Silhouette Scrap Wood Wall Art

I recently shared the DIY coat rack we’re now utilizing in our sitting room above a vintage trunk used as a bench…

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See who loves to rest here? It’s a tiny little Italian greyhound named Rosie…

DIYShowOff Coat Rack and Sign

One more picture. She’s just so stinkin’ cute!

DIYShowOff Coat Rack and Sign

and I’m loving this scrap wood turned silhouette art placed above it. Rosie approves! DIYShowOff Wood Plank Wall Art

Materials I used:

  • scrap 1 x 6 pine boards 
  • RustOleum Ultimate Wood Care (kona)
  • RustOleum Ultimate Polyurethane
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • picture hanging hardware
  • vinyl decal (I used a greyhound shape)
  • white acrylic craft paint

What I did:

I cut my pine boards so that they all measured the same 30 inches long then sanded the edges. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Next I used wood glue and clamps to create a large wood plank canvas. Let dry. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I applied my vinyl decal to the center of my wood canvas, burnishing the edges using my thumbnail. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Then using a foam brush, I applied the stain in the same direction as the wood grain.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

After a few minutes, I wiped away the excess stain, again in the direction of the wood grain, with an old rag. Let dry one hour.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Then I removed the vinyl decal. I was hoping that there wouldn’t be any seeping but there was. No problem! Change of plans. Sometimes DIY doesn’t always go according to plan. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I used a small craft paint brush and white acrylic craft paint to fill in the unfinished portion of the greyhound stencil. Let dry.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I then applied a coat of the polyurethane over the stain, brushing on in the direction of the wood grain. Add picture hanging hardware to the back and hang to display.

DIYShowOff Wood Plank Wall Art

Perfect complimentary wall art for above the coat rack. 

Wood Plank Wall Art @diyshowoff

Wood Plank Wall Art @diyshowoff

DIY Hanging Organizer (for peg hooks)

How do you add a fun pop of color to an otherwise neutral room? Try Pantone’s Color of the Year for something you may not normally choose. The Lowe’s Creative Idea March challenge was to use Valspar’s Radiant Orchid. Just a small touch adds elegance to my white and gray space. 

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Inspired by PB’s Gabrielle system, I created a wooden peg hook organizing caddy from scrap wood. 

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial

Materials I used: Most of my wood was purchased at Lowe’s and is left over from previous projects with the exception of the .50 yard sale find piece shown below. Adjust measurements according to your own needs or scrap wood measurements. Inexpensive pine works well for this project.

  • 1″ x 10″ x 18 1/2″ (back)
  • 1″ x 6″ x 18 1/2″ (bottom)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 4″ (sides)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 18 1/2″ (front)
  • 1″ deep (or however thick your peg hook rack is)  x 1″ tall  x 6″ wide (back stop piece)
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • Wood filler
  • Valspar Radiant Orchid 

What I did:

Mark the center top of the back piece of wood. Hold up to a peg on your coat rack, lining the center with the center of a peg. On the wood, mark the center of each peg placement.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Decide which hole saw bit is just a little bigger than the pegs. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

You’ll want your holes to be near the top end. I used a ruler to measure down about 2″ from the top and a level to make a cross mark to show the center of each hole. Drill tiny pilot holes where the pencil marks meet.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Attach the hole saw bit to your drill and using the pilot hole as a guide for the center drill bit, drill/cut holes. I think our hole saw bit is a little dull so the back side of my wood is splintered. (Thankfully no one will see that side!)

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Sand and wipe clean all wood pieces. Hang on pegs to ensure holes line up.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood glue, wood screws and clamps, assemble your caddy and let dry. I attached my screws from the bottom and back so they weren’t seen but you could also countersink screws, fill and sand.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

I thought that was it for the construction until I tested it hanging on my peg hooks. Oops, front heavy. Using just wood glue and a clamp, I attached the back stop piece to the center bottom of the back. This ensures that the caddy will hang level.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood filler, fill all seams and cracks. Let dry, sand smooth and wipe clean. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Paint the entire wood caddy. Mine took two coats. Radiant Orchid wouldn’t have been my first choice but it’s growing on me and it’s nice to do something bold and fun for a change. I love the Valspar sample size paint…more than enough and perfect for adding colorful accents. Down the road all it takes is a new coat of a different color to re-freshen things up. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

 

Now I have a shelf/tray for decorative items, toiletries in the bathroom

bathroom organization - DIY peg hook hanging shelf

DIY hanging peg hook organizer

hanging peg hook organizer

bathroom peg hook hanging organizer

Great for keys, wallet, sunglasses, change, cell phone near the door in the mudroom or entryway. 

