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Personalizing and making a simple DIY shelf

 

 

Most of the time,

I see things that I store in my mind for future use.

Something that I like,

and I say to myself … ”I can make that!”.

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It comes in handy when I need an idea for an upcoming wedding.

One for a co worker who loves Pinterest and making things herself.

Who doesn’t love something with your new last name on it?!

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Ideas in my head get written down on whatever is handy.

In this case it was a scrap piece of paper.

List of supplies

2 ft 1×4 (top of shelf)

2 ft 1×6 (back of shelf)

2 – 2 ft 1×1 (for spacer pieces)

2 ft trim piece

2 ft molding

‘Power Grab’ (to adhere each piece before nailing)

Thin hardboard that I cut into squares for name

Primer

Paint

Stain

Stencils

Ok, this seems like quite a list, but for DIYers most of these things, you have on hand around the house anyway!

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I first tried two 1x4s but knew that wouldn’t work. It would not give me enough room to make the letters big enough.

Hence, a 1×6 for the back piece.

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Next I cut the 1×1′s and laid them on the top and bottom of the 1×6.

(I did not permanently adhere them yet)

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Next, I cut and placed the wood trim on top, of the top spacer.

(This is what will hold the letters in place)

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The only thing left, to finish the shelf, is to pick the molding.

I happened to have 2 types left over from previous projects.

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The first one I tried … looked to ornate for the look I am going for.

Her wedding is a bit country and she likes the whitewashed look.

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The next one was just right!

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Now the fun part of putting it all together!

Have you noticed my work space is once again outside?

Ok, focus! ;)

I used a small amount of Power Grab on each piece and then used my finishing nail gun to put it all together.

It goes together VERY quickly!!!

I sanded all the rough edges and sprayed a coat of primer on it.

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Paint a coat of whatever shade of paint you want to use.

In my case, I used white so the Bride could use it in any room she chose.

I also knew I was going to stain the wood letters and the contrast would really help it stand out!

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While the shelf was drying, I did math.

Mr Man and I did math.

Mr Man did the math. :)

I needed to make my letters 4×4 since I had 2 ft and 6 letters to make.

If I had to make a name with a long last name I would have made it on one long piece.

If it was short, I would have made it with a design or blank spaces on the ends. 

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Sand everything smooth and stain in the shade you like.

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Here is where you get to laugh at me …

I thought I would just run downstairs and use my Silhouette to make letters and stick them on.

Easy peasy.

NOT!

They didn’t stick to the wood as the stain had not thoroughly dried.

Seriously? I am on a roll and now this!

I really wish I had a branding iron. Now that would look cool and very country!

I checked around to make sure I could dumpster dive without the neighbors or Mr Man thinking I had lost my mind.

You see … the silhouette cut out that I used, could still be used to stencil on letters.

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I went back and forth making the letters and putting on an extra coat of paint on the shelf, and by the time the letters were finished, the paint was dry!

Let’s put it all together!

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A fun and easy project that is personalized.

I could see making a piece of wood that said “Happy Thanksgiving”,  ”Merry Christmas”,

or in the event of a new addition to the family … well, you get the idea!

I hope you have a great Monday!

Hugs,

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The Tale of Refinishing a Glider

Some projects take hours from start to finish.

Some take weeks.

Mine?

A month or three can go by before it is finally completed!

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It all started one day, when ‘Adorable daughter’ decided she did not want her Glider anymore.

You know the one …

The one that sat on the patio area that I made for her and her ‘adorable family’.

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You can read about it {here}

Anyway, after years of sitting out in Minnesota seasons …

It looked like this.

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Actually, in all fairness, it did have a top piece.

I just forgot to take a ‘before’ picture, because I was so excited to redo this beauty!

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Demolition is always the easy part because the  creative juices are flowing with endless possibilities!

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I have a creative mind that just doesn’t want to wait until a project is completed before I am dreaming about the next one I want to do.

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Removing slats and sanding them down, does not take a lot of brain power …

THAT, my friends, is when I get myself into trouble!

I start dreaming of the next project I want to do.

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Case in Point?

This was my view in my make shift workspace …

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My view got me started thinking about the area around my mailbox and the unsightly utility boxes.

Focus!

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And then …

A new camper was bought and camping trips happened.

Thunderstorms, work, grand daughter fun, and holidays took my mind and time away from this project.

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Miscommunication is what finished this project!

Yup, You heard that right.

I wanted to work on a cute little bench, that I bought at a garage sale for $3, and asked Mr Man to get it out of the garage for me.

He thought I meant the bench I had been working on … and,

put the glider out on the driveway for me.

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I am so glad he did!

I dedicated this to my dad who passed away last September.

He is gone on this earth, but forever in my heart and memories I have of him.

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With any project, it starts out one way but at any point can change and become something unexpected.

The dedicating it to my father was not in the plan but evolved as an idea toward the end.

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I say … some things are worth the wait!

(Another way of saying the same thing … Some things get put on the back burner!)

I had all my supplies on hand, so except for time, this project cost me $0.

Gotta LOVE that!

Before and After

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Don’t you just love it when a project is completed?

I know I do!!!

Hugs and make it a great Monday,

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A garden gate in 5 EASY steps!

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I am not sure when or where I learned to make gates but … they are so very easy!

This gate literally took me a half hour from start to finish … once I assembled my materials. :)

Step 1

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Measure the width of your opening and subtract an inch.

