Happy hump day! Guys, have I got a good one for you today! One of my favorite and most beeeeautiful friends, Loren Miller, is here with us today to share a great inexpensive DIY. If you don’t know her already (GASP!!!) please please head over to her Instagram and start stalking, I mean following, her! She is so amazing! Now that I’ve gone on and on about her lets get onto the post so I can prove my point about how awesome and gorgeous she is haha.
Hey guys!! So, thanks for stopping in today! I’m sharing with you guys one of my favorite projects that I do! They’re so pretty and make fantastic gifts! I know we’ve all seen the beautiful signs all over social media in the beautifully styled homes. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can make them for yourself! But if you aren’t into that type of thing you should head to Etsy to pick up one of these beauties for yourself…I happen to have my very own Etsy shop that I just reopened that offers these lovely little babes haha.
Now that I’m done with that shameless plug let’s get on with it! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post a few weeks back of my “Because of the Brave” wood sign.
Isn’t she purdy? I made this cutie last year for Fourth of July. Want to see a picture of how I styled it taken with the worlds saddest smart phone?
Womp womp womp! Luckily I have been able to move up in the cell phone world and my pictures are now a little bit better haha. Anyways, doesn’t it look cute next to my chalkboard? You can see how I made it here.
So, for the sign I don’t really have progress pictures because I didn’t plan on posting it. I do have pictures though from a sign I made as a teacher gift so I can show you the steps I take. And please fell free to leave any questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to explain anything that’s not clear.
- (1) 1×10-Cut to 9.25″ or 1/4″ plywood cut to 9.25″x9.25″
- (4) 1×2 cut to fit picture
- Paint (I use this this in “Ocean” and “Plaster”)
- Stain (I use Dark Walnut)
- Transfer paper
So the first two steps are what I don’t have pictures of. You will want to download the cut file down at the bottom of this post. It’s already sized for a 1×10 board but if you have a different size just resize it to whatever you need. Now cut it out of vinyl. I use this from BoGo Vinyl. I find that it sticks well but comes off easily. I tried the Hobby Lobby brand and it would be great if you were leaving the vinyl on but left a lot of sticky residue and ruined the sign when I took it off. Paint your wood with the “Plaster” color paint. Let dry very well (overnight if you’re patient enough) and then using your transfer paper apply the letter part of the stencil. Paint over the whole thing with the “Ocean” paint. I did 2 coats and then remove the stencil. After that is completely dry you can sand it down to give it a distressed look like I did.
Sand and stain your 1×2. I do this before cutting the board to make it easier. When you stain your 1×2 make sure you wipe the stain off really well because it will just become sticky if you don’t.
Tip: If you plan on making a few signs you can sand and stain a few 1x2s at a time. This way if you are ever wanting to make one you can easily just paint the sign and grab the already stained and ready to go 1×2 pieces to make your frame.
Now it’s time to frame. If you use the 1×10 board it’s really easy. Just lay the board on a flat surface and cut two pieces to board height. Using a nail gun, glue and nail the frame flush with the bottom. Measure what you need for the last two boards (board width plus 1.5″ from the frames you already put on. Glue and nail them the same way. The process for the plywood is a bit different. Start by cutting two pieces of stained 1×2 and 2 pieces of just sanded 1×2. You’ll lay the non stained boards flat and glue and nail the stained boards to them.
Lay the sign onto the boards and nail through the sign into the non stained boards.
Measure the sign now to figure out the length needed for the top and bottom frame pieces. You will only need the stained boards here. Glue and nail them into the rest of the frame that you have already built.
Now you’re done if you want to be but I like to sand down the frame a little bit. Then put it out and admire your awesome work!
I like to put it out with my favorite picture of me and my favorite vet! Hubba hubba haha
And even though this isn’t the sign that the post is about I’ll show you the finished Teacher Gift sign 😉
Hope you’ll make your own and if you do please use the #simplylovelylumber on social media so I can see it! Thanks for stopping by and again, if you need me to clear anything up please just leave a comment for me!
Hey guys! Thanks for stopping in and thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway I was doing with the gracious Teal Driftwood! Just a little reminder, they were giving away this fun hand built wood tray.
As usual the giveaway took place on Instagram and the lucky winner is @GotAmyHgtv!!! Big congrats Amy! We would love to see what you do with it after you get it so please share some pictures with the #SimplyLovelyLumber! Go head over to Teal Driftwood’s Instagram page to give them all your info so they can get it out to you! Thanks again to all who entered! Also, for everybody else who didn’t win you can head over to their Etsy shop and get one for yourself!! Thanks for stopping by!
