Do you ever wake up and think to yourself “I want to build this today!”??? I do it all the time and if I have other things to do, I just make room in my schedule and squeeze it in somehow. Today I woke up and said, “I want to build a wooden box centerpiece to put flowers and candles in!” So I dropped off the kids at school and headed to Lowe’s. I prefer Lowe’s because they know me by name and are always so helpful 🙂 .
I grabbed ONE piece of cedar whitewood for the entire project, measuring 1″x6″x8′ and then pulled out my measuring tape (I probably have over a dozen but 1 always stays in my purse) and then sat down in the store and planned out my box. After some quick measurements and calculations, these are the dimensions I came up with. ***If you own a saw, you can do this at home. If not, ask one of the employees authorized to saw wood at the store and they will do it quickly for you.
Now….you have 2 options from here….
1) You can use wood glue and put it together and clamp it with 2 clamps and leave it over night. No hardware would be needed to assemble.
2) You can add a little wood glue, put it together and then take wood screws (I did this because I was impatient) and screw the pieces together. I used 4, one on each corner, and then 2 additional on each side to screw into the bottom piece.
I gave it a very quick sand because the wood was already so soft and then just stained it! I used these 2 stains that I love and always have on hand. I applied the gray stain and then the dark walnut stain over. No drying in between needed. They are both small cans and just a few dollars a piece. You won’t use much of the cans.
As soon as the box was even slightly dry (I’m very impatient….ha!), I applied to 2 distressed black drawer pulls that I bought at Lowe’s for $1.38 each. They have that farmhouse look that I love.
And that is it! You’re done! Add jars of fresh or faux flowers, candles, herbs, fruit…whatever you want! I not only love how it looks but I love how SIMPLE it was!
Doesn’t it look so pretty on my table? I just need a linen table runner and I’m good to go! It would even work to put it on my kitchen window seal with all my fresh herbs that I grow! I might just need to make another one.