We all know I'm a huge Ana White fan! Her plans are easy to read and the product is amazing. Almost everything I've built comes from her website.
It's almost been a year since we've moved into our house! I still haven't finished unpacking boxes and decoration. I want to use the excuse, I've been busy, but it's really I've been holding it off aka lazy....BUT I've finally built my TV console! I'm excited about it! My living room and dining room are coming together!
This was easy to build, but I had trouble with the "x's" just like the coffee table. I need to practice cutting angles.
Also, safety is so important! I'm kind of a hypocrite for saying that. I don't wear protective gear for my eyes. I will for the next project! For this project, my drill bit for my kreg jig broke! I was in the middle of my pocket hole and it snapped off. Luckily all is safe! Crazy though!
I love how the console matches my coffee table!
Coffee Table plans: Coffee Table
Dinging Room Table plans: Farmhouse Table and Benches
I love woodworking, It's a stress reliever, fun hobby, and my kids love to help. Scotty is a huge fan of woodworking and loves to help.
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Love and memories,
I love my coffee table! It’s a great beginner project. It was my second piece of furniture I built. The first was an outdoor sectional. I used Ana White plans for this rustic coffee table: http://www.ana-white.com/2012/07/plans/rustic-x-coffee-table
I love Ana White's blog. The plans are easy to read and the pictures help me a lot.
Since I was still new to woodworking, I had no experience with cutting angles, and honestly, I sucked at it. It took me a long time to get those “x’s” on the coffee table. There is probably an easier way, but I just used my square tool and cut a 30 degree angle (see slideshow at the end of this blog post for picture). One side did not fit, so I just held the 2x2’s and marked where to cut. It was also hard to put the bottom boards in, but I used a mallet and hit it in. Probably, not the best way, but glad it didn’t break.
I also did not sand the top. I wish I did, because it is hard to wipe the table. I’m always scared of getting splinters. I plan to sand and re-stain the top one day.
In the end, I love it. It goes well with my dining room table! My kids love it!
My next project will be a matching TV console! I can’t wait!
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I love Ana White. To be more specific, I love Ana White's woodworking plans! Her plans are easy to read and easy to build - she lists it all out for you. Most of my furniture is from her website - www.ana-white.com.
This dining room table and benches are from her website. Check out the plans here: http://www.ana-white.com/2012/11/plans/farmhouse-table-updated-pocket-hole-plans
I have a horrible habit. I love her plans so much because of the pictures. I'm a visual person. That being said, I'll read the shopping list, cut list, and then look at the pictures and build. If I get stuck on how to do something (since I'm still new at this woodworking) I'll ask my friend, or just guess (not the best idea). I should just read her site on how to do things.
I LOVE how this table and benches turned out. I learned a lot of new techniques from it, and used tools I've never used before!
I did not know how to make 1.5 inch notches out of the 4x4. My friend told me I needed to chisel them out, so he came over to help. Thank you, C! He had to work harder though, because the only chisels I had were from my wooden spoon making kit. Tiny and not good quality. He didn't know till he got to my house. My bad. I bought a bigger chisel the next day to make it easier for me. Scotty loved helping! She is going to be a woodworker. :)
For the top, I used wood filler and a sander for the first time! It was easier than I thought! I always get nervous using new power tools because before my first blog post (the prayer board), I've never touched a power tool. Sander was easy and not as intense as I thought! I guess I was nervous I wasn't strong enough and I wouldn't be able to control it. It was easy! I bought the Ryobi brand, because the other Ryobi tools I have are great - I trust the brand. I also used Spax screws. They gave me samples, and I'm in love. I don't like pre-drilling, because I feel like it's a waste of time. Which it's not, because you need to do that so your wood won't split. I didn't know with Spax you don't need to pre-drill!!! What?!?! Why did nobody tell me?!? I'll be using Spax from now on! Oh, and thanks for the samples!
I then made two benches. Of course, plans from www.ana-white.com -
I wanted to make the benches before my daughters 4th birthday party, so I rushed in making them. I made a few mistakes ;), I fixed them though!
