Thursday, July 16, 2015

Farmhouse Caddy Built Around a Salvaged Spindle

It all started with a trip to a really cool architectural salvage place in Otto, NC
called Culpepper Architectural Salvage.

I wandered and wandered, overwhelmed by all of the wonderful pieces, 
but the only thing I purchased was a salvaged spindle.
I chose the spindle because I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for 
and I knew it wouldn't sit in my project pile for months.
It was going to be a handle.

After seeing one of my favorite bloggers, Larissa, from Prodigal Pieces build a caddy
 it motivated me to build one too.
You've got to check her caddy out.

Of course, I started with the spindle and a scrap piece of cedar.
I measured the length of the spindle and cut a piece of cedar to that length for the bottom.

Then I cut two 12" long pieces to be the ends.
I cut the corners off of the top of each of these pieces to give the caddy a little shape.

Then I cut two sides pieces. 
I used wood glue and a nail gun to put all of the pieces together,
except for the spindle handle.

I drilled small holes in the ends of the caddy where I was going to place the spindle
and then screwed the spindle into place.
I used wood filler to smooth out the holes from the nails and the screws
before painting the outside of the caddy.

I decided to leave the inside natural because I love how rustic the cedar looks
and I like the contrast between the white outside and the natural inside.

Lastly, I lightly distressed the caddy and hand waxed it with a clear wax.

I love how it turned out. 
Thanks Larissa for the inspiration!

It's heading to my Etsy shop right now.

I hope you are having a wonderful day and tell me what you think,
do you like the natural inside with the white outside?

'til next time,
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  1. Love it! :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks Sherri! I hope you have a great weekend too!

  2. How sweet is that?! Perfect use of that spindle and I am flattered you mentioned me, Adina. Thanks! :)

    1. You are so welcome Larissa. I just love your projects and your spirit.

  3. Hi Adina! I featured this post for Let's Talk Vintage this morning! Thanks so much for linking up... I've added your blog to my favorites along my sidebar, too. Enjoy the day! ~Jill Hop on over anythime after 9 am eastern time.