How to Build a Crate

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on this Christmas Crate that I shared with you the other day.  I always appreciate hearing from you.  As promised, I am sharing with you HOW I made this DIY Crate so that you can learn how to build a crate too.

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Like I mentioned in a previous post, if you are not inclined to using power tools and building your own crate, you can buy a crate at Michael’s.  They are unfinished so you could paint it a color of your choice or stain it.  OR…you can make one!

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If you make one you will need some wood.  I found this wood in an old pasture and the owner gave it to me for FREE! I LOVE the color of aged wood so I personally did not do anything special with the wood.  If you don’t have old wood, you can always use new lumbar and then paint or stain it, or you can google how to age new wood.  I have never done it…but have heard you can do it with good results.

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You will need the following to build your own crate:

  • a 24 x 14 inch piece of base material (we used left over MDF board)
  • Six 1×4 boards 24 inches in length (this was the size of the boards we used)
  • Six 1×4 boards about 15 inches in length
  • Six 1×2 boards  9.5 inches tall which is about 1 inch shorter than the height of the crate (we cut 1×4’s in half)
  • nail gun (or hammer and nails)
  • wood glue
  • drill
  • jigsaw

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1.  Attach the front and back bottom boards to the base with some wood glue and nails.

2.  Attach the vertical support board to both ends of the bottom board and then in the middle with wood glue and nails.

3.  Attach the side bottom boards in the same manner.

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4.  Attach the middle boards in the same manner.

5.  Take your top side boards and cut out some handles using a jigsaw.  We cut them into an oval shape.  This is totally optional though.

6.  Now attach your front, back, and side boards.

That. Is. It!  Viola!!  Your very own crate!  Now you can make it your own and add a fun stencil to make it look like a vintage shipping crate…in this case, add a North Pole Freight Co. Stamp for some fun Christmas Décor.

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To make my stencil, I simply designed it in my Silhouette program and then cut it out in some vinyl.  I then pulled the lettering out of the stencil and created my own stencil so I could paint it onto my crate with some black paint.

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Simply attach the vinyl to the crate and then take a brush and stencil right onto the crate.  When the paint has dried simply peel away the vinyl.

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Since the paint looked to “new” to look aged, I simply took a lightweight piece of sandpaper and gently scuffed up the lettering to give it an aged feel and look.

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Fill the crate with some pine boughs, Christmas lights and some wrapped presents…in this case some empty boxes.  I simply wrapped them with some brown paper and some linen grain sack gift bags.  I actually made the linen grain sack bags and will be sharing that tutorial with you here soon as well!

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And, because I like to share…I have provided the stencil for you to use as well.  I have it as a svg Silhouette file or a pdf for you to download based on what will work best for you.

You can download the free printable here:

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{North Pole Crate Stamp}

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Looking for a slightly different style of “vintage” crate?  Check out this crate I made last year which is now perched in my family room!

DIY Vintage Crate Tutorial

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DIY Wood Box

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

Another month, another Lowes Creator Challenge.  This time we were given a few different challenges, I chose to make a table centerpiece.  I know I have made some in the past…like the following:

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Christmas Table Centerpiece

How to Build a Wood Box

Table Centerpiece

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This time around, instead of building a box, I wanted to see if I could core out a wooden pine beam and make a centerpiece out of it.  This way those of you who are not inclined to build your own box can make one this other unconventional way!  Plus it was fun to challenge myself to try something out of the box (pun intended)!

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We picked up a 4 x 6 pine wood beam from Lowe’s.

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We decided to fill it with succulents so that they would be easy to maintain, especially because I don’t have the greenest thumb.

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We determined how long we wanted it and settled on 28.5 inches in length.  We cut it with a circular saw.

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Determine how deep on the sides how big you want the center cut out hole or trough to be and draw a line with a pencil for a guide.  Then take a 1.5 inch drill bit and drill down into the wood.  Be sure to NOT drill all the way through the wood so that the dirt and water stay in the box.  (You can drill a small drain hole, for the excess water, if you want…we did not).

