Western General Store Home Decor

Wooden Storage Chest

I wanted to build a storage chest for our bathroom so I drew a plan in my design program. It would sit by the toilet and hold extra toilet paper with magazines or books on top.

I had rough cedar lap and gap siding left over from house repairs and I cut a board of the 3/4″ thick siding into 10″ pieces to form the sides of the chest.

The board was cupped so we ripped them down the v groove on the table saw.

I glued and nailed the pieces together to form the 4 sides.

I glued and nailed the sides to a solid mahogany base of 12″ x 7 1/2″ and glued and nailed the corners. I cut pieces from scraps and glued them into the gaps at the bottom.

At this stage it looks like a planter. Overall it is 13 1/2″ x 9″ x 10″ tall.

I glued and nailed pieces together on 1/4″ plywood to form the lid. Notice I stained the cut corners on the chest which matches the rest of the wood.

I glued cedar trim on the lid and clamped it with this nifty framing clamp from Rockler. The finished lid is 14 3/4″ x 10 1/4″.

I could trim the whole chest out in cedar or leather with tacks, but I wanted it to be different.

With a brad nail gun, I nailed rope all the way around the chest, making loops as I went. I sprayed a coat of sealer inside and out.

The final step is to install the hinges.

This wasn’t easy. I was going to put the hinges on the outside of the chest and underneath the lid, but the hinges were too deep and stuck out from the lid. Instead of going to the hardware store to find smaller hinges, I decided to install them on the inside of the chest, but I had to notch out a recess for the hinges so the lid would close without a gap.

The finished project is 13 1/2″ x 9″ x 11″ tall.

Of course, you can store anything in it but this chest holds 6 regular rolls or 4 mega rolls of extra toilet paper in a handy place. It also holds magazines or books on top for the “reading room”.

Our bathroom is nautical themed but you can decorate this chest to your liking. Have fun!

 

Star Trinket Box

Star Casing

This is a wood star corner block used for trim on Americana themed windows and doors. I saw this at the home improvement store and envisioned a cute wooden trinket box.

Unpainted

I cut a board into pieces the same size as the star trim and glued and nailed it together with a brad nail gun.

Star Box

I spray painted it white and added hinges and a latch from the hardware store.

Open

 

Star Trinket Box

It would be fun to decorate this trinket box for the holidays.

Star Tray

Star Tray

I made a wood star tray with molding for the sides. The shape is like a primitive star.

Molding

You will be cutting 10 pieces any length you want. These were about 5 inches and the star was about 13 1/2 inches wide. You may want to cut scrap pieces before cutting the actual molding.

Jig

First make a jig for the cuts at the points of the star. Screw a piece of wood onto a piece of 1/2 inch plywood at 54 degrees. Put your miter saw at 30 degrees and clamp and cut each piece making sure to lay it on the correct side so that the cut pieces fit together. Cut the pieces about 2 inches longer than you want them to be.

Jig Diagram

Diagram of the jig.

30 Degree Angle

The other end is cut at 30 degrees. Clamp a scrap piece and place the piece to cut against it so they will all be the same length. Clamp each piece you are cutting so it doesn’t move and make sure to lay it on the correct side.

Glue and Tape

Tape all the pieces together to make sure they fit, then glue and tape. Let dry overnight. Nail the pieces with a brad nail gun.

Ready to Paint

Trace around the star on a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and cut it out on the band or scroll saw. Glue the star to the plywood, let dry and brad nail it. Sand as needed after each step. Use wood filler to fill any joints or nail holes. Then start painting.

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I cut a piece off of a big soft sponge, got it wet, and squeezed out the excess. Paint acrylic dark brown all over, let dry then randomly dab a lighter brown, gray, orange, back to dark brown, etc. Dry with a hair dryer between coats if you’re in a hurry. Just keep layering until your are happy with it. If you make a mistake just paint over it. I wanted a rusty tin look.

Star Tray

Spray a sealer coat and you are done! This wasn’t an easy project but it was fun and I felt as though I had accomplished something unique.

 

 

 

Longhorn Jewelry Holder

Longhorn Jewelry Holder

Here’s a way you can use our Longhorn Skull Drawer Pulls. The post and base are put together with a mortise and tenon joint, glue and a screw in the bottom. Drill holes where you want the drawer pulls. I sprayed a couple of coats of varnish, let dry and attach the drawer pulls. You can paint the wood or the drawer pulls any color you desire.

Longhorn Jewelry

Southwest Frame

Original Frame

I saw this frame in a local Mexican Restaurant and thought I would try to make it.

