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Attempting Aloha: May 17, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DIY Beadboard Boxes and Making Your Own Jute Rope!

Since we're on an Ana White kick, I thought I'd throw this one together while I was in a nail-gunning mood. Yes, that's a real mood. I say so.

As I mentioned in my last "It Will Be Mine" post, the Hawaiian tradition is to remove your shoes at the door before entering a home. ((And flip flops are called "slippers". I still can't figure out what they call mainland slippers...everyone just laughs when I ask..."house slippers" is about the best I can figure.))

I don't like all our shoes crowding our already tiny entryway, so we were using a couple of small baskets under our sofa table.  Needless to say, with three kids and two adults, this wasn't really working out for me.

Ana saves the day yet again! Her Box Crates were the perfect solution.

But as you know by now, I'm cheap, and I really wanted to use up stuff that I have just laying around in my garage. So I used some of the same old desk materials that I used for my toy boxes, and I cut out the sides and bottoms to make three boxes. The fronts were a little more tricky, though. I didn't have enough of that material to do all 6 pieces, PLUS I didn't want them to be too heavy since they'd need to be slid in and out by our kids (oh, and I'm a wuss).

Beadboard, I love you. I had purchased some beadboard when we were considering just renovating our kitchen cabinet faces instead of replacing the entire things. That didn't work out for us since we ended up changing the layout of the entire kitchen and needed different doors to accomodate, so I had leftover beadboard just sitting in a corner, waiting for a home. Suh. weet!

My stacks. Six sides, six front/backs, and three bottoms.

As with the toy boxes, I just Gorilla glued and used the nail gun to attach everything, making sure to square it all up. :)

Then I drilled a couple holes for a handle in the front and made my own rope handles out of jute! This is a technique I use for doing twists in my girls' hair, and I was fresh out of rope, but I thought I'd save myself a trip to the store by just making my own! PLUS I can make it any thickness that I want!

Here's how I made those:

Step 1) Gather your jute and decide how thick and how long you want your ropes to be. Then make the appropriate cuts.

Step 2) Tie a knot in one end of your "rope".

Step 3) Secure the rope near the knot with something heavy. Honestly, I usually just use my foot as I sit on the ground, but it wasn't making for a pretty picture. The paint can wasn't uber attractive either, but it won in the end. ;)  Then divide your strings into two even sections. Mine was 10 pieces, so I had two groups of 5.

Step 4) Here's where having 3 girls comes in handy! Janet from Today's Fabulous Finds did a great tutorial on her paint stick crates and made her own rope in braids, but I really wanted the ropey (yes, it's a word, get over it) look.  So I used a hair twisting trick. ;)  Take each of the two groups and twist them in the same direction. I twisted both of mine to the right. No, I'm not talented enough to do this with one hand, but for the photo's sake, this is how I had to hold them temporarily...sorry if it's confusing.

Step 5) Now take those two twisted groups and twist them TOGETHER in the OPPOSITE direction. So I twisted mine to the left. They should just wrap around each other naturally, and if you put an elastic in it, they'd stay that way...

Step 6) Continue twisting until you get all the way to the end. Should look like this at the end:

Then just thread it through your box holes. Be sure to start from the inside, so your knot ends up on the inside.

Thread it back through your second side and tie your last knot and clip off excess! 

Nice work! 

Much mo' bettah (as my aloha friends would say).

I coulda painted the inside, but I was feeling lazy and knew it would get dinged up from shoes being thrown in it, so the natural wood works for now!