Also, I didn't end up following Ana's plans. I made the top of the benches, just like the dining room table. I used pocket holes. Ana's plans for the farmhouse table started out without pocket holes, then she updated the plans with pocket holes. You just use the same technique as the table for the benches. I love pocket holes because it's a strong hold and brings the wood closer together, so I didn't have to use wood filler as much.
So happy with the end result. I love this table/benches! I bought the end chairs on sale at Target. Love love love it! Spent less than $200 on the table and benches.
What do you think? Let me know!
I do most of the furniture by myself, with the occasional help from a friend. This table was HEAVY. I got help from the niece, nephew, and son - Connor. Follow my snap chat to see what I'm working on! You'll see a lot of bloopers haha.
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One of the first things I built for the new house is my queen size headboard. I wanted a simple headboard that was durable and "farmhouse" design - so I put together this easy headboard! It took me less than an hour to build, and less than $50 (that's on the higher end).
My headboard is for a queen size bed. I cut the 1 x 4 x 6 to 64 inches; cut 2 - 2x4 to 57 inches tall. The last 2x4 I cut 34.5 inches.
I glued all the 1x4s together, then put the two 57inch 2x4s on the edge, glued and screwed them to the 1x4. I screwed every 1x4 to the 2x4 - this is where the pocket holes would have saved time and be a better plan. Also, if you have a bed frame that you'll be attaching the headboard to, make sure the 2x4s are the right width apart. My frame screwed to the 2x4's with them on the edge. I then glued the last 2x4 in the middle and screwed to each 1x4.
I stained the headboard to my favorite stain - dark walnut, then screwed the frame to the headboard and to the wall.
Finished! What do you think? I used the extra 1 x 4 for the frames I made in my previous blog post - engineering print and wood frames.
Excuse the garage mess, I built the headboard when I was living with my parents - I had to move all the kids and my stuff from Abilene to their garage. Didn't have much space to work with.
Also, room is not finished! The side tables are not painted :) and I'll have more decor! Work in progress.
What do you think?
Thank you for stopping by! Let me know if you built a headboard! I'd love to see it!
WE HAVE A HOME! Yay!!! Praying it all works out! So excited! I've been living with my parents for the past few weeks. It's been great to have such wonderful support. They love my kids and are great role models for them. As much as I love them, it'll be nice to have some space. They probably would say the same. I don't think they are use to stepping on Legos as much as I am.
I have so many ideas for the new house. We won't move in till next month, but I've already started planing. I'm very frugal and since I sold most of my furniture from the divorce, I plan on making a lot of things. So get ready for DIY woodworking blog post! Yay!
One future blog post is a DIY headboard. I can't wait to show you all, but for now, here is a DIY wood frame with these AWESOME 'engineering prints.'
In my future dining room there is this nice big wall space. I wanted to print a picture to fill that wall. Unfortunately, the size I want is very expensive to print on canvas, poster, etc. So I looked on Pinterest to get other ideas. I came across a blogger that used 'engineering print.' Check out her blog: http://www.chrislovesjulia.com/2014/10/honey-i-blew-up-the-kids-tips-for-making-engineer-prints-look-their-best.html.
I love it! I took three pictures from a blog photo shoot I had with the very talented, Jessie Goggans of Jessie Goggans' photography.
I then changed the exposure and contrast, made the picture black and white and then uploaded it to Staples :http://www.staples.com/sbd/content/copyandprint/engineering-prints.html. The kids pictures were 18" x 24" and the family one is 30"x 42." I paid to rush the order (same day), because I'm impatient, but my total came to around $13 for three big prints!
I love it! To make an easy frame, I used extra wood I had from the future DIY headboard post. I used 1x4" wood slats. I'm not good at 45 degree angle cuts, so I just made the frame simple and easy. I cut four wood slats 16' and four 24." I then used wood glue and glued them together to make two frames. I stained the wood a dark walnut. After everything dried, I used a Kreg Jig clamp and Kreg Jig r3 to make pocket holes for a stronger hold. Lastly, I just turned over one frame, put the print on it, put the other frame on top and drilled them together using 1 and 1/4' screws. I can't wait to put it up in the new house! I'll have to update this post of the prints on the wall!
