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.

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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