It’s Friday, yay!!! That means that we have made it through the hard parts of the week and it’s time again for another Simply Lovely Lumber Weekly Giveaway! Can I just say that I am loving all of these giveaway and I am so thankful for all the small shop that are doing them with me?! If you have a small shop and are interested in doing a giveaway send me a message on Instagram or email me at email@example.com
Do you remember a couple of weeks back when the sweet husband and wife team, Teal Driftwood, were here giving us great tips about picking projects to upcycle? They shared this beauty with us.
Well, they are so generous that they are giving one of you guys a beautiful hand built tray!
And if you aren’t the lucky winner you can go and purchase one for yourself from their Etsy shop! Make sure to check out all of their other goodies as well!!
So here’s how you enter. Like myself and Teal Driftwood on Instagram. Like the post on MY page and tag 3 friends in different comments. Want 10 extra entries? Repost the picture, tag me, and use the hashtag #SimplyLovelyLumberGiveaway. Giveaway runs Friday May 20th, 9am AZ time-Sunday May 22nd, 8pm AZ time. Come back Monday at 7pm to see who won! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!
Good morning guys and welcome to the blog! Today I have a really fun and easy project! The kiddos can even get in on this one, although mine didn’t haha. When I was making these they had their friends over so crafting with mom was pretty much out of the question ha! What is it that I’m sharing you ask? Oh, you didn’t ask? Let’s pretend you did, shall we? I made these super cute magnetic picture frames!
Since we moved into our new house I have been slowly working on decorating. When you are cheap and crafty, you DIY. When you DIY things go a lot slower than they would if you just went out and bought everything. But that’s okay! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the gallery wall I put together for my babes after they got their new bunk beds from grandma and grandpa! If you don’t follow me I will still show you the gallery wall but you should definitely be friends with me on IG!
So let me first say I am obviously no photographer! I mean honesty how do you photograph something like this haha? But bad photog skills aside, I’m loving their gallery wall! I showed you guys how I made the butteryfly art, coffee filter dresses, and typography print here. The gazelles are garage sale finds for $2, woot woot! They were plain brown and pretty ugly until they got a makeover with some spray paint. The born together, friends forever picture was just vinyl I cut out with my silhouette and put onto a page I painted when my kiddos and I were using water colors. I made the yarn pom pom garland for Valentine’s day. The picture of them in the bottom left corner is just a plain frame that I modge podged scrap book paper onto and the narwahl is string art that we made when we went to visit our besties last summer! Now that you have the run down of everything let’s get to the frames. Do we even really call them frames? Who knows, let’s just go with it.
- 1/4″x2″x48″ hobby board (I use these from Home Depot. They’re usually in a rolling cart near all of the 1x lumber)
- Craft Paint
Cut your boards to size. I cut mine at 8.5″ but I should have printed the photos first and got my measurements from the pictures. My boards are a little to long so I have white on either side of the pictures.
Paint your boards. I chose to only paint the outsides because you wouldn’t be able to see the insides. If you aren’t lazy like me paint both sides!
Attach your magnets with hot glue. I have a little disclaimer to make. My magnets kind of sucked and weren’t strong enough so I just hot glued the pictures to them haha. You can either add more magnets or maybe try to get some stronger ones. Mine were just a really cheap pack that I found in the kids craft aisle at Walmart.
Hot glue your ribbon to the inside of the back top piece.
That’s it folks! Now you just put in your pictures and hang them up! I got my hooks from a vendor at a market here in AZ called Junk in the Trunk! I love how this whole wall has come together.
And I may be a little biased but those babes are kind of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I just wanna bite them!!
One last thing before I go. I saw this project originally on Facebook on one of those cool little videos that everyone is posting nowadays. If it was your video please let me know so I can give you the credit you deserve!
Come back tomorrow because my friends Teal Driftwood will be back tomorrow with a really awesome giveaway for you guys!! Thanks for stopping by!
Good morning!! I hope you’re have a great week so far! It’s Wednesday so that means we’re back with another Maker Wednesday post and today we have some of my Instagram besties, Hazel Grey!
They are an amazing sister team that make adorable rustic signs and have a slight coffee addiction. Of course I was going to fall in love with them haha. Here is a bit from them…
Grab some supplies!
- Whichever paint you have (spray paint//house paint//acrylic paint)
- Glass jar with some sort of texture, so it stands out when you’re done sanding (mason jar//spaghetti jar etc)
- Coarse sand paper (60-80 grit is best but you can use whatever you have) or nail file (little more time consuming but no biggy)
Once your paint of choice has dried, grab your sand paper and sand all edges//bottom of jar and any textured areas) choose different areas of the jar (you don’t want the distressed areas to be symmetrical- symmetry isn’t fun when distressing?)