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Drill 4 holes, one in each corner.  Then take your circular saw and cut lines from the drill holes along the beam.  You are just breaking up the wood so that you can easily chisel it out.

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Take a hammer and chisel and break out the wood carefully.  Please remember to wear protective eye covering and gloves as an extra precaution.

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Clean out the center of the box as cleanly as possible.

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When it is all cleaned out you can sand the inside but it won’t be noticeable so it is up to you.  We sanded along the top edges and a little on the bottom to remove any splinters or really sharp edges.

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Then stain or paint your wood box.  We stained ours with MinWax’s Red Mahogany.

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Fill your planter with a good potting soil and then fill it in with your succulents or plants of your choice.  You could also fill it in with candles or some Christmas ornaments!

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And that is it.  This was one of the easiest projects to complete and really took all of about an hour (if you don’t count the down time waiting for the stain to dry.  I have used it out on our back deck patio all summer.  Now that it is colder we moved it inside and it is now sitting in our laundry room window sill!

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And…this DIY Wood Box project of mine was picked by Lowe’s to be featured in the online November 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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If you are interested in how I made these DIY Table Linens, you can find this post here:

 {Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece}

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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.

DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2

Recently I shared with you how we made this Tufted Headboard for our youngest daughter’s room.  I just covered the first part for how we made the bed and the cut out headboard. Today, I want to share with you how we did the actual Tufting.

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To see the first tutorial you can find it here:

{DIY Tufted Headboard—Part One}

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You will need the following supplies to make your Tufted Headboard:

  • Piece of MDF board cut to your specifications
  • 2 inch foam (we found ours at JoAnn’s)
  • Drill and 3/8 inch Drill Bit
  • Quilt Batting
  • Waxed Thread (JoAnn’s)
  • Button Making Kit with enough buttons for your project (JoAnn’s)
  • Material for the tufted headboard
  • Staple Gun and Staples

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(Cut your MDF (if needed) to the specific size you need.  Ours was cut out from the headboard, so we did not need to cut it anymore).  See Part One for more details on this:

{DIY Tufted Headboard—Part One}

Figure out where you want your buttons.  Do you want a square tuft or a diamond tuft?  We went for the diamond tuft.  Draw a dot with a pencil on the headboard where you will be drilling your holes.  Then drill all the way through the MDF board with a drill and drill bit.  We used a 3/8 inch drill bit.

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Cut your foam so that it fits your MDF headboard with just a tiny bit of overlap around the edges.  We had to piece ours at the bottom.  We added the piece to the bottom where it would be more hidden by the pillows on the bed just incase it didn’t piece well together.  We did not end up having any issues with this though at all in our finished head board.

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Cover both the MDF headboard and the foam with your quilt batting.  Then pull the batting around the sides and secure it using a staple gun to the back of your headboard.  Pull it so that it is nice and tight with no puckers or ripples on the front of the headboard.  This will hold everything nicely in place and will give you a nice smooth finished product.  Cut off any excess quilt batting.

*You will most likely need two people to do this and the following steps.

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Now take your Fabric you are using for your headboard and wrap it around the headboard the same way you did the quilt batting.  Be sure to be very careful with the edges.  Pull the material tightly and secure with several staples on the back of the headboard.  Trim any excess material.

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Set aside your headboard and use your Fabric scraps to make your tufting buttons.  Simply follow the directions on the back of the package and make enough buttons for your headboard.  We used the buttons that were 1 1/8 inches in size.

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Take a large needle, we used a very long and large quilting needle that had a large eye.  It needs to be able to be long enough to go through the 2 inch thick foam and the headboard.  We threaded the buttons onto the needle with the waxed thread and doubled it for strength.

