Thursday, August 23, 2018

I believe in easy, quick DIY's. A project you can finish in an afternoon gives you a huge sense of accomplishment and can be placed in your home almost immediately. This bread board is perfect because it can modified a million ways to meet your exact criteria! It could be painted, stained, oiled, or left natural. Give them as gifts, decorate your kitchen, make your own cutting board. The possibilities are endless! Let's get started.

First you'll need a thick plank of wood. The size, thickness, and type of wood is your choice. I went with a large, thick piece of cedar. Cedar is great for this project if you are wanting something decorative only.  Cedar is a soft wood and wouldn't work well as a cutting board. If you are wanting to use it as a cutting board, choose a hard wood, like hickory.

Depending upon the look you're going for you can hand draw or measure out the handle exactly. For a more rustic, primitive look, you can draw it out. Most primitive antiques aren't perfectly even, so that saves us the trouble of making everything exact. Drawing out and cutting straight lines is easier, so I did all of the rounding with the sander instead of cutting the curves into the board.
With a jigsaw, cut out the general shape of your board. Again, exact measurements aren't necessary. You can see in my picture that I did a wonky job, but the sanding will take care of it.
Let's start sanding. This part takes the most time, but makes the most difference. With this bread board, you'll want to make it smooth and rounded. Corners are your enemies. If it doesn't look like your great-great-grandmother kneaded dough on it every day of her life, keep sanding.  Round down the corners and edges until they feel smooth and soft. Sand and sand and sand until you love the shape. Depending upon the type of wood, this may be easier said than done. As expected, soft woods will be easier to sand than hard woods. The next picture shows how I rounded the corner on the right and left the corner on the left to show contrast.
Next, get your drill ready with the largest bit you have. Mark a spot in the middle of your handle and drill a hole for the strap. These are traditional with a bread board, so you'll want to have one if you're trying to be accurate.
Finally, it's time to decide on a finish. If you're looking to use it as a cutting board, you could rub it down with linseed or olive oil to seal the wood. If you are hoping to decorate with it, you have a lot more options. Paint or stain will both look great. I went with a watered down gray stain and lightly rubbed a dark walnut stain over the top. Watering down stain allows the wood grain to show through more clearly, making the finish have a faded look. And here's the finished product!
Again, my favorite part of this project is how many ways it can be altered to fit your needs! Now, I want to see your version! Leave a comment below to tell us the modifications you made :) Happy creating!


Friday, August 17, 2018

*Heads up: Some of the photos and ideas in this post are NOT MINE, but, because I love them, I have compiled them here for you! If you want to know the original owner, click on the picture. 

Some things are just ugly. They could be outdated or just an awful color that should have been left in the 70's. I'm looking at you, pea green. So should we just throw them out? Absolutely not! Spray paint covers a multitude of imperfections and can turn an awful looking piece into something magical for your home, office, or classroom! Here's a few of my favorite examples!

Office Supplies

Everyone wants cute or matching office supplies. So spray paint your filing trays or pencil cup so they match! And how about the straw dispenser turned pencil dispenser? This thing has been a life saver in my classroom! Who would have thought that a $3 garage sale find could be so useful and so cute!
Lamps

Lamps can add character to any room, but the ugly outdated lamp your grandma handed down may not be ideal for your style. Spray paint is a quick lifesaver and can make it look like you spent a lot on it without breaking the bank!

Toys

Monochromatic figurines are so popular right now! However, they can be pretty pricey. Stop at Goodwill or a garage sale to pick up some plastic toys and grab a can of spray paint for an instant bookshelf makeover! 

Chairs
Ugly chairs are sad, but a quick coat of paint masks many imperfections. This could change the look of any type of chair, and I've even seen people spray paint the fabric!

Canvas
Old, ugly canvases sell for practically nothing. No one wants a picture with a multicolored tiger or Justin Bieber back in his "Baby" prime. Open a can of spray paint and you have a brand new surface for your creation!

