Category Archives: Woodworking

DIY HeadBand Holder


At C3’s baby shower, my lovely hosts had all the supplies to make headbands for our little girl. Everyone made a headband and signed a little note to baby G. I almost put them in a jar, but wanted to be able to pick a headband quick and easy.

Everything I needed to make this wood head band holder was already on hand. The life of a hoarder, eh?


The piece of wood I found was already the right size for the wall space I had picked to hang it. I applied two coats of Early American stain and called it good.




I painted the hooks with a few layers of Rustoleum white spray paint. Using a bunch of sample paints I had on hand, I chose 3 different shades of blue. I painted two hooks a bright pink/red that we used to paint the inside of her dresser drawers (more on that later).WoodHeadBandHolder3



I made the mistake of painting the screw heads before I used them to attach the hooks. I ended up repainting the screws after I attached the hooks because I stripped the paint attaching them. WoodHeadBandHolder5

Do Not paint screw heads before using the screws to attach the hooks. I repeat: WASTE OF TIME!

Do Not paint screw heads before using the screws to attach the hooks. I repeat: WASTE OF TIME!

I attached two eye hole screws to the top of the shelf and found some old fabric to hang the head band holder with.





WoodHeadBandHolder9Voila. I have since changed out the fabric used to hang the head band holder and replaced it with a teal ribbon. I would post a picture but someone’s napping and we all know the saying… don’t wake a sleeping baby.


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Oak Table Gone Dark {Refinishing an Oak Table}

TableRemodelCoverNow that the rain is lightening up, I have had an opportunity to tackle refinishing  our dining table.  I love a round table, it seems a bit more communal. Since there is usually only two of us eating at the table (when we can pull ourselves away from the TV and couch), it’s a bit stiff sitting across from each other. The round table is awesome – only as close as you care to be.

Oak Table

This is the first time we have had room for a table since moving to Washington, so we have been putting a lot of thought into what we wanted.  I knew a solid Oak table was expensive but I also knew you can get them quite frequently for free on Craigslists. The only problem was (and I have this problem quite often) that I wanted it at that very moment. So, when we found an oak table to Goodwillys for $65 and talked them down to $50… SOLD. I had done quite a bit of research on how to sand and stain/paint an oak table and learned that Oak tables love to absorb stain. So I made sure I had enough stain and and all my supplies before I began my project. I knew I wanted the top to be sanded a dark walnut and the bottom to be white.

Oak Table Before

I rolled the table top outside and brought the leaf  along to refinish at the same time. The table had a bit of marker on it and general nastiness that I was glad to bid ado.  I used my rotary sander and my drexel tool to get into the crevices. After the entire top surface and the lip had been sanded, I wiped of the excess sanding dust and let it dry in the sun.

Table Before Sanding

A bit of marker about to meet it’s enemy the sander.


Ready for some conditioning.


The worst part was over! Now onto the coloring magic. BUT WAIT! I wanted this to be a quality piece which meant I needed to condition the wood first! I knew I wanted to get down to the fun part, but I also knew I didn’t want to do this entire process again.

I applied the wood conditioning treatment just like you do stain. It didn’t smell like something I should have been breathing in, so I was happy I only needed to apply one coat.


After letting the conditioning soak in and dry, I excitedly jumped into staining. I had chosen Dark Walnut for this project and I threw on the first coat.


It seemed so light! I knew after the first coat that I would need to apply nearly 6 coats to achieve the dark nuttyness I wanted. I threw on the second coat after the first had dried.

First coat on the Left and second coat on the Right

First coat on the Left and second coat on the Right

And after the second coat, I threw on the third coat…

Table3CoatsThe table was becoming darker, but it wasn’t absorbing the rich dark brown I had hoped for. And like any professional painter, I decided now was a great time to mix my stains. I gathered a can of Kona stain from the basement and mixed it with the Dark Walnut and without looking back, I put on a coat.

TableRemodelKonaAnd hope slowly resurfaced in my mixture of Kona and Dark Walnut which we will now call Dr. Walona. I wasn’t so sure that I needed two coats of Dr. Walona, so I let the first coat dry and then headed onto another round of Dark Walnut. It was getting late and I wasn’t sure how dark it would dry, so after 4 coats of Dark Walnut and one coat of Dr. Walona, I went to bed and anxiously awoke to this:

TableRemodelMorninganad I was OK with it! It had dried very evenly and I loved the wood grain. The color was on par. I knew I wanted it a bit darker, so I did one more coat of Dr. Walona and then moved onto the sealant. The wood sealant was all it needed. It was finally the perfect shade of Dr. Walona.






