Saturday, August 20, 2011

"F" is for Flatware

My knock off flatware storage box.

Except the flatware is still in the kitchen drawer so we'll call this the homework supplies box.

I made a knock off of Pottery Barn's flatware storage box:

Minus the French and add some color on the interior and you have this:

The typical after school homework session begins and immediately I get:

"Mom, I can't find a pencil, I need a red marker, where's the glue stick?"

No more, it's all here in one box ready for homework time.

Here's how I made the supply box:

1. Using 1/2" plywood scraps cut your pieces:

1 - top 16.25" x 3"
1 - bottom face 16.25" x 2" with four notches jigsawed (see picture)
5 - dividers 9" x 5.5" (see picture below)

Use 1/4" plywood:

1 - back 15.5" x 5.5"
1 - bottom 15.5" x 10"

2. Nail dividers to bottom face piece and back:

3. Nail bottom and top on:

4. Paint interior 2 coats BM whipple blue.
Paint exterior 2 coats BM durango dust.
Distress with sandpaper.
Stain with Minwax cherry.
Seal with satin poly.

Detail of the distressing:

Much more fun with the blue interior.

Now fill it up with all the necessary supplies:

No more searching for pencils, glue, rulers.  Let the homework begin with ease.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
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Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
Weekly Challenge @ The CSI Project
Build(hers) Club @ Sawdust & Paperscraps


Madigan at madiganmade said...

Jaime - what a great idea to use it to hold paper supplies! So functional and cute.
I agree, much more fun with the blue interior.

Stephanie said...

What a great idea!

Susan @ said...

Oh no, no... "F" is for Fantastic! I love this! I loved it when I saw the original and now I love the school supply box! Great idea!

Army Wife Quilter said...

i want to make one of these tomorrow. thanks. for the tutorial

Amy @MoMomma said...

Gorgeous! I love the idea and you did a great job recreating this organizer. Please come and link up at my Mommy Monday linky party!

Dawn said...

YOU ROCK MY SOCKS! This is THE BEST!!! What a great idea!! I love yours even more than the inspiration version!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Jaime, that is AWESOME! I love the blue paint. I can think of lots of uses for this. I think I'm going to try to make one. :)

Oksana said...

Yeah, I wish I was this handy. You are amazing and the tray for school supplies looks terrific. Found you through A to Z link party.

Oksana @

Emily said...

Looks awesome! My crew goes back in two weeks so we are getting our homework station set up this week too.

Ginger said...

What a fun idea. Love how it is all organized & in one spot. Would love for you to link this up to my (wow me) wednesday link party going on right now on my blog. :) (I'm a new follower, too!)


Judy said...

I'd love for you to come and link this project up to my party. I just love it and am so impressed that you made the whole thing.

pinktoesandpowertools said...

Love this idea for a craft room too. Pinned it to my craft room idea board :)

Sibylle said...

It looks great, love the blue!!!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

WOW! Love the idea and tutorial!!

I'd love for you to link up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings party going on now until Saturday!!


The Doodler said...

I would never have thought about using a flatware box for school supplies and I love the idea. Thanks so much for sharing, new follower!

Brie from

Rita May said...

Oh No! Another great project I HAVE to make!

Donna Gelineau said...

THIS is exactly what I have been looking for, for in the office. I just didn't know it until now!

Thanks you for posting the tutorial.
I am a new follower.

Renee said...

Wow! Great job. I love how you use it for craft/homework supplies. I would love to have you share this post at my new Saturday link party at :)

Madison said...

Ha! I was just joking to my boyfriend that I was going to get him a silverware tray to put all his knick-knacks on this desk in. I guess you proved it really is a good idea! I'll have to show him. ;)

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow, you are not only clever you are also super organised! I'm very impressed!

Best wishes,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

Hollie - said...

Great project!

Dream Mom said...

Love it! Great job!

Cottage In The Sun said...

I love your idea! It's perfect!

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

This comes under the heading of 'why on earth didn't I think of this earlier?'. A homework station? D'oh. Would save so much time. Yours looks terrific!! Might just have to steal this idea...

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Love this. So glad you did the tutorial because I definitely want to make one of these!

Infarrantly Creative said...

What a great tutorial. Love everthing about this and so many uses! I have it up on my FB!