This project is perhaps the simplest I’ve ever done, but I don’t consider that a downside in the least. I’ve been letting my phone go “commando” lately—no case, that is :) I appreciate the minimalism, but I don’t like letting it just rest on the table, where I can easily bump it or accidentally pile things on top of it. I took a little bit more of that scrap fence wood I had lying around and fashioned a super simple leaning phone stand.
With just a slight angle so it sits comfortably flush on the table, this nifty little stand is exactly what I wanted. I especially love that the woodgrain shows through the neon; the key to this effect is finding a piece of salvaged wood that is rough but not splintered, so you don’t have to sand down the surface too much. Excluding drying time, this project will take you fifteen minutes and add a lovely jolt of color to your deskscape. Enjoy! —Kate
See the full how-to after the jump . . .
- scrap wood (mine is 1/2″ thick x 8″ wide x 12″ long)
- white acrylic paint or gesso
- neon spray paint (I like the Krylon brand best.)
- 1 1/2″ nails
- compound mitre saw or mitre box and handsaw (not pictured)
- sandpaper (not pictured)
- painter’s tape (not pictured)
1. Cut a 1″ strip off the piece of wood and sand the edges. Cut the bottom of the big piece of wood at a 15 degree angle, so it will lean against a wall but sit flush on the table surface. Lightly sand off any splinters.
2. Paint the front of the big piece of wood with a thick coat of white acrylic paint or gesso. Allow to dry completely.
4. Place the wood on a tarp or scrap paper in a well-ventilated area and spray the white painted side of the wood with an even coat of spray paint. Let the coat dry and follow with a second coat. Let it dry completely.
5. Measure 2″ up from the base of the wood and put tiny pencil marks on the side to indicate where to place the thin strip of wood. Hold the strip of wood in place and hammer three nails from the back to secure the two pieces together. Use 3–4 nails across the back.