Build a Beautiful Nursery Wall – Side Bases

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/04/2010 - 08:34
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With two shelves and a drawer, necessities for baby like diapers, wipes, and lotions, can be kept within reach. A beautiful footer adds charm to this piece. Works with the rest of the Madeline Collection of plans.


Part 1 in the Scalloped Edge Baby Changing System, I am very excited about this plan. I am a totally girly-girl, balanced with simplicity. So of course I am drawn to clean lines, and then some wooden ruffles . . .
Of course I would love wooden ruffles!
This baby changing system is so beautiful, it almost makes me forget all those endless nights. Almost.
But a baby changing system is about changing diapers, not changing your mind to invest in more diapers and less sleep.
But of course, if you don’t want a baby and just need a nightstand, media tower, telephone table or baby shower gift, this plans could be the one.
Want this plan? Baby steps, baby steps. We will start with this side cabinet.
Love it? Plans follow. Don’t forget to share. Progress keeps me going, keeps more plans coming for you. So do your part, share the blog! Thanks!

Overall Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 Sheet of 3/4″ MDF or 3/4″ A1 Plywood, cut into 1×16 boards
1 – 1×6 Board (you only need about 5′ feet)
1 – 1×2 Board (you only need about 3′ feet)
3 1/4″ Floor trim or base moulding
3/4″ Edge Trim (3/4″ wide)
1 – Wood Knob
2″ Nails
1 1/4″ Nails
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Sand Paper
Finishing Supplies
Optional 12″ Drawer Slides, side mount, 1/2″ overall clearance on the sides
Knob for drawer

Common Materials
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Please note that I choose to build these plans 16″ deep as opposed to 19″ to conserve building materials (you can get 50% more 1x16s out of a sheet of plywood or MDF than you could get 1x19s out of the plywood or MDF). Changing pads are tradditionally 16″ wide. You can modify these plans for a wider depth by using a wider width plywood or MDF strip.
And yes, the cubbies will fit the Pottery Barn Kids storage boxes.
Cutting List for the Box
2 - 1×16 @ 33 1/4″ (Sides)
3 – 1×16 @ 14 1/2″ (Shelves)
1 – 1×16 @ 16″ (Top)
Cutting List of Trim
2 – 1×2 @ 14 1/2″ (Inner Trim)
1 – 3/4″ Edge Trim @ 16″ (Front Edge Trim)
1 – 3 1/4″ Base Moulding or Floor Trim @ 16″ (Base Moulding)
Cutting List for Drawer
2 – 1×6 @ 14 1/2″ (Drawer sides)
1 – 1×6 @ 12 3/4″ (Drawer back)
1 – 1×6 @ 14 1/4″ (Drawer Face)
1 - 1×16 @ 12 3/4″ (Drawer Bottom, trim the width down to 12 3/4″ x 13 3/4″)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Composition is shown above. Use 3/4″ MDF for painting with pine boards, 3/4″ A1 plywood for staining, with hardwood boards (boards are shown in dark brown above)

Step 2

Build the Box. Start by marking your sides as shown in the left of the diagram above. Mark both the inside and the outsides of the side boards so you know where to fasten and where to line the boards up at. With the sides marked, fasten the shelves in place, keeping the front edges flush. Then fasten the top in place.

Step 3

Back. Square your project up. Then using glue, fasten the back to the cabinet using 1 1/4″ nails. Make sure you fasten to the shelves too.

Step 4

Inner Trim. Fasten the inside trim pieces as shown above. Check for square and fasten to both the shelves and sides to reinforce your joints. Use glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Top Edge Trim. With glue and nails, fasten the top edge trim as shown above. Keep outside and top edges flush. You could aslo use trim up to 1 1/4″ wide here.

Step 7

Drawer Construction. First cut your drawer bottom from the 1×16, length of 12 3/4″. Then cut the width side down to 13 3/4″ (completed dimensions should be 12 3/4″ x 13 3/4″). You must cut the drawer bottom perfectly square. Then fasten the drawer back to the bottom. Then the sides to the back and bottom. Use 2″ nails and glue. You may wish to inset the bottom up 1/4″. The easiest way to do this is use a scrap piece of plywood 1/4″ and rest the bottom on the scrap. Then fasten the sides. Make sure you build a square drawer.

Step 8

Drawer Face. Insert the drawer into the drawer housing in the cabinet (without the face attached). Then center the face on the drawer and attach the face to the drawer, leaving a 1/8″ even gap around all edges, including the bottom edge. Use glue and 2″ nails

Step 9

Finishing. Fill nail holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired. Add the front knob.

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Erin W. (not verified)

Fri, 03/05/2010 - 19:18

I love this. Wish I had it when my kids were younger. No problem my brother and his wife are going to have a baby so I am gonna convince my mom to make it with me as a joint gift, to go along with everything else we get. LOL. I should make one for my room too though, I could put the tv in the center. HMM....

Anonymous (not verified)

Sat, 03/06/2010 - 19:23

I don't have any children but this is PERFECT for an entertainment center for me! The TV will fit nicely in the middle, the computer tower in the tall door, turn the horizontal doors into open shelves for the dvd player and surround sound and still have more than plenty of storage space for the movies, music, and games! Love it! Can't wait for the whole set of plans.

Emily (not verified)

Sun, 03/21/2010 - 03:03

LOVE this project, I'm almost 15 weeks pregnant and I've been scouring the internet looking for furniture. Fortunately, another mama online pointed me to you!
I've already shown the plans to my best friend, and we're each going to make one! My husband even likes it, but said he won't have time to help me...won't he be surprised? :)
What I love about this set is that it's a changing table, dresser, and bookshelf all-in-one!
Thanks for all the plans, keep up the great work!

Erin I (not verified)

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 08:39

I'm (patiently!) awaiting the center part of this system. I just had my 3rd girl and finally getting girly. I'm thinking of doing this in a pale pink. The side units are perfect for nightstands if you take off the bottom cubby. Thank you so for the plans!


Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:48

Ok so I'm relatively new at DIY projects and your blog (which I adore btw). I can see the Madeline Side Hutches for the Nursery Changing Wall and the side bases but I don't see plans for the center section or the top shelf. Will someone post the link? Thanks!