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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 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! 😉

Linda

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Is everyone having an awesome weekend?  As you know from our easy rustic Christmas wreath post yesterday, we started decking the halls at Hello I Live Here. Today we are going to add to our front porch display, our Rustic Christmas Tree Display.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

We finished a rustic Christmas tree display for the front porch.  This rustic Christmas display consists of our rustic planter box we built a couple weeks ago which was featured on Bob Vila Nation.  The wonderful oversized rustic planter box tree display simply makes the porch.  We used Martha Stewart ornaments in rust, gold’s, and whites purchased from The Home Depot.  The tree received beautiful burlap ribbons, which set’s the tree to new highs in this beautiful Minwax Dark Walnut stained planter box.

Here’s how Hello I Lived Here set up the rustic Christmas tree display:

First, we started by finishing the rustic box off with a cross-X pattern to give that rustic feel.  We added a holder inside the rustic box and “I” bolts to secure the real Christmas tree that adorns the box.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Then, I added beautiful rustic burlap green and tan ribbon, and made a lovely bow for the top center of the Tree, and tied the ribbon around the rustic box.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Next, we used rustic decorations to bring the beautiful tree together.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Finally, we put the lovely decorated tree into place on the porch and lit the tree up.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

That’s our rustic Christmas display for part of our porch.

We hope you enjoyed our post of the rustic Christmas tree display today.  Tomorrow we will show you the whole porch, lights and all.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Saturday!

Linda

Scrap Wood Picture Frames

Frames from scrap wood

Scrap Wood Picture Frames

Taking a break from the master bath update, I decided to make scrap wood picture frames from scrap wood left over in our garage bin.  It was a great way to get some Christmas gifts started, and have a little fun while waiting for my primer to dry in the master bathroom.

I made 4 of these scrap wood picture frames in about 2 hours.  Frames are fairly easy to make and take very little time.  Stop by Lowe’s for some great frame ideas, or jump on Pinterest and see what others are doing.

I used all the left over 1×6, 1×2 and 1/4 round I had in the bins.  The cove molding and clip I purchased from Lowe’s.

First cut all your boards to 16 1/4″.

Frames from Scrap Wood - Hello I Live Here

 

 

 

 

 

Then Kreg the backs of two of the planks, and join the boards together using wood glue and 1 1/4″ PH Kreg screws.  I sanded the boards front and back and filled the PH with my home made wood filler that consists of planed wood shavings and wood glue mixed.  Using this product helps the stain take better than other wood fillers because it takes the stain the same color as the wood.

Steps for making Frames from Scrap Wood - Hello I Live Here

 

 

 

Homemade wood filler - Hello I Live Here

 

 

 

 

Next, cut your 1×2 molding for the outside of the frame.  I stood these on their sides and cut the first 45 degree angle, and then measured for the second angle using my Ryobi angle tool.  My measurements varied due to using scrap board but were around 18″ on each side after cutting the 45 degree angles.  I joined the 1×2’s to the frame boards with wood glue and 1 1/4  inch nails using my nail gun.

1x2 added to frame - hello I Live Here

 

 

 

 

 

Once I had those two items complete, I carefully cut the 1/4 round molding to a 45 degree angle and glued and nailed into place.  (I like to measure off each board as I am going along.  Even though you measurements were 16 1/4″ when you are using scrap wood sometimes measurements can be more or less depending how the frame wood was cut – this is the reason why I do my measurements to the cut center wood).

1/4 round inside Frame -  Hello I Live Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final stage, I cut the cove molding 10″ x 10″ at  45 degree angles and placed into a square pattern in the inside of each frame.  Inside the square I screwed in a small clip to hold the picture.

Cove Molding -  Hello I Live Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sanded my scrap wood picture frames with my Black & Decker Mouse Sander purchased from Lowe’s.  It was a whole $29.00 and was well worth the price.  Once you use it you will know why – the finish work this tiny mouse grinds down is simply beautiful.

Mouse Sander

 

 

 

 

After sanding I cleaned the piece with a tack cloth and stained with Minwax Aged Oak Stain purchased from Lowe’s.

Final Frame Steps - Hello I Live Here

 

 

 

 

After they dried I added a picture hanger to the center, added my photos and bam, new scrap wood picture frames for our family room filled with photos of those we love.

Frames from Scrap Wood - Hello I Live Here

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and reading our post.  Hope you enjoyed this fast frame project today.  I am sure my master bathroom walls are ready for that coat of paint now!  Have a wonderful Halloween and stay safe everyone while out trick or treating tonight. 🙂

🙂 Linda

 

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