I am slightly obsessed with hexagons right now. I love the clean straight lines in the unexpected shape and wish I could put hexagons throughout my house. For several months I have really wanted to create a hexagon shaped catchall to fit on my little shoe dresser in my back entrance. We always are setting keys and sunglasses down and I wanted a place to contain them and to protect our dresser. So I created this really cute layered DIY Hexagon Catchall! And you're never going to believe what I used to stain this...
As many of you know, I live in Indiana and we love it here! Indiana is very flat and filled with farmlands. The crops of choice are corn and soybeans. In fact there are 5 million acres of soybean fields in Indiana alone! They are useful and the farms really do make the landscape beautiful! The Indiana Soybean Alliance reached out to me recently to let me know about a really amazing product using soybeans! And I was thrilled when they asked me to create a project using Delta Creative Soy Stain!
Yes, you heard correctly. This is a stain made from soybeans!!! How amazing is that!?
I had no idea that soybeans could be used to make an eco-friendly, permanent stain perfect for indoor project use! And I was excited to get to try these out!
So with a vision in mind for a Hexagon Catchall and some Soy Stain in hand...I quickly went to work creating a really fun catchall!
You Will Need:
- 1" x 1" wood (I used approximately 6')
- Plywood (I used about a 12" x 12" piece but I had extra)
- Delta Creatives Soy Stain in Varied Colors
- Delta Creatives Soy Varnish
- Electric Sander
- Compound Miter Saw
- Ryobi AirStrike Brad Nailer or other nail gun
- Rags for staining
- Gloves (optional)
- Hexagon template
First we cut all of our 1" x 1" pieces of wood. We ended up with 18 pieces total. We wanted each piece to be 4" long so we marked one side and then cut.
Because we made a hexagon, we needed to cut each piece of wood at a bevel. We cut each piece of wood into 4" pieces but with 30 degree angles on each end. The outside, long edges ended up being 4" and the inside edges were slightly shorter. Be sure to turn your wood in between cuts so that the angles on each side are facing inward.
After your wood is cut, sand it well and then stain your wood using Soy Stain.
Now let me take a moment to tell you a little bit about soy stain. It. Is. AMAZING! Normally stain stinks and you really should do it outside in a well ventilated area. This soy stain has no odor! (Or at least very low odor.) So I was safely able to stain these all inside! This was simply amazing to me!
There are four colors of soy stain and I used them all! I put my gloves on, covered my kitchen island and went to work staining my little pieces of wood. I put two coats of stain on each piece. Soy stain covered just like any other stain I have ever used! I used a rag to rub it in and was really pleased with how nicely it worked into the wood. It covered evenly and looked really nice!
While the pieces were drying we went to work creating the bottom of the catchall. The catchall bottom was made of plywood and the easiest way to create this would be to print out a hexagon shape in the correct size, trace it onto your wood and cut it out.
Give your bottom a nice sanding and then stain it as well!
After all of your pieces are stained, you will use your nail gun to assemble the catchall.
We nailed the bottom layer of pieces to the bottom of the catchall. Since I had pieces in four different colors, I varied their location to give the catchall a pretty, varied look. Next we nailed our second layer to our first layer, and then our third layer to our second layer.
After our hexagon catchall was fully assembled, I distressed it a bit with my electric sander, wiped the sawdust off, gave it a nice coat of Soy Varnish and let it dry completely!
Once it was complete, the catchall made a grand appearance on our little shoe dresser that is by our back door.
It perfectly fits a couple pairs of sunglasses and keys!
Isn't it just as cute as can be!? It's really so nice to finally have a place to drop keys when we walk in the door and I absolutely LOVE how it looks! I love the varied colors and I love the shape!!
This was truly a fun DIY project that is uniquely ours and I am simply in love with it!!