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Reclaimed Wood Platter Rack (DIY Shelves)

My love for old trim parts is deep. I have used these pieces in several projects throughout the past 4 years. These reclaimed wood platter racks make great use of old trim parts. They are really art unto themselves—along with whatever you happen to place on top of them. In our new dining space….we have a large wall that was just crying for something special (do your walls cry? just me….? carry on…)

I went searching for some trim parts to create some platter shelves. I wanted them to be around 48-52 long, with a wide top to place a shelf on top…and I wanted them to have some chippy old paint that was really worn. A field trip downtown to my Architectural Salvage was a perfect starting point. I found two old trim pieces that were probably headers on a door jam at  one point….I just adore the character they have. A true value too…only $10 a piece! Here is how I went about putting these reclaimed wood platter racks together….so easy…I promise!

 

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You will need a few things from your local True Value to get this project going:

Minwax stain in the color of choice (I used Jacobean to compliment our floors)

gloves

sponge brush

rag

(2) 1 x 6 pine boards (cut to the length of your trim parts you are using)

(2) narrow trim pieces for the top of the pine. These will hold platters in place.

trim screws for securing to the wall (and for securing pine to reclaimed trim)

brad nailer (to secure the trim to the pine on the top)

painters tape to mark your studs

 

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Steps:

Clean up your reclaimed trim parts. I vacuumed and then wiped really well with a damp cloth. trim

 

Then you are going to want to stain the pine boards (you could paint them if you wish:) I used Minwax Jacobean stain. Brush stain on the whole piece, wipe off and let dry. Easy. I have talked more in depth about staining on this post.  It is very hard to screw it up…staining is a great beginners project.

Stain your trim piece for the top of the shelf too. Let dry.

Wipe on a polyurethane. I like Minwax wipe on in satin.

Now you are ready to attach your pine shelf piece to the reclaimed trim piece. I used 4 trim screws and attached the pine to the trim.

 

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Now you are ready to hang up your shelf. We used painters tape to show us where the studs were (thanks dad for that genius idea!) We also marked where the shelf would be centered on the wall so that when we went to place it up there….no guessing!

 

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Trim screws were used to secure the shelves to the studs in the wall. We used 4 screws on each shelf. Be sure to space you shelves allowing for platters to sit on top of the shelves:)

 

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Pop some brad nails on the trim to secure them to the pine boards. This is what will “hold’” your platters in place. Lean them against the wall to judge the space. Our trim was about 3 1/4 from the wall…so a little more that half way in the center…hope that makes sense:)

 

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Place your favorite platters…and enjoy!! Love the character the old wood has….perfectly imperfect!!

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This is the view from the family room….I love that the platters take up the wall….Draws your eye back to that little coffee corner:)

 

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Here is a link to my other platter post:

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated

for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been

compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own

and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Barn door becomes coffee table…

Hi all! Did you hear that this winter is going to be colder than last….that is what the experts are saying. They must be wrong…right (she says while hands shake…). Oh the humanity!!! So try to soak in these last few weeks of hotness mmkay?!?

One of my all time favorite projects that we have completed was our Barn Door Desk. It was a perfect statement piece for my hubs office. It wasn’t very hard to put together and it was a great size for that space. We didn’t really have an office space for him in the new house (at least not yet) so the barn door desk was dismantled. We were holding onto it for another purpose…we just weren’t sure what….until one night we looked at each other and thought…” that barn door would make a perfect coffee table!!”

 

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This is the door’s “past life”…. The legs on the desk are a piece of old railing…cut up into 4 pieces.

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We retrofitted the desk into a table by cutting the legs down. Oh, you caught that part already? I know, you are quick like that;) Seriously though this project couldn’t be easier. All you need is a decent old railing part….an old door and some glass that you have cut to fit the top. I would polish the edges of the table to avoid the sharp corners.

 

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We love how it looks in our new family room….

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Still organizing this space…but it is really quite comfortable. We love that it is very cozy…but clean lines too. The table fits in great with this room’s vibe:)

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Trying to figure out the best kind of treatment for the windows. We have a honeycomb blinds for privacy. I like that they completely retract so that you have all the sun and light during the day….

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This is the view from the foyer

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This is the view from the kitchen/dining area….what window “treatments” would you do? I was thinking of narrow panels on both side of each window…too much? I feel like I need to soften that wall….let me know what you think…

 

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Meanwhile…I will be sitting here…enjoying my table:)

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wall color is SandDollar by Restoration Hardware//sofas came from Macy’s last year along with the leather recliner//Floor is Rustic Grade random plank solid hickory with Minwax Jacobean stain… Let me know if you have any other questions:)

 

I hope you can pop in on Twitter later tonight…I will be hosting a twitterchat with my friends at True Value! You can win some fun prizes! Hope to chat later!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Repurposed Ladder into Office Organizer

You know that I would never pass up an old, beat up, done-it’s-time wooden ladder. I have had this one for several years. It was the best $25 I have ever spent…..I adore it.  It was leaning against the wall in my new office area since we moved in….as if it was just waiting for a new purpose….”please, use me again!” Well little ladder…your wish has been granted….and I love you even more now….

