DIY Fall Festival Friday!

I’ve actually been spring cleaning in the fall (a car full of junk donated and more space feels soooo good) and preparing for guests but Bri and I did manage to decoupage some pumpkins. Have to fit a fun craft project in there somewhere to break up the work, right? It’s not an original project but results are always original.
After seeing the beautiful scrapbook paper from Canvas Corp
I chose to give my black pumpkin a new look to make my craft room a little more festive (I still have to do a reveal of my craft room ,don’t I? Enjoy the sneak peek!)…
Deco Art’s Decoupage is so much fun to work with and results are a beautiful gloss or matte finish. See my  decoupage pumpkin tutorial at the DIY Club.

Here’s the pumpkin I decoupaged a few years ago…completely different.

Bri’s decoupaged pumpkins:

Have you given this a shot?

Speaking of pumpkins!  Check out Pumpkins and Power Tools - a  great TV segment that aired this week featuring Ken Collier from RDA’s The Family Handyman. The segment was inspired by the October issue of TFH and touches on DIYers and using power tools to spice up your pumpkins for Halloween.


Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

The DIY Show Off

Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

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•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

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Harllee Design- Globe Coffee Table Tutorial

First things first, my name is Meagan from Harllee Design. I am new to blogland and I am honored to be guest posting on DIY Showoff! I recently started Harllee Design and also a blog where I share all my DIY adventures, tutorials and home improvement mistakes wisdom.


    
This is how I look in my mind’s eye, put together and welcoming.  
  

This is how I really look. Like a mad scientist that specializes in home decor. That frantic smile must mean it is 3:45pm and my husband will be home soon. I wonder where I will hide the shattered wine bottles.

I DON’T KNOW why it smells like nail polish remover in here. What is this, the inquisition?
Now that we have formalities out of the way I would love to share my latest tutorial with you. It was my most ambitious project yet and it came together pretty easily. 
I saw this table on Pinterest and knew it would look perfect in my family room.


Look closely at the base, it looks JUST like a globe. 
*wheels turning*
I then uttered the 6 words my husband dreads most:

“I think I can make that!”

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1-13″ Globe – purchase one cardboard or another material you can cut. (I purchased my globe from Goodwill 1- 24″x 24″ x 1″ piece of wood

 1- 19″x 19″ x 1″ piece of wood
 1- 14″ x 14″ x 1″ piece of wood
 1- 10″ x 10″ x2″ piece of wood
 2- 24 x 2x 4 piece of wood
 2- 20″ x 2″ x 4″  piece of wood
 1- 4″ x 4″ x 14″ piece of wood
 1- 13″ in diameter circle of wood
 Wood for table top (I used a 42″ top of an old table)
 3″ wood screws
 Stain
 Varnish
 Saw
 Electric screw driver
 Hammer
 Drywall plaster
 Tape Measure
 Sand paper




1. Start with building the base. Predrill holes (I recently started predrilling, it makes things SO much easier)

2. Take the (2) 20” x 4″ x 1″ and (2) 24″ x 4″ x 1″ pieces and attach to form a box.  Congrats! You just made the foundation for the table.
3.  Center and attach the  19″ x 19″ square to the top off the foundation, place screws in the center so they are covered up by the next layer.

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div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">5. Attach the 14″ x 14″ to your base by screwing through the top of the piece as shown below. You can cover the screw up with filler later.

 

Optional Steps
  • Pour a glass of wine and think about what a badass you are.
  • Think about all those weaker people that BUY their furniture.
  • Remember the time you almost cut your finger off.
  • Wonder why no one told you that the miter saw SUCKS things into the saw.
  • Finish your glass of wine, humbled and get back to work.
                                                                                                                              
6. Cut a hole in the top and bottom of your globe, each hole should be 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ so you can slip it over the 4″ x 4″ post. Don’t feel guilty about the globe, it is for the greater good. Use one that still has the USSR on it, that might help sooth the guilt. The globe is decorative only, the weight on the table is supported by the 4″ x 4″
Slip the globe over the 4″ x 4″ post.
7. Spread drywall plaster over the entire globe, fill in all screw holes and also fill  any gaps that might exist between the layers of the pedestal.
8. Once the plaster has dried use sandpaper to smooth the globe and all other patches.
Clean off ALL dust and prepare to paint.
Spray paint, feel smug and satisfied. Ahhh. This might actually turn into a table.( I used Rustoleum Espresso in Satin.)
This is where our steps may differ. You might cut your own table top, I used one from an old table. Often it is cheaper to use pieces from a salvaged piece of furniture than it is to buy new wood. Check your local thrift stores for something that might work or simply cut your own.
Here is a great tutorial on making a solid wood table top.

9. Attach the  14″ x 4″ x 4″ piece of wood to the center of the 14″ x 14″ square of wood. Drill up through the bottom of the 14″ x 14″ into the 4″ x 4″. I actually used an old cupboard door for this piece, the molding added a visual interest.

10. After your table top is made and finish is applied attach the 13″ circle of wood to the top of your base. Screw down through the top of the circle into your 4″ x 4″ post.
11. Finally, attach your table top to the 13″ circle of wood.


Optional Steps
  • Tell your husband you are painting the work area of the garage PINK as you are now the master craftsman
  • Kick your feet up and ask for a beer
  • Realize the beer is never coming.
  • Get your own beer, sit down and enjoy that gorgeous table

                                                                                                                                 

I hope you try this tutorial, it was fairly easy and turned out great. Make sure you show me pictures of the finished product, I would love to see one in a bright, funky color. 

It was great to meet you and I hope you visit me at Harllee Design. I have wine and cheese over there for everyone, honestly………
Remember, if at first you succeed try something harder!
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Welcome to blogging, Meagan!  Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous coffee table tutorial!  I can’t wait to see more of your great DIY projects!