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Framed Puzzle

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Our family gift for Christmas from my In-Laws was a beautiful 2000 piece puzzle.  We spent the next two weeks working on it, some days non-stop!  After all that effort and time, there was no way it was going back in the box.  It was going to be framed!

We had a piece of ply wood cut just slightly larger than the picture, then used some puzzle glue to glue the pieces in place on top of the plywood board.  No wanting to buy a frame and glass, I used a frame from a picture I no longer liked.  The frame, unfortunately was too big.  After pondering for a bit, (and honestly the solution should have been instantaneous, but wasn’t!  It’s so embarrassing.) I thought of adding trim to the frame to cover the gaps.

Once my brain started functioning again, it also occurred to me that trim could be added to any frame you wanted to repaint.  Some frames have wimpy moulding for the picture it holds, so adding trim would make the frame look more substantial.  Brilliant I tell you!

puzzle framed before

Here is the picture before the trim was added. You can see on the left and right where the gaps are.

closeup gap

Close up of the problem.

trim being glued

Went to Lowes, and for $10.00, bought two pieces of small decorative trim. I used silicon adhesive to attached the wood to the glass and frame.

closeup trim

The plan was to paint it white and leave it all white. But after several coats, It just look flat and boring.  I ended up sanding it a bit and adding some walnut stain to it.  Much happier now. 😀

after

The sun wouldn’t let me take a good picture (yes, it is the sun’s fault, not the operator of the camera.), but here is the finished picture. Now that the picture is hung with anchors and screws, I think I’m moving it to another location in the house. Thank goodness I’m an expert spackle-er!

 

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DIY Tiled Planter Box

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finished closeupWhat do you do with left over wood?  You make a planter box.  Then you let the planter box sit on your porch for a couple of months, completely out of mind.  Next you go to Habitat Restore and discover sheets of stone tile for only $2.50 and buy it just because it’s only $2.50.  After that, it dawns on you to add the tile to the planter box you just remembered you forgot, and then get excited to have a new project to work on.

This is how I operate.  Not always cohesive.  Not always with a plan.  Somehow it works out. 😉

This planter/flower box cost less than $10.00.  I had the wood already.  I only bought the tile and the stencil.  Cheap Cheap Cheap.

And just a note:  My hope in sharing projects and ideas with you is to inspire you to try something new.  I’m not an expert at this crafting/DIY stuff.  I’m just a girl whose mind is always turning and thinking, and for whatever reason, thinks she can do what she sets her mind to.  I believe you can too.  😀

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Left over wood I had. I can’t remember how I decided on the size, but it must have been based on how much wood I had. I can’t be responsible for what I forget. LOL

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The finished box. Very easy. No mitering.

box plain

Apparently I painted it white. Wish I could remember what the original plan was! 😉

box of tile

I bought the whole box of tile. It came four sheets to a box. The piece you see in the picture is actually folded in half.  A sheet and a half was enough to cover the whole box.

beginning tiling

I cut off rows of tile. The tile came pretty much butted against each other so I didn’t have to pull off one piece at a time to get them close. That made me happy because I didn’t want to mess with grout.

tiling2

Moving a long. Occasionally I had to pull off some individual pieces and trade it with a smaller or larger piece to make the row end neatly at the sides.

box tiled

I used silicon adhesive to adhere the tile to the wood. I would suggest something stronger though. The tile is not falling off, but I could pull it off if I wanted to. I just used what I had.

stencil

I picked up this template at Hobby Lobby.

finished closeup2

I used black acrylic craft paint to “stencil” with. Since I haven’t stenciled much before, I didn’t have the proper brush. I just gave an old, small paint brush a trim and made the bristles shorter. I worked pretty well for “pouncing”.

finished closeup

I need to get more flowers (hydrangea?). I picked these up at Michaels, but my mind couldn’t remember how big the box was. But you get the picture.
Also, I added trim to the top of the box and painted it white, to give it a finished look. I didn’t take a picture of that though. I used the trim left over from my latest Bathroom Makeover.

