Spooky String Art

I have seen some really fun string art in the past but thought it would be so fun to make some for Halloween because the string sort of looks like spider webs! I decided to go with Spooky String Art because I thought it would be so fun and it turns out… I was right! I am totally in love with it!

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Want to make one for your home or porch? It’s so simple!

You will need:

1×8
Small Nails with heads
Vinyl
Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machine
Spray paint
Black embroidery thread
Sand paper

First, cut your 1×8 into a 24” piece.

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I sprayed the edges of my board with Rustoleum Black so when I sanded you would be able to see the black shinning through.

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Next, I used Rustoleum Cinnamon and sprayed the entire board.

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When everything was dry, I sanded my edges and let the black show through.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut out SPOOKY vinyl lettering and applied it to my board. – The font I used was Aharoni. I liked it because it is blocky and plain.

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Next, I outlined each letter using my nails. I tried to nail them in 1/2” to 3/4” apart. Make sure you put them on each corner and add a couple extra to rounded letters to make your letters… round!

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I pulled the vinyl off the letter I was working one and using black embroidery thread, I outlined each letter and then wrapped the thread around and around until I had the look I was going for.  I did one letter at a time and tied off each one.

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There is no rhyme or reason to the way I did it. I just wrapped and wrapped and connected the “dots” until I like the way it looked and then moved onto the next letter.

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When you are done wrapping each letter you are done!

So simple… but so cute!!

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I love how you can see the black coming through the board and the whole thing just looks sort of spooky and rustic and totally cute! Now I just need some cute spiders!

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Add Planking Around Your Fireplace

My sister and her husband purchased a new (to them) home this past spring and spent a few weeks remodeling before they moved in. They still have a lot of work to do but are trying to get settled and finish up big projects. I was over at her house helping with cabinets when she asked me about her fireplace. I told her “We should Add Planking Around Your Fireplace” and so we did! And it turned out really very cute!

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Cute right? I love love love how it turned out and I love the wooden mantel! The floors in her home are the walnut wood tile so the walnut mantel totally ties it all together!

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Do you want to add planking to your fireplace too? Here is what we did!

Here is what the fireplace looked like before…

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First you need your planking material. Kait (my sister) had a bunch of 3” wide 1/2” MDF slats from a previous project in her garage so we used those. You can use MDF or you can use utility plywood and you can cut them to the size that you like. I really liked the 3” wide slats. yes, we had to cut a few more planks than if we had used a wider plank, but I liked having more planks on the wall.

To start, I measured across the entire area and had the measurements of 65.5”.  Using a level and my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer and 2” pin nails, I nailed the first plank, completely level, right above the fireplace.

Each piece is mitered at a 45 degree angle to lay flat against the adjoining wall. The longer pieces are mitered on both ends and the smaller pieces have a straight edge by the fireplace and a miter on the side against the wall.

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From there we worked our way up the wall and down both sides of the fireplace, using 2 quarters to help us with the width in-between each plank.

She has a light switch on her fireplace wall so I needed to cut out around those.

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I measured the lights and drew lines on my planks and then used my Ryobi Jigsaw to simply cut out the pieces for the lights. You want your lights to sit on top of the planking.

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In order to bring the planking all the way to the floor, we had to cut out a bit of the existing baseboard. I simply used the Ryobi Multi Tool and cut off the baseboard.

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After all our planks were nailed on, I cut two side pieces. Where the fireplace wall and the walls in the room met was a little wonky because of the dry wall and so our pieces seemed off. We wanted nice straight edges so I cut two pieces the length of the fireplace wall and mitered one side to the 45 degree angel on my table saw so it would sit flush. The side pieces also worked perfect for tying into the baseboard.

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And then we were done building and just needed to putty, caulk and paint! We puttied all the nail holes and sanded the whole wall down.

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The only place we caulked were the side pieces next to the wall so there would nice, clean straight lines. Everything else was left alone to give the look of real “planks.”

