Spice Drawer Insert

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Hey DIY Friends!! Jen here with a new beginner project!

Wood spice drawer inserts!  You know the tiered kind you find in fancy kitchens that you just know costs way too much?

Well, you can make your own for a few bucks!

And this project is ridiculously easy! 

If you have a drawer to spare, this will help you get your spices organized. It could also work in the bathroom for make-up or vitamins, or whatever you want.

The goal is to clean it up and get it off the counter! 

You won't believe just how easy these spice drawer inserts are to make!!!

First, measure your drawer, both width and length.


Take the length measurement and divide by 4 (or however many inserts you want).  Whatever that number is (ours was about 5"), rip some 1/4" plywood down to that width.

Then cut the 1/4" plywood strips down to the width of your drawer.

For this drawer, that means I cut four pieces of plywood 5" wide x 7-7/8" long.

I then cut 4 - 1x2 boards 7-7/8" long.


Okay, so now it gets really easy.

Just glue and nail the 1/4" plywood pieces to the 1x2.

Do this to all of the inserts.  I used 3/4" long finish nails.

TIP: Use a 1x2 scrap to hold the other end of the plywood piece up as you nail.

Each insert will look like this.

Now just set the inserts in the drawer.  

Start at the back and let the inserts closer to the drawer front overlap the insert behind it.

If you wish to attach them so it's one piece that would be an option too, just nail or staple them where they meet on the underside.  

TIP: With all the inserts in place, just trace the overlap with a pencil, remove, staple from back side, and replace.

 Nice Huh!?! 

Ridiculously simple right?

Best part - using up scraps from various projects, this custom wood insert was FREE!!!  And even if you bought new materials, we are talking like under $5 to make this! 

Love it?  Please share it!!

Thanks, Jen

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Make your own spice drawer inserts on the cheap! Tutorial from Ana-White.com

Brooklyn Limestone Farmer's Market Stand

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Hi everyone!  

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.

Today, I'm so happy to debut a brand new plan!

My friend Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone built this beautiful Farmer's Market Stand.  

Living in the city where space - especially outdoor space - is limited, she uses it to hold her garden.  But of course, it would be so cute for so many uses!

Stefanie had so many requests for plans that she reached out to me to draw plans.  Of course, I said yes!

Stefanie details here construction steps and finish in her post here, so please go check that out! 

Thanks Stefanie.

Plans follow - Enjoy!

Ana + Family

PS - Check out this whale chalkboard DIY Project Stefanie made too!

Dimensions shown above

5 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
7 - 48" long x 1-1/2" wide wood lath pieces
2" self tapping wood screws (#8) or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws (for building frames)
3/4" finish nails or staples or small screws (for attaching bottoms to trays)
2 - basic butt hinges (for attaching frame pieces together)
Also recommend 1-1/4" screws for attaching frames to the trays

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
Cut List: 

for the front face of the A frame
(2) 1x2 @ 53-1/2"
(1) 1x2 @ 23"
(4) 1x2 @ 21-1/2"

for the back face of the A frame
(2) 1x2 @ 43-1/4"
(1) 1x2 @ 23"
(3) 1x2 @ 21-1/2"

for the trays
(6) 1x3 @ 21-1/2" long
(6) 1x3 @ 14" long
(21) 1-1/2" wide wood lath @ 15-1/2 inches long

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Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Start by building the front frame. Stefanie used wood screws, but if you have a Kreg Jig, you can also use that, set on the 3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Build the back frame just like the front frame.


plans to DIY Farmer's Market stand!

Step 3

Next, build three of the crates. Use the wood screws or your Kreg Jig set for 3/4" stock. The wood lath can just be nailed and glued (or stapled) to the bottom with 3/4" fasteners, as the weight will be distributed to the front and back frames.

Step 4

Attach the two frames together with the hinges. Then set the bottom tray on the bottom rungs, and work upward. For more stability, attach the frames to the crates.

Step 5

For more information on the steps Stefanie used to finish this project, please check her post out here.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Outdoor Sofa from 2x4s for RYOBI Nation

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UPDATE: Congrats to Paula for winning this giveaway! Thank you to all who entered!!!

Happy Friday!!!

It's not too late to entertain outdoors with a wood sofa!!!

Especially one this easy to build!

Those are just 2x4s, and it IS this simple to build:

Like one of the simplest big projects ever!!!!

I made this sofa and plans with the help of our awesome friends over at RYOBI, and you can download all the steps, cut list and more here.

We also thought it would be fun to giveaway some of the tools that I used to build this sofa!

All you have to do is click here to enter!

Have a great weekend!  

Happy lounging!

XO Ana+Family

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build an outdoor sofa out of 2x4s! modern style meets diy chic from ana-white.com