Craft Crate Console Table (for under $100!)

diy craft crate console media table

BAM! I built this piece of furniture. It might not be the most glorious piece of furniture to ever grace the earth, but I built it all by myself. And you can too.

We really needed something that wasn’t super obtrusive sticking out under our tv, because we only have a few feet of space between the bed and the wall. Previously there was a 5 year old  Target bookcase there and it just wasn’t doing it.

Here’s the materials list for this DIY Craft Crate console table:

  • Craft crates (duh…). I used two, but you can use however many you want for the length of table you need
  • Hobby board. I used this to  mount the craft crates on
  • (4) 21 inch parsons legs and (4) heavy duty top plates
  • (2) 2×2’s
  • Spraypaint, stain, primer of your choice (I used Zinsser spray primer, Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, and Minwax stain cloths)

And as far as tools/supplies go:

  • Power drill and impact driver
  • Clamps
  • Wood screws
  • Wood filler
  • Gorilla Glue
  • At least a jigsaw (I used a miter saw to make some of my cuts easier, and a circular saw would have been handy too but I don’t have one)

minwax stain clothsI sanded the craft crates VERY WELL. Spend some time on this, particularly if you use stain cloths instead of just brush on stain. I used Walnut stain cloths first and found it to be more orange-y than I wanted, so once it dried (about 1.5 hrs later) I went back and used Dark Mahogany cloths. You can see the difference on the right hand side above.

The cloths actually worked wonderfully, and I’d totally recommend them (and no I was not paid to say that, Minwax doesn’t know me. Yet. HEY MINWAX. HI!!!!)

base of console table

  • I cut the hobby board to the length and width of the crates with both my miter saw and jigsaw (this is where a circular saw would have been helpful). Then I used my power drill to attach the top plates and screwed the legs into them. Once the legs were in I cut my 2×2’s down to create a brace around the bottom. If I was better at this, I would have taken some measurements and bought enough wood to create an X frame. Whoops. I attached the brace pieces with my impact driver and wood screws (with pilot holes!) 3 inches up from the bottom, just because that’s where they looked right to me.
  • Once the braces were all in I filled in the gaps with wood filler– this part made the whole table look 1000% more professional. Don’t skip out.
  • After the wood filler was dry I gave it a light sand and then sprayed it with a few light coats of primer and color. I love that you can see the wood grain through the oil rubbed bronze.

 

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Because I’m a super professional carpenter, I used Gorilla Glue and clamps to attach the crates. It worked wonderfully, just give it plenty of time to dry and cure up.

I then used masking tape to tuck up wires so they didn’t hang underneath, but I still need to figure out a solution for the ones between the tv and stand. The magazine basket with the blanket hides some cords as well. :)

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What do you think? Doable for you? What else would you use craft crates for?  …Anyone want to come over to my dark bedroom to try and get better shots? :).

 

Built In Shoe Organization

My closet is in a constant state of disrepair, I have A LOT of clothes. And shoes. And purses. And honestly, if they don’t have an easily accessible place to go they’re going to end up either in the laundry basket forever or on the floor. I’m sorry, clothes. I can’t help it.

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The plastic draws are a real hassle to tuck in all the way, and they leave my shoes in a jumble, and I can’t see them all. The wire shelves all the way to the right are awful because I have a lot of stilettos and they fall through, so I added a rag towel and now the cats push off the shoes to nap there. No good. So I decided to turn this little section of my closet into an organized shoe heaven.

Yesterday the ReStore had old wood shelves for $1 each, so I bought three (and only ended up needing 1.5!). I used my jigsaw to cut them down both length and width wise so they’d fit in the wasted space on the righthand side of my closet (a circular saw would have been better but I don’t have one). Then, I took the scrap wood from cutting down the newel posts on my salvaged endtables and used my miter saw to chop them into braces.

in process closet update

 

A laser level and some painters tape helped me figure out the spacing for my shelves, and the impact driver was awesome for pilot holes and screwing everything into the walls. I tested for studs but there were none, so I just used some long heavy duty screws…. these shelves aren’t holding more then 5 pounds of weight so I’m not too worried about it.

Since I had to cut the wood I bought width wise, I realized that in addition to shelves I would have enough wood to make some ledges for my heels as well.

built in shoe organization

 

The shelves have a brace on either side with the shelf on top and caulk along the back and they’re not going anywhere. The ledges each have 3 screws to hold them into the wall and they’re on there firmly as well. Then I’ve got one little green container for my Old Navy flip flops and one of the plastic draws to corral my flats and nicer sandals.

I could realllly used one more shelf so I don’t have to pile my wedges, but it would have taken away from clothes storage so that’s a no go.

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One day I’ll clear out the whole closet and give it a fresh coat of paint, but that seems more like a dreary winter day project you know? This only took about 2 hours, I made all the cuts outside so I didn’t have to sweep up loads of sawdust and then organized it all right away.

I am IN LOVE with those shoe ledges, I’m so glad they worked out!

