DIY Entryway Bench with Storage


Storage Bench

Enhance your entryway with this DIY entryway bench with storage. Elmer’s Carpenter’s Interior Wood Glue and Wood Filler will help you complete this project.

Skill level: hard

Supplies needed

  1. Elmer’s® Carpenter’s® Interior Wood Glue
  2. Elmer’s® Carpenter’s® Wood Filler
  3. 1 sheet of oak plywood 3/4″ thick. Get it cut in half length-wise.
  4. 4 bowls from the thrift store for faux bun feet
  5. 4 baskets (or buffet warmers if you can find them)
  6. Power tools (This project uses a miter saw, circular saw and jigsaw)
  7. Scrap wood for the inside of the baskets
  8. Step by step instructions

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      Get cutting:

      • Top panel = 58 1/12″ x 2 ft
      • Bottom panel = 58 1/12″ x 2 ft
      • 2 end panels = 14 3/4″ x 2 ft
      • 2 inside panels = 14 3/4″ x 2ft.
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      With a Kreg Drill, make pocket holes in the end and inside panels.

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      Put a bead of Elmer’s Interior Wood Glue along the edge and hold in place with a clamp to let it set a few minutes. Do this before trying to screw or nail boards together because there will be an even stronger bond between the materials.

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      Now you can add the top panel. Put wood glue on the ends and inside pieces and then place the top on and nail it down with your brad nailer and 2” nails. You can also use a regular hammer and nails.

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      Use your Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Filler to fill in your pocket holes. After that dries, sand it.

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      Iron on a roll of wood veneer to finish off the raw edges of your cut wood. The veneer is ¾” wide, which will be perfect for your ¾” thick oak plywood. If there is any overhang, use a razor to shave it off.

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      Then give the wood a good wash and wax. Give it a good wash of chalk paint mixed with water and brush it on. Then, wipe it off quickly. Next, use liming wax perpendicular to the grain of the oak and push the white wax into the grain and then allow it to settle into the grain.

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      Add a pop of color by painting the inside.

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      Add your “bun feet.” The example uses wooden bowls as “bun feet” from a thrift store. Drill a hole in the middle of the bun feet and then drill a hole in the base of your bench. Add them to the bottom with screws and wing nuts.

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      If you have baskets you want to use, use those or you can DIY your own baskets like the example. Glue and nail pieces of scrap wood together and line the old buffet warmers. Glue pads to the bottom of the buffet warmers so they don’t scratch the paint. Now that you’re done, place your new entryway bench with storage in your mudroom, kitchen or other entryway.

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Sewing Room Organization with Jars


Jar Organization

Supplies Needed for Strawberry Coasters:

  • Elmer’s Pro Bond Advanced
  • Wide Mouth Jars
  • Mini Wooden Spools (usually available in craft store’s wood section)
  • Pins (with ball top)
  • Spray paint in a variety of colors
  • Drop cloth
  • Wax paper

Project Tutorial Steps:

  1. Glue – use the Elmer’s Pro Bond Advanced to secure the wooden spool and pin to the seal lid of the jar. I suggest a small amount on the bottom of the spool, place it, and then fill the center hole with glue and insert the pin. Allow it to dry completely for an hour.
  2. Paint – take your lids, paints and drop cloth, to a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) and paint. I suggest two to three light coats. Allow lids to dry for at least an hour.
  3. Sort – sort your threads and display them in your pretty mason jars!

Project designed for Elmer’s by Kim Byers at The Celebration Shoppe.

DIY Baby Gate


Baby Gate Project

Supplies Needed:

  • 6″ Wood Car Siding
  • 1″ x 2″ boards for the posts, the baby gate frame and the post clamps
  • (2) 5/16″ x 1 1/4″ Carriage Bolts
  • (2) 5/16″ x 1 1/2″ Carriage Bolts
  • (4) 5/16″ Hex Nuts
  • (2) Wall Anchors with Screws or Bolts long enough to go through your post and into the anchor sufficiently to work properly
  • (1) Gate Latch
  • (2) 6″ Strap Hinges
  • (2) Hinge Pins
  • (2) U-Bolts
  • (2) 3″ Door Hinges
  • 1/8″ x 2″ Flat Iron
  • Kreg Jig
  • Kreg Jig Screws
  • Kreg Plugs
  • Drill and Driver
  • Compound Miter Saw with a fine tooth blade and a metal cut off blade
  • Table Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Sander, plus 80 grit and 120 (or higher) grit sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue Max
  • Stain
  • Spray Clean Coat, satin finish
  • Rustoleum Hammered Metal Pewter Spray Paint
  • Rags for staining
  • Gloves for staining
  • Tack Cloth

Project Tutorial Steps:

  1. Cut four (4) 1″x2″ boards to about 28″ long. These boards become posts on either side of the baby gate.
  2. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max and stick the two boards together for an approximately 2″ x 2″ square post. Do this for both sets of boards for 2 posts total.
  3. Use your Nail Gun to add a couple brad nails to hold the post boards together. Then, set these (2) posts aside.
  4. Next, use a compound miter saw to cut the 6″ car siding boards and the 1″x2″ boards for the frame. The overall height of the DIY baby gate is 28″, so, cut the car siding boards to 25″ lengths (you’ll need (7) 25″ lengths of 6″ car siding boards total). Rip one of the car siding boards down the middle and cut the other along the tongue, directly in the center of all of the boards to turn this into a folding baby gate.
  5. Cut your 1″x2″ boards into the following lengths: (2) 25″ lengths (for the sides) and (4) 18.5″ lengths (for the top and bottom).
  6. After all of the pieces of wood are cut, lay the boards out to see what they would look like all together. Then, use the Kreg Jig to create pocket holes around the outside of the boards to secure the frame and the inside boards together.
  7. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max to glue the car siding boards together. And then, use the pocket holes to attach the car siding boards to the outer 1″x2″ frame.
  8. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max to add wood plugs into the pock holes to keep the finished baby gate looking as clean as possible. This is a good point to note that you will also want to cut your 1″x2″ boards into (4) 5″ lengths as well. Then drill holes into them for where the U-bolt will go through the boards. These will become your clamps. At this point you will have your door completed, but still in two pieces.
  9. Use 80 grit and then 120 grit sandpaper (and 220 for extra good measure) to sand the doors, posts and clamps down. Hammer (both ends) to the boards to add a little bit of distressing to the boards. Use a Tack Cloth to remove all of the sawdust from all of the wood.
  10. Using gloves and a rag, stain all of the pieces of wood.
  11. While waiting for the stain to dry, use Rustoleum Hammered Metal Spray Paint in Pewter to paint all of your hardware.
  12. Begin the installation with your posts. Into one post, screw the hinge pins (note this angle on the bottom of this post eventually was cut off so it was flat on the bottom). And into the other post, secure two (2) of your clamp boards.
  13. Turn your doors upside down and install the hinges into the back of the board so that the door will fold.
  14. Cut your flat iron to (4) 18.25″-18.5″ lengths using a cut off blade on your compound miter saw. Then, drill holes in the flat iron for the screws and screwed the flat iron pieces into the doors using self-taping screws.
  15. Using the U-Bolts, attach the clamps and the banister post to your baby-gate post. Install the gate latch onto the top of the baby-gate post. Install the other baby-gate post onto the wall using wall anchors and extra long bolts.
  16. Add the latch onto the door. Then, attach strap hinges to the door where they would sit on the hinge pins using carriage bolts and hex nuts.

Project designed for Elmer’s by Ashley Phipps at Simply Designing.