Monday, November 23, 2015

Window Seat Storage Boxes From Corn Crib Wood & The Dollar Tree

So last week we ventured inside the corn crib and found an amazing wooden plank walkway that turned into some awesome, one-of-a-kind window seats.  Now let's venture BACK into the same corn crib and see what we can find for the slide-underneath-storage boxes for those window seats (see those HERE)!

Wouldn't you know it - all those boards are tongue and groove!  Yessss!  Here's dad removing them.  I ended up finding it easier to just sawzall them off!

I measured and cut them all to size with a miter saw (I know, I know, don't lecture me on how I should be wearing safetly glasses - already heard it from posting this pic on Facebook!)


Then we screwed them all together, using a triangular shaped piece on the inside of each corner (hubby did that part!) and screwed a piece of plywood on for the bottom.  Sorry, I get too busy working to take pictures sometimes! Bad for a blogger...

Here they all are put together with the 100-years-of-dirt scrubbed off.

Next, I bought six black 3.5" x 5" frames at the Dollar Tree.  That was my only expense right there, folks.  Six stinkin' bucks.  People think because we live in "The Mansion" that we're rich.  No, people.  We're FRUGAL!!  Like, really, really frugal. 

Since I wanted to be able to change up the labels, I decided they couldn't go behind the glass since I was gluing the whole back of the frame on.  The glass was also glued into the frame (that was a new one to me) and I couldn't get it out.  So I just painted the chalkboard paint (plaster of pairs dissolved in hot water and stirred into paint) on top of the cardboard insert, cut it down on the top and side a bit.....

And tucked it under the frame (and over to the glass).

I smeared Gorilla Glue all over the back of the frame and set a heavy book on it until it was dry.

Of course, the pretty kitty had to check out a new hiding spot!
I decided to leave two spaces open for books.

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  1. What a cool idea! I'm going to have to hike over my parents property and see if any of their old buildings wood can be salvaged for some cool projects like this :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  2. Thanks for the tutorial!! I like that you only spent $6 on this project. Those crates are amazing!! Nice work Kammy!!

  3. Love, love! You have to come and link these beautiful boxes up at our Scrap wood challenge link party, they are perfect!


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