Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mod Podging a Photo onto Wood

A couple weeks ago, I got a coupon for a free 11" x 14" poster from Walgreens. I've always loved this picture, so I decided to redeem the coupon for this photo.


I had planned on getting a frame for the picture, but then I decided that I would use some of the scrap wood that I have in my basement. I mod podged the poster onto a piece of plywood and I'm really happy how it turned out. Here are the steps I took, so you can make one of your own.

Needed materials:
Photograph - I used 11" x 14", but any size can be used.
Piece of wood - I used 14" x 17", but any size can be used.
Stain or Paint
Mod Podge (or make your own with craft glue and water)
Foam Brush
Very Fine Grit Sandpaper (optional)

Step 1: Cut the wood down to size. I decided to have a 1 1/2" border around my picture. You can use whatever size you want.


Step 2: Stain or paint your wood. I used some Minwax Dark Walnut stain that I had leftover. Since I wanted a 1 1/2" border, I did not bother staining the middle. If you want a more rustic look, you may want to use sand paper to roughen up the edges at this step.

Step 3: Mark the location of your picture. I made a border of 1 1/2", but you can make your border any size.


Step 4: Using a foam brush, spread the Mod Podge on the back of the picture. If you do not have Mod Podge, just mix equal parts craft glue and water. It works just as well as the real stuff.


Step 5: Place the picture on the board.


Step 6: Seal the edges of the photo with the Mod Podge.


Step 7: Brush a thin layer of the Mod Podge across the entire board and picture. Keep your brush strokes in one direction. Don't worry, it is supposed to look like this.


Step 8: Let the Mod Podge dry and then apply more layers. I applied 4 layers to make sure it was completely sealed and protected, but the number of layers you apply is up to you.

Step 9: If the Mod Podge is more textured than you like, you can wet sand it with a very fine grit paper. I like the more textured look, so I did not sand mine.

Step 10: Attach any picture hanging hardware. I have not decided where I am going to put my picture, so I'm not going to put any picture hangers on it right now. But, you could put it on a shelf, lean it against the wall, put eye hooks into the top and hang it with a ribbon or string, or attach sawtooth hangers to the back.

Step 11: Display your picture.

Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Quick and Easy Fall Centerpiece

I wanted a simple centerpiece that I could use for more than just the fall season. Looking at Pinterest, there are a ton of wood boxes out there. I knew that I could make one with things that I already had at home and that it could be used for multiple seasons. 

If you don't have wood laying around, it only takes one board to build. You can buy one for under $3.50 and it took me less than an hour to build!


Here are the directions to make your own.

Needed materials:
1 - 1" x 6" at 8 foot long board
Wood Glue
Stain or Paint
1 1/4" Finishing Nails (optional)

Step 1: Cut your wood.
3 - 1" x 6" at 24" (base and sides)
2 - 1" x 6" at 7" (ends)


Step 2: Using wood glue, attach the two sides to the base.


Step 3: Clamp the sides to the base until the glue has dried. I am not very patient, so instead of waiting for it to dry, I used a few finishing nails. The nails are not necessary, as the glue will hold it. But if you don't want to wait for the glue to dry or you don't have clamps, or you just want a little extra support, you can use finishing nails.


Step 4: Glue on the ends of the boxes. Again, I used a few finishing nails, but this is not necessary.


Step 5: Stain or paint your box. I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain that I had leftover from another project. I'm not the greatest sander, so ignore the weird spots. :-)




Step 6: Add any decor that you like. I added some Mason jars and artificial Mums for the Fall season. Other options for fall could be small pumpkins and gourds, candles, autumn leaves, the list can go on and on. 


Step 7: Enjoy your customizable centerpiece wood box. This simple box can be used for any season or holiday by simply changing the contents of the box. Some ideas are: Poinsettias and jingle bells for Christmas, plastic Easter eggs, spring or summer flowers, and red, white, and blue jars with American flags. 

This also would make a great gift! You could make several boxes to have on hand and then customize them based on the reason for the gift. The size also can be easily altered if you want a shorter or longer box.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sport Purple for Platelets!


Today is National Sport Purple for Platelets Day! Please put on your favorite purple apparel to help raise awareness for ITP.

