Reclaimed Wood Box Centerpiece

The Find

I got really luck with these gems. As part of a large pile of beautifully weathered wood boards with flaking green and white paint, I couldn’t imagine letting these beauties rot in a dump. Just look at that texture!

The Build

I love boxes. They are beautiful, functional and easy to make.

There are a bunch of different ways to construct a box, but for this one I used the existing board size to dictate my dimensions and:

  • Simply cut the base from the wide board square (5.5″ x 5.5″)
  • Then cut two sides from the smaller boards the same length as the base
  • And finished my cuts for the other two sides by measuring the remaining opening width
  • Finally nailing it all together with a brad nailer


The biggest bummer about cutting weathered boards when you want to keep that weathered look is you always see the clean cut edges.


So I gave the whole box a quick sanding with a hand sander and tried to scuff up the clean edges a bit.


To add a little weathered uniformity, I also dry brushed some white paint to each side then scuffed it up with some sandpaper.


That’s it. I finished this project by handing it over to the wife as an unexpected gift, I collected my brownie points and she promptly jammed some decrotive flowers in it.


What's AlleyLux?

AlleyLux is a passion project started by me, Mike Alonzo. I've always struggled with waste and even flirted with hoarding. There is just so much usable material discarded everyday, that I figured I would try and do something with it. I explore my neighborhood alleys liberating junk, or as I like to call it, potential, in an effort to give it new life.

If you're interested in getting an AlleyLux original or learning more drop me a message.

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