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DIY Wood Accent Table

This past weekend my husband and I had a day date, building an accent table to match the wood coffee table we built last weekend.  If you missed the blog post you can read about it here…  I found the original coffee table tutorial on Pinterest a while back and my husband and I created a side table to match.  We LOVE the way our living room looks and how much more uniform it looks now that it has matching furniture and not a bunch of random pieces everywhere.  We built it pretty much the same way as the coffee table.  The only difference was that we didn’t need the support piece in the middle, since the table was small enough. You can find the original coffee table blog post here.

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February 6, 2017
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DIY Wood Coffee Table

Some exciting news to share with you all!!! Our house is finally in escrow.  Be praying it doesn’t fall through and that we can close in a quick 35 days.   I’ve already been commuting to work for about a week and half, and the days have been long.. Not to mention i’ve been sick which makes the days feel even longer.   Things are starting to feel like they are finally starting to fall into place. Now, if only we can figure out our next living situation.

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January 22, 2017
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Faux Shiplap Wall

Alright ladies and gentlemen, this project is certainly one for the books. 3 tries, 18 hours, and one grumpy husband later we have our faux shiplap feature wall.  When my husband and I initially painted the house, we purposely left the tv wall white with hopes of turning it into a shiplap feature wall one day (by we I mean me…) I really didn’t want to put wood up on the wall because this house most likely isn’t our forever home, but rather a starter him, and we wanted it to be easy to remove if needed one day.  We also wanted something that was budget friendly, and didn’t require lots of blood sweat and tears (although this project turned into that). PLEASE read about the mistakes that we made so that if you ever do this you don’t make the same mistakes we did.  If we ever went back and redid this project, we could probably knock it out in a few hours tops. I did ALOT of research before starting this project to decide what materials would be best for home.  I stumbled upon this adorable block via Pinterest, (Click here) where it sparked my idea to use peel and stick flooring.  Genius right! well the idea seemed great, but the flooring did not want to stick. more on that later.

 

Here’s what we did to create faux ship lap walls…

  1. we painted the entire accent wall a dark charcoal gray color.  Seems silly to paint the wall if it’s just going to get covered up, but you can see in between the cracks and we wanted a dark color to show through the wood cracks. IMG_1894
  2. Next we painted every one of our peel and stick wood pieces a white color, “swiss coffee” to be specific.IMG_1897
  3. next we started sticking the wood on the wall in an A, B pattern on the walls.  See the picture to get a better idea.  The best part about the peel and stick wood is that you can cut it with scissors! no saw needed (SCORE!)IMG_1899
  4. This is where the project started going horribly, horribly wrong. once, we got about a third of the way done, the peel and stick pieces literally started falling on our heads. “NOT COOL ROBERT FROST!” So we unfortunately had to start from scratch, this time adding a little wood glue. Then we got about a quarter the way done and then BAM. They started falling on our heads again.  At this point you can imagine the frustration.  IMG_1902IMG_1900
  5. This is what you should do form the start. get a nail gun with very small nails, I’m talking as small as you can go. nail each side, and hammer it down.  you can barely see them. We even put a few dots of wood glue on the “wood” to make sure those darn things stayed.
  6. The wall looked pretty good.  Except for one thing.  The painted “wood” looked uneven.  So guess who had to do a second coat of paint….. This girl. This part ruined my life, because all the white paint started getting in the cracks of my dark charcoal paint, and then I had to go over all the cracks with a tiny little paint brush.  learn from my lesson and do 2 or even 3 coats of paint on the wood right off the bat, so there’s no more painting after its up on the wall!

TOTAL COST: $80 with paint and materials!

Overall we love the way it turned out.  I’m very Type A so I notice all the little details where it’s not perfect, and I’m sure I will be going back one day and fixing it up where needed.  But for now, I’m content. 🙂

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What do you think?

XOXO,

June 8, 2016
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Farmhouse Wood Headboard

These past few weeks have been Crazayyyy over here.  I think my husband and I have had people in town just about every weekend for the past month.  This past weekend was our first one that we didn’t have any big plans consuming our time.  So I of course decided to tackle my headboard project.  Although I made a really cool tufted fabric headboard a few years ago, I decided I wanted something bigger.  I’m working on a feature wall in our master bedroom and I thought an oversized statement headboard would help do the trick.

 

you guys…. I know I always say this, but it was seriously so easy! it took me 45 minutes, and It turned out WAY better than expected.

here’s my shopping list:

-Flat White Spray paint

  • 5  1x8x10 (cut to 76 in. for a King sized headboard, I cut mine for free at Home Depot)
  • 2  2x4x8 (cut to 65 in. tall)
  • 2 “OOKs”  ( I had some left over from another project.  I recommend buying the big pack they always come in handy.)
  • Some screws (about 20)(Preferably wood screws, I used whatever I had in my garage.)
  • 2-4 bolts and nuts

Total cost was $70

Here’s how I did it….

make sure you measure the heigh of your bed, and where the brackets on the bed frame are. I chose to do a really tall headboard, so I measured 65 inches tall.

I laid my 5 1x8s flat on the floor, and then set my 2x4s flat on top like you see in the photo.  I began screwing in my screws to each board. With my left over wood from the 2x4s I added some supports to the middle of the headboard.

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Next,  I spray painted the headboard white, and then added some white touch up paint as a second coat to make sure it was nice and even.

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As we were attaching the wood pieces to the bedroom where the headboard goes, we noticed the headboard was VERY heavy and kind of titled forward.  I added one OOk to the top of each 2×4 and secured it to the wall.

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Here’s the final results! So pretty.  My next project for this room is to paint that wall feature wall behind the bed a medium tan/taupe color.  This will really make that white headboard pop!


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Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

XOXO,

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November 23, 2015
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Shanty 2 Chic Outdoor Wood Table

Hi everyone,

 

I am so excited to share this post…. It’s been a long time comin’. About six months ago I found this beautiful Shanty 2 Chic outdoor wood table that I wanted to build.  I’ve never built anything before.  I do a lot of DIY crafts and refinish furniture but power tools and building things out of wood is a little out of my element.  Desperate to get this table I asked my good friend Bryce Cooper to help me build it ( it’s nice to have friends with skills eh?) He had all the fancy tools and knowledge to help me build this beautiful table. Because he was only in town for a short weekend I decided the bench would be a project for another weekend.   WELL LADIES AND GENTLEMEN about six months later and I have FINALLY finished that bench.  I’m pretty proud of this bench because it was my very first project that I did all on my own.  Power tools, making cuts, and all.  It only took me like 2 and a half days but hey, I did I right?  Props to my husband as well (He hates doing stuff like this) He gave up an hour or two to help me with a few things. I youtube my through how to use circular saw, and a few of the other foreign tools (which by the way is not easy to do a clean 45 degree angle.) Last weekend I stained and sealed the table, and now it’s sitting beautifully on our patio.

For the Shanty 2 Chic tutorial Click here.

I did decide to make a few adjustments to the table.  Instead of the “X” design I decided to go for a bit of a more simple look with just one diagonal line for decoration, and I love the way it turned out.

For the finish I used the weathered gray stain first, and then went over it with the Mahogany Color.  To seal it I used wood decking sealer (you can find all of this at Home Depot).

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XOXO,

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October 28, 2015
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