If you are not familiar with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), it is a bleeding disorder that is not completely understood. It is sometimes called Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura because they do know that it is an autoimmune disorder. In people that have ITP, the immune system attacks the platelets. Platelets are what allows blood to clot. Without enough platelets, you will experience bruising, spontaneous bleeding, and could even cause a brain bleed.

People who are diagnosed with ITP may need to make drastic changes to their life. I will never forget the first night the on-call doctor called me with my lab results. He told me that my platelet count was "dangerously low" and that I had to go to the ER right away. He also told me to be very careful not to bump into anything because I could have internal bleeding. So, obviously physical activity needs to be limited.

But, there are tons of other things that can cause your platelet count to decrease. Everything from medications, to certain foods, to natural herbs, and everything in between. It can be pretty frustrating.

As long as the count stays high enough, you can live a normal life, but on any given day, the count could come crashing down and every little bump ends up with a huge bruise and you wonder whether you should go to the ER or not.

There is no known cause or cure for ITP. There has not been a whole lot of research on it until recently. They are now beginning to understand ITP and have been able to develop some new treatments. This is why it is so important to bring awareness and to help educate not only the general public, but also health care professionals.

Please join me in Sporting your Purple in support of ITP and other platelet disorders!

To find out more information about ITP, I recommend going to pdsa.org.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Curating a Kid's Furniture Clipboard for hometalk

Are you a member of hometalk? If not, what are you waiting for? If you are not familiar with hometalk, it is a fabulous website where people can share their knowledge on everything related to the home. Members can post pictures and tutorials of things that they have made or done. They range in topic from how to plant a garden, to how to fix an appliance, to home decor, and everything in between.

Not only can you view a ton of amazing ideas from other people, but you can ask for suggestions and opinions on whatever you need. I have posted both tutorials and asked for advice on different topics and the feedback for both has been terrific! Another feature, is that you can create "clipboards." These boards allow you to group and save ideas and inspiration for later viewing.

Last week, I was asked to curate a featured clipboard about kids furniture. Over the past few years, I have made quite a few things for the little people in my life, so I was so excited to be asked to curate this board! This is the 20 enchanting kids furniture ideas clipboard that I put together. The hardest part of putting together the clipboard was narrowing down the possibilities. They were looking for 15 - 20 projects and I could have easily used at least 50!


The above is just a sampling of some of the amazing projects on the clipboard. Be sure to check it out! While you are taking a look, don't forget to become a member of hometalk. I promise, you will not regret it!

If you want to check out some of my past posts, questions, or boards that I have on hometalk, be sure to checkout my hometalk profile. I would also love to have you as a Follower!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Hudson Queen Sized Bed

I wanted to make myself a new bed. I looked at several different plans, but I couldn't find one that I really liked everything about. So, I drew up my own plan. This is what I came up with and the cost of the wood to build this bed was under $100! If you already have a bed frame, you could build this for under $80. Here are the instructions on how to build your own.


Needed Materials:
3 - 1" x 3" at 8 feet long
2 - 1" x 4" at 6 feet long
2 - 1" x 6" at 6 feet long
2 - 1" x 12" at 8 feet long
6 - 2" x 4" at 6 feet long
2 - 2" x 4" at 8 feet long
1 - 2" x 12" at 8 feet long
2 - 4" x 4" at 8 feet long
1 - 1/2" x 4' x 8' plywood
1 1/4" pocket hole screws
2 1/2" pocket hole screws
1" finishing nails
2" wood screws
3" wood screws
wood glue

Notes:
  • My bedroom is small, so I built this bed to exactly fit my box spring and mattress. (My mattress is 80" long and the total height of my box spring and mattress is 22 1/2".) I do know that there is some variation in the length and thickness of mattresses. Before you build this, please check your mattress measurements to ensure it will fit and make any necessary adjustments to the length of the frame sides, side rails, and head board posts. 
  • If you already have a bed frame, you can omit the 2x4s and the 3" wood screws.
  • Once you have your head board and foot board completed, I strongly suggest assembling the bed in the bedroom.
Step 1: Make your wood cuts.
2 - 4" x 4" at 53 1/4" (head board posts)
1 - 1/2" plywood cut at 26 3/4" x 60" (head board)
2 - 1" x 4" at 60" (head board trim)
4 - 1" x 3" at 19 3/4" (head board trim)
1 - 2" x 12" at 60" (head board support)
2 - 1" x 6" at 69" (head board and foot board toppers)
2 - 4" x 4" at 21" (foot board posts)
1 - 1/2" plywood cut at 17" x 60" (foot board)
2 - 1" x 3" at 60" (foot board trim)
4 - 1" x 3" at 12" (foot board trim)
2 - 2" x 4" at 82 1/2" (frame sides)
6 - 2" x 4" at 57" (frame cross boards)
2 - 1" x 12" at 79" (side rails)

I used my Kreg Rip-Cut and circular saw to make my plywood cuts. Then I used my miter saw for the rest of the cuts.


