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

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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.

southern bungalow exterior - Google Search pumpkkns pumpkins pumpkins on the porch!!!!

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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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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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.

darn it!

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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Barn Wood Closet Doors

Oh you guys!! I have such a fun project for you today! As you know I have been working on my boys room – but as I was almost done, I had an idea that just wouldn’t go away and one thing led to another and I decided that they needed closet doors – but since their room is rustic and fun regular ole’ closet doors just wouldn’t do – so I built barn wood closet doors and I am pretty much in la la love!

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I love the Tee hinges and the contrast of the gray rustic wood and the white trim.

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I also love the contrast of the wood with the bright colors in their room and all the colors of their toys and clothing in their closets.

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I used the same hardware pulls on the closet doors that I used for their dresser. I love the rustic look of them.

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Are you as in love as I am?

When we moved into our home we had to take out all the closet doors and remodel all the closets. We made the decision then to keep the closet doors off – but now I just want to hide all the junk! Okay… so not really junk more like their clothes and toys. Since we wanted open closets at first I had to build the doors from the ground up – including the new door jamb.

I’ll show you how to build a door jamb later this week, but for now let’s talk about barn doors!

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I used 1×6’s and 1×4’s at 8 feet – I was lucky and my closet was perfect for 4 1×6’s and two 1×4’s without having to cut anything down. I also cut 4 cross pieces for each door at 29 1/8” long.

If you do math you will have added up that I have an extra 1/8 on my cross piece. I spaced out my 1×6’s and 1×4’s to cover it.

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My closet measures just over 79” so I cut all my boards to my measurement and using a level, lined them all up. You want them as square as possible.

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I measured my door jam and hinges on each side and measured where they would hit on the door and tired to center my cross pieces on each side for the hinge.

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After I had my measurements and drew my line, I used gorilla glue to glue across the boards…

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Then pin nailed them into place. I put two nails in each board.

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Since I was using large hinges that aren’t really made for interior door frames, I had to cut out a little bit of the door to make room for the hinge. I set my circular saw to the correct depth and cut in on both sides… okay, okay… actually Spencer did it for me!

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Spencer is waaaayy better at math than I am so he also marked where my hinges should go! Here you can see how the hinge fits perfect in the piece we cut out.

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After my marks were made, I drilled little tiny pilot holes so I would have them marked after sanding and staining.

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When everything was marked on the front side, I flipped the door over and screwed the back cross braces on. I cut the back pieces to be a half and inch smaller than my door to create a clearance for the door jamb. I glued and screwed them in so they would be more secure and sturdy.

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I puttied and sanded and was ready for stain! To match their room and because it is my new favorite color, I used classic gray by Minwax.

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When everything was dry, I hung them up… and fell in love! I used a magnetic clasp to keep the doors closed and attached the pulls. I installed the pulls a little higher than normal for two reasons: I think they look better up a touch higher and I have a two year old!

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I love a room with a fun personality aspect and these totally do the trick! If you love them as much as I do, I would love if you would pin them!

Have a great Monday!

Linked to Linky Party Palooza and The Party Bunch!

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Homemade Jalapeno Poppers

If there is one thing we can grow in our garden… it is jalapenos! We grow soooo many that by the end of the summer, I just stop picking them because I have no idea what to do with them and we can only use so many in our salsa. (we are mild/medium people around here, well… except for Spencer who loves stuff Medium/Hot.) They other day our kiddos picked an entire bowl of Jalapenos and they sat in the fridge for a couple days while I wondered what to do – and then it dawned on me: Homemade Jalapeno Poppers!!

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I looked up some recipes on-line and found this one from CopyKat Recipes.

I’ll give you the list of Ingredients and a few tips but head over to her site to get all the instructions!

Ingredients
  • 30 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, soften to room temperature
  • 12 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 quart of oil for frying

I prepped and cleaned the jalapenos. I cut the big ones in half, but the smaller ones I just sliced on one side and cleaned out the insides. I mixed the cheese and cream cheese and stuffed the jalapenos. Stuff them full! If you think you cannot fit anymore — stuff a little more in there! I wish I had a little more filling and the next time I makes these – I am going to “over stuff” them.

