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DIY Makeover: Basic Wood Cubby Turned Stylish Shelf

February 19, 2019

 

Oh the things you can do with Dritz campaign hardware.

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to DIY a really great looking piece of furniture, here it is. With just a few ingredients and a little elbow grease, we transformed a raw wood cubby into this stylish shelf. Best of all: it’s a totally unique piece, with “decorator” written all over it. Customize its paint color, get creative with campaign hardware, and even choose its orientation based on the placement of the metal furniture legs.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

Dritz supplies:

Other supplies:

  • Paint brush and paint or stain of your choice
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Painter’s tape

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

Check out the before and after shots. We found this raw wood cubby at a local Amish furniture store, specializing in raw wood furniture. Fabric and craft retailers also often have raw wood accessories that are ideal for this type of project.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

Gather the supplies as listed above. Familiarize yourself with all of the new Dritz campaign hardware and furniture legs, so you can decide which style works best in your space.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

This is what the raw cubby looks like unfinished. Note that the steps we used to make this project can be applied to other types of furniture and accessories. When choosing your surface, it’s important to make sure that it’s thick enough to accommodate the hardware (so nails don’t poke through the opposite side). Follow these tips for more information.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

First, paint your piece of furniture and let it dry completely. Protect your work area with a drop cloth or plastic sheeting.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

Use painter’s tape to place the campaign hardware as desired on your piece of furniture. Check out these handy paper templates that you can print out and use to do some planning before you even purchase the campaign hardware, as well as this complete tutorial with more details for successful hardware installation.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

The composition of our cubby’s wood was pretty soft, so we were able to make pilot holes using an awl.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

Use a rubber mallet and needle nose pliers to install nails in each piece of campaign hardware.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

This is what the shelf looks like with the campaign hardware applied to its side panel (the opposite side panel looks the same). We also applied campaign hardware to the top panel (not shown in this view).

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

To finish off the front of the shelf, we installed smaller corner pieces to match the larger pieces used on the sides and top.

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

Now for the fun part … is it a vertical shelf or is it horizontal? You decide. For the vertical look, we installed these Dritz metal industrial legs. Check out these tips for easy installation. This shelf makes a great addition practically anywhere in the house, don’t you think?

DIY Makeover: Transform a Raw Wood Cubby Shelf with Dritz Campaign Hardware

Here we took the same shelf and gave it a different finish by positioning it horizontally and using the Dritz metal corner legs. That’s the thing with DIY – when you do it yourself, you have so many options.

DIY Makeovers Lookbook Featuring Dritz Campaign Hardware, Hairpin Legs, Faux Leather Handles & More

For even more inspiration and end-use options, check out our DIY Makeovers lookbook. It’s packed with creative ideas for using the campaign hardware and legs for many kinds of furniture and accessories. Be sure to see all of our published blog posts about campaign hardware  and DIY home decorating. Stay in touch with us each and every day on Instagram and Facebook.

Happy DIY!