Refurbished Headboard & Dresser

Happy Thursday!! Although it’s a short work week, I feel like the work days are just dragging on. So I’ve got a pick me up project for you to work on that will revamp your bedroom furniture and give this space a fresh new look! Here’s how you do it…

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Step One: Locate furniture

The bedroom furniture set that we wanted to refurbish consisted of a headboard and dresser that has been in our family for many years. If you don’t have any furniture pieces you want to refurbish you can usually find great deals at garage sales.

Step Two: Strip off

First remove any hardware that might be remaining on your chosen piece of furniture. Then using a chemical stripper found at your local hardware store, remove the finish from the wood. This product is powerful so make sure you follow the directions on the back of the can very closely. You will need gloves, rags, a paint brush, chemical stripper, lacquer thinner, a plastic scraper, a sponge, and cardboard.

  • To catch any drips or spills place a large segment of cardboard underneath the furniture.
  • Using a paint brush apply a thick layer of chemical stripper to the wood. Wait at least 20 minutes for the stripper to work before trying to scrape it off.
  • Using a plastic scraper remove the chemical stripper from the wood. It should take little to no effort to remove the finish. If not, wait a little longer.
  • Using a sponge apply the lacquer thinner to clean off any residue left behind from the stripper.
  • Take a cotton rag and wipe down the wood. It may take a few rags to clean the entire piece of furniture.

Step Three: Sand down

Using fine grit sandpaper, sand down the entire piece of furniture. Sand with the grain of the wood creating a smooth surface to stain. After your done sanding, clean the furniture with an air compressor or wet towel.

Step Four: Stain it

Using a paint brush apply an even coat of stain to the wood. We used a deep mahogany color to stain our furniture with but feel free to use whatever color you want. We applied two coats of stain for a rich look. If applying several coats of stain allow time for the wood to complete dry between each coat. When your done applying allow the stain to dry for several hours.

Step Five: Apply hardware

Finding the proper hardware can really make or break this project so make sure you choose wisely. We used cabinet pulls and knobs with a brushed nickel finish to make them stand out from the deep mahogany stain. Your local hardware store should have several options to choose from, so take a few different options home first and try them out. Once the hardware is installed you can display the finished product in your home!

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Happy D.I.Y.ing!

Scrap Wood End Table

Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday. With all the sales going on I’m sure many of you are out snatching up great deals, but for those just lounging around today here’s a DIY project for you to get your hands on! The original plan was to make an end table for a bedroom but halfway through my husband wanted to make it multifunctional. So we put a door on it which allows our 10 pound dog Ellie to curl up in and snooze. You can design your table any way you want but here’s how we did ours…

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Step One: Obtain

The wood we used for our end table were scrap pieces leftover from previous projects. The sides of the table are 1×3’s that were recycled from an old pallet, and the front and back of the table are 1×6’s from an old barn door. The legs that support the table are 2×4’s that we had just lying around. The purpose of this project is to use odd and end pieces of wood, so don’t worry too much on what the wood looks like.

Step Two: Cut

Now that you have the wood you need to cut it down to size. Using a circular saw, Ryan cut the scrap pieces of wood all down to the same length. If you want to make the exact table you see below cut the 1×3’s and 1×6’s down to 17 inches. You will need 12 1×3’s, 9 1×6’s and 4 2×4’s. Then take 3 of the 1×6’s and cut them down to 14 1/2 inches to use as a door. To make the legs cut the 2×4’s to 24 inches.

Step Three: Sand

Using 80 grit sandpaper sand down every piece of wood to create a smooth finish. Remember to always sand with the grain of the wood. After sanding clean the wood off by using an air compressor or wet towel.

Step Four: Assemble

To assemble the sides:

  • You will be using all of the 2×4’s and 10 of the 1×3’s. Lay out 2 2×4’s parallel to each other. Take a 1×3 and screw it in flush with the tops of each 2×4 as this will be the top of your table. Ryan used a 2×2 piece of wood as a template to evenly space out the 1×3’s. Take the template piece of wood and place it next to the 1×3 you already have screwed in. Take another 1×3 and place it right next to the template piece and screw it in. Repeat this process for the other 2 2×4 legs and 8 remaining 1×3’s.

To assemble the back:

  • You will need 3 1×6’s. Screw a 1×6 flush with the top and bottom of each side. Take the last 1×6 and place it in the middle of the two previously screwed 1×6’s to create even spacing.

To assemble the top:

  • You will need 3 1×6’s. Lay them out side by side on top of the legs and screw them into place.

To assemble the door:

  • Take the 3 1×6 boards cut specifically for the door and line them up width wise. Take the last 2 1×3’s and place them evenly spaced apart onto the back of the door length wise. Screw them into place making sure you don’t screw all the way through to the front. Now you should have a sturdy door to attach hinges to. Screw the hinges on the door first and then to the leg of the table.

Step Five: Seal

Now that the end table is put together before you can take it inside to use you must first seal it with a coat of polyurethane. You can grab a can from your local hardware store and apply it with a paint brush, or you can get the spray on kind and apply it like spray paint. Just follow the directions on the back of the can. Allow the table to completely dry before displaying it in your house!

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Happy D.I.Y.ing!

