Hello Over the Big Moon friends! I’m so happy to be here again. If you missed my post last month, I’m Rebekah from Charming Imperfections, a blog where everything is beautifully flawed. I love doing DIY projects when my rambunctious toddler is napping. Today I am sharing with you a Simple DIY Bench!
Create an affordable and beautiful craft or work space easily! Come learn how to Build a DIY File Cabinet Desk using just a couple file cabinets and some plank boards. I also have a great tutorial on how to Paint a File Cabinet.
A detailed step-by-step tutorial teaching you How to Build a Huge Chalkboard for affordable! This is perfect for a kids playroom, kitchen, laundry room, mud room or main family room!
After I finished my bench (you can see the tutorial here) I was so excited with how much it freshened up our entry that I wanted to make a new Welcome sign. I aim for our house to be a place where people feel welcome and leave feeling better than they did when they came. I searched for the perfect saying and loved this one.
To make this distressed sign I glued two scraps of 1×6 together. I placed it on a trash bag on something flat. Then I used Gorilla Wood Glue and put it on both sides of the wood edge I’m gluing and then pushed them together. I made sure the top doesn’t have glue sticking out, and if it does I wiped it off. I didn’t worry about the glue if its pooling out onto the trash bag because that is the back. Let it dry for 24 hours.
Then I did a coat of paint in black and let it dry. Next I added a layer of Milk Paint and let it dry for 12 hours. You can use any kind of paint for the top coat, I just like the texture and crackles of Milk paint. Then sand it like crazy!
I prefer a hand sander to make it go faster and to get a really good distressed look. I cut cut my words out on my Cricut machine. The fonts I used are Century for Welcome and Muncie for Rest, Relax, Refresh. I weeded the vinyl in reverse and then pieced the silhouette of the words right onto my sign creating a stencil.
I find its easier to only work a few letters at a time, otherwise they stick to each other.
I mixed up a couple of different colors of acrylic paints to create the perfect shade of navy I wanted. Then I carefully painted the inside of the letters.
I did two coats to make sure I had a really solid shade of navy. When the paint was dry I very carefully pulled off the vinyl.
After letting it dry completely I went at my sign again with my hand sanders. This time you don’t have to sand so much, the words will distress really fast.
You can either use a sawtooth hanger to hang it or use a drill to make holes in the corners. I used rope to hang mine.
These Feather, Arrow and Polka Dot Free Printables are the perfect simple addition to any room! Just print, frame and hang!
I love the industrial pipe shelving that is so popular right now!
It is so versatile and easy to customize to your space and you can be super creative. Here are some ideas to get your creativity flowing if you are thinking of creating your own pipe shelving.
I am so excited – literally over the moon for today’s post! We don’t have an extra room for guests and we have a lot because all of our family lives out of town. So, after saving and searching we finally found a reasonable Murphy bed! It came from Costco of all places and they even have free shipping!
It did take a lot of assembly, but the instructions were pretty easy to understand. We are so happy with it! It was 1/3 the cost of other beds we had looked at.
I can’t turn the whole room into a guest room, since the bed is on a wall in the playroom. But I did take 1 shelf to dedicate to our guests!
I created this printable to put in a frame. You can write your wifi password on the actual printable or you can put it in a frame and write it on the glass with a dry erase marker.
Then I added a whole bunch of fun travel sized hygiene items that guests might need.
You can download the print for free personal use only. You can not sell, change, or redistribute in any way.
Now we have a fully functioning space for guests without sacrificing tons of space in our house!
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite areas in our new house (so far) – the Mudroom! I’ve got 2 little boys and I knew that I needed a good area for their coats, backpacks, shoes, etc! We moved just 15 minutes away from an Ikea, so naturally that was the first place I headed!
Here’s what I ended up using to put together the Mudroom:
3 Bygel Rail’s – $2.99 each ($8.97)
Spontan Magnet Board – $12.99
Spontan Magnets – $2.99
2 packs of Grundtal S-Hooks – $2.99 each ($5.98)
Grundtal Flatware Caddy – $9.99
Bygel Wire Basket – $2.99
Hemnes Shoe Cabinet – $99.99
Dignitet Curtain Wire – $12.99
Riktig Curtain Hook w/ Clips – $2.99
12×36 Frame (Free – already had it)
Weekly Calendar Printable (Free Printable)
Mudroom Rustic Fence Post Sign (Tutorial)
To start, I knew I needed a backpack and jacket area! So, I purchased 3 of the Bygel Rails and purchased S-Hooks! All their backpacks and jackets hang on the two bars and then on the upper bar I used it to add a little greenery in the Flatware Caddy and I use the Bygel Wire Basket to put my keys in and coupons, etc!
I purchased the Spontan Magnet Board and Magnets to have a place to put the reading charts, sight words and the boys take home reading books! The cute arrow I purchased Unfinished from 302WoodWorks Etsy Store and then I stained it.