I rolled them around in the flour mixture and let them sit for a little bit longer than 10 minutes. DO NOT skip that step!

I love breadcrumbs on stuff so I rolled them around twice and made sure they were good and coated! Some I even sent through three times!

Then fry them up!

I fried all the ones I made (about 3 dozen) and froze some of them for later. We just baked them at 350 for a few minutes. They were still good but when they were fresh out of the oil they were simply amazing!! When I make them again… I will freeze them before frying them up and when we want to make them, I toss them in the oil.

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    Enjoy!!

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Faux Drawer Farmhouse Console Table

While browsing around the internet and Facebook I saw a picture of a really cute console table and fell in love! I promptly showed the photo to Spencer who gave me a cut list and I was on my way to Home Depot for material! It came together so easily and I am pretty much in love with my new faux drawer farmhouse console table! Sometimes I want drawers and sometimes I don’t… like in areas of my home where I know that they will just collect junk… but I love the look of the drawers! Which makes this faux drawer console table a win-win!

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The dimensions of the Table are 4′  long, 11 1/4” deep and 33” tall.

Shopping List:
(1) 1×12 @ 4’ (These are pre-cut at home depot)
(2) 1×6 @ 6’
(2) 1×4 @ 6’
(3) 2×2
1 1/4” Pocket Screws
1/1/4” Brad Nails
Wood Putty
Sand Paper
Paint/Stain of Choice
knobs

Cut List:
(4) 2×2 @ 32 1/4”
(2) 1×6 @ 7”
(2) 2×2 @ 7”
(2) 1×6 @ 43 3/4”
(2) 2×2 @ 43 3/4”
(13) 1×4 @ 10”
(3) 1×4 @ 12”

I made the whole thing using my Kreg Jig!! I love that tool!!

After all the cuts are made use your kreg jig and drill your pocket holes. You will set it and drill it at 3/4”. Drill your pocket holes on the ends of your front and side pieces. I drilled the pocket holes and screwed the whole thing together with my Ryobi Drill and Impact Driver.

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Attach your 7” side pieces to the legs using gorilla wood glue and pocket screws.

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After both sides are made, attach the front pieces and the back pieces.

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For the end slats at the bottom, you need to cut out squares for the legs on each end. I used a piece of 2×2 and traced it onto my 1×4.

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I then used our jig saw and cut along the lines.

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Glue and nail your end pieces on first…

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Then you can space out your inside pieces evenly and glue and nail them on too. This way you don’t end up with too little or too much space on one side.

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I used my Ryobi Airstrike Brad Nailer to nail on the slats.

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I also used the brad nailer to nail on the top. I made sure I had the same 5/8” reveal on all sides and glued and nailed it on.

I found the middle of the table and the middle of the drawers – measured and spaced it out and then glued and nailed the drawer fronts on. You could also do this before you put the table together.

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I filled all the brad nail holes with wood filler and sanded the table down a little bit. I then used DecoArt Chalk Paint in Relic and painted the whole thing.

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I love painting with chalk paint and this color is beautiful! It is a dark gray and is quickly becoming one of my new favorite colors! I also used a couple coats of the DecoArt Cream Wax finish to protect it.

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When the finish was dry, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat and scuffed it up a bit!

Add your knobs and your done!

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I built it and painted it in one afternoon and it cost me less than $30 to make! Quick and easy and beautiful!! La La La Love It!!

I don’t have any idea where I am going to put it yet… but I love it! If you make one, we would love to see it!

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Polka Dot Succulent Planter

Happy Tuesday! Sorry we missed a post yesterday – the weekend was just too fun and I spent yesterday playing catch-up! I have been working on and building some pretty big projects that I cannot wait to share with you, including a huge project for my boys room and then I can do the full reveal! In the meantime, I felt like our little backyard picnic table needed a little “something” so I whipped up this fun little polka dot succulent planter and I am loving the white and gold!

