Herb Box and Gro-ables Seed Pod Giveaway

Ever since my food allergy diagnosis, I have been wanting to plant a small herb garden that I could use.  Living in Utah, we don’t have a very long growing season so I wanted to be able to grow some herbs in my house.  So what is a girl supposed to do?  Well, she builds one to fit in her kitchen window sill.

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When we remodeled the kitchen two years ago, we made sure to put a window sill in the kitchen window so that I would be able to put some plants in the kitchen.  And I am so excited to have finally tackled this project.  (Please excuse the dirty kitchen photo…this was at Christmas time during some Christmas baking! I couldn’t find the other photo I had taken!)

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So I set out and built this simple Herb Box to hold and grow our indoor herb garden in.  I measured the box to fit our window sill and added some compartments in the herb box for each herb to grow in.

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The herb box measures 30 inches in length by 5 inches in width.  We made sure that we could fit our clay pots inside the individual compartments and then cut our wood board accordingly.  Then we simply glued them together with some wood glue and added some nails to hold the wood securely in place with a nail gun.  For the base we just used a piece of scrap wood.

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I wanted to use clay pots for the herbs to be planted in because I did not want to worry about finding a way for the water to drain out of the bottom of the box on my windowsill.  The clay pots have a water basin that they sit on to collect any excess water.

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This girl LOVES when we make something with wood because it means she can dig through our wood scrap pile and come up with her own creations.  This is a play ground for her Little Pet Shop toys.  I think she did a great job, don’t you?

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For the herbs I used these perfect Gro-ables Seed Pods.  Each little pod comes with everything you need to grow your own food.  Be sure to check back in later when I share the finished herb box in my kitchen window sill!  I LOVE how it turned out!

Each ready-to-plant Seed Pod® contains:

  • Specially selected non-GMO seed at just the right depth
  • Growing materials to protect the seed and keep it moist
  • Plant food to help it grow and build strong roots

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Gro-ables are so easy to use…seriously…growing plants could not be easier and they come in 17 different varieties.   Today I get to give one of my Idea Room readers a fun Gro-ables Prize Pack.  The Gro-ables Prize Pack includes: a steel watering can, Gro-ables Seed Pods, Decorative Plant Labels, and some gardening gloves.

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Girls Room Reveal

I am almost finished with this girls room.  It has been a long time coming.  I have one more little project to add some more pops of color to her room by her bed but haven’t had a chance to get it all the way finished.  I just got back from a blogging conference and didn’t have time to get it finished but decided to share these pictures with you anyways.

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I am really happy with the way it has come together.  I LOVE doing the bigger projects for a room redesign, but really struggle with adding the final finishing decorations to a room.  So I put it off forever because I am just so wishy washy about what to do.  But I am really liking how it has come together.  I LOVE that the room fits her little personality.

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She loves her some pink…lots of pink.  So we tried to add some different shades of pink in her room, but still keep her room soft and sweet just like she is and I really feel like it reflects who she is.  But the most important thing is that she adores her room.

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We painted her dresser a nice dark gray color and added these fun pink knobs from Hobby Lobby.  I had also found this octagon shaped mirror at Home Goods a few months ago and had planned on using it over the fireplace in our Living Room, but liked it in her room a lot better!  We decided to keep our DIY growth chart in her room because it fit perfectly in that weird little spot right behind her door.

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Then we just took this shelf that she already had in her room and moved it to the other wall and painted  this cute pink frame from Cut It Out.  We added some of my favorites pictures of her including this one when she was  5 months old.  I MISS that baby face!  I seriously get a little bit misty eyed when I think about how quickly the time has gone and how it has been 5 years since we had a baby in our house.

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We made the wooden letter T and shared the tutorial for that if you are interested in reading more about it.  The little tissue paper rosette balls are really easy to make and add some fun color to the shelf.

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Her room has a very long wall that I was struggling with how to decorate, but we moved this framed chalkboard from the kitchen (which we replaced with this fun wooden sign) and decided we really liked it here in her room.

