We started by assembling the cabinet plywood pieces into a rectangle where the corners meet at a 90 degree angle, making a rectangle shape. Make sure the top cabinet plywood pieces sit on top of the side pieces, sandwiching the side pieces between the top and bottom. Fasten with large finishing nails in all four corners.
Flip over structure onto a flat surface and fasten the 1x6 boards flush with the rectangle box we just made. This will be the back of the covered boot tray. Make sure the three 1x6 boards are evenly spaced. Fasten with finishing nails in all corners to lock top, bottom, and side plywood pieces together with the 1x6 boards.
Measure trim pieces corner to corner to fit the length and height of the box. Cut the ends of trim piece at 45 degree angle with miter box saw. If you do not have that, use a circular saw and not make corners a 45 degree angle.
Fasten cut trim corners to meet together like a picture frame with finishing nails and make sure they are flush with the box.
Decorate boot tray
First, lay down a protective layer of either cardboard or a paper bag to prepare for staining the wooden covered boot tray. Then, try staining a test patch to see if you like the wood stain's appearance. Use your stain's instructions on it's packaging before staining.
Once you are happy with the stain, go ahead and stain everything inside and out.
OPTIONAL: After your stain is dry, glue your river rocks with a glue stick or your choice of glue to the base of the covered boot tray. Once river rocks have been glued to the base and area is completely covered, spread a thin layer of gloss decoupage glue over the rocks to seal the river rocks once more. This adds an extra layer of protection and a glossy look to the rocks. You do not have to glue your river rocks to the base of your tray and you may choose to use loose rocks.
Let the gloss decoupage glue sit for the time listed in the product's instructions and style as you wish!
Measure your widest pair of shoes and how many you would like to fit in the tray ahead of time. I have a size 8 women's US shoe size and can fit 4 pairs of shoes snuggly beside each other.
DIY Covered River Rock Boot Tray https://mandbee.com/diy-covered-boot-tray-with-river-rocks/ July 3, 2020