Pallet Board Christmas Trees

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I am going to share with you another quick, easy, and free pallet project.  Christmas is only two weeks away and I am NOT ready!  We don’t have a tree up, we have barely any decorations out, and guess how many presents I have purchased.  Zero!  Big fat goose egg, folks.  I seriously need to get my rear into gear.  Buuuut, I do have these adorable pallet trees on display and I’m loving them!  I also love that they were free and crazy easy to make.  Aren’t they adorable?

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I didn’t even use a measuring tape.  I’ll give you guys the measurements of my finished trees but really you can just do whatever you like.  I cut my tops of my trees and then decided on the size of the middle board from that.  Followed by the bottom.  The short sides of the middle and bottom boards are pretty close to the length of the long side on the board above.  Pretty confusing, huh?  Let’s try to simplifiy haha.  The long side of the top=the short side of the middle.  The long side of the middle=the short side of the bottom.  Here are the sizes of mine.  All the measurements are the long side and they are cut at a 45° angle.

Large Tree                                                      Small Tree

Top-6.5″                                                         Top-4.75″

Middle-14″                                                    Middle-11″

Bottom-21″                                                   Bottom-16.5″

Back Board-14.5″                                        Back-11.25″

Once I had my boards cut I sanded them very lightly.  To put them together I just used glue and my nail gun.

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All finished up!  These are so easy and look great!  I made 4 in about 30 minutes.  If you have some pallets laying around you should definitely whip some of these up.  They would even make a cute gift for someone!  And if you are looking for some other ideas for pallets check out my other pallet projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss a post and feel free to Pin my projects!  Have a great day!!

 

~Steph

Big Girl Art

Hey guys!!  Wanna know a secret?  Okay, so it’s really not a secret but it is exciting!  I have joined the Silhouette world!  That’s right…I finally got my hands on a Silhouette and I am IN LOVE!!  If you don’t have one go get one right now.  I’ll wait!

Okay, are you  back?  Good.  Now let’s put that bad boy to use and make some adorable little girl art.  You guys know I have been working on a big girl room.  I repainted this beautiful dresser, hung up some pretty sheer white curtains, bought the bedding, and their mattresses will be here in a few days.  Still on my to do list is build the beds, paint the walls, and get up some art.  Well I got a nice little start on their art in the last couple of weeks.  I would like to do a few more things but I’m not sure what yet.  But, in the mean time I think it’s looking pretty cute!

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And no, I haven’t painted yet.  The awesome flames are still there.  I just edited them out so I could see what it will look like once they’re gone haha.

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I love how all of these came out and the best part is that it was ridiculously inexpensive!  I mostly used things I already had.  This was a plain wooden picture frame that I got from a hobby store years ago and decoupaged some pretty scrapbook paper onto.  Look at those little dolls!  Aren’t they just the cutest?!
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The alphabet was made using PicMonkey.  I just started with a cute background and used the “backspacer” font to type out the ABC’s.  I made the letters gray and then changed the A to purple and the I to pink so my girls initials were both done in their favorite color.  I just printed it onto white card stock.  And I didn’t do some weird photo shop trickery to the frame.  It’s just really warped haha

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The butterflies were made with the Silhouette.   I found a butterfly I liked in the Silhouette store then duplicated it and made the duplicate a little larger.  Then I cut them out on two different kinds of paper and glued them together.  Once they were finished I glued them onto the gray chevron paper and stuck some little brads through for decoration.  Then you just fold out the wings to make it 3 dimensional.  So easy!

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The last one is my favorite!  I did this with the Silhouette as well.  I found some cute dress shapes I liked and bought them from the Silhouette store.  I cut out the same dress on 3 different pieces of paper.  The next part was ridiculously easy, and probably free if you’re a coffee drinker!  I took a coffee filter and cut it into quarters.  I used my glue pen and glued one quarter of a coffee filter onto each dress.

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I used some pretty scrapbook paper, glued some twine onto it, glued some really cute clothespins onto that, and then hung the dresses.  I love it and so do my girls!  The best part was I had all of this stuff already so it was free to me but even if you had to buy everything it would still be really inexpensive!

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Here’s a picture from a different angle so you can see how the dresses fluff up

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So far I’m very happy with the progress!  Don’t forget to follow me and if you like any of this I have added a handy little Pin feature so you can pin things straight from the picture!  You know you wanna 😉

Do you have a Silhouette?  If you had made any Silhouette project lately I would love to see them!!  Hope y’all have a great day!

~Steph

Quick and Easy Toddler Bed

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Hey friends!  I’m back today sharing a quick, easy, AND inexpensive toddler bed before spending the weekend outside enjoying the beautiful weather we are finally getting here in NE!  If you have a little one who is ready to get out of their crib this is a great project.  It really could not be any easier.  Just some lumber and a few hours and you can have this…

Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog!

