DIY Rustic Table Caddy

I am in LOVE with this DIY! In a few steps you can have this cute rustic table caddy that you could use for all sorts of things! I’m thinking bud vases for a unique flower display, candles in mason jars for a centerpiece of a table, or like I styled it here – with silverware for casual dinner get-togethers!

I made this project with scrap pieces of 1X4’s and ordered some rustic handles from Hobby Lobby (they were 50% off!). Keep reading to see how to make your own!


  • 3 long pieces of wood all the same length (this will be the bottom and side lengths of your box)
  • 2 end pieces that match the width of your box
  • handsaw (I had to cut the end pieces from scrap wood I had)
  • miter box (I used mine to hold the pieces of wood I had to saw since I don’t have a work bench or anything like that to work from)
  • wood glue
  • clamps
  • white chalk paint
  • good quality paint brush
  • wood stain and rag
  • rustic handles (2)
  • fine grit sandpaper (I use 220)
  • electric sander (if you have one; you could use some muscle though and do it by hand)
  • ruler
  • screwdriver/drill
  • pencil


  1. Take the 3 pieces that will be the bottom and 2 long sides of your caddy and use the wood glue to connect the pieces. Use your clamps to hold them together, being careful not to overtighten – this will cause the side walls to bow inward.
  2. Once that is dry (I waited a few hours), put your end caps on and glue those in place. Clamp those as well.
  3. Once it is completely dry, take your electric sander and round all the edges of your box. This softens the look of the very square edges and makes the wood look more worn instead of brand new.
  4. Wipe away the dust and stain your box.
  5. Once the stain is dry, paint 2 coats of chalk paint.
  6. Once dry, sand with the 220 grit sandpaper by hand to distress your caddy.
  7. Measure where you want your handles to go and mark with a pencil.
  8. Screw in the handles.
  9. Put your new caddy on display and enjoy your handiwork!

Check out the details below – the woodgrain and the handles…ugh love them.

Don’t you love how this looks?! I love seeing the wood grain through the chalk paint. I think I’m a little obsessed with the farmhouse look lately. Please don’t go out of style anytime soon!

love & cupcakes,


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