DIY Wood Box

Okay, so I’m certainly not the first blogger to make one of these but I loved the idea and wanted to try making one of my very own. I’ve pinned a tutorial on my DIY Pinterest board on how to make one, but the one I went off of is over at The Idea Room. I built mine slightly different but used the same measurements. The employees at Home Depot are great about cutting everything for you too! 🙂

Supplies:

Two 5.5 inch, 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (ends)

Two 31.5 inch, 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (sides)

One 30 inch, 1 x 6 pine wood board (bottom)

**Here’s a little fun fact. Did you know a 1 x 4 board is actually 1 x 3.5? Same with 1 x 6; it’s really 1 x 5.5. Yup! It’s kinda like ice cream and how it’s no longer a half gallon. Sigh! Booo, inflation :/

Black screws

Drill and drill bits

Stain (such as Minwax)

Polyurethane

Directions:

1. Lay out the boards so they make your box and line it up to prepare for drilling.

2. Using a similar, but slightly narrower drill bit than your screw, drill holes where you want to place your screws to secure the box. This will help prevent the wood from splitting when you go to put in your screws.

3. Insert the screws where you drilled holes, driving each of them in with the drill. You can also use a screwdriver, but this might be difficult depending on the size of your drill holes. Make sure you don’t use too much force and go slowly or you might split the wood. (I had my husband help me with step 2 & 3 with the drill.)

wood box, screws

4. Once your box is put together, sand it a bit to smooth any rough edges.

5. Apply your stain. I used Minwax Dark Walnut.

Minwax Dark Walnut Stain

6. Go over the stain with Polyurethane.

Your box is finished and you can fill it with whatever you like for each season!

For Christmas, I filled it with greenery, a few sparkly stems from Michaels, and mercury glass ornaments.

wood box, greenery, mercury glass ornaments, pottery bard tahoe plaid table runner, pottery barn benchwright coffee table

Currently, I have dried boxwood clippings leftover from Christmas, pinecones, and a few white vintage ornaments I keep out year-round. I’m looking forward to brainstorming for the next season or whenever I feel like it needs a change. 🙂

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DIY Easy Christmas Card Display

I always love receiving Christmas cards from friends and family this time of year. However, I never felt like I had a good, large enough spot on our walls to display them. I started thinking about how I often see them nicely clipped onto twine horizontally which I don’t have room for so I though why not just hang it vertically?

All you need is a long piece of twine, a tack/nail, and some mini clothes pins that you can find at any craft store (I got mine at Michaels).

First, I tied a loop at one end and hung it on the tack that I put into the wall. Then, hung the cards with the clothes pins. Finally, you can add anything to the top to jazz it up. I added a boxwood stem with a red bow.

diy christmas card display, target plaid merona scarf, boxwood

There you have it. One of the fastest and easiest ways to display all those Christmas cards. 🙂

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Kate Spade Inspired Gold Wreath

I don’t know about you but I’ve been loving this black & white stripes trend. I’ve seen them a lot lately in fashion, office supplies, Christmas cards, etc. My inspiration for this project was this Kate Spade planner which has the stripes and gold accent text.

I found this wreath at a local thrift store and it was already gold but I thought you could easily get the same look by picking up one of those little twig wreaths from Michaels or another craft store and spray painting it gold.

gold twig stick wreath

Then, all you need is black and white striped ribbon (I found mine at Michaels) and a pair of sharp scissors.

gold twig wreath, black and white stripe ribbon, gold nate berkus scissors from target

Tie a bow around the wreath…

gold twig wreath, black and white stripe ribbon, gold nate berkus scissors from target, bow

hang it and you’re done! Easy peasy right? 🙂

gold twig wreath, black and white stripe ribbon, bow

DIY Window Wall Hook

In a previous post, I told you about a window that I purchased from a local antique store. It was the perfect size for a specific area on our wall. Well, I finally finished it and have it hung.

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Here’s how I made it:

First, I removed the old hardware and cleaned it up.

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Then, I touched it up with white paint. I used Benjamin Moore’s White Heron because that’s what I had on hand and it actually matched well so I was happy. I though about distressing it but the wood underneath is too new looking so I didn’t think it would look right. I can always add an antiquing glaze later if I change my mind to get the same look.

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Next, I got the hubby to help me put the hooks on the back for hanging. We used a D-ring hanger that we picked up from Home Depot.

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Then, he help me measure the hooks in order to place them evenly apart and drilled them into the window. I bought these hooks from Target in oil rubbed bronze.

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And then it was hung!
I went back and forth on whether I should make it into a chalkboard too but I wimped out.

Next, I got the hubs to help me measure the hooks in order to place them evenly apart and drilled them into the window.

