One fateful day I was out doing what I do best, browsing Target whilst sipping a Starbucks, naturally. (By the way, if you have never tried a “Double Chocolate-y Chip Frappuccino with Caramel Drizzle on the inside of the cup” You should, because it will blow your mind while simultaneously making you gain 2.6 lbs. It’s magic like that.) I digress. I was walking through Target (with my Starbucks) and I stumbled upon the cutest rustic wall cubby! It was adorable and could instantly add character to any random assortment of knick knacks! The issue? I nearly inhaled a chocolate chip when I saw that this little guy was $50. So after I dislodged the said chocolate chip I made my way to Home Depot where I purchased all the supplies I would need to make my own for a mere $12. #winning
Target Rustic Wall Cubby
- 1″x 4″ Boards (2)
- 1″x 2″ Boards (1)
- Number Plaques (if desired)
- Metal Hanger Straps
- D-Ring picture hangers
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
- 1/2″ Screws
- 1 1/2″ Nails
Tools Suggested :
- Miter Saw
- Nail Gun
- Tin Snips
- Large Clamp
Cut List :
1″x 4″ Board
- (2) @ 21″
- (2) @ 22 1/2″
- (6) @ 7″
- (2) @ 19 1/2″
1″x 2″ OR 1/2″x 2″
- (3) @ 21″
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Step 1. Assemble Frame – Rustic Wall Cubby
Step 2. Construct Grid – Rustic Wall Cubby
Assemble the grid. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. You can use pocket holes, but I opted not to on this project. It is a small build and wood glue would suffice. I first attached the (2) 7″ vertical boards to the 19 1/2″ horizontal board, I used wood glue and then reinforced with 1 1/2″ finish nails. Repeat, so that you have (2) of these. With the remaining (2) 7″ boards, I applied wood glue to either end, properly placed then in between the (2) 19 1/2″ boards, and then clamped to complete the grid. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Step 3. Insert Grid – Rustic Wall Cubby
Once the grid is dried, place it inside of the already assembled frame. Measure to ensure it lines up correctly and then use a finish nail to secure.
Step 4. Attach Front Lip – Rustic Wall Cubby
Next apply a small bead of wood glue to the front of the 19 1/2″ horizontal boards, and then place the 1″x 2″x 21″ boards on top, so the bottom of the board is flush with with bottom of the shelves. Then reinforce with 1 1/2″ finish nails.
Step 5. Add Finish – Rustic Wall Cubby
Fill in any nail holes with a wood filler. Allow it to dry . Then sand off the excess filler. NOW you are ready for paint and/or stain. I stained this Dark Walnut by Minwax. After it was dry, I did go over it will a sander to distress it.
Step 6. Add Metal Hanger Straps – Rustic Wall Cubby
Before I added my metal straps, I cut my three pieces, and (while wearing gloves) straightened out the metal straps. (The straps come in a coil and naturally want to curl.) After working with it for a few minutes, it laid flat. I then dusted it lightly with “Flat Iron” Rustoleum spray paint. After the straps were dry, I LIGHTLY sanded it so that it would have some distressing. To attached I used small 1/2″ screws. I placed the screws where my number plaques would be placed so that they would be hidden. I made sure to make the metal wrap around the back of the cubby unit.
Step 7. Finishing Touches – Rustic Wall Cubby
Next I added the number plaques! I found these really cute number plaques at Joanns. They are originally $8, but I used a 50% off coupon and scored them for $4. Nice. I simply attached them with construction adhesive. (Hot Glue would work fine.)
Ok, so lets break it down…
- 1″x 4″ Boards (2) =$4
- 1″x 2″ Boards (1)=$1
- Number Plaques =$4
- Metal Hanger Straps= $3
- Stain and/paint =Will vary. I used some leftover materials. This project will not require much of either.
Total = $12 DIY vs. Target $49.99
Not too shabby!