Shanty Sideboard

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Shanty Sideboard

Build your own Restoration Hardware inspired sideboard with free plans from


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Special thanks to Shanty2Chic for working with me on this project! I hope you took a second to go visit Whitney! 

Do you have a spot for this sideboard in your home? Are you going to paint or stain it? We can't wait to see your pictures! Please share when you are done!

Author Notes: 

Hey lovely DIYers!

I am so very excited to share with you new plans today! 

  1. My friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic had a big ole empty wall in her dining room, and she wanted to fill it with both storage and character. Problem number uno? She didn't want to spend $3000 on a sideboard. Been there?  Wanting so badly to make your home nicer for your family, but not wanting to put your family in debt?

DIY to the rescue!

Nothing like 90 percent off and getting exactly what you want!!!  

From Whitney: 

I have drooled over RH's sideboards for years, but never dreamed of being able to own my own. I about choke every time I see those $3000 price tags! I wanted something grand, and with a little bit of farmhouse charm. Ana delivered! This was a very large piece to build, but the cuts were simple without any weird angles. I finished both pieces in a weekend and could not be more pleased. The best part... I spent less than one tenth the cost of RH's. This may be one I pass down to one of my kiddos one day ;-)

For lots more pictures, and more details straight from Whitney on building this amazing sideboard, you can read her post here.  And yes, we'll be adding hutch plans too!

And of course we got you covered with the free step by step plans right here!

Shopping List: 

1 – 10’ stick moulding for top
1 – 10’ stick 5 1/4” base moulding
1 – 4’ stick 2 1/4” base moulding
3 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x4 @ 6 feet long
Additional 1x3s for doors if desired
1 1/2” sheets of 3/4” plywood, ripped into strips 15 3/4” wide (referred to as 1x16s in this plan)
1 – 1/4” plywood full sheet for the back
4 sets hinges
4 knobs or handles
1 1/4” PH screws
1 1/4” finish nails
Wood glue

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions shown above.
Cut List: 

4 – 1x3 @ 10 3/4”
4 – 1x3 @ 35 1/4”
2 – 1x16 @ 35 1/4”
1 – 1x16 @ 73 1/2”
1 – 1x16 @ 30”
1 – 1x16 @ 70 1/2”
2 – 1x4 @ 32 1/2”
1 – 1x4 @ 73 1/2”
1 – 1x3 @ 26 1/4”
1 – 1x3 @ 66 1/2”


Cutting Instructions: 
It is crucial that our plywood be ripped consistently the same width. If you have your hardware store rip your plywood, ask to have the saw set horizontally, so the plywood is pushed through the saw without readjusting the saw.
Step 1: 

Start by adding trim to ends first. Also add 2 1/4" base moulding to insides of end outsides (see ends in next diagram).

TIP: Drill 3/4" PHs facing upward on inside of plywood ends before attaching trim for attaching top in next step.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Now it's time to join it all together! Attach the plywood to the sides and add center partition.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Build your front face frame first and then attach to front of sideboard.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Cut moulding to fit and attach with finish nails and glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Cut baseboard to fit and attach with finish nails and glue.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Build doors to fit openings - leaving approximately 1/8" gap around all sides, including bottom. Attach with either butt hinges that are installed in the gap between door and face frame, or use euro style full insets - you may need to add blocking for these to work.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Shelves can be added at any height, either fixed or with shelf pins.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Attach back with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Did you use Sketchup for the plans? If so, will you make that available for download?

TIP: "Shelves can be added at any height, either fixed or with shelf pins."

If you want to use shelf pins, it's far easier if you do the marking and drilling before you build the base, marking down from the tops of the side and center pieces. Make a template for the holes (a strip of pegboard works) and use a drill press or drill block to get them straight and perfectly spaced.

Thanks for the projects on here learning to do wood working and boy you and my wife are keeping me going with a lot of the projects you post on here I like doing them plus it keeps me in good with my wife if I can stay up with them so keep me going Love it.

I'm hoping to build some built-ins on a fireplace wall that extend into our dining room, and putting a hutch in the middle was part of the plan. This will fit perfectly, and the base (altered to a different height) will be perfect for the rest! I also need to build doors for another cabinet, and again this is exactly the style I was looking for but was too overwhelmed and didn't know where to start (so the cabinet has been door-less for going on 7 years!). Thanks so much!!!

I've been looking for plans like this forever. Thank you so much for sharing!

Awesome plan and I am currently building the sideboard. When will the plans for the hutch be up on the site. My wife wants me to add that as soon as there are plans to build off of! Thanks for all the wonderful plans and excellent instructions!!

Awesome plan and I am currently building the sideboard. When will the plans for the hutch be up on the site. My wife wants me to add that as soon as there are plans to build off of! Thanks for all the wonderful plans and excellent instructions!!

Hi Ana,
Is the shopping list above for just the lower sideboard or does it include the hutch? I'm going to make just the sideboard this weekend and I wanted to make sure I was going to buy the right thing.

I am wondering if I send you a photo and info about an area that I am trying to renovate if I could get your help.


Hi, Love the plan, just wanted extra room like for a buffet table too. Can you make the bottom larger so that there is like a shelf and can you help with the directions for that. Just curious, love it .... wanted to put it on a glass porch, but needed side table room as well. Thanks. :)

I absolutely love these plans. I'm using them to build a foyer table for a *gasp* snake cage. White-washed the whole thing and then glued some hard-wood floor to the top. I'll submit some pictures soon!


Hi Anna,

This piece is beautiful. The design is very close to what I have in mind, however I would like to modify it. How could I add in a sliding glass doors to this plan? Or perhaps just glass doors period. Also I would like the shelving to be removable. How could I go about doing that?Thank you for taking the time to answer my query. I appreciate it very much.