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DIY: Kids’ Art Caddy

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This is my favorite DIY project to date. 

I literally walked into our garage one night (just after the hubby got home from work) after a looooong day with the kids and desperately wanted to make something before they found me again.  Does this sound familiar?  Please say “yes.” :-)

You see, when I’m a bit stressed I create.

I saw some scrap pieces of wood, old dresser knobs and some glue and thought I could make something!

That “something” turned out to be this art caddy that my kids use almost everyday!

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Supplies:

  • Furring strips (2.5″ wide, 1″ deep)
    • Cut to: 2 at 24.5″ long & 2 at 3″ long
  • Scrap wood (1.5″ wide, .75″ deep)
    • Cut to: 3 at 24.5″ long
  • Soup cans (this caddy can hold up to 8 soups cans that are 3″ in diameter)
  • Goo Gone
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Your Favorite Color Stain (I used Minwax’s Ebony)
  • Two Old Dresser Knobs
  • Hammer
  • Panelboard Nails
  • Clamps
  • Your Favorite Color Spray Paint

Steps:

  1. Start by removing the labels off your empty, clean soup cans (if there is some remaining glue and/or label hanging on, then use your Goo Gone as directed)
  2. Spray paint your cans any color you’d like (I chose to spray the insides and outsides with Rustoleum’s Aqua) and let dry at least 24 hours.
  3. Take your 3 pieces of scrap wood cut to 24.5″ long and run a bead of Gorilla Wood Glue along the sides and secure them together with your clamps.  This will be the base of the caddy. I let it dry overnight.
  4. Secure your 2, 24.5″ furring strips to the base by using Gorilla glue and panelboard nails. Now you should have the base and two sides together.
  5. Now secure the 2, 3″ furring strips in between the two sides also using Gorilla glue and nails. You should now have something that looks like this (a long, narrow box without a top): short_side
    6.  Once completely dry, you can now stain your piece (be sure to wear rubber gloves!) I used Minwax in Ebony.
    7.  Once that is dry you can choose to sand it a bit for a shabby, rustic look which I did.
    8.  Now you’re ready to add the “handles.”  This is a huge reason why I love this thing….it’s portable!! The “handles” are actually some old knobs from my son’s IKEA dresser.  To secure these, drill a small hole in the center of each short side of the caddy and insert  the screw on the inside.  Next screw in the knob on the opposite side.

Fill each can with crayons, markers, glue, paint, paint brushes and let the imaginations go!! 

kids art caddy using soup cans,scrap wood,dresser knobs

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*Note: They did find me and quickly took over…which I love! My future DIYers…

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linking this crazy project up to:

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CRAIGSLIST Makeover: using chalk paint

We have a huge empty space in between our living room couches and my dream purchase would be something like this from Restoration Hardware to fill up the space:

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These tables start at $995 on sale!  Not gonna happen in my world.  So my craigslist scouring began and I kept coming back to round oak clawfoot tables (I guess everyone is trying get rid of these as there are a TON for sale).  My husband thought I had completely lost my mind when I told him I was going to purchase one.  Honestly, I thought I had lost my mind too!

So I took the plunge and purchased one for $60.  The sweet woman I bought the table from threw in two chairs for free (more on those in a minute). 

I forgot to take a before shot, but this set is pretty much identical to what I purchased:

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I might have mentioned this before, but I am pretty impatient when it comes to projects.  I am great at starting them, but finishing is another matter.  So, when I found out about chalk paint I was hooked!  You do NOT have to prime or sand your wood furniture beforehand.  You just slap it on, wax it, buff it and you’re done!

I bought a sample jar of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen from Perfectly Imperfect.  A 4 oz jar only costs $11.95 and I painted the entire table with it and still had some left over!

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Source:  Perfectly Imperfect

You also need wax to permanently bond the paint to your piece of furniture so I picked up both the clear and dark waxes.  I wanted the dark wax to bring out the details and lines of my piece and to also add some character.

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Once my paint and waxes arrived I have to admit I was a little nervous.  But, my motto is “it’s just paint!”  So I painted the entire piece and let it dry overnight.  Next I applied the clear wax, let it sit for about 1 1/2 hours then buffed it to a satin shine.  After that, I added the dark wax in places I wanted to add that “extra something.”  So after two days, this is how my table turned out:

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Again, here is the BEFORE:

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And the AFTER:

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And just for fun, a side by side comparison of RH and mine:

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I used chalk paint in Provence on the two free chairs I got and this is how those turned out:

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Painting a door bright yellow

Here is a typical conversation between my husband and myself…

Me: “Honey, can I…”

Hub: “No.”

Me: “But…”

Hub:  “No.”

After giving him “the look” he finally asks, “OK, what is it?”

Me: “Can I paint the dining room table?”

Hub: “No.”

Me:  “I NEED to paint something in this house!  Can I paint one of the interior doors?  I promise you’ll love it.”

Hub:  “Can I think about it?”

That’s as good as a “YES” in my book.

Honestly, he is such a good sport and likes 99% of my projects and ideas.  Well, this afternoon I decided to quickly act on my impulse to paint one of our doors.  The door I chose was the one that led into the garage.  It’s tucked away so you don’t really see it.  Plus, it seemed dark in this hallway after I painted the wall with black chalkboard paint:

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On a recent trip to Home Depot this paint caught my eye:

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When I opened the can, I have to admit that I was a bit shocked at how bright it was, but it’s just paint, right?

I wanted the door to be a bit different so I decided to tape off a couple vertical stripes with blue painters tape.

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This was a lot easier than I thought.  I simply ran a line of tape along two of the “ridges” on the door.

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Time to paint!

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I let the paint dry for at least one hour.  While the paint was still a little tacky I removed the tape.  (This ensures you don’t remove any of the paint and leaves you with a clean edge).

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Voila!  I absolutely LOVE this and it sure adds a sunny shot of color in an otherwise dark space.

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I was feeling so confident about my painting until my son said, “Daddy’s gonna be so mad at you!”

What do you think?  Would you paint one of your interior doors a bright color?

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