Now, in addition to painting, I need to continue working on replacing hangers (death to plastic hangers!) and pick up some cute cloth or woven baskets to replace the plastic ones on the floor… but those things will come in time. I have more important things to spend my money on right now.

Master Bedroom Evolution

I thought I’d easeeeee on back into blogging today with a nice picture heavy post about “finding my style” and how that’s led to the slow change in our master bedroom.

When I first saw the house, this is what the now master bedroom looked like:

As much as I love teal, lime green, and glitter letters, I thought maybe we should change it up a bit...

As much as I love teal, lime green, and glitter letters, I thought maybe we should change it up a bit…

So after a bit of getting settled, the room moved into it’s “work what you have” phase:

Not terrible, but we really needed actual curtains and all the decor was from our old apartment and didn't really fit here. Also, having 4 animals and a comforter that didn't fit in the washer was NOT an ideal situation.

Not terrible, but we really needed new curtains, and all the decor was from our old apartment and didn’t really fit here. Also, having 4 animals and a comforter that didn’t fit in the washer was NOT an ideal situation.

Here’s what the master is looking like today, 2.5 years in:

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms in the house.

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms in the house.

It’s not going to be in any magazines, but I freaking love it. And I can honestly say I think this will be the direction my style goes into from now on- a little rustic, a little industrial, a little funky.

Let’s get close up:

Matt's side of the bed

Matt’s side of the bed

Sheepskin: Ikea | Nightstand: Target | Art: Etsy | Beetle: Target

Planter: Bath & Body Works (it’s a candle holder) | Fan: Amazon

My side of the bed

My side of the bed. The art reads: “There is no denying the wild horse in us”

Curtains, Quilt, Nightstand, Chair, Lamp: Target

Throw: Marshalls | Candle: Somewhere in New Mexico | Art: Etsy

Bureau vignettes (if you can even call them that)

Bureau vignettes (if you can even call them that)

Skull: Styrofoam Halloween decor, painted gold | Tray: Target | Fox: Marshall’s

Swing Shelf

Swing Shelf

Swing Shelf: DIY from a friend | Art: Etsy | Muskrat skull: Ebay

Scented Thing-a-ma-bob: Amazon

So, basically most of my stuff came from Target- but MAN, Target is killin it in the home decor lately!! There’s one more wall I haven’t shown, but I’m still working on it. I’d actually like to build a piece of furniture for that wall, but I need to wait until there isn’t two feet of snow outside so I can stain in a ventilated area.

I’ve really learned, after decorating this whole house, that I need to appreciate wood. That I don’t care if I have multiple tones of it in the same room. And I really want to work on a gathered, eclectic look. I’m feeling super inspired by White Buffalo Styling Company and want to move more in that direction. That being said, I’m not going to go nuts redoing everything I’ve already put together in my more modern/trendy rooms… but when we move to  house #2 down the line, I at least have my starting point.

master bedroom

DIY’s shown in this post: How to turn a shirt into a runner | Hanging the Swing Shelf Staining a Swing Shelf

More Master Bedroom Updates

I’ve been plugging along with the master bedroom updates, making lots of tiny changes in hopes that together they’ll add up to a much warmer, calmer room. In addition to staining the swing shelf we finally have a set of matching nightstands and a little Ikea sheepskin on either side of the bed for when we step out of it.

Matt has never had a nightstand and mine was all sorts of busted up- our bed is a Malm from Ikea but after 4 or 5 moves the nightstand that attached to it had just had enough. I searched all over the internet and ended up with tried and true Target, with 20% off, and I am IN LOVE with these guys:

target nightstand, nightstand, metal nightstand

mixed media top and metal legs, took about 30 minutes to assemble both, and a little drawer for each of us. Perfection.

I can’t show you a wide shot of the room yet because it’s still in progress, but things are definitely looking so much better- nightstands and the little rugs made a huge, huge difference:

IMG_2819The rugs are so super slippery so I tried a few things (putting a shelf liner underneath, putting a few thin lines of caulk on the bottom), but nothing working. So now I just tuck it under the nightstand.

Here’s a source list for this little section of the room:

  • Nightstand, Slipper Chair, Floor lamp: Target
  • Rug: Ikea
  • Blanket: Marshall’s
  • Gold Basket: Bath & Body Works
  • Candle: Souvenir from New Mexico

What are your go-to’s to update a room on the cheap?

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Adventures in Staining

When we last left my swing shelf it was hanging gloriously in the master bedroom, but it was unfinished and now that I’ve decided (ahem, on a whim) to update that room it was time for the shelf to get a little attention.

Here’s what it was before:

swing shelf, hanging shelf, suspended shelf

A piece of wood with 2 holes drilled through each end and rope tied through the holes. Read the how-to on hanging it here.