Molding

I found this molding in the home improvement store.

Routing the edge

First using a router I cut the edge where the picture is inserted.

45 degree cut

Cut the 45 degree angles on a non electric miter saw and did a little sanding. This is a 11×14 frame.

Mark for cuts

I marked the center of each piece and drew the lines for the cuts which are an inch apart. I made the cuts on the scroll saw.

Fitting together

It fit together nicely.

Assembly

So I glued the joints and used a brad gun on the corners, then hammered in a corrugated fastener.

Southwest Frame

I spray painted the frame with a turquoise blue color and put in a colorful picture. I think it turned out well.

Branding Irons

Branding Irons

You can use our Branding Irons on steaks but also on wood or leather to create designs for coat racks, picture frames, wooden boxes and many other wooden items. We just used a torch and it takes a while. A camp fire would work great. Experiment a little with it. The star brand I held a little too long the first time. But you may want that effect.

Branding

Star Brand

Horseshoe Pallet Tray

Horseshoe Pallet Tray

I’m using up the last of my weathered pallet so I wanted to make a tray. This is one of those ‘design as you build’ projects. Instead of having upright sides I decided to lay them down.

Bottom View

I used 3/4″ screws and a counter sink bit to attach the three boards to the frame.

Sideview

Here’s the side view and you can see how the frame hangs over a bit on the ends. I painted all of the cut ends as rustic as I could to match. I was going to use rope for handles until I saw the painted horseshoes lying there from previous project and I thought ‘perfect’!

Decoration

You can use and decorate this tray in many ways.

Tea Lights

Breakfast Tray

Breakfast Tray

To make a Rustic Western Breakfast Tray, I took wide weathered pallet boards and cut them the size I wanted. I painted the cut ends by using various watered down mixtures of gray, brown, black and white acrylic paint and wiping it off with a damp rag. I screwed the top boards to the side boards and attached corner braces underneath for strength. I screwed in the Large Horseshoes for handles. The dimensions are approximately 20″ wide x 10″ deep x 6″ tall.

Horseshoes on Breakfast Tray

This tray can be used as a breakfast tray in bed or on the couch. Or use it for reading a book or writing.

Pallet Wood Box

Horseshoe Box

Prototype

My initial thought was to make a pallet wood tray with rope handles. That idea evolved into first a box, then a box with a lid. I showed some sketches to my husband and he built a prototype out of rough mahogany without me even knowing about it. How sweet! I was really excited then, but I wanted to make it from weathered pallet boards, so we got to work.

Boards

We cut the boards as we were fitting it together like a puzzle.

End

One of the end pieces is shorter to allow for the lid to close.

Dowel

We drilled 3/16″ holes 1/4″ deep in the sides of the lid for 1/2″ long wooden dowels 5/8″ from the end of the lid.

We drilled 3/16″ holes 1/4″ deep on each side piece 1 1/4″ from the end if using 1/2″ thick boards.

Open Box

We glued the pieces together with wood glue and used a brad gun to secure it. On the fresh cut ends like the end of the lid shown in this picture I applied a mixture of a little black, grey and brown acrylic paint and wiped it off with a paper towel. You have to experiment to get it right.

The dimensions of the box are 9 1/4″ long x 4 3/4″ deep x 3 1/2″ tall. The boards used are 1/2″ thick x 3 1/2″ wide. It’s not absolutely perfect but that’s ok. It’s rustic!

Pine cone on Box

There are many ways to decorate and use this box. Decorate it for the holidays.

Christmas Box

Add a flameless candle, greenery and a bow, or potpourri.

Bow

Tie a bow around it and put a surprise inside for a great gift.

Horseshoe Box

My original plan for the box was attaching rusty tiny horseshoes to the sides as shown here. The box could be painted or you could use wooden adornments, nails and tacks, or bling. Use the décor scheme that suits you.

 

 

Horse Ornament

Horse Ornament

I thought it would be fun to make a horse ornament so I cut a horse out of plywood or you could use stiff cardboard or whatever material you have or can find at the craft store. I rubbed Light Brown Briwax on it and cut 2 pieces from a rope and unraveled it.

Back View

I glued the pieces to the back where the tail and mane would go and drilled a hole for a wire hanger. You can use for a Christmas ornament or decoration on a wreath. Paint it any color you desire and brush a little paint on the mane and tail. Bling it or glitter it. Try using suede fringe, ribbon or whatever you have for the mane and tail.

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When the holidays are over hang it on the wall to run wild and free year round.

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