Monday, May 30, 2016

DIY Double Barn Door

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DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 I finally did it. I've been dreaming about putting barn doors in our house for 5 years now, and it's finally done! Our front room, right off the entry way, was converted into a guest room/living room combo a few months ago and the only thing that was missing from making it complete was adding the doors. I had a curtain swagged for years on one of the sides to soften up the hard lines, but I figured guests would probably want a little more privacy that what a dinky little curtain can give :) I would know, I had a curtain as my door for half my teenage years because my door was taken off from slamming it too much lol Curtains don't offer that much privacy, trust me :)
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Since my dad came to stay for a week last week and I figured now was the best time to get to add some doors:) I'm still trying to get used to it, and losing my entryway table has been a little rough, but I'm sure I'll figure some stuff out...like where to drop the mail and the keys.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 This opening is about 5 feet wide, and I had to work around an air intake, so I had to split the doors into two and make it a double sliding door.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
Here's the tutorial on how I made the barn doors, and I'll also talk a little bit about the hardware at the end of the tutorial :)

I, of course, made two of these doors, but here's how I made each one of them.
Supply List:
Plywood Siding
3 pieces of 3 1/2 inch molding, 8 feet
1 piece of 5 1/2 inch molding, 6 feet
Sander
Wood Glue
Nail gun
Paint
Joint compound
Handles


For the main part of the door, I used plywood siding. This was the majority of the cost here. I found this siding for about $32 a piece at Home Depot. My doorway measured 60 inches wide and 86 inches high. So, I made my doors 68 inches wide and 88 inches high. Larger than the opening dimensions so there would be no gaps when the doors closed. So, each panel was cut to 34 inches wide and 88 inches high. You can have these cut at the lumber store to save time and your sanity :)
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 I first sanded the board to get ride of any random textures and slivers.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 I found that using a blow dryer was a pretty effective way of getting off the dust, especially in the gaps.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Next was putting on the molding. You can save some money here and use pine boards instead. I used 3 1/2 inch molding for the sides and cross part, and then 5 1/2 inch for the top and bottom. I measured two of  3 1/2 inch first at 88 inches, and then secured them onto the two sides of the siding. I used wood glue and a nail gun.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 I then measured the space between the side molding and cut the two 5 1/2 inch pieces to that length and secured them onto the top and bottom of the siding.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!

DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Next I put a couple coats of paint onto the siding. I wanted to do this before the cross length piece was placed so I wouldn't have to paint in a ton of corners. Just thought it would be easier :)
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Using a square, I measured and cut out the middle/cross piece to fit into each corner. I used a 3 1/2 inch piece for this. An easy way to do this also, is to place the board on top of the corners, making sure you have it where you want it on the top and bottom corner, and then place a mark where they intersect the bottom layers of molding. Turn your molding over and then create a corner of a square using those lines. 
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 The best thing about doing two doors, is now you don't have to go through the same pain of doing this again, just flip your molding over onto the second doors molding and trace it out :) Saves you some time! If you don't want the cross moldings to be opposite each other like I did it, then you can just trace it one on top of the other rather than upside down on each other. Make sense?
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 When all the molding is secure, use some joint compound and fill in all the nail holes and seams.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 I also used a putty knife with the joint compound and filled in the sides of the door so it didn't look like plywood anymore :)
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Once the compound was dried, I then sanded it down.

After sanding, I then added the last coats of paint. It took about 4 coats of paint to get the door completely white, two at the beginning and then two more at the end.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Here's the beginning of my next project. I realized after running out of time, that when you slide the doors, they look horrible on the inside of the room. So, I just painted the plywood with a quick coat of paint. Now I'm going to add some molding onto this side also and finish up painting. I'll have to show you how I do that soon :) but for now, this is what it looks like. Not too pretty haha
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Once everything was dried, I then added the hardware to the door.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 And hung it up on the track. I bought this track from Amazon (click here). It was the cheapest one I could find at the time. It's 12 feet long, perfect for the opening I had. They do make smaller ones too if your doorway isn't as large. Here are a few that you can pick from.

