Hello there sawdust sisters! (and brothers too, if there’s any…:)
Are you ready to build this simple DIY wooden box centerpiece? This was such a beautiful spring weekend!! Temps in the high 60’s in Utah are a big deal after a cold winter. So, in between soccer games and other outings I built this DIY wooden box centerpiece out of some scrap wood I had leftover from the floating desk I built a while back.
I love it so much, mostly because it’s so light, airy, and springy! I also like that you can change up its decor with every holiday and seasons.
DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece
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This is a super easy build. Let’s get to it! You will need
- (1) 2×4 cut at 3 feet (for the bottom)
- (2) 1×6 cut at 3 feet (for the 2 long sides)
- (2)1×6 cut at 5 inches (for the 2 short sides)
- Wood Glue
- Brad Nailer (or hammer and finish nails)
- Paint/Stain of choice
- Drawer pulls and Decorative tacks (optional)
- Valspar Crackle Glaze (optional)
Here is all of my wood, cut up.
I decided to paint the pieces before I assembled the box. I will give you a quick run down on the finish I chose. You can, of course, paint it however you like.
I gave all of the pieces a coat of grey paint and let them dry for a few hours, while I went to my daughter’s soccer game :).
Then I gave everything a coat of Valspar Weathered Cracke Glaze and let it sit for 30-45 minutes.
Here’s the tricky part. To get the crackle effect to work well, you have to use LATEX paint here. I saturated the roller with white paint and rolled it on each board twice. Two passes with the roller, up and back. That’s it. If you overwork the paint it will gum up. You may want to practice on a scrap piece if you have never used this before. Immediately after you roll it on, you will be able to see it start to crackle. Now the grey paint shows through the cracks of the white paint. Kinda cool, I think!
I waited until it dried, a couple of hours, then I did the other side. I know what you’re thinking, this finish is a bit time consuming. I KNOW! I kinda wanted to change my mind and just spray paint the sucker but I stuck it out 🙂
To assemble the box, start by gluing the long 1×6 pieces to the 2×4 as shown. (Side note: sneak peek at my new my hardwood floors half way done, so excited!)
I let the glue set for about 20 minutes, then I reinforced with nails.
I then attached the handles to the short pieces, before I attached them to the box. I was pretty proud of myself for thinking that one up. #beenburnedbefore
Check out the weathered crackle! Love it.
Then I glued and nailed the remaining 2 pieces. I added a few decorative nails just for fun. The bottles are from IKEA.
I have seen this done quite a bit with reclaimed wood and soda bottles!
Here’s a few other pics of the finished box,
Isn’t it fun?? I hope you like it! For now, this will stay on the island because our dining table is in the garage until the floors are done!
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