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DIY Magazine Holder

DIY Magazine Holder

Do you need a DIY magazine holder?

We built a simple DIY magazine holder to keep that reading material secured.  This project was completed using scrap wood from our shop pile.  This DIY magazine holder project took about 45 min.

DIY Magazine Holder

First, we measured our DIY magazine holder to the length and width of the tallest/widest magazine we subscribe too (House Beautiful), and added extra space to drop the magazine into the DIY magazine holder with ease.

DIY Magazine Holder

Next we started cutting.  Cut 4-1×3’s (2-1×3’s for the sides at 20 ½ “Long, and 2-1×3’s for the top and bottom of the square at 12” Long).  We used Titebond glue and our Ryobi nail gun to secure them into a square which will form the DIY magazine holder.

DIY Magazine Holder

Then, we started to design the front DIY magazine holder.  We cut ½” flat pine scrap at 12” long for the bottom of the rack.  The next cut was a 1×2 cut 12” long for the top of the front holder to keep the magazines from falling out.  We completed the design by adding three spindles cut 6 ½” long and spaced them 2 ½” apart starting from each end, and centering the middle spindle.

DIY Magazine Holder

Finally, the back of the DIY magazine holder was constructed using a piece of bead board painted white, left over from another build.  We cut the bead board for the cover the back of the magazine holder to 20 ½” Long by 13 ¼” wide.  We attached using our Ryobi nail gun – 3/8” nails, before nailing we added a bead of Titebond wood glue for that extra holding power 😉

DIY Magazine Holder

To finish the look we added a piece of cove molding we had left in our scrap box.  We simply measured to each end (top pieces are 13 ¼” long and the sides cuts are 20 ½ Long). Cut each side of the cove at a 45 degree angle to give that finished picture frame look.

DIY Magazine Holder

Completing the project we primed and painted the frame as shown above with Annie Sloan Empress Red chalk paint, leaving the bead board white.  We choose the red color to match a barn wood frame given to us from Reclaim Renew (shown below) we wanted the two pieces to be the pop our grey and white room needed.  We hung by drilling two holes through the bead board and attached to studs in our wall.   Make sure you go over the screw heads with a little white paint so they blend into the piece.

Red Frame

This was a quick project that cost us nothing but time.  Every piece of wood in this little QT is from our scrap pile, the same scrap wood pile we made our Rustic Wood Frames and Towel/Dowel Rack projects that were featured on Bob Vila Nations.  Keeping all this extra wood is handy for small projects, and way better than tossing into the trash.

We hope you enjoyed our post today!  Check back tomorrow and see what else we can produce from this pile of scrape wood that’s slowly disappearing!

Linda 🙂

Gift Blocks

Gift Block completed

Want to light up someone’s life with Gift Blocks?

Hello I Live Here is taking a break from our wood working today to sharing how to make these beautiful Gift Blocks for Christmas.

Gift Blocks from Hello I Live Here

We all know glass blocks have been used in home improvement projects like shower walls, windows, and various other uses for years.  Now, they are being used to make wonderful gift blocks.  When I first started making gift blocks, I had to drill the hole into the gift blocks myself with a diamond bit and water running over the block – It was a lot of work getting that tiny hole into that thick block, but worth every minute of joy these blocks brought to the receiver of the gift.

Glass gift blocks light up and are presented with beautiful ribbon that make people light up with delight.  I like to tailor the ribbons on my gift blocks to the personality of the receiver through color and pattern.   These wonderful gift blocks can also be used for party invitations, valentine’s day, breast cancer survivors gifts, anniversaries, and birthday gifts to that special someone.  Just add a touch of imagination to these wonderful clear Deco gift Blocks, and it can be beautiful for any special occasion.

The solid glass deco gift blocks features a 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ oval opening with clear plastic cover. The elongated cover also has a smaller, round 1 5/16″ hole with a clear, flexible plug with key hole in the center that will allow you to easily transform your glass gift blocks into a decorative light without cutting or drilling into the glass.

Deco Block

I no longer have to drill the hole because Deco Block has done it for you!  Deco Block has placed a 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ oval opening with a clear plastic cover into the gift block.  It has a smaller round 1 5/16″ clear flexible plug with a key hole you simply place the plug into and bam, your block is ready to decorate.  You can purchase them at Hobby Lobby all season long.  Lowe’s and Home Depot both carry these blocks during the holiday season.  I purchase my ribbon from Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s (look for after Christmas sales for great savings).  You can find the lights at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann or Big Lots, as they always carry the smaller strings.

Now let’s get started putting your gift block together 🙂

First, gather all the items you need. Then open the gift  block and insert a string of 20 mini lights into the block, and snap the plastic piece with the key hole plug onto the block securing the lights inside.

Things you need to create block   Insert Lights

Next, plug in the lights.  Viewing the block lit while putting on the ribbon helps you figure out where the best place is to set the bow.  I wrap a good amount around the block so I have enough ribbon to complete a package tie, and cut the ends of the ribbon into a V shape.

Wrapping your gift block

Then I start to create the bow.  I fold the ribbon around into an oval shape six times, all going the same direction.  I make my own bows because I love them very full, and you can never find a store bought bow to match your ribbon. Cut two slits, one on each side of the bow at the diagonal and pull wire through the cuts and twist to pinch the bow together. Fold the bow into half and tighten with wire or ribbon to the tied package  gift block. Cut the ends of the ribbon in a V shape.

Creating Bow Step 1

Now, pull out each bow loop until you have a full ribbon.

Pulling Ribbon to form bow

Hot glue beautiful ornaments or piece you love into the center of the bow.  This gives the present that little something, something that makes it stand out. 😉

Hot glue on Pretty things

Now your gift block is complete!

