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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 🙂

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.

DIY Dresser

DIY Dresser - Finished Product

DIY Dresser with 5 drawers

Hi everyone!  Hope your Monday has been wonderful 🙂  Tonight, I am going to share with you a great set of plans I got from, her fabulous DIY Dresser with 5 drawers.  Our oldest daughter needed a new dresser, but hated the high furniture prices, and the fact she could not find a bedroom dresser she loved.  Browsing through Ana’s site I came across her plan for the wide cabin DIY Dresser.  After getting our daughter’s approval, her father and I got to work building this fantastic bedroom dresser!

DIY dresser - Almost complete
DIY Dresser – Almost complete

It was an easy build, and took us a weekend to complete, down to the staining of the DIY dresser.  Here is what we did:

1. We read the plans from front to back, and precut all our Select Pine Lumber and PureBond plywood we purchased from The Home Depot.  We then marked out all the Pocket Holes (PH’s) as suggested by the plan by drilling 3/4″ holes using our Kreg Jig, and attaching the pieces with 1 1/4″ Kreg screws  and glue (Curt loves nails as well, so he also added a couple nails using the Ryobi Cordless Nailer. We were relieved to find how easy it was constructing this part of the DIY dresser 🙂

DIY Dresser - Wood for the project
DIY Dresser – Wood for the Project
DIY Dresser - Wood for the project
DIY Dresser – Pre-Cut Wood


DIY Dresser - husband making careful measurements
DIY Dresser – Measurements
DIY Dresser -Side panel
DIY Dresser -Side panel















2. Once finished, we attached the legs as directed with 1 1/4″ PH screws, and attached the bottom with 1/2″ and 2 1/2 screws (we used Kreg brand screws and love them).

DIY Dresser -Side panel PH screws and glue
DIY Dresser -Side panel PH screws and glue
DIY Dresser -one side panel complete
DIY Dresser -one side panel complete









3. Moving through the plan, we added the front and back trim, watching the DIY dresser take come to life.  We took Ana’s advice and added the dividers as we went along, and we were glad we did! (see plan).

DIY Dresser -drawer frames attached
DIY Dresser – Frame
DIY Dresser -aligning the drawer frame
DIY Dresser – Aligning Frame









4. We continued the process until we had the frame and dividers complete, making sure we were accurate with the dividers by using our level.  This helped with adjustments, and got us to the next step quickly.

DIY Dresser - the completed frame
DIY Dresser – the completed frame







5. In step 5, we build the top using PureBond Plywood and attached it with 2″ Kreg screws as the plan advised through 2×2 top trim (we were feeling great about the build – because it was exactly as the plan stated). We then drilled 3/4″ pocket holes around all sides of bottom shelf and attached to side trim using 1/14″ pocket hole screws just like the plan suggested.

DIY Dresser - attach the top
DIY Dresser – attach the top




Kreg Screws
Kreg Screws






6. Once we got the frame built and the top/bottom into place, we build the drawers.  Because we have had trouble with drawers in the past, we decided to fit each drawer to the opening making sure it was right the first time, allowing us to adjust as we moved along. (see plan)

DIY Dresser - Building the drawers
DIY Dresser – Building the drawers
DIY Dresser - installing the drawer glides
DIY Dresser – installing the drawer glides

7.  After fitting each drawer, we then added 1×2 pine blocking for drawer braces on the sides and under each drawer in the center for extra support (we know our daughter and what lives in her dresser, so we wanted the bottoms to have the support she needed ;-).  We installed the supports  3/4″ from front face frame as plan directed giving us room while installing the drawers.

DIY Dresser - almost finished
DIY Dresser – almost finished

8. Now that the braces were installed, we insert glides on to the drawers using the glides suggested that we bought at The Home Depot, and attach drawer faces using 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue”.  Standing back, we were very pleased with the view of the dresser.

Drawer Glides
Drawer Glides

9. Moving to the back, we attach 1/4″ plywood (PureBond) using 3/4″ nails and our favorite Wood Glue. We now had this beautiful dresser.

DIY Dresser - time to stain
DIY Dresser – time to stain

10. We filled the nail holes using Elmer’s wood filler and completely dried, and then sanded the dresser with 120 grit sand paper.  Once done, we cleaned the dust, and applied wood sealer to the pine and PureBond.  (This is standard on our projects, helping to keep stain bleed from absorbing to heavy and blotching the stain.

Elmer's wood filler
Elmer’s wood filler

11. We then stained the dresser using a combination of Minwax Mahogany stain and Espresso stain at our daughter’s request.  This gave the piece the darker color she was looking for with a hue of red inside the stain, matching her headboard and side tables.

DIY Dresser - Stained - time for the hardware
DIY Dresser – Stained – time for the hardware

12.  Last, we added Liberty 1-1/4 in. Hollow Cabinet Hardware to the drawers and delivered to our daughter’s apartment.  Here’s the finished project, living in it’s new owners suite!

DIY Dresser - The finished product
DIY Dresser – The finished product

Our daughter loves the dresser!  She now has five new drawers, an open dresser bottom for storage or baskets, and the height is perfect for her TV.  It was a win-win, and she got the dresser of her dreams thanks to Ana’s plans.  If you would like to build this piece you can get plans at

Hope you all enjoyed the post as much as we enjoyed building and sharing it with you!  Here’s to a great Monday evening! 🙂


Entryway Book Case

Entryway Book Case

Hi everyone, sorry I did not post yesterday, we had a laundry room dilemma, but the good news is we have another blog post out of the problem, so all is right with the world!  😉

Today’s post will show you how Curt and I have been working hard on a new entryway book case going into the entryway of our new Villa home built by F & F Homes here in St Louis.  When you enter the front door, there was a large wall/door system leading down to the basement.  We had F&F Homes remove this wall/door when we bought the unit (our’s was the model villa) to open up the entryway.  Once down, it left a large blank wall, and 8×8 ledge along the back side going down the stairs to our finished basement area.

