Stacy Davis
Stacy Davis
  • Tutorial Team
  • Fredericksburg, VA

Farmhouse Box

8 Materials
$10
1 Hour
Easy

I love farmhouse boxes and they are great to use as a centerpiece or a place corral salt, pepper and napkins. Here is a tutorial on how I make a farmhouse Box and then different ways to customize them. I think this would make an awesome gift. You could even put house numbers on it, as a front step or porch accessory. Really, there are so many different ways to use and customize this simple box, I've only scratched the surface here.

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I used a miter box to make my cuts. The four sides are 1 by 4’s and the bottom is a 1 by 6. My two ends were 5 1/2 inches and the two sides were 17 1/2 inches. The bottom was 15 1/2 inches. This makes a long box. Another good size has sides that are 14 inches and the bottom is 12 inches, the ends stay at 5 1/2. My customized farmhouse boxes were this size. You can play around with different dimensions. The ends are always the width of the bottom piece and the bottom piece is 2 inches smaller than the sides.

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I used my mouse sander to knock off the edges.

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Before you nail and glue, dry fit everything to make sure there aren’t any adjustments that need to be made.

farmhouse box

I love to use the baby wipe technique on wood. It just takes baby wipes and I prefer acrylic paint and rubber gloves.

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It is almost like staining your wood with paint.

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I try not to stain/paint the edges that will be glued.

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I like to hammer the ends on first. Now that the ends are in, it is time for the sides.

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It’s really a fun simple project to make.

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I like to use nails with heads. It helps hold the wood securely while the wood glue dries and I think it adds to the rustic charm.

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Sometimes, I like to add burlap to the ends. To get a straight line when cutting your burlap, pull out a strand and use the empty row as a cutting guide.

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On one, I painted farmhouse on one side and made this patch.for the other side.

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On another, I used garland from the Target Dollar Spot to make a wreath.

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Here is stenciled burlap on some buffalo check fabric.

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Even plain is super cute!

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Baby Wipe Technique

The best thing about the baby wipe technique is no brushes to clean! Just throw away the used wipes and you are done.

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  • Brenda
    Yesterday

    I’m not sure I understand the baby wipe technique—are you just wiping the wood with baby wipes before you paint the pieces with acrylic paint while wearing gloves?

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  • Anita
    2 hours ago

    I don’t understand why the miter saw. If you don’t miter the ends.

  • Val
    31 minutes ago

    What a super cute idea, it looks great and is so versatile.

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