I loved the style of this one. I would explain how to put this up, but if you purchase this, it gives you some instructions. The only thing I did differently than the instructions was I used a different drywall anchor and bolt than the ones they supplied. I only had to use two of these out of the 8 holes we used for mounting, so it wasn't too bad. I also had to cut down one of the sides by about 4 inches to fit, but that didn't change anything about the rest of it. These slide great and look amazing! 
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 So, once the doors were hung, I then needed to add the door handles. They looked a little plain otherwise.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 I got these door handles from Home Depot. They are actually meant for garages, but I loved the size and look! I just used my own screws to put them in the doors and bypassed the hardware it came with. I think they were about $13 for the pair.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 And here's the finished product again.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 I just love the impact these give when you come into our house. I still haven't moved the artwork on the left side of the wall yet, it barely overlaps. I'm not sure if I ever will either. I guess we'll see if it starts to bug me or not.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Here they are closed. We went for a "V" look per my husbands choice.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 And here they are completely opened again. The hardware also came with guides for the bottom which I haven't put in yet. We are getting ready to get hardwood in here, hopefully soon, so I figured I would wait until that happens. Plus, these doors are really not going to be moved much either except when the occasional guest comes to visit. So, I wasn't too concerned about it.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 Here's the view from the other angle.
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 My husband was not on board with this idea...at all. Like he was wanting me to move everything out of our old guest bedroom and bring in a bed and everything else back into it to accommodate my dad. But, I fought hard enough and got my way and got my barn doors :) Also, he wasn't too happy that he had to help with the hardware either, and I don't blame him. I wish someone would have told us to just go and buy different anchors before we started and it would have saved a lot of time and agony. So, trust me on this one, if you get the hardware and don't have studs to secure it in, go and buy some different drywall anchors :) 
DIY barn door tutorial for sliding double barn doors! Make one of these doors for under $70!
 So, as for the cost, here's the break down for each door:
Plywood Siding: $32
3 pieces of 3 1/2 inch molding, 8 feet each: $19
1 piece of 5 1/2 inch molding, 6 feet: $7
Handles: $6.50 ($13 for the pair) you can also find some cute single ones from Hobby Lobby
Paint, Glue, Nails: On hand, no cost.
Total: $64.50

Both doors total: $129
Hardware: $126

Grand total: $255

A little expensive, but a lot less money than finishing a room in our basement to use as a guest room! Plus, if you are doing only one door, the grand total would be significantly less especially since the hardware would be cheaper too! 

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, May 20, 2016

How To Clean Your Oven Naturally In Just A Few Minutes!

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How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home

I feel like I divulge a ton of secrets on my blog that I normally would be mortified to do so to my friends. So, to keep on trend, here's another. I have never cleaned my oven. Nope. Lived in my house for 7 years now and have yet to clean it. Well, that was until last week. The reason? There are a few. First off, I never felt comfortable using harsh chemicals in a place that I cook food. Second, I remember my mom cleaning the oven with the built in method where it gets like 500 degrees for hours on end and just burns it off. I hated how hot it made the house, and truthfully, I never even really remembered to do it this way until my mom suggested it a few months back. And the real and finally reason...out of sight, out of mind. I use the oven once a day or so, maybe, but the only time I remember that I need to clean it was when I opened it. Then I would shut it, and totally forget. And I guess, that probably meant the real reason was that I didn't care that much lol.

Anyway, I did realize one thing this past week though...when you have guests coming to visit for an extended amount of time, you start to realize how dirty your house really is. So, this became an obvious issue that I needed to address :)
How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
All I used was a stainless steel ball, baking soda and some water!


How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
 I didn't realize how easy this could be or else I would have done it years ago, and kept doing it. I haven't been able to see inside my oven for goodness knows how long, so I first started with cleaning the glass. I squirted some water out of a rag onto the glass, then poured a layer of baking soda.
How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
I then took the stainless steel ball and started to scrub. I didn't have to scrub hard at all. It was coming off so easily, it was crazy! I had tried to clean this glass a few months ago with just a rag and didn't get no where. It didn't clean off anything. So, I definitely know that the stainless steel ball makes all the difference!
How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
Here's just one minute of scrubbing can do to the glass. Amazing!
How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
 And here's that dirty side cleaned :)
How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
 After I cleaned this glass and the door, I was like "This makes me so happy!" and my little 3 year old says "No mommy, not happy" points inside the oven "dirty". haha.
How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
 Yes...it was very dirty. I was content with the window being cleaned! But, I decided to see how easy it would be to scrub this clean.
How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
 It did take a few minutes, but it came clean with the same method. It was just a little awkward getting into the corners and crevices. But, it came clean with a little effort.
How to clean your oven naturally in just a few minutes using things you probably already have at home
So, this was just using baking soda and hot water with the stainless steel ball. I have read that if you put a baking soda and vinegar mix onto the oven, and let it sit, that it may come up easier. But, I didn't want to wait for it to sit and I was out of vinegar. So, I would say this method works wonderfully just as is :)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