God is great.
Thank you for stopping by, Come back to check out pictures when they are up on the wall :)
I can't wait till our little goldendoodle is ready to come home! We've already gone to a few pet stores to prepare. I don't like clutter and mess, so I wanted a creative way to store dog food and have a raised feeding station. I looked up on Pinterest for ideas, then went to Walmart and Lowes for supplies! I first bought a storage container - 16 3/4" L x 11 1/8" W x 7 " H - 16 Qt. or 15 L. I bought a taller one at first, but didn't think about the food bowls sitting on top. I then went to Lowe's and bought 3 1x4x8 wood boards, 1/2 pint of wood stain (dark walnut), 2 count 2 inch. brass hinges, and wood glue. I had extra wood for the top (just a 4 ft x 4 ft wood board, I'd buy a small one that works for the top) and 1 inch. screws at home.
Measurements: I cut 9, 18 in wood boards with my Ryobi handsaw. I then glued the three wood boards together. These 18 inch W x 10.5 inch H will be used as the front, back and bottom of the dog food station. I then cut 6, 12inch. wood boards and glued them together. These will be for the sides.
Next, I had a wood board lying around so I cut it to fit the dimensions for the top - 18" W X 13.5" H. I measures the diameter of the food bowls, drew two circles, and then used my Ryobi scroll saw to cut them out.
Next, I glued the box together using Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue. After it dried, I drilled screws to the front and back of the dog food station and storage. You can use drill pocket holes using a Kreg Jig R3 for a better bond.
I then added the hinges to the top, and screwed them on to connect to the box.
I made sure the storage container fit, then I stained the wood. I sprayed a clear protective coat in case our pup (or me) gets water on the wood.
Have no clue what I did or what I'm talking about? Don't worry, Try one of these Home Depot Do-It-Herself classes: www.homedepot.com; July 21, 2016 there is a DOG FEEDER class!!! I wish I saw it before I built this ;).
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Texas. I love Texas, although California weather is nice.
My last day of work was a Friday, moved my whole house into storage, and left the next day (Saturday) for vacation, oh and closed on my house while I was gone...so I'm homeless. Kidding! It was stressful, but the vacation part was worth it! We went to Disney Land, Yosemite, and hung out with family and friends. It was wonderful and I needed it. Now I'm back and have officially moved to the big city - with most of our stuff still in the country ;).
I left my tools in storage hundreds of miles away. I missed them and when I had the chance, I drove up to get some more boxes of stuff, my scroll saw, and tools. Now I miss my kitchen tools. That'll be my next trip. :)
I moved into my sisters room. A lot of her stuff still here (she now lives in California). So I had to make some home decor for me to feel like this is my home. I printed out a clip art shape of Texas with my Silhouetted Cameo printer, put it on my wood board, got new saws for my scroll saw, and went at it.
I love 'scrolling'! I don't know if that is the right term, or if I made it up. It keeps my mind off of things and just makes me happy. My daughter loves watching me do it, so it's great mother daughter bonding.
After I 'scrolled' Texas out, I used my Ryobi handsaw to cut a 1x2 wood slab to make the frame. We painted the frame and Texas cut out with paint we found in a drawer. I went to Walgreen's and bought wood glue. When I came home, my dad surprised me with a Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System gift! My parents are amazing!! You can make pocket holes for a stronger hold for the frame!
Next, I printed the word 'home' on my Silhouette Cameo. I bought transfer paper that didn't work, so I had to peel the letters and put them on the wood carefully. It ended up being off centered, so I found red puff paint and drew a heart. After the paint dried, I glued the 1x2 wood pieces to make a frame with two boards in the front and back, the top is the Texas cut out and the back is the 'home.' The bottom picture is the finished product. What do you think?
Also, after I cut out 'Texas,' it gave me an idea! I should make Texas coasters! I don't know why I've been obsessed with coasters lately (check out my last blog for DIY Pallet Coasters ;)).I'll be making Texas coasters soon! Yee-haw!
