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Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Rustic DIY Coffee Table – Upcycle a Thrift Store Find

Hello readers!  Without further ado, Hello I Live Here brings you our Rustic DIY Coffee Table that you all voted for on our Facebook and Hometalk pages last night.  The Facebook post alone brought Hello I Live Here 2K of readers who helped us choose just how we would stain and dress up this large Rustic DIY Coffee Table.  We want to thank you all for your help, you were wonderful. 🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

The winner hands down was the plain top, with Aged Oak Stain.  So, you all voted, and we listened.  This morning we warmed up our work space and got to work bringing your choices to life.

Let’s look at the project and how we got started with this awesome Rustic DIY Coffee Table idea.  Hubby and I were out for an afternoon date, and after lunch I just had to stop by my favorite thrift store to see what unique upcycle DIY project spoke to me.  There she sat, with others running past her – I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame.  I just knew the moment I hit the door I could waive my magic DIY wand and BAM out would pop a fab upcycle Rustic DIY Coffee Table that any homeowner would love!!!!

Rustic DIY Coffee Table Once home, I ripped off her old top (which will become an awesome upcycle DIY chalk board project post – I never toss anything ;-)), and I started designing her new top.  Once we had the plan, we ran off to The Home Depot to purchase three 8ft – 2 x 8s.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

We cut each 2×8 board in half, after all it is easier to handle a 4’ board then a 8’ board.  Since the 2×8 board widths (Big Box store rarely have consistently sized wood – they were off by up to ¼”) were not consistent, we also had to cut two straight edges.  We used a sled, with one true straight edge, made from ¾” birch ply that was 12”x4’, the same length as our 2×8 boards.  We then secured the untrue board edge to the birch ply with a screw and set the straight edge of the birch ply against the fence.  This gave us a straight edge on the 2×8.  We then ran placed the newly cut 2x8s straight edge against the fence and created our second cut.  This provided two true edges and gave us a tight connection between the boards with no gaps.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Next, we planed both sides using our Porter Cable planer.  We feed a sacrificially board of the same thickness as our 2x8s to ensure the first board didn’t have the ever present planer divot, and ran the same sacrificial.  Remember, to remove just a small amount, about 1/32” with each pass.  It is better to run the wood through several passes, versus taking too much off with one pass.  We then feed each board one after the other until each board was a consistent thickness.  We then lowered the planer another 1/32” and planed the other side.  We repeated this process two times to provide a consistent thickness and a smooth top and bottom surface.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

We then edge glued our boards with Titebond  wood glue and Kreg joined them all.  We clamped the boards and let them dry overnight.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

With the glue dry we started the finish work.  We added an edge molding as you suggested, which jazzed up the sides and gave it that classic look!  Next, we popped open some wood filler and filled all the Kreg screw holes, and areas we did not want to have deep cracks that could trap dust or dirt (or the occasional cracker crumbs 😉 – We all know who we are!)

Next up was the dreaded sanding process. We used a couple sanders in the process, and finished up with our Ryobi cat sander, which we discussed in an earlier blog and featured on Bob Vila Nation.  We started with 80 grit sand paper, followed that by 120, and did a third round with 220 to give it that extra smooth finish – you know for when your feet go up on that table – no sock snags here 😉 !

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Once the sanding was done, I came to you, our readers, for a vote for the grand finish.  Your votes were awesome, and totally left me overwhelmed that over 2K of you wanted to be involved with the vote.  We want you to know, WE LISTEN when we ask our readers to vote, so with your great vote we got to work staining our piece with Minwax, Aged Oak stain color.  As you all suggested we left the top plain (no hardware this project around, but I promise all of you who voted for the hardware, I will find that special piece to support your vote and share it with you all).

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Just look at this wonderful Rustic DIY Coffee Table that we all created together!  As a person who loves DIY Projects and to upcycle furniture, I think we did a wonderful job – kudos to us all!  We hope you all enjoyed this wonderful project and visit our page often.  This year Hello I Live Here will be bringing you wonderful projects that virtually any skill level can complete, and I promise a good deal will be so awesome you will want to run right to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and get started.  Until we vote on the next project together – Stay warm and keep reading and following Hello I Live Here – 2014 is going to be an exciting year for us all 🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Thanks for the suggestion and coming over to our blog to cast your vote!  We are so proud that all our readers wanted to vote and help Hello I Live Here with this magical creation.  Until next post – Stay warm out there.

