Oh my goodness!!! It is July already!!! Just 24 more Fridays until Christmas….I know, STOP IT!!! That saying is true, the older you get the faster time passes 🙁
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! The hubby and I got a lot done around the house this past weekend and we spent some time with our son and his wife and 3 of our grandkiddos (you should have seen their eyes light up when they saw sparklers).
The hubby reclaimed his garage. He cleaned out the shed and moved all my old windows (that I really need to do something with) out there, so now they are stacked nice and neat out of view. He burned some furniture (I know! But they were pieces that we weren’t going to do anything with) on the burn pile and put all of his tools away and found his work bench. I, in the meantime built a wall for my flower bed in the back yard. Talk about hard work, whew!! It took me about 4 hours because this nana is way out of shape!! I finished it though and I have to say that I am super proud of myself!
Pretty cool, huh? Well anyway…on to today’s project!
We had (and by that I mean my hubby) these really cool wooden ammo crates in the garage. I have no idea where they came from, but they were just collecting dust out there so I decided to repurpose them! Into side tables for our guest room. No, really, side tables…wait ’til you see!
You will need the following materials if you want to do this project for yourself
- 2 wooden ammo crates, I looked and they are listed for sale on Ebay for $30-$70
- 8 3/4 inch cup hooks, they will hold up to 10lbs
- 4 pieces of chain, I purchased this at the hardware store and they cut it to the length I wanted
- drill and drill bit
- 4 black 2 inch drywall screws
- jack stand, trust me, it makes this easier
- tape measure
- marking pencil
I started with two ammo boxes that were two totally different colors, so I stained one hoping that they would match. They don’t match exactly, but I like the difference in the finishes. I used Minwax stain in dark walnut and once that was dry I put 2 coats of lacquer to give it shine and bring out the grain of the wood.
Then this project sat, waiting for my hubby to put them up in the guest room….for a few weeks, lol! Our guest room is small, about 10×12, and it has a queen size bed in it. Space is at a premium in there and traditional side tables would have taken up even more floor space. By installing side tables on the wall it frees up floor space and makes the room seem bigger than it really is. Here is where the jack stand comes in…I told you to trust me! It makes this a one man installation!
Genius!!! My hubby is just that kind of guy! He found the studs by tapping the wall, I recommend using a stud finder. This is a heavy crate, you don’t want it to fall off the wall so he attached it using 2 inch drywall screws pre drilling the holes through the crate and the wall. Then I put in the cup hooks and chains to make the lid level.
And there you have it. DIY side tables using wooden ammo crates. I love that there are rope handles on each end and the latch hardware is still on them. They can be closed and latched to get them out of the way and if I ever rearrange the room the crate that ends up not next to the bed can be used as a desk. Win, win!
See all the room still open under the table?
This room has undergone a renovation with the new room addition, we moved the window and repainted. Little by little it is coming together.
After this project my hubby said he was going to teach me how to use the power tools because my projects are killing him, lol! Look out world because I will be unstoppable using power tools!!
Side tables on the wall, yay or nay?
I am linking up with some fabulous link parties this week!!
’til next time