Friday, April 1, 2011

"C" is for Caddy

The knock off storage caddy.

Total cost $0. 

I used scrap wood and leftover paint.

And I couldn't resist making some mini caddies for Easter.

So cute for collecting eggs.

My caddy is loosely based on Ana White's plans here

And this caddy from Pottery Barn kids:

Storage Caddy

image from Pottery Barn Kids

But I'll save the $89 plus shipping thank you (yes that's the real price) and use scrap wood pieces I had in the garage.

I used 1/2" plywood pieces to keep the weight light and decided the size based on the longest scraps.

Here's how I made the caddy:
(Same process for the mini caddy.)
1. My pieces all cut:

2. Assembled.
(This caddy measures 17.5"l x 12"h x 9"w.)

Now for the handle.
3. In order to keep the rod in place I drilled 1/4" holes just inside the curved short ends:

4. Slide in a 1/4" dowel, leaving about 1/4" on either side to stop the rod from sliding out.
(This picture is before I cut the dowel to size.)

5. Glue the dowel into place so it's secure.

6. Paint the interior one coat semi-gloss white.
7. Paint exterior one coat BM wedgewood grey:

8. One coat Behr sage:

9. Sand with 120 grit to distress.
10. Stain with Minwax special walnut.
11. Seal with clear satin poly.


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And some detailed pictures of the minis.
(The mini caddies measure 10.5"l x 8"w x 7"h.)

And the blue mini:

I will definitely be making more of these.

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  1. ♥ it! And it actually seems to easy that I may give it a try! Have a great weekend!

    Linen & Verbena

  2. Love the caddy! So many ways to use it. Turned out so great!

  3. LOVE these! I always see cute caddys but I never thought to make one! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. 'C' is for CUTE too!!! What a fantastic project! I can't wait to set up my workshop when I move house next week, you have inspired me! X

  5. You knocked it out of the park again! So darn cute!!

  6. Are you kidding me! AMAZING! Have you submitted this to knock of decor yet? Beckie would LOVE it!!!

  7. Oh my goodness ... I love this so much. I WANT ONE! But I'm not brave enough to make one ...
    Maybe you should sell them! :)~
    New follower!

  8. Awesome! Love the tiny dowel inside the larger one to keep it in place. Smart and oh so cute!

  9. These are adorable! Can I feature you in a post?

  10. Awesome caddies! thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh my gosh this is so adorable. I just spent a few hours searching the internet for a Easter basket I liked for Sawyer. This is perfect and I love the colors.

  12. I love these! I'm not sure where I need any just yet but I may have to figure it out. I've never made anything like that from scratch BUT I own a jigsaw (is that what you used?) so I guess I can try!

  13. Super cute! I painted one that my son made in wood shop! I love it! He made me another one this weekend and I can't wait to doll it up! I am loving the mini caddies!

  14. Oh my Gosh! These are sooo stinkin adorable~ Hope you will share them with my Pink Hippo Party @

  15. Those are so great! I love them! It really did turn out so great!

  16. I love the tool box full of teddy bears!

  17. fabulous and functional! love this xoxo, tracie

  18. I love the way you incorporate the alphabets with your project. So appropriate to your blog's name. Love the caddy's look :)

  19. That's so cool! I love it! What a fun "basket" for Easter!

  20. Woohoo! These are great Jaime! I was just scouring through a bunch of scrap this afternoon and I think I'll have to make some for our egg hunt this year! Thanks for the great idea.

  21. Lovely! Love that you made them with all leftover wood and paint, they turned out great!

  22. Love it! They look so great and so cool that you managed it with scrap. I'll be sharing this on my blog :)

    My easy Easter decor


  23. I made a similar one from Anna's plans - with a paper towel holder for a cleaning caddy - but I used 3/4 inch and it's so heavy - I think I am going to make some more like you did - they turned out so great! I love the finishing work too! They would make such cute easter baskets - I bought some cheap ones at Target - but - I may have to re-look at this and get making some for easter - thanks for the great idea!

  24. You make it look so easy! I will order two ;-)


  25. This is a fantastic tutorial! I'd love for you to share it at my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party.

  26. There are so many uses for these caddies! Plus, they seem like a job that I can do myself. :)

  27. Those totes are wonderful! Really cute. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  28. Awesome! Super cute for an Easter basket!