The assembly was pretty easy, of course Eric was the one that put the nightstands together, but they only took about 20 minutes each.Here is the height addition, I forgot to take a pic before I stained them. I decided to stain the nightstands since our bed was stained. First I used wood conditioner on them before staining. Then I used a base coat of Red Mahogany since our bed has a bit of a red undertone and then went over that with several coats of a darker stain to match more of the brown tones of the wood in the bed. This photo shows the red in the bed and nightstand
But this photo is more accurate of the true look.
We still aren't sure if we love the stain. The wood has a lot of grain, and even though I don't like matchy furniture sets these nightstands are sort of really close but not at all so it makes it look like I tried to match the bed but couldn't. We were thinking about painting them, but now I'm use to it. So who knows.
I found a great deal on the pulls from Excel Hardware on ebay. I only paid $20 including shipping for 12 pulls!! It was my first time using someone on ebay from over seas, but it worked out great. Shipping did take a little longer.The totals
$64.80 for the nightstands
$8 for stain
$20 for handles
$3 for scrapbook paper
$95 for 2 nightstands - $50 I made by selling our old ones = $45! Pretty good deal.