I wanted to continue our discussion from last Thursday about our TV cabinet. As I told you last week….we really wanted to cover it up (actually I really wanted to cover it up;) We hired this one out because it was just a little bit more detailed than we were comfortable with …plus the trim carpenter that we worked with already had some really great barn wood. He was also able to find some original barn door hinges too. Everything came off of a barn that was about a hundred years old…it is just the coolest….
Busy week here getting back into the school routine. Sorry the post have been a bit off:) I think I will probably go back to my normal Mon, Wed, Friday post soon:) Hope you are having a nice end of summer:)
I scored this awesome old section of white picket fence at a local thrift shop. ( Local friends the shop is called Tickled Pink and I have talked about it a few other times.) It is a consignment/vendor kind of shop… by Churchill Downs on Taylor Boulevard. There is a treasure trove of goodies in there garage. There are several items that need lots of love. I found this section of fence in the garage for eight bucks…$8!!
I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it until I saw our finished kitchen table and I had an idea to take the fence apart and build a trowel of sorts… I have also been collecting some vintage glass jars when I see them at a good price. The peanut and I were shopping a couple weeks ago and she found most of these at our local peddler’s mall.
I thought they would look pretty in this container on the kitchen table. I didn’t want the container to be too wide and I wanted it to be long enough so that when I put the extensions on the table it will still fill it out nicely. I ended up using 2 full pickets along with a third for the sides. The total length of it is 4 feet by five and a half inches wide. I like that I can kind of change the look up for fall and winter. The construction is pretty simple and if you can’t find an old picket fence you could always use new parts. Just do some sort of distressed paint to make it look older.
This fence already had some white paint on it which I caution if and when you work with old paint be sure to work in an outside area with a dust mask in case the paint has led in it. I think that this painting was most likely latex because a lot of it just peeled right off. I used a medium grade sandpaper after I pried the pickets apart. The tools that I used were a flathead screwdriver, a hammer, and some pliers to pull out the old nails. It did not take me long to get the pickets off.
I then chose the boards that I wanted to use and went to work. A medium grade sandpaper on my sander I sanded the edges and some of the rough paint off. That’s about it. I didn’t want to take too much of the paint off because that was the character of it. I wipe the boards down and we got to put them together. We ended up using a new piece of pine that was 5 feet long by five and a half wide. We just cut it down to the length that we needed. With a pneumatic nailer and just popped the boards on to the new pine and that was it! I bought some large felt pads for the bottom to protect the table and make it easier to slide around for when we eat dinner.
I absolutely love how this came out! I feel like it could be for sale in Magnolia shop as if Jojo and chip made it themselves! I love that it complements the new table and that I can switch out the decorations inside of it depending on the season and my mood.
So the moral to the story is never ever pass up a section of fence for a low low price of $8.00. There is always something that that fence can be made into!
Also, find me today over at Jenna’s talking about how I create a meaningful home:)
And….I will be taking over the @TrueValue instagram this weekend starting on Thursday evening. I hope you can follow along too!!
This is a sponsored post. The kind folks at True Value have asked me to share a fun summer project with you. I have been compensated for my time and efforts.
There are so many fun projects that call for bottle caps. After I saw a few projects online I wanted to try one out for myself. This inspired my bottle cap birdbath project. I am partnering with the True Value again for this year’s DIY blog squad. So thankful to have such a great partnership with them! I thought that this outdoor garden project would be fun to do this summer…get the kiddos involved….it is that easy:)
I found some really unique German beer bottle caps on eBay. I think I paid $3 for the whole lot. You can find bottle caps that are particular color or style just by searching on Etsy or eBay. I am sure you’ll find something that you love. This bird bath is probably good for just one or two small birds but at the same time it is a conversation piece for your garden. The supplies are pretty simple and can all be found at your local True Value Store.
Here is what you will need:
2 foot copper pipe
1.5 inch metal washer
12 inch round terra cotta pot base
outdoor clear sealer
* collect and organize bottle caps and create your pattern
*glue the washer and end cap on the bottom of the planter bas, let dry
* starting in the center, spread the glue and start adhering bottle caps
* continue to work your way to outer edge. Allow to dry according to glue instructions (I left mine overnight)
*mix up grout with water so that it is the consistency of icing
*using rubber gloves, spread the grout on the bottle caps. Get in the crevices and smooth with your hands all the way to the edge.
