When I started working in Corporate America eons ago – I swear the phrase of the year was “Think outside the box.” I had a manager who loved this sort of terminology. Any time I went to him for advice, this was the type of answer I got. He was a good manager, but I wasn’t a big fan of the phrase. I felt that it was contrived. Ideally, we should all be thinking inside, outside and around the box!
Don’t get me wrong. I am aware that there is a lot of value in creative thinking. I mean, look at all my projects. I’m just not a big THINKER. I like to solve problems, come up with fun stuff and get things done. In my mind, that makes me a DOER. I believe there’s a difference between me and someone who can really enjoy depth in their thought processes.
If I spend too much time contemplating life, its meaning and what I’m supposed to be when I grow up…I just get depressed. I struggle with my next steps. I compare myself to the world around me. I wonder why things haven’t gone my way. I worry about my health for no apparent reason. And none of that (NONE OF THAT) is good stuff!
Overall, I’m a person who likes to be positive. That’s why the past year has been a test of my mental strength. I am generally purpose driven. Without someone or something driving my purpose – I’m screwed. I had to remind myself of that the other day. I had to get back on track. So this weekend – I’m planning a schedule for my weekly activities. I’m getting myself re-involved and recommitted to things I enjoy doing and are helpful to others. I’m moving on. I’M NOT THINKING ABOUT IT ANYMORE.
Back to the DIY, which also happens to be about A BOX.
I found myself a box (or ironically a cube) at my favorite thrift shop. I have been wanting find a piece for storing outdoor shoes/boots in the garage. I wanted it to have a little bench seat as well. You know, for when you are putting boots on or whatever. When I saw this cube the other day – I knew I was golden. I have NO IDEA what it was originally. But for $6, I wasn’t questioning it!
It is made of wood covered with veneer. First I primed it. I let it dry for a good 24 hours.
Then I put on two coats of black paint. I used a brush AND a foam roller. Foam rollers rock for this sort of project. No streaks.
After that dried for a good bit, I put on a coat of Polycrylic. This was a precaution because I needed it to stand up to garage type activities.
Now, this box doesn’t have a top that comes off. To upholster it I had a couple options: I could wing it OR I could get a cushion and attach with Velcro. (I’m sure you can come up with other options as well but those seemed the easiest to me.)
I went with winging it. (No surprise huh?) I cut 2 inch high density foam to fit the top. I used spray adhesive to hold it in place and then I stapled the material on to the sides.
I had a fight with my new power stapler at this point, but I ended up winning. Yay me! Then I used white grosgrain ribbon to cover the staples. I attached it with hot glue.
Finally, I removed the feet and added casters. With locks. This way it can be moved around in the garage but also be stable to sit on.
I put a plastic (easily cleanable) basket inside for shoes – and we are good to go!
The rest of the garage? Well that’s a story and a project for another time.
PS: Thanks to Live Love DIY for the steps for painting veneer!
Update 8/13/2014: With any project – make sure you read both the products and the brush/roller information to make sure they work together and you use them properly.