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Dumpster Trash Turned Useful

Monday, October 22, 2012
I saw this chair by the dumpster and knew it had potential.   I mustered over whether or not I should take on another project.  Later that day I went to throw something away and saw it IN the dumpster.  Can you believe someone would throw THIS away!?

Okay, I can believe it.  Look how it's barely holding onto life. The style is cute, it's hardwood, and once I turned over the cushion and saw the springs I just had to do something.  Springs in a chair cushion.. amazing!  And yes, I dug this thing out of the dumpster with my shovel.. a little embarrassing but I was determined to save it's life.

I tightened it up real nice with some screws underneath.

I sanded off all the yucky old finish.

I gave the pliers to Jordan - let's just say he was entertained for a full 30 minutes trying to get those staples out!

I watered down some paint to give the chair a white-washed look {about a 1:5 ratio}.  I just spread it on with a paper towel.

I recovered the cushion with some cute fabric and a staple gun. Cut off the excess fabric and that's it!

Who knew, right!?

Letter Wreath

Sunday, October 21, 2012
I saw this letter wreath on Pinterest and really liked it!

The letter "c" isn't all that interesting and the wooden c's at the craft store were small and boring.  I decided to do a papermache letter and really like how it turned out!

FREE Printable Halloween Decorations

Monday, October 15, 2012
I made some Halloween decorations for a party and decided to put them in PDF format and make them available to everyone.  

HERE is the link.

You just print them on letter-sized paper, cut out and tape on your walls, front door, in your windows, etc. The cat needs to be pieced together -- tape together on the dotten lines.

I made the cat more scary looking in the printouts.  The mice look really cool on the bottom of the wall but I had to put them up high because of my toddler.

We put a bunch of bats on our ceiling and the ghosts and candy corns on our front door.  The cat would look good in a window looking out.

Enjoy!

Wood Bench and Desk FINISHED!

Friday, October 5, 2012
So, in my previous post I mentioned how I've been obsessed with Ana White's website and Shanty2chic's blog.  I found a project on each site that I just HAD to do because I literally wasn't getting very good sleep because I kept planning and building them in my dreams - more like nightmares because they were so stressful!  Anyways...

Here is a bench I found on Shanty2Chic's blog that I needed - even if I didn't have a place for it yet.

And here is the one I did:

I distressed the top of my bench by hammering the side of a screw into the wood.  I also stained the whole bench but only put polyurethane on the top boards.

I decided to put wood plugs into my pocket holes. I didn't sand them down flush with the boards because I liked the added character.


The best thing about this bench -- it should hold up for a few years with these little boys!

Here is a sawhorse-style desk I found on Ana White's website.  Our particle board desk was bowing in the center from the weight of the computer (that's pathetic, right!?) so it was time to make a new one!

Here is the one I did:

Once the kids were in bed I measured, marked and cut all my boards in the basement.  Then I used my Kreg Jig (I LOVE IT!) to drill pocket holes in some of the boards.

To save money, I used 1x6's instead of 1x12's for the bottom shelves and glued/screwed the boards together.  I like it better this way anyways because you can see the seam on the topside.

Then I sanded, sanded, sanded until I was sick of it.  It makes a huge difference to have rounded corners!

To save money, instead of a large board for the top I bought a long 1x12 and glued/screwed the boards together.  I actually rounded the edges of the sides of the boards that were going to be together because I wanted the seam to stand out.   My dining table worked nicely as a work table to clamp my boards together.  When we get our own house I'll make my own work table (Ana White has a project plan for that too!)


Here are my boards all glue, screwed and sanded ready for assembly!  The best part!

The end pieces are all put together and ready to be stained!

I love how the wood looks with the stain -- it brings out all the character of the wood and highlights the knots and blemished which I like.  I also put a few coats of polyurethane on the top to protect the wood.

Instead of screwing the sides to the top board from the underside I drilled holes through my tops and sides and used large carriage bolts to attach them together.  It's also easier to disassemble if I need in the future.

The shelves are a great feature I think!

I'm sure my neighbors will be glad that I've put all my tools and paintbrushes away for a while.  I'm sure the sound of power tools and the smell of stain wasn't their favorite -- but it probably would have been entertaining for anyone watching.  Building stuff and watching/entertaining kids outside just doesn't mix very well!

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