 

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Obviously you will need a fabulous old wood ladder. You may be lucky enough to score one at a flea market or garage sale. I found mine a few years back at a local consignment store. You may be able to make one too…easy enough construction really…just some scrap wood…

 

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Simple “L” brackets will secure it to the wall…use some drywall bolts if you don’t have studs available behind the wall.

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I used simple white hooks to hang all my accessories….so flippin handy! I screwed in total of 14 hooks…plenty of storage for all my pencils, markers, scissors, rulers…etc. I used containers that resemble mason jars to hold the markers and pencils. This container is actually a lighting cover (find it in the lighting section with the glass replacement pieces.) You could use a mason jar….but these have a nice lip on them for the wire to stay put….

 

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I used some 20 gauge wire to secure the containers to the hooks….

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A few decorative items make it look a bit dressier….hang up whatever you would like to look at everyday:)

 

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I used hooks in my previous office too….along with some dowel rods….see that post here

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Do you have any old ladders laying around? Go getter girls! :)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

3 minute Gallery Wall

Hey all! We made it through to Friday….barely:) High school can be exhausting….but lots of fun challenges are ahead. We had a busy week here and are looking forward to resting up this weekend. I hope you have some fun things planned too:)

I really lack patience sometimes when it comes to throwing up stuff on the wall. I like to just mark, hammer and hang….so creating a gallery wall kind of challenges me. I have done one in the past at our previous house….loved how it came out…a mixture of treasures that I had found along with some newer things. I like how a gallery wall can be ever changing….

The super tall ceilings in our new house are dwarfing some of my favorite pictures…so I set out to create a statement on one large wall…piecing a few of my favorite things all together. Again, my lack of patience and my need for instant gratification came into play….and this is how it all turned out. (Note: paint color on walls is 1/2 strength Coventry Gray by Ben Moore. Ceiling is Light French Gray by Behr. See “Paint Colors” tab on the side bar for complete post:)

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I started by gathering the pieces that were alike in color (ie all black, gray or darker toned pictures/items.) This wall is the first thing you see when you come in from the garage entrance.

 

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I began by placing the items on the ground….directly where they would be hung on the wall. (ignore the wireless router…that only seems to work for everyone when it is located on this wall…so that will be fun to decorate around….or not.) This gave me a visual for how they would be placed on the wall. You could even be all smart about it and measure the height and width….but that would have required me finding the tape measurer…and I was in a groove…you feel me?! Moving on….

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I started in the high left corner and worked my way towards the center and down the wall….trying to mimic what I had placed on the floor. It doesn’t have to be perfect people…..they already look good together because they are of the same color family:)

 

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What I love is that I can continue to add pieces as I find them….and it will all flow nicely—just so it has some black or gray….it will blend.

My very favorite blog post even made it on the wall! The twig art remains a favorite in our house….still goin strong:)

Find out how I made it here…

 

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Have a great weekend friends!!!

Sidenote: Several have asked about what to start with if you are new to Norwex. I too am new to Norwex…but I have quickly fallin in love with the enviro-cloths for cleaning the kitchen…and the window cloth for cleaning stainless steel and mirrors. (it comes in a starter pack for $31) I get both cloths wet first….ring out the water and fold up the cloth into 4ths and wipe. My cloths are damp when I use them….I rinse them when I am done and hang them up for use later. I “deep clean” them once a week in my laundry tub with super hot water and a tiny drop of laundry soap. That is it….so easy! Here is the post and the youtube that sold me.… I will be closing out that “party” at the end of the month (link on the side bar)….but I will keep a party going should you ever want to come back and order:) Just email if you have further questions …

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

1970’s dry sink (refinished furniture)

My dad gave my mom a dry sink for their first Christmas together. They were married in Nov. of 1969. The condition of this dry sink is incredible….and it has been moved 8 times. It looks brand new. I came upon in when we were staying at my parents house when the new house was being finished. It was in their storage room. I knew it would be perfect in our new foyer—and with minimal convincing…my dad offered to repaint it the color of my choice. Whoot!!

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I believe the original color of this piece was a Williamsburg blue. Then I think my dad must have painted this teal color at one point. The style matches the Federal style of our new house…they were made for each other:) Of course…the original intent for a dry sink was to be used in a wash room before modern day plumbing. There would be a bowl that would sit next to a jug of water and people would rinse off….somethin like that.

I adore the hardware that I found to replace the brass. The color of the metal is called Champagne….not gold, not brushed. I love how it adds a little bit of modern to this traditional piece. I found these pulls and handles online at Myknobs.com.

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The paint is made by Rustoleum and I bought it online because I wanted the Satin finish and I couldn’t find any in the store. Rustoleum Painters Touch Satin in Granite is the name of the paint.

 

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The foyer is coming together nicely. It isn’t a big space…but just enough to decorate. This post will tell you all about the colors for the room. The tall ceilings are throwing me off a bit….things that looked great in our house before now look a little dwarfed. Little by little is is coming together though.

 

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We found this copper lantern on overstock. Very similar to a potterybarn version….for lots less. Perfect scale for the room…

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I hung an old iron gate piece that I have used several times in the past (dude is HEAVY…took me and hour to secure it….I was nervous to let go!) I’m thinking of some greenery in the tall white pitcher….

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And just a look back at where we started…

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I am trying to share with your bits and pieces as I get things photographed. It is all a process…making the things we love from our old house fit into this new space….but we are really loving how it is turning out so far:)

Have a great Monday:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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