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When everything was dry, we whipped the wall down with a damp rag and then taped off and Kait painted the whole thing white to match the white in her home.

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While Kait was painting the planks, I built the mantel using the same pattern I used to make the Rustic Shelf in my sons room. Kait wanted her mantel to be a little deeper so instead of using 1×6’s I used 1×8’s.

I built the whole thing in about 10 minutes and then used Mixwax wood finishing cloths in Walnut to stain the whole thing. I let the mantel dry over night.

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We let the paint dry over night.  We almost left it like this! It looks so nice and fresh and clean, but she wanted a mantel over the fireplace so we added it!

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To hang the mantel, I used a 2×4 and using 3” nails, secured it the wall where the 2×4’s in the wall were. The mantel is 5’ long so I cut the 2×4 to be 4.5’ long.

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Then I centered the mantel on the 2×4 and used four (4) 2” screws to screw it into the 2×4 from the top. You can find a tutorial for that here.

And then we were done!!

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All we had left to do was decorate!!

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I love how this fireplace turned out and it is definitely the center piece/accent wall of the room! If you love it too… we would love your pins and shares!!

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Soft and Yummy Caramel Corn

For some reason, caramel corn reminds me of the fall and since we are celebrating September arriving… I whipped some up! I posted it to Instagram and a few people asked for the recipe so here it is – Soft and Yummy Caramel Corn!

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Soft and Yummy Caramel Corn Recipe

Pop 1 cup of popcorn – makes about 6 cups popped. Pour into brown paper bag. (when you hit up the grocery store – ask for paper instead of plastic!)

In a large sauce pan mix:

1 cube butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Kayro Syrup

Bring to Boil

add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

The caramel will foam. Pour onto the popcorn in the brown paper bag.
Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes – Shake and repeat!

Pour into large bowl or onto cookie sheet and enjoy!

Note: I like to double the caramel recipe and add about 3 extra cups of popped popcorn. It makes it softer and more chewy.

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Scrap Wood Pumpkin

 Since we are going into cooler fall weather, I wanted to share a fun and simple Fall project that anyone can make with wood from your scrap pile – A scrap wood pumpkin! 

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All you need for this project is a couple pieces of 2×4 wood and 2×6 wood! I found both in my scrap pile – but feel free to swing by Home Depot and grab a one of each a make a few of these for your home! Cut your pieces down – I cut two 2×4’s at 6 inches and two 2×6’s at 7.5 inches. I just did what I thought looked best – but make some bigger and smaller if you want too!

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I used Rustoleum Cinnamon and sprayed the wood down.

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When they were dry, I used my cornercat and sanded the edges a bit.

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Lastly – and the thing that makes the pumpkin – I tied the whole thing up with green ric rac! I love it! I makes it look wavy – sort of like a real pumpkin!

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I tied the top in a bow to look like “leaves.”

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and your done! so simple but super cute!!

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Other Fall projects include:

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25 Fabulous Fall Porches

Hello September!! You are my very favorite month! The leaves start to change, football starts, there is a crispness in the air and the nights are cool. Autumn is right around the corner and to help you get into the spirit of fall, I have gathered up 25 fabulous fall porches to inspire you!

25 fabulous fall porches

I am just going to let you scroll through these beautiful photos without any commentary, but if you are interested in the photo – I have linked them all to the sites where I found them!

Fall Front Porchwith a large rustic welcome sign, cornstalks, pumpkins, and pine cones

Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas - Summer is Waning - Worthing Court

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Worthing Court: Neat and tidy fall front porch

Fall Entryway...@Jackie Bauer maybe not so many pumpkins but hail bay and orange flowers would be adorable on your porch!!

