Saturday, June 28, 2014

DIY Crate Bedside Tables for Under $50 a Pair


DIY Crate Bedside Tables for Under $50 a Pair - Chamomile and Peppermint Blog Tutorial



I recently banged together (literally) these gorgeous crate bedside tables from fence palings, a bit of pine, nails and a splash of white paint. Easy peasy DIY with 100% end effect. 

No need to follow my measurements specifically - you can make these to suit whatever size you need - the beauty of them is that they are meant to look rough when finished. You can even use them as storage crates or pile them up to make a bookcase. Be creative - thats the point :) Be warned, I am certainly no chippie, but maybe that will inspire those of you out there who are not either to pick up a hammer and give it a go!


Emma xxx



What You'll Need - 

(for crates to measure approx 60cm (H) x 41cm (W) x 36cm (D))

Materials -

  • Fence palings - Enough to make up 1200cm length of wood. I bought mine from Bunnings for $1.18 per 1.2m long post x 10 - the rougher the wood, the cheaper, and all the better in my book. For further savings, salvage old fence palings.  Total of $11.80
  • 550mm square/rectangular pine to form the corner bracings - I bought 30x12mm pine from Bunnings for approx $20 in total
  • Wood nails - I already had these at home, but they will cost you about $4 for a pac of 120
  • White paint - I already had this at home. Flat white is the best, thinned with water to create a white washed effect
  • Carnauba Wax - I love Gilly Stephensons Carnauba furniture wax for approx $13 for 100g at Bunnings 

Tools - 
  • Circular saw, jigsaw or handsaw - to cut your timber lengths. The former is by far the quickest and easiest if you have one. If you are like me, use a jigsaw which will take a little longer and not be as neat, and If you are old school and have heaps of time on your hands, use a handsaw
  • Electric handsander or sandpaper - to smooth off any rough edges
  • Hammer - for nailin'
  • Measuring tape - yep, for measurin'
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag for polishing


Cuts

Fence Palings
  • 12 x 64cm lengths
  • 16 x 28cm lengths
Corner Braces
  • 8 x 34cm lengths
  • 4 x 60cm lengths



Here We Go...

1. Cut all your wood to length

2. Divide all wood lengths into two groups - one for each bedside.


DIY Crate Bedside Tables for Under $50 a Pair - Chamomile and Peppermint Blog TutorialDIY Crate Bedside Tables for Under $50 a Pair - Chamomile and Peppermint Blog Tutorial


3. Start by nailing shorter paling lengths to shorter corner braces - top and then bottom. (You will notice that I have used 4 x 28cm lengths for the top, and three for the bottom of my bedsides. I aimed to create these with the least amount of wood possible whilst still making them functional. The top has smaller gaps so that whatever you put on top of them later won't fall through. If you would prefer to make them even, just adjust the amount of wood required.)


4. Nail the longer cross braces to the ends of the shorter cross braces, then nail the longer palings to the shorter corner braces so that they run vertically (it's probably easier to work it out from the pics than my instructions! I think this would confuse me :)

5. Nail the last short paling in the centre of the back to stabilise your crate.

DIY Crate Bedside Tables for Under $50 a Pair - Chamomile and Peppermint Blog Tutorial

6. Get out your sander or sandpaper and round off the edges, smooth out any rough  surfaces or splinters.


DIY Crate Bedside Tables for Under $50 a Pair - Chamomile and Peppermint Blog Tutorial


7. Mix your white paint with a little water to thin it out and then literally slap it on. You want a rough finish. It won't take long for the paint to dry before you can move onto the next step. 


DIY Crate Bedside Tables for Under $50 a Pair - Chamomile and Peppermint Blog Tutorial


8. Lastly you can give it a coat of wax. This will finish it off with a smooth, soft finish and help to protect the wood. Just rub the wax on with an old cloth. (You can spend hours rubbing this wax back with steel wool and other methods to make it really shiny, but I prefer the matte look you get from rubbing on a single coat, plus I'm a little lazy. Google other techniques if you are interested).

DIY Crate Bedside Tables for Under $50 a Pair - Chamomile and Peppermint Blog Tutorial



Voila! You're Done! Now the fun bit - pop them in your bedroom and accessorise!

Check out my recent minimalist monochrome bedroom makeover on a budget complete with crate bedsides to see what I did with my new little beauties.




Get Creative! Its good for the soul.....