Upcycled Wood Flooring Boxes DIY
These boxes were made from wood flooring that was otherwise destined for the landfill.
While I was at it… I made 2 wooden boxes from the flooring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This isn’t very well focused, but it’s just showing the tongue and grove joint of the two bottom pieces.
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.
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.
I don’t know that there is an advantage to either way you do it. Guess it’s personal preference.
For painting, I used my brayer. I liked how it left open places and made it look aged.
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.
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.
The pieces are scrap leather and obviously they don’t match in color, but who’s gonna know that secret?
Viola’! Its original intended purpose!
Now for box #2!!
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.
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.
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.
Looks like some kind of artifact, doesn’t it??
At this point, it was ready to be glued together.
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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