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Resume for Santa… Built-In Corner Media Cabinet

Dear Santa,

I know I haven’t written in a while, been super busy being a grown-up and all, you know how it goes… but now I have two little guys that are completely enamored with you. You bring joy into our home two months out of the year and I thought it would be awesome if I worked for you the other 10! I’m sure you get a ton of applications for the coveted positions in your workshop, just as I’m sure the elves aren’t big on outsiders, soooooo instead of handing you a form to read, I’m showing you this project I made. If you could spare a minute from your busy Christmas schedule to check out this corner media cabinet I built, I would greatly appreciate it. Oh, and tell Mrs. Clause I said hello!

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{ My little guys’ room was quickly becoming unorganized and needed a change… my go-to idea for making a room feel homey? Built-ins, of course!! That’s when I got online to find a corner media cabinet plan that would hide the growing number of cords for my boys’ tech. The amazing site ana-white.com had a media console plan that I modified to give off more of a built-in feel. Check out the plan here. It’s beautifully simple, using just 3/4″ plywood, 1/4″ plywood, 1 x 2s, 2″ screws, and glue. I added an extra component shelf (in hopes that St. Nick might bring my boys a gaming system), placed molding along the top, and made it flush to the walls to give it a finished built-in look.

media_work_I plan on turning the empty spaces on the sides of the media compartments into speaker boxes, adding a back piece with cord holes, and under-mounting a night light in the middle shelf soon… work is never done, lol. Finally, I topped it off by painting the whole unit with Behr’s ‘Polar Bear’ in semi-gloss to flow with the rest of our home’s trim. Now my little guys have a space for their books and tech + they’re really enjoying the extra room that they have to play! }

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 So there it is, Mr Clause. Hope you consider me for a full-time position in your workshop! My little guys & I will be putting out extra chocolate chip cookies and milk this year! Merry Christmas to you!!! ;D

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Built-In Desk – Solution For A Long Rectangular Room

deskbuiltin_sombI do love me some built-ins!! Architectural elements add a personality and a craftsmanship to your home that freestanding furniture can’t do on it’s own. That’s why I’m always looking for an excuse to build some! A perfect example is our living room, which is a long rectangle & our furniture arrangement works best as a square, giving me a few feet behind the couch to play with. In comes the built-in desk I made…

deskworkI built four base cabinets, modified from an Ana White version seen here. Base cabinets are super easy to build and of course, you can suit them to fit any dimension that you need. If you tackle cabinets make sure you take squares often and pay special attention that your face frames are exact. My slim built-in desk cabinets only needed to be 15 1/2″ deep, just enough space to accommodate my family’s laptop. I also incorporated charging station shelves in the far right cabinet for my phone and my little guys’ Nintendo + the top of that cabinet, along with the marble on top, has a 2 1/2″ hole to allow cords for lighting and electronics through. Once built, I slapped two coats of Behr ‘Polar Bear’ white paint on and waited for the granite top to be cut. The gorgeous grayish green piece of granite was, lucky for me, near free since hubby had an awesome connection to a scrap yard through his tile business. I still can’t get over how pretty the stone is! I also made myself a gallery wall with my favorite Art, (Drifting I & Drifting II by Jane Bellows from Gallery Direct) along with shelves I’ve refinished, silhouettes I drew of my little guys, and treasured family photos. Needless to say, it is now my favorite spot in our home!

desk_sombI still have to caulk some spots, fill some picture frames, and I might eventually build Shaker cabinet doors, but, for now, I am in love! Have you tackled any built-ins lately?

 

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DIY Interior Sliding Barn Door on the Cheap

barndoorfront_sombI can’t tell you how good it feels to get finished with a project that you’ve put your heart and soul into for months! I’ve always wanted an interior sliding barn door, but I never had the perfect and functional spot for one until we moved. In this ‘new to us’ home their is an AC unit/storage closet right smack in the middle of the living room… most people would dislike this, but it is THE perfect place for a sliding door since it frees up your home’s footprint for foot traffic or furniture!

