For over two years now this little wooden box has been knocking around the boys’ bedroom. In the run up to Christmas 2013 I bought it, filled with celemtines and had ear-marked it for a little project.
When I wasn’t paying attention Number One, then five years old,got his hands on it and began to use it for practicing his writing on it, starting with an attempt at my name. Well, I could hardly snatch it away and paint it then, could I.
Several times The Bavarian was tempted to throw it out whenever a major bedroom clean up was going on, but I stopped him. Whether out of sentimentality or selfish reaasons, no on will ever know!
Lately the boys haven’t used the box for anything and it was literally getting kicked about the place. I decided the time had come to finally bring my project to fruition – making a pretty little shelf for my hobby room.
What I used for this project:
A small wooden orange crate
A wallpaper sample (when we moved into the house I went mad for wallpaper samples and have dozens now. I could’t bear to throw them out and they have come in handy for make-and-do afternoons)
White chalk paint
The first thing I did was dust off the box and paint it. It didn’t need any sanding.
When the paint dried, I applied a second layer. To be honest, the crate could have done with a thrid layer, but I didn’t want to cover up the writing completely when it came down to it.
Using a scalpel, I cut the wallpaper to size so that it would fit snugly into the base of the crate. I just pressed it firmly into place. If you were making one, you might prefer to use wallpaper paste to stick it in place. That was my initial idea, but the wallpaper I used is quite stiff and sits well without being stuck. It also leaves me the option of replacing the wallpaper if I get bored of this one (I doubt I will though. I love the pink and turquoise combination.
Using a few small, thin nails, and with the aid of a spirit level, I mounted my new crate shelf on the wall of my hobby room. I’ve arranged some of my sewing bits and bobs on it, since it is mounted above the sewing maching we inherited from The Bavarian’s grandmother.