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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DIY Herringbone Storage Box


Hey friends!  You may remember back in July I guest posted on Elizabeth Joan Designs and shared a DIY Herringbone Box that I made for our kitchen.   I love this project so much, that I wanted to share it again for those that may have missed the guest post or who are new followers of Little House of Four.


We always enter our house through the side door, which leads directly into our kitchen.  We currently have no mudroom, so we end up throwing everything from spare change and keys to school papers and mail on the counter.  In an attempt to organize the space and minimize the clutter I built a cute little herringbone box.  


What You'll Need:
- Two 1 x 4 boards (mine were 3 feet long and for measuring purposes I'm including the exact dimensions)
-Shims
- Wood glue
-Clamps
-Chop saw or hand saw
-Stain and a brush
-Drill and drill bits
-Decorative nails

What You'll Need to do:

Cut all the wood pieces that you'll need to make your box and sand all edges.
Attach the bottom piece to both side pieces using wood glue and clamps.
 Then, attach the end pieces (3 1/2 x 4 1/2).

Measure and glue the two smaller pieces in place. 
 Once everything is dry, stain the box with your favorite stain.  I like to use Jacobean since it's a nice dark stain that still allows the grain of the wood to show through. 

Drill two holes in the back for phone cords and two holes in each side for rope handles.  You can also add nails to the front of your box like I did.
For the herringbone pattern, you'll need to cut wood shims down to size and then glue them to the front of the box.  After the glue is dry apply the same stain over the shims.


 My husband travels a lot for work and is always needing change for parking meters.  This little wooden box works perfect to not only store and charge our phones, but also to hold all our spare change.   
I love the detail and unevenness that the wood shims add.  It's just enough texture to add interest to the box without over going overboard. 




23 comments:

  1. It looks great! I love that herringbone design on the front and that it has three compartments! Pinning for sure! =)

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  2. Love this. We normally just throw our keys and mail on the counter in the kitchen. I am going to try this except leave the compartments out so that our mail will fit. I think it will be a great way to corral the clutter and keep it neat. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Mimi! I hope it works out for you!

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  3. So cute! Love that herringbone design, totally my favorite. Love the rustic feel! :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! The herringbone design is my favorite part of the box too!

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  4. So funny I just posted about a herringbone pattern I did on a piece of furniture. I also used shims...which I never heard of until shopping for something cheap and easy to make herringbone pattern from. Looks Like we both had the same idea and linked up our designs on On Display Thursday! Looks greaat! what a great idea : )

    Deb
    @Seeking Lavender Lane

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    1. Great minds think alike, right?! Thanks so much for stopping by, Deb! BTW, your project looks great!

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  5. I LOVE this so much! It's such a great idea for storage! Thank you so much for linking up to the Outside The Box link party! Pinning this right now! Hopefully we will see you next Tuesday! http://www.bddesignblog.com/2014/09/outside-box-link-up-party-2.html#more

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    1. Thanks so much Brandy for stopping by and pinning!

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  6. So pretty! I love the stain you chose and how the wood shims make it look a little aged and distressed. I never would have guessed you had made this from new wood. -Amy

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    1. Thanks Amy! Minwax jacobean is my favorite stain and I use it on everything! Have a great weekend!

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  7. I remember seeing this and I love it! It's perfect as a little command center on your counter :)

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    1. Thanks Bre! It's been working out great so far, I just hope it stays this way :)

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  8. Oh my goodness, this is seriously what we need! Loose change, a phone... what a perfect place to store it! Love the stain you used! So pretty!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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    1. Thanks so much Kendra! The loose change and phone cords were my biggest problem. This little box has really helped keep them organized. Now, only if I could say the same about all the school papers, LOL!

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  9. This is gorgeous! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Absolutely love everything about this! Great job! Thanks for sharing at the Outside [The Box] Link Party.

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  11. Umm your project is simply AH-mazing!! I'm especially digging the change collection area for parking meters!

    In fact, we loved it so much we featured it this week on Outside [the Box]. We hope to have you back again, Tuesdays @ 5pm EST: http://bit.ly/BlackAndWhiteObsession

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  12. This looks great! I love that it's pretty AND functional. I'm officially inspired.

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  13. This is so cute!! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Oh and just a little tip,,,you might want to stain your wood before you glue it all together. 1. its easier to wipe down when you don't have to get into the nooks and crannies. and 2. stain doesn't penetrate very well once glue gets on it. As I'm sure you've noticed! Just a little hint that I've discovered over the years!!

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