Showing posts with label DIY Home Accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY Home Accessories. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Scrappy Headboard~

A few years ago, I wanted to dress up our room a bit by making a headboard. 
I loved the look of oversized headboards, but I've never been a fan of the oversized price.

To accomodate a tight decorating budget, I created the look of a large headboard 
by tacking trim to the wall and painting the inside.

Really easy and pretty inexpensive. 
You can check out the post HERE.

The only problem with this type of headboard is that you can't move it around. 
That can be a challenge for a girl who likes to change things up frequently.

After a couple of years, it was time to add a bit more oomph.

I raided the garage and found a bunch of scrap pieces of wood. 
I made sure they were all about 1/4'' thick, but I used all sorts of different kinds of scraps.
Beadboard, pegboard, mdf, whatever I could find.

I figured out the hard way that it was best to listen to my husbands suggestion and start at the top.
All of the pieces in a horizontal row need to be the same width.
 They can and should be different lengths.

Attach one horitontal row at a time and work your way down the wall.

I tacked  the pieces up with a pnuematic nail gun.
It took awhile... and the nail gun and compressor scared the crap out of my dog. 
She hid in my closet for the duration of the project.

Here is a picture of the finished headboard. 
I love the new look! Clean and shabby at the same time.

Feel free to try this at home.
You just have to be happy with the fact that your bed will never ever ever move again...:)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Easy DIY Cupcake Stands~

We had a birthday party for my in-laws recently and I made a couple of cupcake stands for the event.

I started with 4 boards. 
The biggest was a 12'' square and I chopped off an inch and a half off of each of the other boards 
tiering up to the smallest.  

I also cut (3) 5'' pieces of PVC pipe for each stand.  
The size of the boards and the length of the PVC can be adjusted to fit your project, 
just make sure that you have enough room to comfortably display your cakes.

I found the center of the boards by tracing diagonal lines across each square.

I eyeballed the position of the PVC pipe and traced it. 

Tracing the pipe gives you a guide line for your glue.
I used E-6000. I was a somewhat skeptical that it would adhere to wood and PVC, 
but I let it dry for 24hrs and it was completely solid. 

My SIL had some old wooden napkin rings that she was getting rid of, so she let me use them for my feet.  You could use wooden dowels or whatever you can find to raise the stand up off the ground an inch or two.  

After painting, I hot glued ribbon around each board.

Of course it's not possible for me to tie a decent looking bow, so these are made with 4 different pieces of ribbon.  One big loop with a smaller loop glued around the center and two separate pieces trailing from the back. 

Each of them can easily hold 30 cupcakes.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Making a sofa table~

 I'd like to pretend that I had this project all planned out in my head, but I have to be honest. I had no idea what I was doing. I just kind of went with the flow.  My only goal was to create some sort of a sofa table without spending any money. I could only use what I could find in the garage.

I started with 4' ripped 2X4's. Painted them different colors and wiped them with stain.   

 Mostly for looks, I tacked a couple of cross beams to the top.

I used thinner boards to create a support box. The pieces are 45'' and 10'' long.

As luck would have it, I happened to have 4 legs that I bought in the AS-IS section of Ikea about a year ago. I had totally forgotten about them, so it was a pretty sweet surprise. The garage fairies must have been smiling down on me! The legs were only a buck a piece at the time, so I couldn't pass them up. I unscrewed the double sided screws with pliers and nailed the legs onto my table.

I wasn't really paying attention to the SIZE of the legs, which were countertop height. The table looked like a sick giraffe with those suckers, so I decided to add some more stuff.

I made 2 more boxes using the same measurements that I used for the first support box and tacked them around the legs.

Then I put a couple of 2X2's across the bottom to make a crate type of box.

All that was left was paint!

I was pretty excited that I could fit books inside of it:) That's handy.

Now I have a place to put a lamp, an extra bookshelf and I didn't have to spend a dime! 
Yay for wood shop/garage scraps!!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hanging bookshelf~

This hanging bookshelf is a gift for my niece, so it's not actually hanging yet...
but I wanted to snap a few shots it.

