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Monday, July 20, 2015

DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

So I've been seeing these all over Pinterest forever!!!! I've always wanted to make one! But honestly I always forget to look when I'm at the hardware store. I've also never found simple instructions?! And honestly while standing in that dept with a trillion different pipes and attachments staring back at me....I remembered why I just hadn't bothered!!!! With projects like this I like it to be cut and dry! I like to know what I'm going to need! I hate standing there trying to come up with stuff in store....while my daughter is like "momma momma momma.....I have to use the potty....can we go now..." And on and on and on. And 20 employees keep asking me if I need help...which I probably do, but don't want it! Lol. So hopefully this will make it super easy for you! And if you are like me you can breath easy knowing you can go to the store with a list!!!! ;)

Now I chose to do a mounted version! I wanted to free up counter space & hated our old paper towel holder. It was actually not cheap but always attracted all the dust from the paper...and the roll constantly got stuck?!?! 

So this is what I came up with! 
These are the bags so you know what your looking for! 

I mounted my pipe to a 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 17" board that I stained & sanded! In Varathanes Ash. 

I found my studs and just used 3" dry wall screws right into the board all the four corners. 

I also rubbed some of the stain on the pipe and flange to give it more of an aged look! 

And that's that!!!! I wish I would have done this years ago! It fits my decor to a T! Works perfectly and is completely out of the way! And literally the only thing that takes time is waiting for the stain to dry! 

Hope you enjoyed this! Thanks for stopping by!!! Xoxo Sherri 

Monday, June 22, 2015

DIY Blanket Ladder

So it's been a while! I have been doing some projects...but life kinda gets in the way sometimes. And sitting to blog hasn't been an option! But it's nice to be back! ;) 

I built this blanket ladder a while ago. I moved our living room around and it was exactly what I needed to add some height and fill a large empty spot on the wall!!! We also use throws all yr round...I'm not that crazy about central air! I'm always cold!!! So it gets allot of use!!! 

  This is a super simple build! You can use any size boards, you don't have to angle them, paint, stain..leave it natural! You can totally make this your own, and customize it to fit your space! 

                     You will need:
               2 - 1x2x8 foot boards 
               1 - 1x2x3 foot board 
               (*you can use just a hammer &                                     nails with wood glue for this project!)
                Miter saw (or hand saw)
                     Sanding block
                 1 1/4" wood screws (or       pocket hole screws)
                        Wood glue
           Stain or paint of your choice!
                        Cut List:
                2 - 1x2's @ 62"
                4 - 1x2's @ 17 1/2"
I cut the two bottom ends at a slight 18 degree angle. 

This is the placement of the pocket holes!

I attached my first rung 7" from the top, the next three rungs 10 1/4" apart. 
 And that left me with about 16 1/2" from the last ring to the floor! 

I chose to angle my rungs, you don't have to. But your blankets will lay a little flatter! And if you plan of using any fluffy throws, I'd definately do this!!! Just keep your pocket hole facing the top/back!

These are all pretty thick throws....and they lie flat!!! 

Next you are going to give it a good sending. I used my little hand sander and really hit some spots to give it a worn old look. 

I then added some dark walnut stain, only in areas I was going to distress!

Next I used some gray rustolium stain very heavy! So it was almost like paint!

Finally another good sanding!!! And your done!!! 

(I took the pic not realizing my daughter had put the recliners out! Lol but it sure looks like the cat is living it up! Haha)
(This is a little sneak peek of another project!!!! ;) )

So that it!!! Super easy! And you get ALLOT of bang for your buck!!! It's a super easy way to add height and fill a large empty wall...without taking up floor space! Hope you enjoyed this post!!! I'm always posting to my Instagram! So for sneak peeks and other daily nonsense head on over there!!! ;)

Thanks for stopping by!! Xoxo Sherri

Saturday, January 31, 2015

DIY Wine Rack

So I've been pinning diy wine racks for months!!! Again, I used some reclaimed wood scraps. I'd been saving a specific piece just for this. So what ever I made had to work with what I had. I wanted something that was relatively small. And would fit 4 wine glasses. Here goes nothing!!! This is what I came up with! 

This is my cut list! 

I didn't have enough reclaimed wood so I had to use new scraps as well! To give them that old reclaimed look I used this trick it's super easy!!! 
Can you even tell what's old & new?! Not too bad! Right!!

Next you will be making the holes for your wine glasses. I used a 7/16" drill bit. I used a wine glass to get my placement. But my first hole was 2 7/8" from the side and then I did one every 3 1/4"....(my last one also being 2 7/8" from the side!) 
I then cut in to each hole. Any old saw will do! After just sand them down smooth! 

-make sure to drill pilot holes and countersink your screws!

