Handmade Wooden Kitchen Table

At the beginning of the summer, my husband started on a new project: a kitchen table.  We had been using a retro red table from his Grandma Gen for the past seven years.  You really couldn’t get a table to suit me more than that table; the problem was that it was falling apart and the seats were cracking.  In addition, it was a fairly small table and we knew we would need something larger once Emden was out of a high chair.

And so a new project was born for my husband, and like all projects, it took much longer than anticipated.  We thought it would be a month before we were able to feast on the new table, but in reality, summer was coming to an end before we welcomed it into our home.

I didn’t write a tutorial up for this one, because, well, there are a ton of steps and I didn’t do any of them!  Instead, I thought I’d provide you with some pictures to show the process!

handmade oak table with pictures of process

The top piece of wood is what all the boards started out looking like- very rough

handmade oak table with pictures of process

The stack of wood my husband started off with that was given to him by our friend. Thanks Tyler!


 

handmade oak table with pictures of process

Planing the rough wood several times to make them smooth

handmade oak table with pictures of process

Planing takes a long time, each side has to be done multiple times and that adds up!

handmade oak table with pictures of process

My husband making quite the mess!

handmade oak table with pictures of process

The best boards he choose for the table top

handmade oak table with pictures of process

After gluing between all the boards he clamped them together and let set overnight which turned into a couple of days before he was able to find time to get back to this project

handmade oak table with pictures of process

Closeup of the glue squirting out

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Gluing a second board around all the edges to make it appear to be a thicker table. He only had enough clamps to do one side each night to let dry.

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

Top stained


build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

build a kitchen table

Finally ready to bring inside

build a kitchen table

Owen wanted his picture taken with the new table

build a kitchen table

We bought our chairs online from Nebraska Furniture Mart.

build a kitchen table

Our table in real life with a dirty floor and highchair always accompanying it.

 

 

I wasn’t really able to get the pretty shots I wanted of the table because, well, the kitchen table is kind of our family hub and so there seems to always be toys, smears of who knows what, and drinks cluttering its surface.  Yes, I know I can clean it off, but then I’ve got to do the floor too, and frankly, that just seems like too much work for a couple of pictures!

Anyway, I LOVE our new table and Jeff did an amazing job on it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiderman Toy Bin

DIY.  SAVE MONEY.  ORGANIZE.

My boys are in love with superheroes which is no surprise because their daddy is too!  Anyway, I had a little Superman bin holding all of their superheroes but it soon became too small for all of them and we needed to upgrade to something a little larger, so here is what I came up with.

I absolutely love it and if we run out of room again, I will most likely make another one of these but with a different superhero.  I went with Spiderman because we already had a Spiderman comicbook I could use for the side of it.

how to store superhero toys

Supplies:
  • red paint
  • black paint
  • pencil
  • paintbrush (small and medium)
  • cardboard box (I got this one for 50% off at Hobby Lobby, I think I ended up paying $3)
  • comic book
  • Mod Podge
Game Plan:

1. Paint lid with red paint.

how to store superhero toys

2.  Search Google images for Spiderman logo, print to appropriate size, cut out, and then use to trace it onto the top of the box lid.

how to store superhero toys

3.  Paint Spiderman logo black.


how to store superhero toys

4.  Cut out scenes in the comic book.

5.  Apply Mod Podge to one side of the box, place comic strips onto the glued side, and press down firmly.  Continue will all four sides, until box is completely covered and then let dry.

For any excess comic paper that sticks off, you can either wrap it and put Mod Podge to get it to stick to the inside or bottom, or you can cut it off.  I did a little of both.

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6.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of all the comics to act as a sealant and protectant.

7.  Fill your box with superheroes!

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Here are some other related posts of mine: 

Green Lantern Cape

diy how to make a super hero cape

DIY Superhero Cape

diy super hero cape

 

Jute Wrapped Vase

Turn an ordinary vase into something great by wrapping it with jute.  You can also use a tin can which would be great instead of throwing it away.  I needed something tall so I just reused some vintage vases I had made with sewing patterns.

jute bud vases tutorial

BEFORE

jute bud vases tutorial

Start at the bottom and use hot glue to adhere the jute to the vase. Wrap, glue, wrap, glue.

 

jute bud vases tutorial

A simple pink ribbon adds a nice little touch



jute bud vases tutorial

jute bud vases tutorial

Thursday Repost: Price Match at Wal-Mart

SAVE MONEY.  SAVE TIME.

Watch this video to find out how to get all of the grocery deals you see in the newspaper ads just by going to Wal-Mart.  It will save you money and lots of time just by going to one store!

I’ve been doing price matching at Wal-Mart for a long time and can’t imagine trying to cart my three kids around to multiple grocery stores.

Thursday Repost: Kitchen Renovation- New Tile Backsplash

DIY. DESIGN.

I have to say that our new tile backsplash is definitely my favorite part of the kitchen renovation. It completely transforms the room and makes such a statement. All of our appliances look so much better with the glass tile as a backsplash.