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This is such an easy project and just perfect for beginners or a quick nap time project. It is also really easy to modify for your space. I used some pieces of 1×4’s and a 1×6 from my wood pile. To make this exact one here is a cut list:

Cut List:
(2) 1×4 @ 18”
(2) 1×4 @ 4”
(1) 1×6 @ 18”

You will need wood glue and a staple gun – or a drill and screws to build the box.

Attach the 4” pieces to the ends of a 1×4. Remember to use your wood glue – and staple the pieces together.  This will be one side and the ends.

Turn the piece on its side and glue all along the edge. Then staple your 1×6 (the bottom piece) on the side.

Glue once again along the bottom piece and attach your last side.

Now your box is built – it will look really familiar – almost like this shelf!

I knew I was going to be scuffing it up so I gave the edges a quick coat of Rustoleum Expresso.

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Then I gave the whole thing a good coat of Rustoleum Gold Metallic. This gold metallic pretty much rocks my world!

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Using my Silhouette I cut out a bunch of vinyl polka dots and placed them all over the box.

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Then I gave it a good coat of Rustoleum Heirloom White. When the paint was dry I pulled off all the dots.

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Then I took my sponge sander to the whole thing and roughed it up a bit.

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Because I knew I was planting dry loving succulents I didn’t drill any holes in the bottom for drainage… if you are planting something that needs lots of water – drill a few holes for drainage so you don’t ruin your roots.  I added some rocks to the bottom.

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Then my little helper added a layer of moisture control potting soil.

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I added all the plants – mostly Jade type succulents – and then filled in around each plant with the potting soil and was done!

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I love it!! I love the polka dots and the white and the gold – especially with the bright green of the succulents!

Succulent Planter Box (32) copy

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These succulents are suppose to bloom with white flowers in the winter so I am excited to see that! This is my first go around with succulents so I hope I succeed and don’t kill them!

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Easy One Hour Rustic Crate

Happy Friday!! Today we are sharing a quick project that I (amanda) built for The Crafting Chicks! Did you know that I am a contributor over there? I am! I  love those girls and it is so fun to work with them! The project I built for them is an an easy one hour rustic crate. This project is a great project if you are just learning to build and use tools.

Materials Needed:
1 1×4
1 1×10
Gorilla Glue
1” staples (or nails)
Paint/Stain
Handles

Tools Needed:
Miter Box
Staple Gun or Hammer
Tape Measure

Use your miter box and cut the 1×10 for your bottom and your ends. The length of the bottom is 16” and the ends are 9”. You can make them bigger or smaller if you would like to – the great thing about DIY is that you can make it how you want too!

Use your 1×4 and cut your sides to be the same length as your bottom piece – so I cut mine to be 16”. You will need four pieces for your sides.

Set up your ends to be about the same width apart as your bottom piece and add your gorilla wood glue to one end. Only apply the glue to one end so you don’t smear it on the other end.

Staple the glued end on.

Glue the other end and then staple it on as well. So you now have a “U” shape – like a bridge.

Now that the bottom and end pieces are glued and stapled you will lay the bottom and end pieces on their side and glue and staple the side pieces on. To do this – you need to apply glue to both ends of the bottom side piece.

You also want to glue the entire bottom side too – then line up the side with the bottom and staple it onto the end pieces.

Go up a couple inches and glue and staple the ends on the top side piece too.

Flip it over and glue and staple the side pieces to the other side as well. You can see that I left about an inch on the top and I love it like that but you can go to the top if you don’t. I like the character it adds.

Now we are into the project about 10 minutes! Sweet right? Now let’s paint it or stain it! I chose to paint this one!

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I used DecoArt Chalk Paint and gave it a coat of Yesteryear. I love this color – it is blueish gray and beautiful! I used my sander and scuffed it up a bit and then used a coat of clear wax to protect it.

I bought some 3” pulls from Home Depot and attached them and was done – Woot! Woot!

So easy and simple and perfect for so many storage reasons.

Like I said – this is a perfect project if you are just learning to use tools or if you only have a few minutes to build a project. If you don’t have a staple gun, use a hammer and nails – you will get the same rustic feel from the nails. Head out to Home Depot and pick up some supplies and whip up a couple of these – you will love them!

Have a great day and get building!

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