Figure out how tall you want your gate to be. Subtract a foot.

* I wanted mine to be 4 feet tall to match the height of the fence so I subtracted a foot and made my frame 3 feet tall.

Assemble your materials …

2 X 4′s to make the frame

1 X 4′s for the gate slats

My work space is outside where I have plenty of room to move around!

Step 2

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In order to make your frame SQUARE you need to make sure that your diagonal measurements are the same.

ie. 45 inches both ways (whatever your measurement is)

* If you don’t have your diagonal measurements the same … your gate will be lopsided and not fit in the opening.

Seriously, this is the step that takes the most time, as this is the MOST important.

Step 3

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The diagonal board is a 2X4 but for this gate I did not have a left over 2X4.

I used 2 – 2X2′s.

(I was using left over wood that I had on hand … making this gate … FREE!)

I lay the diagonal wood under the frame to mark it with a pencil , but for teaching purposes, I took the photo this way to show you.

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Step 4

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My gate is going to be 4 feet high so I cut 1X4X8 boards in half.

Cut off 1 inch diagonal on each top corner (just to make it pretty) and use a piece of wood for a spacer between slats for easy measurement.

I like to place the slats a bit higher toward the top of the frame than the bottom.

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Add your hinges and latch according to how you want your  gate to open.

(It helps to have another person to hold the gate while you attach the gate to the posts!)

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That is all there is …

Easy Peasy!

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You can find the rest of making the garden {HERE}

I am thinking I want to paint the gate a whimsical color but as of this post there has not been a dry day to paint.

If you have any questions … please comment or email me.

Hugs,

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Remodelaholic 

 

Reading Nook … Before and After!

The Reading Nook was finished by Christmas Eve! I have had so many of you wondering if I finished and if Miss Precious liked it …

 She did!!!!

For those of you who want to see the Before and After right away …

You will have to wait until the end to see them side by side :)

However, I’m prepared to show you the finished project if, you keep reading until the end! Deal? I promise to make it worth your while.

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For me, most of the fun is in the details that make it special. I found some glow in the dark butterflies (#Target) that I knew would be perfect for when the door is closed and the light is turned off. I arranged them to look like they were fluttering off in a group.

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Miss Precious LOVES keys so I found some that had words engraved in them. (#Michaels) Three of them really sum up what I was doing … “Secret”, “Memories”, and my personal favorite, “Journey”.

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Snuggling was a must! and I fell in love with this snowflake throw (#Target) that is so cozy. I wanted a place to store it when we don’t need it so I bought a white hook to hang it on. No secret place is complete without a flashlight and I found a red one to match the accent color that I was using. Yes, Miss Precious LOVES flashlights too!

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The Dreaded Cushion …. da da da DA! I picked this upholstery fabric as it reminded me of all the places that books can take you. (I am an avid reader!) I also wanted to use it because it will grow with her and never be out of date. (At least for this kind of space) The fabric is sturdy which I love, and soon, will do a post on, “What I learned while making a Cushion”. Subtitle … “Someone, save me from this HELL on earth”! You get the idea. I had to make it, as the size I needed, made it too expensive to purchase. I love it and I am glad that I can say, “I did it!!!!!”

 There were more books in the baskets below that she could open … A “Handy Manny” series. Teach them while they are young :)

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This sweet little pig became my theme and I found her, and her books at #Costco. I am so happy that I went with her as the theme as it gave me an opportunity to bring in a paint color that I would not have chosen otherwise, but now am in LOVE with!

 

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I am not removing the door, so that it remains a secret that it exists. After all, children love secret spaces. Then again, So do I! I set a plant in front of the door and she did not even peek in there once.

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Miss Bliss over at Bliss Ranch suggested a bow on the door and I knew she was right! I love fun suggestions :)

 

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Miss Precious and Adorable Daughter disappeared on Christmas Day. Look where I found them.

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It is almost hard to remember the closet it used to be, until I did a side by side. I vote for the Reading Nook in that space :) LOL, as if you needed to have them labeled … I give you the Before and After! Thank you everyone for following along on this project, giving me support, and your interest. It means so much to me.

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As a “THANK YOU” and celebrating one year of blogging I am hosting a giveaway. A $25 Starbucks card! (I don’t know about you, but I could use coffee about now to keep awake while I clean up after the holidays!) Young or old, in the States or another country … anyone can enter. I am no longer on blogger and miss seeing your friendly faces, so I am hoping you will follow me either by Linky or Network Blogs.

Hugs and Happy 2013!

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To find more on this project …

http://www.joy2journey.com/2012/12/22/reading-nook-staining-and-painting/

http://www.joy2journey.com/2012/12/16/reading-nook-wood-finish/

http://www.joy2journey.com/2012/12/09/reading-nook-construction-begins/

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Murphy Bed Progress …

Ok, let’s be honest here … I don’t want to do things just because it is the fad at the moment, but is it me or is it hard to think of new things to do???? So I have the frame to the Murphy bed built but the Front of it should have something interesting to make it look special. Hmmm. What to do, what to do?

I looked at this as a possibility. Stenciling always seems nice to me.

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 Or maybe even tape + paint? to make a design like this …

Then again this looked really interesting to me! Now using paper bags seems VERY interesting and different to me!:)


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A Big Thank you to Pam. I am so excited to have won a pillow and cloche! I will have to find the perfect place for them and then post the pick :)