Thank you for checking out my blog! If you have any questions on how I made this, dimensions, about the Silhouette Cameo, Ryobi scroll saw, etc. please ask!
Also, we have a winner from my last giveaway! Stay tuned, you never know what other giveaways I might have! Thank you all who entered!
I've lived in a small town for the past ten and half years and today is my first day in the big city. I'm excited for adventures, and new leaps of faith. The number one reason why I decided to move is to be closer to my family. I have an amazing support system here. I couldn't ask for better parents.
My brother also is here, his wife, and three wonderful children. They are my kids support system. They came over to stay with me for our first night in our new home. Check out our Father's Day gift to their dad, my brother! Pallet Coasters!
Wood Craft Sticks (aka Popsicle sticks) - 12 per coaster; we made four = 48 wood sticks
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Wood Stain - we used Rust-oleum 'Golden Oak'
Paint or foam brushes
We bought all of our supplies at Michaels. Check out www.michaels.com for more craft ideas!
We first started out by painting all 48 wood craft sticks. I then cut off the round ends of the sticks to make them a straight rectangle.
We then glued the wood craft sticks together to make a pallet. See pictures below on how we glued it!
If you want to add some finishing touches, feel free to get a silver paint pen and make dots on the ends to look like 'nails' in the pallet.
Enjoy your DIY Pallet Coasters :)! My cute 10 year old niece has a YouTube channel. She recorded us making these coasters - link will be up soon!
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. - Matthew 17:20
Divorce is a horrible ugly thing. I hate it. I wanted my husband to change and I wanted to forgive. Friends reached out and offered great advice (thank you!). All had the same advice - trust in the Lord, give it all to the Lord, and just concentrate on you and the kids. So that's what I'm doing. Throughout this storm, God never left my side. Faith is what kept me grounded. I'm going to keep taking leaps of faith, and continue to live in God's words.
This home decor was not as hard as I thought! I used scrap wood, and paint I had around the house. I started by finally opening the Ryobi scroll saw I ordered from Home Depot a few weeks ago. I looked on YouTube to see how to put it together and how to use it. I couldn't find anything! Luckily, after reading the directions, it was mostly put together and easy to use! I love it!
To get the word "faith" on the wood, I used my Silhouette Cameo and printed it on paper. I then put the paper on the wood and traced the letters. It made indention's on the wood. I later found out, I could have taped the piece of paper to the wood and used the scroll saw. I'll have to try that next time.
The scroll saw was easy and fun to use! Although I do not know how to sew, the scroll saw reminded me of a sewing machine, but cutting wood. It's more because of the look of the machines. :)
I used left over wood stain I had from another project for the border, used the metallic spray paint I used from my last blog post for the word 'faith,' and pink spray paint I got at Target for the background.
I wish the word faith was more like the top of the metallic spray can cap, but it works. I thought about adding glitter to the wood cut, but decided not to. Maybe next time :)!
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That's the only line I know of that Rhianna song. Now it's going to be stuck in your head ;) .
Since the blog launch date, I've received many messages from people saying I've inspired them. Thank you, that means so much to me! I've heard many stories about taking a leap of faith, going through divorce, trying new things, etc. You all inspire me! So just like that song, "SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. Find light in the beautiful sea. I choose to be happy...we're like diamonds in the sky. You're a shooting star I see," Keep shining bright!
I'm starting to pack my house, but wanted to make things "shine bright" before the big move. I went to Lowe's and saw this pretty Metallic spray paint.
I then went to Dollar Tree - there was so many possibilities, I can spray paint the whole store ;). Here are just a few ideas, If you have others, send it to me! I'll post on my twitter and facebook!
Refrigerator magnet letters and numbers. I just went outside, turned them right side up and sprayed.
Be sure to let it dry. Scotty grabbed the "Y" a little too early. She wanted to play with her name before putting in on the fridge.
These will go in my future house, Would love a craft/work room!
Send me pictures of your "shine bright like a diamond" designs!
Kristi Q Le
Hi! I'm Kristi. I'm starting a new chapter...more like book...of my life. I'm a mama of 2. Going to take adventures and try new things! YOLO, but in a Godly way!