Hanging Gutter Planter Privacy Shade

Hello! Hello! Are you guys ready to see the final outcome of my hanging gutter planter? I had the perfect spot for a hanging planter and didn’t even know it until this project. My front porch has a couple pillars that could use a little dressing up so I decided to hang the planter there – so here is my hanging gutter planter privacy shade!!

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So fun right! I love that they sort of block the view of my front porch from the road and my neighbors house! They were really easy to make too, and since I know you want to make one now — YOU CAN!! Head to your nearest Home Depot on Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 and you will learn how to make this beauty!

(If you want to see how I made mine with the fun chain — just keep reading!)

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You can register before hand by clicking right HERE – it will take you to the registration page so you can get all set up to build your own hanging gutter planter! The  Workshops are free, demonstrative classes. While attendees won’t always be able to make and take the project (changes by store), you will walk away with the skills to recreate the project at home.

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DIY Hanging Gutter Planter with Chain Tutorial!

First, I bought 3 10′ lengths of vinyl gutter from Home Depot and cut them down into 4′ pieces. You can use a jigsaw but I used my miter box.

Second – I painted them this fabulous Ocean Mist color from Rustoleum!

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While my gutters were drying, I cut 3 Treks pieces of fencing to 45″.

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Then I ripped them in half on the table saw.

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When my gutters were dry, I drilled tiny holes in the bottom so I would have drainage.

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Next, I drilled a 3/8″ hole (using the 3/8 drill bit) one foot (12″) away from the edge. I centered the treks piece on the inside and clamped it down to drill.

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On four of gutters, I drilled an extra home at 14″ from the side.

Next I gathered up all my hardware. You will need:

(12) 12″ pieces of straight link chain
(20) 5/16 x 4″ Eye Bolt with Nut
(20) 5/16″ nuts
(40) 3/8 x 1 1/4 washers
A package of 30 1 1/2″ S-Hooks

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The Order goes like this: nut, washer, gutter, washer, nut

So, on your outside holes – the ones you drilled at 12″ – the bolt goes inside the gutter. Put on a nut, then washer – insert the bolt into the gutter and then add a washer and a nut.

The inside hole  – at 14″ – goes the opposite way. The bolt head goes underneath.

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Once you have all your blots, washers and nuts in place you can start to hang up your planter. Use your chain and your S-hooks and find the length that you like and make sure everything is nice and level. Then tighten up your nuts real tight.

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Next, add on your gutter ends. I didn’t paint mine because I loved the contrast of the white and minty-bluish color. The gutter ends just slip right on.

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Now comes the really fun part – the flowers! Pick some fun flowers that you like and find a good pattern and then start planting.

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I added all the flowers to the planters and then filled in the rest with soil.

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And then you are done!

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Remember to head on over to the Home Depot website and register for the April class! You will love it!

Amanda

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Boys Rustic Transportation Bedroom

Hello Everyone!! Don’t faint or have a heart attack or anything but yes… here is a new post! And it’s a good one too!! We are revealing our son’s bedroom – a boys rustic transportation bedroom!  Remember how I said I would do this weeks months ago and then sort of dropped off the blogging planet… well I am apologizing in style with their room reveal and I hope you enjoy it!

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Their room has been my baby and the room that I am the most proud of right now. Spencer was gone working a lot and I personally built and made {almost} everything in their room. It was truly a labor of love for my sweet boys!

I started with the board and batten and all the trim and worked on it from there.

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Their bedding, bed skirts, curtains and pillows are all from the Peak Hour fabric line by Riley Blake and was all made by me!

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This side of the room is Quinn’s room – he is my five year old. His bed is a little bit taller and I love it! He has about seven bins of toys under his bed and I love that we can slide them under there and they are out of sight.

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At first I had his colorful crates on the floor at the end of his bed  but decided to mount them to the wall and use them as shelves. I am so glad I did because I love having them on the wall. You can find the “I Love You Most” printable here. 

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I bought a galvanized tub off of Amazon and we toss all their stuffed animals and blankets into it. It makes for easy clean-up but still matches the feel of the room. You can find a tutorial for the barn wood closet doors here.

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I got the large letters for their room from The Wood Connection and mod podged the paper on them. I attached them to the end of each bed with a couple nails.

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In the middle of the room is their dresser. I love their dresser! I built it to be the perfect fit in-between their beds. You can find the tutorial for the toy truck bookends here.  The fun rug is from Target!

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The other side of the room is for my sweet two-year old, Zachary. His bed is much lower to the ground and we cannot fit very many things under there. His bed is the same headboard and footboard as Quinn’s we just didn’t put the frame up very high.

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Above his bed are the planked truck art and the easy one-hour rustic floating shelf that I built. I filled the rustic shelf with pictures of my awesome boys and some fun traffic signs that I found.

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I don’t really have a lot to say because the pictures pretty much speak for themselves — so I will just let you enjoy them!

