Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rustic Farm Table Reveal



It's finally here - the day I have been waiting for!  My rustic farm table is finally finished!!  This project all started when I got the crazy idea to sell my dining room set to my friend and use the money to purchase reclaimed lumber and have my husband build me a table!  It all started in February.....

Living in California, reclaimed lumber is hard to find and it is expensive!  I called and researched places that sold reclaimed wood.  There wasn't too many to pick from in the LA metro area.  We ended up driving out to the valley where this guy had a huge garage/yard full of lumber.  We choose Michigan Oak that was used in a subfloor of a barn.  I am guessing its 60 to 80 years old.  For the price of my dining room table & 8 chairs - I got a truck load of lumber.  Seems reasonable!!


Oh the projects we could make!!!!


The wood sat in our back yard for about 6 months while we gathered the right tools, additional lumbar, etc....and while my husband came up with a plan for the construction.  Then, one day in September, it happened, the table started coming together.

We constructed it in 2 sections.


I am not going to write too much detail on the construction.   If you want to build one, leave me a comment, and I can send more detailed instructions :)


These are the pedestals for the table.


Here it is all finished.  It took 3 men to get it into the house!  It is super heavy!  I wasn't sure what type of protective finish to put on the top.  I didn't want a shiny or thick polyurethane.  I looked into linseed oil, but didn't feel good about that choice.  I went with Minwax finishing wax.  I have used it before and it turned out to be the perfect finish for the table.  It still feels like the original wood and will repel moisture.

The chairs are mismatched: some are chairs I had and others are from my adventures garage sailing!  They are white, antique white, heirloom white, and ivory. 
 I love that the table seats 14 people!  5 on each side and 2 on each end.


This photo really shows all the different tones in the wood - I love that darker piece.



I bought a new chandelier to go over the table - that was a project in itself.  I ordered it from Amazon.  I really like it - it just took a long time to rewire everything because the wire it came with was way to short.  It is really bright and sparkly!  This is me adding each crystal one at a time!


Marbles also loves the table!!
 
Amanda

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Outdoor Table Re-Do

My friend gave me her mother's kitchen table.  It's not your average kitchen table.....It's HUGE and ROUND!!!  I think the table originally cost $$$$.  It was in bad shape when I got it.  The mom had caught a floral arrangement on fire and burned part of the table.  Then she cleaned it with some harsh cleaner and it reacted with the finish, turning it into a sticky mess!  Of course we'll take the table!!!
I didn't get a good before picture - but this is it after hubby took it apart.  I just love power tools!!!  We plained it down pretty good - it took the burn mark right.  Then finished with light sanding to get it really smooth.  I didn't bother sanding the base - it is getting paint!


Meet my new favorite stain - Rust-Oleum's "Driftwood".  That's exactly what it looks like!  It's perfect for this project because it will be living outside!

That's me!!  Of course I do all my DIY projects in tie-dye!!

We took out the rotten fake wood inlays and prepared the surface for tile!!

And here it is with super cute 1" tiles.  It makes me think of the ocean!!  Don't you love the Lazy Suzan on top!  My kids LOVE this - we've never had one before!

I sealed it with Rust-Oleum's Ultimate Spar Varnish.  It has maximum weather protection!!

I love that it can seat 10 people comfortably!

I couldn't resist painting the base a bright turquoise color!  Spray paint, of course!!

It's pretty bright, but the outdoors can handle it!!
 

I love how it turned out - it's totally me!!
Amanda

Monday, September 9, 2013

DIY Soccer Banner Tutorial


This is my first soccer banner ever!  I had no idea what I was doing and I was determined to use only materials I had on hand.  This is what I came up with! We are the Daisies (white) and there are 5 girls on our team.  So - 5 daisies on the banner!  Not too hard!!

Start with canvas or duck cloth.  I was happy I had bought this in the fabric district for $2 a yard!  Only it was a tan/cream color - not very 5 year old!  Luckily I had just purchased NEON pink spray paint!  I hemmed the edge of the canvas then spray painted it with the neon pink.

Neon pink does not photograph very well in bright sun.  I like how it finished kind of patchy, I have quilting fabric like this.  (it's nice to know you can spray paint anything!!)

I got out my Therm O Web Heat n Bond and traced the block letters and daisies.

Iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric and cut out on the line.

Peel off the paper and lay out the words.

I was afraid to iron directly on the spray paint so I grabbed an old piece of fabric and laid it on top.  It took a few seconds to get the Heat n Bond to melt.

I put an old towel on the tile floor then laid out the rest of the banner.  I ironed it on the floor - I didn't want to move it to the ironing board.

I sewed around all of the appliqué pieces in black thread.  On the daisies I sewed around 3 times.

If I would have time, I would have hand stitched the names, but I had 10 minutes left before team pictures, so a sharpie did the trick in putting the girls names on the flowers.

I love it!!!  The neon really makes it!
 My husband assembled a PVC pipe stand and we took it to our first game on Saturday!!


Amanda

Monday, September 2, 2013

DIY Lego Minifigure Storage Shelves Tutorial


 
Do you have little person living with you that is obsessed with Legos?  I do!!  We love the Lego Minifigures at our house!!!  I wanted to find a way to display and store them.  I think this works well and it has lots of room so we can buy more Legos!!!!


Supplies:
3/4" wood (pine, MDF, etc.)
Lego building board (available at Lego store or Lego online)
utility knife
paint
Quick Hold E-6000 glue (or similar)
nail gun

Begin by cutting the 3/4" wood into 1 1/4" strips.  You can make as long you want.  Mine are 23 3/4" long because that is what looked best on the wall.

Next cut the Lego board.  Using a utility knife, cut the Lego board every "3 circles". 


Once they are cut, bend them a little bit to break them apart.


Paint the boards.


Glue the Lego strips down.  I used one and a half of the Lego strips on each board.

 Once everything is dry, measure the wall for placement.  Using a nail gun, nail the boards into the wall, making sure to hit studs.  Patch the nail holes and touch up the paint where the patches are.





My son made me this "Keith Urban" minifigure.

We just bought our series 11 Lego Minifigures today.  These are mine!  50"s girl and pretzel girl!!

Amanda