By Linda Crandall 🙂

DIY Decorating Ripple Effect

Paint colors

DIY Decorating Ripple Effect

Do you know what the DIY ripple effect is?  It’s what one DIY project can bring on when you start redecorating just one room in your home.  You all know what I am talking about – you start making over one room, and that room connects to another, so you have to make over that room, and before you know it –BAM! DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT – the whole house has been redecorated due to one room being changed.

Well, that’s what’s happening right now in our little villa.  It all started when I had to build in the laundry room.  You remember the wire shelving that nearly impaled me when it came off the wall (if you missed the story, click the link here and read up).  This one tiny room started the whole darn thing.  It moved from the laundry room to putting in a book case in a rather bland stairwell (post click here), and then moved to minor changes in the guest bath with a new towel rack built from two old shutters (click here for post), and has sailed right over to the master bathroom make over.


Yep, it was only going to be a little board and batten (featured on Bob Vila), and then moved to a little master bathroom storage (click here for post), with a vanity make over (click post here), and we are still not done, because now I need to add just a little tile, and do something with that plan white shower, and builder grade mirror.  Oh, don’t forget now I need to make a storage system for under the sinks!


Well, it hasn’t stopped there – Because I painted the wonderful Valspar “Shaken not Stirred” color and James bond up that room, it was an awful effect when you looked from the master bedroom into the now beautiful master bathroom.  What was a girl to do other than, you got it…do a small make over on the master bedroom!  After all it all connects doesn’t it? Who wants to lay there looking at what did not get done! 😉

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECTSo now, I am finishing the master bath, and by all means jumped the ladder right into the master bedroom and started changing the paint color to HGTV paint color colonel grey all why the hubby is murmuring behind me those little words…oh no, the DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT, its a sickness!  The curse of many home owners for centuries – we love the ripple effect, them … no so much!


Well, we all know it’s not going to stop there because sitting here writing this post, I can now see the fancy new paint color looming out the door of the master bedroom to the living area – I just can’t turn my eyes from that problem…so, once the bedroom is completed, what do you think will happen?  The Tidal wave of THE DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT will start rolling right on out that door and into this room like a wave on a shore.  Let’s just hope hubby’s not home when I start remodeling those rooms.  After all, every man needs some surprise in his life!

Overall, it’s been a great start over the last six months building our DIY blog, Hello I Live Here, so, here’s to THE DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT, without it The Home Depot and Lowe’s would be two very sad places, and Hello I Live Here would have nothing to share with you – win win in my book!! 😉

Tell us about your ripple effect by leave us a comment below, after all you can’t leave a girl out here in ripple effect world alone!  Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by everyone.

Linda 🙂

DIY Candy Cane Candle

DIY Candy Cane Candle

DIY Candy Cane Candle is easy and fun!

Hey everyone let’s make some DIY Candy Cane Candle’s for our table today!  Hope your day is wonderful and warm this Thursday.  Hello I Live Here has made one final project for Christmas, our DIY Candy Cane Candle.  I had one red candle holder so I decided to dress it up for my final Christmas 2013 project this year.  It was a simple DIY candy cane candle project you can pretty much make with everything you have left from your Christmas decorating sprees.  It makes all those Micheal’s and Joann’s craft trips worth that one free project with the left overs and came up with this great new DIY Candy Cane Candle to match my other projects.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

I used all the left over things from my other projects, glitter, fake snow, old red candle holder, red/white stripped candy canes and my burlap and red/white stripped string from Target.  Let’s get started on this quick little DIY Candy Cane Candle project!  Make sure you collect all the items you will use for your project.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

First, I cleaned the candle holder, and dried it.  Then I took my hot glue gun and added my four unwrapped candy canes to the side as shown below.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

Next, I added a coat of Minwax quick dry Polyurethane purchased from The Home Depot to seal the candy canes.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

After that, I added flocked snow letting it dry, and following that with a quick spray of silver glitter.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

Then, I added my ribbons tied into a beautiful bow of burlap twin and red/white string.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

The finished DIY Candy Cane Candle Holder matches my red and white Easy Candy Cane Vase and Joy stocking hanger from our previous projects.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

This was a fast and simple project taking all of about 15 minutes to create.  I just couldn’t waste my left over items, so this DIY Candy Cane Candle cost me nothing to make but my time bringing loads of fun!

