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How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

Hello everyone – Happy Thursday 🙂 Let’s talk about how to make trivets.

How to Make Trivets

When serving hot dishes, these little hunks of iron, can be both functional and pretty.  You can use them for the hot pot, or as a decorative feature on a side table like we did.  Trivets are functional kitchen items that can protect your dining table, or your expensive kitchen counters!

Today, I decided to use up some more scrap wood and make a quick project where I could show you how to make trivets. Yesterday, our DIY Picture Frame was made from the same scrap wood pile, and featured on Bob Vila Nation.  We always find it a great thing when you can use up scraps and make something functional at the same time. 🙂

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

We simple took a small piece of wood, 3/4″ PureBond furniture grade scrap that was already the perfect size and shape. We added some of our left over planking from our DIY Bench project and attached after trimming the wood with our Ryobi Miter Saw, and using our Ryobi nail gun, and Titebond wood glue.  We added a small piece of left over square scrap to the inside, the added a left over piece of decorative molding from the Home Depot around the outside cutting on 45 degree angels.

How to Make Trivets

Hello I Live Here - attaching brace

Using Annie Sloan Chalk paint in, Old White, French Linen, and Versailles complementing each other in a stripped pattern, followed by the old white on the outside ring.  I then added three decorative iron keys I purchased for $3.00 each when I visited the Bug Store on one of our Hello I Live Here field trips.

Annie Sloan paint

Look at this great piece?  It’s pretty stunning if I do say so myself 😉  Functional, fun, and beautiful piece of art all at once.  But the best thing, we made this project completely from scraps and I got to use the keys I bought over 3 months ago!  How great is that 🙂

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

How to Make Trivets

I hope you enjoyed our post tonight on how to make trivets.  Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – We love when you visit and Leave us comments.  See ya next post!

Linda 🙂

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Custom built wine rack and panel doors

Today’s post will describe the custom built doors and our awesome surprise of the addition of a custom wine rack we decided to add to the middle section of our china cabinet makeover part III.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Our first thought was to add doors across the entire front of the china cabinet.  However, this just seemed off.  I knew it needed something else.  While enjoying a glass of wine with hubby, it hit me, wine rack!  That is the beauty of custom creation, they evolve in the moment and wine can be involved in the decision ;-).

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Standing back and looking closer, it was going to happen, the center section of the china cabinet would be perfect for a twelve bottle custom built wine rack.  We decided to use a similar wine rack holder method we used on a prior project, but wanted to introduce a new building technique.  The end result was excellent and one we will use again.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

In our previous wine rack construction technique we built for the charity project merely laid each wooden slate on top of each other.  This created a bit of a bulky look just right for that piece, but this one would need something a bit more tucked back as you see below – Isn’t she cute!  If you missed that post you can read it by clicking Here.

wine cabinet custom built for charity
custom built wine cabinet

For this DIY custom build wine rack design, we wanted to join the boards by cutting half the board width, so each board overlaid the other which provided a nice clean look. To start the project we needed some stock that was thick enough to blend with the overall weight of the china cabinet.  The custom built wine rack was created using 1” x 48” pine, available from The Home Depot.  After determining the length and width of the wine holder we cut to length the wine rack pieces. Which you see on the Craftsman table saw below.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

As shown above, we laid the vertical four wine rack pieces (two for the front section and two for the back section) and marked a line where the horizontal pieces would cross.  This defined where we would rabbit cut, which we learned from Wood Magazine how to cut the pieces on our table saw.  We repeated this measuring process for the horizontal sections, making sure to define the exact location where the horizontal and vertical sections crossed.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Once the measuring was complete, it was time to cut the rabbits.  Since we don’t have a dado blade, we used two stop blocks that defined the right and left edges of the rabbit.  We raised the blade to the required height and cut the left edge.  We then made repeated cuts until all the stock was removed.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

With the custom built wine rack pieces cut we did a dry fit before we nailed and glued the pieces together wtih our Ryobi Nail gun and Titebond glue. I love the look and it will bring anther update to an old china cabinet that will help make it a functional storage space.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

After the wine holder was built, it was time to move to the panel doors.  Keeping in mind the overall size of the wine cabinet, we opted for a thick raised panel door using thin PureBond, trimmed with dado 1×2 and completed using ¼ round.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

To get the exact door dimension we clamped two 1x2s to one edge of the cabinet and measured the remaining space and subtracted 1/8” (1/16” gap for each cabinet door side, which just happens to be the size of a dime).  We cut two ¾” Pure Bond panels using our measurements.  We then added the 1×2 trim to complete the look.  Finally, we cut ¼” round to provide a finished decorative look and attached with our Ryobi nail gun, filled in the cracks and nail holes with wood filler and Bondo combo to get ready to sand and prime with Valspar.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

With the doors cut and trimmed, it was time to dry fit the panel doors into their space.  It took a bit of adjusting, but we were happy so far with the look and where this piece is going!

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Now, we are to the tough part – the finish work to make it just the right piece for our home.  See you soon for the last part of our China Cabinet Make over series!

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Hope you are as excited as we are to bring you this great old piece that became new again.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Until tomorrows Post – Have a great night!

Linda

 

 

 

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 (http://purebondplywood.com/).  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!

-LC