Think outside the box with shelving you can stack as you like!
The whitewashed sides give a modern look to the plywood while still revealing the grain, and you can paint the backing panels in a range of your favourite colours. Master the basics to build your first box, then up the ante with boxes of all sizes to create a fab arrangement that suits your space.
Here's how to make 1 box...
Gather your supplies:
• Backing 12 x 300 x 300mm plywood
• Sides (4) 12 x 288 x 300mm plywood
You’ll also need:
Rubber gloves; drill; 3mm drill bit; 35mm chipboard screws, countersunk heads; PVA adhesive; sponge; bucket; painting tools; square; Dulux 1 Step acrylic Primer, Sealer and Undercoat; acrylic paint in colours of choice (we used Dulux test pots in Vivid White, Ghosting, Raw Cotton, Relax, Pink Dust, Hammock and Bright Lady)
Notes: For a small fee, you can have your plywood cut to size at your local hardware store. If you want to do this yourself, mark out your plywood, then clamp it to a straightedge for level cutting. Use a power saw to cut it to size. You can use the same method, but adjust the measurements to suit alternative-sized boxes. Our display features 600 x 300mm, 300 x 300mm, 400 x 400mm and 400 x 200mm, all with a depth of 300mm.
To whitewash sides, use a roller to apply white paint over faces and edges of 1 side. Wearing gloves, wipe off excess paint with a damp sponge (keep a bucket of water nearby for rinsing sponge).It might take a couple of attempts to get desired finish on first piece, but once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll find the remaining components are quick and easy to paint. Repeat with remaining 3 sides. Allow sides to dry.
Undercoat backing, then apply 2 topcoats in chosen colour, allowing to dry after each coat.
On 1 side, predrill 2 evenly spaced holes along 1 face, 6mm in from edge. Repeat with remaining 3 sides.
To assemble sides, apply glue, then butt 2 sides together to form an L shape. Check for square. Predrill pilot holes using 3mm bit, then drive a screw through each hole. Repeat for each corner.
Position backing with painted face inwards. Predrill, apply glue, then drive 2 screws into each side to secure. If you don’t want to express screws, cover with a touch of paint.