My husband was at the back of the headboard and I was at the front.  He poked the needle through the hole from the back end, just to make a small hole so we could see where to put the needle and thread so the button would be in the right spot.  Then I took the needle from him and threaded it with the button (or you can use two needles so you don’t have to keep swapping).  I pushed the needle through the front and he took it on the back.  I pushed the button in to make a deep tuft while my husband pulled from the other side and simultaneously stapled the thread several times on the back of the headboard to hold the button in place.

We repeated this process for all of the buttons.

Be sure to push in each button the same so that they are even in the front.  This is important for the overall look of your tufting.  We ended up fixing one button that was not pushed in far enough after inspecting the final headboard.

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That is it! You should be done with the tufting! Wasn’t that easier than you thought it would be?

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We then took the headboard and inserted it into the cut out from the original bed.  This now gives us a nice frame around the headboard and also hides the sides of the tufted head board and gives it a nice clean finish!

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On the back of the headboard, we screwed in some metal brace plates to hold the head board in place and so that it would not fall out on our little one’s head.  This secures it nicely in place.

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I have to tell you…this is seriously one of my FAVORITE projects we have ever built.  I LOVE it! I can’t wait to finish up the rest of her room.  The other side is currently a mess.  Next thing up is to paint her dresser!

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I had many ask about her night stand.  It is from Target and it is a few years old and is a hand me down from her older sister.  It was white and in need of some serious TLC.  So I cleaned it up and spray painted it gray with Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Granite in a Satin finish.

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Would love to know if any of you end up making one! xo

Frog Tape Shape Tape Project

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape brand painter’s tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently I was contacted by Frog Tape and asked to test out their fun new Shape Tape.  Of course I said yes.  Anything that has to do with a fun new paint product, is always of interest to me.  I chose to use the Chevron Shape Tape but it also comes in a wave and a scallop pattern.

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I had a lot of different ideas as to how I could use the Shape Tape but ultimately decided to use it on a pillowcase to add some color to my daughter’s room.  This project was so easy and so fast…and if you are not a great seamstress…like myself, you can have a fun colorful pillow without having to sew anything.

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All you need is to pick your favorite Shape Tape (which can be found at Lowes, Walmart and Menards), fabric paint, white pillow case, and a roller paint brush.

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The tape is so easy to use.  Simply peel off the TOP section protective covering on the back of the tape first.  Place your tape onto the surface you will be painting.  Then once you have it where you want it, remove the bottom layer of protective covering and place the lower half of the tape onto the surface.  This ensures that your tape will be perfectly placed and makes application of the tape so simple.

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Then run your hands over the entire tape to make sure that all the edges are properly sealed.  Paint the surface with your fabric paint and the roller making nice and even strokes.  Once the paint has dried, you can remove the tape by simply pulling it up and off.  To learn more you can watch this…

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Look at how nice and crisp those paint edges are! I was very impressed with the quality of the tape and how crisp the final product came out.  FrogTape® is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed.

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What would you make with Frog Tape’s Shape Tape?  What pattern would you choose?

You can find Frog Tape on Twitter and follow along with them @FrogTape.

Recently I was contacted by Frog Tape and asked to test out their fun new Shape Tape.  Of course I said yes.  Anything that has to do with a fun new paint product, is always of interest to me.  I chose to use the Chevron Shape Tape but it also comes in a wave and a scallop pattern.

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I had a lot of different ideas as to how I could use the Shape Tape but ultimately decided to use it on a pillowcase to add some color to my daughter’s room.  This project was so easy and so fast…and if you are not a great seamstress…like myself, you can have a fun colorful pillow without having to sew anything.

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All you need is to pick your favorite Shape Tape (which can be found at Lowes, Walmart and Menards), fabric paint, white pillow case, and a roller paint brush. 

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The tape is so easy to use.  Simply peel off the TOP section protective covering on the back of the tape first.  Place your tape onto the surface you will be painting.  Then once you have it where you want it, remove the bottom layer of protective covering and place the lower half of the tape onto the surface.  This ensures that your tape will be perfectly placed and makes application of the tape so simple.

