Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rustic Wood Message Center

First off I want to say thank you so much for your comments on my last post.  I can't even express how much I appreciate your support and encouragement!

Today was my first day of my new career.  I slept in, then grabbed some coffee and watched last nights American Idol while catching up on blogs and pinterest. Until Oh, about 11 am.  (This could be bad friends)  I did finally get moving and actually got a lot done.  I painted a large shelf, put a clear coat on a bench and made some final touches to a few pieces I've been working on for my new shop space.  I cannot wait to get the stuff out of my craft room so I can focus on building new things.  My mind is just bursting with ideas! 

I thought I'd show you something I finished today.  I was inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest of a message center from Urban Outfitters. Here's the inspiration picture.

I had some wood in my stash that was nice and weathered.  It didn't take very long to make and I think it turned out cute.

Here's how i did it.

Cut list:
2- 1x2x28"
1- 1x2x21"
1- 1x12x21"
1- 1x2x26" 
1- 1x4x24"
1- 1x4x22.5"
2- 1x4x7"
1- 23"x23" Masonite painted with chalkboard paint.

I made the frame first using 2-1x2x28" boards for the sides, the 1x2x21" for the top and a 1x12x21" board for the bottom.  I used my Kreg jig jr to drill pocket holes into the top and bottom boards and then attached them with glue & screws to the sides.  I was a bad blogger and didn't take pictures along the way so the little green lines above are where the pocket holes are on the back side.

For the shelf cubby I cut two 1x4's to 7" and cut the corner off at a 45 degree angle to make the sides.  The front is 1x4x24" and that makes the bottom of the shelf 1x4x22.5".  This I put together with glue and my nail gun. I placed the shelf 3.5" up from the bottom to allow for the double hooks.   

I then glued and nailed the 1x2x26" board to the top to finish it off. For the cut ends I used the technique I talked about here to make them blend in and look weathered.  It works so well. I love it, it's like magic (or chemistry, whatever I call it magic.) 

For the back I used a piece of masonite that I lightly sanded, primed and then painted with chalkboard paint.  I attached it with staples.

I would like to find some of those label holders for the front like in the inspiration picture but I will have to order them on-line since I cant find them anywhere in stock.  

Well thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

linking to the following parties:
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Full Circle Creations said...

Congrats on your first day at your new career! I know you're going to do great. I always start out slow in the morning and then end up working harder and later. I love this message center. You did a fabulous job! Keep it up!


Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Love the message center! Great job!!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

I love it! And again, good luck-I really admire you for taking the leap to pursue your dream! I hope to do the same in the very near future!

Jodie said...

So exciting. I can't wait to see your space.

Shannon said...

Conrats on your first day!!! WTG following your dreams. We'd love it if you linked up to our party ( for this project - love it!
aka design

Katie said...

I love this message board! You did such a great job! I featured it today!

anangloinquebec said...

Mimi, I work from home about 3 days of the week and then I head to another city to an office. I get more work done at home then I do in the city but the difference is that at home I really have to "schedule" my day because although I can start later, I often finish really late....sometimes too late. I think you will figure that all out as you go along. Personally, placing deadlines on my work has made it easier to move towards a set goal and not 'play' too too much...but some... gotta live ;)

Renee @ Rustic Crafts said...

I LOVE this message board - great job!
I started a new link party just for rustic, recycled and shabby chic projects. I would love to have you share this -

gail said...

Mimi! I love, love, love your sweet rustic wood message center! Great tutorial my dear!
thanks so much for linking up to catch as catch can!

FunHipMommie said...

I love this - it's exactly what I've been looking for! How much are you selling it for, and do you ship across the US?! Congrats on the new business, I have a feeling you'll do very well!

Carwin Candids said...

This is awesome! I wish you lots of luck in your new shop! I am sure you will do great! Thank you for the tutorial! I am going to make one!

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