Kitchenware
Some dishes, bowls, and vases can be hideous. But a coat of spray paint will do wonders. Sara has an awesome tutorial on how to make your work look professional! *Be a smarty and don't use spray paint of a surface that will touch food. I don't want you to die. 

I mean, this post could go on forever, and we could EASILY talk for days on the magic transforming power of spray paint! But I want to hear from you! What are some amazing ideas you have come up with on how to DIY with spray paint! Let me know or leave a link in the comments below! Happy transforming!




Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hey, hey! I am so excited to participate in our Thrifted Home Décor Challenge and accept the challenge to repurpose an item for your home on a budget! If you are coming from Oh So Kel, I want to especially welcome you as we jump through some of these amazing ideas! If you haven't had a chance to read Kelly's post, you are missing out! Click here to bounce back to see her DIY Floral Hoop that you will definitely want to try this weekend!

Let's get started!

Some projects don't turn out the way you expect. This one, for instance, was a happy accident created from the failure of an attempted project. Anyone ever tried to make these...?
{Anthropologie Knock-Off} De DIY weekend editie: gave boekletters | Roomed (in Dutch)
They are adorable and at EVERY craft fair you go to. So they should be easy, right? WRONG. With the tools and the patience I had (not much by the end), this project could not get off the ground. And I had a lot riding on it. I was going to make some for a friend's birthday, I had grand plans of decorating my home with them, and I went out and bought over 20 Reader's Digest books because I was SO SURE this would be an easy project. I threw away (and threw across the garage) more books than I'm proud of. 

Yikes...

So out of that project came this one. An easy, quick, pride-rescuing project that turned out marvelously. I'm so pleased that I'm making some for two birthday parties :) Let's get started...
Supplies: (I'm excited to tell you because there are so few things needed for this simple project!)
  1. Books (shock)- Any type you want is fine, but they need to have a thick enough booty to stand up on their own. I use Reader's Digest because they are cheap and colorful.
  2. A pencil
  3. Scissors
  4. Painter's/scotch tape
  5. A box cutter
  6. My templates (These are custom made for Reader's Digest books, which have a very awkward size. I'll include the link to these at the bottom.)
Really? That's all? YES.

First, print and cut out the letters you are going to use. Be a smarty and only print out one if a letter duplicates #savethemtrees Once you have the letter cut out. Tape it lightly to the front cover of the book. 
Outline them in pencil. Why not just cut them from here? You probably could, but a cut is permanent. Personally, I'd rather draw it with a pencil, get the paper out of the way, check to make sure my lines are straight, and erase any stray marks.
Remove the paper and use your box cutter to lightly trace lines along your pencil line. A lot of Reader's Digest books have a repeating pattern that you can use to help you stay straight. Once you have the shallow cut, start to dig in deeper until you reach through to the back of the cover. Don't panic about nicking the first few pages; we're going to remove them.
Pop out the cover pieces and you already have a gorgeous piece of art!
Now, let's let the words shine through. Take your box cutter and run it near the binding on the pages. Take out the first few pages until you find one with lots of words or a cool picture. 
So gorgeous! Talk about a fun, unique gift that (if you get the books at a good price) won't break your bank!
Here's a video to show the whole process...
Oh, yeah! You can't start this project without the Book Letter Templates! Why did I make them the way I did? 3 reasons: 1. They have to attach the the cover in some way or the cover will fall off. 2. They needed to be flat on the bottom so they can stand up. 3. Straight lines are way easier!

Click on the picture below to download the templates! 
Have you tried these? Post some pictures for us to fall in love with! Have you ever had a project frog that turned into a prince? Tell us about it in the comments below! And don't forget to pin this for later!

Oh, but we aren't even close to done! If you're ready to fall in love with another gorgeous project, you HAVE to check out Tasha at Rufus and Henrietta and her incredible post on an awesomely simple DIY Wall Hanging that you will definitely want in your home!

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