf to studs using 3-in. wood screws. Be sure to use a level.
Attach the center bracket directly to one side of the seam. Use a pocket hole from the front (plug it after), and countersink it from above. Putty any visible screw heads, then sand and paint the shelf.
Below is a before and after photo showing how nice the DIY lampshade and shelves look on the bedroom wall.
Jaime Costiglio calls herself “a DIY girl”. She can build, paint or sew just about anything you could image. Check out her blog, of That’s My Letter, for tons of DIY tutorials and craft ideas. She lives with her husband and three children in Westchester County, New York.
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Jaime received a Home Depot gift card to complete her bedroom makeover. The ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.