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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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Reading Nook Wood Finish

Santa is worried for me.

Look at his face.

No pressure here … but it is 9 days until Christmas!

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  No worries (HA)

Ok, focus!

I sanded the old wood that I had (remember my stock pile?), to match the new wood.

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Fortunately, for me … this step went pretty fast!

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Next step, staining the wood. I used “Golden Oak”

A fan was necessary to quickly dry and keep the odor away.

*Handy hint: A pair of gloves are a must to keep your hands stain free.

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I trimmed the seat area using molding, an adhesive, and finishing nails.

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I will fill the corners with a stainable wood putty to give it a more finished look later.

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Remember I told you I had a reason for choosing this paint color?

“Olivia” the Pig is why I chose the paint color! I wanted to match her outfit :)

*Handy hint: Don’t rely on your memory to choose a paint color. Either, bring in an object to match or bring home paint samples.

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Olivia has faith that I will get this done by Christmas Eve … see? she is smiling!

(There will be more frequent posts from me until Christmas as I finish this project.)

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to work I go …

Hugs,

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Reading Nook … construction begins!

Don’t you just love how, when you are working on a project, it starts to take shape just the way that you imagined? That is how it is for me right now. We left the closet (AKA Reading Nook) empty of all it’s contents {here} and ready to construct a new inside.

 

Every builder needs a workshop … this is mine. It is simple and moves wherever I need it :)

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There will be no comments on my hair!

I got up and started working, when Mr Man snuck up and took a picture of me. Some days, construction women are not pretty!

I made a 2X4 frame, topped it with “Purebond” plywood.

I was worried about the bench part being sturdy, so you can see that I put lag bolts into the studs. This bench is going nowhere people!

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Shopping for this space was easy!

I needed baskets for books, pillows to lean on, decorations, and a throw to snuggle up with while reading.

Oh, and a cushion. Oh, my goodness … I am going to have to make one! Can’t buy one the size I need, and a custom order would cost me a fortune.

I can do this …

I bought foam, batting, upholstery fabric, thread, and an upholstery needle for my sewing machine.

(Most was on sale and I had a 20% off entire purchase coupon. Yay me!)

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I have to clear out the fun stuff and get back to work!

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I like things to be rustic but pretty.

I like texture, and the wood in my garage could be put to good use.

I just measured the length and then randomly cut them. They are attached by Power Grab and finishing nails.

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  1. I was half way up the back wall when I thought, hmmm … I should probably paint the top part first. Up a ladder I go. Yup, Mr Man with that camera again! You have to love my zebra socks :)
  2. 1st coat of paint but will definitely need another. *Paint color – Calypso Berry in flat.
  3. Working the wood up to the color while it drys.
  4. 2nd coat of paint applied. (I will share later why I chose this color)
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  1. Starting on the side wall and installing my first shelf. (The right has more room on that side)
  2. Spacing for a second shelf.
  3. Finishing up to the top.
  4. One more side to go! Woo Hoo!

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 This is who I am making this for … The other “Joy” in my Journey.

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I better get back to work! Lots to do :)

Hugs,

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Decorating … a plain Christmas wreath

 

It was time to add some decoration to a wreath that we have had a couple of years. It hangs above the garage at Christmas, but it deserved to be pretty, and for someone to take the time to give it a little love.  Last year after Christmas, and the after the Christmas sales were in full swing, I found the best ornaments! They were large, the 12 days of Christmas theme, and a great price! Every DIY’s dream come true!

 

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The wreath is quite large so the ornaments needed to be large as well.

Step 1 … I wrapped the ornament twine loops around the branches and then hot glued them to attach them firmly.

(I will check the ornaments yearly to make sure they are well attached. I would hate to lose one of these ornaments!)

 

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One of the things that will make me smile is a special touch, that no one would know, unless I tell them.

Do you see the pinecones on the wreath? They are pinecones from our trees!

Mr Man picked the prettiest ones just for me and they are free .

 

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Step 2 … I added the pinecones and Step 3 … nestled in a few white twigs to blend this wreath with the wreaths that hang on our outdoor garage lights.

Wreath is completed and ready to be hung!

 

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Everyone loves a good before and after … me included!

 

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Enjoy Decorating!

Hugs

 

My wreath was Featured at  … Readhead Can Decorate

 

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