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Her blush pink bedspread is from The Land of Nod which we bought a couple of years ago and the curtains are from Target (also a couple of years ago).  Her green pillow on her bed was made by me using this simple way to make a pillow cover.  The material is from JoAnn’s.  The nightstand is painted the same color as the dresser and was originally from Target many years ago and is a hand me down from her oldest sister.

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I found her little chair at the DI (a local thrift store) for $4 and painted it pink and recovered it with some fun gray and white polka dot material.  The light is from Home Depot and cost a fraction of the cost of what the name brand ones cost.

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And, we made her bed and tufted headboard.  This is probably one of my top ten projects to date.  I love, love, love it.  The best part is that it was a lot easier to build than I thought it was going to be.  It makes me really happy to see it become a reality after having visualized it in my head for months.

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A few years ago we added the picture frame wainscoting and I love how it immediately dresses up the room.

And, finally, because I am sure someone will ask, the paint color on the upper half of the walls is Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray reduced by 50%.  Just have your paint store reduce the colorant 50% for you.  It is one of my favorite gray paint colors and is also the paint color I painted my office/craft room with.

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I hope she loves her room for years to come…or until I get the itch to switch it up!



DIY Wooden Letter

A couple of months ago, I instagrammed a picture of my daughter’s unfinished room and her blank walls looking for some suggestions on how to decorate a really long wall…(the wall just opposite of this one).  I feel like I really struggle with filling in the small details and so I put off the finishing touches.  But, an upcoming mother-in-law visit and a baby shower finally gives me the motivation I need to get. it. done!

Shelf-decor My baby girl’s (who am I kidding…she’s 6) room is almost finished and today I am sharing a little sneak peek.  This girl is CRAZY for pink.  So we added a lot of pink touches in here in a couple of different shades and added a green accent color.  I kind of love it.  And…that is really saying a lot because I used to dislike the color pink.  Having three girls has changed that.

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Today I am sharing how we made this DIY Wooden Letter T for her shelf.  It really is pretty simple.  It helps that her letter is just straight lines.  Why not just buy one?  It’s true, the craft stores are filled with wooden letters…but honestly…there were very few that were large enough that I also like the look of.  I tend to be a bit picky about these things if you haven’t noticed.  So I drew one out the size and shape I wanted that fits my style…simple and classic.

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We used the Rockwell BladeRunner to cut out the lines we had drawn on the piece of wood.  The BladeRunner blends performance characteristics of a jigsaw and bench top scroll saw.

Then I sanded the Letter T and painted it this lovely shade of green.  To get the color of paint to match her pillow, which I made using this pillow cover tutorial, I took the pillow into my local paint store and found a paint chip that matched it very closely and just purchased the small sample size.

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Stay tuned for when I share the entire room with you! I have one more project to finish up in here!

And…I have a fun giveaway coming up here tomorrow that *might* have something to do with this Wooden Letter Tutorial AND my DIY Lighted Letter Tutorial!

Have you entered our Cricut Explore Giveaway? Be sure to before it ends!

 



DIY Lighted Sign

This next project ranks up in my top ten most favorite projects…ever!  Seriously.  It is really making me happy.  I LOVE lights on in the house and feel like they should be something that occurs other than just Christmas time.  I put some fun bulb lights in my office/craft room and turn them on when I need a little happiness boost.

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So why not add some fun lights to another room of the house that I spend a lot of time in with the family…the family room.  These lighted letters are quite the rage right now and I LOVE them…I didn’t want to pay the price for them and figured we could make one pretty easily.   We used up scrap pieces of wood we had from other projects and so the only thing we had to buy were the lights.

We purchased our Room Essentials white string lights from Target.  They have them online and in some stores. I also found them here: Globe Lights.

