Easy One Hour 1×10 Serving Tray

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

Easy 1x10 Serving Tray

Supplies Needed:

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

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

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

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

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I sprayed the middle with Rustoleum Heirloom White.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Or add a jar of flowers…

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Add a cute frame…

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

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… or add a plate of treats!!

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

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

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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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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!

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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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Easy One Hour Blanket Ladder

While at SNAP a few months ago, I attended a class taught by the darling Shanty 2 Chic sisters. They build all kinds of fun things and in the class they made a simple little blanket ladder. I loved it and knew that I could use one in my home too so this past weekend I whipped up my version of the easy one hour blanket ladder.

Easy One Hour Rustic Blanket Ladder

Supplies needed:
(2) 8 ft 2×4’s
3” screws
a miter box
a drill

Cut List:
2 at 54”
4 at 13”

I found this 2×4 in my supply that had a cut in it from a different project and decided to use it. I cut it on the mark, which was 54” tall, and cut out two 13” pieces as well. I did the same with the second piece.

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I did cut one end on each piece at a 15 degree angle so it would lean back nicely against the wall.

I lined up the side pieces and mark them together so each side would be the exact same. I made the first line about 3 inches from the top and then marked the width of the board (3.5”) and then marked 10” and started the pattern over again.

At first I was going to use my Ryobi airstrike nailer and wood glue and glue the rungs on straight – but then I decided to twist the rungs a little bit for some character. Spencer came out and asked what I was doing and I told him I was building a blanket ladder and he told me that I probably needed to use a drill and 3” screws because our kids would climb on it – he was right!

I turned the ladder on the side and making sure my rungs lined up with my marks on the inside – I pilot drilled and used my impact driver to drive in the 3” screws.

You can see in the above photo that the first side is done. I simply flipped it over and did the same thing on the other side – making sure the rungs line up with my marks.

You need two screws for each rung on each side so the rungs don’t twist and turn.

Usually I take all the photos so it was kind of fun to find this picture that Spencer took – see!! I totally built by myself! Woot! Woot!

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I painted it with DecoArt Chalk Paint called Yesteryear. Then I sanded it and roughed it up a bit and applied the DecoArt Clear Cream Wax. I love chalk paint because it is super easy to apply and it dries really quick!

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Then I leaned up against the wall, added my blankets and was done!

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I love that we can fold them and “display” them instead of throwing them over the back of the couch or hiding them in a basket. All three of these blankets are from IKEA – but it would be really cute and special if you had some heirloom blankets to display!

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