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Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

Waxing furniture, we all, who work with painted pieces have to do it!  I have loads of people asking me how to get the wax to shine after using Annie Sloan Wax applications.  I hear things like, the wax is too stiff, there is wax left on my furniture, and the furniture does not shine up like it should. I also hear, I give up – I used poly over my Annie Sloan Chalk paint – Noooooo – don’t – why – because every brush stroke shows through from the chalk paint and chalk paint is made to go with the wax for a reason.  Just get the right tools – I do not know about you, but when waxing furniture, Hello I Live Here uses the exclusive help of RYOBI TOOLS.

 Waxing Furniture

That’s right – Ryobi makes the best tool around when it comes to waxing furniture for Hello I Live Here.  We use the Ryobi Orbital Buffer.  This awesome tool offers smooth, random orbital action at 4,000 RPM speed which attain a professional, swirl-free finish. This UL-listed buffer is double insulated to help protect metal parts from internal metal motor components and has fully-contained bearings for maintenance-free applications. The tool features a 100% terry cloth application bonnet and a synthetic-tufted polishing bonnet that are reusable and has a textured, soft spray on the housing for a comfortable grip.  Check it out over at Ryobi Nation.

Waxing Furniture

Though intended for auto use, if waxing furniture the right way, you will come out with an awesome shine.  People have said, it removes the paint on my product.  If it is removing the paint you are not letting the tool do the job, the paint is not fully dry, or you did not use enough paint.

sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit
Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

After painting, I let my Annie Sloan paint color set up overnight (harden so to speak) I never rush a project just to get done.  Once set, I apply the wax with my AS wax brush – let set for a bit.  Once done, I go over the piece with the Ryobi Terry towel first, add additional wax if necessary, then buff it to a shine with the buffing pad. The secret, I never push down when using this tool – I let the buffer do the work – which is why I purchased the tool in the first place 😉 – See our waxed pieces below – What do you think?

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

With the Ryobi buffing tool, I have no wax left behind, all paint is intact and my furniture has that shinny just bought it in the store waxed finished I desire.  I paint loads of furniture to make sure my pieces are right for my clients, I want to use the best tools for the job, and I don’t know about you, but my arm would give out waxing furniture all day before the Ryobi Orbital Buffer would!   Look at it shine!

Waxing Furniture

Make it easy on yourself, and use the tools designed to help.  Stop past Ryobi Nation and see what tools they have that can help you out with your project.  Waxing Furniture is a tough job, why not purchase a tough employee to help you!  You can find Ryobi Tools exclusively at The Home Depot or at Amazon.  I am glad I invested the $26.00 on this tool.  You will be too 🙂

Happy waxing furniture everyone!

Linda

DIY Picture Frame

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

DIY Picture Frame

Hi everyone!  Today we are going to show you how to make DIY picture frame from your old scrap wood.  This is a pretty easy project.  It cost us nothing to make since we had all the scraps in our garage wood storage box (our scraps always become a DIY something 😉 ).

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

A DIY picture frame is fun, but even better with they can be made with left over craft or wood scraps you just can’t toss away.  We used all the left over scrap we had from framing our bathroom mirror post which was featured on Bob Vila Nation, wood left from a cabinet build, and tile left over from our tile project in the master bathroom.  You can pretty much use anything to make a good DIY picture frame, so don’t be afraid to be creative.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

Here’s what we did to create our DIY picture frame:

First, I cut the frame pieces to my desired length on 45 degree angels using my Ryboi Miter Saw to start my DIY Picture Frame.  Then we glued the 45 degree angels together and added a small brad nail using our Ryobi nail gun to form our DIY picture frame.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

Once done, we trimmed down a small piece of wood for the center of the DIY picture frame and installed by using our Kreg jig to make 4 Kreg pocket holes, our Ridge power driver, and 4 pan head screws as show in the 3rd photo above.  We secured the flat board to the sides of the frame.

Master bathroom Storage - tools we used

After we were done we painted the board the color of our choice, we used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in French Linen.

Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint
sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit

Once we painted the board we added our left over tile around the edge of the frame.  The pieces left over were perfect and we slid them into place like a puzzle making sure we did not have to cut any of the tile. We then added grout from The Home Depot.

DIY picture frame

On the side of the DIY picture frame, we used wood icing product and a stencil to get our raised decor on the frame.  We simple spread the wood icing product on like peanut butter, and let it sit a couple minutes, then lifted the stencil to get our effect.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

When the stencil dried, we painted the center ring of the DIY picture frame with our AS Chalk paint in French Linen to match our center board, following the rest of the frame in an old white color.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

We added a white cloths pin clip purchased from Joann’s Crafts into the center of the board with our glue for our picture to hang in the center, and hung on the wall to share with our family and guests.  We used a cloths pin because we like to change out our photos as they arrive from family.

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

This really was an easy project to create your own DIY picture frame.  If you do not have a saw to cut the 45 degree angles, you can use a compound miter box and hand saw, or have a handy neighbor cut the angels for you.   Once done, stand back and enjoy your DIY picture frame handy work!

DIY Picture Frame by Hello I Live Here

We hope you enjoyed our post on making a DIY picture frame today.  We love that you stopped by to read our post.  Stay warm and safe out there if you live in a bad weather area.  If you are in the sun, absorb a little for me – Vitamin D is starting to become a food group here in Missouri and I can use all I can get! 😉

Until tomorrow’s post!

Linda 🙂

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Hello everyone!  Today’s blog – updating an old Thrift Store Side Table Up-cycle from Lammert’s furniture.  When I saw this piece, I simply fell in love – it was a total swoon!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

If you live in St Louis you are familiar with Lammert’s Furniture.  The founder, Martin Lammert Sr. opened in St. Louis in 1861, he paved the way for a multimillion-dollar, retail-furniture Company that was a St Louis icon for 150 years and five generations.  Closing in 2007, many pieces that were bought generations ago, are now being tossed into thrift shops everywhere.  It makes me sad to think that new generations are discarding these great, sturdy pieces of real wood furniture instead of performing a thrift store side table upcycle.

But, you know how I feel, one man’s junk is Hello I Live Here’s treasure ;-).  So Thanks for tossing out these great Lammert’s pieces for me to update and love again.

This little piece was in bad shape.  So, I whipped out my sander and took the top down to the wood.  As I got further into the piece, it was apparent it need new veneer.  After watching the pain Kristi had went through removing veneer over at Addicted 2 Decorating, I decided to go a different route and use planking, and I am very happy with the choice Just look at her now!  Kristi – my hats off to you for the job you did on yours!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

This Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle consisted of using the following:

Ryobi Nail Gun (and small tiny nails – Thank you Ryobi for such wonderful tools 😉 ).

Liquid Nails for paneling

-10” Ryobi Laser guided Ryobi Miter Saw (you can use a miter box and hand saw)

-Various grey and white planks left over from dresser project (which finish is up for tomorrow)

Ridge Hand Router (from Home Depot)

Ryobi Cat Sander (80 and 120 grit paper)

Rust-Oleum Rubbed Bronze Spray paint (used on handles)

Annie Sloan French Linen paint (from Wood Icing)

-Annie Sloan clear and brown wax

Here is the process used to create a new Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle.

First, I sanded the piece down (my intention was to save the piece and stain, however, the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle required more than stain).

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Next, I cut all the left over plank I did not use on our DIY Dresser and Bench Storage post.  These were already washed with paint in the perfect colors so I went to my scrap wood pile, and used all that was left to complete this thrift store side table upcycle. (I love not wasting the scraps 😉 ).

