Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pallet Stars

After finishing the pallet storage for my kitchen countertop, I realized I still had another storage piece to use.  I didn't want it to go to waste, however, I couldn't think of where to utilize it.  However, thanks to Holly over at "Down to Earth Style", (which is a beautiful blog by the way) I remembered that she used hers as a flower box and hung it over a doorway...looks great!  I didn't hang mine over a doorway, but chose to hang it over my window seat in the kitchen.
Anyway, it still needed something on either side of it, so I decided to make a couple of stars.  I wanted them to have the same texture as the pallet box so I made the stars from the leftover wood.  Of course, the wood wasn't wide enough to cut out a star so this is what I decided to do...cut all the star points separately and then join them together with twine.

I stained the wood with a dark walnut stain and then thread the twine through the holes I drilled into the points.  I attached a small self-leveling hanger to the back and hung them on either side of the flower box. 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pallets and Letters

So, this idea isn't anything fact, the different uses of pallets is all over blogland and the internet.  However, one idea that I love is using the pallets as storage.  I wanted to incorporate this idea somewhere in my kitchen, but I don't have alot of wall space so I decided it would work best on my counter.  It was a little "blah" so I decided to cut some letters out of 1/4" mdf board to spell "Bakery".  I painted them a creamy white color and used wood glue to secure them to the front of the pallet storage.  Now its a great place to keep my favorite and frequently used cookbooks.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Little Hallway Love

As I mentioned in my last post, I've decided to try and make my hallway a little less boring and to spruce it up a bit.   I didn't have much for wood, but happened to find some 2x4's, 1x6, and 1x2's in the shop, so I threw together this bench.

I stained it with dark walnut and then painted it with a creamy white paint.  I wanted to give it a weathered appearance so I removed some of the paint to reveal the stained wood.

Added a canvas pillow and basket for accessories and decided it would look great along the wall with my kids pictures.

I added their initials to their picture groupings to add a bit more interest.  I simply printed off the letters in the font I wanted, traced them onto mdf board and cut them out on the scroll saw.  A quick sanding, some stain and paint and they were ready to hang on the wall. 

I think it looks much better, but I'll let you be the judge!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Burlap & 2x4's

I have a very boring hallway and I finally decided it was time to do something about it.  I figured I had enough "junk" laying around that I could put something together that would make it a bit more appealing, so this is what I came up with...

I needed a table of some kind that would fit in the tiny space, but everything I had was either too wide length-wise or width-wise, so I went out into the shop to see what type of wood I could use to make a tabletop.   I new I wanted something "heavy" looking so I used 2 x 4's.  I cut three pieces 32" long, glued and screwed them together by attaching 1 x 2 underneath.   I gave it good sanding with 100-girt and then 220-grit sandpaper.  I applied a dark walnut stain, but it wasn't quite dark enough, so I sprayed some oil rubbed bronze (by Krylon) paint onto a damp cloth and rubbed it into the surface.  (this was a bit of an experiment, but it worked!)

Once dry, I need to attach the tabletop to the wall. I found two metal shelf brackets out in the shop and even though they were ugly, I knew you weren't going to see them once I was finished.

After attaching everything to the wall, I took some measurements and made a burlap skirt.  So far, so good.  (except for the pictures I've taken!)

I wanted to hang a mirror, but I didn't have anything large enough for the wall space so I decided to refinish this window.

The "pink" just wasn't going to work with my color scheme so I gave the frame a quick sanding to loosen any chipping paint and then stained the bare wood areas with a dark walnut stain.  I painted the "pink" areas with a dark brown paint and I wasn't going for "perfection".

Once it completely dried, I rubbed random areas with vaseline and then applied a topcoat in a creamy white.  Again, let it dry completely.  Next, I rubbed off the areas covered in vaseline to reveal the basecoat.

I then applied a tinted wax to give the window frame more of an "aged" feel.  I make my own tinted wax with Johnson's Floor Paste Wax and Winsor & Newton Oil paint in burnt umber (this comes in a 37ml tube available at art or stationary stores).  My recipe varies depending on how dark I want the wax so you might want to experiment with this on your own, however, I usually use about 1/2 cup wax to 1-2 tsp. oil paint.  Mix it in a container and apply with a rag.  Let dry and then buff off.

I added a few accessories and now the end of the hallway isn't so boring.

Now I need to get to work on the rest of the hallway!  Thank you for stopping by...hope you'll come back for another visit!