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Thanks for stopping by to see their fun room! I don’t have a tutorial for their beds up yet, but you will be seeing it shortly so keep an eye out for it! I tried to link to all the tutorials and posts about things done in their room but if you have any questions please let me know.

Have a great Monday!

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Halloween Thistle Spiders

It’s October!! One of my very favorite months and we are getting ready to decorate for Halloween! You can’t have Halloween without Spiders, so last week the kids and I headed out on a walk down by the river to gather up thistles so we could make some Halloween Thistle Spiders!

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Thistles are funky little weeds that live and grow in the mountains, by canal roads and down by the river. They grow in groups so if you find one, you find a lot – they grow on sticks and we just take scissors and simply snip them off! They are a tiny bit pokey but not too bad.

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The best way to spray paint them is to stick them all in a box – I like to use boxes from Costco because they are large and you can fit quite a few in there!

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I use Rustoleum Black in semi-gloss and give them a nice coat of black.

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You have to turn them and get them from all angles.

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When they are nice and dry… add some googley eyes! Use the stem part as the nose and hot glue the eyes on right above.

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For the legs, you use simple black pipe cleaner. You cut them into fourths and hot glue four legs onto each side!

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Bend the legs and set them all around your house!

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I just cannot get over how super cute they are!!

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Take your family on a walk to a nearby river or head up the mountains in search of thistles and have fun making Halloween Thistle Spiders!!

Here are some other really great Halloween projects you can check out:

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Spooky String ArtHalloween Deco Mesh WreathWitch Broom Chalk Art

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Wooden Fall Flower Pots

Fall is in full swing around these parts and I have been busy working on my porch and fixing it up for the autumn weather! Today I am sharing a fun little fall project with you that is just perfect for sprucing up those fall porches – wooden fall flower pots – and just perfect for adding in color!

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All you need for this project is a 1x6x6 and a 1x4x6 – unless you want to make a few (like I did) and then you need a little more!

CUT LIST:

(4) 1×6 @ 5 1/2”
(1) 1×6 @ 7”
(2) 1×4 @ 5 1/2”
(2) 1×4 @ 8 1/4”

Use your miter box and cut your 1×6 into square pieces. A 1×6 is actually 3/4 x 5 1/2 so cut four (4) 5 1/2 pieces.

Glue and nail your pieces into a square.

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Your piece for the bottom will be 7” long.

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Cut, glue and Pin nail it on!

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I stained the bottom of my box cherry and painted my border pieces using DecoArt Chalk Paint in Relic. When everything is dry, glue and pin your border pieces onto the box. I attached my 1” from the top.

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Drill holes in the bottom so the water will drain. Also, I took a sponge sander to mine and roughed it up a bit – just to make it look a little more rustic!

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Fill it with your favorite fall flowers and you are done!! I found my mums at Walmart for $5!

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I love how simple the boxes are but how much personality it add to my porch. You could paint them any fall color or stain them any color too! I think a gray stain, orange paint and yellow/red mums would be darling too!

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Other Fall projects include:

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25 Fabulous Fall Porches – Fall Wreath – Best Ever Pumpkin Bread

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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!

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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

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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!

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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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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.

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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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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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Toy Truck Bookends

In our home, we love books! I find my kids “reading” books all the time! I am constantly pulling books out from behind their beds where the books have slipped down when my kids were looking at them before they fell asleep. The hard part for me is figuring out how to display them while still letting them be accessible for the kids. I wanted to put some truck/construction books on my boy’s dresser but didn’t want to just stack them up — what to do, what to do? I was watching my kids play with their trucks when I go the idea to make some fun toy truck bookends… using toy trucks!

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This project is so simple and I made it using scraps from my wood pile and trucks my kids had in their toy box!

All you need are a few pieces of 1×6’s and toys!

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I picked out the trucks I was going to use and figured out my measurements by sitting the truck on the wood – it came out to be about 7” long. I cut the back pieces to be the same – so (4) 7” pieces.

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Their room is stained with Minwax Classic Gray so I went ahead and stained these classic gray too.

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After the pieces were dry, I used Gorilla wood glue to glue the pieces together and then used my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer to nail them together. I used four nails on each one.

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And then I realized that if I put these on the dresser, they would melt right into the gray and wouldn’t even stand out – so I took them outside and gave them a nice coat of my favorite Rustoleum Heirloom White.

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When the spray paint was dry, I used my sponge sander and roughed them up a bit. I am really glad I did the Classic Gray stain underneath because I like seeing the gray show through.

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Then I used E6000 to glue the trucks onto each side. I glued the wheels and  the back of the trucks and the E6000 held it perfect!

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Then I was done!

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Cute right!!??

So the big question… where did I get the trucks? Sadly, I don’t know where to get them… My son got them as a gift a couple years ago and I stole them out of his toy bin.  But really you guys! Every toy store has cute trucks… just go pick some out!! I think it would be really cute (and I was really tempted) to do a fire truck and an ambulance – you could even do some race cars!

And yes… I owe my kid a new truck… or two!

Have a great day!!

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