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Here is how we made our Lighted Letter Sign…

You will need the following:

Room Essential String Lights (or your own choice)

Piece of wood large enough for your letter (ours was 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall)

1/4 inch MDF cut into 3 inch strips for the edges (enough to go around all edges)

drill and a 13/16th drill bit (this bit fits the RE lights above, adjust if using different lights)

wood glue

staples or nails

sand paper

spray paint or stain (we used Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish)

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 1.  Draw out your letter and be sure to give ample room for your lights according to their size.  Cut out the letter.  Ours was 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide with the width of the letter itself was just over 5.25 inches.

We used a mitre (miter) box saw to cut the H out of the wood.  We stopped right before running into the corner of the 90 degree angles and then used our Rockwell Sonicrafter X2 (stay tuned for more details and a fun surprise…hint hint!) to cut the corners of the 90 degree angles.

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2.  We measured out where we wanted the lights to be and lined them up equal distances and marked the spot where we wanted to drill a hole with a penciled dot.

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3.  Use your drill and a 13/16th drill bit and drill a hole at each pencil mark.  Be sure to go all the way through wood.  The lights base should fit all the way into the hole without a lot of wiggle room.

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4.  Measure and cut your side strips and glue them into place with overlap in front and in back.  This will help hide the cords from the side.  We just eyeballed this until we liked the placement of it.  We used a piece of wood (that placed the strip in the right position) to be our guide so that we spaced it the same all the way around the letter.

5.  Glue and staple each strip into place and let the glue dry completely before gluing another section since you will be turning and rotating it.  Wipe off any excess drips of glue.

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6.  You can caulk any spaces or nail holes, if you would like, but we did not do this this time.  The edges were pretty smooth and I wanted a little rougher, vintage look to it.

7.  Spray paint or stain your letter.  We used Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish.  We just picked it up from our local Lowes.

8.  Take your lights and break off the small little clips.  They should break really easily with some pliers and a slight twist of your hand.

9.  Then put each light into a hole.  You can do this by unscrewing the light bulbs and putting the base underneath and up through the hole and screwing in the light bulb from above the hole.

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10.  Twist up all the cord and tie back with twist ties or some wire to keep the wires all contained and from getting all tangled or showing from the side of your letter.

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We are displaying the Lighter Letter H on top of our TV Cabinet so we don’t have to worry about hiding the electrical cord.  I am just happy we have a pretty easy straight lined last initial!  I am not sure how I would do a G….

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I LOVE how festive it makes the room feel…like it is a holiday without all the fuss and work of one!  Want to know what other projects make up some of my top ten? Check these out:

DIY Tufted Headboard

Apothecary Cabinet

Paint a Rug

Customized Towel Rack

DIY Bulletin Board

Believe Lighted Sign

Frankincense & Myrrh Christmas Gift

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Bushel and A Peck Pillow

I am finally able to share with you this Bushel and A Peck Pillow, which is one of the very first projects I made with the new Cricut Explore machine. You may remember when I shared with you about how I came to love Cricut’s new machine. I shared with you a sneak peak of this pillow and many of you asked how you could get one for yourself! Well today is that day (and yes…there are STILL no pictures in my photo frames…ha…I give up ;)…

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I, for one, particularly LOVE this pillow and project.  My mom used to sing this to us when we were little.  I think that many of you may feel the same way about this fun little song.  So I thought, since I have sung it to my kids, it would be fun to display it in our home.

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I simply made a pillow cover using this pillow cover tutorial I have shared with you earlier.  I made it out of a painter’s drop cloth.  I have almost used up that drop cloth now after using it for several pillows and other projects around my home.

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Then, using the Cricut Design Space, I designed this fun phrase from the song and cut it out in vinyl.  You can cut it out in iron on transfer material if you want, but I wanted to stencil the words on so that it had a more faded vintage look to it.  Either way will work great, depending on your own tastes.

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I used the vinyl as a stencil for the pillow and stenciled it on with some black fabric paint.

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Be sure to put a piece of paper or cardboard in between the layers of fabric (especially if you use a thinner fabric) so that the paint does not bleed through onto the back of the pillow.