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Then run your hands over the entire tape to make sure that all the edges are properly sealed.  Paint the surface with your fabric paint and the roller making nice and even strokes.  Once the paint has dried, you can remove the tape by simply pulling it up and off.

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Look at how nice and crisp those paint edges are! I was very impressed with the quality of the tape and how crisp the final product came out.  FrogTape® is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed. 

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What would you make with Frog Tape’s Shape Tape?  What pattern would you choose?

You can find Frog Tape on Twitter and follow along with them @FrogTape.

 

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Fall Sign

For those of you who follow along with The Idea Room on Facebook and Instagram, you might have noticed that I have been on a little adventure this past week.  I was invited by a group of Israeli students (who are part of the Stand With Us organization) and the Israel Tourism of Ministry, to spend 5 days with them on an amazing foodie tour,  Taste of Israel.

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Israel and so you can imagine my excitement when I received the invitation.  Truth be told, I was not sure it was legitimate due to the amount of spam mail I receive on a daily basis.  But it was real…and it happened!  I had an amazing time in so many expected and unexpected ways, and I can’t wait to share more about it with you here in later posts!

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But…today, I am going to be sharing with you a Fall Sign that I wanted to share with you while I was in Israel, but I just simply ran out of time and energy to get it ready before I left, and there were more pressing things to attend to…like snuggling with my sweet little girl and watching Despicable Me for the 27th time.

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Fall is absolutely one of my favorite seasons of the year.  I am so grateful to be able to live in an area where we have four seasons because each one brings new things to look forward too.  One of my VERY favorite songs is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” and I knew that I wanted to be reminded of this in this season of Thanks and Gratitude.

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The sign itself was really easy to make.  And the best part was that I made it with scraps of wood I had laying around from older projects…which means it was pretty much FREE!! Who doesn’t love that?!

I just took some pine tongue and groove boards (which I had left over from the kitchen plank ceiling) and cut them down to 24 inches in length.  The sign is 3 boards high and measured 11 inches in height.

I glued them onto a thin piece of plywood with the same measurements of 11 (h) x 24 (w) inches.  I then stained the wood with one of my favorite stains, Minwax’s Red Mahagony.  After it had dried, I used some thin wood strips of wood (1/4 inch by 1 inch) to make a small frame around the edges of the sign.  I stained it as well and then secured it to the edge of the sign with a couple of really small nails and some wood glue.

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Then, I cut out a stencil for the words with my Silhouette and used the vinyl as a stencil by laying it right where I wanted the words to be on the sign.  Then I covered the rest of the sign with some painters tape and paper so that the sign would not get any spray paint any place other than the words.

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Then I lightly sprayed the words with white spray paint.  This way the words have a really soft quality to them.  Then when the paint was dry, I removed the stencil and paper and ran a light sandpaper over them to give it a distressed look.

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I really like how the words are offset to one side as well.  I also love how every time I see this sign, I start singing that song.  I feel like it has been a great reminder to me for the real reason of the upcoming Holiday Season.

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And, if you are interested in the Fabric Pumpkins I also have displayed, I shared how I made them a couple of years ago here: Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial.

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Tips for Updating your Laundry Room

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wilsonart.

We recently updated our laundry room and learned a few things along the way.  Our laundry room is a fairly good size…which is nice, but it serves as the main entrance in our home because the outside door is right by the driveway, as opposed to our official front door.

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This means that extended family members, and the kids and their friends all use this as the main entrance.  Who wants their company parading through the laundry room?  We waited several years after being in our home before we finally made the laundry room a place that we could actually enjoy and feel okay welcoming guests in.  Why did we wait so long?

Today I am sharing with you some easy and inexpensive tips for updating your laundry room.  There are a few things you can do that will make a HUGE difference in the overall look and feel of your laundry room.

1 paint

Painting your walls can transform the look and feel of your home. You can make a small room look substantially bigger by using light colors or you can create a mood based on the paint color of your choice.  Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to update a space.

