Monday, November 10, 2014

Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers

Today I have a very easy and useful project for you!  I am always coming across free things, and I have had these old drawers sitting on my back porch, just hanging out waiting for some inspiration.

I decided that they could finally help me out by becoming some much needed under the bed storage for my youngest boy.

Aaaaand it didn't hurt to get them off of my back porch....Anyway, this post was first seen at My Repurposed Life, where I contribute twice a month for Gail.
MyLove2Create, Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers
I love how they turned out!  Let me show you a before of the drawers.
before of drarwers
I am not sure what they were used for because they had no "fronts" and no pulls.  But they were in great condition and good sized, just a little dusty.
measuring plywood bottom
The idea to turn drawers into under the bed storage is not new by any means, I have seen several different versions...and here is mine.  I started by laying out the drawers in a row and marking on a scrap piece of plywood where to cut to make a bottom.  Then I trimmed off the end with my circular saw. Luckily  I only had to trim one side.  The depth was almost perfect already, just a little bit short, but good enough!
spray painting drawers
Instead of building first, I opted to spray paint the inside of the drawers.  I had these two left over cans from my Old Chairs into New Bench and Old drawers into Porch Planters (wow...I come up with some really original titles, lol!)

I thought these colors were perfect for my boy's room, plus they match his bedspread, sa-weet!
gluing and nailing drawers together
After the paint dried, I glued and nailed all four drawers together, making them into one piece.
Connecting drawers with plywood bottom
Then I flipped them over and glued and nailed on the plywood bottom to make them really sturdy.  You could add screws as well.
attaching casters
The most important part was adding the casters so my little guy can easily pull out the drawer storage.  I picked these up on sale for a dollar each at Harbor Freight back in March when I was helping my sister do her Closet/Laundry Room Makeover.  You can't beat 4 dollars!  I pre-drilled and screwed them on.
measuring front
For a front piece I debated for a while and finally decided to use this great old fence board.  It was the last one from when I made my Long Tapered Crate, and it was perfectly imperfect, awww the rustic goodness of reclaimed wood.

I set it on the drawers, marked the ends and cut it to fit.
stenciling on numbers
Since my little guy is in Kindergarten this year I thought it would be fun to add some "number words" I cut them on contact paper to make stencils and then painted them black.
gluing and attaching front
After a little distressing the front was ready to be attached to the drawers!  Again wood glue and nails did the trick.
drilling holes for rope handles
To keep with the rustic front I went with simple rope handles and drilled holes for those.  You can also see the Laquer in the photo.  I added a few coats to the fence wood to darken it up and protect it.
stenciled on numbers
Mmmmm, makes it super pretty!
knotted rope handles
Here is an inside shot of how I just knotted the ropes, quick and easy!
How to touch up with spray paint
I did want to mention that I had a little bit of touch up to do, because I was building right after I painted.  The best way I have found to touch up with spray paint is to spray a spot really close into some newspaper and use a cheap brush to quickly paint over the spots.  You have to work quick because spray paint dries so fast, but it was SO much easier to touch up the nail holes, rather than tape off and spray paint all the drawers alternating colors...
MyLove2Create, Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers
 I think these drawers were meant to be stuck together...
MyLove2Create, Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers
And under the bed storage never looked so good!
MyLove2Create, Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers
Truth be told I think it is just fun for my little guy to pull it out and push it back in, he could care less about being organized...but I am sure loving it!
MyLove2Create, Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers
Too bad I only found four drawers, I could use some more of these.  Of course it would be easy to make from scratch too, but repurposing is so much better!

Old drawers are such a great thing to reuse and there are so many ideas on the internet, I am sure you have seen some.  Maybe you should give it a try!

Hugs,
Mindi

I am linking to: Making the World CuterMad in CraftsSkip to my LouCRAFTUncommon DesignsKeeping it Simple CraftsHome Stories A to ZCraft-o-maniacAlderberry HillHomecomingTwelve-O-Eight, I should be mopping the floor,  Happy House and HomeBetter with ageThe Newlywed PilgrimageThe Princess and Her Cowboys, The Chicken ChickCarrie This HomeA Bright and Beautiful Lifele chateau des fleursHope Studios, Persialou & tiny side kick,  Lil Miss ToriTip JunkieChaos & Love,Pneumatic AddictHickory TrailCoastal CharmNot Just a HousewifeChef in TrainingMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSugar Bee CraftsMamal DianeOur Home Away From HomeSowdering about in SeattleKammy's KornerDeja Vue DesignsThe Thrifty HomeBeyond the Picket Fence,  Domestically SpeakingSomeday CraftsNo Minimalist HereSavvy Southern StyleDIY Crafty ProjectsA Creative PrincessFluster BusterI Gotta CreateGreen Willow PondOh My CreativeStart at Home, The Style Sisters, The Happy HousieMy Paper CrazeChic By TabA Savory FeastSomewhat SimpleStone GableThe 36th AvenueJoyful HomemakingSaving 4 SixThe Vintage Farmhouse, A Jennuine Life, Posed PerfectionCrafts a la ModeChase the StarThe Mandatory MoochThe Girl CreativeSimply DesigningGlitter, Glue, and Paint, Gingerly MadeLamberts Lately, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. OlsonFinding FabulousChic on a Shoestring DecoratingMy Romantic HomeThe Shabby Nest,   Miss Mustard SeedMy Repurposed LifeDiana RamblesDear CreativesCommon GroundCraftaholics AnonymousPractically FunctionalLiving Better Together,  Vintage ChicCraft Dictator, My Turn For UsNancherrowBacon time with the Hungry Hippo,  Funky Junk InteriorsTatertots and Jello, City of Creative DreamsThe Jenny EvolutionBe Different Act NormalOr So She Says,  What's Cooking with RuthieCheerios and LattesMade from PinterestCooking with Curls & Little Miss Celebration, Show-licious Home DecorSuburbs MamaKayla's CreationsThe Chicken Chickremodelaholic