I got my inspiration for this from this bed that Shanty 2 Chic and Ana White teamed up on.  I decided to not put the platform on because I figured my girls would probably figure out a way to hurt themselves with it…perhaps use it as a diving board or something.  They’re creative like that :)  I think I will eventually make some type of headboards to go with them but first I need to build one more.  I decided to only do one to make sure I liked it before spending the money on another.

So to build the bed I built a box out of 2x6s using my Kreg Jig.  Next, I put 2x2s running the length of the bed on each side just screwed through the 2×2 into the 2x6s.  After that, just screw some 1x3s slats into the 2x2s to lay your mattress on.  The best thing to do would be to measure you mattress and figure out your measurements from there.

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Once this is all done just add your bun feet onto the bottom.  Aren’t they adorable?!

Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog! Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog!

Now just prime and paint and you’re done!  I’m really loving the color.  I chose it because I found some amazing fabric at JoAnn that I am going to make new bedding with.  I’ll definitely show you guys when it’s all finished up but for now I’m really happy with how it looks.  And the best part is, my girlies love it!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

~Steph

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Quick and Easy Picture Ledges

Hey y’all!  Did you have a great week?  Like I said back in the Autism post here, I am back with a little quick project for you all.  I said two this week so a post Saturday night and another Sunday night is me keeping my word, right?  I think it is haha.  So let’s get on with this people!

So, the last few weeks I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t gotten many new things done.  I have been busy refinishing my dining room table and building some chairs to go with it.  And spending lots of time with these people…

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I did get a few picture ledges built for a customer though so I thought I would show you all how to do them.  They are, of course, Ana White plans.  It’s true guys, I’m completely obsessed with her!  These ledges are amazingly simple and a perfect starter project.  A friend of mine actually just started off with these.  She made some beautiful ledges for her bathroom!

You can make the ledges as long as you would like.  You can also make them as deep as you want but I wouldn’t recommend going to deep because there isn’t much to support them.  The deepest shelves I have made with these plans were 6″ and I honestly was not super comfortable with them because I was afraid of them being to heavy once they were filled up.  If you do decide to make some of these don’t come blaming me if your shelves were to heavy and they came crashing down in the middle of the night along with a chunk of drywall haha.

So to build these frames all you will need is 3 pieces of wood cut to the same length.  I would just measure the area you are putting them and build them to fit the space.  The best part of DIY is making everything look like it was made just for it’s new home.  For these shelves I used 1×3’s for the back and bottom and a 1×2 for the front.

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The assembly of these could not be simpler.  I use 2″ self tapping screws and just screw the back into the bottom.  Be sure to use glue and make sure you are keeping in mind what sides of the wood you want to be seen.  If one side is pretty and the other not so much just face the bad side to the back and you won’t ever have to see it!

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I would recommend putting screws about every 6″ or so.  Next step is adding the front.  I believe in Ana White’s plans you screw the front on but I just use my nail gun and attach the fronts using glue and some finish nails.

Now you have some ledges!  I sand them down a bit making sure to get any rough edges then either prime and paint or stain.  Keep in mind that stain will not work over glue so be sure you are wiping any glue that squeezes out off of your project.  To attach them I use 3″ self tapping screws and screw right through the backs being extra careful that I am drilling into the center of studs.  Now decorate!

Here are the shelves I was building for a customer.  She is using these for a book display in her baby’s nursery.  Such a cute idea!  Oh and look at that bench!  If you missed it you can read the post about it here 😉

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Here are some shelves I have made for my house.  I love how versatile they are.  And I also love that I can change out pictures so easily!

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Hope you all decide to make some of these easy little ledges.  They are so simple but are a great way to fill up a wall.  Hope you all have a great night and I will be back tomorrow with the pictures of my new dining room!  If you don’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook.  You can get a little sneak of the table!

~Steph

A Home For All My Spring Goodies

Easy Console Table

So, who wants to see a bunch of pictures showing you how to build this cute little console table??  Well sorry folks!  I actually started this table before I had committed to myself to start the blog so there are no pics.  But have no fear, you will see pics in the next few weeks because I’m building another one!  The reason?  I had originally built this to fit in front of my window.  I love the table but it’s just to small for the space.  But luckily it fits perfectly on a wall in my hallway upstairs so as soon as I build a bigger version for the front window, this little guy will be moving upstairs.  But in the meantime, I will tells you guys how I did it and give you all the measurements.  Fair enough??  Okay good.  Let’s get started then!

This is the cut list.