Paint the trim a contrasting color or a nice crisp white color to create interest and give the room a nice finished look.

2 storage

If your room does not have enough storage, you may want to look for ways to add some shelves or storage areas so you can store items that add to the clutter.  The less clutter in your space, the more visually aesthetic your room becomes.  Clutter detracts from a calm and inviting feeling.

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Think about adding some shelves, or some creative bins to hold all that laundry that tends to spill over in the laundry room.

3 organize

An organized space also adds an element of peace and tranquility.  Organize your supplies by placing them in bins or containers or gathering similar items in one place.  This will help you by cutting out the searching and make your space and efficient area to work.  I always enjoy working in a clean, organized and clutter free area.

4 lighting

Update your lighting.  If your light fixtures are old and dated, think about replacing them with a modern and updated fixture.  If replacing is not in your budget, think about giving the old one a fresh layer of paint.  Spray it white or use a metallic spray paint to give the fixture a new life.

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Add brighter light bulbs.  A bright and well light space will be more inviting than a dark and dreary room.  Isn’t laundry already a dreary enough task?

5 upgrade

Take your room out of the 70’s by updating your floors and/or countertops.  Wilsonart has some great looking laminate countertops and some great flooring options that won’t break your bank.  Options that look like high end products but without the high end costs.

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6 decorate

Finally, add some fun décor to your laundry room.  This is my favorite part.  Just because the laundry isn’t a lot of fun doesn’t mean your laundry room can’t be pretty.  If you have to spend a lot of time in a room, shouldn’t you enjoy being in there?

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Put up some fun shelves and add some flare and color.

Make your space your own by bringing in some items that make you happy.

All in all, with just a few simple updates you can transform your space into a place that you enjoy spending time in and you won’t mind if your guests walk in and out of!

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wilsonart.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

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DIY Tufted Headboard

*Update 10.20.13–DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2 has been posted.

You guys! I am so excited to finally be sharing the DIY Tufted Headboard and bed we just finished making  for our youngest daughter.  This bed has been in my head for a couple of years now and it is so exciting to finally see something you have been thinking about for so long become a reality…a reality that you actually LOVE!

I was contacted by Dremel and was challenged to take part in their Dremel Weekends Challenge and I knew that I would finally have an excuse and the push I needed to tackle this project!

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This is the third headboard (second whole bed) we have made for our girls and I am always surprised at how easy it actually is.  The beds/headboards we made, I shared with you here: DIY Headboard & Bed and here: Pallet Headboard if you are interested.

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I think that this bed is my favorite!  We have had such a crazy last couple of weeks at our house and I am surprised we were able to get this finished.  But we were planning on surprising our daughter with the bed for her birthday so we spent a late night getting it all finished so it would be ready on time.  I love it when a deadline forces you to get something done!

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The entire process was actually pretty simple.  I was a bit nervous about the tufted headboard and was quite pleased with how easy it actually was.  It just takes a bit of time so keep that in mind if you want to give this a try at your house.

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I will be breaking this down into two separate tutorials since it was pretty involved.  I will be sharing how we created the headboard form today and the tufting later.  WE made the bed frame using Ana White’s tutorial for her Twin Farmhouse Bed, but modified it so that we did not have a foot board.

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Step 1:  We took a 4 x 8 sheet of 3/4 inch MDF board and had Lowes cut it to measure 41 inches wide by 50 inches tall.

Step 2:  We decided we wanted to go with a Belgrave style headboard shape.  I wanted to have a bit of a white frame around the tufted material and we decided that the best way to get a clean look with the curved detail was to cut out the center of the board and use that as our tufted headboard, which would be able to slide right back into place.  This would hide the edge of the tufting and give it a nice clean look.

Step  3:   We took a large bowl and used it as a pattern for the side of the headboard.  The larger the bowl, the less of an arc you will have…which is what I wanted.  The edge/corner of the cut out from the bowl on each side measured 5 inches.

