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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

DIY Day: If You Build It, They Will Organize

DIY Day @ ASPTLTTbutton 

This week’s DIY project solves a problem I blogged about a little while ago.  The area beside our backdoor had become a catch-all for shoes, hats, purses and more.  We don’t have a “mudroom” or even a proper entry way by the back door, so whatever gets dropped there can be seen from the kitchen and other areas of our home.   It can be a mess!IMG_2552 Ever reach your breaking point with something and just have to find a solution right then and there?  Well, that’s what happened here, so I asked hubby to build me a storage cube to hide all that mess.  I figured it would be easier to build one than to hunt all over town/the internet for one that met my specifications. So hubby drew out a plan:IMG_2561

and we made a visit to Lowe’s to procure all the necessary supplies, which was a sheet of birch plywood, some iron-on veneer edge trimming, and some stain.

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IMG_2556The next part involved a lot of measuring and cutting, in which I did not participate.  I chose to leave hubby alone with his power tools and do a little shopping instead.  I came home to find this:IMG_2557

I did help iron on the veneer edging.  This gave the edges a finished look and would help make everything uniform when stained.

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Now the cube was ready for stain.  I chose a color called Bombay Mahogany, because the tiny little one inch sample swatch looked like it was a good match to our kitchen cabinets.  It turned out way too red.  Here it is after one coat of stain:IMG_2559

So I had to add some ebony (black) stain to darken it.  Here’s a tip: save disposable lunch meat and cool whip containers for small projects like this, they make great containers for mixing stain and/or paint colors. I did one coat of the mixed, then one coat of just ebony.  I already had poly on hand, so I gave it a good two coats for protection.  So here’s the finished product, complete with a cushion my mom made:

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Here are some more details:

I used a piece of an old window shade to make a liner for the bottom shelf.  This will help protect the wood, and I can just shake it out instead of having to wipe down the shelf all the time to remove the dirt that collects from our shoes.

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I found this cute little canvas storage basket at Lowe’s for just $4.88.  It’s the perfect size for the top shelf.  I throw all the coupons and miscellaneous items that need to go in my car in there.IMG_2589

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Um, and so the cushion is actually some packing foam we just pieced together then covered with a layer of batting.

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Looks pretty, doesn’t it?  Duct tape holds the world together.IMG_2648 IMG_2649My mom just sewed a simple pillowcase to cover the cushion.  I don’t have the patience to make these pretty little corners.  I had originally planned to use the same fabric from our kitchen window treatments, but I didn’t have enough.  I think this natural-look woven fabric looks better anyway.  It matches perfectly with the shelf liner and complements the wood tone.  IMG_2708

Here’s another look at the finished product:

IMG_2698Unfortunately this wasn’t exactly a thrifty project, but I figure it cost the same or less as if I had bought one, especially if I had to pay shipping.  Here’s the cost breakdown:

~3/4” Birch plywood: $38.77

~Iron-on veneer edging: $6.47 (we used almost all the 25feet in the package)

~Quart of stain: $11.87 (I should have bought the smaller can and saved money here)

~Canvas drawer: $4.88

~Fabric:  $12.21

Total cost: $73.24 (plus tax)  (and we have materials leftover)

Before:

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IMG_2697 Ahhhhh, much better!! Thanks, hubby!

Hop on over to A Soft Place To Land and The Shabby Chic Cottage to see more DIY and Transformation projects.

10 comments:

  1. Good hubby! I totally know what you mean about the "breaking point". I have those at least once a week! :) You guys did a great job!

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  2. So much better indeed! I love it! I especially love that you used an old shade and packing foam :). It looks great.

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  3. You're amazing. I love pretty organization solutions! Great job!

    Roeshel

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  4. Hi Christy! Your project came out wonderful! I love the idea of sitting on top to put on your shoes too! You're so lucky to have a hubby that helps in that way...mine would have said "go out and buy the one you want" and I'd have never really "found" the one I really had in my mind. Good job girl!
    everything vintage

    ps...how ya like that purple and gold this year?? looking good!!!

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  5. This turned out great! I love that you used packing foam - I always try to find other sources of foam because the stuff in the stores is so expensive. Great idea!

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  6. Great job! Thanks for joining me and make sure you entered your name in the giveaway twice for the Purdy paintbrush!

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  7. You guys sure did an outstanding job...it looks very nice!

    Have a wonderful day!
    ~Michelle :)
    (Treasure the Moment)

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  8. What a great family effort! I love the outcome and would say, for such a nice result, the amount you spent was extremely reasonable. Custom storage... posh!

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  9. Great work Christy! I love it!!

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