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
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
Weekly Challenge @ The CSI Project
Build(hers) Club @ Sawdust & Paperscraps

26 comments:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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!
    Susan

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

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  4. 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!

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

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  6. 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. :)

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  7. 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 @ www.ordermatters.com/blog

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

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  9. 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!)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  10. 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.

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

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  12. It looks great, love the blue!!!

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  13. 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!!

    Melanie
    http://bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com/2011/08/crafts-for-under-twenty-somethings_24.html

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  14. 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 darlingdoodles.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh No! Another great project I HAVE to make!

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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 http://rustic-crafts.com :)

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  18. 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. ;)

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

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

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  20. 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...

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

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

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