DIY Rustic Wall Storage Bins

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Speaking of creating storage… for a while now I have been talking to my husband about building a storage bin for the back of our entry closet door.  Something that I can organize baby socks, shoes and hats in… not to mention all the other randoms that we need to keep in the front closet.  (I am SO sick of running up stairs to my girls rooms for socks, since neither of them will leave socks on to save their laundry drowning mother’s life.)

So, I decided to keep all their shoes and socks downstairs in the front closet.  But I have only had an old Easter shoe basket to put both girls shoes and sock in… needless to say it has been bugging me.
I have seen organizer’s like this, but while it is functional, it is not exactly beautiful, and I can’t help it, I have a thing for function and beauty…

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So I started looking for inspiration to check against the ideas that were growing in my brain.   I knew I wanted the bins to not just be square, I wanted an angled bin to add some interest… and when I saw this and it totally was what I was thinking of… almost, I knew it was the right way to go.

I also loved this because the cabinet below was a knock of of a chicken coop nests.. and we love chickens!  (sorry no sources for the images I found them a while ago, and can’t remember where)

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And here is what we came up with:

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Okay, so I know I said I was going to put it on the back of the door, and I had planned on it, but then, I loved it to much to not see it more often, so it took the place of my rustic art in the entry.

 

Steps of construction for Wall Storage Bins

These steps and measurements are the ones that I used. These may be modified slightly depending on your needs and wants.

Time Required: Half a day

Prepping stain mixture: 15 min. ( 24 hours before staining)

Cutting and Sanding: 2 hrs.

Staining: 20 min.

Assembly: 30 min.

Painting Stencil: 20 min.

Hang in place: 10 min.

Supplies Needed:

  • (3) Pine Board @ 1 x 6 x 10, (actual size, 3/4” x 5 1\2” x 10’, $9.57 each
    • for (2) sides and (6) fronts
  • (1) Pine Board @ 1 x 4 x 10, (actual size, 3/4” x 3 1\2” x 10’, $10.72 each
    • for (6) bottom of bins
  • (1) Pine Board @ 1 x 4 x 15, (actual size, 3/4” x 3 1\2” x 14 1\2”
    • for (1) top
  • Jig Saw or hand saw
  • Hammer
  • (26) Nails 1 1\4” (found in the garage)
  • Sanding block or electric sander
  • 100 or 120 grit sand paper
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge (for laying out the pattern to be cut
  • Measuring tape
  • Framing triangle (optional, but very useful)
  • Wood stain recipe (tutorial here)
    • Fine steel wool
    • Vinegar
    • Glass jar
  • Black Tea
  • Bowl for black tea
  • Foam brush
  • Rag

Cut List:

(Quantity) Length x Width x Thickness

Top:                 (1) 14 1\2” x 3 1\2” x 3\4”

Sides:              (2) 66” x 5 1\2” x 3\4”

Fronts:             (6) 16” x 5 1\2” x 3\4”

Bottoms:          (6) 14 1\2” x 3 1\2” x 3\4”

Back Supports: (2) 14 1\2” x 5 1\2” x 3\4”

Construction Steps:

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  • Cut (2) sides to length.
  • Cut (6) front pieces to length

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  • Cut (2) back supports to length
  • Layout pattern on (2) sides.
    • divide the sides with a mark on the front at 11” all the way up the front of the board.

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    • draw a faint line across the board using your triangle.
    • mark on the line 3 1\2” from the back of the side on the line just drawn.

 

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    • on the front edge of the side, draw a mark 5 1\8” above the 11” line.
    • Draw a line using a straight edge connecting the 3 1\2” mark to the 5 1\8” mark. (This line should be about 5 1\2” long for the front piece to be nailed to.

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    • Draw another line from the 5 1\8” mark back to the 3 1\2” mark above on the next line.

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    • This completes the pattern to be cut.

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    • Do some test cuts to get familiar with cutting with the jig saw.  It’s ease to get the angled cuts if you are not careful.
  • Cut out pattern with jig saw
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  • Be sure to keep the blade straight at all times.
  • Cut out the little triangular pieces keeping the blade on the cut side of the line.
  • Clamp sides together and sand the cut edges flat, for the front pieces to be nailed to and for the exposed edges to look nicer.
  • Sand off or erase pence marks and do any last sanding touchups.
  • Test how everything fits together
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  • Distress the cut pieces of wood

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  • Apply on layer of tea stain, and allow to dry. You won’t notice much of a difference (maybe you should, but I didn’t)
  • Stain the wood using the homemade mixture of vinegar and steel wool (that has been sitting for 24 hours), see the tutorial here, before assembling.
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  • Assemble the minions cut pieces with nails.
    • Nail the sides to the top and bottom pieces with two nails on each side (using your triangle as a guide to keep it square.  We used nails with heads to add another detail.
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    • Nail the back supports to the sides. One at the back top of the top bin and one on the back top of the bottom bin.

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    • Nail the fronts to the angled 5 1\2” sides.  Again we used small nails with heads so that you would see the nails on purpose to add a tiny bit more rustic detail.  At first we only had two nails, but decided to add a third…
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  • We chose to stencil some numbers on (this is optional…)  To create a cheap stencil, I printed the numbers I needed in the right size.  Then we decided where we wanted breaks, and I made a few tweaks to the lettering.
  • Tape the letters in place.  Then with a ball point pen, Justin trace the outline of each number onto the wood.  Because the wood is soft, the pressure through the paper will leave a small mark or groove to follow when painting but that isn’t really visible once painted.
  • Dry brush the letters on (Justin tested it out on the back… no one will ever know! (oh shoot I guess I just told you… and showed you a picture!)