“It’s not rich mahogany, but it will do.”


It was finally done! Well…..Almost done:

TableNOTFinishedI still have to finish the bottom. And yes, if you’re thinking that sanding into the angles of the beautifully articulate base is hindering me, than yes, you are exactly correct. I’m thinking I may just prime it and paint it white… someday. For now, we are enjoying our table top and sitting however far or close to each other we like.

Just a reminder:


Oak Table And AFTER


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Choosing Color {Just say no to white}


Eenie Meenie Miney – yellow?

We are hoping to pick a pop color for our shelf-turned-hutch.

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Looking for a splash of color!.

We are about 99% positive we are going to paint the shelves and the interior sides a glossy clean white. This was an easy decision. Foremost, I (G2) love white. It’s clean, contemporary and fresh. Everything looks more expensive sitting on a brilliant white shelf. Let’s be honest, the majority of my goods come from a lower priced market, so a splash of cash is always helpful.

Since I have a thing for re-purposing and finishing furniture and home decor, choosing white early on in the game will make my entire apartment look cohesive.

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I wish I would have painted the blue side table a brilliant white.

We have narrowed the back interior wall of the shelf down to a few shades of green and yellow. We thought the green would be nice and fit well with most of our decor and we chose yellow for it’s happy bright composure. We plan to use this hutch in the kitchen area and yellow would be a great addition as I am slowly collecting yellow accent pieces.


Green for safety or yellow for happiness?

 The white we chose is the 4th from the left. There is a very light/minty green to the left of the white which is barely noticable, but might be right on par for keeping the hutch brilliant and bright.

I love this hutch and thought her use of yellow tack paper was beautifully done. Doesn’t that scream happy?



Have you noticed I am rooting for the high-lighter yellow? Check out the incredible effect adding a bubbly yellow to a room  has.


Hi, I’m yellow and I’m here to make you happy.

And as an after thought, maybe we should have skipped the stain and painted the entire hutch a poppy yellow?


I’m bright and everything is right.

If you have any objections to yellow or have another suggestion or maybe just think we should keep it all white, please let us know!


DIY Hutch From a Bookshelf (Welcome 2013)

Guess who’s back????
I’ve taken a much needed social media break beginning early November and have had time to collect myself, re-connect with my offline social life, and gather direction for the new year!

My holiday season was wonderful, spent with those dearest to me. I dropped a rather large DIY-bomb on my family for Christmas in the form of their Christmas presents! It involved quite a few  profile pictures, and fabric paint and sewing! That blog post coming….. soon.

My NYE was spent with my BFF in Montana and my birthday (all too close to the holidays) was spent back in Seattle with my farm family and husband. What a great start to the New Year!

I ended up starting to gather my supplies for a project before Christmas, but had to put it on hold to make time to finish my DIY-bomb that I before mentioned. I had been pining for a hutch-something colorful, rustic, and with a vintage flare and I knew it must have chicken-wire doors! After many searches online, I thought I could make one. If  you’ve heard of Anna White, or visited her amazing site, you would be feeling just as empowered as I was. I decided to take a reality check and start with a smaller project. I decided to find a decent shelf, add the doors and then paint it to my liking.

I found this really simple shelf on Craigslist. I’m almost positive someone else made it by hand, re-using the wood, as a lot of the pieces have nail holes. Either way, it fit the bill; a little rustic, a shelf, an vintage -er- used flare.


My husband ( I need to think of a code-name for him) and his BFF from high school who was visiting from San Diego, made simple door frames.

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After the door frames were attached, we sanded away until they fit together with less friction. I didn’t sand them down to a perfect fit, but after staining them, they miraculously fit together perfectly. My guess? The wood absorbed the stain and shrunk a bit. After the doors were stained, I attached the chicken wire with a staple gun and then stained the shelf exterior.

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We attached the doors and stood back to admire! We are only half way done with this project and have plans to paint the interior, except…. we can’t decide on a color. I think a glossy white and my husband agrees, but suggested we paint the back of the shelf a pop color! Baby steps…

photo (3)Until we make a decision… it will remain with the original interior, that I actually sort of like. It definitely fits the rustic theme.

