Rustic Farmhouse Table: Part 1

I was in the market for a dining room table…and what I had my heart set on was a rustic look backed with gorgeous fabric dining chairs….which meant, I was in the market for a long time. These tables are expensive!
Then one day on the lovely Pinterest DIY section (is there any other section?) I found this beauty
I could hardly contain my excitement as I printed the instructions out and skipped along to tell my husband about our afternoon project….
Well, it’s been about two months now and we aren’t done yet. Life gets in the way… But the table is coming along beautifully!

We started out by cutting the wood according to the cut list provided
Let me paint you a picture:
We have limited tools… And me being cheap was able to convince my husband we could use what we have. My sweet man, bless him, went along with it. So, we used his truck bed as a table for the wood while I sit(this is not a joke) on the wood to hold it in place. Can you imagine what the neighbors thought? Yeah, we’re cool like that.
word of advice: we started with pretreated wood… We learned later that this is very bad wood… To cut, to breathe, to touch. Honestly, it shouldn’t be sold in stores.
So we did the safe thing… And started over

After the cut list was done, we sanded down the angles and parts and assembled the legs (aren’t they great?!)
We used screws but using nail glue in addition to screws is recommended

I sanded the legs once they were put together so I wouldn’t have to do it later

Next came the beams that attached to each ends of the legs… And the gorgeous diagonal supports that made me gasp when I first saw the table!

After that, I sanded the assembled table base and got to work on ebonizing the wood. I wanted a natural way to stain and was looking for a weather gray finish.
The two step process:
1. Boil about 10 tea bags in a pot and let steep for a coupe of hours and brush on wood
I was so excited cause I had some old tea from London… London tea stained table… Sounds lovely
This process preps the wood by increasing the tannins needed to react with the next step

2. After the wood is dry use a vinegar and steel wool solution… Seriously simple… Take a Glass jar with lid (mason jar or spaghetti jar) and add a piece of steel wool (0000 type) and fill the jar with white vinegar. Let it sit a few days and then brush it on the tea stained wood. The wood will darken immediately and continue to darken for days

The effect was definitely what I’d been going for but then I changed my mind… And sanded it down which gave it a really cool two toned effect

I decided to go with minwax oil stain in provincial and did a prestain conditioner on the wood and two coats of stain with a light sanding in between
For you impatient ones out there… Don’t skip the sanding process… This really makes all the difference in the end product and raises the grain each time

Now our table awaits its top. We originally bought the wrong size width for the top but took the wood back (home depot is good about that)
be careful when selecting wood, especially for the top. Lay the pieces next to eachother on a flat surface and try to fit them like a puzzle so there are minimal gaps… You can sand but only so much

Now as we approach fall, I’m ready to kick this into high gear!

to be continued…


Billy built ins: part 1

Around the time that I started our rustic farmhouse table, I also got into starting our built ins. I saw this fantastic tutorial from Censational Girl and decided my living room was a great place to do the same
So off to ikea we went… An hour away
And guess what? We needed 5 bookshelves. They had 2. And didn’t get any more for over 2 weeks!
In that span of time, I revised my plan and came up with a modified built in using billy bookcases that would accommodate a large screen tv (incentive for the hubby).
Here’s our breakdown:
-2 tall bookshelves (15 inch depth, 31.5 wide)
-2 tall bookshelves (11 depth, 16.75 wide cause that’s what they had)
-2 half bookshelves (11 depth but half the length)
-10 doors (half size)
-2 shelf extenders (16.75 width)
-2 shelf extenders (31.5 width)

We assembled and lined up the bookshelves against our wall. Our back baseboard was under the cutout in the bookshelves so we didn’t have to remove it! Nice one, Ikea!
Since the shelves were varied in depth, we lined the shelves up with the 15 inch depth ones so most of them aren’t actually touching the wall
Then we screwed them together using about three to four screws in each (be careful not to use too big of a screw… Two shelves together is only 1.5 inches)

Next, we added lattice to each of the fronts where the shelves meet leaving room for the doors… Really gives it a built in feel
For the half tall shelves we used a 3/4 inch width trim to so the lattice would be uniform

We’ve got a long way to go but it’s looking good!

to be continued…

DIY Faux Ice Water Vase

Water and ice…so simple and so refreshing. On a hot day, I just want to jump into a big pool of ice water and bask in the sun! Ice water in glass is even more has such a clean look and adding a pop of color makes the whole thing glow.

The problem: Ice water sweats…a lot. Make a centerpiece out of it and everything is covered in water rings by the end of your event.

Solution: Saran Wrap! Not kidding…it looks like the real stuff too. Where do people think of these things?!

Get the moves:

Rules:  Less saran wrap= water and ice effect

              More saran wrap= snowy ice effect

Add berries, fruit, flowers, greenery…whatever makes your eyes happy.

DIY Burlap Covered Canvas

Don’t you just love burlap? It is so versatile and fun…not to mention cheap! I found this fantastic burlap print in the back of my local Joann’s store and it got me so excited! So far, I’ve made a purse, flowers, a table runner, and now these burlap covered canvases!

The tutorial couldn’t be simpler…and it takes about as long as it would take you to wrap a present. Feel free to add flowers, a frame, or even stencil your initials!