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Then after it has dried completely, put your pillow insert in the pillow cover and display in your child’s room, nursery or family room.  Right now it is sitting in our family room.  We had it there for Valentine’s as part of our decor…but I have left it out on display because it makes me happy when I see it.  It is a good reminder of when my babies…were…well babies.  I kinda miss that stage!

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One of my favorite things about working with Cricut is that you can now MAKE this EXACT project with the click of one button on your own Cricut Explore Machine.  Seriously…how awesome is that?!

It will cut out exactly how I have it here, or you can change it up a bit to fit the size and needs of your own style.  Want to print it out for a painted sign?  Or put on a blanket?  You can do that too…

And? If you don’t have a new Cricut Explore machine, stay tuned…we have something exciting in the works!

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Is this a phrase you use in your family? If not, I would love to know what phrase or quote you use!



DIY iPad Holder

 

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We rarely pull out cook books anymore due to the ease of the internet.  I usually haul my laptop or the ipad (if I can find it because the kids tend to swipe it) into the kitchen to pull up a recipe.  This is not always convenient or good on the laptop or ipad, which can get sticky and gooey in the kitchen.

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So, of course, I set out to fix that.  I made a VERY simply iPad holder to use in the kitchen.  I simply took a wood cutting board that was larger than the ipad and added a couple pieces to turn it into an ipad stand.

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To make this for yourself you will need the following:

wood cutting board

Scrabble game piece holder

triangle piece of wood

Krazy Glue

wood stain

decorative vinyl (optional)

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I simply cut a piece of wood scrap into a triangle on my ban saw.  This piece will be glued onto the back of the cutting board and will be the support and hold it steady.  It needs to have a bit of an angle on the back…the more angle, the more your cutting board will lean backwards.  Adjust this according to your needs and preference.

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Stain the triangle and the Scrabble game piece holder and let them dry completely.  Glue the triangle onto the back so that the bottom of the triangle rests against the counter.  Let that dry completely.  Then glue the game piece onto the bottom of the front of the cutting board so that it is centered.  Let it dry completely.

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That. Is. It!!  Isn’t that one of the easiest tutorials?

And that Elmer’s Krazy Glue is some good stuff, it’s Krazy strong, Krazy fast! I was really impressed with how well it held and with how quickly it bonded.  I seriously took these pictures within 15 minutes of making this (apparently I have no patience).  The applicator tip for the glue allowed me to easily place the glue right where I wanted it.

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I LOVE it! We have already used it a few times to cook from.  It makes it easy to have the recipes right on hand and at an angle that is easy to read and follow while you are in the middle of baking or cooking.

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My kids have even used it while doing homework on the kitchen table.  I am also thinking it will come in handy for a relaxing bath when this momma needs some alone time.

Interested in the spice rack and the spice labels pictured?  You can check them out here…

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What would would you use Elmer’s Krazy Glue for?  Need some more ideas? Check out the Krazy Glue Pinterest Board for more inspiration and for some creative ways to create masterpieces in minutes.

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DIY Porch Planter Boxes

One of my favorite parts of being a Lowe’s Creative Blogger is the push that it gives to me get some of the projects that are floating around in my head, finished!  You know…those things you would love to have but just don’t find the time or the motivation to tackle?

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I have wanted some tall porch planters for a long time to spice up my front porch.  I, of course, never want to pay the prices that planters like these cost, especially when we can make them for much cheaper!

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And perhaps my favorite part of this post is the fact that I am then “forced” to plant flowers in March.  Those flowers have made me happier than they should every time I see them.  They make me feel like winter is over…even when it’s snowing outside!

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Want to make some Porch Planters for your home? Here is how we made them…

Materials needed for ONE Porch Box Planter:

Non-pine wood (pine will shrink)

2 side panels 10 inches (width) x 24 inches (height)

2 (front & back panel) 11 inches width at top tapering down to 9 inches in width at the bottom x 24 inches (height)

decorative molding for the top

2 scrap pieces for the inside to hold the bottom

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decorative drawer handle or pull (we used old ones we had pulled off a dresser & spray painted black)

Dremel Saw Max

nails (nail gun)

wood glue

painter’s caulk

drill (1/2 inch drill bit)

Stain paint or wood stain (we used Olympic Maximum stain paint in the Pewter color)

river rock (gravel)

potting soil

boxwood plant (or plant of your choice)

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1.  Cut your 2 side panels.  We cut ours 10 x 24 inches.