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Step 4:  Then you will need to cut out the middle section.  The middle section (the tufted headboard part) measured approximately 36 inches wide by 25 inches tall.  This gave us a 2.5 inch frame around the top and the sides with 28 inches on the bottom for the base of the headboard (which the bed frame will later attach to).

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Step 5:  We used Dremel’s Saw-Max to cut out the inner section of the headboard frame for the straight cuts.  It was so easy to use and you can start cutting right in the middle of the board.  We also used it to cut the boards for our bed frame.  It is nice to have when you don’t want to pull out your larger table saw.  We found it to be really manageable (especially in a woman’s hand) and it comes with blades to cut through metal and masonry.

For the curved portion, we had to take a small drill bit and drill a few holes along the curve so that we could cut the curves with a jig saw.

 *Ignore the double pencil lines on the right picture above…we had initally thought to have a 2 inch frame and changed it to a 2.5 inch frame at the last minute to give the headboard more stability…which is a choice I am glad we made.

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Step 6:  After the middle section has been cut out…find some cheap labor to clean up your work site. :)…Sand both pieces of wood well and then paint the outer frame. 

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I will share how we made the tufted headboard in a later tutorial next week!  I will include a link to it here when I have it ready!

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In the meantime…I need to figure out what to hang above her bed now.  I am terrible at the final staging of a room!  Any suggestions?  You guys are always so helpful with these sort of things!  I make the big items and you help me decorate mmm kay?

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Using some existing supplies we had on hand we were able to make this bed for just over $110 which is a pretty good price for a bed…especially a tufted bed…and the best part?  You can make it so that it fits your style and tastes EXACTLY!!  I like that!

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*I was provided a Dremel Saw-Max and a gift card to complete this project from Dremel.  However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

*Update 10.20.13–DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2 has been posted.

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

*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.

A couple of months ago, I was already planning ahead for Thanksgiving.  Sounds crazy right?!  But who doesn’t dream about Turkey?  Haha!  As one of Lowes Creative Bloggers, we are challenged to come up with some fun and creative ways to create items within a given theme.  In June we were challenged to come up with a Thanksgiving related creation (since we have to work three months ahead for their magazine publication).

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I decided to make a super easy Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece and some Thanksgiving Table settings.  This was one of the easiest projects I have tackled so far as a Lowe’s Creator Blogger.  This is seriously a project that almost every single one of you could do.

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I used a variety of items that you can pick up right at your local Lowe’s and used them together to make this centerpiece and some Thanksgiving Placemats and Thanksgiving Napkins.

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To make them you will need the following:

a 1×10 pine board (or whatever wood you like)

*Make sure that frame is a bit smaller than your board.  You may have to adjust what you buy depending on the frame you purchase.

Panel Frame (found in the molding aisle)

3 Glass Jars (These are actually light covers and are found in the lighting aisle)

Canvas Drop Cloth (found in the Painting aisle)

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Cut the length of your pine board off so that you have the same amount of space around the frame.  Our board ended up being 25.25 inches in length so that we had a about 1.25 inches of space all around the frame.

Then take some wood glue and glue the frame right onto the board.  Clamp the frame in place so that it will dry properly.

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After it has dried completely, I sanded the edges so that it had a nice smooth finish.  Then you can wipe down all the excess dust and paint it your desired color.  Since I tend to be very simple with my décor I painted it white.

After the paint had dried, I took a piece of gray and white striped scrapbook paper and Mod Podged it into the center of the frame.  I love how it gives it an extra bit of pop!  You will be able to see it depending on what you fill your centerpiece with.  I once again went fairly neutral so that the centerpiece can be used in other areas of my home for other holidays year round.

In the jars, I added some tea lights for ambiance.  I also added some natural elements like some pine cones, sticks and some berries and leaves to the centerpiece.  I love simplicity and the pop of color that it adds to the frame.