It can rest on a dresser or hang on the wall. 
Sometimes it's hard to find floor space, so it's kind of nice when you don't need it!

I didn't take pics of the process because I wasn't entirely confident that it would work the way I wanted it to in my brain, but it's very similar to this other hanging bookshelf.  I Just made the bottom portions bigger so that the books could fit sideways. I also added more book space by attaching 2 shelves to one backboard.  

You can find the tutorial for the smaller bookshelf HERE

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wooden pallet kitchen display

How to make a kitchen display from a wooden pallet:

Step one:
Get yourself a pallet.

 If you can manage to find a free one like I did... SCORE!  Mine was in the empty lot next to my house.  I figure if someone is going to leave their crap in an empty lot for 2 months, it's up for grabs.  

Measure and Cut!

Cut a couple of thin scraps of wood to give the shelves a lip.  The wood pieces don't have to be the same size, or look very nice.  In fact, it's better if they look awful, then they can fit right in with a pallet that's been sitting in an empty lot for 2 months.


 Tack the strips of wood onto the edge of the "shelves".  I let mine hang over the edge because I wanted to have more room for plates and decor.

Not the "Uggh, I hate painting" kind of painting. The "Yay! I don't have to be careful or accurate or good" kind of painting.


I knew I wanted to hang an apron from the corner, so I added a hook. I think it'd also be cute to add a bunch of shaker pegs to the top shelf and hang mugs. I might do that later...I'm currently out of pegs.

Hang it!

I just stuck a bunch of  long screws right through the boards and straight into the wall. Ideally this would be a 2 man job, but if one of the "men" is impatient and can't wait until the other man gets home, then just use your elasti-girl, super strength powers.....You know what I'm talking about.

*Pro-tip: Set the level on the shelf of the pallet, rather than the top. It's more important for your decor to look straight and not be sliding off, then it is for the top of the pallet to be straight.  

*Pro-tip: Use the word "Pro-tip" when you are explaining something. It makes you sound like you know what you are talking about.  


Admire your new addition to the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crown molding pegboard shelf~

I've always been intimidated by crown molding shelves.
I could never make that angled cut correctly.
In the past, I've always failed miserably, and then turned it over to The Joe to finish it for me.

But this time.....I did it!! All by myself, from start to finish!
 I didn't even have to waste a bunch of molding trying to make that stinking cut.

Well sheesh, it's really not that bad when you are actually cutting the crown correctly.
I used to think you'd lay the board flat down on the saw and cut it like any other piece of wood.
Don't do it that way. 

 I peered over The Joe's shoulder when he cut the crown for our kitchen, and took note of how you are really supposed to hold it.  The flat side of the back of the trim rests on the saw so the board is cut at an angle. 

You probably already know that if you are a do it yourself-er, but it was news to me!

 (My daughter thought it was funny that my fingers are right next to the image of the chopped off fingers on the saw.)
Cut the molding at a 45ยบ angle. 
Switch directions on the saw to get a coordinating piece.
It does take a little bit of thinking to get the angles right.

Once the you have the end pieces cut, you stick some wood glue on the joint and clamp it together.
I actually just used a couple of pieces of tape to hold it into place until the glue dried.

I left room on the back of the shelf so that a 1/2'' piece of wood would fit underneath. I wanted the shelf to have a pegboard attached to it. Before I combined the board and crown, I drilled holes for pegs and glued and tapped them into place.  

After the glue on the crown had dried completely, I glued and nailed the pegboard into place.
I routed a board for the top of the shelf and nailed everything together.

I brushed a bit of chocolate brown paint onto the edges before painting it white.
That gave me a little more contrast when I distressed the shelf. 

Thar she blows! I'm excited to try it again soon.
 I think I'd like to make some without pegs to hang over  windows or doorways.

Here are a few shelf designs from the past:

Click on the pictures for the tutorials.