Wicker Chair Makeover

I had been looking for a wicker chair that wasn’t too expensive for some time when I finally came upon this one while driving.

It had missing wicker in a few small spots and the red color didn’t quite fit in with my decor but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t take on.

Here’s the original wicker chair. Not terrible but certainly not great either.

old vintage wicker chair diy

See the missing wicker?

old vintage wicker chair diy

It took some brainstorming to figure out what I could use to replace the missing wicker pieces. My first thought was skewers but those are usually too thick. Then, I thought of those little sticks that you get beef teriyaki on from a Chinese restaurant but they would either need to be really cleaned or I’d have to find a place to buy them before any beef touched them. Finally, I found some oil reeds from one of those little scented oil jars from the dollar store and I thought these look like the perfect size!

hot glue gun, scented oil reeds

What do you know? They were exactly the right size and are very flexible for weaving through the wicker so I just weaved ’em through and hot glued them in place.

old vintage wicker chair diy

Next, I wanted to paint the chair to get away from the red. I used Wal-Mart’s cheap 97 cent cans of spray paint as a primer so I wouldn’t have to use all the good stuff for just the base coat. Then, I went over it with Rust-Oleum American Accents 2X Ultra Cover in Canyon Black for the final coat.

Wal-Mart black spray paint

Here it is! It’s a little shiny-er than I would’ve liked because I accidentally used Gloss instead of Satin for the final coat but it’ll do for now.

Eventually, I’d like to get a cushion for the bottom but I’ll have to keep my eye out at HomeGoods come Spring when they’re in season.
Have you ever used something like oil reeds for a project?

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Bar/Butcher Block Table Makeover

When we first were married, we had little to no furniture so we went to A LOT of yard sales.

We found a few treasures and a lot of junk. Among the treasures was this butcher block table that we bought for $5.

When we bought it, the bottom part of the table was white but it had a lot of stains on it so I quickly painted it. This was one of my first stabs at it where I used Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. This wasn’t bad but it was too dark for me and I knew I wanted to eventually stain the top from this natural wood color to a darker color.

butcher block bar table wood diy rust-oleum oil rubbed bronze

butcher block bar table wood diy rust-oleum oil rubbed bronze

So I went to work…I covered the top with paper and Frog painter’s tape.

butcher block bar table wood diy frog painter's tape

Next, I sprayed it with a can of cheap (97 cents) Wal-mart brand white spray paint to use as a primer and to save on the amount of cans I’d need to use on the good stuff (Rust-Oleum).

Wal-Mart brand white spray paint diy

Then gave it a couple coats of Rust-Oleum’s white satin spray paint.

Rust-Oleum satin white spray paint diy

Once the bottom was spray painted white, I worked on the top wood stain.
First, I tried Minwax Early American but that was a little on the light side for me. Then, I tried Minwax Dark Walnut but it was still too light. Finally, I went over it with Minwax Jacobean and was quite pleased with how it came out. I guess you could say that all three played a role in the finished look.

Minwax Early American Jacobean Dark Walnut

To finish it off, I sprayed a light coat of Minwax Clear Semi Gloss Polyurethane.

Minwax Polyurethane Clear Semi Gloss

And voila! The finished table.

butcher block bar table wood diy

Here’s a close-up of the stain. I like how the lighter colors shine through just a tad.

butcher block bar table wood diy

Not a bad little table for 5 buckaroos! 🙂

Distressed Wood Family Established Sign

First, I measured the piece of wood for the sign which was 24 in wide by 6 in high.

Then, I laid out the text in a 24×6 document on the computer. I used Adobe Illustrator but you can use any word editor like Microsoft Word. Next, I reversed the text in my document (so it read backwards, I’ll explain why below) and then printed it on two 8.5×11 pieces of paper and taped them together since I can’t make really large prints with my printer.

To distress my sign, I took a hammer and flat head screwdriver and started denting the wood. You can use anything that will leave a mark to distress your board. I did this as randomly as possible to get a more natural look.

diy distressed wood family established name date sign

I then proceeded to stain my sign with Minwax Jacobean which came out a bit darker than I had hoped. minwax jacobean diy distressed wood family established name date sign

For the next step, there are many different ways to get the lettering onto the wood. For this project, I traced (outlined) the text with pencil, printed (ink) side up (the side with the reversed text). Make sure to press down hard enough while tracing and do it a few times over so you really have a good line around the letters. Next, I flipped over the paper and placed it onto the board and traced it again. The first side that you traced should leave an outline of the letters onto the board.

diy distressed wood family established name date sign

This isn’t a great picture, but you can sort of see the outlined text.

diy distressed wood family established name date sign

Finally, I used a white paint marker to fill in the letters.

Voila! A distressed wood sign!

diy distressed wood family established name date sign