Monday, March 23, 2015

Sign making with pallet boards

I love making signs with pallet boards and my silhouette!

This one was incredibly fun! I used many different techniques and think it turned out very pretty.

I started out with a pallet and cut the boards off using a reciprocating saw. Be sure you do your homework and make sure the pallet is okay to use for things like this. Some pallets have been treated with chemicals that are not safe for your home. 

Next I cut the boards to the length I wanted with my Dremel Saw Max. Great tool for those of us who are intimidated by big power tools! 

I sanded the boards well with my Black and Decker mouse sander, making sure there were no spots to pick up a splinter. Then came the fun parts...

First was painting! I use Clark and Kensington from Ace Hardware. Once the paint was dry, I used General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze. I applied the glaze and wiped it back with a dry paper towel. Once it was semi dry, I used a wet paper towel to remove and excess glaze.

Then it was time to break out my Silhouette Cameo and cut the wording out. I like to make stencils with my Silhouette for projects like this. I am learning new tricks all the time, although for this one I should have welded the lettering of each word (I think!) and spaced it out. 

Once my wording was transferred to the wood, I again spaced out a trick for crisp lettering...I did not use mod podge to prevent bleed through which later created an issue. I used a white paint pen to fix this issue. Simple, but avoidable! 

While paint dried through various parts of this project, I used my time to cut out flowers and butterflies from napkins. When everything was dry and ready, I used glossy mod podge to apply the flowers and butterflies. If they run over the edge I just glue them down over that edge....adds character! 

Once this stage was dry, I used my Black and Decker drill to make small holes for the wire, and wired the two boards together. I had some wire on hand that I use to stabilize my dogs fence so used it, but I probably could have used a lighter gauge wire and been fine. I also added wire to the top to hang the sign with and hung it in my livingroom right away! 

I love it! And....

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Bee Bench

Yes, you read that right! The Bee Bench ...

First let me say that I did receive product in exchange for a blog post, and more importantly, this post is long overdue. Many many thanks to Sara for her patience and understanding! It took much longer than I ever anticipated to complete this bench to my satisfaction! I struggled with the bench, had a mishap or two and work seriously got in the way.

I also want to say that this is the first time I ever worked with such a vibrant color! I am more of a pastel, soft color,  kinda gal so this was a challenge for me! we goooo!

I picked this bench up last summer at a yard sale for $10. It needed a new seat, and I knew right away that I would use pallet boards for it. I painted it a deep pink color at first, that I mixed from an assortment of other paints I had on hand, but wasn't thrilled with it. Then I started out with a darker than burgundy color but Bleck!

When I received the products from General Finishes, I set out right away to give this bench a proper makeover...but again, I went using a spray can of primer. Evidently it was not a quality product, and I soon discovered how difficult it can be to paint a bright, light color over a cheap white primer. I proceeded to apply 3 coats of this beautiful Sunglow from General Finishes until it really showed it's color properly.

I decided the spindles are not my forte along the way after painting them pink, deep red and ....well you get the idea. Sunglow did not look very pretty on the spindles so I went with black, which is General Finishes Lamp Black. The seat is also Lamp Black. Once I got everything to look better, I finally managed to stencil on a few bees.

Now when discussing this bench prior to receiving any product, I expressed how my vision for the bench was in a garden setting. During my frustrating trials and tribulations with this project, I was talking to a friend who suggested making it the colors of a bee. So the Bee Bench was born. I am thrilled to introduce...The Bee Bench!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the stencils. They were the easiest part of the project, by far! Even getting my big yellow bee on the seat to show up well over black was simple, especially compared to over white primer...lesson learned...use a good primer! 

Now I am in the process of applying General Finishes Exterior Satin Top Coat and this bench will sit out among my garden as I get it planted and looking good! I can imagine it being the focal point of my garden, and a conversation piece too! 

In the process I decided that bar underneath the Bee Bench would likely get dirty from mowing and from mud when it rains, so black seemed like a good choice for this part too. 

I can't wait to get some flowers planted and sit on my Bee Bench this summer! 

I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts on how you might have done this bench and what you think of The Bee Bench! 

Again, many thanks to Sara and General Finishes for the opportunity to work with you and for your patience and understanding! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Easy DIY Bathroom shelf

I have a medicine cabinet and other cupboards in the bathroom, but to be honest I needed an open shelving unit to set things on in the open. I needed more room! This skinny built in is for shampoo, wash cloths, etc The built in on the right also is limiting in what it will hold.

A built in cabinet and medicine cabinet, but still not enough. 

When I moved into this rental there was a bathroom wall clock on the wall over the toilet, and even with fresh batteries it never kept time well. That to me indicated valuable space was being wasted!

So quite some ago, I was given some drawers out of a camper. They were typical of camper drawers, with a front screwed onto them. I removed the drawer front and that gave me a perfect box to turn into a bathroom shelf over the toilet.

I used a pallet board to create a shelf inside my 'box'. The drawers have a 'lip' on them so I had this board laying around here, cut it in half and glued to the back of the drawer, using wood glue. This created the stability and extra thickness for the screw to grab when I attached my shelf to the wall.

Now I should have painted and decorated this prior to hanging, however, many of my ideas go plop, so I thought I would try it on the wall first. Life happens and it is still there. I do need to take it down and do that, as I think the raw wood in the bathroom is not a great it's not pretty!

I am in the process of making another one to hang in my bedroom. For this one, since I Know it will work, I painted it my favorite light grey and an idea struck for the inside of my shelf. I have had this roll of lacey burlap in my craft room forever, so I measured it out into three strips and glued it in with my hot glue gun! Next will be adding the pallet shelf and the backing, and hanging it in my bedroom! I really like this one so far, and have several more to make!

When gluing the burlap onto the back of the shelf, I started with the corners and edges and worked my way down, then moved to the center. If you look real close you can see the burlap is overlapped from the left to the right. It would look cute to have the center piece either under or over the two outer pieces too! 

Such and easy project to add functionality to a space that was once so wasted!