Peg Hook Hanging DIY Organizer

DIY peg hook mudroom entryway organizing hanging caddy

PB inspired peg hook shelf caddy organizer

My peg hook is located in my bathroom but I’d really love to have something like this near the door as well. How about you? 

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Ana White ~The Handbuilt Home {giveaway}

Note: This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Bre! Congratulations! Bre has been contacted by email. Winner was selected randomly using the PickGiveawayWinner WP plug in.

DIY Blog Crush: As a long time DIY blogger, I’m no stranger to Ana White’s awesome DIY building talent. This girl has some crazy awesome DIY skills!

Ana White with daughter, Grace

Her beautiful DIY furniture plans have been sitting on my ‘to-do’ list for years as I work up the courage to actually try building something. I’ve conquered my fear of power tools, but the idea of actually building something from scratch has been a little daunting. When Ana’s new book was recently released, I knew I had to have it and pre-ordered it right away! Guess what. It’s here!

Designer Furniture for a Fraction of the
Retail Cost? Yes, You Can Build That.

The Handbuilt Home shares 34 simple, budget-friendly woodworking projects! As if her blog isn’t inspiration enough, having a physical resource in my hand is motivation to just get over my fears already and just do it already!

{flip top storage bench plans}

What I love most about the book? Not only does she share the details on how to build some gorgeous furniture, she also features some of our super talented DIY friends and shares their projects using her plans. How awesome is that?! So not only is the book filled with step by step ‘how to’ instructions, there’s some beautiful after shots created by DIY’ers we know. You can see a sneak peek of The Handbuilt Home here. I’m really enjoying going through and bookmarking things I love, adding ideas to my DIY notebook…

DIY handbuilt home book

Press Release: Forget IKEA hacks and glue guns. Ana White, a young homemaker, is revolutionizing the furniture building industry, designing DIY furniture plans that rival the styles of Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel and cost 1/10 of the purchase price to make. Using basic tools and hardware store supplies, Ana’s THE HANDBUILT HOME teaches readers how to build everything from bookcases to beds to kid-friendly items and storage solutions, even if they don’t have any woodworking experience. And the best part? Building your own furniture means you can customize it for your home and save thousands of dollars off the cost of buying it. Packed with 34 of Ana’s favorite projects, THE HANDBUILT HOME includes easy-to-follow instructions, costs, time estimates, and plenty of helpful tips guide even the most amateur of carpenters through every project. As Ana likes to say, “If I can build it, so can you!”

Starstruck: I was lucky enough to meet Ana this year at the Haven conference and not only is she a DIY super star, she’s gorgeous and humble and real.

Roeshel and Ana White So, want to create unique, modern, one of a kind furniture for your home? You can get The Handbuilt Home here {affiliate link}:

I love having a library of DIY home improvement and decorating books at home…and so happy to add Ana’s to my collection.

and enter to win one too!

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Family Room – sneak peek {repurposed headboard to door pediment}

The family room makeover has been on hold while we’re renovating the apartment but I wanted to share a little repurposed headboard project I finished up a couple of weeks ago.

Using an old headboard {a gift from Amber – thanks, Amber!}, Gorilla Wood Glue, Bessy ESZ Clamps (Rockler), TransTint Dye, vinyl stencil (created using Silhouette Cameo) and craft paint, I gave an old headboad a new purpose.

Here’s a little of what’s going on in the family room:

family room design

{see more about operation family room here}

The headboard was in very poor condition, broken and falling apart. I removed the legs and repaired the main wooden part of the headboard and added a stencil.

Before…{pardon the mess, it’s a work in progress!}
So easy! The space above the family room door just needed something, ya know? {French door color is Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean Blue with a dark glaze}.
Much better, don’t you think?
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Family Room Baseboard {DIY installation and caulking tutorial}

The old baseboards in the family room were 2 inches tall and lacked the character displayed in the rest of our home. The family room was a later addition to the house. After the bamboo floor was installed, we decided to go with a taller baseboard. I chose 6 x 1 inch pine.

Before…

baseboard tutorial

I started to the left of the French doors, measured and cut my board to fit the space. I do not miter baseboards. When you see the finished job, I promise you no one is going to notice that the joints/corners are not mitered.

baseboard tutorial

I moved along, placing my next un-cut 8 foot piece into place from the corner.

baseboard tutorial

Moving along to my third piece, I butted it up against the far wall to where it meets the second un-cut piece placed and draw a line where the two boards meet. This is where I’ll cut.

baseboard tutorial

So simple. I cut all of my pieces and ‘framed’ the room. {pardon the old hunter green furniture}

baseboard tutorial

Starting with “A”, I label each board so I know the order they are to be placed around the room. I got up to “K” I think. You can mark the wall too, but just having the boards in order and knowing where you start works.

