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
I obviously have a thing for cool old metal boxes, as you can see in my first Metal box Makeover.  So when I saw this one at the Restore for only $3 it had to come home with me, plus it was orange, I have a few orange lovers in my home. 
old tool box
Here it is with lovely sticker and all.  I thought it would be fun to make some kind of stand for it so it would be useful, you know up off the floor, and cute too.  As luck would have it, my friend said her dad was getting rid of some scrap plywood I hurried over and came home with a good stash along with some 1x2's, so I set to work with my new free wood. :)
making wooden box for old tool box
I started with my metal box and set it on a scrap piece of plywood.  After I traced around the box onto the plywood I cut it out with  my circular saw.  Then with the scrap 1x2's I had collected I cut them to fit around the plywood.  I used gorilla wood and stapled the short ends first and then finished off with the long ends.  One tray all built!
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
Perfect fit!  You can see I added a picture of the price tag.
Cleaning off sticker from tool box
Of course I wasn't a fan of the ugly sticker on the top, but I knew I could take care of that.  I used equal parts (maybe...I didn't actually measure) of baking soda and vegetable oil and mixed them up.  I spread it over the entire sticker and let it sit for at least 10 minutes, for me it was more like 30 because I got busy and forgot.  Then I scrubbed in a circular motion with a metal scraper and removed the top layer.  There was a thin layer left, so I spread more stuff on and let it sit for 10 min again.  After scrubbing this time it all came off!  I cleaned the whole box with a soapy rag, wiped it with a clean rag, and dried it.
trays build and legs ready to assemble for tray stand
While the sticker on the box was "soaking" I went out to the shed to make another tray the exact same size.  I also grabbed some scrap 1x2's from my Master Closet Makeover to use for supports between the trays.
attaching legs with pocket holes
I cut them to 13 inches each and drilled pocket holes with my Kreg jig K4 into each end.  Then I started attaching them to the bottom tray with my pocket hole screws.  For the first one I used my right angle clamp, but found I didn't need it for the rest... probably because I was drilling down the boards were secured against the sides, normally I use it because it really helps to hold my boards tight so they don't separate when I screw them together.
all legs attached to bottom tray
They went in really easily.  Now to attach the top tray...
attaching top tray to legs
I set it upside down and attached the supports to the bottom.  All it needed now were some great legs, and boy do I have some legs... ha ha! No, not mine :)
legs for tray stand
These babies were a $1 at the Restore, for all four.  I got them a few years ago before the new manager took over and raised the I miss the good old days.  Anyway, they don't look like much because they are covered with a thick ugly brown, something...  Easily taken care of with a sander.
attaching legs to bottom tray
I sanded the legs first with 60 grit and then finished with 100 to make them nice and smooth, who would cover up that pretty wood?!  Here you can see I am trying out how I want to attach them to the bottom tray.  I had the leg mounting plates from when I turned an end table into a desk I love them because you have the option to screw the legs in straight or at an angle.  I used the angle.

I also filled in the nail and pocket holes with spackle.  After sanding it was ready for paint and stain.
staining legs and trays
I used wood conditioner and Rust-oleum Kona (surprise, surprise) on the trays and legs.  After I stained the tray bottoms I noticed that I hadn't sanded off all the glue that was on the plywood so I had some splotches, I will have to see how to fix that... I was happy with the legs though.
painting trays and legs
I taped off the tray bottoms and painted the rest with my left over can of Heirloom white I had used on my Entry Table made from Reclaimed Lumber.  
adding stripes to trays
I decided to cover up the glue splotches with stripes!
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
After some poly, I attached the legs and my tray stand was done.  I was loving it!
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
I put in the old tool box, now nice and clean.  It is a great burst of color when you walk in my front door....happiness :)
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
Not a trace of sticker left on the top.
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
I haven't quite decided what to put inside yet...
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
I am sure I will figure out something!
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
And if I decide I don't want to use the tool box?  It is a very cute tray stand on it's own!  If you want to check out my DIY Tapered tray you see on the top you can here.
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
Of course a shot of those great legs, they look SO much better.
MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
Amazing what a metal box can inspire isn't it!  

So, do you have any tool boxes laying around?  They just might need some TLC to make a great statement in your home!


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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 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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wicker Furniture Makeover


Yes, I am alive...and actually doing well.  I have had lots of snags in life over the past month or so and blogging has had to take the back burner for a bit.  Nothing big or serious, just more important.

With that said, my marathon project for the summer is finally done and I truly LOVE it!  Here is my Wicker Furniture Makeover...
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover

Monday, September 1, 2014

Curtain Tie Backs Repurposed into Towel Hooks

It is amazing how the little things in life can bring such joy.  For example, these curtain tie backs repurposed into towel hooks are making me very happy!  It was a few months ago when I first shared them on My Repurposed Life, and I LOVE them!  
MyLove2Create, Curtain tie backs into towel hooks
Why, you ask? Because my kids can actually hang up their towels...instead of throwing them on the floor, and that is something to be very excited about!  Trust me.

Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Magazine Rack

It is official, all 6 of my kids are now in school!!  I am a little shocked myself, but excited to watch them learn and grow, it is so fun!

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of family, back to school nights, end of the summer camp outs, and all sorts of activities, including pulling out 3 huge ugly bushes from our back yard (major happy dance :) which was a last minute project.

Needless to say my blogging has been on hold, but I did do a project that I have been wanting to complete for YEARS...and let me tell ya, it is SO nice to have!
MyLove2Create, DIY Magazine Rack
A DIY Magazine Rack for our master bathroom.  Ahhhhh.  I love cute organization.