Archive for 2012

Welcome Sign

Monday, December 31st, 2012

In November, my aunt and I went to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. If you ever have the opportunity to go, it is an amazing experience. It is the biggest Flea Market/Craft Markets I have ever been to, and I enjoy going year after year. It is a great place to get junk at great prices, and a great place to get ideas for DIY projects. One of the covered pavilions had these great signs that I really loved; They combined ironwork with distressed wood for a real shabby chic feel:

Inspiration

I mentally broke the piece down and saw that it was basically 2 metal shelf brackets and an old cupboard door on a 1×2 furring strip (along with paint, and vinyl lettering). I made a note to pick up some brackets from one of the 2 huge suppliers of metal out there (2 for $5) and I looked around for some cabinet door. I never found any cabinet doors out there, but I ended up going to the ReStore and I scored a door there for $2.

To get the cabinet to the same shape, I tugged, pulled, and cut one of the sides of the cabinet door off (make sure that you pick up a door with a wood or mdf insert – hardboard inserts which are so common now may work, but won’t give the same feel). After I figured out the center was tacked to the frame, I used a nail set to push the nails far enough in to enable me to remove the center. I then cut the arms of the door to an angle (30 degrees?) using my compound miter saw, and replaced the center.

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When I did a rough fit with the furring strips ($0.87), brackets and door, I noticed that the sign could be horizontal or vertical, so I took a few minutes to decide if I wanted it vertical or horizontal.

Horizontal Rough Fit:

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Vertical Rough Fit:

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Ultimately, the vertical sign won out (not to say I won’t make a horizontal one eventually). I base painted the entire sign with Kilz Aerosol ($5), then added black spray paint (had on-hand from a previous project), vaselined the edges, ivory spray paint (on-hand from the shutter table project), vaselined the edges again, and finally gave it a coat of matte cinnamon-colored spray ($3).

I then cut out the vinyl with my Cricut. To save vinyl, I used less than a 12×12 piece of vinyl i had on hand by breaking the words “welcome” and “home sweet home” up and using squares to realign the words after cutting. The dots under “SW” will be put on the dots above “EET” to create the longer word “Home Sweet Home”, and “Welcome” will follow suit as well.

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Finally, I mounted the entire project on the wall, and it is done (but may be moved higher, depending on if my husband walks straight into or not!). Total material cost: less than $20. Satisfaction: immense!

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Backyard

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Travis and I have talked about adding a covered porch to the back yard since we bought the house. Our backyard has a northern exposure, which means that there is sun in our backyard almost all day during the summer. The following picture was taken from the corner of our yard on April 30, 2009 (when we first fell in love with the house). As you can see, it is a very sunny area with little to no cover. Without cover, it is hard to grill or be outside (especially in the rain) – we have done it, but it is hard.

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 So with Travis’ connections, we started building our new patio on December 18, 2012. Day one work was setting the foundation for the support posts (digging the holes, leveling the posts, pouring the concrete). Day two work involved placing the headers at the top of the post for support of the roof. This picture was taken about midday on day 2, please ignore the mildew on the back of the house, it will be powerwashed by the end of the project.

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By the end of day 2, the roof supports (trusses) went up and the siding came down. You can see the blue insulation exposed on the back of the house, as well as part of  the window siding is gone. Part of the upstairs window will be covered by the trusses, unfortunately, but not alot.

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Day 3 started with a torrential downpour in the early morning hours, so T went to get a bleach spraying system to avoid any potential mold issues and the guys sprayed the affected areas – I came home to a bleachy smelling house, but definitely better than mold. Then the guys finished up the framing of the roof and added the roof decking (plywood) to prepare the roof for shingles.

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And that is where we are starting on day 4.

Cute Snowmen

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

I came across this idea on Pinterest. Shauna from MyMixofSix created these wonderful snowmen from 2 dollar store fish bowls, a white tube sock, white string Christmas lights, fleece, and a few baubles and buttons.

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I followed Shauna’s steps for the most part, but I cut out a few unnecessary steps. I used 20 count white christmas lights, and placed half in the plain fish bowl, and the other half in the fluted fish bowl. I left the plug hanging out the back side. I then took a white men’s sock, and first put the plain fish bowl all the way in to the toe of the sock. After, I put the fluted fishbowl in the sock to where the cuff of the sock just reached the base of the bowl. The plug feeds out underneath the cuff of the sock (no cutting of the sock required) and the middle of the sock sits inside the bowls.

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I then made the hats for the snowmen following this youtube video:

After fitting all the hats and scarves, I took some of the baubles and buttons from my office and added eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons to finish off the snowmen.

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Entry Table

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I was inspired by this post by Gail at My Repurposed Life to create a table for my entry way. I have had a singer sewing base for some time without a top, and so I have been searching for a solution that would fit nicely in the entry. I went to my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and found a great pair of louvered shutters. I searched for the right sized cabinet door and found a beautiful floor model with a bead board center… but there was a problem. I could only find one door of that size. I searched the ReStore for at least half an hour, and I *finally* found a matching door buried under a lot of other cabinet doors.

When I got the shutters and cabinet doors home, I used my pocket hole jig to put holes in the ends of the shutters and in the edges of the shutters and cabinet doors to attach the top.

I spray painted the table apron a similar color to the original color of the shutter, but now the cabinet doors match the  shutters. I then created a top from one by fours and pockets holes and then I did a dry fit to ensure that the top would fit on the base.

I started staining the top with a rub on stain. I put the stain on the top, but then the extra stain wouldn’t rub off the top like it should have, and I couldn’t see the the grain of the wood like I had hoped. I waited for the stain to dry and then sanded off the stain that I could. Then I used a polystain from minwax to restain the top again. The result was a rustic appearing wood finish (please excuse my poor excuse for sawhorses, I used what lumber I had available).

After the polystain dried, I attached the stained table top to the shutters. I attached two by fours to the interior of the table apron and used those as a base to attach the table to the Singer sewing machine base.

Not much of a tutorial, but I hope you like the finished project! Since my entry hall is right across from my formal dining room, I also plan for this to double as a buffet for large family gatherings.

Jennifer

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Medicine Cabinet Makeover

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I have been slllloooowwwwllly making over my “guest” bathroom and found the following picture as inspiration for making over a frame I previously had in the bathroom that I no longer liked/used.

They used a piece of sheet metal cut to the size of the frame, and covered it with fabric. Then they added magnets to the back of makeup supplies and attached the makeup to the magnetic metal sheet.

In my bathroom, I don’t have a whole lot of open wall space, so I decided to take it an extra step and use the frame to cover up my mirrored medicine cabinet (which I don’t like very much anyway). I built a frame out of poplar and fitted it around the medicine cabinet, which just barely fit around the medicine cabinet by the grace of God (definitely was NOT in my plan book).

So now I have a much more attractive (IMHO) medicine cabinet and a place to put my makeup so I might actually use it!