Make Wood Shims From Reclaimed Wood and Resurface a Coffee Table

       

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What is better than revamping a garage sale find?  Revamping a $5 garage sale find that you got in 2006 a second time, that is what!  Today I am sharing how I did just that to create this reclaimed wood resurfaced, chalk painted coffee table.  I am super proud of this bad boy.  With some old deck wood I inherited when my mom demolished her deck and my table saw, I created wood shims, attached them to the table top, framed them in with the same deck wood, and stained them with Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths.  The result is exactly what I was going for, and I am loving it with the decor where it landed.  Wanna see how you can make your own?  Let's do this!

Make a Coffee Table

TUTORIAL:

Paint your table base as desired.  I used gray chalk paint.

Rip thin "wood shims" from reclaimed wood with your table saw, or buy wood shims!

Resurface a table

Place your shims with excess stick over both edges.

Attach Wood Shims with Air Nailer

Use wood glue and Air Nailer to secure wood shims into place.

Mark straight edge and cut with Jigsaw

Draw straight edge and cut off excess wood with jigsaw.

Frame in and fill in gaps with wood putty

Frame in by measuring length and width of table and cutting wood at 45° with short edge the same length and width as your table.  Attach with glue and nail gun.  Fill in gaps and holes from nailer with stainable wood putty.

How to use orbital sander

When wood putty dries, sand with orbital sander to smooth out surface.

Minwax wood finishing cloths

If you have been around here long, you know I am a huge fan of Minwax Wood Finishing ClothsMinwax 30820 Wood Finishing Cloths, Natural Oak.  They are super awesome.  Stain and seal with just a swipe.  Here I used Natural Oak and went over that while still wet with Dark Mahogany for a custom color.

Reclaimed wood table tutorial

That is it!

The inspiration for this project came from the recent 50+ Wood Shim DIY Projects we shared:

Check it out for tons more inspiration!  Enjoy.

50 Plus DIY Outdoor Project Tutorials to Make

[pinit]50 Best DIY Outdoor Projects @savedbyloves #outdoorliving[pinit]

Don't you just love the arrival of spring and summer?!  It is especially welcome after a long harsh winter like the one we have endured, and decorating outdoors is a privilege!  Today I am sharing over 50 of the best DIY Outdoor LIving Projects from around the creative globe.  You will find DIY outdoor furniture, lighting, upcycle projects, decor and more.  If you have a stellar project that we missed, send us a link so we can include you.  Happy outdoor decorating!

DIY $45 Five Piece Outdoor Adirondack Furniture Set

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There is nothing quite like relaxing in a nice adirondack chair on a gorgeous day.  That is why I decided to tackle this DIY Adirondack Chair Woodworking Plan from Ana White for Home Depot.  Once we finished the chairs, we had to have the DIY Footstools to go with them!  For the table, I loosely based the design on this DIY side table I shared with you in the fall.  I had to wing it some to make the scrap wood I had on hand work for the project and I love its rustic look.  Read on to see how I finished my 5 piece set using my new paint line obsession; Chalky Finish Paint From DecoArt Americana Home Decor.

DIY Outdoor Furniture Woodworking plan

Let's talk about the table first.  Check out the above link for the plan details.  This wood was super rustic and scrappy, so I wanted the paint to be as well.  I went for "Cameo" color from DecoArt Chalky Finish line.  LOVE.  It looks kinda coral, kinda barn red, 100% lovely.

DecoArt Cameo Chalky Finish Paint Project

I love that you have to do zero prep with this paint.  Even if you are painting an already finished surface, no sanding, no priming... just go for it, and have a gorgeous outcome.

How to use Chalk Paint

I recommend painting the individual table to slats before attaching them.  It is easier to get to the sides and bottom when they are individual.  You can still countersink your screws, fill the holes in with wood putty, sand away the excess and paint over just that area to touch it up after attaching.How to seal outdoor furniture

Since this project will live outdoors, my first choice of finish (Clear Creme Wax and Aging Wax) isn't recommended since it won't stand up to the harsh elements over time.  That's why we sealed the entire set of furniture with Americana Decor Soft-Touch Varnish, two coats!  It is approved for outdoor use, and we want our pieces to last a long time.

