Category: DIY

DIY Dining Table is DONE!!!

I feel like the name of this blog should be “Everything takes longer than you think.” Chris started this woodworking project as a side project, and sure enough, it took several months to complete. Not that it was that hard. But after starting it and doing the bulk of the work, other work around the house needed more urgent attention. Basically, 70% of it was done within a few weeks and the remaining 30% took another 2 months to complete. But the DIY dining table is finally, finally, 100% DONE.

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And we love it.

It’s so amazing to see an awesome piece of furniture come from just a concept like this:

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To an in-progress project like this:

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To finally, this:

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We did change a few things along the way. We added the cross beams at the top of the legs, which I think give it a modern pseudo-Asian feel and also make the table feel more substantial.

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Sorry about the mess of boxes and tools. I wanted to show this to you guys and didn’t have time to make everything look perfect. I only have about 30 min before the baby wakes up!

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Chris spent so much time planing the wood (it’s construction grade lumber, so he evened it out and squared it off using a planer) and fitting it all together tightly. This really was a labor of love for him =).

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We finished it off with Minwax Special Walnut stain (my fave!) and a coat of Varathane Spar Poly on the top. I was originally trying to finish the table with Minwax fast-drying Polyurethane but I was getting some weird gray patches on the legs (probably my can of poly was too old) so I switched to Spar Poly for the top.

People disagree on whether spar poly is good for dining tables (it’s used on ships and has more give/flex than regular Poly), but it’s just what I had. I think it looks wonderful and if it dents easier than regular poly, I don’t really mind.

diy dining table 3  Dents just add “character” anyway ;p.

I can’t wait to get the living/dining room cleaned up and styled. The Goodwill chairs I found that I recovered will be living here. I also need to get some window treatments up over the sliding door that we added. MAYBE everything will be ready by Thanksgiving? No guarantees though. Everything takes longer than you think.

But it is soooo worth it when you get there.

Check out this dining table styled with an easy fall centerpiece!

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DIY Travel Felt Board

My toddler and I are planning a trip to see my folks in Toronto pretty soon. It’s about a 5 hour flight, but we have a layover in Chicago for about an hour and a half. I’m thinking, the layover is probably a good thing so Baby Brownie can run around and work out her excess energy. But I’m still dreading the flight.

Now that she loves to run around and play, Baby Brownie can’t sit still for long…especially not in my lap (we didn’t buy her a seat). And she loves to get into trouble and play with stuff she shouldn’t be messing with. Other moms I’ve talked to say to bring lots and lots of activities to keep her busy, so I’ve been putting together a bag full of travel activities. New toys, crayons, stickers, books… and I saw this awesome idea for a DIY felt board so I made one to bring along.

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I got this idea from a friend who got it from a blog but I can’t for the life of me find that blog again!!! So I’m very very sorry if I stole your idea. Just let me know and I’ll give you the credit!

Also, this felt board is NO SEW, which makes it really easy.

Materials:

Various colors of craft felt, including at least two (2) 8.5 x 11″ pieces.
Scissors
Fabric glue
Batting

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I decided to stuff my felt board with batting to stiffen it a little but still keep it soft and plush and foldable. I just cut a rectangle of polyester batting a little smaller than my two 8.5 x 11″ pieces of felt, sandwiched it between the felt, and glued the edges of the felt with a bead of fabric glue.

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The rest was super simple. I just cut out some triangles, rectangles, and squares to make a house. I cut out other shapes to make a sun, moon, star, cloud, and tree. The components of the tree and the sun are glued together to make it easier for my daughter to recognize. The grass is glued down too. Everything else is loose so she can place them wherever she wants. When I have time I want to make a little cat and dog too.

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For the other side of the felt board I cut out a head shape (yes it’s silly-looking, but Baby Brownie doesn’t care) and eyes, nose, mouth, and eyebrows. The components of the eyes are glued together.

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Also, this silly bowl haircut. When I have time I’m going to make other versions of mouth, eyes, hair (maybe with yarn glued on) so she can change it up.

Everything fits really nicely into a large freezer bag, and it’s lightweight so it’s ideal for bringing traveling. You can make all sorts of scenes…your imagination’s the limit! I might also make a barnyard scene with animals, although animals are quite a bit harder to cut out than simple geometric shapes.

Any tips for traveling with toddlers? Any must-bring toys? Any advice would be appreciated!

DIY Roman Shade in Breakfast Nook

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I must be the last blogger in Blogland to make a DIY roman shade from a mini-blind. There are so many tutorials out there on how to make this frugal alternative to a pricey roman shade, like this one, which I think might be one of the earliest ones (or maybe the original?). But perhaps you DIY-ers out there will benefit from seeing how I did it and what issues I ran into. I’m ultimately pretty happy with the result. I know my DIY shade won’t last forever but I’m happy with it for now, and realistically, by the time it’s ready to be retired, I’ll probably be ready to change the look anyway.

This is, by the way, the reason I still shop at Forever21.

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After we removed the mini-blinds from the window in order to paint the wood trim and wainscoting, we were constantly being blinded (heh heh) by the sun shining right into our eyes at dinner time. So something needed to be done.

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I picked up a 70″ mini-blind at Home Depot for about $30. I cut off the ladder cords, being very careful not to cut the pull cords. I then cut the pull cords right at the bottom, removed the slats and put 6 slats back on, along with the thicker bottom slat. I knotted the pull cords at the bottom to secure the slats back on.