2.  Cut your front and back panels.  We cut them so that they were wider on top and smaller on the bottom so that the porch planter had a bit of an angle to it instead of a straight rectangle.  The top was 11 inches and the bottom of the panel measured 9 inches.  We just drew a straight line from the 11 to the 9 inches with a ruler and cut on the line to taper the angle.  (Pictured above with the saw cutting from the bottom up).

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3.  Add glue to the ends of the side panels and glue the box together.  The front panels went on first with the side panels behind them so the seam is not visible from the front.

4.  Add some nails along the sides to hold the wood together firmly.  You will want the extra support for the weight of the wet soil.

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5.  After the wood glue has dried, you can caulk the seams inside and out so you have a nice clean edge and finish.  Use the proper caulk depending on if you will be staining or painting the planters.

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6.  Take some decorative molding and measure the top of your planter and cut it according to the size and style you chose to make a nice finishing edge around the planter.  Cut and nail and glue into place and then caulk the seams.

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7.  Take some scrap pieces (just a strip of wood) and nail them into the base of the planter on the side or front panels.  This will be the base and support for the base of your planter.

8.  Measure a square piece of wood that will fit into the bottom of your planter and will rest of your side supports.  We drilled three holes into the base so that the water can drain out properly.

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9.  Sand the edges so you have a nice, smooth finish.  Paint the inside and the outside to give you protection from the moisture and the outside elements.  We chose a paint stain to give us a long lasting protection from the weather.  Let dry.

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10.  Fill with gravel or rock in the bottom…about 2 inches.  Fill the rest with potting soil and then add your plant.

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This is a really quick project and I LOVE the way they updated my front porch.  I also picked up a couple of fun, green and white, SPRINGY pillows from Lowes.  I also threw together a monogrammed pillow to personalize things as well.  I simply made a pillow cover out of a canvas paint drop cloth (one that I have used for several projects here) and stenciled the letter H on it.

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I am still loving my black front door and if you are interested in how to paint your front door, be sure to refer to my tutorial in the link.

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DIY Growth Chart Tutorial

I have been wanting to build a Growth Chart for a couple of years now.  Growing up, we had a wall dedicated to tracking my siblings and my growth over the years and it has been so fun to look back and see how tall we were compared to each other and to my own children at the same ages.

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When we moved into this home almost 11 years ago we dedicated a wall in my youngest daughters room for the same thing.  But, I always wanted to have a portable one so that I could switch things up cause well…I obviously like change…haha!  I finally got around to making one.

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I have seen several versions floating around on the internet and fell in LOVE with Cozy Cottage Cute DIY Growth Chart.  Usually if I see something, I like to add my own changes to make it my own personal style…but hers was perfection…so I pretty much copied it with a few exceptions.  Be sure to head on over to her site to see just how she made hers…

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Materials needed:

a pine board 1 x 8 x 7 feet (actual measurements are 3/4 x 7 x 7 feet)

stain

white paint

painters tape

coarse sand paper

hand sander (if possible)

number stickers or vinyl 1-6

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Directions:

1.  Stain your board.  We used 2 stains…which is totally unnecessary.  We only did two because we wanted it to match the wood color in our home and the closest match we have found is to mix Minwax’s Jacobbean and Red Mahogony.  Allow board to dry completely after wiping away any excess stain.

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2.  Then we taped off the board in 6 inch sections.  And painted every other section with white paint and started so that the bottom 6 inches is white.  We gave it two coats and let it dry completely.  Be sure to pull off the tape while the paint is still slightly wet so you get a nice clean line without the paint pulling up.

