It is time for another Power Tool Challenge! As I said yesterday, in my DIY Hexagon Planters post, I have a "Sweet Treat" for you today!
A Frozen Treat Stand!
This whole project was dreamed up by my two youngest kids, who discovered this "ice cream play store" at our local Library. We kept going back, and not for books...although they have been reading lots of those too. :)
My daughter's birthday is this weekend and with a little sweet talking, she convinced me that a frozen treat stand would be a great addition, sort of like a present. So we set to work looking for the perfect candidates. We found this little wooden night stand on our back porch that I got years ago at a Garage sale, for $1 or $3, I can't remember which, and an old set of wooden table legs.
My daughter helped me unscrew the back of the night stand and we also tried removing the top without breaking it, but obviously that didn't happen. Oops. She was very proud of her work. Gotta love that pose!
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I cut the legs down to size for making an extension off the side of the night stand. Then measured them to make sure they were the right height. I grabbed a board to make sure, and placed it on top. Perfect.
Next up, I found some old table aprons, they were left over from the table that my friend gave me that I used to help build my Kitchen Island with Pantry Storage.
They were just what I needed, plus the cute detail on the edge was a bonus. I drilled 3/4'' pocket holes with my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig and attached the two legs together with the short apron. I measured the depth of the night stand and subtracted the width of the two table legs to get the measurement for the short apron.
I also drilled pocket holes into the front support piece, it had originally been screwed to the old top, and cut a back support piece and attached it with pocket holes as well. Then I sprayed the night stand backing my daughter had removed with chalkboard paint.
I cut and drilled pocket holes for the long apron pieces for attaching the legs to the night stand. In the top left photo you can see I am using my handy Right Angle Clamp to help me out. I also remembered that I forgot to drill pocket holes into the apron so I could attach the top later on...so that is what I am doing in the top right photo.
I found two scrap wood boards and cut them to fit the top. Then I attached them together with wood glue and pocket holes. With my pocket holes drilled into the apron it made it easy to attach the top (top right). On the night stand side I screwed into the top through the two top support pieces I added a few photos above.
I thought it would be nice to add a matching piece to the back of the night stand. I grabbed a scrap piece of trim and traced the design on the back, then I cut it out with my jig saw. I glued and nailed it on.
To trim out the chalkboard (the old night stand back piece that I painted) I found some left over lath strips and cut them to size. In the above photo I am doing dry fit with the chalkboard and trim.
Every selling stand needs the sign part above it. Honestly I have no idea what this is called, although I think I should know...but it is escaping me at the moment.
Anyway...I grabbed some scrap 1x4's and cut the legs to a size I thought was good, basically one that my kids could stand behind and still see out. The top piece was the same length as the table top.
I attached the legs to the top with pocket hole screws and then I found these left over curved pieces from when I built my X Arbor with Bench. They were the cut outs from when I made my rafters, yes, I save everything...that is way I have so many scraps, and why I could build this for free! I attached them with pocket hole screws.
Then I added the front piece with glue and finish nails. I eventually decided to add another piece to the back as well, but I did it later on.
The truth is, I really let my kids help direct this project, I did most of the labor, but they had a hand in the design and of course the colors were totally up to them. When it was time to paint, and I pulled out a nice neutral white oops paint, but they weren't having it.
They hurried to my spray paint stash and grabbed these cans. A compromise for the boys and girl...half blue and half pink (looks a little more pink to me, but I am not saying a word). I decided to just go with it, because after all it wasn't for me...and this is going to double as desk in my daughter's room so why not let her have her favorite color?!
After everything was painted and dry, I glued on the chalkboard backing, and added glue for the trim and then nailed them on. I attached the stand part to the desk top with the pocket holes I had drilled in the legs and that was it!
Ha ha. Wrong.
Because what frozen treat stand is complete without a "Frozen Treat" sign, and a million and one wooden, hand cut, sanded, and painted frozen treats?! Oh, and a holder to hold them too. We were out of time folks...but it is not a total sad ending...
I DID get all the treats cut, and sanded. Then we simply spray painted a few and threw them in the stand I designed and put together in a rush...and don't let those extra holes fool you. There are exactly 24 of them, and we have a frozen treat for each, plus four ice cream cones that obviously need a stand of their own...good grief!
So stay tuned NEXT WEEK when I share the details! Oh, and you better believe those frozen treats will be dressed up all cute like...trust me, I am painting them as you read this post, and I have lots of eager helpers. ;)
As for the "Frozen Treat" sign on the top...well I am working on that today too. :) For now I am really liking the cute paper bunting. I grabbed some scrapbook paper cut it into triangles on my Cricut Explore Air, and hot glued them to some scrap ribbon. Yes, I stuck it on with some white Gorilla Tape, it worked for the photos, but when I get the sign done I will probably stick it on with some tacks and maybe do fabric...we will see.
Ready for playtime! In fact my kids we out here all evening playing, they had so much fun! You can see how the night stand front is still in tact. I am glad she can use it as a desk and then they can pull it out to play. Double whammy!
I even designed the frozen treat stand to fit inside the desk for when they want to put it away...bam!
Today we are going to the dollar store, where my youngest is planning on spending his tooth fairy money that he got this week, when he lost his first tooth, to purchase some fake money to go into the drawer. See...they have been planning this all week, so cute.
I am even loving the fun colors my kids picked, it is very cheerful, just like a frozen treat stand should be.
If they wanted, my kids could take it out to the street and actually sell real frozen treats or lemonade!
But for now they are happy to just play together, and now I don't have to take them to the library to do it!
I am so glad this power tool challenge got me going on this project, and that it is making my kids so happy!
Speaking of the power tool challenge it is time to go check out all the other amazing summer projects! Woo hoo! I am loving them!
Frozen Treat Stand by My Love To Create
Drying Rack From Old Crib rail by The Kim Six Fix
Red White And Blue Cornhole Game by Create And Babble
Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy by Interior Frugalista
Star Clothes Drying Rack by A Piece Of Rainbow
Farmhouse Bench Building Plans by Refresh Restyle
Vegetable Gathering Basket by Designs By Studio C
DIY Standing Towel Rack Tutorial by H2OBungalow
Reclaimed Wood Bookcase by Confessions of A Serial DIY’er
DIY Footstool by Virginia Sweet Pea
DIY Hose Hanger by My Repurposed Life
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired to do your own summer project!