Step 2: Using a Kreg Jig set at the 3/4" setting, drill pocket holes on the two end sides of your head board. It would also be a good idea to make pocket holes on the top side of the head board, at this time. I did not do this and I wished I would have.


Step 3: Using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and the pre-drilled pocket holes, attach the plywood to the posts. I inset my plywood 1 1/2" from the front. It's up to you whether you want yours inset or not. Remember, this plan is based off of a total box spring and mattress height of 22 1/2". If your mattress is thicker or thinner, you may want to adjust the height of the head board posts.


Step 4: Using wood glue and 1" finishing nails, attach the top and bottom trim. 


Step 5: Using wood glue and 1" finishing nails, attach the vertical trim. I made a simple panel look, but you can put your trim in any design you want.


Step 6: Using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and the pre-drilled pocket holes, attach the topper to the plywood. Attach the topper so there is an overhang of 1" on each side of the head board posts. Using 2" wood screws, countersink the screws through the topper to the posts. 




I thought I was happy with the head board at this point, but I later decided that I wanted to add a support to better hold the frame. So, I am skipping forward in my pictures for this step. You can skip this next step if you already have a bed frame.

Step 7: Using a Kreg Jig set at the 1 1/2" setting, drill pocket holes on the two end sides of the 2" x 12" board. Attach the board to the posts with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. I put mine flush to the back and 4" from the bottom.


Step 8: Using a Kreg Jig set at the 3/4" setting, drill pocket holes on the two end sides and the top side of your foot board.


Step 9: Using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and the pre-drilled pocket holes, attach the plywood to the posts. I inset my plywood 1 1/2" from the front.


Step 10: Using wood glue and 1" finishing nails, attach the foot board trim.


Step 11: Using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and the pre-drilled pocket holes, attach the topper to the plywood. Attach the foot board topper so there is an overhang of 1" on each side of the foot board posts. Using 2" wood screws, countersink the screws through the topper to the posts. 


Step 12: Fill any holes with wood filler and sand it.

Step 13: Stain or paint the head and foot boards. I used Rust-oleum Painter's Touch in Kona Brown.


Step 14: Build the bed frame or attach a pre-made frame to the header and footer. Using a Kreg Jig set at the 1 1/2" setting, drill pocket holes on one end of each of the 82 1/2" long 2" x 4" boards. You will use these pocket holes later to attach to the head board support. Remember, this plan is based off of a mattress that is 80" long and it is a tight fit. If your mattress is longer or you want the fit to be a little looser, you may want to adjust the length of the frame sides.

Step 15: Using a Kreg Jig set at the 1 1/2" setting, drill pocket holes on the two end sides of the 57" long 2" x 4" boards. Attach these boards to the longer boards with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to construct the frame. Attach the first board to the ends with the pocket holes in the side 2" x 4" boards. Then space out the remainder of the boards. I spaced mine 13 1/2" apart from each other and then left 6" open at the end to connect to the foot board.

Step 16: Attach the frame to the headboard support using 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and the pocket holes that you pre-drilled. I attached my frame 4" from the bottom of the posts. Also, use 3" countersunk screws to attach the frame to the head board support and posts.


Step 17: Using 3" countersunk screws, attach the frame to the foot board posts.



Step 18: Using 2" countersunk screws, attach the side rails to the frame. Again, this length may need to be adjusted.


Step 19: Sleep well on your new bed!






After I was done building this, I realized that this bed looked incredibly like Pottery Barn's Hudson Bed. I did not intentionally make it that way because I made it up as I went, but that is how it turned out. I do like the $100 cost of my bed much more than the $1699 price of the Hudson Bed!

Now, I just need to figure out the colors I want for my walls, bedding, and window treatments.