We found this mosaic 1 inch square glass tile at Lowes and bought the last of it– luckily we measured correctly and had enough! It gives the kitchen a contemporary look and really pops next to the white cabinets and blends so well with the new countertops.

This project from beginning to end took several days. Jeff removed all of the old tile over the process of two nights. Jeff and I worked together on cutting and hanging the tile all in one day. After it dried 24 hours, we grouted the tile. Jeff spread it on and I wiped it clean with a damp sponge. After a couple hours, Jeff stayed up late to get the remaining grout off with a cheesecloth. Next, Jeff had to caulk the edges.

Three days later we had to seal the grout which was not a fun project at all. Because it was glass tile, we couldn’t rub the sealant over all the tile or it would leave a haze. Instead, we had to use tiny paint brushes and paint the sealant on all the grout lines! Needless to say, we spread this out over several nights– ugh!

installing 1 inch glass tile

We first had to take down the old tile & patch the hold behind the oven

how to tile a kitchen backsplash

Take off old tile BEFORE installing new countertops

remove old tiles before installing countertop

Rylan got in on the tile demolition

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Jeff used painters tape on the new countertop to make a smooth grout line

install glass mosaic tile

New tile up and waiting for it to dry before grouting

mosaic brown tile backsplash

AFTER

mosaic tile backsplash

brown mosaic tile backsplash

brown mosaic tile backsplash

Tuesday Tip: Create a Card Pocket for Wrapped Gifts

This is so easy, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before, thank you Pinterest!  BTW, I pretty much do this on all my packages now if I’m going to be including a card; it’s genius!

card pocket for presents

Fold in a flap on what will be the front of your gift

card pocket for presents

Same step seen from far away

card pocket for presents

The front of the gift without the card

card pocket for presents

Slide the card into the slot you created

card pocket for presents

card pocket for presents

An added touch of ribbon!

Paper & Paperclip Birds

DIY.  SAVE MONEY.

If you’re looking to add some accessories to a room right now, birds are definitely the thing right now and I love this trend.  Birds are just so darn cute and when I saw these birds on Pinterest, I thought why not?  I’m so glad I did, because I had all the supplies on hand and therefore cost me $0, plus they were easy to make and super cute!

I love that you can make these any color you want.  I had to make a “fun” bird just because I wanted to see how cute it would be, not that it would match anything in our house.  I’m glad I did though, because Rylan adopted it…I should’ve known; his bed is practically an animal shelter.

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Supplies:
  • scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paperclips
  • double stick tape
  • ink pad
  • jute
  • raffia

 

Game Plan:

1.  Draw birds onto card stock and cut out to make a template or use the ones I did at Charcoal & Crayons.

2.  To make the “kid” birds, just insert into word and make them smaller and print and cut into templates.

3.  Fold scrapbook paper and using the template, cut out your birds and wings.  

By folding the template, you cut out both sides of the bird at once!

 

baby birds in a nest diy

baby birds in a nest diy

baby birds in a nest diy

4.  Rub the ink pad on the edges of your birds and wings.

I used brown to create an aged effect.

baby birds in a nest diy

BEFORE ink

baby birds in a nest diy

AFTER ink

5.  Glue wings to each side of the bird.

6.  Glue the top portion of your bird together, but don’t adhere glue to the bottom portion.

baby birds in a nest diy

7.  Straighten out one loop of your paperclips.

Make sure you don’t end up with two left feet or two right because I think it creates balance issues.

baby birds in a nest diy

8.  Put a piece of double stick tape along bottom of bird, press paperclip legs onto tape, add another piece of double stick tape on top and then press the bird firmly on top.

baby birds in a nest diy

9.  Cut a circle out of felt as big as you want the bottom of your nest.

baby birds in a nest diy

This is what the bottom of my nest looks like

 

10.  Glue jute onto bottom of felt in a swirl and then when you’re ready to make the sides you just gluing on the outside upper edge and keep twisting.  Just cut the jute whenever you get it to the size you want.

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11.  Cut little strips of raffia and using a hot glue gun, glue into your nest.

12.  Make baby birds for your nest, just like in the above instructions, but I don’t put legs on them.

13.  Glue baby birds into nest with hot glue.

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Now we have a bird family in our home that is representative of ours.  What an adorable little bird family!

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scrapbook paper bird decor

I thought these would be cute to make for a wedding cake topper with just the two birds and do them in the wedding colors.  Would be super cute and cheap!  I also thought you could put these on a canvas, minus the legs, and have a cute piece of art, and lastly, you could use half of the bird and glue it on some cardstock to make a cute greeting card.  The possibilities are endless…

What idea do you have for these little birds?

 

Storage Cabinet Re-organization

ORGANIZE.  SAVE SPACE.

This mother’s day I decided to do something a little different for my mother-in-law. I bought some tubs and reorganized her cabinet for her.  We had talked about it before so I knew it was something she wanted done and I thought I would just do it for her but… I ended up needing her help to decide what to keep and what to toss.

 

Here are the steps I went through to organize her cabinet space:

  • clean out cabinet
  • get rid of everything that hasn’t been used in the past couple of years (this is the most important step)
  • organize items into categories
  • place items into tubs
  • label tubs
how to organize your life

BEFORE

how to organize your life

Halfway through the organization process.