Hello I Live Here - The blank entryway

Every day one of us passed this space and yelled out – “we really need something on this wall.”  Finally, the idea came to me, we drew a plan and started the process to fill this blank, but lovely canvas.  What could be better than some extra storage – Right?

1.  After we completed the plan, we took a trip to our favorite place, Home Depot, (we should have upfront parking by now  with our name on it), and strolled the wood isles.  We purchased 3/4″ PureBond Plywood (  We love this wood because it’s a product that’s Eco-friendly and promotes healthy indoor air quality with no formaldehyde.  We also purchased Select Pine 1×2’s and 1×4’s, Kreg screws, and used our Ryobi Nail gun and screw drivers.

Hello I Live Here - the lumber Hello I Live Here - the lumber

2.  You will also need a Craftsman table, circular, miter Saw, Black and Decker mouse sander, Ryobi nail and screw drivers, Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and our saving grace, our Little Giant Ladder system.  Make sure your batteries are fully charged for your Ryobi tools -there is nothing worse than running out of battery life in the middle of a project.  😉

3.  We cut all the wood to fit our opening (an 8×8 square) – blank canvas about to be constructed.

4.  Next, we measured and cut our 1×2 stringers and attached them briefly to the studs with 2″ nails.  This will form the frame for our Entryway Book Case.  We then used wood screws to attach the stringers to the studs.  This was all reached using our Little Giant Ladder to keep us safe on the stairway.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header  Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header

5.  We next ripped PureBond plywood into 8″ pieces for the top, bottom and sides.  The top and bottom were secured by nailing to the 1×2’s.   We caulked all the open gaps after adhering with 1 3/8″nails.

Hello I Live Here - The bottom frame Hello I Live Here - The Entryway Book Case Framework Hello I Live Here - Chaulk the Entryway Book Case

6.  When the frame was complete, we used our Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to place pocket hole into both the top and bottom of the PureBond used to construct the center for shelving.  We then attached with Kreg screws.  We also mounted to studs in the back wall.  We decided to mount shelves as were were going along just encase we needed to remeasure any of the openings.

Hello I Live Here - Kreg the shelves

7.  To ensure each shelf was equally spaced us cut four scrap stringers using the remaining PureBond, each 21″.  We held the stringers temporarily in place using a small wood scrap and our trusty Irwin clamp.  We rested the shelf on the stringers and used a level for accuracy.  It turned out we had one shelf (there’s always one), not level, just off a small amount.  To level, we shimmed by placing a quarter and a small tag under each side and leveled.  It worked like a charm.  A girl trick but you’re welcome to use it 😉  We continued the process until we had all the shelves mounted.

Hello I Live Here - Using stringers for accurate shelf spacing Hello I Live Here - Attaching the columnsHello I Live Here - Attaching the shelves Hello I Live Here - Attaching the shelves

8.  Each row of shelves were cut using a Craftsman Miter Saw.  The first three rows were cut using a guide stop to ensure a consistent shelf length.  The final row of shelves were measured one by one, just in case there was a slight adjustment (which there was).  We used Irwin clamps and scrap wood to hold the shelf in place prior to attaching with Kreg screws.  Then we trimmed our Entryway Book Case using Select Pine 1×2′ s.  The top was trimmed using 1×4’s and attached with nails using our Ryobi nail battery operated nail gun (she does have power).  We chose 1×4 trim because we plan to add crown molding in the future.  We then stood back and admired our handy work before going on to the finish work and we got to painting.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header trim Hello I Live Here - Attaching the trim

9. Before we started painting we made sure we filled every nail and screw hole with wood filler and caulked the gaps.  Kreg holes are deep and take extra wood filler, so I came up with system.  I took a baggie that you would use to frost a cake, and filled it with 3 large scoops of Elmer’s Wood putty.  I then cut the end just like you would with frosting, and placed the edge into the holed areas.  Squeeze, fill, and use a putty knife to scrape the excess.  No fuss, no mess, easy clean up,–our patent on this procedure is pending :).

Hello I Live Here - Fill the Kreg hole Hello I Live Here - Fill the Kreg hole

10.  Once all the prep was completed, and sanded,  we used Behr Marquee Paint and Primer in Polar Bear White.  To make the Entryway Bookcase stand out, we painted the inside wall to the butter yellow we had left from our villa being built (thank you F&F Homes for leaving us the extra paint behind-another great customer service provided!)

Hello I Live Here - Painting the Entryway Book Case Hello I Live Here - Painting the Entryway Book Case

Over all, a pretty easy build of about 12 hours including prep and paint!

The result, a beautiful, useful entryway.  Storage it’s a great thing, but even better when it becomes a functional, and helps raise your properties value!  The price you ask, total, no kidding $195!  That’s right – under $200.  🙂 We were told by a company who gave us a bid that if we had them install the shelving, we would pay a good $1,500 – Doing it ourselves saved us a whopping $1305!  That’s right readers, sticker shock can make you a DIYer in no time 😉

Hello I Live Here - Finished Product - The Entryway Book Case   Hello I Live Here - Finished Product - The Entryway Book Case

Well, that’s our post for today.  Hope you enjoyed our Entryway Book Case – Happy Building and thanks for stopping by!