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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Have a great day!!
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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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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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Tips for Installing Drawer Hardware

Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Spencer finally had some days off work so we were finally able to do some really fun things together as a family! We hit up the waterpark, went out for dinner, stopped by the snow cone shack, bought and lit off some amazing fireworks, made smore’s in our firepit and camped in the backyard. Yesterday we escaped the heat a little bit and headed up to the mountains for a tin foil dinner picnic! It is always nice to take a little vacation from the mundane every day things – like cleaning!

Today I wanted to share with you some quick tips for installing drawer hardware. If you are just learning to build – this can be a little tricky – making sure everything is straight and flat and looks good.

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To make things easier for us and because Spencer used to install cabinets for a living – he created this awesome little hardware template. The template has a few of the common drawer hardware sizes and then gives you the holes for certain measurements. You simply line it up with the center of your drawer front, decide where you want the hardware to go and using an ale, press in the holes.

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Here you can see that I have marked my hardware with an ale and made the holes for where my pull will go.

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Using a 3/16 drill bit, drill out the holes where your marks are. Make sure you drill straight up and down.

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When your holes are drilled, flip your board over and using a 3/8 speedbor – notch out the back of your hole. You only need to give your drill one good squeeze because you only want the hole as deep as the screw head. Here are some great tips for using a speedbor. 

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Attach your hardware. Here you can see that the screws lie flat and don’t poke out at all. Now when you attach your drawer fronts to your drawers, they will sit flat and you won’t have a gap between your drawer and your front from the screws.

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Use the same measurement for each drawer and repeat all the steps and your furniture piece will be awesome!

For other posts in this series you can check out these:

Rustic Rolling 6-Drawer Dresser
Tips for Installing Drawer Fronts

Have a great Monday!

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Over 20 Turquoise Furniture Accent Pieces

I love a good statement piece and I love blue – especially turquoise – in all it’s beautiful, wonderful shades. I have been thinking a lot about furniture lately and the color blue so I gathered up over 20 Turquoise Furniture Accent Pieces that I totally adore and I know they will make your heart go pitter patter too!

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Turquoise Dresser

Benjamin Moore's 2012 Color of the Year: Wythe Blue {HC-143}...more info on this gorgeous entryway at simplyseleta.com
Turquoise Mud Bench


3-Drawer Dresser


Turquoise Glass Door Hutch

Ladder Vintage Rustic, Emerald Green with walnut distressing
Turquoise Blanket Ladder


Turquoise Chest of Drawers


Turquoise Card Catalog

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Turquoise Coffee Tables

Must have this hutch!! color and all even the orange I can handle
Modern Turquoise Hutch

Swedish Bed
Turquoise Queen Bed Frame

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Turquoise Vintage Twin Bed

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Turquoise Highboy Dresser

love this turquoise bookshelf cabinet and the green table! Exactly what I want for my house!
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I would love to have this in my room. Love the color!!!
Turquoise Make-Up Table

SOLD - Hand Painted French Country Cottage Chic Shabby Romantic Vintage Victorian Jacobean Aqua Turquoise Sideboard Cabinet Buffet on Etsy, $1.00
Turquoise Buffet

Lucia dining table.  £695  would be a great dining room table to flow with my future kitchen :)
Turquoise Dinner Table

RESERVED for Sandra - Deposit - Hand Painted Cottage Chic Shabby Aqua Romantic Turquoise / Teal Blue Empire Dresser
Vintage Turquoise Dresser

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Turquoise Bathroom Vanity

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Turquoise Four Drawer Dresser


Turquoise Farmhouse Bed

Vintage Reclaimed Turquoise Milk Chalk Paint 3 Dr Drop Leaf Victorian Accent End Side Table (9198684475-01) SHIPS Fed Ex
Small Turquoise Buffet

I love how unique each of these pieces are and how much character they each have. If you loved these pieces, you might like these as well!

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Have a great weekend!

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DIY Workbench on Wheels

A couple weeks ago I was scrolling through my instagram feed and saw a DIY workbench that the darling Shanty 2 Chic girls made – and just knew it would be perfect for me! I swung by Home Depot, grabbed my supplies and came home and built my DIY Workbench on Wheels.

A few weeks ago, Spencer and I spent all weekend cleaning out both of our garages… and organizing… and lovingly arguing about whose workspace is whose. He wanted me to work on his workbench and cleaned if off and organized it – and he even set up my kreg jig just for me! What a nice guy, right!? Sadly, I knew that would never work because that is HIS and always gets taken over with general contracting junk… blah!

Last Friday morning I got an idea for a project so I headed out to the workbench and found this:

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So I grabbed my phone, snapped a photo, texted Spencer telling him I wanted a workbench on wheels…went back up stairs… searched the plans and went to Home Depot!

This bench is an easy build  and I only spent a couple hours Friday afternoon building it. I had to get it done before Spencer got home! Just kidding… {sort of!}

I followed the plans and only changed a couple things. Instead of using my Kreg Jig (hence the reason I was making the workbench!) I just drove in 3” screws – I don’t care if they show – and I also used 1 1/4 inch screws to secure the top instead of brad nails… only because my screws were right there and my brad nailer wasn’t.

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I love everything about this workbench!! I love that I can roll it all around the garage and out into the driveway. I love the bottom shelf so I can store tools and supplies. I love how long it is and I love the height!

If you are looking for an awesome workbench to build – build this one!

Now I just need to finish up the projects in my garage so I can push it up against the wall — just like I promised Spencer I would!

Spencer actually really likes it too – but I think mostly he just likes it because I love it! He is also impressed I built it in two hours… while our littles played outside.

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Tips for Installing Drawer Fronts

A couple weeks ago I shared the rustic rolling 6-drawer dresser that I made for my boys room – it was the first time I had ever built drawers or installed drawer fronts. Growing up in a cabinet shop, Spencer can pretty much do it with his eyes shut so today we wanted to share some tips for installing drawer fronts.

Tips for installing drawer fronts

After you install your drawers – it is time to install your drawer fronts but they can be a little tricky. You want to make sure they are “perfectly” centered on all sides BUUUUT still line up with the other drawers too. So how do you do it?

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First, drill your screw through the back of your drawer and out the front just a little bit. I’m not sure why I have so many pictures of this step… but you should get the idea! haha.

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Next, line your drawer front up where you need it to go. Make sure it is perfectly spaced out and lined up just right – then press on the side with the screw firmly.

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This will make an indent into your drawer front.

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Without this little indent – about 90% of the time that you go to screw the front into the drawer – your front will slip and you will screw it in wrong. The indent helps hold the front where you need to while you drive in the screw.

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Sink in your screw. Using an impact drill is the best bet, but make sure you don’t sink it too far that your screw comes out the front.

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After you sink the first screw, your drawer front will be nice and tight against the drawer – you can make any little adjustments you need too to ensure your front still has the right reveals and nothing shifted while you were sinking your first screw – then sink in three more screws – one in each corner and your done!

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If you are nervous about the front slipping too much or about getting the right reveal – go ahead and buy and use a clamp and clamp the drawer front to the drawer and sink in your screws!

Just like anything else – practice makes perfect!

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Once you have the hang of it, it is really pretty simple! You will be a pro in no time!

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