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Home Coordinates Latitude & Longitude Sign

Home Coordinates Latitude & Longitude Sign

It’s embarrassing how long it’s been since I last posted… Where did the holidays go and why does November + December always feel like they happened in the matter of a week!? We battled through terrible colds, coughs, and other yucky stuff in between throughout the two months and feel like we’re finally all back above water and healthy *knock on wood*.

Over the long MLK weekend I did a quick project that I’m in love with. It was so easy and can be done for only a couple of bucks! I found this beautiful piece of scrap or “value” wood at Menards. Read More

DIY Wooden Gift Box

DIY Wooden Gift Box, with Craft Cocktail Ingredients It’s no secret around here that we’re pretty obsessed with finding the next best craft cocktail. I recently realized that there are now cocktail ingredient subscription boxes available – and am seriously considering signing up for one as a Christmas gift for my husband. Actually, I realized, it’s really a perfect Christmas gift for a lot of people. A box of interesting liquors and fresh ingredients to make new cocktails? Who wouldn’t want that?! Read More

DIY Kids Chalkboard Bookshelf


beckham + belle: diy kids bookshelf

We will have lived in this house three years next month. My daughter is six, so that means that she’s had the same room for about half her life. And half of one’s life seems like a long time to have the same decor so, naturally, she’s been itching for a bedroom makeover. (Let there be no mistake that she is my child). We’re about 80% done with the update (I’ll get pictures up eventually), but if I had to describe the new look in one word? PURPLE.

A key element of her bedroom redesign brainstorming was rethinking her storage. She is a pretty compulsive packrat (again, no mistake that she’s mine) and has accumulated a ton of junk. Good thing she doesn’t read this blog, she’d be sooooo mad that I called her stuff “junk” (but let’s be real, it is).  The shelving that she has had in her room, pictured below, is super cute and has been well used but is are more suited to picture books than the chapter books that she’s so enthusiastically moved on to. So, looking for a more appropriate book shelf, I perused around online … found this one that I liked, and that inspired it, but it wasn’t quite the right fit for the space. With a few tweaks, I think we’ve successfully recreated it to meet our needs!

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DIY Wooden Rolling Storage Crate

I have a thing for great storage crates and baskets. In the past few months I’ve bought several with the intent to store books and blankets in our great room. The kids’ toys however seem to procreate and always take over all of our living spaces. As a result, all of those crates and baskets I bought with good intention have ended up quick solves for clean-up time. Useful still I suppose but still leave me lacking a storage solution for the things I actually want to keep in the great room. I recently got my first “big girl” power tool, a Royebi miter saw, and thought I’d test it by making a crate… Pretty simple DIY for those new to power tools and/or woodworking. I gave it an industrial touch by adding casters and finished it with rope handles. I quickly loaded it up with some of my favorite blankets before the boys could pack it with action figures. I love how it turned out and just might need to make a few duplicates to scatter throughout the house.

Supplies:

Three 1″x4″x8′ untreated wood slats
Birch Plywood, 1/4″ (or thicker depending on intent of use) x 24″ x 16.5″ (approx. measurements)
Wood glue
32 Nails
12 Wood screws
Stain, Minwax Dark Walnut
Polyurethane Finish
1″ Natural rope
1/4″ Natural rope
TapeTools:

Miter Saw
Drill, screw bit & 3/4″ drill bit
Sand paper
ScissorsI started by cutting each of the wood pieces with my miter saw.

 

I cut six pieces to measure 15″ in length and another six to 24″ in length.
 I built three rectangles to build up the sides of the crate, hammering in a nail on each corner of the 24″ boards.

 

Once I had the three rectangles built, I traced the perimeter of one onto 1/4″ thick pre-sanded plywood to ensure an exact fit. (The measurements of lumber are often overstated and truly measure smaller than what’s called out at the hardware store, hence better measure yourself and/or trace).

 

The 1/4″ thick plywood is well suitable for my intent of filling with blankets, however depending how how you intend to utilize the crate, you may want to bump up the thickness.Hubs cut the plywood with a handsaw given that it wasn’t particularly thick, therefore quite simple to do so by hand. If you have a thicker board, a jig or table saw would do the trick.

Sand any edges if necessary. Before nailing in the base, I put a thin layer of wood glue around the edge of the base.

 

Then, at each corner, I hammered two nails through the base into the sides of the crate.

Next, I built up the sides of the crate. I used wood glue to attach the stack of three rectangles.

 

Then, to further hold the sides together, nailed 1″ x 1″ x 10″ cuttings of wood into the interior edges.
The base of the box is now complete. Be sure to allow any wood glue to dry thoroughly before proceeding to stain.

 

 

Using a clean rag, I stained the box with two coats of Dark Walnut Stain and finished with a coat of poly.

 

Once the stain dried, I drilled two holes into the narrower sides of the box, approx. 5.5″ inches apart. Depending on the thickness of the rope, you may need to increase your drill bit size or rotate as you drill to open up the hole beyond 3/4″.

 

*Note, if preferred, the holes can be drilled pre-stain.
I sanded over the holes along with some of the edges and sides of the box to make it appear a bit worn in.

 

With tape tightly wrapped around the cut edge of rope, I inserted the rope from the outside in. The tape prevents the rope from fraying as you insert through the hole.
I used a finer hemp rope to tie a whip knot around the rope. (There are great animated tutorials out there on how to tie whip knots.)

 

 I trimmed the 1″ rope just under the knot as shown and repeated on the other side.
To finish off the crate, I screwed on four casters to the bottom of the crate.
Because my plywood was quite fine, I did not drill through the inner most hole of the caster.

 

That’s it!