The Materials – I already had tons of wood pallets so the wood was free. The other materials were hard to come by, making this project take much longer than it should have, but worth the wait. I found some old Cannon Ball Starline rollers on eBay for ridiculously cheap and scoured my town for a track to house the rollers, eventually finding just what I needed at PRO Build. The track, brackets, and handle were $55 bringing my grand

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total up to $70 so far. I am extremely proud of my thriftiness on this project since barn doors and hardware online can easily reach into the thousands! I also had to buy a piece of 1 x 6 pine to attach the track brackets to and of course bolts to screw the pine into the wall’s studs. I wanted the wood of the barn door to look authentically aged so I oxidized it, well, my oxidizing specialist aka my adorable 5 year-old little guy, oxidized it & he did an amazing job! It’s very easy to make using white vinegar and 0000 steel wool that has sat for a few days… more details on how to make your own here. When all was said and done the materials were about $96 and the finished project is worth every penny!

The Build – I built just a basic backwards K design barn door (I’m sure that’s not the correct term) from images that I saw online, being very careful to measure everything twice so that the dimensions would suit our living room and door frame. The most time-consuming part of this project was taking the pallets apart, but two hammers and some elbow grease are all that’s needed. I joined biscuits and used wood glue throughout and also randomly nailed to give it a well-loved look. barn_work

The rollers and track were fairly easy to install and I made sure to secure the red mahogany-stained pine brace to the wall studs perfectly so that it could support the weight of the barn door and track. As an added detail I also painted the barn door pull in my current favorite color, aqua. The door looked a little lonely, so I found an antique four pane window on eBay and printed a picturesque mountain plains view to place inside, giving an expansive feeling when in reality it’s just a wall behind the window… so nice to have a mountain view here in Florida!

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This project makes a huge impact on our space, creating incredibly beautiful and functional Art!

Wordless Wednesday – Banquette 3 Months Later

laternook2Well, it has been three months since I built my family’s board & batten nook bench, originally seen here, and my little guys couldn’t love it more, which in turn makes me ecstatic! So nice to see all my hard work being enjoyed! Though, I have to admit, white may not have been the wisest choice with two little ones climbing all over it… which I knew, but the crisp white was just so purty! I found and refinished two dining chairs since the build, but have yet to find a reasonably priced upholsterer to make the cushions since a seamstress I am not! I would also love to make a more substantial & less decorative back rest the length of the wall… someday, hehe! Hope to have a completely finished ‘after’ photo soon!

Happy Wednesday to y’all!

A nook for my family…

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This built-in was a blast to design and build! My family needed seating for our teeny tiny kitchen so creating a board and batten banquette was at the top of my to-do list. Clocking in at two weeks (worked on it intermittently while watching my adorable toddlers) & costing $150 bucks (would’ve been higher had it not been for an electrician friend that ran an outlet into it, which I built the little door for). This project was well worth the time and money spent + my family loves it which makes me over-the-moon happy!

Here’s a quick photographic step-by-step in case this project is also on your to-do list!

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I built the bench frame just as you would a freestanding wall… over-killing it a tad since I wanted it to be super sturdy for my little guys. I used #8 wood screws, wood glue, and 2 x 4’s from pallets. The top of the bench is 3/4 oak plywood (oak is stronger than pine), covered with two coats of Behr latex paint in Polar Bear. I implemented a board and batten style on the exterior of the frame… battens built from 1 x 3’s & 1 x 4’s & boards are 1/4″ hardboard with finish trim on the top and bottom, all caulked then painted with two coats of semi-gloss latex. I added a small door on the end in order to plug our electronics into the outlet inside the banquette. The simple H hinges, bling knob, and pop of chartreuse paint accent the bench beautifully & I hope to have an aqua-colored cushion made for my family’s nook soon!
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Nothing turns a house into a home quite like built-ins! I am ecstatic about how it turned out & you will not regret tackling a project like this yourself! Happy DIY’ing to you!!

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… better ‘After” photo & dining room table refinish coming soon!

