Rustic Wood Box for My Dining Room

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

I spent mine hanging out with the fam, and finishing up lots of fun, smaller projects.  I wanted to share one with you today!

I recently came across this dining room on Pinterest and fell in LOVE!  I especially loved her use of stacked baskets and Perrier water bottles in a few of her pictures.  I have had a blank corner in my dining room staring at me for a long time.  This would be the perfect addition for it.  I did find my baskets at HomeGoods for super cheap.  I decided they needed a little something to sit on.  I made a rustic wood box, and I love the results!

This is super easy to make!  I used finish nails and wood glue on the whole thing.

You will need 4 – 1×4″ furring strips and 1 – 1×2″ furring strip.

That makes your total cost of wood under $10… Woohoo!!

I made all my cuts first.  These are the cuts you will need to make.

1×4″ furring strip cuts – 

8 at 22″ (long sides)

8 at 13″ (short sides)

4 at 20.5″ (bottom)

1×2″ furring strip cuts – 

4 at 13 3/4″

That’s it!

I started by laying my short side pieces out like this.

Using finish nails and Gorilla Wood Glue I attached my small pieces to the sides like this…

I made 2 small sides just like that and then attached them with my long sides.  Again, I used finish nails and Gorilla Wood Glue.  I added some glue to my sides…

And attached the long sides like this…

I did the same thing to the other side.

To finish my box off I added my bottom slats.  Using Gorilla Wood Glue and finish nails I attached them like this…

That was it!  Well… Almost!  I wanted to shanty them up just a bit more, so I added some black upholstery tacks around the whole box.  They look like nail heads.  They serve absolutely no safety or technical purpose, but they are so cute (which is just as important, right??;))

I find these at Lowe’s on the hardware aisle.

My long sides…

My short sides…

And I added a few to the bottom as well!

To finish it off I gave it a coat of my very fav!

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

You can find it at Lowe’s!

wood stain

After letting it completely dry, I used an 80-grit sander to take some of the finish off.  I also rounded my edges with it.  I think it gives it a great “I didn’t make this in my garage” look!

It fit the space perfectly!  Here are a few more pictures!

How fun is that??

I kind of love it :-)!

You can check out some other projects I have knocked out in the dining room by clicking on any of the links below!

DIY Window Panels

Repainting the Dining Table

DIY Planter Box Centerpiece

DIY Wall Mirrors

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a great day! ;-)


  • a0500817

    also, maybe this is a weird question… but what color paint did you use for your walls and trim? i am redoing my condo and those colors are so similar to the look that i’m going for!

  • a0500817

    where’d you get those awesome baskets?

  • Allison

    Is the top done the same as the bottom?

  • Jenny Mapes

    First off, I am absolutely in love with your site. Makes me feel like I can do any of your projects, even though I have never worked with wood before. Lol. The rustic box will be my first project this weekend, but I have one question. What size finishing nails did you use? Thanks in advance, and thank you for the awesome site!

  • Lauren Holt

    I love the paint colors in this ro! Do you happen to know the color names?

    • Lindsey Heath Ryan

      Also would love to know the paint color! Thanks!!

  • CS

    Put 4 casters on that baby and it can double as a serving cart. :) Love easy projects! And Brooke—what a B! Get a freaking life and go make something on your own and quit reading blogs! I highly doubt you’ll come up with anything better!

  • Lolly Jane

    PS: I personally love how uniform your homes are. The style flows so smoothly to each room and I can always count on a great, thorough tutorial from you two. LOVE love love the dark stain and it’s now my go-to stain. Thanks again for another cute project to add to my “to build” list! ;) XOXO
    Kristi @ Lolly Jane

    • Shanty2Chic

      You rock Kristi!! Thank you for your sweet words!

  • Brooke

    Sorry, but everything you make looks like you made it in your garage because everything you make looks exactly the same. The same stain, the same wood, everything the same. Unsubscribing, sorry. I can count on opening these emails and seeing some form of furring strip or 1×4 made into some sort of box or picture hanger or whatever that looks the same. Even the furniture. And hey, if that is your style, great. But I like a little diversity in the items in my home. I don’t want every single thing in it to have the exact same look.

    • Shanty2Chic

      Hi Brooke!

      Thanks so much for your comment. We can’t please everybody. I am decorating my own home to my taste and will continue to do so. Thanks again for the feedback!

      • Erika

        I am sorry , the post by Brook just bothers me. When she subscribed to the blog she had to have known what your blog was about . She could have unsubsribed without posting a rude comment . She does have the right to her feelings,however there is such a thing as manners and etiquette.
        Love your blog and your creativity!!!!

        • Shanty2Chic

          Thank you Erika! You are sweet and we appreciate your sweet words of encouragement more than you know! It made me smile! ;-). -Whitney

    • Lolly Jane

      Reer, Brooke! How about instead of your negative comment you should write, “Thanks for the great tutorials, Shanty sisters. I think I’ll paint mine a bright color to give me the diversity I am looking for in my home decor.” vs. a snarky comment telling them your negative opinion on their style. You should spend your time uplifting people- you will be amazed to see that little rain cloud over your head go away. And farewell little raincloud from this cute site! ;) Sheesh!

      • Shanty2Chic

        Love you girls! ;-) Well put!

  • Kim

    I love it! What kind of flooring is it sitting on? Looks neat.

    • Shanty2Chic

      Stained concrete! Thanks so much! ;-)

  • Ashley Nicolle

    I love the entire thing! Where could I find a metal basket like that?

  • jennifer glasser

    Love the look! Great Job! You always inspire. :)

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thank you so much Jennifer!! ;-)

  • Mindy Northrop

    Super cute!

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Mindy!

  • Jen

    Hi Whitney, I love your dining room, it is beaitiful & thank you so much for the shout out to my dining room:)! I am now following your super cool blog! Have a great day. Jen@ City Farmhouse

    • Shanty2Chic

      So great to hear from you Jen! I fell in LOVE with yours. I think I scanned through the pics 5 or 6 times:-)) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Hollie

    Where did you get the metal basket?

  • Mindi Carwin

    Very cute!

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thanks Mindi!!

  • Marty Oravetz

    I love it. The baskets and box look fabulous and the box on the table is wonderful too. Your dining room is beautiful. Great idea and super job. Hugs, Marty

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thanks so much Marty!! ;-)

  • Michelle Lubbers

    I absolutely LOVE your crate. No more blank corner, love the new look.

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Michelle! I appreciate it! :-)