DIY Storage and Bench

Then, I fit my pieces to get the design, making sure the seam of the cuts staggered just right.  I added liquid nails to the back of each plank and used my Ryobi Nail gun with a small nail to set each piece.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

After I finished adding the planking, you can see it hung past the round shaped opening on each side.  I whipped out the router and trimmed those tall pieces away leaving this perfect shape to the sides.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Once finished with the trimming of the planks, I added Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint to the piece.  I thought it would stop there, but I truly wanted to shabby this little piece into that beach feel, so I added my coat of clear wax, let it sit, then came back with my dark wax and pulled it right through the piece until I gave the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle just the look I wanted.  🙂 I am a very happy girl with this one.  Once the Dark wax set up, I came back with another coat of the clear wax to protect the paint.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Last, I sprayed the original hardware with Rust-Oleum Rubbed Oiled Bronze, dried and installed back on the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle So, what do you think?  Total swoon or what!!!  Can you believe this is the same broken down old piece?  Me…totally in love with this little beauty.  I just cannot pass up a great piece of furniture, and this is the reason why.  When you have real wood furniture you can do things to update that you cannot do on newer no wood furniture.  So, I personally want to say thank you to the wonderful person who tossed this great little piece.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

That’s all I have for you today – I am getting back to work for tomorrows post – Until then – I hope you are encouraged to revive an old piece of furniture and try a Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – please ask us questions or leave a comment – I love talking with you!

Linda 🙂

Basement Storage Ideas

Basement Storage Ideas

Basement Storage Ideas – It’s Not Fancy, But We all need it!

Basement Storage any one?  As you all know, we moved into a villa this past year, and after being here for a while now we are finally starting to add usable storage to our basement area to house all those things we don’t use today, but just may tomorrow.  While on winter break, hubby and I got to work on building some much needed basement storage.

Basement Storage Ideas

We set out to find plans that would be functional and hold all the Rubbermaid bins we have acquired over a 28 year marriage – yep you read that right 28 years – and he’s still the love of my life – after all, how can you not love a guy who will help you build storage for your décor ;-).  We built, because some store bought shelving looked flimsy or too hard to assemble, not to mention the expense!  We built our storage for around $70.  This price was because our builder, Fischer & Fritchel homes left us all the unused 2×4’s from our basement build at our request, after all you paid for them already – you may as well use them!  Thanks F&F Homes – we could not have asked for a better builder!

We decided to build 4 separate areas to store.  The first one you see here is where I store all my extra décor items like lamps, pictures furniture piece that we are not using right now, but just may in the future (we built this when we first moved in).  This area was constructed using simple 2 x 4 framing, and plywood shelves.  we bought our lumber from The Home Depot.  The bottom floor area we laid carpet, and created the standing area you see for all my large frames and photos.

Basement Storage Ideas

The next three areas consist of Utility shelves also constructed from 2×4’s, for the legs and under shelf support, and builder grade plywood for the shelves.  We did a simple glue and nail of the leg supports, using 2 inch screws, supporting the structure to the walls. We clamped the shelves into place, evenly spacing, making sure they were all level, and secured with the 2” screws.  We measured the height and width of our Rubbermaid containers and constructed the shelves to hold 4 to 5 each shelf, toping it off with 3 shelves.  The under storage on the bottom left open is great because I can get Christmas trees in the rolling bags set under with easy access to pull them out.  We used our Rybobi 10″ Mitter saw, and our Ryobi battery operated drivers.

Basement Storage Ideas

Our storage came out to be 8’ long x 78” tall x 24” deep.  We left two openings 28” long, and the remaining opening at 19” long, allowing 5 Rubbermaid bins to slide into an 8 foot long shelf.  Once completed, we slid in our bins (which were 24” x 16” x 16”) for safe keeping.  We used Rubbermaid bins because it’s a basement.  We felt this would keep our items protected.

Basement Storage Ideas

You can see I also have a food storage area unit.  I have some additional storage ideas in the works to help this area function better, giving us double the storage for those great sales at our local Dierberg and Schnuck markets – so stay tune to see the next add on that will help us with organizing our food storage area better!

Basement Storage IdeasThis storage was easy to complete, but you should have a partner to help you because of the size of the structures and holding the piece level why securing the shelving.  The beauty of this storage, if you do not have a basement like we do here in Missouri, you can easily install this same model into your garage or out door work sheds.  It truly allows you to be creative! Make sure you use safety gear to protect your eyes, you just never know when something my go flying! Look for plans in The Family Handyman – we did, and look what we built!

Until our next post!  Happy basement storage ideas everyone!

– Linda 🙂

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 🙂

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