NOTE: When I put the slats back on, I reversed them so the concave side was oriented towards the top of the blinds. This makes it easier to glue the convex (domed) side down later, as you’ll see.

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I laid the mini-blinds out on my fabric (back side up). This fabric is actually a cotton shower curtain I picked up at HomeGoods. I loved the color and the pattern, and that it was just exactly the width of my window so I wouldn’t have to sew any seams up the middle or worry about matching up the pattern.

The hardest part here was squaring off the fabric. The shower curtain wasn’t perfectly straight long the edges, and it was slightly larger than my mini-blinds. So I used fabric glue to hem the edges and even them out.

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I wanted the roman shades to fold up small. They will be inside-mounted so I didn’t want them to block too much of the window when folded up. I spaced the slats 7 inches apart.

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Then I carefully glued the slats to the back of the fabric, domed-side down, using a bead of fabric glue. I made sure to leave a gap around the area where the pull cord was! At the bottom, I wrapped the fabric around the thick bottom slat and glued it down (no picture of that, sorry).

This was my first time using fabric glue and I was really impressed at how well it stuck! It definitely works better fabric-to-fabric than fabric-to-plastic though. I had to touch up a few loose areas after I hung up the mini blind.

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You can see the slats through the fabric, but I don’t mind. In fact it makes it look more tailored. I can always add a liner later if I feel like I’d like to hide the slats and block more sun, but for now, I like how it filters the sun while allowing plenty of light through.

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And as you can see, it folds up nice and small to maximize our window space.

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The only downside is that the cord hangs behind the shade, which makes it a little more difficult to pull up or down, but it’s not that hard. I guess what I could do is to bring the cord through to the front through a little buttonhole in the fabric, and then add a flap of fabric (like a mini valance) over the top of the shade to hide it. I might do that later if the pull being at the back ends up bothering me.

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DIY Console Table Plans

This L-shaped DIY sofa console that we have in our living room is definitely our most popular project to date.

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Because a couple of people have commented or emailed to let me know that they are attempting (or have attempted) to build this console table, we decided to draw up some loose plans to give our readers a better idea of how the table is put together.

We made an L-shaped console table, but it was basically just two straight tables butted up perpendicular to each other. I haven’t listed specific measurements here, because you can adjust the length of the console table to fit your space.

This is how each piece of the table will look.

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We didn’t bother to hide the screws, so everything is attached together using screws drilled through from the outside surface.

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We’re not professionals in drawing up plans (especially not me), but we hope that additional angles and information will help those of you who are building a similar table.

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For more photos of the finished project, please go to the original post for the DIY Sofa Table. Have fun!

Painted Emerald Living Room Dresser

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There’s a pretty green lady peeking out of the corner of the living room.

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This emerald beauty started out not-so-pretty. But like a true Cinderella story, her years of hard work paid off and she was rewarded with a breathtaking makeover and a home with people who love her.

She started off like this:

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Just a nondescript, cream-colored dresser like many you see at garage sales and thrift stores. I thought the plank sides and farmhouse-y top were kind of unique though, so I decided I had nothing to lose by painting her.

After we filled the holes and gave her a light sanding, I had to decide on paint. I’ve been wanting to paint something green for AGES, so I chose Behr Paint and Primer in Pine Grove, a deep emerald/Kelly green. I applied it with a synthetic brush and a small foam roller. It took me three coats to get the coverage I wanted (pretty typical with highly pigmented latex paints). I then protected the paint with a couple coats of Polycrylic.

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I chose brass pulls by Martha Stewart from HomeDepot.com. They are actually less shiny than they look online. I love them, and they are only $1.98 each! Super affordable.

Halfway through adding the hardware I decided the paint finish was a little too flat and one-dimensional. It needed more interest, more depth. I decided to add a glaze. Because I didn’t want to deal with smelly oil-based or wax glazes, I chose this craft antiquing glaze that is water-based and easy to clean up (Martha Stewart tintable glaze from Michaels). I mixed it with raw umber and burnt umber craft paints until it looked like a thick, rich, hot chocolate.

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I applied the glaze with a foam brush and then left it to set for about 10 minutes. When it was tacky, I buffed it off.

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I didn’t want my little dresser to look too “faux”, so I kept it light on the glaze, buffing most of it off. I just wanted to add a little dimension and depth to the paint color. As with makeup, a little bit goes a long way =). Here it is again, finished. I’ll probably want to add another layer of Polycrylic at some point to protect the glazed finish…when I get around to it…

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I think the glaze gives it a lot more character. And we all know how important character is in every Cinderella story.

dresser before and after

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We wanted a more substantial piece of furniture to fill up that corner (we had a small round side table there before). And since it’s so close to the front door, it’s also a great place to store pool/swimming gear (goggles, floaties, sunscreen), extra flip-flops, umbrellas, etc…

It’s a little high to set a drink on but because we have the DIY sofa console table behind the sofa for drinks, it’s not a problem.

The dresser was free (a hand-me-down), so this makeover only cost us $10 for paint, and $18 for hardware, bringing the total to about $28!

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I’m starting to get addicted to painting furniture. I might try chalk paint or milk paint next to get good adhesion without peeling. I have a few more pieces to paint so stay tuned! In the meantime, what do you think of this deep, rich green? Is it a color you would use in your home?

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