A HUGE HEART

So I know it’s only January but February has my very favorite holiday. I love Valentine’s day. We were married on Valentine’s day. We found out we were pregnant with our second son on Valentine’s day. We all make special homemade cards for each other, including the kids. I decorate a tree for the holiday because we all know it’s not a holiday unless there is  a tree involved. LOL! I love red, and pink, I love hearts. It’s just my thing. Seriously wait till you see the huge herringbone heart I made  just getting a start for this February.

So it took me  a while to get the hang of the layout as I had no cutout or stencil for this. It was the first one I have ever made. My hubby helped of course. He was the reason it actually was finished being he did all the major cutting for me. Let me tell you I LOVE IT!

So it all started with a freehand drawing and a cutout on some 1/4 inch plywood. The hubby cut it out for me. You can see that I had a pattern of boards going on behind it to make sure it fit. I think used some wood glue between the boards and plywood then stapled that sucker down with all that I had. Hubby cut around the back piece which was like a guide.

All cut out and ready for some homemade whitewash.

All cut out and ready for some homemade whitewash.  Then I hung it on a very empty wall in the living room.

Here’s a size reference. It’s a HUGE heart.

I added a string of poms poms to add a splash of color for Valentine’s Day.

Horses and Racks

So my laundry is in constant disarray with clothes hang drying. We have a laundry horse and it sits right between the 2 doors, mind you this is NOT a wide room. The horse is constantly getting knocked over by the dog and our kids who are typically making a fast bee line through when we get home from school, in the tornado they become and aftermath of distruction they leave behind my laundry horse spends more time on the floor than drying clothing. In other words moist clean clothing on the floor which is tile that has been re-carpeted daily with Husky hair by our wonderful  fur ball dog.

SO of course it was another Pinterest find. I can not even begin to tell you how many hours have been lost while I am searching Pinterest. It really is the blackhole of time. Initially I saved several different designs. Went and bought what I thought I would need for the wood and the hardware then let it sit in the garage for 2 months. I let it sit because I was so nervous about screwing it up with the measurements for the doweling. I DO NOT have patience for that and I don’t math. So finally my hubby had time to make it, or maybe I just pestered him enough. Who knows.

We fought with this project more than any other we have done and did a lot of DIY to make sure the frame was square and measurements were perfect.  Being there were no instructions and we are flying by the seat of our pants I think it turned out pretty good. We learned a lot in the process and if we ever needed to build another one we know what we would do differently.

I think once again my husband did awesome on the build, I love our team work. He was surprised that I use this as often as I have already. 


Garbage & Recyling

Okay I promise this is my last post of the year. I believe I am caught up with all the projects done during the holiday season.

Let me say good grief and what a huge pain in the arse that garbage and recycling was in our kitchen. We had a stainless steel can with a step lever for the lid. It’s no where near big enough for a day and as for the recycling, well it accumulates in a paper bag, on the counter, in a row on the floor next to the said bag and anywhere else the kids will put it till I am screaming and asking for the 56th time for them to take out recycling.  One day is all it takes to build up in a family of 6.

Needless to say I found a cute bin on Pinterest. Yes time time void website. LOVE IT! Somedays more that others. Any who I found this bin and have been wanting my hubby to help make it for about 3 years. So finally he designed it on his computer and started lying it out.

One trip to Ace, and 2 trips to town, Home Depot and Lowes and finally we have everything. We needed a new tool as well so out total topped out about $175.  It was not a cheap project but well worth the money spent. There were no directions on how to build this specific one that I could find so we winged it. I’m sure there may have been easier ways to do things but it is done and looks super fab in the nook in the kitchen and it gets rid of all the over flow of  recycling. In all it took a full weekend to build and paint.

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See? It’s so much better than the before picture which I did remember to take for once but am not posting  because run away recycling everywhere is embarrassing.  Let me know what you think fellow DIY’ers. Have you built one? What did you do different? Wanna try it?

 

The Hutch came off with out a Hitch

So we were given a hutch by some friends that had stored it in their garage with every intention of repurposing it. A year and a half later they just wanted it out. So we got it home to our garage and there it sat for about 2 months until I worked up the motivation for this project and I desperately wanted it done before Christmas.

So this hutch had a broken glass which I wasn’t going to replace. Doors that were dated older than me and handles that were screaming for some shag carpet. The wood is hard to see in the photo but it has the black speckled paint in it to make it look aged, and it did,  it made it look like it was from 1982.

So we removed the pane of glass, removed the doors and I had so much stress relief removing the back piece. Unfortunately I took no photos other than a before an after because I get so caught up each and every time I forget. I really need to make a sign in the garage that reminds me to take picture.

If I ever decide to repaint this piece I would sand this down almost all the way.

I did something I normally wouldn’t do.

A) I used a different brand of chalk paint which was my first mistake. It didn’t go on as smooth as I would have liked.

B) I got tired of dealing with the crap chalk paint and tried rolling it. NEVER ROLL CHALK PAINT!

Needless to say though it is done and looks good for now. I like it. Paint can change an item so much it’s amazing. I would never guess it was the same piece.

Have FUN DIY’ers  Show me what you got going on.

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Christmas Signs

Lots of signs and lots of decorations happened this season. We started decorating for Christmas as soon as we finished eating the Thanksgiving turkey. I LOVE HOLIDAYS AND DECORATIONS! Remember I have a thing for twinkle lights and that does not help one little iota. So the house was decorated inside and out. This is just a few of the DIY’s we tackled for the for holidays. I also inherited a new decoration. It was this vintage candle holder that I added white paint to…of course. The word trees I dreamed up  and absolutely love them. I had to make one for me and one for a friend. These were fairly simply if you have the right tools. I love that they were a 1 day project. Quick and easy.

 

I figured I would share some of my other DIY’s and favorite areas of my house as well for the holidays.  Inside and out. I hope you all had a very happy holiday season fellow diy’ers. Happy Painting.

 

Blanket Ladder DIY

It’s been a busy month and I haven’t updated forever so with that being said be prepared to be bombarded by post in the next few days as I play catch. With projects, family, holidays, vacations and life there just didn’t seem to be enough time in the day.

Today’s DIY was a quick blanket ladder. It took maybe an hour to make including staining it. I love quick projects. Instant gratification is nice on occasion. Especially after some of the projects I did this last month.

The ladder I had some extra planks laying around so I showed my husband what I wanted and he put it together. I had most of it cut already. I love it. I think next time we will angle the ladder sides so it “v”‘s in more at the top and give it more the vintage look.

So the Holidays are Upon Us

I just finished selling all my Thanksgiving signs and am moving onto the next season. Christmas. At least thats the season for me.

Anyway there is this sign that keeps popping up on my IG feed. It’s everywhere. I have been dying to make one for month but just haven’t been able to bring myself to just because we were still in the 100’s. Now the last 2 weeks we have been in the 80-90 degree range it seemed more doable.

So I bought gold paint and hopped on it. While that one was drying I got a wild hair to do another that I have thought about for some time. I love them both. I am going to have to make some for others because I can’t give these up.

Of course I made frames and did them a bit differently. I actually cut groves into them for the sign to sit in. I am not sure if I like that or not yet. We will see how it goes over.