Now, to the Shoe Wall! The actually room is just a small square area. So, I didn’t have an area to do a built in bench or anything like that. So, when I saw Ikea’s Hemnes Shoe Cabinet I was sold! It’s so thin and attaches easily to the wall! It was originally white, but I painted it with Clark & Kensington Rocky Coast. I really love the paint color! Then above the shoe cabinet I hung up Dignitet Curtain Wire and printed some of my favorite Instagram pictures and hung them up!
Above the windows I made this Rustic Fence Post Mudroom sign that I made! You can view the full tutorial here!
To finish off the Mudroom, I hung my trusty 12×36 Weekly Calendar! I’ve had this calendar for a while and love it! It helps to make sure that my husband and kids know what’s going on each day! You can download a copy of the Free Printable HERE!
Thanks for taking the time to check out my fun DIY IKEA Mudroom! Love you all! xoxo!
Can I get a halleluiah! I have wanted a produce stand at the end of my counter for years! I have no idea why its taken us so long to build but I am so glad we finally made time for it!
And it was so cheap and only took a couple hours to throw together. Our stand is approximately 18 inches wide, 9 inches wide, and 32 inches tall. For that size stand you will need:
2- 1×6 10 foot long boards
1- 1×4 8 foot long board
18 inches of 2×4
First you need to cut your wood and create the boxes. This is super easy. Each box was made with three 18 inch long pieces as well as two 7 inch pieces.
To make all 3 boxes you need to cut your 1×6 boards into nine 18 inch pieces and six 7 inch pieces.
It would be a cinch to put these boxes together if you have a finish nail gun. Our compressor is out so I we had to do it by hand. With 1×6’s you have to be very careful to not split the wood. So first we drilled little holes.
Then we nailed the box together.
When your boxes are built you need to cut your side supports. We wanted our entire stand to be 32 inches tall. So we cut 2 pieces 32 inches long. Next we had to figure out how much we wanted our boxes to tilt.
We decided on 30 degrees and cut the top of each side to 30 degrees.
For the base supports we cut two 9 inch pieces of 2×4 and cut a 45 degree angle off of each side to make the stand.
I forgot to take a picture here but we centered and screwed each side piece into the bottom. We just placed the sidepiece on the outside of the bottom supports and screwed them in. You can see how we did it in this picture of the finished box. Be sure to drill before you screw into the 1×4’s because you don’t want them to split!
Next we attached the top box to the sides. We used 2 screws to make sure they wouldn’t turn. Make sure to drill first!
Then we added the bottom box so it was about a half inch from the base.
When that box was secure we added the middle box half way in between the top and bottom box. Then it was a little sanding and painting! I used Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Relic to paint my stand and roughed the edges up with sandpaper.
I am in love! It really finishes off the counter and I especially love when you can create storage that is stylish! So grab some wood and get building. It only took us 4 hours and that included all of the paint time!
I have been dreaming of shelves above my buffet for awhile now. When I saw this image from Restoration Hardware, I knew they were perfect! I just needed to make a larger version.
I am in love with how they turned out. Each shelf is 4 feet long.
This is not a super cheap DIY project. The cost of a 4 foot shelf and 3 shelf brackets at Restoration Hardware is $380 before shipping. For all of my supplies I came in right under $200. It works out to be a quarter of the cost since I built two shelves. Much more reasonable! Here is what you need to make them:
- 8 foot long 2×10 board (try to pick a straight one)
- 6 – 10 inch 3/4″ galvanized pipe
- 6 – 3/4″ floor flanges
- 6 – 3/4″ pipe caps
- Rust-Oleum Textured Spray
- Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel Spray Paint Black Flat
- Minwax Special Walnut Wood Stain
- Toggle blots and screws
The handy guys at Home Depot cut the wood in half for me so I had two perfect 4 foot shelves. Then comes the labor intensive part. Get ready for some sanding.
I wanted the wood to look older so I had to sand the edges down- a lot! I tried to do it a little uneven too so it looked naturally worn. I also smoothed the top and bottom down so they were smooth to the touch.
Next came the staining. I used the special walnut because its a very neutral wood color, not too red or too yellow.
For the pipes, I first sprayed them with the textured spray paint. It doesn’t matter what color you use because you are just going to spray over them with the flat black. I also sprayed them fully assembled so I could get them on tight and not have the textured spray paint interfere with the pipe threads.
I used a paper plate so that I could spray the screws too.
Then it was time to install. We used a huge level and made sure we got them very straight and perfectly spaced.
We installed them into the wall with toggle bolts since the shelves would be holding a lot of weight.
I didn’t use any polyurethane on the shelves to keep them as natural looking as possible. Once you have your pipes up you simply lay the wood over the pipes and they stay in place and are remarkably sturdy.
The pipes have a great iron look to them.
You can see the wood has imperfections and I love them!
The overall look is great. Now I just have to decide what color to paint my buffet!