DIY Mason Jar and Wood Vase Centerpiece

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DIY Mason jar and wood vase centerpiece. Perfect for spring decor and wedding decor!
 My mom is probably like most moms and loves handmade items, especially for Mother's Day. I love handmade items too, but I also love sleeping in and having the house cleaned. If I get those three things for Mother's Day, my day is golden :) So, for this Mother's Day, I decided to combine the obvious gift of flowers, with a little handmade present also. Tulips are my favorite flower, mason jars are my favorite too, and well, building something is up there also.

To make this cute little mason jar and wood vase, I just used some mason jars I had lying around and some scrap wood pieces. 

I first made the box. To fit 5 regular size mason jars, I cut the bottom and top pieces at 16 inches, and the side pieces at 6 3/4 inches. I then secured them together with wood glue and nails.
DIY Mason jar and wood vase centerpiece. Perfect for spring decor and wedding decor!
 I then measured 5 circles equidistant. Drew a line right down the middle of the wood, and then drew 5 lines through the middle of the circles. The intersection of the two lines is where you'll place the drill bit on the next step. If you need, place the mason jars upside down on the wood and trace them to get an idea of where to put the circles/openings.
DIY Mason jar and wood vase centerpiece. Perfect for spring decor and wedding decor!
 I used a hole saw drill bit to cut out the circles. The bit I used was just a little smaller in diameter than the circles themselves. This isn't a pleasant step to do. I suggest also maybe doing this step before the box is put together. You may or may not break the box in this process :) It's easy to glue and piece back together if it does happen though, as long as you didn't split the wood.
DIY Mason jar and wood vase centerpiece. Perfect for spring decor and wedding decor!
 After the holes are drilled, use a sander to get rid of the rough edges.

Then paint the box. I used a white-wash method with DecoArt's Pewter. I then drilled two holes into both sides and threaded some jute across the length of the box. I did this to hold the mason jars in line, and well, to make it look cuter :)
DIY Mason jar and wood vase centerpiece. Perfect for spring decor and wedding decor!

DIY Mason jar and wood vase centerpiece. Perfect for spring decor and wedding decor!
 I love how this turned out. How amazing would this be with hydrangeas? Such a simple project with a big impact.
DIY Mason jar and wood vase centerpiece. Perfect for spring decor and wedding decor!
 And can we talk about this fence?! I didn't realize this little gem was hanging out in my mom's backyard. I told her, if she ever needed to take down her fence, to be sure to give ALL the wood to me :)
DIY Mason jar and wood vase centerpiece. Perfect for spring decor and wedding decor!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

How I Furnished My House For Under $3000


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I have always been cheap. Umm, lets rephrase that...I have always been thrifty :) Ever since I was young, I learned to save up money for what I wanted and learned very quickly how far money didn't go. My mom used to give me an allowance. Every week, I would get my age in money if I did my chores. It was a great deal, but it quickly went to clothes because my mom also had a thing that I had to buy my own clothes or wear the ones she buys and chooses. I love my mom, but she had the absolute worst taste in clothing for me. Horrible. So, I learned that I needed to save my money and spend my money very wisely. I realized quickly to never pay retail for anything. Fast forward to my teens, and I started working at Dillards. This really made me realize the huge markup on everything. Like  thousands of percentages markup. Serious. I would wait for something to go to the lowest clearance possible, wait for an extra discount day, and then buy it with my employee discount. I would get something that retails for $400 for about $50. If I wasn't ruined already from never buying anything retail, this did it. It also gave me a threshold for the amount I would pay for certain things.

Nothing has changed now that I'm older. I probably have more refined tastes, but I still search for the deal. My clothes never come from a department store, in fact, I never step foot in malls anymore. They make me cringe :) That's not to say you can't find good deals there, I just can't stand them. I have learned a ton through the years when buying furnishings for my house also. Where to shop and to wait. You can't curate a whole home worth of furniture overnight, if you do, it might cost a little more than if you waited to buy the perfect pieces as time allowed.
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000

You can make a house beautiful without spending a ton of money, and here's how I did it.