Completed gift block

Wasn’t that simple?  I love making these blocks.  They are always a big hit, and people will light them up year after year and think of the person who gave them the gift block.

Well, that’s our post for today – Hope you enjoy making your gift block!  Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Please feel free to Pin, tweet, or share our gift block on Facebook with your friends and family.

Linda 🙂

Door Knocker and Kick Plate

Front Door Jewelry  – Door Knocker and Kick Plate

Happy Friday everyone!  Today’s post is all about the front door.  I love a beautiful entryway door that provides neighbors something to view while out walking or welcomes your visitors. Don’t get me wrong, the beautiful porch flower/bench displays and colorful wreaths are equal to door furniture, but it just seemed our door had something missing without a door knocker and kick plate.

Long before a door bell, this feature has hung around on doors since the middle ages, and are considered as furniture for your door.  Back in the day, door knocker’s were often ornate and over-sized, but today’s door knockers are sleek, shinny and come in a variety of updated styles. This little door trinket allows people outside to alert you of their presence with a subtle tap.  It was surprising to me that none of the doors in our cozy subdivision had a door knocker.  So guess who took the first step to rectify that mistake! 😉  Door Knockers are easy on the ear, and if used correctly, will not wake a sleeping baby from slumber (raising two daughters of my own, I valued the knocker over the door bell at nap time).  Another nice feature, this little jewel can hold a 180 degree viewer allowing you to see who is at your front door.  A nice safety feature if your alarm system does not have a door camera or you live alone.  We did not stop at the door knocker…

door knocker - ornate Door knocker and camera Door knocker

We also installed the door knocker’s counter part, the kick plate.  To us you cannot have a door knocker without a kick plate and here’s the reason why – scuff marks!  When we moved into our villa, we noticed the scuffs from shoes hitting the front door as mover brought in our belongings.  These marks  were non-removable, and required painting.  We decided then and there to install a kick plate.  It did two things, protected our door from future scuff marks, and kept us from painting the bottom of the door, you can’t beat that 🙂  Kick plate’s are made from 16-gauge stainless steel and you install it at the bottom of your door with a few tiny screws.  You can find them pre-cut to a variety of heights and widths to fit any standard size door at your local Lowe’s.  Once installed you can give a big farewell to foot traffic scuffs and the paint brush!  A win win in my book!

Front door kick plate Front door kick plate

These products range in price.  We bought our’s at Lowe’s and matched them in satin nickel to our door’s hardware.  Our knocker is a Gatehouse 7-in Satin Nickel Entry Door Knocker ($12.96) and Gatehouse 10-in x 34-in Satin Nickel Entry Door Kick Plate ($26.55). Not bad door jewelry for under $40! These two product do a wonderful job for function and dressing up our otherwise dull front door.

A naked door Our accessorized front door - door knocker and kick plate Our accessorized front door - door knocker and kick plate

A simple walk took our door from drab to fab.  Surprising changes come when your eye picks up on the small things.   Thanks for stopping by – Have a fun and family filled Friday everyone! 🙂


The Pedestal Table and the Plan!

The Pedestal Table and the plan

I am so excited to share The Pedestal Table and the Plan post!.  A few weeks back I stumbled on the site with plans for a farmhouse pedestal table, also called a harvest table.  I fell totally in love with the post of this farmhouse pedestal table, so I decided to give it a try.  This was the first time I had built anything since high school shop class but that did not stop me! I grabbed the plan, forced the hubby (who’s a great sport I might add), into the car and headed off to Home Depot plans in hand.

I was so excited, I felt like I was running through the wood isle of Home Depot like it was a meadow on a spring day.   If anyone has ever wanted a Farmhouse Pedestal table, they know how expensive they are, so the feelings are warranted.  Curt, being a skeptic of the price tag, shook his head, and waited for the total with his eyes shut.    But the harvest table plan did not let me down! No kidding – I would get my new table and at an affordable price – The plan was spot on!

Here’s what we did:

1.  We gathered all the wood, loaded our vehicle and headed for the garage.  Once home, we followed the plans carefully, we even used a planer on every piece of wood, now that’s dedication!

Farmhouse Pedestal Table  - Before Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Planing the lumber

2.  We glued legs, added the decorative pieces, and cut the top and bottoms to complete the process just like the plan showed.

Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Preparing the legs Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Cutting the legs Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Assemble the legs Farmhouse Pedestal Table - The three legs

3.  Next we constructed the farmhouse pedestal table top with the Kreg Jig joining each board together with glue, screws, and nails and using a bunch of clamps to help us hold the top together.  Then we added the legs to the table top.

Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Kreg joinery Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Joining the table Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Aligning the pedestal to the table Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Aligning the pedestal to the table

4.  Once the Farmhouse Pedestal Table was complete, we sealed the piece so the wood would not take in all the stain at once,  (remembering from shop class that stain on pine can sometimes look too blotchy we sealed it first).  Then we stained each section with Aged Oak Stain by Minwax.  Once dried, we added a protective coating.

Farmhouse Pedestal Table - Stained and protected

5.  We let the farmhouse pedestal table dry over night, and set up the dining room.  We could not believe how beautiful our handy work was as we stood admiring the table for long periods of time at all angles of the room.  To match our style of the villa, we added burlap chairs with nail head that we purchased at Home Decorators.  It was a splurge, but after all a table is a necessity!  Looking forward to building bunches of family memories with this table.

Farmhouse Pedestal Table - The finished DIY Project


This was a fun project will take a few days to complete, and is intermediate in skill level.

Happy Building and please feel free to leave comments or ask questions.  Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here!

-Linda C

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