How to finish outdoor furniture

At first we were going to do the whole set using Cameo, but decided to do the chairs and foot stools in "Timeless.  Before I get into that, I want to save you some headache...

Adirondack Chair Woodworking Plan

On page 5 of the Adirondack chair plan from Ana and Home Depot (linked in the first paragraph), the red circled area says 1/2 inch, which is totally not what it means to say.  That measurement should be 1 1/2 inch, like it says in the text below the diagram.  If you are a visual kinda builder, and don't read the text (like me), you will be super frustrated.  Let's just say that these chairs almost didn't happen!  Finally dear husband realized the typo and the rest of the build went smoothly.

DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint Timeless

I had already painted Cameo on the chairs before deciding to go with Timeless.  We just went over the red with the cream and one coat did it!

The other point I want to make sure I share is that using scrap cuts from your local hardware store cuts the price of this project way down, like more than in half.  We went to Menards where they had 1x4 and 2x4 in various lengths from 12-36 inches from cuts they had made in store, for just $0.49 each!!  This is less than half of what it would have cost to buy full length boards and cut them at home.  Just take a tape measurer with you, your cut list and be ready to inspect and dig through the scrap stock.  It is totally worth it!

I found the outdoor pillows at Menards, and don't they look like they were made for this set?!?!  I was planning to make my own, but come on.

DIY Adirondack Outdoor Furniture Plan @savedbyloves

Big thank you to DecoArt for providing the paint for this project.  I am so in love with this line, and my new outdoor furniture!

What are you working on for your outdoor space?  Have you tried Chalky Finish Paint yet?

Furniture Makeover Chalk Paint a Goodwill Chair

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Use chalk paint to revamp a chair

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I decided one day to take a little trip to the local goodwill and see if I could find any good finds. Guess what?  I always find something I just think I can’t live without and this time around it was no different. I found a beautiful banker’s chair just waiting for me to take home! I did not even think about it twice and just drove it home.

 How to paint a piece of furniture with Chalk Paint

Once it was home I had to decide what I wanted to do with it. I did not want to spray paint. I choose to do my home made chalk paint and paint it.

 

The great thing about using chalk paint is that I don’t have to sand the chair and it’s all about just painting and not worrying about all the mess of sanding.

 Goodwill makeover

I made my home made chalk paint with black paint I got at my local hardware store. If you would like to know more about my home made chalk paint you can find it here.

 how to use chalk paint

I applied about two coats of chalk paint and let it dry.  Once it was dried I just used a wet cloth and rubbed off the paint the selected areas. I wanted the chair to look used and I rubbed the chalk paint off in the areas where it would be well used.  Now the chair has a little chic look.

chalk-paint-sealer

I then applied a sealer coat on the chair to make sure they chalk paint will not continue to come off with wear.

What do you think? What will you use your home made chalk paint on?

Stay Crafty!

Don't miss our roundup of over 75 great projects using Chalk Paint!!

 And how about this DIY custom storage cubby I built for storing my Sizzix Dies?  It is painted with a recipe for chalk paint you can make yourself.  Head over for the DIY woodworking plan and chalk paint recipe!

Make a Stenciled Planter Box From Reclaimed Wood

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Print Social for Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint by Plaid Crafts.  All opinions are 100% mine and honest.

[pinit]Easy Rustic Planter DIY with @PlaidCrafts @savedbyloves[pinit]

Today's project is a simple, inexpensive stenciled planter box made from reclaimed wood .  Use this rustic crate for house plants, flower bouquets, to display vintage bottles, candles and more!  I used FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint and an Ed Roth Stencil1 stencil with some scrap wood and chicken wire I had on hand to build this versatile rustic home accent.  Read on to find out how you can make your own version!