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3 months later photo shown above with my sweet little guy enjoying it… read about my future plans for my family’s nook here! :)))

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Workbench / Outfeed Table of my Dreams

woodbenchtop It feels so good to have a proper place to ponder current projects! My workbench/outfeed table is finished and I couldn’t be happier with it! I made most of the base from a plan I saw on ana-white.com, a simple & sturdy workbench, but I wanted to add an inspiring top. I had 2 pallets of gorgeous oak in my workshop, so I started brainstorming… I was making this workbench because I needed the storage & I also needed a long table to push stock out of my table saw. This got me excited about soon refacing my kitchen cabinets, creating the Shaker style fronts on the table saw is a project I’ve daydreamed about for a while now, so I saved up for a Magswitch featherboard for said table saw in order to cut the rails and stiles safely… long story short, my newly acquired featherboard inspired the herringbone-pattern of my tabletop! It has an easy construction to it, but took forever to put together!! Taking apart the oak palettes is a ton of work in itself since each board, which made just one piece of my top’s puzzle, has 6 nails that I had to pry and hammer out. Once apart, I cut each end of each piece at a 45 degree angle, size of which was cut to match a template board previously made from drawing a center line down the middle of the plywood top. I needed to buy a few pieces of poplar, the green complimenting the pink oak extremely well!

outfeed workI used some scrap plywood for the top and shelf, the bottom shelf to be used as storage. I painted it in a white & mint green faux bois pattern (false wood) to match a previously painted focus wall in the room. Can ya tell I’m a wood lover?! My top was 24″ x 51″ and I wanted a two-inch overhang on each side, so I had the scrap piece of sturdy 19/32″ pine plywood cut to 28″ x 55″. This would be the piece that all the other pieces would be glued and brad nailed to. Once all the pieces are cut with the same 45 degree angle at each end, I layed them out like a puzzle on the top, sanded, glued, and nailed. I wanted the finish of this piece to stand up to dings & be somewhat slick so that boards from my table saw would glide down it. Epoxy fit the bill and is an easy finish to apply, well, easy compared to lacquer & poly. You just mix, stir, and pour on your table top… I added tape around the edges so that gravity could do it’s work and fill it. I used 2 coats of Rustoleum Super Glaze Epoxy which I picked up from Home Depot and the results are great as long as you follow the directions perfectly. After it dried for over 12 hours, I removed the tape and added a 1 x 2 frame around the edge. I couldn’t be more in love with it! The herringbone patterned wood on top looks incredible! So that’s about it… now I have an outfeed table so I can get back to daydreaming about my Shaker cabinets!

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Look what I found…

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I’m so happy to be sharing my most recent project! My adorable four year-old & I happened to come across our coffee table’s cousin on a recent thrift store hop! It was dingy, dirty, and a shade of yellow that just looked sad, but my little guy & I spotted it from across the store since it had the same exact details of our coffee table… which also happens to be a refinished thrift store beauty! ; ) With a price tag of $25 I knew we had to bring our coffee table’s kin home with us. I refinished it in exactly the same fashion so the materials for this project came to a grand total of zero dollars, perfect!! I’ll take you on my week long journey through this painted project and please start your own to share with me!

sandedcousin… a sanding I will go, a sanding I will go, high ho, high ho… have to sing so that sanding is amusing! I was lucky enough to find that this piece was actually primed under the yellow, so I left most of that on & started painting it! Two coats of latex semi-gloss was all it took to cover this piece. I love how easy it is to clean & the soft shine of semi-gloss is perfect for a modern refinish like this one.

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I had somewhat of an idea of what I was getting myself into with all the grooves, but I certainly didn’t think it would take 20 hours… I suppose that makes me appreciate the final result that much more though! After two coats of my 4 year-old & I’s favorite blue in latex semi-gloss, I went on to refinishing the MDF shelf inserts. They were a semi-groovy 70’s basket weave painted the same blech yellow as the rest & I didn’t care for the weave texture so I hammered them out & flipped them over to reveal a flat surface to paint. I primed, painted turquoise, then painted darker blue, then stripped off the paint, and let dry… a happy accident that I came across a couple years ago when I disliked how the paint looked. I think this sort of reverse painting gives an abstract quality to furniture which I love! When I refinish furniture I try to give each piece an unexpected element, changing it from a utilitarian object into a thing of beauty… or maybe I’m just a hopeless furniture lover, lol!

All that was left to tackle after I watched the paint dry was to add three coats of polyurethane to the shelves and staple them back into place. As a safety precaution for my toddlers, I affixed the top of the display unit to the wall so that it will never tip over… safety first! And another project bites the dust! Now I need to find some old picture frames and candles on our next thrift store jaunt! Please share your current projects with me & happy DIY’ing to y’all! :D

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