DIY: Reclaimed Wood Utensil Caddy

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Hello, See Vanessa Craft friends! It’s Shelly from Dolen Diaries where I share my love of all things creative and creating with the ones I love. Today, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite projects a DIY Utensil Caddy. As in the perfect beginner DIY project! All of the tools used are from the Beginner’s DIY Tool Guide List I shared here last month.


  • 2  dog eared fencing boards 6′ {we found ours next to a dumpster with all of this chippy paint goodness}
  • galvanized roofing nails
  • cordless drill
  • 1 1/2″ drill bit
  • cordless saw
  • hammer
  • framer’s square
  • tape measure
  • pencil



  • 2 – 7.5″ {ends dog eared}
  • 1- 18″ piece {bottom}
  • 2 – 16.5″ {sides} cut down or ripped down to 3.5″ wide.

mark for cutting handle holes

Mark where you want to drill your handle holes in the dog eared ends. 

hole handle

Drill your handle holes. 

set up sides and lay bottom on top

Set up the two 16.5″ sides and place the bottom on top of the sides.

galvanized nails through the bottom of the utensil caddy

Nail through the bottom to attach the sides. 

attach ends to trough caddy

Flip the box up on it’s end, sliding a handle under the bottom and one on top. Attach both ends to the sides with nails.

nail in bottom of shabby chic table caddy

Once both ends are attached flip the whole trough over and secure each end to the bottom. 

shabby chic trough

 Now you have the option to leave this as a simple trough. Aren’t you just dying!?! Oh I love reclaimed wood!! Now to make this into a utensil caddy….

nail in trough caddy dividers

Pop in the dividers and attach them with nails through the sides.

farmhouse table trough caddie

 Wouldn’t you love this utensil caddy on your table!?!

Reclaimed Wood Utensil Caddy Collage

I painted a couple of smaller mason jars with white chalk paint and scuffed them up a bit to hold forks and knives. There is plenty of space in between the jars for napkins. I used some old bottles with a few roses from my garden because who doesn’t love having flowers on a table!?! This DIY Utensil Caddy adds just the perfect touch of country chic to outdoor entertaining! Please pop on over to Dolen Diaries to check out all of my other DIY projects & crafts

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Hi, I’m Shelly and I blog over at Dolen Diaries where I share a little this and that….DIY & craft projects, kids crafts & activities, and life as a mama to three fabulous boys. I love all things creative and am blessed to have a husband who loves to be creative with me! In fact, most of our date nights are spent in our garage working on our latest projects. I can’t wait to share all of my creative adventures with you!

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