Fall porch decor with cornstalks, DIY wreath, and chevron pillows @ houseofhawthornes.com

DIY fall front porch, love the colors and texture of this! We can help with this mums look great in pots outside the door, just make sure that you get them into the ground before the first frost. Then you get to enjoy them next year as they bloom for the fall weather! H&J Florist and Greenhouses of st Joseph MI 269-429-3621

Fall Front Porch Ideas ! Love all her Ideas ! (And she used the same scrap burlap trick to hang wreath I do! It's A big impact for pennies ! Just go Buy wide width burlap scraps from local fabric store (usually in back in small plastic bags). The most I have ever Payed is two dollars ! Try It !

Give your porch the Midas touch with gold #pumpkins.

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So dosn't get cuter! fall front porch decorating ideas | DIY Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas | Where the Heart is!!! Welcome guests to your fall home!!! Entryways should never be neglected, they make your first impression!!! This porch says, " Happy Fall, Y'all!!!

Autumn Harvest I Photographic Print by Philip Clayton-thompson at AllPosters.com

Perfect Fall Porch! I'm so excited about fall!

gorgeous fall decorations... by Belenchuchy

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You will love these great fall decorating ideas!  Old Time Pottery is your fall decorating headquarters!  http://www.oldtimepottery.com/

love the simplicity of this, not sure about the gold accents though.

Leaves & double flower sconces/hangings... Pottery Barn Fall Porch

Fabulous right!? Don’t you want to run out and buy some orange and yellow mums – and a few pumpkins?

Be on the lookout for some fun fall projects headed your way next week!

Amanda (and Spencer)

Planked House Number Shutter

When we moved into our house, there was this huge house number that hung right next to the front door that was just plain ugly and was one of the first things we ripped of our house… but then we didn’t have a house number other than the one on our sidewalk. Spencer bought some numbers a couple years ago but they were lost in the pit of our desk drawer… oops! I wanted to do something fun that I could display our house number and I thought a planked house number shutter would be perfect!

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I started by buying a couple of 1x4x8 at Home Depot and cut them down using my Ryobi miter saw. You will need (4) four pieces cut at 30” and (2) two at 14.5”.

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I decided that I wanted my cross pieces to be about two inches from the top and the bottom. I used wood glue and glued the back of each piece…

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… then I used my Ryobi Airstrike Nail Gun and nailed the cross piece into each of the longer pieces. I nailed it in at least twice on each board – sometimes I felt I needed one more nail!

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And then the building was done!!

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At first I decided that I wanted to stain it cherry, so I did but then I changed my mind and decided to paint it instead! I used DecoArt Chalk Paint in Relic.

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When the paint was dry I used my cornercat and sanded it down a bit to rough it up.

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I then used the cream wax to protect the whole piece. Since I knew it was going outside, I used a couple coats to protect it against the elements.

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I used the house numbers I bought at home depot…

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… and screwed them on.

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I flipped my shutter over and screwed in two screws a few inches apart. Make sure you do this over the cross board so you don’t screw through the front of your shutter.

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I wrapped wire inbetween the screws and then I tightened the screws up. Now it’s ready to hang up.

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Last fall my husband drilled some anchors into our brick so I simply hung it up on the anchor that was already by our front door.

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I love it!! It is rustic and darling perfect for the space!

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If you missed some of our more recent projects you can check them out here!

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Gray-Stained Farmhouse Nightstand

You guys!! If you follow me on instagram you have already heard the news!! But this past weekend I sold my very first custom bedroom set! The cute lady who wanted the set, wanted a nightstand so I had the opportunity to build this darling gray-stained farmhouse nightstand!

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I found the plans on Ana White and switched them up a little bit. I love how it turned out and am thinking I may need to build a couple for my bedroom! The drawer is nice and big and slides out pretty easily and I love the bottom shelf too – some cute baskets would go great there!

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If you are thinking about building this dresser, let me give you a few tips – because the cut list on Ana’s site is wrong – and I wanted to pull my hair out on such a simple project – because it took sooo much longer and I had to recut and cut new pieces. Here is a correct cut list!