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Then if you want to make some super simple Thanksgiving Table Placemats, you can simply cut up the Canvas Drop Cloth.  I used a placemat I already had as a template for how to cut mine and ended up cutting them 13 x 18 inches in size.

I ironed them really well and then took a Sharpie and traced the No. ‘s from a paper I printed on the computer.

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For the napkins, I cut a 20 x 32 inch piece of drop cloth.  I ironed it as well and then folded it into thirds.  Then I traced different words relating to Thanksgiving onto the fronts.

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It really took no time at all and is a great way to add some simple but classy color to your Thanksgiving Table.  This centerpiece will not take up a lot of room either which is good…especially since our Thanksgiving Table usually is overflowing with some amazing food dishes.  It also is low enough that you can actually carry on a conversation with your neighbors and feel like you can look at them while doing so.

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You can find my Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece featured in the online September 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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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.

DIY Vertical Flower Bed

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

As a Lowe’s Creative Blogger, I was given the challenge of coming up with some Outdoor Décor for our August Challenge.  I have been wanting to “hide” the large and ugly retaining wall that is right by outside entrance to our back deck.

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We had tried to grow a couple of different plants to hide the wall without a lot of success and I just wasn’t happy with the overall look of the whole area.  I knew I wanted something “growing” on the wall but I was not sure how to go about it.

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I had seen some grass walls but many of the ones I had seen required drilling into the concrete and we didn’t want to get that involved with this project.  I thought about doing a pallet garden, but after a bit of research we decided to come up with our own design :)!

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We made it so that it was free standing and did not have to hang on the wall.  We have secured it and buried it deep into the dirt so that it is stable and will not blow over in the wind.  We plan to store it in the garage during the winter months.

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I will be sharing our tutorial here in a later post in case any of you are interested in making your own or making something similar.  If you are interested in how we made the large redwood flower planter that is sitting on top of the retaining wall, you can find the tutorial here:

DIY Flower Planter

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I am really happy with how it turned out.  I was worried that the dirt would spill out once we stood it up and that the flowers would be unable to grow in the planter.  This is a south facing wall and gets about 8 hours of full sun every day.  The only thing is that you have to be pretty careful when you water it and just use a light sprinkling of water otherwise it is easy to wash out some dirt.  I learned this the hard way :)!

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I love how it brings a ton of color and visual interest to the area now.  It is actually a nice focal point rather than being a big ugly eye-sore…well…that is…it was.  It grew nicely for about 2 months and was filling out rather nicely…(we work 3 months ahead with Lowe’s so we actually made this in early May and had to wait till August to post it) then we went on vacation for a week.  Our automatic sprinkler that we had specifically set to water both the vertical garden and the DIY Flower Planter on top of the wall (a tall pop up sprinkler) somehow stopped working.  A week of 90-100 degree temps without water killed all of the flowers.  :/  I will share a picture of the deadness when I share the tutorial.  (#keepingitreal)

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Ugh!  I thought about replacing them but decided it wasn’t worth the time and efforts this late in the summer and the flower selection was pretty slim this late in the summer.  So…we will have to wait for next Spring and replant.  But it was really great while it lasted!!

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For more great ideas, you’ll love browsing through:

Creative Ideas Website – This is one of my favorite DIY Magazines, and it’s free!

Creative Ideas App- Download for quick inspiration.

Lowe’s Creative Ideas Pinterest Boards

Lowe’s Home Improvement on Instagram

Lowe’s Home Improvement on Facebook

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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.

DIY Kitchen Hutch–Behind the Scenes

I have been doing a lot of thinking the past few months about the state of this little blog of mine.  I don’t even know how many of you are still coming regularly as daily readers or if most of you are popping in from another site and then leaving.  It seems that blogging is evolving and either way, whatever way you are here…I want to thank you for your continued support.

I feel like I have pulled away a bit personally on here and in large part it has been due to some personal struggles which I have been dealing with over the last year.  This last year has been a doozy and I am ready to put it behind me.