Somehow I’ve lived in this house doing projects for 2 years and I’ve never stained anything, so here’s what I learned:

  • Stain is much more watery then paint, so choose a brush you can control and make long swipes with it
  • Paint thin thin thin coats, or it will bubble and you will panic.
  • Stain has a stank on it, so don’t be a fool and do your staining either outside or in a garage and then leave it there to dry a day or two. I was a fool, and then I got a real big headache and my house stunk.
  • Paintbrushes covered in stain are extremely difficult to clean. Mine is currently soaking in a cup of water on the kitchen counter.

Here’s an in progress shot so you can see the difference it made:

dark walnut stain, miniwax

And here’s the shelf now (I apologize for the grainy pictures, daylight savings time is making it difficult to get a good shot because I’m basically at work during all hours of sunlight.):

stained shelf

I’ve changed up the display a little- including keeping that teeny tiny succulent alive for like 3 whole months- and the stain makes a huge difference.

dat bottom. owwww.

dat bottom. owwww.

I used Miniwax brand stain in dark walnut with a poly built right in, and I would absolutely recommend it.

And, just because it’s too small a project to have its’ own post, I also painted a skull for the bedroom. Yup, a skull. I like how they look. Anyway, you can get a styrofoam skull for super super cheap after Halloween. I first spray painted it white with Kilz primer (which I sneak peeked on instagram), then I painted it black, then I painted gold craft paint as the final coat. I did a black coat because it darkened the gold a bit and shows through on a few spots. Mr. Skullface now lives on our bedroom tv stand as another part of our master bedroom facelift:

gold skull

The bookshelf might be on my list of updates for this room too, I haven’t decided yet. I think I’m kind of over the circle stamps.

So there you go- 2 of many tiny updates that will hopefully make the whole room look refreshed :)

 

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How to turn a crusty old shirt into a lovely stylish runner

I’ve got one of my favorite types of projects for you all today- quick, easy, cheap, and no sew!

For the past few months I’ve had  $10 Ikea sheepskin rug  serving as the runner on top of our bureau, and I loved it. But now it’s spring (so they tell me… all I see is snow…) so I wanted to trade it out for something a little lighter.

I went to the Salvation Army in hopes of getting something lace, but that’s not what the thrifting gods had in mind for me. I ended up with an old, lightweight beachy shirt and worked my magic to make it awesome.

PicMonkey Collage

I don’t have any how-to pictures because it was really trial and error but this is how it went:

  • I cut off the collar and the seamed sections where the buttons are. Then I cut off the arms and set them aside. Then I cut at the seam to separate the back from the two front panels and set those aside too
  • I laid the back on top of my bureau with the frayed edges tucked under, then I layered the two front pieces on top of it with the frayed edges tucked under.
  • It still looked a little thin so I cut the cuffs off the arms and layered them on top too

So no sewing, just tucking the cuts under so it looks like one cohesive piece. Just keep manipulating it around until it looks how you’d like.

My bureau is impossible to take a good picture of because the window just blows everything out- I tried morning, afternoon, night, sunny days, and dark days. So this is the best I’ve got:

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I think it looks perfect for summer, the fabric goes well with the burlap curtains and is a nice light color, close to the color of the slipper chair, so the gold candle holder and the picture frames can do all the standing out.

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I like the look of it being layered, and it can be moved around and stretched out- and it was $6. That’s probably my favorite part.

 

Have you switched out any of your wintery stuff yet?

 

 

DIY Remote Pouch

Today I’ve got a realy quick and easy project for you all: a DIY no-sew remote pouch.

We have 3 remotes in our bedroom- one for the tv, one for the DVD player, and one for the Roku box. All of them have been stored on the bookshelf we use as a tv stand, and that was really messing with my ability to style those shelves so clearly something had to be done. I decided to make a pouch to stick on the side of the bed so we could store the remotes there instead.

To do this you will need:

  • fabric of your choice (and actually, a cloth napkin or placement would probably do the trick)
  • velcro
  • hem tape

To make:

  1. Lay out your fabric with your remotes on top and cut enough so that you can fold the fabric up from the bottom and completely cover the remotes, then give yourself an extra inch or two to create a flap
  2. Iron your fabric to get rid of any wrinkles then using your hem tape iron in the sides to create a fray-free edge
  3. Once your sides have been hem taped, fold your fabric up (leaving that two in flap out of it) and use your hem tape to attached it all into a pouch
  4. Fold the flap over and iron it to create a seam- don’t hem tape it, you’re just doing this to train the fabric to lay flat
  5. Add velcro to the back and stick it to the side or back of your bed!

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I designed the pouch so the remotes could either stand up straight or lay on their side, it’s only about 6 or 7 inches long and a bit wider then that. I didn’t take any measurements or take care to make the lines all absolutely straight because this is going to be hidden anyway.

 

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If you don’t already have velcro strips lying around your house I recommend you buy a big ol’ box of them. I use velcro for freaking everything- even hanging pictures sometimes. It’s DIY gold.

 

 

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I didn’t take care to make this particularly gorgeous or perfect because it will always be hidden by the comforter when the bed is made, but it does the trick and Matt loves it.

 

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It doesn’t make the prettiest pin, but it does the trick :)