2 – 1×12 @ 8 3/4″ (Sides)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/4″ (Side Trim – needs to be width of your 1x12s)
4 – 2×2 @ 26 1/4″ (Legs)
2 – 2×2 @ 11 1/4″ (Side Stretchers, same width as your 1x12s)
4 – 2×2 @ 23″ (Front/Back Trim)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood or paneling or other sheet goods @ 26″ x 8 1/2″ (back, optional)
3 – 1×2 @ 11 1/4″ (Top Supports)
3 – 1×6 @ 28″ (Top)
2 – 1×6 @ 22 3/4″ (Front and Back of Drawer)
2 – 1×6 @ 11 1/4″ (Width of 1×12 – Sides of Drawers)
1 – 1×12 @ 21 1/4″ (Bottom of drawer)
1 – 1×12 @ 26″ (Bottom Shelf)
2 – 1×2 @ 23″ (Bottom Shelf Trim

You can find all the info to build it here!

Also – add a couple screws to the back to act as a drawer stop.

Don’t you think a lamp would look awesome on this table? Me too!!

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Easy One Hour 1×10 Serving Tray

Did you guys love my kitchen table? It still seems strange that I have that beauty in my dinning area but now I need some fun things to spruce it up! I thought up this easy one hour 1×10 serving tray and knew it was the perfect thing to put on my kitchen table. I shared it a few weeks ago over on The Crafting Chicks but wanted to share it here as well.

Easy 1x10 Serving Tray

Supplies Needed:

1×10
Stain
Spray Paint
Sand Paper
2 3” Cabinet Pulls (for handles)
Paint Tape
Glass Jar

Head on over to Home Depot and pick up a 1×10 – it doesn’t need to be very long because we are going to use our miter box and cut it to about 18” long. I just sort of eyed how long I wanted it and cut it. If your board is too wide for your miter box you can use this trick to cut it.

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After I cut the wood, I stained it “cherry” by Minwax.

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After the stain was dry, I used painters tape and tapped off the edges. I did one strip down the side and did two strips on the ends. I knew I was adding handles so I wanted the ends a little bit thicker.

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I sprayed the middle with Rustoleum Heirloom White.

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After everything was dry, I used sand paper and roughed it up a bit. I applied a clear varnish over the top of the tray to protect it a little bit.

I used a 3/16 drill bit to drill the holes for the handles and then added them.

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And then you are finished!! So easy, right!?

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I didn’t want the screws on the bottom to scratch anything so I added felt pads to the bottom.

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I wanted to add some character to the serving tray and I am in love with Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint – so I sprayed a glass (pickle) jar I had with it and added it to the tray – then filled it with Daisies – my favorite flower!

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There are so many great possibilities for this try to add character to your home – you can leave it plain.

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Or add a jar of flowers…

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Add a cute frame…

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Use it as a place to collect your mail and leave your keys…

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… or add a plate of treats!!

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You can put it on your coffee table and add your magazines or remotes. You can add some fun books and/or some fun décor items – there are so many fun possibilities.

This really is a a great and simple project that makes a huge impact!

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What To Do If Your Paint Runs

Hey guys!!

Did you guys see the cherry and white farmhouse kitchen table revamp I posted about on Tuesday? I am so in love with it and I enjoy the warmth it brings into our kitchen!

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In that post I showed you that I used my finish max to spray the whole thing so today I wanted to talk about something that probably happens to everyone! You get a little trigger happy on the paint sprayer or on the spray paint can or you get a little antsy and spray on a layer to heavy and of course… the paint runs! ahhhhh!!

No worries! I am here today to help you through it! You see, when I was sponge sanding my chairs down for final coat and getting rid of all the grit I found a run… dang it!

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Good thing I know how to fix it and in just a couple minutes you will too! Now even if you were painting and found a run in the wet paint, you would take the same steps – only wait for the run to dry.

You need the paint to be completely dry.

And you need a really sharp razor blade!

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Take your razor blade and simply slice off the run. The paint in the “run” part will be thick and will slice away really nicely.

