Little sailor storage
Club member Randal Monceaux of Berwick, Louisiana, designed and built these whimsical projects for his grandson’s nautical-theme bedroom. The large wall unit includes a toy box that doubles as a window seat and two bookcases detailed with rope-style molding. Randal fabricated the boat-shape bookshelf using thin plywood that he bent to form the curved sides, and he added bead-board panels as a decorative back. For an eye-catching touch, Randal made a compass out of thin plywood and attached it to the ceiling; then he primed and painted all three projects red, white and blue.
Inspired by stained-glass windows, Club member Stephan Cutshaw of Newport, Tennessee, used a similar technique to design and install these decorative sections in a tile floor at his brother’s house. Stephan carefully selected peel-and-stick tiles, which he says proved easy to work with, in colors that highlighted the different features of the eagle and butterfly designs. Adding grout helped to enhance the stained-glass look. Now Stephen’s brother often receives calls from friends who want unique designs in their floors as well.
Eye-catching outdoor planter
To add color and visual appeal to an otherwise dull area of their yard, Club member Fred Carrion of Dix Hills, New York, and his wife, MaryKay, created this decorative planter. They first installed three red-cedar posts in the ground and then added pine pickets, which they coated with dark-green outdoor paint, and pine boards for shelves. Because the area where the structure stands is in full shade all day, Fred and MaryKay display potted ferns, which thrive in the shade, accented with a few vibrant-color synthetic flowers.