This past Saturday, I WAS BORED!
Seriously, I felt like an annoying kid asking, "Are we there yet?" (except it was "Is it time for dinner yet?").
So, to find something to do with my time, I checked The Design Confidential and Ana White's Facebook pages for project requests. I've come to be kinda handy at drawing up plans, so I figured I'd give it a "go."
One of the more popular requests was the Daily System from PB.
Source: Pottery Barn
I've kept coming back to this, because it looks SO EASY, but I couldn't quite figure out exactly HOW it done.
The flat surfaces (cork board/white board) have all been covered in blogs, so I wasn't too concerned with them... It was THIS GUY that I wanted to tackle.
Source: Pottery Barn
And you know what? In all the times I'd looked at it, I've never looked at the above image..
DUH! It goes in a FRAME!
When I was trying to figure out the gallery wall in my living room, I had gotten a bunch of different sized frames. I still had four 11x14 frames left over, so I decided to tackle this system.
To make sure proportions and dimensions were correct, I first came up with a few construction paper templates, and assembled them in the frames.
When I got the sizes to be what I wanted, I drew up a master template and took it outside to start cutting. I ended up with this. If you plan to do this, make sure you measure the inside of your frame. That's the width of the "fronts". They're 5 & 6 inches high.
But you've already seen this much.
With paper, you don't have to take into account the width of the wood when assembling, so I had to figure out where/how much I had to notch out to make the top front (the 6 inch one) fit (it still had to touch the glass on the frame, so papers didn't fall straight through).
From here, I attached the sides of the bin to the inside of the picture frame using wood glue. Then I put the fronts on with more wood glue, and a little weight...
New use of rice 'n beans, hmm?
When it dried, I caulked the seams (something I would ALWAYS suggest for a more professional appearance) and wiped away the excess with a damp sponge.
Got her all spray painted up, and now I LOVE her!
To make your own, you need an 11x14 frame and some scrap 1/4" ply.
I submitted this plan to ana-white.com (here's the link), so you can download the template and get the cut list from there.