Upcycled Wood Flooring Boxes DIY

Upcycled Wood Flooring Boxes DIY

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These boxes were made from wood flooring that was otherwise destined for the landfill.

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While I was at it… I made 2 wooden boxes from the flooring.

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A friend offered me quite a few pieces of wood flooring they were removing from their home, and being the scavenger I am, I said of course!  I needed a box to house my bottles of minerals I recently bought, so when I was looking for some wood for the project, I decided this would be perfect.

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First, I sanded down one long piece.  It is easier to sand one long piece than several small pieces.  I also sanded the underside to remove some black, hard glue stuck to it.

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Cut all the side pieces and trimmed off the tongue.  Then used the belt sander to clean up any areas that were rough or uneven.

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For the bottom of the box, I thought I’d utilize the tongue and groove, so I left the tongue attached and stuck some glue inside the groove and slid them together.

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This isn’t very well focused, but it’s just showing the tongue and grove joint of the two bottom pieces.

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For this box, I just glued everything with wood glue.  I usually use my brad nailer for this kind of project, but our air compressor is on the fritz and I can’t blow hard enough to get those brads to come out… So, I glued and clamped everything.

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Since there is yucky glue on the backside of the wood, I decided I’d use book pages to cover it up.  On this box, I added the pages after it was constructed, but on the next box, I added the pages before I glued it together.  As you can see, I used Mod Podge as the adhesive.

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I don’t know that there is an advantage to either way you do it.  Guess it’s personal preference.

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For painting, I used my brayer.  I liked how it left open places and made it look aged.

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As a side note, anytime I ink my brayer or load it with paint, I like to use envelopes to offload the color before rinsing it.  Later I will fill the front envelope with stamped images.  The color makes a nice background.

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Once it was painted, I loaded the bottom with glue and put some leather on it so it wouldn’t scratch whatever surface it was on and to give it a finished look.

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The pieces are scrap leather and obviously they don’t match in color, but who’s gonna know that secret?

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Viola’!  Its original intended purpose!

Now for box #2!!

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I used some “oops” paint I had on hand, and after I applied it, I let it sit a few minutes, then lightly wiped it off.  I like how it allowed the wood grain to show through.

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As I mentioned earlier, I did the second box a little differently.  I painted the pieces and put the paper inside before I glued it together.

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I left a little wood showing on the bottom so that when I glued it together, the glue would have something better to adhere to other than paper.  At this point I antiqued the pages with some glaze to tone down the white.

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Looks like some kind of artifact, doesn’t it??

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At this point, it was ready to be glued together.

Box madefrom recycled wood flooring.

 

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And there are my Upcycled Wood Flooring Boxes!

What kind of great ideas do you have for upcycling wood flooring??  I’m always open to suggestions.

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