Category Archives: Repurposing

Spice Up Your Kitchen with This Pallet Rack

With some extra clean pallet boards nearby, I decided to construct a simple three-shelf spice rack for our kitchen. If you like the idea, you can start by choosing how high and wide you want your spice rack to be, then lay out the number of boards you’ll need. I attached four together with two shorter pieces on the back, letting the top one protrude enough to use it to support my curved top piece.

I then took another board for my top piece, turned it lengthwise, and cut out a simple, Early American design. I placed it on top of my back boards and secured it with small nails through one of my back support boards shown in the first picture. The shiny nail heads you see here were in the pallet, which I left to give it even more character.

The sides and shelves were easy to cut and nail to the back. Just be sure to have some of your spice jars on hand to determine how wide each shelf needs to be and how much space you’ll need between each shelf. The final piece was this thin bar to keep the spice jars from falling off the shelf.

My favorite finish for pallet projects is Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish. The aerosol can version works great for projects with several pieces. Two fast-drying coats brought out the grain of the wood, provided some sheen to the dry wood, and made my spice rack look even better.

After that it was just a matter of bringing the spice rack into our kitchen, then watching as Leigh Ann began filling it up with jars of her favorite cooking spices.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

A New Display Shelf From an Old Wooden Drawer

As my wife will agree, I hate to throw anything away that I might someday be able to use, including this old drawer from a chest that fell apart years ago.

But last week I decided I could make a unique display box out of it, simply by using up some scraps of wood I already had around.

I started by gluing each shelf support to the inside of the drawer where I wanted each shelf to be.

For small projects like this one, I reach for a tube of the water based Minwax® Express Color™ and squirted out a small drop of “Oak.” As you can see by the sheen, Express Color contains both a stain and a finish for an easy, one-step application.

In just a few minutes time, I had rubbed the Express Color into my two oak shelves, ending with long smooth passes with my cloth to smooth it out and to remove any excess stain.

After that, it was just a matter of deciding where to display my recycled drawer, and, what to put in it, while I waited for Leigh Ann to agree that this old drawer had been worth saving.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

Upcycling A Pair of Stained Glass Doors

When my good friend Jim called from a local antiques shop, he really sounded excited. He had found these two arts and crafts stained glass cabinet doors and knew they would look great in our home. After a quick measurement, Leigh Ann and I realized they would fit perfectly in our two narrow bedroom windows.

The cabinet doors were covered with several layers of old white paint, so rather than risk sanding or stripping off any hidden lead paint, I decided to attach thin oak strips to create a new framework around the stained glass.

After nailing the strips of oak to the old frame, I filled the countersunk holes with Minwax® Stainable Wood Filler.

Once it had dried, I gave the new oak and the Stainable Wood Filler a quick sanding with #180-grit sandpaper, then vacuumed off the dust.

Since this was a small project, I reached for a tube of “Oak” Minwax® Express Color™ to stain and finish my new frame in one easy step.

Once the restoration was complete, all that I needed to hang them were four hooks and two lengths of chain. In just a few hours, I transformed two painted cabinet doors into two oak stained glass windows that provide both privacy and artistic color to our bedroom.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by.

Bruce

Step it Up with this Ladder Display Rack

While cutting up a wooden step-ladder may seem just a little strange, it actually made my wife Leigh Ann very happy. Not only had she been warning me that this old cobbled up ladder was going to collapse under me, she also had seen photos of old ladders being used as towel displays in kitchens and bathrooms.

While she was insistent that I didn’t sand off all the old paint splatters, it did need a light sanding just to eliminate any rough edges and to bring out some of the natural grain of the wood.

Since the rungs would be a challenge to brush on a finish, I opted for the aerosol version of Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish. Polycrylic is water-based, so it dried quickly and did not change the color of the wood. But it did give it just enough sheen to bring the old wood to life.

To hang it, I drilled a quarter-inch hole at the top of each side, then inserted a knotted loop of cord. I set the ladder in our family room while I went back to get a hammer and a couple of small nails. When I came back, Leigh Ann had already started experimenting with hanging dish towels from it.

I managed to get one more picture before she grabbed it and took off to see which room it would look best in. I headed back to my workshop to start another project….

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by.

Bruce