If you have never built anything I think this is a pretty easy project to start off.  I put this whole table together using pocket hole screws but you don’t need to do it like this.  You can countersink holes and fill them in with wood filler.   If you plan on building though I definitely recommend getting yourself a Kreg Jig.  It’s my best friend in tool world.  It makes everything so much easier.  I will show you some pics so you can see what the pocket holes look like.  I’ve got this kit here.  Definitely worth the money!

Here are the steps I took to build the table.
1-Build two sides by attaching side aprons to legs (be sure to do this step first because you won’t be able to fit your drill in if you do the front and backs first).  I lay the apron on 3/8″ small board while I attach it to the legs to inset it.  If you keep the apron flush with the 2×2 legs you can crack your wood.  At least I always do haha.  You can put the shelf up as high or low as you want.  Just make sure you are putting the shelf aprons on all at the exact same height.
2-Attach top and shelf back and front aprons to legs again using the 3/8″ board to help you out.
3-Flip table upside down and attach bottom shelf flush with the top of the aprons.  The bottom will not be flush since the aprons are 2x’s and the shelf is a 1x.
4-Lay table top on the ground with the bottom facing up and put the table on top of it upside down.  I used pocket holes so I just screwed through the pocket holes in the apron to attach the top.

Here are a few pics of the top to show you how I attached it all.
This is the underside of the shelf.  I didn’t bother painting the bottom of the shelf since I’m keeping it and nobody will ever see underneath anyways.
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And a few more pics just because I’m in love!  I told you my little pots needed a place to live!  I love all the bright happy colors.  It almost makes me not notice the 6ish inches of snow we got yesterday.  In March.  Did I tell you guys how much I miss AZ?
 That’s pretty much it guys.  Like I said I will be posting another post in a few weeks once I get the bigger table built.  I will be sure to take some in progress pictures so you can see what all I’m talking about.  I will be back on Wednesday with another quickie project for you guys but do any of you think you will be tackling this?  Or any furniture?  I would love to see everyone elses pics!
~Steph

Some Easter Fun!

Hey guys!  I’m back tonight with my first post…woot woot!  You are as excited as I am, right??  Okay good.  Now let’s get into it!

I did a quick little Spring/Easter project that I want to share with you guys.  Isn’t is so colorful and springy??  The cheery colors are helping me kick my winter blues haha.  I already have an idea for what I am going to replace the adorable bunnies with after Easter but you’re just gonna have to wait!  But for now let’s get into a little bit of spring, shall we?

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So this is what we started off with:

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Don’t be scare of the Vaseline, it’s not weird.  Although rubber gloves were also involved haha.  This part of the project only cost about $6 (includes pink ribbon that is not pictured)  but I had the paints and Vaseline on hand already.

So to start it off I painted the pots brown.  Don’t worry about doing this perfectly.  As you can see I don’t paint the inside completely.  You just want to be sure that when you have your flowers in your pots you don’t see any of the original pot color.

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The next part is where the Vaseline comes into play.  I learned this technique over at Shanty 2 Chic.  You can read their post about it here http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/03/distress-paint-with-vaseline.html. The Vaseline helps to get a distressed look.  Anywhere you want the base color to peak through just rub a bit of Vaseline.  But I recommend wearing gloves because it feels gross!  Trust me on this people…just wear the gloves.  And just use a little Vaseline.  You don’t need much.

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After that just put your top color on!  Once I had the blue on I decided I didn’t really want the distressed look so I didn’t try to sand it down at all.  If I did I would have tried a 220 sand paper and sanded it very lightly to get some of the brown to show through.  BTW, this blue is THE BEST color ever!  I think if you continue to read my blog you will see that I have a slight obsession with it!  It’s Americana “Indian Turquoise”.  You can buy it at Michael’s.  That’s it for the pots!  For the tiny wreath’s I planned on painting them with a brush but it didn’t work out so I just took them out to the garage and gave them a few coats of gloss white spray paint.  Just remember to do a few light coats.  The best part is those little cuties only cost $.49/ea at Michael’s.  I think I should stock up and find other uses for them because they are almost the cutest thing ever!  I just put some ribbon around them and taped the ribbon to the inside of the pot.  Easy peasy!  The flowers and rabbit were all from Hobby Lobby.  I think they have a much better flower selection but remember your coupon.  The cute little bunnies were $3.99 on sale for 50% off…go snatch some up before they are gone!

And that’s it!  We officially got through our first post together…was it as awesome as you had imagined?  haha.  If you have a Pinterest (of course you do, who doesn’t) you should definitely pin this!  And just because I didn’t show you what you can really do with the awesome distressing technique from the Shanty 2 Chic girls I wanted to show you a picture frame I did so you can see what you can do with it.  And yes, it is Indian Turquoise.  I told you it’s an obsession people…don’t judge!

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Well hope you all have a good weekend and I will be back Monday night to show you guys my newest furniture build.  And don’t forget…get Pinning :)

~Steph