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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Planked Farmhouse Twin Bed

Remember when I shared my boys Rustic Transportation Room – last year? Here is the tutorial for the Planked Farmhouse Twin Bed that I made for them. I love the rustic plank look and they are really sturdy and perfect for my little boys!

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They are pretty easy to make and don’t cost a lot money, money, money either!

Here is a list of the supplies you will need:

Headboard:
(2) 2×4 at 48”
(2) 2×4 at 35”
(10) 1×4 at 25”

Footboard:
(2) 2×4 at 20.5”
(2) 2×4 at 35”
(10) 1×4 at 13”

Optional Rails:
(2) 2×4 at 75”
(4) 2×4 at 36”
1 plywood board at 75”x39”

Step One: Cut all your wood to size.

Step Two: Dado your tops and bottoms – the 35” pieces.

Some people have really fancy dado blades — and then you have us. We do not have really fancy dado blades so we fake it and it works like a charm – all you need is a table saw!

How to Dado with a Table Saw

Use the table saw guide and set your width – a 2×4 (on the side) is 1 1/2” wide so the middle would be 3/4”. You want to cut out the wood between 1” and 1/2” for the middle. Lets start at 1/2” and work our way over!  Set your saw blade depth to cut a hair more then 1/2”.

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Run all your 35” pieces through the saw.

– anytime you operate a saw or any power tool please be careful and use it responsibly.

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After you run all your pieces through the saw – move your guide over by 1/8” and run them through again. Then move it over and run them through again. Do this until you have cut through a 1/2” of space.

You will have some small pieces of wood that did not get cut out. Simply reach in with your fingers and break them out. You can run them through the saw again if you need too.

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After you break all the little extra pieces off you will have nice dados.

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Step Three:
  Use a Kreg-Jig and drill two holes on each end of your 35” pieces. Remember to stay 1/2” away from the side with the dado.

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Step Four: Use your wood glue and pocket screws and attach your 35” piece to the top of the 48” piece.

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Step Five: Measure down 27” from the very top and make a mark. Attach your other 35” piece BELOW the line.

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Step Six: Simply Slide all 10 of your 1×4’s into the grooves. These planks are what make your planked farmhouse twin bed.

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Your 10th piece should lay flat with your 2×4.

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Step Seven: Use your wood glue and pocket screws to attach your other leg and you are done!

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You can follow all the steps to make your footboard too. The bottom piece of your footboard attaches 2” from the bottom.

Step Eight: Stain (or paint) your headboard and footboard your desired color. I used Minwax Classic gray. I adore this color!

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I cut rails for the bed because I didn’t have any. I listed them at the top if you need too as well. Use the smaller pieces as cross braces so your plywood stays nice and solid.

I also like making my own rails because I can customize them. My oldest boy has space under his bed for storage containers, but my younger boy is closer to the floor – the height is a little different but the beds still match!

#winning!!

Also, assemble the rails and head/footboards in their room – just a tip!

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Enjoy our Planked Farmhouse Twin Bed!

Let me know if you have any questions! and as always if you make one of our projects I would love to see the result!

Have a great day!
Amanda

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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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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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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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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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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How to Build a Door Jamb from Scratch

Earlier this week I posted about the barn wood closet doors that I built and installed. When we remodeled our home we made the choice not to install closet doors – bad choice – if you are debating on open closets verses doors – go for the doors! After battling the open closet in my son’s room and losing the war, I decided to build those awesome closet door but first I had to build a jamb – so today I wanted to share with you how to build a door jamb from scratch!

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Here is the starting photo – and what I had to work with! You can see that it had nice round corners and drywall.

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The first thing I did was rip out all the drywall from the inside of the door and the corner bead.

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You need to expose the 2×4’s.

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As you can see, I didn’t even bother to clean out the closet, but things didn’t get too messy – I was careful and had these awesome new bags to use!

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These self-standing Gorilla bags were awesome for this project. They are thick enough to stand on their own and held all the drywall and corner bead I had without falling over or tearing.

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After everything was removed and cleaned up I started building the jamb. I used 3 1×6’s at 8 feet long and used my table saw to trim them down to 4.5 inches wide. Keep the little piece you cut off because you will use it later!

My door framing was twisted and awful and so instead of nailing the 1×6’s to the 2×4’s. I took my measurements and used my Ryobi pin nailer and wood glue to build the frame.

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When it was dry I inserted the frame into the opening.

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Then I got to work shimming it in and screwing it into place. I used three inch screws.

Note: When you screw your frame into the wall, try your best to drill the screws into the middle of the frame, then when you add the door stop you can cover them all up!

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For some reason, the only picture I have of the square is blurry but make sure your frame is completely square!

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Now you need the door stop. This is where the extra piece of the 1×6 comes into play! Mark your door where you want your door stop to go. I measured mine in the middle of the door and then (since the door stop was one inch thick) measured our half an inch and made my mark.

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I drew a line down the frame and used a level so it would be nice and straight.

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Then using my nail gun once again, I nailed the door stop into place.

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I marked where my hinges would go and using shims, reinforced behind the jamb so my screws would hold nice and tight.

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I also chiseled out my jamb for my hinges. If Spencer would have been home while I was doing this, he would have used his router before I even built the door and would have routed these out – but he wasn’t so I did it the good ole’ fashion way. The next time I build a door – I will wait for him!

Chiseling out door hinges is just plain crappy because it takes soooo long.

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Anyhoo – Here is how to chisel out a hinge.

Screw your hinge into the door, in place.
Use an utility knife and trace the hinge.
Take the hinge off.
Use your chisel and with the straight side on the outside, tap out the outline.
Tap out lines in between – it helps when you start to chisel.

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Then tap and chisel out the wood pieces.

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Do it over and over until you get the depth you need. When you have the depth you need (use your hinge to check) you can smooth it out a little bit.

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Add your trim… and chalk and putty and your done and ready for paint!

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Add your doors and you’re done!

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Besides chiseling – which is easy just time consuming – this is a simple project with a a HUGE impact!

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