Good morning my loves! How was your week? Well, let’s try to make it even better for one lucky reader! It’s Friday so that means we have our second ever Simply Lovely Lumber weekly giveaway! This week we have Lindsay from Forage and Lee. She makes the most beautiful macramés! Here is Lindsay with a little bit about herself and her business…
My name is Lindsay Lee of Forage & Lace and I am a fiber artist specializing in macramé! I am 32 years old living in Vancouver, BC Canada and a first time mom to my daughter Avery Dawn born July 2015!
I first tampered with macramé about 2 years ago, made a couple things and forgot about it. I distanced myself from social media for a bit and so I lost touch with what was current or not trending. I found macramé again this year in February 2016 and decided that I would no longer sit back and be stagnant with my art. Having my daughter has really inspired me to find what I love and to be better at it. Also being on maternity leave and being away from a job that was unfulfilling has given my brain the space it needs to be inventive and creative. Since February I have been on the look out for and in contact with smaller boutiques that I hoped would house my work. I’ve been successful so far and my pieces will be in their 6th store by next week! Along with that I have been doing a few local markets and macramé workshops. Meeting other local artists and artisans has been so rewarding! Seeing other moms kick butt and getting things done has been extra motivating as well! However, teaching my craft has by far been the most fulfilling for me! I have only done a couple so far but the reward is far greater than I ever expected! I have always loved to teach and although I’m still finding ways to be better, it’s been so amazing and the response from these women (so far just the ladies have joined) has been immensely satisfying!
I hope that I can continue to grow both as a person and an artist while I do this! I’m having a blast doing it!
Ahhhh-Ma-Zing, right?! I’m honestly so blown away with how beautiful they are! Would you guys like to see what piece Lindsay is giving to one of my lovely readers?
For your chance to win this beauty you will need to head over to Instagram and like Simply Lovely Lumber and Forage and Lace and tag 3 friends in seperate comments on the giveaway picture on MY page. If you want an extra 10 entries repost the photo, tag me, and use the #simplylovelylumbergiveaway so I can find it! Giveaway runs from Friday May 13th, 9am AZ time-Sunday May 15th, 8pm AZ time. The winner will be announced back here on the blog Monday evening at 7pm. Good luck!!
Hey guys! Hope your week is going great! I’m back today with a really inexpensive and easy project for your weekend! If you are new to building this is the perfect place to start. I actually posted about these Ana White picture ledges a few years ago but I’ve made so many over the years that I thought they deserved a new updated post. So they are actually picture ledges but I’m using these ones for books and can you believe they cost me $5 for all 3 combined!!! Insane! Wanna see them?
They’re super versatile. You can use them for books like I did with these, pictures, even storage. I have a few in my garage. I keep all my screws in mason jars on a picture ledge over my work bench and I have a few more that hold all of my spray paint. You definitely NEEEEEEEEED some of these in your life haha. So let’s get on to making them.
- 2″ screws
- Brad nailer and 2″ brad nails
- Countersink Bit
Cut all of your wood. I wanted my shelves to be 30″ across. Each shelf is made from 30″ of 1×4, 1×3, and 1×2.
Figure out what part of the wood will look the best. I tend to just hide the uglier sides of the boards. You will need to use a countersink bit here because you don’t want the screws sticking out against your wall. That’s this guy…
Screw through the bottom of the 1×4 into the 1×3 using glue and 2″ screws.
At this point I like to sand everything down. It gets a little tricky once you put the front on. You’re almost done. Now just use your brad nailer and glue to attach the front 1×2. If all you have is a drill, no problem! You can always attach the front the same way you did the back. Just use some wood filler when you’re done and nobody will be the wiser!
Now all that’s left to do is paint or stain it and hang it up! I use 4″ screws through the back making sure I’m going right into studs to hang them up. Once you fill them with whatever you choose nobody will ever even see the screws.
I love them so much! I hung them low enough that my girls can reach the bottom two shelves on their own. And I spy a little bit of the Wall Mount Doll House!
You can switch these up so many ways to accommodate what you want them for. You can leave the front off, use the 1×3 as the back and the 1×4 as the shelf to you can fit something a little deeper, maybe use a 1×5 (Home Depot has them now, woohoo!) as the shelf although I’ve never done one that wide. There are tons of uses! I hope you try some for yourselves and like I said they are a great first project! If you make this or any of my other projects I would love to see so just tag me and use the #simplylovelylumber on social media! Thanks for stopping by and come back tomorrow for our second Simply Lovely Lumber Weekly Giveaway!