 

If you’re planning on reorganizing a closet, I highly suggest getting some tubs.  Tubs are great because you can organize like items together, making them easy to find and stay organized because everything has a spot.

Solid tubs also help a space feel clean because the mess is hidden within the tub.  Make some labels for the outside of the tubs so you know what kind of items are inside.  I used some of the tubs she already had in addition to the new ones I had gotten her.

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how to organize your life

She even has two tubs that are empty!  

Here are some other related posts of mine you may want to check out:

Mother-in-Law Bedroom Closet Makeover

closet makeover

Bedroom Closet Makeover

how to organize your shoes

Nursery Closet Organization

how to build a peg system for a closet

DIY Coat Rack

diy coat rack

Maximize your Closet Space with Pegs

how to organize belts and scarves in closet

Organize Winter Wear

organize gloves scarves hats

Organize Baby Items

baby supplies fit perfectly in shoe organizer

Organize Craft Items

Organize Wrapping Supplies

organize your wrapping supplies in a pocket shoe organizer

Organize Bath Toys

how to keep your bathroom organized

Thursday Repost: White Frame Photo Collage Wall

DECORATE. REPURPOSE.

Since we’ve finished our downstairs, which was about four years ago, I’ve been waiting around to do something down our stairwell. I’m so glad that I was able to finally get around to filling up the space. I decided on another photo wall because I get so many compliments on our black and white photo wall.

This time I decided to go with color photos and white frames to try to make all the pictures uniform. I love the fresh and clean look that’s created by the white frames. Who knew that white matting with white frames could look so good?

Here is the wall before (blank and barren):

clean and crisp photo wall collage

Here is the wall after:

I apologize for the pictures not being that great. It was really hard to get photos of the wall because it has a wall on the other side of the stairs so I couldn’t get a good angle.

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white frame photo collage wall

white frame photo collage wall

white frame photo collage wall

white frame photo collage wall

white frame photo collage wall

white frame photo collage wall

white frame photo collage wall

white frame photo collage wall

Here are some things I did to make my photo wall:

  • turned old trophy plaques into photo mounts
  • spray painted different colored frames white
  • had pictures printed onto canvas for cheap at ArtsCow.com and then wrapped them myself
  • paid full price for some white frames and matting as well
  • tried to keep to cool tones for the colored photos and stay away from pictures with bright colors
  • used a cricut machine to cut out words from vinyl adhesive paper
  • made a footprint piece of art using an embroidery hoop

Don’t leave without checking out my black and white photo wall adorning my upstairs staircase.

Closet Makeover

DECLUTTER.  ORGANIZE.  SAVE SPACE.

My poor mother-in-law has been dealing with small old closets for a long time.  We finally made plans to give her closet a makeover to make it more functional, prettier, and brighter.  For one day’s work, I thought it turned out pretty well.  It’s definitely not perfect, but it is a much needed improvement.

I’ll go ahead and show your the transformation in pictures and then end with a short breakdown of what we did.

closet makeover

BEFORE

closet makeover

closet makeover

Before there were lots of items stored on the floor because there was nowhere else for them to be stored

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closet makeover

The wallpaper was in a very sad state

bedroom closet makeover

In the middle of tearing off two layers of old wallpaper

updating an old closet

After most of the wallpaper was off and cracks had been mudded and sanded

closet makeover

AFTER

how to update an old closet

…and then there was light!

closet makeover

 

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Here’s what we did to makeover her closet:

1.  Remove old shelves located behind the hanging clothes which made them pretty much useless.

2.  Tore off two layers of old wallpaper.  We didn’t put as much elbow grease as we should have on this step.  If we did this project again, we would’ve planned for two days and spent more time on this step.

3.  Put mesh tape on large cracks.  Fill cracks and cover mesh tape with mudd.  We let it dry and then sanded it down.

4.  Cleaned up the closet and wiped down the walls.

5.  Painted two coats of yellow.

6.  Jeff ran electrical to put in a light above her door– this really was the best part because there was no light before and it was difficult to see in there.

7.  Installed two new rods, giving her double the space for hanging clothes.

8.  Hung a wire organizer that is supposed to be for kitchen cabinets on the wall for her to store wrapping paper.  This is a great way to clear up floor space and take advantage of unused wall space.

9.  Hung an organizer for her to store belts and scarves.

10.  Put two new tubs below the hanging clothes for her to store other items.

11.  Put back the top shelf for her to store items that aren’t often used.

Here are some other related posts you may want to check out:

Bedroom Closet Makeover

how to organize your shoes

Nursery Closet Organization

how to build a peg system for a closet

DIY Coat Rack

diy coat rack

Maximize your Closet Space with Pegs

how to organize belts and scarves in closet

Organize Winter Wear

organize gloves scarves hats

Organize Baby Items

baby supplies fit perfectly in shoe organizer

Organize Craft Items

Organize Wrapping Supplies

organize your wrapping supplies in a pocket shoe organizer

Organize Bath Toys

how to keep your bathroom organized

What closet in your house needs some reorganizing?