Sunday, March 27, 2011

Plate Joiner

I tried out the plate joiner this week. 'Twas fun. I didn't know what I was going to make.

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It turned out to be a box for dog toys.

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In other random news, I've been influenced by Tommy Smythe and now all the hangers in my coat closet are the wooden kind. It's the little things....011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Primitive Bench

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I've had a few bench ideas running through my head, but couldn't decide which one to go with. I finally decided that primitive was the style for me. Not because I decorate in that style, but more because I figured with my basic woodworking skills, I'd be more likely to pull it off. Much in the same way that a beginning quilter should probably start with the primitive/folk art style of quilting (because no one expects it to be perfect), a beginning woodworker should probably choose a style where function over perfection is valued.


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This paint was meant to be my base coat, but when I sanded it and it started looking more and more like aged barn wood, I decided to stop while I was ahead.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Raw Piney

If you came here to find sewing, keep moving along. I seem to have entered my woodworking phase. The bad thing about that is that I have to do it on weekends when someone can keep an eye on the little people. I live in a city with sound ordinances. I doubt my neighbors would put up with me using an air compressor between the hours of 9pm and 12am (my normal craft time). Hopefully soon I can share my latest project with you....

Until then:

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

wax on wax off

It was looking a little hit or miss there for a bit. The paste wax I used was for light wood (doh!--should have noticed that when I put in the cart). So it dried very light and was a bear to get off. After a while, my arms just gave out, so I opted to experiment using something easier. I ended up using Howard Feed-N-Wax, and couldn't be happier. The armoire has a nice sheen to it, but isn't too glossy. It really looks like an antique now, and I think it's going to end up staying.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The big eyesore

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We've had this huge armoire in our living room for the past 6.5 years. We got it because our second son was going to start crawling, and up until that point we had our big fat TV on a wobbly table and all the cords were going to be accessible. So we quick found something cheap on craigslist. Beware when you buy something big that you don't love, because if you're like us, 6.5 years later, it's probably going to still be in your house and you'll be looking at it every day & kicking yourself for not splurging on something nicer.

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When it first came it was knotty pine, which matched nothing in our house. I painted it with leftover paint to match our kitchen cabinets. I didn't bother putting knobs on it b/c I liked that it was hard for the kids to open. Childproof.

Now we have a flat screen TV that doesn't even fit in this armoire. We were talking the other day about building shelves around the fireplace and getting rid of the armoire once and for all. I figured, since it's probably on its way out anyway, there's no harm in using a little leftover chalkboard paint to see what it looks like painted black. I don't intend to the let the kiddos write all over it, though.

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I've sanded away some of the black paint to reveal the undercoat and plan on getting some paste wax to try the Martha Stewart antiquing method on it. We shall see!!!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Closet: Done (for now)

The shelves have been primed and painted. I'm so pleased with how they turned out and how bright and happy that little closet has become. It actually looks like somebody cares about it.

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All that's left is to load up the games.
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Here's the before:
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And the after:
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BTW, I spackled the wallpaper to tone it down a bit.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Closet: Almost There

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I looked all over the place for shelving for this room, but couldn't find anything with the right dimensions. There are only 8 inches between the edge of the door and the adjacent wall, and the wire shelving units I was looking at were at the very least 13 inches deep. There is also a bare light bulb on that wall to consider. It's relatively low on the wall, so most shelving would either hit it, or be so low all the way across that it wouldn't take advantage of the wall space. A custom job was my only choice. No worries: I have a nail gun and although I have no experience making built-in shelving, I watch lots of HGTV and therefore I know what I'm doing. LOL! Stay tuned...this closet is almost done. Yipppeeeee!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Closet: Cover up

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When I first posted the picture of all the electrical stuff in the closet wall, my sister called me to ask me what it all was. Living with a computer dude, I guess I'm just used to always having a place that looks like that: it's all the wireless network ethernet router cable paraphernalia. Duh. It used to be on the floor and in danger of being stepped on or tripped over. When it went into the wall, it was a huge improvement.

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Now not only is it in the wall, but I framed it out and it is covered with a door that looks like your grandpa made it out of scrap pieces of wood and slathered paint on it that he happened to have on hand. I even painted the hinges to make it look more authentic. Nice touch, right? I thought so. I used leftover flooring to make this little door. Don't laugh at me. I'm actually quite proud of myself. :)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Closet: More Floor

The floor is down and primed. I started installing trim with a hammer and realized I wasn't going to be able to maintain a sunny attitude without some serious intervention. It came in the form of a birthday present from my lovah. I've seriously always wanted a compressor and nail gun. I just never had a good enough reason to ask for one.

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Between my novice cuts and my uneven walls, all I can say is thank goodness I picked up a decent supply of wood filler.