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DIY Entryway Table

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Part of my entryway update was making a new entryway table.  Yes, I could have bought one quite easily, but what fun is that?  I had a piece of wood I picked up at Lowes, probably six months ago.  This past Monday, I went antiquing with my parents and picked up 7 spindly legs for $20.00.  Not too bad!  It was just what I was looking for.  So I went to work.

Before I begin, I just want to reiterate that I’m not an expert at wood working or building things.  I just want to do it, so I do.  I don’t follow rules (except wear safety glasses at all times and keep your hands away from sharp spinning blades!!!).  Maybe it’s not that I DON’T follow rules, I just believe there ARE NO rules when it comes to creativity.  If you think you can, you can!

1 ft x 4 ft knotty, butcher block looking wood from Lowes.

The first thing I did was stain the board.  I used MinWax Wood Finish in Expresso.  I stained the wood before I really knew what I was going to do with it.  It may be better to wait until you have your project assembled before you stain.

I picked up inexpensive base moulding at Lowes to use as trim around the raw edges of the table top.  Take a look at all the trims and mouldings home improvement stores have.  Just because the sign says this is a chair rail or this is a base board doesn’t mean that’s what they are ONLY for.  The possibilities are endless!

Look at that edge! Love it when cuts work out the first time. 😀  I used a miter saw but a miter box will work as well.  I glued the trim to the edges of the table, using blue tape to hold it in place. Once the glue was almost dry, I hammered in small brad nails for added support.

Here’s the tools and products I used.

If you are going to drill inside your house, I suggest putting a piece of scrap wood under the wood you are going to drill through. You don’t want to have to explain why there is a hole in your floor. 😉

Ok, So the rest of the construction happened in my entryway.  The garage was too hot.  While I love working with wood and tools, I don’t necessarily think one should have to sweat to create.  Just don’t tell my Hubby I used our front entryway as my workshop. 😉

For the size of the legs I was using, I measured 3/4 inch from the edge of the table to find the center where I needed to drill for the leg hole.

I drilled deep enough to just go through to the other side of the table top with the point of the circle drill bit. Then I flipped the table top over and used a countersink drill bit to drill a hole for the screw that would attach the leg to the table.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of the table legs. The legs have a notch that fit into the holes I drilled under the table. I added glue to the hole, placed the leg in and then used a flat head screw in the countersunk (is that a word?) hole to attach the leg to the table.  Sorry I don’t have a picture of that.

The table is so lightweight that I didn’t need to add any extra support for the legs.  The glue and screws were all the legs needed to be sturdy.  But please don’t come over and sit on it.  I can not guarantee your bottom will remain on the table and not end up on the floor.  😉  Wood putty was used to fill the holes on the top of the table and once that was dry, I swiped a little stain over the holes.  I stained the trim around the table in the same finish as the top and the legs are painted with Anne Sloan paint.  The legs were sanded lightly for a worn look.

And here’s the finished table. I’m kind of diggin it! 😀

So with just four legs, one piece of wood and some moulding and you can have yourself a table!  What do you think?  I think if I can DIY, you can DIY!

Entryway BEFORE and AFTER

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Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

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I love Pottery Barn.  I don’t always love the prices.  While flipping through the recent catalog I saw this rustic wood wall art.  A whooping $399.00!  Knowing I have a pile of scrap wood in the garage, I just about did the happy dance at the project I knew I was going to tackle.  I love power tools.  I love wood!

I bought a 2x 4 foot piece of plywood, a few extra pieces of wood, a couple of sample size paint jars, and some tacks.  It only cost around $40.00!  Everything else I had… a lot of wood pieces, glue and leftover paint.  Most of the wood I used is considered “craft” wood.  It comes in short lengths and is thinner than regular wood.  I did combine it with “regular” wood though.  It gives the piece some dimension.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

My Pottery Barn Knock-off version.

Pottery Barn $399.00.   Laurie $40.00!