Rustic Home Decor Ideas

SUPPLIES:

Ed Roth Stencils @PlaidCrafts

Scrap Wood

Chicken Wire

Metal Snips

Wood glue

Ed Roth Stencils

FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint

FolkArt Antiquing Medium

Foam Brush

Lint Free Cloth

Stencil brush

Masking Tape

Table Saw

Nailer or hammer and nails

TUTORIAL:

How to build a scrap wood vintage crate

Cut wood for the bottom, 2 ends and divider of your crate.  I these all from the same piece of pallet wood.The two ends should be the same height, and the middle divider should be that height minus the thickness of the bottom piece.

Ryobi Airstrike Nailer

Attach the ends to the bottom as pictured, placing a strip of wood glue at the contact point before nailing together.  I used one inch brad nails with my nail gun.

How to make a reclaimed wood planter box

Attach the divider by flipping box over so that the bottom is up and nailing through the bottom into the divider so you are left with the above image.

Reclaimed wood projects to make

For the sides of the crate, I used a wood shim like scrap piece from my stash.  You could use paint stirrers or vintage yard sticks here too.  Cut four of them (2 for each side) the same length.  To get the length just hold the wood up to the crate with one edge flush and mark the other edge to cut.

How to use Nail Gun

Cut chicken wire with metal snips to same length and height as crate.  Put the wire in place and secure by nailing side planks in place over the top of the wire.

Ryobi Nailer

Repeat with the remaining side plank at the top, then flip the crate over and repeat on the other side.

Folk Art Antiquing Medium

Since all of my wood was random and mismatched, I decided to pull it together with FolkArt Antiquing Medium.  This stuff is super easy to use and I love the aged effect, on top of how it unifies the various wood pieces.

How to created aged wood effect

Apply the medium with a sponge brush in a few inch sections at a time, then wipe back with a lint free cloth until you get the desired effect.

Wipe back antiquing medium

If you find it too dark, use a damp cloth to remove more of the stain.

How to use stencils

Once that is dry, tape your stencil into place and apply the FolkArt Muti-Surface Paint using a stencil brush.

I found the stencil I tried easy to use.  The lines were crisp and there was no bleeding.

 The Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils come in large formats that are ideal for walls, floors and furniture, and are made of durable, reusable mylar that is super easy to clean.  These stencils will be available at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores soon. As for the paints, they work on any surface, are dishwasher safe and can be used indoor and outdoor.  I personally can't wait to try them on glass so I am sure you will be seeing that around here in the near future!

Build a Rustic Planter Box

Once that is dry, you are ready to use your awesome handbuilt crate!  I went with ferns, but the customization options are endless.  Make it all you.

If you loved this project, you may want to fcheck out Plaid Crafts on FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest, and Instagram or visit their blog, The Plaid Palette.

Want more projects with Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint from your favorite bloggers?  Here you go...

 

Build Your Own Butcher Block Kitchen Island

[pinit]DIY Butcher Block Island

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My sister needed a kitchen island, giving me a great Christmas gift idea, and an excuse to tackle another Ana White woodworking plan.  I used Ana's Easy Kitchen Island plan, adjusting the dimensions to fit in Amber's kitchen.  Instead of 54 inches wide, we made our version 36 inches.  This was a quick and easy build.  I have some tips to share that  I wish I had known before this build, but we learn by making mistakes, right?!

DIY Kitchen Island Woodworking Plan

I highly recommend staining the "planks" before attaching them for the bottom and middle shelves.  Ana attached the planks with Kreg joins.  This seemed like a ton of work and I couldn't think of a reason that using my nail gun and wood glue wouldn't suffice, so that is what I did.  Super quick and easy with my Ryobi AirStrike Nailer.

Also, I used a 5 gallon bucket paint stirrer to space the planks, which worked out well.

Furniture plans

Other than those few changes, I followed Ana's plan linked in the first paragraph.

