Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just Asking and hoping for Feedback

I have gone from 798 followers down to 724 followers in less than one week.  I've lost over 70 followers in 5 days.  Can you give me some feedback as to why I've lost soooo many in such a short amount of time?  Have I done something wrong?  I hope to get your thoughts...


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Kitchen Table Now Coffee Table

Last weekend I found an oak kitchen table on Kijiji for $25.00.  This is it disassembled.  

It even has beautiful rope detail.

My plan was not to use it as a kitchen table, but to transform it into a coffee table.  I already have a round coffee table but it wasn't what I really wanted for my tiny living room.  It served its purpose but I wanted something more substantial.  You can see the old table below...

First thing I needed to do was to remove the screws that attach the table to the base from the pedestal.  

I then measured the height of my seat cushions on the couch and decided to make my coffee table the same height.  Using a hand saw, I cut the pedestal to the appropriate height. Don't judge me...I know that I'm doing a messy job in my livingroom! 

I used masking tape to make the cutting line so I kept it level and straight.  It worked very well!

I replaced the screws at the top of the pedestal making sure to measure and line up the holes at the bottom of the tabletop.

I sanded the table top and stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut stain.  When dry, I lightly sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any roughness.  I then waxed it with Minwax Paste Wax to protect the surface.  The edge of the tabletop together with the legs and pedestal received a coat of primer before I added two coats of Behr paint called Totally Black.  

Here is the finished table...

I love it and am very happy with the results.  And,  it only cost me $25.00 and a few hours of labour!  

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Rustic Crate Trunk

Today, I decided to do a little project that would be somewhat functional and that would fill a void in one corner of my living room.  It started with two old crates that I've had sitting in the basement.

I went to Home Depot and bought all of this...

First, I painted all the black with the exception of the castor wheels.  Next, I attached the wheels to the bottom of one of the crates.

Then I attached the hinges to the inside of the crates using one of the crates as a lid.  I secured the corner brackets to the top and bottom crate, added the handles to the sides and the latch/lock to the front of the crates.  This is it finished...

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