Hey hey hey! Thanks for stopping by to check out this week’s Maker Wednesday! Today we have one of my favorite friends from Instagram! Her name is Kellie and she is the lady behind Metals and Magnolias! She posts the prettiest things and she is one of the hosts for a fun hashtag called #SweetTeaNJunk. Today she is here showing us how she made this gorgeous desk!
Isn’t it awesome? And that picture frame hanging above it gives me heart eyes, people! She is going to be giving us the step by step instructions on how you can make one of your own but first here is a little bit about her and some of the other pretty things she has posted over on her Instagram account.
My name is Kellie Block…known on Instagram as @MetalsAndMagnolias. I have 20 plus years of design experience. I have designed everything from tall buildings, homes, megaYachts (Ft Lauderdale), salons, and Crate and Barrel Furniture stores. I am a true southern girl born and raised in Texas.
I absolutely love her style! All the chippy rustic goodness is dreamy! Let’s get back to that desk though…
- reclaimed wood
- rustoleum…weathered gray stain
- min-wax…special walnut
- 3/4 galvanized pipe
- (4) flange
- (6) 6″ threaded pipe
- (2) 8″ threaded pipe
- (4) 24″ threaded pipe cut to 22″ and re-threaded
- (1) 36″ threaded pipe
- (6) T Connector
- (4) caps
Cut wood to desired size…picture shown wood cut to 48″. Lay out boards horizontally. Measure and cut 3 boards to vertical dimension. Using coarse wood screws attach the horizontal boards to the vertical boards to build the top of the desk. (You will see the vertical board on the bottom of the desk top in Step 3)
Clean all pipes and fittings with acetone. Assemble base and clean with acetone again. You will see how it all goes together in the picture below.
Attach base to reclaimed wood top. Screw through the flanges into the underside of the top.
TaDaaaaah!! Tha’ts it…place your new desk in your favorite spot!
Thanks so much Kellie for the post. If you have any questions please just ask here and I will relay the message to her or better yet, go follow her on Instagram and you can ask yourself and get lots of great inspiration while you’re there!
Come back tomorrow because I will be doing a tutorial for picture ledges that I’m actually using as book shelves for my daughters. They’re so versatile I even use them in the garage for spray paint storage! Hope you’ll come and check them out. Thanks for stopping by!!
Good morning and welcome! I hope you all had an amazing day spoiling your moms and getting spoiled! We had a great day with family but the weekend went by way to quickly. If you entered in Friday’s giveaway be sure to check last night’s post for the winner and I hope you will all enter for another great giveaway this week! I have some good stuff planned for the week but today we’re talking about this pallet wood planter that I built for free!!
Isn’t she pretty? It all started when an old neighbor asked if I would be interested in helping him with a project. A woman he knows has cancer and her friends wanted to surprise her with a pallet coffee table because she had been wanting one for a long time. He asked if I would help and of course I jumped right on it! Want to see the table?
We loved how it turned out and luckily so did she! When we were done there was a lot of pallet wood still left over so I took it home because I knew I could do something with it. I wanted a planter box in front of my window so I decided why not use the free pallet wood? I’ll show you how I did it so you can make one of your own!
So, before we get started you need to know something. If you’ve never worked with pallets, you will soon figure out that the wood is not straight and you have all different sizes. I’ll give you the measurements I used but really you will probably need to play with it all as you go along.
Cut 4 2×4’s to 10″ and build the front and back. I found 6 boards that were the same size and cut them all down to 39″. Then I glued and nailed them to the 2×4’s.
Once your front and back are built you will attach the sides. I again found 6 boards that were the same size and cut them down to 13.5″ I glued/nailed the top board and bottom board and then just kind of put the center board in and eyeballed the spacing before gluing and nailing it it. These boards aren’t as wide and the front and back board so there is about a 1″ space between the boards.
Cut 2 2×4’s to fit inside the bottom of the planter. You are going to nail slats on to these in the next step. Mine were 32″ and nailed them in through the bottom front and back boards.
Measure the space and cut slats to nail into the bottom of the planter. Mine are 11.5″
Now you are all done building! You will want to get some landscape screen and staple it into the inside of the planter and then trim it down so you don’t see it in the top of the planter. A little moment of honest here…you can see some of mine peeking through the top haha
That’s okay though. Now you have a beautiful and best of all free planter! This is a pretty quick project so it’s great for the weekends when you want to get something done but don’t have tons of time. I think it took me about 2 hours. If you make it I would love to see yours! You can tag me on Instagram or Facebook! Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back Wednesday because there will be plans up for a gorgeous industrial style desk that you won’t want to miss!