But I want to assure you that the blog isn’t going to turn into a place where all I talk about and make are gifts. As my wise brother-in-law Rich pointed out gifts come in many forms and one can always gift themselves so we have a lot of room here. In short, don’t worry. I won’t be saying “gift” every other sentence. I promise.
(sorry, couldn’t resist)
When my sisters vistited we browsed a large retail store that sells things that help you stay organized and I saw this clever shelving unit.
But it’s a two foot long, three sided, Medium Density Fiberboard box with holes on the bottom edge.
And it costs $100!!!
………..Welcome to SPITE CRAFTING: SPRING EDITION!……….
(I had no idea this was going to be an ongoing series)
OK I guess $100 isn’t crazy expensive but the idea seemed so do-able-for-less that I had to give it a shot. So maybe not Spite Crafting so much as Idea Stealing.
Here is what I used for my version
- 3/4″ plywood cut to length
- 3/8″ forsnter bit
- Drill press*
- Nail gun*
- Wood Glue
- Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint
- Waverly Inspriations Antiquing Wax
- Folk Art Stencil Set – Farmers Market
- Sandpaper medium grit
- D-ring hangers*
- The front is 24″ long by 3.75″ high
- The sides are 3″ long by 3.75″ high
- And the internal shelf is 22.5″ long by 3″ deep
On the back side I marked a center line and indicated where I would drill the holes.
I was drilling from the back and I wanted to minimize any tear out on the front side so I placed a piece of scrap wood under by board and didn’t drill all the way through with the Forstner bit – just enough for the point to poke through the other side.
And then it was time to get creative.
The folks at Plaid had provided me with Waverly Chalk Paint and brushes and I thought I’d give them a try.
I used their Ivory color for the base. The special Waverly Chalk Brush isn’t required but it sure made applying the paint easy as it holds a lot and spreads really smoothly. I think I’ll be glad I have it especially on larger projects.
I’m a new and enthusiastic convert to the chalk paint thing (I know I’m very behind on this curve). It’s easy to apply, dries fast and comes in great colors – what’s not to like?
Once the paint dried I moved on to other newish thing – stencils.
Stenciling is pretty easy once you get the idea of using very little paint on the brush. But I think my inexperience showed as my only complaint about this set is that it was tricky, even with a small brush not to accidentally catch the edge of the stencil I wasn’t intending to use. Probably a rookie mistake. Next time I’ll use some painters tape to tape off the “unwanted” stencils.
Once everything dried I gave the edges a bit of a sanding and then a light rubbing with Waverly Antiquing wax.
(I’m not crazy about my choice to stencil he “No” on the ednd there. The stencil is fine but it would have been better if I’d had space for a number as well so, as it is, it just kinda looks….I don’t know…unnecessarily negative?)
The antiquing wax did a nice job of bringing out the texture in the wood and making the whole thing look just a bit more vintage. It’s hard to see in the pics as I went pretty light on this first-time-out attempt but next time I think I will be a bit more daring as I really like the extra texture.
- *I always hesitate to use my “I invested in some serious tools” tools on these projects for fear of turning people off. But all of these things can be accomplished using more standard methods (a regular drill with a forstner bit, nails or screws rather than a pnumatic nailer) it just takes a bit longer.
- I made my shelf out of scraps of plywood but the original is MDF. MDF is a great choice for easy to work with, smooth surface finishes and I think, if I make more of these I’ll switch over to it.
Disclaimer: The good folks at Plaid provided me with the materials for this project. All opinions are strictly my own and I received no other financial compensation for this post. Links provided are not affiliate links – just trying to be helpful.