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Life Behind the Blogger Feature

Good Morning!

I have a fun treat for you today.  If you ever wanted to know a little more about me here is your chance!
Kris from Junk Chic Cottage does a Saturday Spotlight: Life behind the Blogger series and guess what?!  Today she is featuring me!

I know, I know, try to contain yourselves. :)  I hope you hop over and check it out!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Hugs,
Mindi

Monday, November 3, 2014

DIY Coca-Cola Crate

Hey all!  Long time no see.

October really threw me for a loop this year.  I was completely swamped with all sorts of things.  Life is busy already, but when you throw in three family birthdays, my in-law's 50 wedding anniversary including a trip to Vail, an out of state marathon, and other family events, oh yeah, and Halloween.... I just had to take a short blogging break and focus on what was most important.

It is good to be back.  I did do a few fun projects during all that craziness.  Today I want to share this, oh so cute, DIY COLA-COLA CRATE...
I am seriously in love, and the funny thing?  I don't even like Coca-cola, or any soda for that matter.  But it is such an American icon, I couldn't help myself.
I am not keeping this crate, I gave it to a dear friend as a gift.  I love crates with flowers you can see HereHereHereHereHereHere, and Here.  Wow, I didn't realize I had made so many...I guess I really do love these, they make such a great gifts.  Cute and useful.
I started with this reclaimed wood I had gotten for free from a super old nursery in Boulder, CO.  I have A LOT left over... (Squeal)

I wasn't planning on doing a tutorial for this, because I have done so many crates, so I didn't take photos of the build, but in the end I decided to share anyway.  Sorry.  I made it very similar to these crates and the process is the same except the size of the wood and I added the cross dividers, so you could use that tutorial.  Or, Ana White has a great Soda crate caddy plan that is basically the same.  Hope that helps.
Anyway, while I was building I kept thinking of the handles and how I wanted to do them.  I find it fun and challenging to think of new options for handles.  Then I remembered my lamp shade basket and how I did the handles on that... I had to slap my head, hello?!  It was so obvious.

I ran and grabbed an empty laundry soap container (yes I save them...to keep toys organized) and used a knife to cut the plastic, so I could yank out the wire handle with some pliers.  Awwwesome.

You can see above how lucky I was that my crate just happened to be the same width as the laundry soap tub, that never happens!  Okay, actually, I guess it does. :)
I found a drill bit that was the same sizes as the hole in the laundry tub.  Then I drilled into my crate.  Except, I wasn't thinking and didn't measure the hooked end in the wire handle and drilled the holes too far down.  So I drilled them higher on the other side while measuring with the wire handle. (not pictured)
With some shimmying and bending of the handle I was able to get the wire handles into the holes, then I bent it back to how it was supposed to be.  I covered the wire with painters tape and used left over spray paint to first paint the crate brown and then top it off with red.  Hooray for left over spray paint!

I used red because that is my friends favorite color.  I had no idea when I started this that I would end up doing the coca-cola symbol.  That just seemed like the ONLY option coming to my head, really, it was meant to be...so I went for it.  I mean, old soda crates are super cool.
I found an image of the coca-cola symbol and converted it to an SVG file using a free online converter, (just google it) and then cut it out on contact paper to make a stencil using my cricut.  I cut two so I could put the symbol on opposite sides of the crate.  Then with hardly any paint on my brush I lightly filled in the stencil.
With a quick sanding (400 grit) I was done.  Totally fun!
This baby can cart up to 16 sodas!  Or 8 empty cream soda bottles if that is all you have. :)  It would be such a great home decor accent and I have been toying with the idea to make my own.  All sorts of things could be stored in this baby, art supplies, craft supplies, you name it...
And how about that handle?!  It makes it even more authentic, and looks so cute.  I added a chalkboard label that I made from a scrap of wood and chalkboard paint.  Drill some holes, add some twine and you have an instant sign.  The holes in the crate that the twine are going through are the ones that were too low down for the handle, so I added another one to make two holes, perfect for tying things to the crate.... great way to cover my mistake don'tcha think?
I always gravitate to the color blue, so it was fun that my friend loves red.  I think I may have to be a little more bold in my color choices for the future, because this color is speaking to me.  It is so bright and cheerful!
I love how this gift crate morphed into a fun Coca-Cola Crate.  Just imagine, you could re-create any type of soda crate you wanted!  My husband said I should do a blue one with the Pepsi symbol.  Maybe I will!

