I have a simple reclaimed wood apple caddy to share with you today, and I am so excited! I have several great tips all rolled into this one easy to make apple caddy. The best part? I was inspired by my friends’ projects. I have the most creative and smart friends, and when I see what they do I have those “thump your forehead” kind of moments!
It all started out as just a project to keep me busy on a sort of hot day and to fill my time while I was probably waiting for some paint to dry!
I love using reclaimed wood, and believe me I have a lot of it. I’m still using the wood from this haul last year.
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I cut the makings of a “box” on my compound miter saw. The measurements aren’t really important, you can make yours any size you want. I made the sides the same and the ends the same.
I was inspired by Mindi’s Coca Cola Crate to use a bucket handle. This handle came off the five gallon bucket of paint that I used to paint my DIY picket fence. I removed the plastic piece and added a spindle.
While I was waiting for the glue to set up, I cut the spindle to size on the compound miter saw. I used a quick clamp to hold the spindle so I could drill a hole through it in order to slide it on the handle. (not shown)
DO NOT try to hold anything in your hand while you drill a hole in it.
After the glue set up, I added a few brad nails to the apple crate for good measure.
I’m really good at drilling holes, but I’m NOT good at making the holes match. Enter this brand new jig from my friends at Kreg, their new Cabinet Hardware Jig. It’s sooo incredibly handy, compact and pretty much fool-proof!
You can see how easy it is to use on this video. It’s fabulous for pulls and knobs, and even holes to hold bucket handles!
A couple of weeks went by, and although I love my new caddy, but I felt like it needed a little something!
I decided it should be an apple caddy! (but you already knew that because of the title of this blog post)
You can see that I used Bookman-Old Style font, and I cut two stencils out of contact paper. I love using contact paper stencils. I even did a facebook live showing how to use contact paper stencils.
You can see I applied the entire piece of contact paper stencil, then weeded the letters out. After that I used the paper backing to smooth everything out.
I have been wanting to try this technique from my friend Jennifer Allwood. While I was describing the technique to my daughter Jamie, she was like “oh yeah”. Now mind you, she doesn’t do a lot of stenciling—but she does a LOT of work in photo shop for her employer. She then told me that she does this all the time for their images. duh! Maybe you already know it too, but if not, I’m about to rock your world. okay, that might be a LITTLE much.
I squirted a little bit of the deco art black paint onto the stencil and used my Martha Stewart foam pouncer to stencil the letters black.
Looks great eh? But wait! There’s more!
Remember I cut TWO stencils? I placed this stencil on top of the black painted letters . . . . .
. . . a little to the right and slightly higher. Can you see the gray wood to the right of the letters?
Using the same technique with another pouncer I painted the letters red.
Can you see it . . . a slight shadow appears!
After the paint dried on the apple caddy, I sanded the paint VERY lightly to age it a little and remove the bubbles the pouncer left behind.
This is my first time using the shadow stenciling technique, but you can bet it won’t be the last!
I took some photos outside on my diy reclaimed potting bench, I love how it looks with the white backdrop.
I love using reclaimed fence wood, and I still have a lot of it left! What have you made using reclaimed wood?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.