NIGHT STANDS: Made Using Old Lath
When we were pulling down the ceiling in the green room and I asked Brad if he could be a little more careful because I was going to save some of the lath, he looked at me like I was crazy. He is used to me trying to save old stuff to somehow reuse later, but this was taking it to new heights, so we saved some, but he wouldn’t let me keep it all. In his defense, we’d have to build a warehouse if we saved everything that I thought had some salvage value!
When Katie asked for new nightstands for Christmas, I knew I had to use some of that lath, even if only to prove to Brad that I wasn’t completely off my rocker. The wood was not thick enough or in large enough pieces to be structurally sound, but I knew I could come up with a way to use it decoratively. Here’s how it went down.
First, I sketched up what I wanted, making sure that it would fit in the limited space that Katie had available.
Then we cut the lumber into appropriate size pieces. We used inexpensive pine because I knew that we would be painting them, so I wasn’t too worried about the knots.
Then we put it together.
For some reason, I didn’t get any pictures of the drawers being made, which is a shame since Brad had some very nice dovetail joinery in there! Next it was time for the lath.
I cleaned the lath up a little with a wire brush to get all of the old plaster bits off, then I ran the pieces through the planer and the joiner a few times leaving them smooth enough on the edges to fit closely together but textured enough on the wide surfaces to look cool. I tried to get most of the pieces to be pretty close to same depth too because I wanted to cover the top and the shelf with the lath and didn’t want the surface to be too lumpy to put a glass of water on without it toppling over. Then I arranged the pieces in a pattern I liked, cut them to size and nailed them onto the shelf and the tops. Finally, I nailed a couple of pieces around the edge to finish the look.
Nothing left to do but paint. We used a navy paint to match a shelf that we had made for Katie’s birthday a few months ago and a put a couple of coats of polyurethane on the lath to protect the wood.
Here they are in Katie’s house. You can also see the shelf we made her (over the bed).
I can’t wait to make more projects using the lath. I just love the color and texture that it provides!