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The design was not planned.  I cut each piece as I went along.  HINT:  When you have the layout you want, take a picture of it.  Just in case you mess up the design later on while you are painting the wood pieces.  You don’t want to spend HOURS and HOURS trying to put the thing back together, only to remember you DO have a picture you could have looked at.  By that point, bad words may have been said, drinks may have been drunk, and your family may be afraid to be in the same room as you.  Just saying it could happen. 😉

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The next step was paint.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

I applied the paint with a cut up old t-shirt.  That way I could rub the paint on like a stain allowing the wood grain to show through.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Each piece was glued down to a 2 x 4 sheet of plywood board with Tite Bond Wood Glue.  Blue tape is always handy for extra support.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The Vodka is for weight, not for drinking. At least not in that moment anyway. After all the pieces were glued down, I distressed each piece with sand paper to lighten the paint colors and to give it a worn out look.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

I found these tacks at Lowes.

I lightly sanded the tack heads so they looked distress as well.

I’m not sure where I’m going to hang it yet.  I may add some trim around the edges.  This was a FUN project.  Although I used a power saw to cut the pieces, it can be done with a simple miter box.

This Pottery Barn knock-off project was a great way to use up most of the scrap pieces of wood I had accumulated.  And my garage is a little bit cleaner now! 🙂

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Power of Paint

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Moulding Ideas

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My Hubby said to me recently… “Can we have a few days of completed projects and walls with no holes?”  I’m afraid he’s losing his mind.  It’s obvious he’s forgetting who he’s married too.  The poor thing.

Being the loving wife that I am, I gave him a day.  During my “down” time, I searched the world wide web for more ideas for moulding and trim.  When I’m not busy, I’m looking for more ways to update, change, enhance, rearrange, and beautify my home.  It’s just how my brain works.  Poor Hubby.  I hope he remembers that soon. 😉

After seeing what moulding and trim did for my fireplace, I’m now hooked on it.  I’m sharing some of the ideas I found and love.  I’m open to more ideas.  If you have any suggestions or pictures to share, I’m all ears!

I wonder what Hubby would say if I enhanced all the doorway moulding??

The wall treatment looks great as an accent wall. Hmmm…

More doorway moulding. I think it’s a sign!

Pinned Image

Love this. It looks more complicated than it is. The moulding on the inside of the squares adds so much detail.

Look! More door moulding! And look at that ceiling! Sigh.

This is one of my favorite! My entryway looks very much like this, minus all that moulding… for now. Ideas Ideas Ideas!

How sweet this entry looks!

From my friend at Pink Toes and Power Tools. Love this. She is an inspiration!

wainscot and chalk board

This would be fun in a kitchen!

Living Room

That ceiling!

 

DIY Fireplace Backsplash

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I have been working on my fireplace “backsplash” all week.  It’s finally finished!  It was pretty easy, inexpensive, sometimes a little frustrating, but the end result, according to my hubby, who was out of town during the whole construction, is “quite impressive!”  🙂

Here is my boring wall before.

I measured the boards to the size I wanted, mitered the corners, and taped everything to the wall to get an ideas of what it would look like.

You don’t need to miter the corners, but since I love my power tools, I went ahead and cut the corners this way.

Alway use a level! And often! Levelness is happiness. 😉

I used small nails and Loctite All Purpose Adhesive Caulk to attach the wood to the wall. May be unconventional to use caulk, but I did not want to use wood glue in case I change my mind someday and want to take it down. I asked my blogger friend at Pink Toes and Power Tools what she would do and she suggested the same thing.  If I were to do this again, though, I would use a backer board of some kind (plywood, thin wood) and screw that into studs and then add the frame and moulding. Live and learn!

Here I added trim to the inside of each rectangle to give it a finished look.  I decided, after I painted it (semi-gloss white), that it needed wide trim on the outside to make the backsplash look more substantial. After MANY trips to Lowes and Home Depot, I finally decided on window and door molding. It worked out great because it almost matches the trim on the windows. The wonderful thing about DIY is, that unless you blog about it as I do, nobody would know all the mind changes that went on. They would just think you are brilliant! Ha!