Any suggestions on interior colors? Pantone color of the year?


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A Reason for an Orbital Sander {Coffee Table from Pallets}

You’ve seen them, I’ve seen them, we have all seen them. Pallet projects! I am in awe of the creations that can come from shipping pallets. The construction work seems so easy and the actual woodworking and tool requirements seemed minimal so I figured I could pull off a pallet project. I also thought it would be a great way for my husband and I to work on a project we could both enjoy. I love it when he has input on our decor decisions. We have been needing a coffee table for quite some time so I started looking around at all the pallet projects for a nice tutorial. I pinned all my favorites here.

I set off to gather my supplies.

I rescued 4 wooden pallets. I destroyed a lot of pieces and ended up taking apart 3 of the 4 pallets.



Some tool to take apart the pallets. I used a hammer and a flat screw driver.

Sander and/or Sandpaper


If your design requires cutting, you may need a saw or a rotary saw.

The pallets I found were in decent condition so I got to work right away, tearing them apart. All of the DIY pallet table posts made it seem so easy, but when it came to dismantling the merchandise, it was far from easy. I worked up a sweat pounding the hammer trying to wedge the screwdriver in between the two boards.

In frustration, I asked my husband for his help which he agreed to (even on a Fantasy Football Sunday). He took a try at it and confirmed my suspicions, that it wasn’t just me, but it was a difficult task! In the end,  we had a lot of pieces split, but were able to salvage enough for our table.

Once we had taken apart the pallets, we began to set them out to try figure out what sort of design we liked. We decided to create a cubby underneath our table  for a little extra storage. We were hoping to create a piece that could store a few extra couch blankets. After we decided what pieces we were going to use, we figured out what size these pieces needed to be. I’m not going to go into details about this, but it’s like putting a puzzle together. Sketch your design and write down measurements as you go.

Then, the fun began! I started sanding and sanding and sanding. I am well aware of the need for sanding and it definitely makes the piece look more finished. I did leave a few pieces un-sanded that had bark on them because I liked the natural edge it created.

My poor sanding job didn’t fly with my husband. He is meticulous about his work (I love this about him!) and told me that if we were going to make a coffee table, that he wanted it to be a great coffee table. So, I moaned and stomped back to the deck and continued sanding for a short while. Then, I went back inside and pleaded for a orbital sander. I had been sanding with my Drexel tool which has a circumference of a Dorito and the power of a toddler. He agreed and found a Skil sander that had been refurbished on Amazon and got a killer deal on it. Thus, the project was on hold for 3-7 days.


Things got real serious after Mr. Skil showed up. I whipped through the sanding like it was cake batter and my work was approved.

I was finally able to begin staining. I never thought this day would come. As I stained all the different pieces, I noticed really unique patterns emerging.  The marks that run horizontally are from their original cuttings before they were made into pallets. Each piece had it’s own character.

After I had them all stained and my staining was approved, I laid them out placing them where they would ultimately end up. I  used small pieces of tape and lettered them so I could keep them in order.

I then, added on the side pieces which included the legs and then set the bottom on top of the side pieces (it sounds weird  but keep in mind it’s upside down).

We cut shorter pieces to create a cubby.

I asked my husband if it looked OK and we agreed that we liked where each piece was. Each piece was labeled and then we took it apart so we could start screwing the pieces together.

First, we assembled the side pieces with the legs. We did all our screwing from the inside or the bottom so the screws would be concealed when the table was in it’s upright position. My husband did the screwing (what!?) and I was there for support, holding pieces together.

After we had the side pieces put together, we laid the top pieces out on the floor and then attached the side pieces.

In true form, he spaced the screws evenly across the support pieces for added support.  Once we had the side pieces attached, we added the bottom pieces or the cubby bottom and screwed them on.

After he was satisfied with all the screw placements, we flipped it over and admired our creation!

We were so excited that we completed this project together and  were still on speaking terms.

We asked Archer if he approved :

It’s not your best work, but it will do.

He has high standards, being French and all.

Have you tried a shipping pallet project? We are thinking of possibly doing another, but for the amount of work we had to put into taking the pallets apart, we might just buy cut wood!