You know when you are browsing through a yard sale and you spot a sad little box that is just begging for you to buy it and give it a new life?
A while ago I spotted this little box for $3 at a yard sale. I couldn’t just leave it there in it’s sad burgundy dust-covered state. So, I brought it home and it sat in my garage collecting more dust. (This happens more often than I’d like to admit. It’s a sickness I have.)
- Old wooden box (Don’t have one? Make your own wooden box with this tutorial.)
- Thick branch
- Pry bar
- Wood screws
- Hand saw (coping or hack saw)
- Spade bits
Using the pry bar and pliers, pull off the lid of the box and remove any nails.
Cut the lid into two equal width pieces and clamp them inside the box.
Predrill holes and then drive wood screws into the sides of the box and into the vertical supports.
Paint the wooden caddy using a relatively dry brush. Let some of the wood grain show through your brush stokes.
While the paint is drying, use a hack or coping saw to remove any bumps or burs on your branch.
Measure the ends of your branch and select the spade bits that are closest in diameter to your branch (you want the holes to be equal to or wider than the branch.)
Rough up the caddy with some sand paper until you achieve the distressing you desire.
Drill a hole into each side of the caddy supports (one size bit per side.)
Insert the branch into the side of the caddy. You might have to experiment with which direction to install the branch.
Fill some jars with flowers and set them inside the crate.
Set it out in a prominent spot in your home.
Enjoy your shabby chic crate, caddy or tool box. You decide what to display inside it.
Personally I can’t get enough of this branch handle:
I’m curious, would you have bought that little dusty box too?!