DIY Washi Tape Storage and Vintage Trunk to Craft Organizer

[pinit]DIY Craft Storage from Repurposed Vintage Steamer trunk and reclaimed wood/cafe rod washi tape storage @savedbyloves[pinit]

This is your first peak into my new studio, unless of course, you follow Saved By Love Creations on Instagram.  It is finally coming together in an awesome creative space after a couple of months of building and repurposing.  Today I am sharing with you a vintage steamer trunk I scored and converted into storage for my supplies, as well as a scrap wood + curtain rod washi tape organizer I threw together with my Kreg Jig.

DIY Washi Tape Storage

The vintage steamer trunk organizer is self explanatory.  I just opened it up and stored my stuff in there.  It is so cool looking that I didn't have to do much.

Washi Tape Organizer DIY

Build your own craft storage

My friend gave me these random thingies.  He knew I would use them eventually.

How to use a kreg jig

I attached scrap wood planks between them using my Kreg Jig, like I showed you in this DIY Pallet Sign Tutorial.

Make your own ribbon storage

I removed the "legs" and distress painted the piece like I showed you in this DIY Distress Painting With Vasoline Tutorial.

Next I attached curtain rods to the front that I got for $2 each at Wal Mart, screwed wire onto the back and hung on a hook to the wall.

Pretty simple project, and I cost next to nothing.

While we are on the topic, you may want to check out last year's budget friendly craft storage ideas we brought you:

Wood Pallet Storage DIY

Wanna see how I made that handy dandy hanging marker storage up there on the left?  Click the following image...

How about some free, stylish book storage?  Click the image below...

And here is a quick and easy dollar store 3 tiered organizer DIY:

Over 50 Creative Scrap Wood Projects to Make

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Over 50 creative uses for your scrap wood #diy #woodworking @savedbyloves[pinit]

I was pondering what to do with the ever growing pile of scrap wood in my work room, when it occurred to me that you might have the same quandary.  I started searching and was amazed to find everything from toys, to storage to jewelry to home decor and more.  Lots of cool wall art and holiday decor projects are waiting for you and your scraps.  Get going!

Build an Armoire & Distress it With Chalk Paint

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Ana White Armoire Plan #woodworking @savedbyloves

DIY armoire woodworking plan from Ana White and how to distress with #chalkpaint #AnnieSloan[pinit]

I am so excited about today's project.  The closet situation in my new place is less than optimal (totally crappy).  In desperate need of a solution, I searched and landed on this simple armoire building plan from Ana White.  If you have been around here long, you know I am a big fan of Ana's site.  She introduced me to woodworking and I have been covered in sawdust since that day.  This project was easy to follow.  I made some adjustments since I wanted it larger than the dimensions of the original plan, and I was improvising with salvaged wood I had on hand.

This was my first project using Annie Sloan chalk paint.  Don't you love the color?!  It is called Arles, and I finished with Annie Sloan Clear Wax, then Dark Wax over the top of that.  Its a bit more "aged" than what I had planned.  Turns out a little of the dark wax goes quite far.  I will keep that in mind for my next project.   I still love it.  If you run into that, you can always paint over the wax.  It wasn't that big of a deal to me in this case.  We all know I will be painting it a new color when I change my room decor anyway, right?

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Arles

Here is the Annie Sloan paint.  Yum.

How to build an Armoire from salvaged wood

Sad quality iPhone shot of the armoire before painting.  Hard to get any shots of it really, because of the room size and... oh yeah, I made it huge.

Knobs

Did you check out the knobs I found at Hobby Lobby?  Perfect.

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That's it.  I love it.  Off to figure out what to build next.

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Over 50 Things to Make from Repurposed Chair Parts

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50+ Repurposed Chair Projects to make @savedbyloves #upcycle #furniture #DIY[pinit]

The abundance of curbside discarded chairs in my area has me looking for ways to repurpose old chairs and their parts.  Today's post brings my favorite finds for DIY upcycling inpsiration.  I truly didn't anticipate finding a wreath during my searching on this one, but it happened.  Not only that, but it's pretty cool, I must say.  You will see chair back, legs, spindles, even entire chairs given new purpose in some seriously creative ways.  Enjoy!