Sunday, October 26, 2014

Kitchen Storage and Shelving

The finished project in my kitchen...

This is how I got there.  A while back I had purchased and painted an ikea cabinet red, then green and used it for storage. 

Actually, my plan was to turn it into a mini office, but that plan never transpired and it just collected junk.  It really wasn't functional.  What I really needed was more counter space.  I love my little kitchen but could use a bit more storage.  The distance between the island and wall is fairly narrow so I needed a cabinet, at the most, 16" wide.  

I found a small buffet at Jysk that was only $110.00.  But, look at the box it came in and look at all the pieces!

It was six hours of hell putting this cabinet together...never again!!  

Anyway, after I finally got it assembled, I decided to add castors to the bottom instead of the "bun" feet that it came with...the wheels gave it a bit more height to bring it up to counter height.

 I then stained it using two colors of Minwax stain...Espresso and Ebony  I also changed out the hardware and bought brushed nickel pulls to match the hardware on my kitchen cupboards.  I then applied a satin varnish to the entire cabinet to protect it from any spills.

To tie it in to be part of the kitchen I decided to construct two shelves to display part of my pottery collection.  After much searching on pinterest for shelving ideas, I decided to build the brackets using 1/2 inch black piping, flanges and elbows.  The shelf itself is made just 2 x 10 x 36".  Again, I stained the wood using Minwax stain, but only with espresso and I did not varnish. 

am happy with the way it turned out and I now have more storage space and counter space. 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Knit Bear

We are expecting our first grandchild in December and I've been busy shopping and knitting.  Here is a project I'd like to share with you.  A knit bear...

A coworker of mine brought in a book with knit and crochet patterns using Bernat's Pipsqeak yarn.

And, I absolutely fell in love with this bear...

My daughter is expecting a girl so I swapped the blue yarn for pink yarn.  It is very soft and cuddly.  The pattern only took three balls of yarn (two pink and one white) and knit up very quickly.  My bear looks more like a koala bear but I think she's pretty cute no matter what she looks like...

The blanket underneath the bear was a pattern I found free online using Bernat's Babyblanket yarn and it was knit using a cable stitch. 

So, I'm now starting my next knitting project... the matching blanket to go with the bear.  I will share it with you once I get it finished.  

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Barn Door

I love the look of barn doors.  My sister had two grand barn doors installed in her new home with authentic hardware and they look gorgeous.  I'm always searching pinterest and blog sites for different ideas.  I knew I had to put a door somewhere in my home even though I have a very small house.  I decided that I would put a barn door in my family room since there was no existing door.  By installing a sliding door it would provide a bit of privacy from the entryway and kitchen if needed.  

Here is my barn door...

My design is in no way original nor is the hardware.  I found many ideas on pinterest where people used pipe for the top rail and for the handle and I love the it was cheap!  

My door is only 33 inches wide by 7 feet tall.  I used 1 x 12 x 8 pine to construct the door and then used 1 x 6 for the backwards "Z" design on the front.  I stained the door with espresso Minwax stain.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out and works really well in my small space.  

Thank you for stopping by...have a great weekend!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Sunday!

I was cutting the top off of a red pepper and look what I found...

A happy little face smiling back at me!  I knew it was going to be a great day!  Hope all of you are enjoying your day.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ottoman Topper

A few years ago I built a tray for the top of my ottoman so I could use it as a coffee table.  The tray had a glass insert which I broke the other day while cleaning it.  Therefore, I decided to build something different to top the ottoman.  This is what I came up with...

used materials I already had so it was a cheap project to build.  I used six pieces of 2 x 4 that had already been cut to 24 inches in length.  They were left over from a work bench that my husband had built. 

I joined the 2 x 4's together using wood glue and three pieces of fir strapping glued and screwed to the bottom of the 2 x 4's.

To finish the unfinished ends I cut 2 more pieces of fir strapping to "cap" each end.  I secured it in place with wood glue and clamped it in place until completely dry.  I gave the entire piece a good sanding using a belt sander, then a palm sander using 100 grit then 220 grit sandpaper.  

I stained the joins and edges using ebony stain by Minwax removing the excess with a soft cloth.

Then I stained the entire piece with dark walnut stain my Minwax, again removing the excess stain.  Once completely dry, I sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper.  

I wanted to add a bit of an industrial look to the topper so I decided to add metal corner brackets.

I spray painted the brackets and screws with Rustoleum's dark walnut spray paint with primer.  I attached one bracket to each corner and then sanded the brackets to expose some of the metal. 

To finish the topper I applied Minwax Paste Wax to the surface.  

Simple and inexpensive.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Moss Stitch Afghan

I've been busy knitting afghans for my Mom and two sisters.  They are "late" gifts for last year's birthdays...I know!!  (August, October & December)  I love knitting and the afghan pattern that I found is fun and quick to knit.  I found it free on the Lion Brand website under "Moss Stitch Afghan". It uses eight balls of Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.  Here are two of the three afghans that I have finished.  (Please excuse the terrible photos...dark, snowy day outside and the lighting inside was awful.)

I knit this afghan with a sandy colored "tweed" yarn. 

I used a variegated yarn in black/charcoal and white for this afghan.

I am happy with the way they turned out and am finishing the last afghan...hopefully this weekend.  They I am going to make a couple to stash away as gifts and one for myself!

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Barn Red Cabinet

I found this cabinet on kijiji and thought I could use it as an office in my kitchen.  I don't have a spot for my laptop, printer, etc. so I thought I could convert this cabinet/bar into a space to hold the electronics as well as pens, paper and other stationery supplies.   It is from Ikea and is made out of pine.  The dimensions are 63 1/2" high x 39" wide x 15" deep...perfect for the spot I had in mind.

Here is how I finished the cabinet...

I really wanted to paint it red.  I've wanted to paint a piece of furniture the color red so I though this was the perfect piece to experiment with and even though its the only red piece I have, I think it adds some "pizzazz" to the kitchen.

The first thing I did was remove the hardware and these "grooved" pieces that hold wine bottles.  I then filled in the holes with wood putty.

I lightly sanded the entire cabinet with 100-grit sandpaper and then removed the sanding dust.  I stained the entire cabinet, inside and outside with Minwax stain in the color "Ebony".  When the stain dried completely, I gave the cabinet three coats of red paint by Martha Stewart.  The color is called "Barn".  The ebony stain, even after three coats of paint, was still visible through the layers of barn red which gives the cabinet an aged look and gives the paint dimension.

The glass inserts in the door could not be removed, but I didn't want to leave them "clear" because I am going to place my printer behind the door together with paper and other supplies and I just don't want any of that visible.  So, I bought an all-purpose primer from Home Depot and applied two coats to the glass inserts, letting it completely dry between coats.  Once dry, I applied three coats of chalkboard paint by DecoArt. On the inside of the door, I will be adding cork so it can be used as a bulletin board, but I just haven't done that yet.

When the paint dried I applied a paste wax by Minwax to the cabinet.  The paste wax is clear so I added a couple of teaspoons of dark walnut stain to approximately 1/2 cup of wax and mixed it until blended.   I applied the wax with a soft cloth which allowed me to "buff" it as I applied it.

I added brushed nickel knobs to cabinet which match the hardware on my kitchen cupboards. 

As you may (or may not) notice, I left a couple of shelves unpainted.  

I am happy with the way it turned out and I must admit I was a bit undecided about the color when I was working on this project, but now that it is finished, I am pleased with the results.  The barn red is bold, but it spices up the space.

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