The bedside tables in our bedroom were welded at the same time my Grandfather made the headboard I designed. We had some leftover materials and he just whipped them up! We had glass shelves custom cut, but the whole project was really inexpensive. I loved the airy look of the shelves, but I hated the messy look of piles of books and magazines that accumulated, so I bought two vinyl mock croc storage bins. I’ve never love the look of the bins, but they fit really well – and they solved our storage problem!
Over time, those poor boxes started to disintegrate and I decided that I wanted to make something a little bit more solid. Wandering around my local lumber yard – looking for supplies for the more complicated slatted storage bin idea I had – I stumbled across a really thin sheet of walnut plywood and fell in love!
Because the plywood was so thin, Handy Hubby and I were able to make really sizable boxes that are still lightweight – perfect for our glass tables.
The instructions are over at Hello Yellow – you can click here to see the whole process. Among the supplies required, you will need a kitty, for box approval:
Once the box is completed, it will look really chalky and pale:
I used Danish Oil to bring out the warmth, but I needed puppy approval first (the smell lures ’em!):
The last step was adding hardware. I wanted something brushed silver, because I am the last person on the planet to favor brushed silver over brushed gold in my home. I also wanted something oversize and modern, so it didn’t look like a kitchen drawer pull. I found these at Lee Valley – they’re 10 5/8″ long!
I just love the scale!
After eight years of living with those vinyl bins (two of which were spent trying to repair peeling vinyl), it feels so good to have something new! These bins are simple and do the trick, but they have such a great mid-century feel. I didn’t intend to make them quite so tall, but we wanted to maximize how much grain we could show off.
Check out the full tutorial on Hello Yellow, but first here’s another look at the finished product!