Friday, June 24, 2016

DIY Oversized Wood Dice

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DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
We went to the Parade of Homes the other day, and I saw these in one of the houses and fell in love! They actually left the price tag on too...odd, yes. But, it was nice because I saw that they cost a whopping $9 per die! Serious. Someone is making a grundle haha.  Since I loved them so much, I decided to make some. I just used a 8 foot 4x4 that I got for $9. You can make like 27 of these for the cost of one in the store. Anyway, I then cut 6 cubes out of the post. They were 3.5 inches each.
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 I then made a template and printed it out, a number 1-6 for each side. I put each number on a side of the block, and used a little flat head screw driver to make a indent.
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 Having the indent was helpful rather than a mark because it helped guide the drill in the next step.
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 I then used a 1/2 inch drill bit and drilled about a quarter of an inch into each indent.
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 Once all the holes were drilled, I then sanded all the sides and holes with a sander.
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 The way I saw these at the house was bare like this. But, I really liked the idea of having some stain on them.
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 I was planning on doing all six of the dice white, but then I thought they would look awesome stained with Dark Walnut. And they did! And truthfully...I don't know what I was thinking wanting to have 6 all the same color.
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 For the white ones, I used the Color Stain in Picket Fence by DecoArt. And for the wholes, I decided to brush in a little Dark Walnut by Minwax. The dark stain mixed with the white and turned out pretty cool :)
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 I've been going around the house playing around with where I want them. I'm so glad that I made these though! I was really in a stump of decorating with the same ol' things...clocks, lanterns, and faux plants lol. This at least gives a little more character :)
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!

DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 And I love how they look so old! The girl at Home Depot was like, "are you sure you want this post? There's a huge crack in it." Of course I do! The more cracks the better haha. This gave it so much character.
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!
 Truthfully though, even though I initially wanted them all to be white, the brown are my favorite! 
DIY oversized wood dice. A great way to add rustic farmhouse charm to your house!

Here's the link to the template I used for the dice. Just print it and cut it out!
 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0-MD_QnLvthN0hybld3VXBKNUk/view?usp=sharing
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Friday, June 17, 2016

DIY Backyard Patio Makeover

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DIY outdoor patio decor and decorating ideas plus free plans on the privacy screen and farmhouse table!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Home Tour 2016

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Welcome to this Summer's Home Tour! Once again, I've teamed up with 29 other amazing bloggers to share our homes with you! Thank you to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for hosting! If you are stopping by from Remodelando la Casa, welcome! Be sure to stick around to the end to find all the others joining in on the tour :)

So, I have to admit something. These past few months have been so crazy, busy with life that I feel like nothing has happened in my house since the Spring tour. In fact, as of yesterday, nothing had changed at all in my living room :) But, I whipped a few pillows together to help remedy that. I decided this year to go a little lake house-y for the Summer with lots of blues and yellows. I am loving blue and white stripes lately, you'll probably figure that out soon lol. Anyway! Let's get started :)

Here's my entryway. These barn doors are my newest addition. They have changed up my entry so much, I'm still trying to get used to them. You can read more about how I made them here.
Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room

Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room
 The barn doors open to our front room/guest room combo. We actually had a guest stay here for a week a couple of weeks ago and it worked great! I was really nervous about giving up an actual bedroom as the guest room and am so happy that I was able to combine it seamlessly into my front room.
Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room
 Console Table: Target     Sofa Bed: Ikea      Bench: Target     Rug: Rugs USA
Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room

Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room


Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room
 I love the peak of the entry hall from the front room.
Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room
 This is the only place in the house I actually used a lighter blue instead of navy. It just felt so airy and fresh this way :)
Summer decor and decorating ideas for entryway

Summer decor and decorating ideas for hallway
 From the hall, it opens into our great room. Once again, nothing has really changed in here except some new pillow covers and some random stuff moved around...and maybe a few extra stains on that poor rug lol
Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room

Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room
 Rug: Amazon    Pillows: Home Goods     Blue/White Fabric: Joann    Tray: Home Goods    Lamps: Target
Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room

Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room

Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room

Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room
  Chair: Target      Pillow: Ikea      Table: Hobby Lobby
Summer decor and decorating ideas for farmhouse living room
 For the dining room, I went to my go to color, yellow! I just love yellow in here, and Summer just calls for a pop of it :)
Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas with DIY shiplap walls

Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas with DIY shiplap walls

Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas with DIY shiplap walls

Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas with DIY shiplap walls
 And that's it for now! I'll be sharing my Summer patio and bedroom in the coming weeks. Hope you enjoyed the tour :) If you are going in the loop, be sure to check out Rain On A Tin Roof next! You'll be sure to love Jenna's spunk and style! Here's the rest of today's tours also :)


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DIY Phone Docking Station -Great Father's Day Gift Idea!

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DIY Docking Station. Perfect gift for Father's Day!
 Father's Day is just around the corner and I'm all about handmade gifts :) So, I decided that a docking station was a need in our house! I can't tell you how often we lose keys, forget where the phone is or just have a huge pile of stuff emptied from pockets. This is the solution here :)  Here's an easy DIY version that anyone can make! It's super simple :)

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! 

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