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3.  Attach your number stickers in the stained section just below the white line above it, which should be every foot on your board so that the white line marks the 1 foot length, the 2 foot length and so on.  Paint your numbers using the vinyl as a stencil for the number.  Pull up the stencil before the paint is fully dry.  Let dry completely.  I made sure I let it dry at least 24 hours so that when I sanded it, the paint didn’t smear.

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4.  Then take your hand sander and go to town sanding this baby.  I wanted it to have a real distressed look to it.

We used my new favorite hand sander, Rockwell’s 5 inch Random Orbital Sander.

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It is the perfect size for a woman’s hand and is easy to hold and fully control because it only weighs 3 lbs.  I also love that it has a cyclonic filter that sucks all the dust into a little canister instead of allowing the dust to fly everywhere.  LOVE that feature.  It has allowed me to sand my projects inside during the winter months without getting dust everywhere!  It is also the quietest sander I have ever used!

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5.  Pay special attention to some of the knots and fun unique characters of your piece of wood and sand those areas to add some interest to the final Growth Chart.  Wipe down the board and you are ready to go!

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The hardest part will be trying to figure out WHERE to keep it.  Everyone seems to want it in their room.  We plan to transfer our past measurements to this new chart and marking them on the board with a fine black sharpie.  We just draw a line on one edge of the chart with the child’s initial and the year and month they are in.  For example if we were to measure me right now we would mark a line at 5 feet 8 inches and write  ___ A 40.6 yr.

Yes…I am 40!

And yes…my camera is still dead and I have yet to replace it.  All these photos were taken on my iphone and the quality is killing me people!  So bear with me!! Hoping to get my new camera by this weekend!!



Serving Tray

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

For our February Lowes Challenge, we were given several different options for our projects.  One of the options was a Valentine’s Day Theme.  I have had my eye on some wine barrel cheese serving trays at Williams and Sonoma and thought it would be fun to try my hand at building my own cheese board or serving platter.

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For the life of me, I can’t find my photos of the building process.  I looked everywhere.  So I will have to do my best to explain how we made this tray without the step-by-step photos.  Sorry about that!

You will need the following:

  • Tounge and Groove Pine Wood Planks
  • thin piece of scrap-wood or plywood
  • Stain in your color of choice (I used Minwax’s Jacob Bean)
  • Aluminum Strips (we needed two…make sure you get thin ones that you can bend and will cover the sides of your wood you use)
  • Saw (we used a Dremel Saw Max)
  • 2 drawer pulls
  • metal screws
  • wood glue
  • drill

Directions:

1.  We started with some tongue and groove pine wood planks that we purchased from Lowes.  We wanted the tray to be 24 inches in diameter.  We laid out the wood planks so that they were in a rectangle.  We then took a string and attached it to a pencil and made it so the string measured 12 inches.  Holding the string in the middle of the rectangle we circled the pencil around the edges and drew a circle on the wood.  Does that make sense?

2.  Cut your thin piece of plywood to be the same size as your circle.  This will be the base of your serving tray.

3.  Cut the boards, one by one, using the circle you drew with the pencil.  Glue together onto the plywood circle so that they are the top of the serving tray.  Let the glue dry with clamps or heavy items placed on the tray so that the wood glue dries flat.  You can add a couple of wood staples through the bottom to ensure the wood planks stay in place.

4.  Stain your wood and let dry completely.  Take the aluminum strips and wrap them around the sides of the serving tray.  Cut any excess off if needed.  Then screw them onto the sides of the wood.

5.  Screw the drawer pull handles into the sides of the serving tray.  Place some felt protectors on the bottom of the tray to protect the wood from scratching other wood surfaces.

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The tray has been fun to have and we have used it for serving snacks in the family room while watching a movie.  I imagine that when one of the kids has a birthday we will use it to serve them breakfast in bed.  It also makes a great serving tray for your next dinner party.  It resides on my kitchen table right now as the centerpiece with some plants on it!

