Step 1: Planning
Step 2: Fabrication
Really simple assembly, once you have decided on the size of your frame. l cut eight pieces of 2" x 1" soft wood ( this is very cheap from the local wood yard or DIY centre) then I just glued and nailed the corners together to make two squares ...remember these are meant to be distressed so the rougher the wood finish and cuts the better!!! then I simply glued the squares together alternating the corner cuts.
then a quick sand focusing on the corners and edges where ageing would be most prominent .
Step 3: Distressing :)
the most satisfying and simple part of the build, mix some boiling water and instant coffee together then add some ground coffee the stronger the better ....then just go to work with a paint brush concentrating on the corners and edges first so that it looks like natural wear and discolouration or alternately you could go down the wire wool mixed with vinegar route, if you preferred a more silvered drift wood effect :)
Step 4: Finish
repeat as many times as desired! I coated the boxes at least 5 times but it's all down to preference and how dark and aged you want them to look ...the world would be a boring place if everybody had the same tastes!!!