Scrap Pile Creations

When I get the urge to create something, usually my first step is to raid my supplies.  Be it fabric, paint, or in today’s case, our scrap lumber bin.  It starts with a specific need, but finding ways to use left over materials is a slight way to push myself creatively.  Much like my cedar tub shelf.  And both pieces I made add function to spaces.  For our living room, I built a large square tray to corral everything on the coffee table.

Square-Tray-On-Coffee-Table-Room

I started with a piece of 1/2 inch MDF that was 22 by 30 inches and an 8 foot strip of 1 1/2 inch wide 1/2 inch MDF.  I cut the 1/2 inch piece to 22 inches square and then four strips for the sides.  All trays are assembled the same way.  Thin base material with side material attached on top.  I used 1 inch staples in our air stapler to secure everything; undersides first, then corners.

Square-Tray-Edge-Detail

Due to the nature of MDF, it bulged out and cracked along the edges.  I wasn’t concerned because I knew I’d fill it with putty and caulk.  After filling the cracks and staple holes with wood filler, I caulked the inside corners.

Square-Tray-Assembly-Detail

 

Sanding everything smooth was quick and evened out the bumps.

Square-Tray-Top-Detail

For durability, I used some white exterior paint.  After three coats, I took it outside to spray with clear gloss.  Two light coats in I noticed how the gloss had yellowed the finish.  Great.  I lightly sanded it again and did two more coats of white paint and called it a day.  Good enough, I can always repaint down the road.  To spare the table from damage, I added small rectangles of felt to the underside.  Clearly I didn’t care about the staples or paint drips on the bottom.

Square-Tray-Assembly-Detail-Underside

And now I’ve got a simple tray to keep magazines, remotes, and other crap (like the boys’ mini foods) organized.

Square-Tray-On-Coffee-Table-Corner

Because their minis are so adorable, I used a wooden drawer organizer (it was actually a tiny shelf) to display the collection.

Square-Tray-On-Coffee-Table

In other scrap pile happenings, I used a small chunk of left over cedar to make a shelf for our shower cubby.

Cedar-Shower-Shelf-Overall

Before assembly, I sanded all sides with 220 grit paper and drilled two pilot holes in each end of the top board.  Obviously this shelf is exposed to water, so I used stainless steel screws so it wouldn’t rust.  Once assembled, I coated it with teak oil for a protective layer.

Cedar-Shower-Shelf

The shelf holds a razor and bar soap, leaving more room on the bottom for bottles.  There, two quick and easy scrap projects that don’t cost a dime.

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6 thoughts on “Scrap Pile Creations

  1. Love the tray! And it’s a good reminder to try to use the materials I already have around the house. Maybe you’ve already shared this info elsewhere, but what kind of houseplant is that on the tray? I love it.

  2. I’m so impressed that you think to make something you need instead of heading to the store to find it! I need to think that way more often especially since I love all things ‘green’! Great ideas, as always. 🙂

    1. Hey Adrienne!

      Sometimes for me, it’s just easier to make it instead of tracking the perfect one down. Especially because this is a large square tray. Most are rectangular. And this was easy. 🙂

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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