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Finally, hang it on the wall (we just drilled it right through the back support boards right into a stud.  And fill it up with what ever you want.  I like things to be functional, so while the stuff inside might not be beautiful we use it ALL the time… baby sweaters, baby shoes, socks, gloves, scarves and hats.  And of course you can change it out for different seasons.

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Lydia came over while I was taking pictures.  I tried to get her to look through the bins but the front door was open.  I asked her to get some shoes… so she bent down to get her shoes… It was cute!

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Cassity started Remodelaholic with her husband, Justin, to share their love for knocking out walls together. She is an interior designer, wife, and mother of two. She and Justin have remodeled three homes from top to bottom and are working on their fourth. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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Comments

  1. says

    that is adorable! you are going to love it! i just finished our mudroom and placed a little basket of socks in there too. it has changed my attitude about leaving the house so much. we never wear socks in the house. so everytime we left i needed to run upstairs to get 3 pairs of socks for the little ones, err. such a little thing, but huge in my book:) enjoy:)

    • says

      I know exactly what you mean! One of my girls favorite pass times is to pull off their socks… So we never have them when I need them. And ya know running up the stairs ten tiems a day for socks is a great workout, but there are times that I just don’t have the time or desire!

    • says

      I know! He is totally sweet. Normally I do the finishing, but he is more patient with things like that so, I let him do it… actually it was really nice to have a project done without having to get too involved.

    • says

      A lot less of them, and it really depends on the thickness of the heel. Slip on’s and flip flops for sure. But that is the beauty of the project. If you want it to fit a little more, instead of using a 1 x 6 for the sides, grab a 1 x 8… or if you have the space a 1 x 10… it really can be anything you want it to be.

  2. Tani says

    Thank you for the steps and inspiration! Husband is building this today for produce in the kitchen! We’ve been looking for something similar but they can be so expensive! Pics to follow!

    • says

      That is such a GREAT idea! I may have to make on of my own for that very use! (will you send me a link or some pictures? I would love to show it off!)

  3. Deanne says

    Love this. I am making a trip to the hardware store tomorrow to pick up the wood to make one each for my girls’ rooms.

  4. says

    Just found your website, and now I HAVE to make this–what a great idea, and great tutorial!!

    your newest follower!!
    Shannon @SewSweetCottage.blogspot.com

  5. says

    These are soooo fabulous Cassity!! I love the organization – but the rustic look with the numbers really looks amazing!! Thanks for the tutorial too! :)

  6. Susan M jensen says

    Fabulous Its so nice to store. Love wood & this is what kind of wood?? Handy man I’ll give you chance to do me one,hahaha

  7. says

    Cassity, this is honestly amazing! I love the natural wood feel and all the storage that is possible with this shelving unit! I featured your projects yesterday on Sew Woodsy!

  8. Jenny says

    I am not sure if I have done something wrong, but I think you need 6-14 1/2″ x 3 1/2 x 3/4″ for the drawer bottoms??

  9. Danielle says

    Super cute!! And I love your wall color. We’re painting my daughter’s room and I’m looking for a really subtle blue/aqua color. What is the name or your paint? Thanks.

    • says

      Danielle, I got it quite a few years ago (2009) from Walmart, it is called Fortress Grey 95362, it is from the ColorPlace Formula book… Not sure if they still have it… Good Luck!

  10. says

    LOVE this idea so much! I am going to get wood to build one today, I will let you know how it turns out.
    Perfect project to calm my nerves about that fact that Fall is fast approaching with all it’s hats and mitten mayhem.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Cheers,
    Zoe

  11. says

    Genius! Saw this on Pinterest. I have 2 daughters (3 and almost 1) whose bedrooms are upstairs, but I always dress them downstairs in the living room. So their socks and shoes are everywhere. And now that it’s “winter” in Texas, we have hats and gloves taking up space, too. I have the perfect spot for something like this, too. And I can imagine that once they’ve outgrown the baby stage, we could use the bins for all the little things that seem to have no place to go. Great project!!!

    • says

      Julie! HA! ha! That story is so familiar and it is exactly what we used it for! (we were even in Texas…) Anywho! Good luck on the project. I Love those bins!

  12. Kristy says

    Do you think this would hold books well? We have been thinking of different ways to store books in the playroom and love the look of this. I was not sure if the books would be at a funny angle though with these measurement??? Found you through Pinterest and am definitely a new fan of your site!!

    • says

      Kristy, the books would lean forward, you might want to keep the front of each bin flat, and then cut out the shape of a “7″. The upper line of the “7″ is the bottom of the shelf…. otherwise the books might fall out… I hope that makes sense. If you make it i’d love to see some pictures!

  13. Amber says

    Ok not that the bins aren’t adorable, but I’m loving that bundle of twigs next to your door! Where did you find that??

  14. Amy says

    Once again, you have given us another awesome plan! I am building this as soon as our baby gates are done! With eight kids it is always such a struggle to keep thier shoes neat and tidy! This is so perfect! Thank you both! :)

    • says

      Thanks Michelle for pointing that out. I updated the top piece to be 3 1/2″ not 5 1/2″. I am glade that you were able to build one. Let us know how it turned out.

  15. says

    Love your shelf, I think I might try this with pallet boards giving the outside where the numbers are a different look for each shelf. Check out my pallet headboard I made, on my blogspot. Another summer project.
    Judy

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