But, as far as the blog goes, I have decided that I need to interject myself back into my site more and involve you more with some of the behind the scenes and our family life.  I realize that blogs show the prettiest pictures with scenes that have been carefully staged.

I feel like there may be some of you interested in HOW I come up with creating a design to go in my home or how I go about working on a design or a creation.  Are there any of you who may be interested in this?  I realize this puts me in a more vulnerable position as you see things in real time.

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So…with that said, I would like to share how we built a kitchen hutch for displaying dishes.  We recently remodeled our kitchen last year and I just shared how we added wood planks to our ceiling.  The reason I have not shared anymore is because the kitchen is still not completely finished.  Five kids, work schedules and family life has a way of making it hard to find time to get everything finished…but we are getting really close.  I thought I would share more of the step-by-step process.

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I tend to always get these ideas in my head of how I want something to look.  I first started visualizing a dish hutch in my kitchen when I spotted this picture.  I LOVED the idea of having white dishes displayed in a white hutch.  I am obsessed with white lately!

Love the white on white cupboards and dishes.

(image source: Hooked on Houses)

So I drew up a plan to build a hutch knowing I couldn’t fork over the dough to purchase the one I really wanted…like this one from Restoration Hardware.  I also have a fairly small area in my kitchen where it would go and we needed it to fit some specific dimensions so that we could fit it next to our table in the dining area we have.  We also are able to fit it to our specific needs and tastes.

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Since we could no longer find this particular image on the RH website anymore, we could not get the specific dimensions which we could use to plan our own.  So my math whiz of a husband, Mr. Idea Room, took measures (literally) into his own hands. Don’t ask me how he figured it out, but he came up with a proportional design.

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Then with a basic drawing and some measurements, we head to our local hardware store and spend some time looking at what is available and picking out the type of wood and molding pieces we will need to give us a look as close to what we are picturing in our heads.

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Sometimes this involves a lot of discussion that we must carry out while sitting in the molding aisle.  Yep! Pretty classy right?! Because sometimes we think we both have the SAME idea in our head only to find out we don’t.  The employees know us well and often help us in our planning sessions.  Ha ha!

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Sometimes they will even cut our plywood in nice straight lines for us so we have perfect cuts to make sides and shelves for our hutch.  Thanks Nathan!  This was part of our Friday date night.

Then first thing Saturday morning we get started.  Lots of cutting wood, gluing and measuring and measuring again.

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And here you can see where we usually work on our projects…right in the garage where my car is supposed to go.  We actually have TWO separate projects happening right now.  One project is our kitchen table that is almost done (which is a miracle in and of itself considering we started it last November)!!!  The other is the beginnings of the kitchen hutch.

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We built the bulk of it in about 7 hours on Saturday.  This included the time it takes for the glue to dry and set before being able to move on the next portions.

Since we do have 5 kids, we usually are working while trying to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble.  So we have encouraged them to work right along side us.  We have a big box of scrap wood that the kids are allowed to use for their own projects.

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They have built boats, stools, “creative thingys” and so forth.  This particular day the two girls decided to build a doll house for their La La Loopsy Dolls.  We cut all the wood for them if they want the wood to be a certain size but they do all the hammering of nails, wood glue, screws and painting themselves.

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But, the kids are not always this entertained with building.  Sometimes they build a big huge fort in the house or play outside in the sprinklers…and I always have a big mess to “help” them clean up afterwards.

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Then this past Wednesday, we had a state holiday.  My husband had the day off from work so we decided to spend the first half of the day finishing up the hutch and more of the kitchen table.  We had to just some finish work and then the sanding and painting.  I think this picture my daughter took of me painting is pretty hilarious. I had no idea he was back there relaxing while I was slaving away :)…figures (hehe)!

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I can’t wait to share the final picture.  Oh…and we might have accidently banged the top on the door when we were carrying this beast into the kitchen…so a minor repair must be made before she is ready to show…oopsie!

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