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January 31, 2017

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Although I will always favor solid wood (I'm currently in my home office, admiring the DIY solid walnut desk), plywood has a special place in my heart.  It's affordable, versatile and comes in gorgeous veneers ranging from walnut to knotty pine.  If you're looking for inspiration, here's a list of 15 modern plywood DIY projects - including some of our favorite plywood projects, from the Dans le Lakehouse archives.

Easy DIY Plywood Counter Top

How gorgeous is this plywood counter top?  It's such a perfect choice for a laundry room, where not everyone can - or wants to - drop major coin on a solid surface counter.  It was made for under $100!  Seeing this project makes me really antsy to renovate our laundry room (not that hiding it with a curtain didn't do the trick for now!)  In the meantime, I did pick up a little inspiration from this boho laundry room and add a wicker laundry basket to mine. 

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Quirky DIY Plywood Wall Art

This unusual wall art is the perfect way to put plywood scraps to good use!  The different shapes and stains add a lot of interest and warmth to an otherwise minimalist white wall.

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Clever DIY Plywood Day Bed with Storage

How cute is this plywood day bed?  I love that it boasts hidden storage inside - that's so practical for smaller spaces and guest rooms. 

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Our Gorgeous DIY Walnut Plywood Bed

You knew I'd include our recent DIY bed on this list!  Even though not everyone can whip up those welded legs (you can buy some that are kind of similar), the frame is SO easy.  Imagine it with mid-century modern legs...these sturdy hairpin legs might work.

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Inexpensive DIY Plywood Credenza Top

Our plywood topped fauxdenza is still going strong even though the whole credenza was fairly inexpensive.  I would have loved to have splurged on a slab of live edge, exotic purpleheart wood that I spotted while we were shopping for supplies, but plywood fit into our budget so much easier!

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Practical DIY Plywood Storage Bench

An unused wall was packed with function thanks to this DIY storage cubby meets bench.  What a great multi-function project.  

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Turquoise Painted DIY Plywood Magazine Storage

A white wash finish really brought out the grain on our DIY magazine holders - but the turquoise interior is really what makes me smile!  This was such a practical project and they still have pride of place on my Expedit in the office.

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Versatile DIY Plywood Desk on Hairpin Legs

This DIY plywood desk has a secret: it's transformable and can adapt to different tasks.  Such a great idea for a hardworking space.  Plus I'm drooling over the idea of mint hairpin legs!  Why do hairpin legs just look SO GOOD with plywood projects?

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Handy DIY Walnut Plywood Storage Bins with Lid

I am still so smitten with these walnut plywood storage bins build we made - they are great for stashing stuff in our otherwise storage-less bedside tables.  Plus now they complement our walnut bed!  

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Minimalist DIY Plywood Side Table

This plywood side table on - you guessed it: black hairpin legs - is such an easy beginner project.  It's simple and straightforward to make but looks so modern and chic.  I'm also loving those casual eucalyptus branches.  I tried to grow a eucalyptus plant inside during the fall, but it withered and died - dried eucalyptus might be more my speed.   

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

Mid Century Modern Inspired DIY Plywood Bench

Check out how slick this DIY plywood bench looks - but it's such a simple project as well.  The glam gold legs are the perfect finishing touch - these mini hairpin legs or these walnut ones would be cute too. 

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

DIY Plywood Outdoor Sofa

This plywood project takes the cake!  Hubby and I have wanted an outdoor sofa for the deck but outdoor furniture is pricey.  I don't know if we'll have time this summer, but I love the idea of just making something.  I already found the perfect turquoise sunbrella outdoor pillows, so I'm extra motivated!

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You
 
Simple DIY Plywood Dog Bowl Stand

Both of Szuka's raised dog bowl stands were made with leftover plywood and hairpin legs.  Those hairpin legs make a simple design look so retro.

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

DIY Plywood Necklace Display

Another great beginner woodworking project - or the perfect way to use up scraps - this triangle jewelry stand beautifully displays necklaces.  Why not turn those pretty baubles into art?

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

DIY Plywood Peg Wall

The plywood peg wall featured below was shared on Apartment Therapy and it got me thinking that a plywood peg wall might be a fun project for the "fish room" (what I hope to turn into my craft room - see the house tour for photos).  Here's a great tutorial, if you're thinking you could use a pretty peg wall somewhere too.

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

If you're going to try any of these DIY plywood projects, skip the home improvement stores.  I hate seeing a great DIY project marred by construction grade plywood.  Head to a local lumber yard instead, where you will find a bevy of gorgeous wood grains.  My local Windsor Plywood stocks so many gorgeous veneered plywood varieties, including teak, walnut, maple, oak, and cherry.  If you absolutely cannot find any locally, you can always order sheets of specialty plywoods like walnut online, which certainly adds to the price but sometimes it's the best option!  For the edges, I prefer to edge band my plywood with matching edge band but I think these examples demonstrate that it can look good raw, too.

Have I missed a favorite plywood project?  Let me know in the comments!

Modern DIY Plywood Projects - 15 Ideas to Inspire You

P.S. Check out my Pinterest board devoted to DIY furniture for more ideas and inspiration!
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  1. Construction grade plywood is the only kind I know. Knew. When I read the title, I couldn't imagine anything decent. But this is definitely an eye-opener. Thanks for the lesson! All good ideas, but the wall art really grabbed my attention; I've been wanting artwork in addtion to framed prints and mirrors.

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    1. So happy to hear this post was helpful! Because Hubby's Dad is a woodworker, I had insider knowledge, lol, but I always thought nice plywood would be super pricey or meant for professionals. There are actually many different grades and thicknesses. I love our Windsor Plywood (#notsponsored, haha) because they let you poke around and I've learned so much just by logging a lot of time there.

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