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Seriously simple, modern end table

 

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This is a seriously simple end table project made from a 2×12 piece of wood and we added cute little feet to it. This would be a great first project…hint hint 😉     

     

 
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Living room BEFORE

 

 

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I’ve had my eye on an outdoor table that is an odd height. Its taller than a standard coffee table (so you would still feel comfortable eating a meal there) but lower than a dinner table (so you still feel like you are lounging). So of course we wanted to build it ourselves. 
We picked up a 3×5 sheet of cement board (the stuff behind the tile in your shower so it wont rot like plywood) and we already had some 4×4 legs from a failed bathroom vanity (we’ll share that later in a ‘DIY Duds’ post that is in the works). In order to hide the cement board, we decided to make a form out of 1x4s we had laying around and pour a slab on top. We also picked up (3) 12″x12″ sheets of green glass at Hobby Lobby to inlay into the top (wouldn’t be exciting enough if we didn’t include some type of experimental factor!).  Here’s a pic of its current state:

Outdoor concrete table form

 

 Check back soon for the results! 

We will be pouring the slab today then it needs to set (we are usually too anxious to wait longer than 1 day to remove the molds), then we’ll probably need to fill any edges that didn’t turn out perfect, followed by the final step of staining the concrete and paint/poly the legs. So I’m sure it will be complete later this week! Wish us luck (sure hope this project doesn’t end as a DIY Dud). 

UPDATE: Well, it looks pretty good (I better put a picture up soon)…BUT (and that’s a BIG but!) It took WAY more bags of concrete than we were expecting so it weighs about 360 lbs. How are we going to move that around?! Ugh! Not sure if we will reinforce its base and keep it or scrap it (use it as the foundtion the outdoor fireplace we want?!) hmmm…

Our baby dancing at the new table

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I began a search for barstool plans that looked nice and wouldn’t be too difficult to make since we are no experts at furniture building.  So, once again we looked to www.Knock-OffWood.com (obviously my new favorite website) for some ideas. We decided to make ours with 1x4s rather than 1x3s to make it a little more sturdy and added a low back to it. Here’s how ours turned out:

My barstool painted gloss black

This is how we built the bar stool: What do you need to buy?

1 – 12 ft 1×2
1-10 ft 1×4
1-8 ft 1×4

How to cut?

Step 1&2)

Make the seat frame then attach the seat boards from the underside with 2″ screws

Underside of seat

 View from the top side 

Seat attached from underside

Step 3) front and back legs go on next

Attach front and back legs to frame

Step 4)  Attach back rest. We just glued and clamped ours until it was dry so there wouldn’t be any brackets or screws in the way.

back rest

 Step 5) Attach the footrests

foot rests

sand and stain/paint

Hope that makes sense and that someone else will build a few of these for their outdoor bar or kitchen island bartop! hint hint.

Spray painting EVERYTHING

Posted: August 18, 2010 in Backyard, DIY
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Obsessed. That would describe my new feeling about spraypaint. After spray painting our master bathroom mirror frame, bed, and headboard all in mocha brown I’ve moved on to Gloss White (and now metallic colors). I painted a set of picture frames (filled w/ colorful pictures of our garden’s flowers) which will be going up on the wall very soon and today I went shopping in my own garage and discovered outdoor hanging planters that were all different colors…and red vases that didn’t quite match our new color scheme…lightbulb moment!…spray them. Here are the BEFORE pics:

BEFORE

AFTER: with colorful mums

Next painting project was my red vases…glossy blue or metallic…hmm!? (UPDATE: decision made…discovered  metallic blue and metallic charcoal colors so here are the pics)

BEFORE: (pretty but didn't match the rest of the house)

Sprayed on primer so the paint would be sure to stick...looks good like this too though

Blue and gray metallic vases AFTER painting

Things I’ve learned:

1-Clean off any dust/dirt that is on the item to be painted

2- wipe it dry

3-don’t wear any clothes or shoes that you love unless you are willing to get a light dusting of paint on them

4-work outside (or VERY well ventilated area) unless you feel like ingesting toxic chemicals and feeling all loopy afterward.

5-Let it dry then check if a second coat is needed…be patient.

6-Enjoy your NEW gift! 

What have you spraypainted? Are you thinking of anything around the house that could use a fun new color? Do share….

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Twin bed with headboard

 

We love our most recent furniture project (KING size platform bed and headboard) SO much and think it would make a great kids bed too. Might even have to make this one in a toddler size too next year when Rory graduates from his crib. I’m just learning to use SketchUp design program so bear with me…here are the plans for a twin platform bed:
 

Twin bed with headboard

What to buy?? (this is for bedframe only): See this link for headboard plan.
-(5) 1×4 (8ft long) – VERY straight boards
-(1) 3/4″ thick sheet 4x8ft plywood
-(1) 2×4 (8 ft long) – to cut up for the legs (or any other scraps you have around
 
  
  
  
How to cut the boards:
Cut plywood to 78 1/2″ long x 45″ wide
(2) 1×4 cut to 75 3/4″ – top boards
(2) 1×4 cut to 78 1/2″ – side rails
(2) 1×4 cut to 46 1/2″ – end boards
Cut 2×4 every 3 1/2″  to make (20) pieces (if you want to make the legs like we did from scraps)
 
STEP 1: Attach legs to plywood
STEP 2: Attach side rails (countersink and screw)
STEP 3: Countersink and drill top 3 boards to plywood
STEP4: Use wood filler on holes ,lightly sand and then paint
STEP 5: Add your twin mattress and sweet dreams
(STEP 6): Build headboard

Underside of bed. Attach legs to plywood base.

 

Attaching the side rail boards

 Anyone want to make this bed for your stylish kids?
 
Our bed that we recently built is now complete. This headboard was so simple that my hubby even let me play with the power tools and build it myself. Here’s how it turned out:

Headboard

Here’s how it was made:

We used (5) 1×6 boards and cut them to the width of the bed (which was 86 inches in our case). Attached those to some 1x4s we had on hand.

Yep, that's me cutting our boards down to the width of the bed

Then we sand 'em smooth

Square it up and start drilling

 I pre-drilled the holes and put 2 screws into each board. Also left 9″ legs on the bottom since this is the height of our bed and I wanted the headboard to sit on the floor.

Here's what the back looks like completed

 Next it’s time to paint the front so I picked up 2 cans of Kona Brown color paint to match the bed frame.

Here's how far 1 can of paint got me...

 The second can was plenty to finish this job and touch up any light spots. After patiently waiting for it to dry so I could carry it in…here’s the final result:

Voila! Bed is now complete. Time to work on those walls and new curtains.

 Can you believe how much they sell headboards for at the store? I think this project came in around $25 total including the paint…and a DIY ego boost (you don’t get that anyplace else!)