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He made me a beautiful bedside shelf

Bedside tables are my nemesis. I go to sleep beside a neatly ordered space and wake up beside a bomb site! Books all over the place, spilt water drops and hand cream ‘splurging’ from its tube. How does this happen? Perhaps I am a magnet for clutter? The bigger the space the more amazed I am at my talent to fill it with clutter. Happy to report that a new handmade bedside shelf has come to my rescue.

 

He made me a beautiful bedside shelf

 

The Before

There is no before!

I am ashamed to state that due to my inability to keep my bedside table tidy and in an effort to be organised, I banished my old cupboard to the garage and reduced myself to this little basket on the floor. The last straw came when the puppy emptied it out and dragged my Chanel bag down stairs, luckily it escaped unharmed. Why it was in there in the first place I will never know. I take all the blame…

 

He made me a beautiful bedside shelf

 

The bigger the space the more amazed I am at my talent to fill it with clutter. 

 

A Handmade Bedside Shelf

Things had to change and I had an idea. Marc rolls his eyes when I say that, he knows I have a project in mind and some hard work will follow…

Like all the best ideas this project was inspired by something I saw in a stylish London hotel we stayed at recently. So I asked my very talented other half (aka Marc) if he could make me something similar and adapt it to suit my ideas.

 

He made me a beautiful bedside shelf

 

 

I requested: a small bedside shelf, the idea being that I would only have room for the necessities and therefore it might be possible to keep it tidy and uncluttered.

 

My bedside shelf should have room for my:

 

  • Glass of water
  • HB pencil and my ‘3am notebook’
  • My Cactus
  • My favourite family photo.
  • Space for my morning cuppa

& be made from:

 

  • Old wood
  • Items we already had

Marc produced his trusty tape measure, muttered some numbers under his breath, asked me a few more questions and disappeared for a few hours.

 

A few hours Later…

He came back with this:

 

He made me a beautiful bedside shelf

 

The unwanted wood was rescued from a farm bonfire, and the brackets we used to use in garden. They have now been ‘plated’ in a matte gold colour, so no nasty rusty bits to worry about.

 

He arrived with a big smile on his face and asked me ‘how high?’   

 

The wood was rescued from a farm bonfire, and the brackets were from the garden but have been 'plated' in a dull gold colour, so no nasty rusty bits.

 

He made me a beautiful bedside shelf

 

 

My glass has a hole to fit in, no more spilled drinks. Even my pencil has its own groove on the bedside shelf. The whole thing is beautifully made as usual with rounded corners so I dont knock myself on it (gosh i sound like a toddler!)

 

The wood was rescued from a farm bonfire, and the brackets were from the garden but have been 'plated' in a dull gold colour, so no nasty rusty bits.

 

 

Zero Cost, 100% recycled and handmade, plus its beautiful and very very useful. Win Win Win!

 

Needless to say I was delighted. He put it up in a jiffy and left me to do the exciting bit. I love styling a new space don't you? This is how it looks today, I'm pleased to say everything has its place and it stays tidy all the time.

 

So what’s on your bedside table? I remember an instagram game that went around a few years ago, you had to photo your bedside table, anyone else remember that. I snapped mine with a couple of gin bottles on just for fun!

 

He made me a beautiful bedside shelf

 

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12 Comments

  1. 25/11/2018 / 07:25

    Wow. I never knew a man who did this. I have shelf envy and possibly handyman envy. It is so gorgeous!!!

    • Ashley
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      25/11/2018 / 15:45

      Hello and thank you,he is very very clever…
      best wishes
      Ashley

  2. 07/10/2018 / 18:54

    I’m insanely jealous, it takes Pete 6 months to hang a picture for me and he’d never be able to turn his hand to something like this! I don’t have space for a bedside table on my side of the bed and so all my clutter gathers in several small piles…not restful at all. Thank you for linking up to #HomeEtc X

    • 07/10/2018 / 19:19

      Ha ha he is gonna love all this attention, thank you so much! Makes it so much easier to ask for the shower to be retiled!
      bestest
      Ashley x

  3. 07/10/2018 / 15:10

    He’s such a gem isn’t he? Mr D is very similar — he can make something from nothing too!! We are lucky girls indeed. I love your list of essentials — it made me laugh — I also have a 3am notebook but ‘my cactus’ made me smile 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us lovely lady!! So happy to have you along xx #HomeEtc

    • 07/10/2018 / 19:20

      Hey Caro!
      We are lucky gals indeed. Today he has his power tools out and has been sculpting the hedges, ‘Mr topiary’ says thank you for the praise!
      bestest
      Ashley xx

  4. 02/10/2018 / 19:39

    That piece of wood is gorgeous and perfect for a little shelf. It’s almost a shame to put anything on it that hides it but I suppose it wouldn’t be much use then!

    • 03/10/2018 / 10:14

      Hi Claire and thank you, necessity is the mother of invention. As a bedside shelf it needs to earn its keep!
      see you soon x

  5. 22/09/2018 / 14:35

    Oh wow, amazing how a small change in the room makes such a big difference. Love the space for the glass, what a great touch!
    #HomeEtc

    • 23/09/2018 / 13:16

      Thanks Elena He is very clever, you should see his latest project…its fabulous.
      bestest wishes
      Ashley

  6. 10/09/2018 / 14:54

    That before shot made me giggle Ashley 😉
    He’s a wonder your bloke, talented and kind. What more could a girl ask for? xx

    • 10/09/2018 / 17:44

      Ahh thank you MT he loves your comments, he jokes that I’m spoilt! Then again I probably am!
      xxxx