I want to thank all of you for reading all our posts we shared this Christmas season, including the Christmas Ornament featured on Bob Vila nation and art projects featured on Hometalk. I hope our Christmas creations have inspired you this Christmas season to up cycle left over and older items.  From the Hello I Live Here family to yours, may you all have the best Christmas this year!  See you for new Christmas decor ideas in December 2014! 😉


Master Bathroom Storage

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Need Master Bathroom Storage?

You guessed it – it’s all about getting the most master bathroom storage at Hello I Live Here today.  As most of you know, we have started to spruce up our master bathroom.  Last week on my face book page, we discussed paint colors.  Thank you all for your input, we went with the Valspar color, Shaken Not Stirred for the walls, and the vanity color will be unveiled next post 🙂  They are both beautiful and give our master bath that spa like feel we were looking for.

Before we painted the walls, we added some new master bathroom storage.  This storage was placed in between the wall studs and we love the outcome so much we thought we would share that piece with you today.  Keep in mind that we have not picked the hardware for the outside yet as we want everything to match when we are complete.

We all know it’s a big deal anytime you can discover master bathroom storage or any type of storage.  This project took us a weekend to complete, moderate in skill level and cost us less than $100.  I am sure we could have done it cheaper, but I am fussy about using Select Pine Wood from Home Depot when I do a build.  I love the straightness of the wood and the way it sands.

Using the plan from The Family Handyman, we got started following each step.

1. First, we went to our bathroom wall and determined the space we would use.  We then cut a small whole into the dry wall and inserted a mirror to make sure we had no plumbing or electrical behind the wall (after all a small whole to patch is way better than a whole wall)

2. When we knew all was clear we determined the size we wanted our storage and cut out the drywall. The hole for our master bathroom storage shelf spanned a stud, so that was also removed.

Master bathroom Storage -Wall before and after hole cut

3.  We went to the garage and got started by building two simple box cabinets.  To ensure a consistent gap between the two storage cabinets, we added a spacer. We then joined them together with a 1×3 center trim and attached a 1/4″ Purebond cabinet back.  This gave us the double-sided storage cabinet we desired.

Master bathroom Storage - Case and Backing

4. We used or Kreg PH jig to join the storage cabinets, our craftsman saw for cutting the plywood, and our Ryobi nail gun for attaching the cabinet back.  We also used Gorilla Glue for extra hold power.

Master bathroom Storage - tools we used

5. After building the frame we wanted, we took the frame into the bathroom space and dry fitted into the cut out.  (This way we knew if we were square on for our cuts or if we needed to enlarge the hole.)

Master bathroom Storage -Dry Fit in the wall

6.  Once we were confident the master bathroom storage cabinets fit the wall hole, we filled the Kreg holes using wood filler (which I make myself).  The next step was to cut and add the shelves.  For our needs we decided to add fixed bathroom shelves vs movable shelves.  We also wanted to assure the shelves were aligned to each other.

Master bathroom Storage -Shelving

 7.  Next, we moved onto our master bathroom storage door frames.  This was a little tricky since we have not built many door frames, but The Family Handyman did not let us down. We used a saw stop to cut door frame parts to a consistent size.  We then used Kreg to join the door frames.  Using scotch tape we attached dimes to each side and the top and bottoms of the storage case.  This provided a perfect 1/8″ per side gap we need around the door frames.   Once we completed our door frames, we dry fit them to make sure they were perfect for our master bathroom storage.

Master bathroom Storage -Door frames

Master bathroom Storage -Door contruction

8.  Moving on, we flipped the door frame over, filled the Kreg holes and routed a 1/4″ trim the depth of our Plexiglas.  This ensured the glass fit flush to the storage door frames.  We then adhered rice paper, available from Home Depot, to keep the inside private.  Finally we adhered the Plexiglas to master bathroom storage doors with clear caulking.

9. We primed and painted the entire master bathroom storage cabinets and doors with Valspar Bare Wood Primer.

10. Once the painting was complete we added the hinges as plans show, and hung our doors, inset the box and screwed the new master bathroom storage to our framed out studs in the master bath.

Master bathroom Storage -routed door frame and paint

We also did an extra step.  We took the time to add some insulation behind the piece due to the shower from the other bathroom being on that wall.  This just helps keep the noise at bay between the walls.   And we are trying to decide if we should leave the inside white or do the back grey for contrast in the piece.  (the small grey patch shown through the glass 🙂 Opinions on this would be nice!

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Well, this was the first part of the Master bath re-do and this great master bathroom storage idea.   For our other projects checkout the vanity upgrade, master bath tile and board and batten  🙂

Share your master bathroom storage ideas below – we would love to hear them 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Linda C.

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