Hello, awesome Friends! I’m back today with a fun little project for ya. A while back, my talented friend Wendi of H2O Bungalow pulled a group of us gals together who have little fear when it comes to power tools, in hopes of inspiring our readers who might want to give a few tools a try to go for it. Each month we share simple DIY projects that involve power tools, but that anyone can tackle!
I look back at some of my earlier projects where I show my hubs cutting things for me and chuckle. I don’t need him anymore! (Well, I DO but not for that! 🙂 ) It just takes a little practice to gain confidence!
Today’s theme is storage/organization. Can’t we all use a little more of that in our lives? Can I get an AMEN?!
Believe it or not, I started with this:
I decided I wanted to build a small cabinet, so I started by finding something in my to-do pyramid that could be used as a door and this was it!
Isn’t it so cute?
I spent THREE WHOLE DAYS completely cleaning and organizing my garage last week. That’s three days I’ll never get back, but man am I organized now! I purged a whole pile of junk, including this wood thingy that was left from the previous owner and stashed deep in a corner:
That arrow is pointing to the source of the wood for this cabinet. I gave my hubby a chance to get rid of it, but after five days of it sitting in our driveway, I told him he lost his chance and dragged it back in and dismantled it. I can make a few things out of it now!
I used the wood from that thingy for the cabinet and shelves…
One of my favorite tools is my miter saw. It makes it so easy to make small cuts like these…
I filled in the door frame with reclaimed wood (aka old fence picket) that I also cut with my miter saw…
The frame was painted with pure white DIY chalk paint, then sanded and waxed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax. The rest was white-washed with flat white latex using this method. (That link leads to a cute tray I made similarly…you should check it out 🙂 .) I did not seal any of those pieces.
To build the frame of the cabinet, I simply made a rectangle the size of the frame I used for the door. I used wood glue and clamps to assemble it, then added the two shelves. I secured it all together further with my nail gun. Finishing nails and a hammer would do the job as well.
To attach the fence picket pieces to the frame, I used my staple gun since they were flush with one another.
You can also see I used a magnetic closure I picked up for 97¢ to hold the door closed.
For the back, I cut and covered an old picture that came out of another frame. It was thick like frame matting but a bit more stiff and perfect for the backing. I used spray adhesive to cover both sides with pretty brown wrapping paper, then staple gunned it to the back as well.
I also added a couple of D-rings for hanging.
But my favorite has to be the hardware!
These were black hinges I already had, but didn’t love. I decided to paint them instead…
This is Behr’s Gray Morning. I did the handle the same way.
So much better and they really add a little pop to this cabinet.
I have mine holding nail polishes…
but this would be great for makeup as well, or in a kitchen for spices?
I built this cabinet similarly to hold my spices before I redid my kitchen. (That one hangs on the end of a cabinet…great use of unused space!)
It took me a while to come up with an idea for this theme, but I love how this little cabinet came together. This is one of those projects that came together as I was going. Sometimes you just need to start even if you don’t know how it’s going to end!
Be sure to check out my fearless friends’ projects for more DIY storage inspiration!
If you missed yesterday’s post, I shared what I did with this suitcase I found on the curb:
It was fun turning actual trash into something pretty and functional!
I’ll be back soon with a round-up of over 25 of my most recent furniture transformations.
UPDATE: See over 30 of my own transformations HERE now. 🙂
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