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Rolling Storage Drawers

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

This month, as a Lowe’s Creator Blogger, one of our challenge choices was to come up with a creative storage idea.  With 5 kids, there is no such thing as too much storage.  I needed some more storage in the girl’s rooms but don’t love when you can see the storage containers sticking out from under the bed.

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So I wanted to make some storage spaces that were not only functional but pretty.  Truly a perfectionist’s dream come true!  We made these super easy Rolling Storage Drawers which fit perfectly under my daughter’s bed.  And…I absolutely LOVE them!!

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We just made one set, but plan on making more for the other girls rooms.  And we have yet to determine exactly what to store in them…but the options are endless.  We are thinking anything from pajamas, jeans, books, her toys, etc.  And the wheels…I LOVE the wheels!!

You could also make these to go under a book shelf or a T.V. stand…or in a kid’s playroom.  They could really be used anywhere that has a space that you can slide it under.

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Want to make some for your house?

I will share with you how we made ours including our specific dimensions.  You can go of of our main design and make any necessary changes in size dimensions so that you can modify them to fit your space.

You will need the following materials for ONE drawer:

  • 3/4 inch piece of plywood or mdf board for the base (ours measured 22 x 22 inches) *Use wood instead of mdf if you are planning on staining them.
  • two 8 foot lengths of 3.5 inch mdf (we got the primed)
  • 4 wheels (we bought wheels that were 2.5 inches in height & swiveled)
  • 16 screws for the wheels (we used 3/4 inch #10 wood screws)
  • a drawer handle or knob (we used the larger crystal knob from Lowe’s)
  • gorilla wood glue
  • staples or small nails
  • eight 1/4 strips of wood to use as corner braces (ours were 5 inches long…two for each corner)
  • sandpaper or sander
  • paint or stain
  • drill
    1.  Determine the length of your space available for your storage drawers.  Then figure out how many drawers you want.  This will help you figure out to big to make each drawer.  You will also need to measure the height you have and figure out the spacing.  Remember to figure in the total height of your wheels too.
    For example our free space under the bed measured 76 inches.  We wanted 3 drawers.  So we made each drawer 23.25 inches square (outside) (rectangle is fine too) which gave us about 6 inches for spacing between the drawers and the ends.

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2.  Cut your base out of the mdf or plywood.  We cut our to measure 22 inches square.

3.  Cut your side boards to fit your base.  Our exterior cut was 23.25 inches angled down to 22 inches (remember you need to cut these at a 45 degree angle so they sit at a 90 degree angle on the corners.  We used a miter box saw to cut the angles.  We built it two panels high.

4.  Glue and nail the bottom panels together around the base.  We placed the bottom side panels so that the base was up a 1/4 inch from the bottom of the panels (a 1/4 inch overhang to help lower the height and allow it to fit under the bed).  Let dry.

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5.  Cut the corner braces (ours were 1/4 thick x 5 inches long and either 1.5 or 1.25 inches to allow them to match up in size since one butts up to the other.  Does that make sense?

6.  Glue and staple them in the corners to give your drawer support.  Depending on how big your drawer is, you may need other braces in the middle.

7.  Attach the upper side panels with glue on the bottom and ends and staple the corners.

8.  Caulk all cracks and spaces.  Put putty in nail/staple holes and let dry.

9.  Sand all rough edges and putty spots.  Wipe off excess dust.

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10. Attach your wheels to the base of the drawers with your screws.

11. Paint or stain your drawers.

12. Drill a hole (or two depending on your handle) where you want your drawer handle to be and attach the knob.

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Repeat process for as many drawers as you need.  The whole project (three drawers) took about 6 hours total from beginning to end spread over two days to allow the glue and the paint to dry.  The wheels and the knobs are the most expensive part of this project.

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I am not completely finished with the project as I want to put some fun colored paper in the bottom of the drawers if I can find it in a pattern and color I want.

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As always, I would love to see if any of you end up making some!  I love it when you guys email me or leave me a note of FB and share your projects with me!  It makes all my efforts here worth it and I LOVE to get to know who all of you are out there!

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

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