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Vintage-Look Revolving Hardware Bin

I'm really excited about this  project!  Since we haven't moved into our rental yet, I don't have a shop...but I'm doing everything I can to get ready for the day that I do have my own workbench again.  And that starts with organizing! (For those of you who don't know, I lost my home and shop in the Northern California Valley Fire.)  If you've been following my Facebook page, you know I'm pretty smitten with the  Modern Farmhouse style, which means that I like industrial "touches".  I've always admired these revolving trays, but haven't been able to afford them.  Check out the price tag on this puppy:

I'm not too sure who would pay that much moolah for a cute little tray, but it isn't me.  So I was very excited when I found a way to make my own for under $25.  Here's the finished product:

Pretty awesome, right?  If you want to make one, here's what you'll need:


Step 1:

Take all the parts out of the box and be very careful.  There are a LOT of tiny screws and nuts.  Don't drop them - there weren't any extras in my bag.

If you want to paint your tray, do it now.  I like the Chalky Finish paint and it comes in tons of different colors.  You could also use regular spray paint.  Give everything a light sanding before you paint it, to make sure that the paint sticks nicely. Once it's dry, you can sand it again (like I did) if you want a distressed look.  I also sprayed each piece with a matte clear sealer, just to give it an extra bit of protection since I plan on using it for tools (this is optional).

Then, just follow the assembly instructions.  All my tools burned up in the fire, so I just used my fingers to tighten the bolts.  You might want to use a little wrench to get things tighter - up to you!  This part took me about an hour - you have to be patient, but it is worth it.  There are lots...and lots...and LOTS of little bolts and washers and nuts.

When you are all done, you should have something like this.  I'm super excited that I have a few crafty things to put in my tray already - all donations from my friends!  I don't have a table to put it on (yet), so I just set it on the floor of the house we are currently staying at, and snapped this photo. Doesn't it look great next to my little vintage drawer organizers?  Those came from my friend Brandy at The Wooden Nickel!  Now that girl posts some awesome projects! She's amazing!

If you make your own, be sure to share a pic on my Facebook page.  I'd love to see it. These would look great in bright colors, too, and you can use them for just about anything...make-up, toiletries, desk supplies, paints, stationary, spices. I just love the look...and the price tag!

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