#1. Find the stores that fit your aesthetic, and shop their clearance. Target is my favorite, and their clearance is just amazing. You have to shop the end caps weekly, but can usually find a worthwhile deal. Especially online.

#2. Shop sales and promo codes. Wait for the promotions to come on the item you most want. Target online is once again awesome for this. I also saved about $300 on my sectional waiting for a weekend sale from a local furniture store.

#3. Shop furniture warehouses and clearance centers for large pieces of furniture. I got my couch for $90 at a clearance center!

#4. Shop discount retailers such as Home Goods, Ross, and Gordmans.

#5. Keep an open mind to free things from family and friends. Most of my stuff is from family or friends just giving things away.

#6. Ask for big items for Christmas/birthdays. My family is awesome at going in together on stuff that I want for my house. I make sure the items that I don't really want to spend money on by myself go on my Christmas and birthday lists :)

#7. Shop thrift stores and yard sales. I actually don't do this often, hardly at all, but you can get some great deals sometimes! My mother-in-law bought a nice fire pit with 4 chairs for $5 at a yard sale!! Serious!

#8. If you can build it or make it, do it. This will save you so much money!

#9. I'm lucky enough to have great sponsors and get some of my stuff for free! 

Okay, now that you know my shopping secrets, here's the breakdown on my house furnishings. And to be clear, this does not include any of the decor, just furniture. I do have a little break down for the decor pieces at the end though.

My house is 3500 square feet with about 2000 square feet of livable space. It's 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a front room, a living room and dining room.

Entry way:
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Bench: $99, Home Goods
Stool: $25, Clearance, Home Goods
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
 Side table: $25 Clearance, Hobby Lobby

Living Room:
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Card Catalog: $100, Hobby Lobby
TV console: $100, Walmart
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
 Sectional: $650, Sale
Ottoman: $30, Online sale
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Sofa table: Free from friend, refurbished
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
 Chair: $140, Sale Target online
Table: $25, Clearance Hobby Lobby

Dining Room:
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
 Table: Free from family
5 Chairs: 2 as a gift, 3 for $70. $210 from Ikea
Bench: $99 Ross

Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Buffet: Christmas gift, free (did pay $48 on the pulls though)
Corner cabinet, not pictured: free

Front living room:
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
 Couch: $90, Warehouse sale
 Accent cabinet: $118, Sale Target online
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Tree stump coffee table: $12 (handmade)
2 side chairs: $10 (yard sale finds, refinished)
Console table: $20ish (handmade) 
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Armoire: Free from office

Master Bedroom:
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
 Headboard: $40, handmade
Nightstands: $53 for one, free for the other
Storage table: $15ish, Handmade
Bench: $100 Sale Target
Dresser (not pictured): Free from family

Bedroom:
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Bed frame and mattress: Free from sponsor
Nightstand: Free from family
Chair: Free, Mother's Day Gift
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Small Dresser: Free from neighbor
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Dresser: Free, my old dresser growing up
Table: $20 Ikea
Chairs: Free from sponsors

Nursery:
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Crib: $100, used from old nursery
Side tables: $40 ($20 each from Ikea)
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Dresser: $145 Sale Target online
Chair: $125 Sale Target online
Shopping secrets on how to furnish your house for cheap! How I Furnished My House For Under $3000
Storage table: Free, from friend

Grande Total: Just under $2500

Decor pieces
Rugs
Living room: $200, Rugs USA
Front room: free gift (from Amazon)
Master bedroom: $200, Home Depot
Dining Room: Free, gift (Ikea)
Girls Bedroom: $50 Sale Target
Nursery: Gift

Lamps
Bedroom: $60
Living room: $75
Entry: $30
Front room: $30
Nursery: $80
Girls room: $30

Curtains
 Favorite place for curtains is Ikea. All my curtains are from Ikea, they come in 106 inches which is what I use. I found most of mine for $20 a pair years ago. I think they are a little more expensive now.

Frames
From Ikea also. Large frames are about $7 and small frames are about $3/4.

Wall Decor
Most from Target and Home Goods.

Pillows
I find most of my inserts from Ikea, and sew my own covers. All the rest are either on sale from Target or from Home Goods


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 
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