Category: Furniture

DIY Wine Rack (Riddling Rack)

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UPDATE: Instructions and diagrams for building your own DIY wine rack are here!

We still have family in town so things are still a bit crazy, but I’m taking a few minutes to tell you about the awesome Christmas present my husband made for me. I love getting handmade gifts — the thought and effort behind them make them so meaningful.

I had wanted a way to store wine for a while and I had been trolling Craigslist for wine cabinets, but the problem was, we just didn’t have a good place to put a wine cabinet. Chris solved this problem by building a wine rack and mounting it to the wall. It took him a couple afternoons to build, sand, and finish it, and then he wrapped it and hung it up like this (sorry about the grainy pic):

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I got to tear the paper off on Christmas morning and reveal this beauty:

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This style of wine rack is called a riddling rack. It’s how wine bottles were stored when making sparkling wine — the wine bottles were turned and the angle increased every day, although nowadays few winemakers do this manually anymore.

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Chris made this out of redwood fence pickets that he cut, nailed, and sanded. He finished it off with his own homemade Danish oil mixture (1 part oil-based polyurethane, 1 part boiled linseed oil, and 1 part mineral spirits) which gave it a protective finish but kept the natural look of the wood.

It’s not perfect, and the bottles sometimes hang at slightly different angles because of the different bottle shapes, but it works, and I really like it. It is hung on the wall near the “bar” area (although we only have whiskey right now).

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I experimented with moving the “bar” table under the wine but it made the sofa seem lopsided on that wall, so I went with it as is. And we finally hung some art and our wooden masks from around the world in that corner.

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Chris has promised that he will walk me through the tutorial on how to make this riddling rack soon…so stay tuned for that!

UPDATE: Instructions are here!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/winter holiday. We didn’t host any big events this year…only Christmas breakfast, so I kept things simple:

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Just a red and white runner, some mercury glass votives, and my everyday white plates. It was a beautiful morning and the light coming in through the sliding glass door (that we recently installed) was lovely.

Lots more projects to work on in 2014!

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Painted Bench Turned Kids’ Table

Over the weekend, while Chris was working like a busy bee on insulating our house, moving electrical, and figuring out how to put up new siding, I worked on a little pet project.

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I decided to take an old bench that had been sitting in the master bedroom, where it had been covered in a giant pile of clothes for the past 3 months, and turn it into a little activity table for Baby Brownie.

(The giant pile of clothes is now happily sitting on the floor.)

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We bought this bench for $10 at a thrift store and had sanded down the top in anticipation of refinishing it. It has been in the above state for over a year.

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I decided it would be easier to paint it than to refinish it, especially since the legs were all chipped, dented and dog-chewed. So I primed it with 2 coats of Zinsser Cover Stain, and then painted it with 2 coats of Martha Stewart’s Duck Egg (Glidden). Then, I painted on 3 coats of Polycrylic to seal and protect the top. Because I know this piece is going to get a lot of abuse use.

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It turned out really nice! And it’s just the perfect height for Baby Brownie to stand at and play with the new wooden tea set I got her.

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I kind of like how you can still see the metal bolts.

Baby Brownie noticed it right away and went over to it and stared at it for a long time. I asked her if she liked it and she nodded yes. That’s a big deal since she’s in her “no” phase right now!

I just ordered a couple of little chairs on Amazon and I’ll share with you when they arrive.

Another cool thing is that if we ever want to get all the kids’ stuff out of sight…

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The table/bench works really well as extra seating! The teal/aqua color isn’t so bright that it can’t be used as adult furniture.

In the interest of full disclosure, this is what the bench REALLY looks like after it has been played with:

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Just a note of warning for single/as-yet-childless folks out there…this is what you have to live with when you have a kid. Enjoy.

UPDATE: The chairs have arrived and they are adorable!

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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 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.

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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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