*using a damp sponge, wipe excess off let dry. (it is ok if some grout is filmy on the bottle caps, you will be able to wipe clean)
*when grout is dried, wipe off and clean up bottle caps well.
*apply a clear coat to protect
Find a spot in your garden and hammer the copper pipe into the ground. Top with your new fancy birdbath!
*hammer copper tubing into ground
*slide the birdbath on top
*fill with some water for your feathered friends;)
How stinkin cute!?! Am I right?!? I could have made a bunch of these…it was so fun and very easy. Be sure to check out your local True Value for all your DIY needs…they are always ready and willing to help you getter done!
Also don’t forget to follow True Value on Instagram for more inspiration! And share your own #DIYaDay projects for a chance to win- they’re giving out prizes all throughout June!
Summer is in full swing here….my bubs finished his exams last Friday…and the peanut has her last exam tomorrow. I am scrambling to get ready to take bubs and my nephew to the beach for a week….looking forward to chilling on the Atlantic:) I am sure I will be popping in from time to time…but the regular post here may get a bit scattered. It seems that is pretty typical for blogland….If you are new here and just stopping by for the first time…please check out the project gallery…or look on the menu at the top for some recent projects:)
This was one of those ideas her I thought oh my gosh I’m a total genius… Until I Google searched and saw all about 10,000 other projects that we’re pretty much the same. So I’m definitely not the first person to think about this but I thought maybe you hadn’t thought of the idea either so here it is:)
I told you the other day about my little container vegetable garden. I decided to go with things that were supposed to be easy so fingers crossed. My thinking was salad for dinner…strawberry shortcake for dessert you feel me? Am I right or am i right? So of course I had to dress up the little garden markers.
I took some wine corks that I had laying around along with some wooden bamboo skewers and my Sharpie markers to make my own cute little garden markers. They turned out so sweet I want to plant more things! My family tells me I have to wait to see how these do first. The confidence is low I tell you…. very low. They have all the right though. I’m kind of in ADD Gardner… I think that it’s the lack of immediate gratification that I have a problem with. But I am getting better about that. I suppose its old age setting in. I know that you really don’t need a tutorial for this you basically poke a sharp end of the bamboo into the wine cork and you label. Done and done. I like to keep things simple you know that.
Good luck to you and go plant and harvest hopefully!
I think its really funny how my brain works. When it came to deciding on what to do for my windows in this new family room I was a little bit stumped. I didn’t want anything that would take away from the architecture of the room. I didn’t want anything too simple. I wanted something that could handle the height of the ceilings which are 11 feet tall. To the right we have our incredible fireplace hearth with built-ins with a nice beefy woods so I needed something that was delicate but at the same time could stand up to all of that. My initial thought was maybe to find some cool towel rings that you would use in a bathroom. I thought that I could maybe spray paint them and just hang panels from them. That led me to the horseshoe. I’m not sure how I jumped from towel rings to horseshoes….you can figure that out:)
I thought it would be so cool if I could find some old beat up used horseshoes that I could secured to the wall somehow and put the drapery rings on so that they could hold the panels. I ended up finding these two sets of horseshoes on eBay. The listing was for 8 horseshoes for $15. And when you live in Kentucky and you have horseshoes holding your curtain panels it all just kind of makes sense and I right or am I right? I shared this picture awhile back on instagram….
What we had to figure out with how we were going to secure the horseshoes to the wall and still allow the curtains to hang properly. We were in the Lowes hardware aisle for a good 30 minutes looking at different screws and nails and spacers and such. What we ended up using is a one and a half inch nylon spacer with 3 inch nail. We made sure at least one of the nails went through to a stud….so be sure to measure and find the stud before you hang.
This nail was the perfect size to go through the hole that was already in the horseshoe. By placing the nylon spacer behind the horseshoe we were able to still have enough nail to get into a stud behind the wall and hold the horse shoe properly. It appears that the horseshoe is sagging in this picture….but it is just the natural curve of the shoe. It is in the wall securely :) I got the panels made from a seller on Etsy.
She has a ton of gorgeous fabrics and I bought this one sight unseen and it worked out amazing. I did pay to get the panels lined with white fabric. Still very affordable for so much fabric. These panels are each 28 wide by 110 inches long.
I found the wood rings at Lowes…..
They make perfect sense of these long stately windows. The splash of blue is modern but yet traditional at the same time much like our entire house.
I love how they go with the feel of this room…kind of modern…kind of farmhouse:) I am still figuring out furniture placement in here….but I am getting there:) More on this room soon:)