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HO HO HOliday DIY – Christmas Wishing Ball

Ahhhh, Christmas!! *insert pine scent here* That time of year when everyone is just a tad more cheery. My family is especially so. We love to get into the holiday spirit by deckin’ the halls, viewing Christmas lights, and feeding our pet reindeer super-sugary oat cookies… ok, maybe we don’t do that last one, but we do enjoy being festive together! That’s why I wanted to create some holiday traditions for my family, memories that will last my little guys a lifetime! DIYmaterials_Pfister3In comes my latest do-it-yourself project, our Christmas Wishing Ball! The concept was this… each of us thought of a dream for our family, no materialistic wishes in the Christmas Wishing Ball, we saved the toys & candy for Santa’s List! For example, my five year-old wishes for me to ride a unicorn! Hey, it could happen! We then put the wishes to paper, folded them into origami snowflake parts, and placed ’em inside a fillable glass ornament. We also added crystal strands and a candy cane ornament since the red & white canes are a recurring theme in our holiday decor. You could of course add ingredients to match your own festive interior! Oh, the best part is, next year we can break open the ornament & read the wishes to find out if they came true… I’ll obviously be riding a horned pony at this point, hehe! Then we can take the origami snowflake sections and form them together to make a Christmas tree ornament! More than a tad on the cheesy side, I know, but just think of the happy thoughts that this crafty project will bring to your little ones!

final_materials_framedNow you have the inspiration, so here’s the how-to! Simply buy some bamboo needlepoint loops, stain ’em, poly ’em, or paint ’em, and drill a single hole in each one. Then, take your trusty fishin’ line (seen as wire in photo so that it’s visible) and loop it through the ornament, make a knot, and thread it through the smallest loop’s drilled hole so that the loop sits on the knot just above the ornament… continue knotting and threading through the other two loops. Easy peasy! We finished our Christmas Wishing Ball off by hittin’ it with some Elmer’s glue and sprinkling some fake snow & diamond dust onto it. There ya have it! Every time I look at ours it puts a smile on my face & I’m sure yours will do the same!
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Do you & your family have any time-honored holiday traditions? Please share!

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Antique Lamp Turned Plant Stand

blurplant_sombDo you have an odd space in your home that would be brightened up by a plant? If so, this super easy & economical project is for you! Snag an antique lamp from a thrift store for a few bucks, remove all the cords, cut a circle out of scrap wood, paint & poly said scrap, glue wood onto base, and voila, you have an adorable plant stand that costs just five bucks! Check out my photographic step-by-step!

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Have you done any fun DIY projects lately?

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!

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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!

Teal for Teacher… Antique Table Refinish

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This project was a joy to work on since this beautiful antique table belongs to my oldest little guy’s favorite Pre-K teacher. She handed me a bedspread to choose the table’s color from and gave me carte blanche to refinish the piece!
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I started by repairing an inside drawer box piece, staining any bare wood & scratches to match the existing finish, and filling a hole in one of the back legs. Then I whipped up some homemade chalk paint using pigment from Behr’s Bali Bliss, a gorgeous teal that matches her bedspread. I applied one coat of chalk paint to the base and two to the top. I wanted the drawer front to have more of a distressed look to it than the rest of the piece, so I sanded it a tad in spots that would normally show wear. The drawer’s knobs were stunning, but needed a new paint job and waxing to make them stand out. I also waxed the rest of the piece using rags from an old shirt dipped in Briwax, gently distressing as I applied. When working with chalk paint you have to distress gently as the paint comes off very easily. I buffed out the wax on the base, protecting the chalk paint and creating a beautiful sheen. I then got to work on the top, gently sanding with 220 grit sandpaper & waxing, letting it dry, then buffing the top, being extremely careful not to remove any chalk paint. This creates a wonderful texture and pattern reminiscent of water, which looks amazing with blues and greens such as this table.
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I’m thrilled with how this table turned out… hope my son’s teacher enjoys her pop of color!
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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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Easy Peasy Momma Bear Chair Refinish

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I found this gorgeous caned chair for just five bucks at a thrift store… only one problem… it’s caning was completely destroyed. I knew I could bring it back to life + I fell in love with it’s turned legs so I just had to bring her home!

peasyworkThis was a fairly simple refinish… all I had to do was remove the caning, cut out a piece of wood with a jigsaw, sand down the edges, upholster it with a $2 remnant, create some braces for the seat to screw into from underneath, and give it a little waxing! Easy peasy! I’m ecstatic about the way it turned out & I hope to find the perfect Poppa Bear Chair soon!

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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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