Floating Wall Cube

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! My husband and I finally had a nice relaxing weekend with absolutely no plans. This lately has been a rare occurrence and allowed us to get some home projects completed. One of those projects were floating wall cubes that I have been seeing all over the department stores for quite some time now. This sparked an idea to build some myself and save a few bucks in the process.

Here are the step by step instructions on how to make your very own floating wall cubes…

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Step One: Gather wood

To regain some much needed room in the garage and save a little money we dug through the piles of wood to find chunks of leftover plywood. If on the other hand you need to purchase wood for this project, measure out the number of inches of wood you will need and round up to allow room for error.

Step Two: Measure, Measure, Measure

Without a doubt this is by far the most important step in the project! Make sure you measure correctly and always double check your work. We based the measurements for our cubes specifically off of three items I wanted displayed on the wall. Once you have picked out the items you want, then you can decide on how much space you want in-between the cube and your item. I chose to leave about an inch on each side and two inches on the top.

Step Three: Saw

We used a circular saw to cut the plywood. As you can see from the picture below, Ryan penciled on the exact measurements and outlined all the sides. This gave him a guide to follow which made it much easier to cut. After all the sides of one cube are cut make sure you stack them together so that you don’t get all the cubes mixed up.

Step Four: Nail together

We used a nail gun to secure all the sides together, but if you don’t have access to one you can also use a good ole hammer and nails. We used nails instead of screws to create a clean flush finish, which makes it sand and stain easier.

Step Five: Sand

We used 80 grit sandpaper to do the job along with some arm muscle. As with any sanding project make sure you sand with the grain of the wood and not against. Before moving on to the next step make sure that you remove any dust you created from sanding by using an air compressor or wet towel.

Step Six: Stain

Once you have all three cubes sanded and cleaned it’s time to stain! There are so many types of stains out there to choose from it can almost be overwhelming but don’t let it scare you. Just find a color you like and go with it! I would recommend selecting a stain that is 2-in-1, meaning it has polyurethane in it. This will save you time when applying the stain. For my cubes I decided to go with a gray stain and only applied one coat.

Step Seven: Drill

In order to hang these cubes flush on the wall to create the floating effect you must first attach the proper hardware. We searched our local craft store and found a 32 piece ring hangers and frame backs set. Inside the set we found that the keyhole hangers proved to work the best! Once you have found the hardware you need to hang the cubes you have to attach them to the backside. Ryan used a 3/8 drill bit to drill out holes where the screws will nestle into. After drilling out the holes you can now place the keyhole hanger over the holes and screw them into place.

Step Eight: Display

You’ve done it! The cubes are all put together, sanded, stained and ready to hang. All you have to do now is display it on the wall. Once you figure out which wall and how you want the cubes displayed next to each other, you must map out where to place the screws. Ryan used a level and marked the center of the two hangers that are attached to the cube. Now that the marks are made on the wall put the screws into place and hang the cubes. The cubes should just slide right into place. Once hung on the wall place the items you have chosen into the cubes and your finished!

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Happy D.I.Y.ing!

I love Pallets!

I’ve decided to post my first DIY project and what better way to start then by picking my favorite refurbishment piece…wooden pallets! Pallets are so versatile and can only be limited by your imagination!

For this project I used the pallet as a decorative wall hanging in my master bedroom. It’s the focal point in the bedroom and we loved how it turned out!

Here’s how we did it…

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Step One: Locate

The first step is simple locate a pallet! Pallets can be found in all sorts of places so make sure you check around at department stores, small local businesses, and empty lots near new construction. Most of the time these places will just end up throwing pallets away so you should be able to get them at no cost!

Step Two: Prep

Now that you have found a pallet, you need to prep it for use. This means fully inspecting the pallet for any issues that might stand in the way. Unless you have a new pallet to use don’t over look this step!

Step Three: Sand

To save us time and upper body strength, we used an all purpose tool called a SoniCrafter which has a sanding attachment. If you don’t have a tool like this at home, you can simply use 80 grit sandpaper and some muscle. Use an up and down arm motion and sand with the grain of the wood. The goal of sanding is to expose the integrity of the wood and bring it back to it’s original glory!

Step Four: Clean

You must clean the pallet off before you can seal or stain it! We recommend using an air compressor to insure that all the dust is removed creating a smooth finish. If you don’t have access to an air compressor the next best option would be a wet towel. It may take several wet towels to completely clean your pallet but it will be well worth the work!

Step Five: Apply

We liked the raw color of wood on our pallet and wanted a rustic look so we decided not to stain it. Instead we used one coat of polyurethane to seal and protect it. After applying the stain or polyurethane, allow your pallet to dry overnight and it’s ready to hang. We located the studs and screwed the pallet directly to the wall.

Step Six: Decorate

The final step in this project may prove to be the most difficult, but it’s also the most rewarding! To decorate the pallet you see below, I used old beer bottles as flower vases and found all the other items at a local craft store. I soaked the bottles in hot water and dish soap to remove the labels. Printed off a few 4×6 pictures and cut them down to fit in the frames. Then arranged all the items until I was happy with it. Just find pieces you love and never be afraid to try new ideas!

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Happy D.I.Y.ing!