I started by screwing the top shelf to the sides using 1 1/4" wood screws. 

I then screwed the back on using the same 1 1/4" wood screws. And leaving a half inch of clearance from the shelf.  

Next you will be attaching the wood blocks & bottom. I predrilled one hole in the center of each piece. Going all the way through and into the side pieces! Just like in the pic above! Then I used 3" wood screws to attach it all! This is the larger of the pieces! This piece lines up with the back piece not the top shelf!!! So your wine rack rests evenly against the wall! 

You can now screw the front piece on! Same as the back! 
***to give the screw heads a distressed look I dabbed them with some stain!!!

After its all assembled touch up all your edges, screw holes and were you cut for the wine glasses with dark stain!

To mount mine I just predrilled two holes and screwed right into studs in my wall! If you don't have studs were you want it to hang just use some anchors!!! 

Lastly I made a little sign. Just a piece of wood 15 5/8" x 3"
  Stained the same as the wine rack! 
A little swipe of chalkboard paint! 
I got this little Gelly Roll white paint pen from Micheals craft store, and free handed "You be my glass of Wine, I'll be your shot of Whiskey"~Blake Shelton 

 Distressed it a tad...and nailed it above my wine rack! 

I'm not a hundred percent ok with the sign placement...but higher it looked kinda detached & this seems a little low...but I'm sure I'll mess with it more! But I'm happy with how it all came out! Now to stock up on the good stuff!!!! lol 

Hope you liked this one! Xoxo Sherri

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rustic Crayon ToolBox

This was inspired by the gorgeous old toolbox used by Joanna Gaines in an episode of Fixer Upper! 
I can't tell you how many things I've purchased for crayon's kinda ridiculous!!! 
But they are always out!!! So why not put them in something I don't mind looking at!? 
I had some left over reclaimed wood scraps that I wanted to use. And after seeing the episode of Fixer Upper I knew what shape they would take!!! 

^ my happy place!!! :)
I made my measurements to fit the crayons. I wanted them to fit perfectly. Be easly accessible and fit snug. 
I decided to use a fence picket for the bottom. Because of the curve the crayons in the middle will stick up a little higher, making them easier to get too. 

I assembled it the old fashioned way....just a hammer and nails!

These are the measurements. I cut the angle at 21 degrees at 3". (I will do a cut list as well!) 

This is the bottom. Because I used a fence picket and wanted the rounded curve to be centered. I did small cuts on both sides! It's 8 3/4" long by 1 7/8" wide! ** this may vary a bit! I used reclaimed wood that was not all from the same piece, straight  or the same thickness throughout! So I would just make all your other cuts first then measure for your base piece!

                        CUT LIST

           Sides: 8 3/4"L x 3"H x 3/4"
        Ends: 8 3/4"H x 3 1/2"W x 3/4"
     *angle cut at 3" from bottom @ 21         degrees
            Base: 8 3/4"L x 1 7/8"W
            Handle: 8 3/4"L x 3/4"W

Note: I used a random scrap piece of wood as my handle! But if you don't have any scraps that work you can use a dowel or just cut a square piece to fit!

There are tons of options when it comes to finishes!!! I just sanded and sealed mine with some poly. But you can paint, stain...anything your little heart desires! Make it your own!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!!!! Xoxo Sherri

Friday, January 23, 2015

Vintage Nightstand Redo

I've had my eye out for something that would work as a nightstand for a while! And the other day driving to home depot there it was!!!! All alone, unloved and sitting on the curb with a free sign!!! I squealed, quickly pulled over to the curb and then flashed that "you know you love me" look at my hubby!... He complained for a second as he got out of the car,  then loaded it for me!!! :D 
It had definitely seen better days!!! It was a hot mess! I wanted a piece to paint, so I didn't care. But boy did it smell good.... :/ 
Every draw has cool old locks!!! 
The entire piece got a good sanding, vacuumed & cleaned!

Then I started on the hardware. It's not all original, but it's all vintage. I love it! I used my Bar Keepers Friend and a nail scrub brush. It's just the right amount of scrubbing power without being crazy abrasive! 
As you can tell it worked well!!!! 

Then I got to painting...I had help! ;)
I wanted to either get some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint..but didn't want to drive 45 min to the nearest dealer. I can make my own...but I don't care for the process! So a trusty old can of flat paint I had laying around was what I chose. It went on easy and I did two coats. 

I took care not to paint any of the locks! 
I then did a quick coat of poly on the entire piece! Inside and out! I had planned on using my favorite matte poly....but ended up going with a satin. 


I'm inlove with this piece!!!! It's one of my favorites! It's exactly what I had envisioned!!! I love taking an old unloved piece of furniture and bringing it back to life! 

Now go forth and find old things!!! ️Xoxo Happy hunting! Sherri