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Here you can see where I sliced off the run.

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Take a sponge sander and lightly sand the area where the run was and the surrounding area.

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and then you are ready to paint once again! You will need to add a few extra coats to the area to cover the place you sliced off – but you will be run free and happy!!

Have a great day – and be patient as you spray!

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Cherry and White Farmhouse Kitchen Table Revamp

For the longest time I have wanted a kitchen table with white legs, a wooden top and white chairs. I think a set like that is just beautiful and would match the look we are going for in our home just perfect! So I set out on a search – I have been to countless furniture stores and have several on my amazon wish list – but haven’t been able to find anything I love within my price range.

While browsing the internet one night for said table – I noticed that some of the photos I was looking at were “refinished” tables and I thought “I could do that!!!” and “why didn’t I think of that!?”

The next day I busted out my tool box and started taking apart my kitchen chairs so I could create my own Cherry and White Farmhouse Kitchen Table Revamp!

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Awesome right!!?? I am totally in love with my new revamped kitchen table! I love contrast of the cherry and the white base and chairs and it looks awesome with the board and batten walls!

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Are you thinking of revamping your kitchen table? Here is a tutorial for you!! Here is a really crappy shot of what I was starting with:

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I took apart each chair and sanded each one and all the legs down. I also took the table top off the base and sanded down the base too.

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Next I took them all out to my garage and set up a “painting booth” and got to work painting them. I like to go to Wal-Mart or the dollar store and buy cheap plastic rectangle tablecloths to use for painting – they are easy for me to move around and are super cheap! I also wiped down the entire surface of each chair, leg and base with mineral spirits. I wanted to make sure there was nothing on them that would ruin the paint job.

 

I used my Homeright Finish Max to spray paint. I thinned out some primer first and primed each piece. The Finish Max is a dream and the paint goes on so smooth – but primer is a little gritty so before I applied my paint I used a sponge sander and sanded each piece.

After everything was primed and sanded, I started painting. I used the color Antique White by Glidden color matched in a Behr Semi-Gloss Enamel. I added a few tablespoons of water to each batch to thin the paint. This project is definitely a labor of love because I was at it all day long! You want to make sure you do quick, thin layers – over and over and over!

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After my chairs and base was painted, I used the Finish Max to apply three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. Then I set them in my house and let them cure for about a week.

Next was time to build the table top.

For the table top, I simply used 1×6’s that are glued and pocket screwed together. I cut 7 pieces at 57” and two pieces at 50.5”. The overall length of the table is just under 6 feet long.

I used my Kreg Jig and drilled about 8 pocket holes on one side of all but one of the seven 57” pieces.

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Then I glued the edge of each piece and using 1 1/4” pocket screws and a clamp, I screwed them together.

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After everything was dry, I built the bottom frame. I used 2x4s and measured it so it would have a 3” overhang on each side of the table. I also measured the middle so it would sit on the base.

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Before I assembled the frame, I drilled pocket holes into the 2×4’s so I would be able to attach the frame to the top. I used wood glue and 2.5” screws to secure the frame to the top.

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I added a 1×4 table skirt on the outside of the 2×4’s and then used my pin nailer to attach them. If you wanted to – you could miter your ends so they are nice and crisp – but I wanted mine a bit more rugged so I left the ends showing… and honestly, you don’t even really see them anyway. I used natural putty from minwax to putty any places I felt needed it and gave the table a quick sand down.

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I screwed the table top into the new white base from the bottom using 3” wood screws…

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… then I opened my back door and simply stained the table in place! I used a cherry finish and I love it! I applied three coats of stain and three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.

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I love the color and it matches are real, natural color cherry floors really well!

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I love they way our dinning room is playing out and I love having an awesome kitchen table that accents our farmhouse/craftsman style so well! I really love how bright and clean it looks!

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If you guys decide to revamp your kitchen table I would love to see it!! And if you liked this project will you pretty please pin it!

Thanks friends and have a great day today!!

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