Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Cubby-Shutter Side Table

Yeah, I know that is a wacky name to describe this thing .... but I'm just not coming up with anything better at the moment, so here goes!
Oh, and this is probably the last mini-tutorial from my Mom Cave Mega Post, so if there was anything else in the space that I didn't cover, feel free to send me an email or leave me a comment, and I'll do my best to answer your questions! :-)

So this little project started with these:
Two unfinished, wooden shelves purchased from my local craft store for $17 each (I bought them on two different weekends and used a "40% off one item" coupon each time).
I used the leftover driftwood stain from my craft table to give them an older, rustic look.
(Oh, and a handy tip for staining something like this .... I started using a brush, but then got smart and switched to a "staining sponge" --- WAY easier!)

Once the staining was done, I stacked the shelves horizontally and attached them with two little brackets, screwed across the seam of the two shelves.

I moved my new "cubby" into the room and planned to call it good .....
until I saw the old shutter standing in the corner, lookin' lonely.

It was painted white when I bought it from an antique sale a while back, but I wanted the white to match the newly-made-over desk on the adjacent wall, so I grabbed another can of Rust-oleum's Heirloom White, then sanded it a little bit and added some Distress Ink in a few places.

I put four big glue dots (from the scrapbook supply store) on the four corners of the cubby-top, and pressed the shutter down over the top.
Just enough STICK to be effective!  Plus, totally easy to remove it if I decide I don't like it later on .... (although I don't see that happening anytime soon!:)~

I love the overall look of the finished "table" .... it's got plenty of character, just like the rest of the room!

Oh .... and the total cost?
Less than $40!
Not bad for a good amount of storage AND a great amount of cute!


  1. Really cute. :) My bestie and I are heading to the local flea market Labor Day weekend and on my list are shutters. I love the look of them plus there are so many things you can do with them!

    Good job on this room, I bet you never wanna leave. :)

  2. I actually think I'm going to make one of these, but not for my craft room, for my mud room.

  3. Love your mom cave!
    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Such a cute idea and I love the name

  5. Lovin' the name too! This is so brilliant! I want a mom cave. Maybe someday I will have a bigger house. ;) I was wondering about the ceiling tiles you have hanging in the mom cave...are they the plastic ones? I LOVED those...

  6. Fantastic! I love shutters and what you did with this is such a great idea!

  7. ok I need this stain! where did you get it and whats its name!!! please great color thanks


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