Do you like to use crates in your home?  I would love to know your great ideas, any excuse for me to make another crate!

Hugs!
Mindi

I am linking to: Making the World CuterMad in CraftsSkip to my LouCRAFTUncommon DesignsKeeping it Simple CraftsHome Stories A to ZCraft-o-maniacAlderberry HillHomecomingTwelve-O-Eight, I should be mopping the floor,  Happy House and HomeBetter with ageThe Newlywed PilgrimageThe Princess and Her Cowboys, The Chicken ChickCarrie This HomeA Bright and Beautiful Lifele chateau des fleursHope Studios, Persialou & tiny side kick,  Lil Miss ToriTip JunkieChaos & Love,Pneumatic AddictHickory TrailCoastal CharmNot Just a HousewifeChef in TrainingMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSugar Bee CraftsMamal DianeOur Home Away From HomeSowdering about in SeattleKammy's KornerDeja Vue DesignsThe Thrifty HomeBeyond the Picket FenceCrystelle BoutiqueDomestically SpeakingSomeday CraftsNo Minimalist HereSavvy Southern StyleDIY Crafty ProjectsA Creative PrincessFluster BusterI Gotta CreateGreen Willow PondOh My CreativeStart at Home, The Style Sisters, The Happy HousieMy Paper CrazeChic By TabA Savory FeastSomewhat SimpleStone GableThe 36th AvenueJoyful HomemakingSaving 4 SixThe Vintage Farmhouse, A Jennuine Life, Posed PerfectionCrafts a la ModeChase the StarThe Mandatory MoochThe Girl CreativeSimply DesigningGlitter, Glue, and Paint, Gingerly MadeLamberts LatelyFinding FabulousChic on a Shoestring DecoratingMy Romantic HomeThe Shabby Nest,   Miss Mustard SeedMy Repurposed LifeDiana RamblesDear CreativesCommon GroundCraftaholics AnonymousPractically FunctionalLiving Better Together,  Vintage ChicCraft Dictator, My Turn For UsNancherrowBacon time with the Hungry Hippo,  Funky Junk InteriorsTatertots and Jello, City of Creative DreamsThe Jenny EvolutionBe Different Act NormalOr So She SaysAngles HomesteadWhat's Cooking with RuthieCheerios and LattesMade from PinterestCooking with Curls & Little Miss Celebration, Show-licious Home DecorSuburbs MamaKayla's CreationsThe Chicken Chickremodelaholic, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Monday, October 13, 2014

DIY Tray Stand, made for an old Tool Box

Howdy!  I am happy to share my DIY tray stand, made for an old tool box today.  I shared this back in August at My Repurposed Life.
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Salvage Style, Lamp Shade Basket

MyLove2Create Salvage Style
MyLove2Create Salvage Style Lamp shade basket
I am super excited to be sharing a very fun event today.  Salvage Style!  Eight AMAZING (I admit I am a little star struck to be affiliated with such talented ladies :) bloggers and I have teamed up to share our salvaged projects.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Entry Table made from Reclaimed Lumber

I am having a huge reality check this week, and I think I am also in denial.

Can October be only a couple of days away?  Really?!  It is fun to feel the crispness in the air and the onset of fall, but I have also feel a little flurry of anticipation and anxiousness.

Why you ask?  Because I am running my 10th marathon this Saturday, and I have been struggling with injuries the past month which has affected my training and makes me nervous about the race.  I feel blessed that I can still run and I am super excited to run with my sisters though!

Enough about me... since I am getting ready to leave town and am super busy, I have another project I shared at My Repurposed Life this summer.  An entry table made from reclaimed lumber.
Entry Table made from reclaimed wood

Monday, September 22, 2014

Stool Turned Sidetable

At the beginning of the summer I started cleaning off my back porch, which is no simple feat when it is hoarded wall to wall furniture.  The reason was two fold, to make a nice sitting area for eating and visiting, and to make my husband happy. I guess it isn't easy to BBQ when you have to climb over chairs and dressers?  Hmmm.

As I was getting ready to start my Wicker Furniture Makeover I realized I had no side table for the space. Since I have basically no budget, I went in search around my house to find something that might solve my problem.  Luckily I came across a broken stool and a round pine panel, which I thrifted long ago...it was a match made in heaven!  My stool turned side table was in the works!  I shared this project on My Repurposed Life a couple of months ago, and I am happy to finally share it with you today.
MyLove2Create, Stool Turned Side Table