This is my favorite DIY project to date.
I literally walked into our garage one night (just after the hubby got home from work) after a looooong day with the kids and desperately wanted to make something before they found me again. Does this sound familiar? Please say “yes.” 🙂
You see, when I’m a bit stressed I create.
I saw some scrap pieces of wood, old dresser knobs and some glue and thought I could make something!
That “something” turned out to be this art caddy that my kids use almost everyday!
- Furring strips (2.5″ wide, 1″ deep)
- Cut to: 2 at 24.5″ long & 2 at 3″ long
- Scrap wood (1.5″ wide, .75″ deep)
- Cut to: 3 at 24.5″ long
- Soup cans (this caddy can hold up to 8 soups cans that are 3″ in diameter)
- Goo Gone
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- Your Favorite Color Stain (I used Minwax’s Ebony)
- Two Old Dresser Knobs
- Panelboard Nails
- Your Favorite Color Spray Paint
- Start by removing the labels off your empty, clean soup cans (if there is some remaining glue and/or label hanging on, then use your Goo Gone as directed)
- Spray paint your cans any color you’d like (I chose to spray the insides and outsides with Rustoleum’s Aqua) and let dry at least 24 hours.
- Take your 3 pieces of scrap wood cut to 24.5″ long and run a bead of Gorilla Wood Glue along the sides and secure them together with your clamps. This will be the base of the caddy. I let it dry overnight.
- Secure your 2, 24.5″ furring strips to the base by using Gorilla glue and panelboard nails. Now you should have the base and two sides together.
- Now secure the 2, 3″ furring strips in between the two sides also using Gorilla glue and nails. You should now have something that looks like this (a long, narrow box without a top):
6. Once completely dry, you can now stain your piece (be sure to wear rubber gloves!) I used Minwax in Ebony.
7. Once that is dry you can choose to sand it a bit for a shabby, rustic look which I did.
8. Now you’re ready to add the “handles.” This is a huge reason why I love this thing….it’s portable!! The “handles” are actually some old knobs from my son’s IKEA dresser. To secure these, drill a small hole in the center of each short side of the caddy and insert the screw on the inside. Next screw in the knob on the opposite side.
Fill each can with crayons, markers, glue, paint, paint brushes and let the imaginations go!!
*Note: They did find me and quickly took over…which I love! My future DIYers…