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.
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.
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.