Next I hauled the boards to the basement and gave each piece of baseboard two coats of paint {Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace in a semi-gloss finish) on three sides.

painting baseboards

My Porter Cable nail gun/compressor makes installing baseboards super easy.

Porter Cable nail gun & compressor

I just a nail every 14 inches near the bottom of the boards and a staggering nail near the top in between the bottom nails.

baseboard tutorial

{bad hair day = hood for pics and if you misplace safety goggles, sunglasses are the next best thing}

Our walls are not plumb. There are gaps where the baseboards gap and don’t sit flush against the wall. But that’s okay.

DAP Dyna Flex and FrogTape

Enter: DAP DynaFlex. DynaFlex is DAP’s most advanced indoor/outdoor premium latex sealant with technology that is both waterproof and paintable. It combines outstanding durability, adhesion and flexibility with easy tooling, paintability, and low odor, while also keeping insects (SPIDERS!) from entering through small gaps and cracks. It is mold and mildew resistant, making DynaFlex ideal for a wide variety of projects such as sealing around windows, doors, siding, trim, molding and baseboards.

I usually leave caulking to Mr. DIY but this time I did it myself. We’ve been really busy with real life things, so this is a task I kept putting off thinking it would be more difficult and take more time than it did. I was wrong! Caulking is the easiest DIY job I’ve ever done. And it took only about an hour.

Seriously the hardest part was learning how to load the caulk gun. Cut the caulk tube on an angle creating a small hole. And insert the tube into the gun.

DAP Dyna Flex

Handle up means “on”. Handle down means off.

caulk gun

Turn the tip of the tube so the flat side of the angled cut will rest in the ‘crack’ where baseboard meets wall.

Turn handle up to “on” (work quickly with a full tube – it pushes itself out!) and push the metal tab to start placing a bead of caulk in where the baseboard meets the wall, move along. Push. Release. Push. to maintain a steady bead. I worked in 4 foot sections. (Tip: With a new tube, be QUICK with turning the gun off an on – it will continue to squeeze out when you aren’t looking!) Remember to turn handle to ‘off’ position when you set down the caulk. As the tube empties, it will require more gripping muscle.

I had a small dish of water, a small waste basket and lots of paper towels on hand.

Dip finger into water and smooth out the bead of caulk (paper towels or rags are necessary). If it gets onto something it shouldn’t, it’s okay. It wipes/washes right off.

It created a beautiful straight flat bead filling in the gap between the wall and baseboard.

how to caulk

At first I even lined the top of the baseboard and the wall where it meets the baseboard with Frog tape to create a straighter line.

caulk installation collage

But found that the extra step wasn’t really necessary. It might be helpful if you had a big contrast between baseboards and walls. But if I made a mess or an ‘oops’, DynaFlex was easy to wipe away/clean when wet.

before

baseboard tutorial

then…{better but yikes!}

DIY baseboard tutorial

now…

DAP Dyna Flex baseboard caulking tutorial

Family room still in progress but these small details are important. DAP Dyna Flex is sandable and paintable! It’s tempting to end at this step because it looks good enough, but painting will help seal everything and give it a uniform look. Next up filling the nail holes, light sanding and paint touch up. What do you think? An easy enough project to do on my own.

DIY baseboard tutorial

Cost:  approx. $100 for wood and caulk (less than two tubes) for an approx. 200 sq. foot room.

This post is sponsored by DAP but opinion, photos and tutorial are my own. 



The Wonderful World of Woodworking

One of my goals this summer is to learn how to use the saw, as you’ve heard me say and I have more motivation than ever. I ‘met’ Kevin aka Grover recently and love his new feature

There’s also this:


There is so much inspiration! I’m thankful for the tips and love seeing what others are creating. It’s so helpful in overcoming my fears. It’s no secret that I love design and DIY but making my own furniture or accents would be so rewarding!

I love what he’s doing to his beach house kitchen. Check out the backsplash! Here is his post:

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I decided to add some small shelves on each side of the window and also changed the orientation of the wood for some additional contrast.

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I got things moving down the side wall. It’s looking good. We debated leaving the wood natural but between having glued directly to the Formica backer board and having a good amount of it showing and not really being able to extend the power outlets to sit flush on the boards we decided it would be best to continue with out plan of painting the boards.

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Here is the window with the shelves painted. You will notice we did a kind of whitewash/distressed look. I think it is turning out real well.

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I also changed the orientation of the wood over the stove, it might be hard to see in the picture but the last board has 45 degree bevel towards the wall to allot for removal of the range hood if needed. I even tested getting to the screws and didn’t have any trouble.

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J
ealous? YES! So, if you’re like me and want to learn more, head over and become a follower! There is an extra incentive you won’t want to miss too – an awesome giveaway! My goal in the next few months is to have this:

posted on my side bar. :)

Thanks Grover for sharing your projects! Welcome to blogging!

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