Tag Archives: diy

Stump Table

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Stump Table

My next project – stump table. Never thought I would try something like this but a tree fell down in my parents yard so I thought I would give it a try.

Well it turns out the reason the tree feel over was heart rot. So we took a piece that showed some promise, drilled out all the rot and filled it with poly. This is right after the hubs filled it with poly. We shall see how it turns out.

Next step, sanding, sealing and adding some vintage inspired casters like these.

To be continued.

~K

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The Great Plant Stand

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The Great Plant Stand

Hello Everyone!

This post is a bit late, but here it is.

Well it’s the time of year again for gardening… And as you can see I had a huge lack of space! No home for my garden seedlings. Luckily, spring cleaning happened in my office and they had some leftover planks.

So we had the shelving and just needed some supports. The hubs found affordable wood stringers, legs and angle brackets.

End of Day 1: We put in most of the work on this project on day 1. At this point it was a bit unstable and had a nice tilt to it, so we left it against the wall.

End of Day 2: One more shelf. Now it was more stable.

FIN: …And we are done!

Cost breakdown:

4 structural legs $10/piece = $40

8 stringers $1.30/board = $10.40

Angle brackets $3 for 4, used 8 per shelf. Total = $24

Total spent = $74.40

Total savings for four 6 foot planks about $60.

Not a bad price for a solid wooden piece of furniture.

Happy DIY-ing!

~K

Summer Lounging

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Summer Lounging

I found this beauty at a random yard sale that I came across one Saturday morning. At college it sadly sat in my parents basement and this is what became of it…

The webbing started cracking and breaking. So after some shopping I found some fun colors to modernize the chaise. It now has life again! All ready for the sun and perhaps a few campfires!

There was no measuring involved. I fit each strap across the frame and screwed it in. The method was simple:

1. Fold webbing end twice into triangles so there are multiple layers.

2. Use Phillips head screwdriver to bore a hole for the screw through the end.

3. Insert screw and attach to the frame.

4. Extend the chair as far as it goes and pull the webbing taught.

5. Bore another home using the screwdriver, fold webbing and attach.

I found a good method is to attach all the short webbing straps first then weave the long pieces into them.

Cost: $5 chaise chair & $30 in webbing

I know I didn’t exactly save any money since these chairs can be found cheaper in stores but at least it stays out of the landfill.

Happy Summer DIY-ers!

~K

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Happy Sunday!

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I can’t believe it’s been years since I found this beauty. You may remember it from this post. Since then I have been trying to find a decent shade for it. Luckily, I found this one at the thrift store for $1. I thought I would try it out, since it is a common type/color available on most lamps. To make sure my office coordinated, I found a matching shade for the other brass table lamp in my office. And it definitely adds some character alongside my grandmother’s typewriter.

Happy Decorating!

~K

Bridge Lamp – Chapter 2

The Candle & Fishbowl

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The Candle & Fishbowl

With all the yard sales lately, I have acquired a bunch of random stuff like this candle & fishbowl.

They were both missing something, so I attempted to combine them. 

It’s not too bad – a bit earthy & funky, but perhaps I will come up with another combo when my air plants come in. It’s always fun to come up new combinations whether it’s rearranging the living room or something small like this quick project. 

Happy Thrifting & DIY-ing!

~K

Pyrex & Plants

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Pyrex & Plants

This summer I had a goal to start a balcony garden for as cheaply as possible. So I searched the apartment for any containers I already had lying around. Sadly I had many vintage Pyrex and other ceramics just collecting dust. So, I figure why not use them as planters or water pans. They add lots of character & are more affordable than planters from the box stores. Just be sure to add a layer of drainage to the bottom of the container (see the small gravel stone in the first picture).

Here’s a sample of what I have so far: 

  

  

Happy Gardening!

~K