So let me just begin by saying that there is nothing manlier then doing something with your hands. Not in the dirty way you are probably thinking, I’m talking about woodwork. I wish I had the patience and skill to do what was featured over at DIY Vintage Chic but I don’t. However, she was nice enough to show his step by step instructions on how to create this awesome modern vintage wine crate coffee table. Yes, we said she which means we are all that less of men because she did an amazing job on this table.
Before going into how awesome this table really is, I want to remind everybody of what Becca mentioned on her blog post itself. She is nice enough to show us “manly men” how exactly to create this incredible creation but doesn’t want to see anybody creating this for commercial use (monetary gain). So please respect the woman and understand that if you want to create this stuff, do it as homage to her and the goals she has laid out on her website. Not to mention, she grew up just a short drive across state lines in Missouri and I don’t want her trying to track me down.
The actual design of this table is something to truly be admired. She labels her website as vintage but if you ask me, this DIY wine crate coffee table could plug into any décor (including my preference of ultra-modern) if you design around it correctly. I loved the end look and finish of this table (I think when I give it a try, I might go a few shades darker) and I love that she put so much thought into the center of the table. I don’t know what it is about dark river stones in a living room but they tend to give me a sense of relaxation and with the way she set this up, you can place whatever you want in the middle.
Overall, an amazing DIY project that I fell in love with and I hope that this woman decides to start selling them online for the lazier guys (like us) that don’t know what to do it with a hammer. Check out the step by step guidelines here and you will have the DIY crate coffee table in no time at all.
We were lucky enough to snag an interview with Becca Woodham whom designed this awesome DIY Wine Crate Coffee Table. She was nice enough to answer a few of our questions and give some more insight in how she approaches her DIY projects.
Can you tell us your name, the role you have, and the website/business you are representing? Becca Woodham, Owner/Creator for DIY Vintage Chic
Your website is all about design and offers several different facets within design for a focus. Tell us more about the website itself and what you personally enjoy writing about and working on the most. My DIY Vintage Chic blog is a spin-off from my original blog. Both include a variety (which is what I love the most) of arts and crafts projects. I’m not just a painter or a crocheter or in this case a furniture builder, I love working on a range of projects. Some days I don’t feel like standing in my cold basement building a piece of furniture, so I plop down on the couch and pick up some yarn and needles. Versatility is what keeps me interested in arts and crafts.
My mom is one of the biggest reasons for my creativity and ultimately my reason for sharing my work (ie blogging). Growing up I constantly heard, why buy it if you can make it? That along with not throwing anything out if you think you can reuse it and the infamous ‘S’ word…. SPRAY PAINT! As I grew up and worked on more and more projects I had friends start asking me to create work or help them out with their own DIY projects. I tried explaining our family motto of why buy it, just make it but quickly learned that not everyone grew up in a similar fashion. Their thoughts were more along the lines of, why spend the time trying to figure out how to make it if I can just buy it.
Providing step-by-step directions for some of my projects has now become not only a hobby of mine but has lead to much inspiration. The number of readers who reach out to me to help them troubleshoot their own DIY projects or to pick my brain on ideas they have grows more and more everyday. And that’s the fun part of art. Taking an idea, a style, a technique and making it your own. When my blog and my projects help people do that then the blog itself is as successful as the project is… if not more.
One of the items we featured on Gadgets 4 Guys was an amazing DIY project. How do you go about “deciding” your next DIY project? Ideas for my next project comes up in a number of ways. Sometimes there’s a birthday or some kind of event and I decide to make a gift. Sometimes my projects are spinoffs of an old creation. For example, coming soon there will be a side table to match the Vintage Wine Crate Coffee table! Or sometimes it’s as simple as having an empty wall in my house and deciding on a style and color for the area it’s in.
What is one assumption about your industry that people make that can be frustrating? One assumption about my industry is when I say I’m an artist people automatically assume I’m a painter. I like painting, I’ve painted before and I’ll paint again but not every artist is a painter.
When you designed the Vintage Wine Crate Coffee Table, how did the idea come about for it? What were some of the things you thought about when coming up with the design (i.e. did you do any prepping/planning)? I was in desperate need of a new coffee table. I wanted something with storage and wheels. I also did NOT want to spend $500+ at a store where a 1,000 other people have the exact same coffee table. I had one of the crates lying around the house (from a previous project that never happened) and thought it would make a cute table. My imagination, trial and error and a little bit of research took it from there. I created the basic shape by connecting the 4 crates and adding the castors to the bottom. I didn’t design the center area (the hole) until I had the basic structure built. At that point I decided to add a few slates of wood to the hole and create a focal point of something I enjoy. At that time it was wine corks, for Christmas it was ornaments and now they’re filled with pine cones.
What is one thing you recommend to people about safety whenever they are conducting their DIY project at home? SAFETY FIRST! I’ll admit it. I don’t always have that line running through my head while working, but I should! When working with power tools I’m always safe BUT there are precautions everyone should take that you might not think are important. Of course it’s understood that you don’t stick your hand near a running blade but one not so obvious, wear eye protection. As the years go by I’ve also started to pay more attention to respiratory safety. With my allergies getting worse every year I’ve started to notice the toll projects can take on my lungs after a lot of sanding or using harsh chemicals that have a strong order. Wear a mask and have plenty of ventilation!
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