The feedback on my PB Knock-Off Letter Bin was absolutely astonishing. I want to thank you all for taking the time to send nice words my way, either via Pinterest, the tutorial on ana-white.com, the feature on knock-off decor , or even personal messages, sent to my inbox.
A trend that I've noticed is the WANT to recreate letter bin... but a discomfort in the plans... maybe I'll even go so far as to call it a fear. Mostly of a saw.
I was amazed by how many people responded with things like, "I'll get my husband to do it." or "I'd love to, but I'm not handy with a saw."
Not because I don't think they could do it... But because I was RIGHT THERE WITH YOU! Every single response along those lines took me back to January of 2010 (hmm... not so long ago, huh?!) when my husband bought a jig saw. When he first used the jig saw, I KNEW he was going to kill himself, and I stood nearby with a phone, waiting to call an ambulance.
You have no idea how much I wish I could say that was an exaggeration.
He survived, but I still wouldn't even touch the thing. And I don't want to try to coerce you into doing something you're not comfortable with. You'll get there. I have faith in you :-) And until then, I figured I'd try to do something that didn't require anything scary to create.
MORE POTTERY BARN! YAY!
(who else loves looking at all the accessories than the products being sold?!)
Source: Pottery Barn
This is supposed to be a detailed shot of the Rustic Wall Organizer - but honestly, WHO is looking at the organizer, when there is that AWESOME container made from yard sticks?!
Umm... Those teeth marks in my nightstand are "distressing," ok? It's the next big thing.. You'll want to send a teething toddler to all the furniture in your house soon. You'll see.
I created one for my nightstand months ago, but after showing you all my amazingly tidy junk drawer, I knew I needed to rethink this.
There are plans for drawer dividers out there, but they require tools. And we're keepin' it simple today. So go grab some yard sticks, glue and a box cutter, and let's get organizing!
We're gonna go from this
To the untrained eye, this may still look like a hot-mess... but there is definitely organization goin' on in here!
FIRST THINGS FIRST!
Measure your drawer! I knew that I wanted a spot for all of my manuals (top left), my wash cloths (bottom left), scissors/tape/glue (bottom middle), Pens/tools (umm... bottom right middle?), fire (bottom right), and "misc" (top right). So get an idea of what sizes you might need and get to work.
An amazing benefit of working with yard sticks is that... you don't have to measure!
To cut, score a line at the right measurement (ON BOTH SIDES). Go over it a few times to make sure you'll get a clean break.
It's a good idea to use a protected surface when scoring your stick. I, however, am not very fond of this train table....
NEXT! Line your scored line up with a corner. You're going to bend the yard stick at the weak point you just created
Snap it quickly. In the ruler at the top of the picture... I didn't score both sides. SO MAKE SURE YOU DO!
You end up with a not-so-smooth edge (but I wouldn't call it ROUGH, really...). Just take your utility knife, make sure your fingers are out of the way, and scrape off some of the ugly.
Score, break and glue all of your pieces. The measurements are absolutely customized to what you need.
I keep a gun nearby... you know... in case the zombies come! Or until the kid comes and finds somewhere else to play with it.
You have the choice of just inserting the dividers into the drawer, or gluing them. I chose not to glue mine because they were a good, tight fit.
So tight, in fact, that I had to bust out the rubber mallet to gently nudge it into place.
Now put everything back!!! In it's intended spot! :-)
So tell me, is this something you can do? :-) If you think you can, it'll cost under $2.