A tall view of the finished fireplace.

Finished! Just added some accessories for the picture. I will be spending days, I’m sure, rearranging the mantel a few hundred times!

The wood I used.  I chose a higher quality of wood that didn’t have knots.  The 1 x 4’s are on the outside frame. The 1 x 3’s are the two boards used on the inside of the frame.

The small trim was used on the inside of the frame. The white trim is the picture/door moulding I used on the outside of the frame. Of course the look is totally up to you. The options for trims and mouldings are endless.

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The whole thing cost right around 50 dollars.  It would have cost less if I used pine wood.  Not too bad for a big impact!

This was an easy project, but I will confess that after I got the frame up, I realized it was off-center.  It was level!!  But not centered.  So I had to take it down and scoot it over.  And my walls, I found out, are not straight.  They have a bit of a wave in them.  So when the vertical boards went up, part of the wood touched the wall and part of the wood did not.  And it was the walls, not the boards that are wavy.  By the time I finished the project, I went through 3 tubes of caulk.  Yes, people, caulk is your friend.  It will cure what ails you.  Or at least fill in massive gaps on the wall!

Anyway, just wanted to share that part with you as well.  Don’t get discouraged if projects don’t turn out right the first time.  Unless you knock down a wall, you can fix most anything.  You and your friend caulk.  One more thing… 😉

No EXCUSES… 😉

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Headboard Bench

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Good morning!  Today I’m reblogging the very first post I did more than a year ago.  This is probably one of my favoritest projects to far.  The headboard bench has been everywhere in my house since then, and now finally, it think it has found a permanent home on my recently updated porch.  (When I say “permanent” that means maybe for the next six months or so!)

I have a couple more project in the works.  We are having a “family weekend” this weekend, so they won’t be completed until next week.  The project that’s really putting a pep in my step is updating my fireplace.  I’m going to create an architectural backsplash (for lack of a better word) on the wall above the mantel, similar to the picture below.  Woohoo!  I love working with wood and power tools! 😉

nature theme overall

My next project!!

HEADBOARD BENCH (revisited)

(from May 2, 2011)  This headboard started out in life as a rejected bunk bed headboard found in a dumpster.  I first used it as a twin headboard for my son when he got his first “big boy” bed.  (Shhh… that was many moons ago!)

headboard bench

Using 1 x 4’s, I build a the sides and front of the bench and attached it to the headboard with wood glue and L-Brackets.  And as you can see, I used tape to clamp the pieces together while the glue dries.  Real clamps would have been ideal,,, but you make do with what you have. : )

headboard bench

I bought the legs from Lowes and attached them with wood glue and screws.  I had to haul the bench into the house because my garage floor is not level!  Couldn’t figure out why my bench was teetering.  I’m going to have to do something about that unlevel floor.  I’m not sure my hubby will be happy with me turning the sunroom into a workshop.

The seat was made from 3 pieces of 1 x 6 wood.  I counter sunk the screws and puttied and sanded the wood smooth.

headboard benchI primed and painted the bench with a brush.  I’m sure spray paint would have worked great, but I used what I had on hand.  The edges were lightly sanded for a distressed look.  Now this old headboard has a new useful life as a bench and a new home in the foyer!

headboard bench

This may have been one of my favorite projects so far.  (And it doesn’t hurt that my dad was very impressed with it.  Still means a lot even when you’re not a little girl anymore!) : )

Entryway Wall – Getting Started

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I have to admit I have been a little slow on getting my projects completed.  And I have quite a list!  Between the abrupt start of summer vacation (or so it seems!) and the crazy idea to put braces in my mouth, I haven’t been myself.  Instead of the “I am Women, hear me roar” girl,  I have been the “I am Scary, step away from the Mommy” girl!  Ha! 

I do actually have my entryway wall almost complete.  It’s turning out pretty good.  It’s amazing what a little bit of wood and nails can do.  I’m hoping this week I will have it finished and get some pictures posted.  Here’s a sneak preview of what I have done so far…

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