Looking for something fun to do?  Here is a list of the great DIY projects we have posted, complete with step-by-step instructions.

 

DIY First Aid/Bug Spray Storage Cabinet

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy.

 

 

 

Sometimes it seems like my son and his neighborhood friends are more like children growing up in the 50’s. Sure, they watch cartoons and the play the occasional video game, but the vast majority of their play time is spent wandering and playing outside with nothing but their imaginations. We neighborhood parents love this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We affectionately refer to the group of children as the wolf pack. The wolf pack wanders from yard to yard, through the woods and around the creeks. They are always within hearing distance of at least one parent, but we often don’t actually see them unless they want food.

Our woods are incredibly beautiful, and full of adventures for the kids. Unfortunately, Michigan woods are also full of mosquitos. Lots and lots of mosquitos. We go through an absurd amount of bug spray. Seriously, I should buy stock in the bug spray company. Anyhow, we were always losing track of the cans of bug spray, and then finding them in random places all over the yard. So we decided it was time to make an official home for it.

Now before I explain how this was made I have to start with the disclaimer that Patrick made this one day while I was gone. He took the pictures with his phone and the quality is pretty terrible, but it’s at least enough to explain the process.

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

He started with a pile of pallet wood and old fence posts from our stash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

He cut 3 pieces of pallet wood to 20" x 5.5".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

Then cut the pieces for a frame.

2 @ 20"x 3.25" and 2 @ 16.5"x 3.25"

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

He stapled the frame together,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

Then stapled the first 3 boards to the back of the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

He cut another piece at 15" x 3.25"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

And stapled it in as a shelf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

The door of the cabinet was made from the fence posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

He cut 6 pieces at 20" x 3.5"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

Then two more at 14", and stapled them to the back of the door to hold it all together.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

He found 2 old hinges,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

 

And used them to attach the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

We decided that the outside wall of the workshop, covering the ugly power box, would be a good place to mount the new cabinet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

We stocked the cabinet with a bunch of bug spray, and a first aid kit full of band-aids and such, for the occasional scraped knee or thorn scratch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

To finish it off, I painted the classic first aid cross on the front and sanded to distress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build this reclaimed wood outdoor storage cabinet to keep your bug spray and first aid supplies handy

 

 

 

Now it is all conveniently located in one place, and the wolf pack can help themselves to whatever they need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more Outdoor DIY Projects:

Rustic Fence Post Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Bottle Fence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exterior Gallery Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fictional places garden sign

The Easiest Way to Clean Up a Dropped Egg
Reclaimed Fence Post American Flag
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