Backyard Makeover: Floating Deck - Part 1

By Ashley Basnight
on October 10, 2017

DIY Floating Deck for a Backyard Makeover

What's a backyard these days without a floating deck?

I am super excited to announce that I am partnering with Home Depot to turn my backyard from drab to fab and the best part is they are providing me with $3,000 to do it! Yes you read that right. You may ask how I swung that; well read on to find out!

This post is sponsored by the Home Depot. There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

Orange Tank Pitch Session

This year, I attended the Haven Conference in Atlanta and one of the coolest things that happened at Haven was being able to participate in the Home Depot Orange Tank Pitch Session. Before Haven, Home Depot created an opportunity for attendees to submit a project for them to sponsor. There were three budget tiers: $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000. I entered my project for a backyard makeover for $3,000.

I was presently surprised when I was notified by email that I was chosen as one of the 12 finalist to present at Haven. I was super excited. The pitch session was an awesome experience. We had 2 minutes to pitch our project and 2 minutes to answer questions.

Here is the mock up of what I pitched, a floating deck; which is phase 1 of my backyard makeover. Massive deck! a whopping 16.5'x21'!

Honestly, after the pitch session I didn’t think I was going to get picked. There was an attendee who pitched a service project to help an older lady in need and I thought for sure she probably deserved it ha!

But to my surprise at the closing ceremony, they called my name as the one chosen for the $3,000 budget tier! I was super excited! I even have a photo that captured my excitement! HA along with my new blog friends! (LaurynMoonInteriors and Cammie Malaga)

and now the project is well underway! I am doing my best to document the process so you too can tackle a project like this. I must say it has been A LOT of work! but if one ole gal can make it happen I'm sure you can too.

Let's check out the space!

Backyard

This looks so sad and boring; I know! I can't wait to get this deck complete. This is the space where the floating deck will go and I also plan on re-doing my covered patio space. I haven't quite got it all planned out because I'm waiting to see how the deck will turn out. But that part will be Phase 2 of my project. Goodbye Pallet Sectional! Your time has come

Backyard1

Now let's get to it!

First I would like to say, I am by no means a deck expert but I did my best to follow decking guidelines.

Step 1: Check Local Codes and Permits

This step is super important and its a step that I'm sure most people don't think of. Before I started my project I called the City of Norman to make sure I didn't need any required permits. Luckily, I didn't need any. The only thing they suggested was to watch out for water drainage lines, which is another thing I hadn't thought of. Every city is different, so make sure you check before building.

Step 2 : Purchase Materials

This is the step I didn't do all at once, I bought materials as I went a long and this was THE worst mistake!! I would need something and didn't have it and then would have to stop or wait to get it. Take it from me. Plan out everything you need and purchase it all at once.

Materials (Part 1)

Tools Needed (-->Tool Guide for Building a Deck)

 

    Step 3: Lay Deck Blocks

    This step was probably the most labor intensive. It is super important to make sure everything is level to ensure you get the best results for your deck.

    Dig Holes

    I used a good ole shovel to dig out these holes and I must say I don't want to see another shovel for a looooong time. Oklahoma clay is very hard to work with, so before digging I wet the ground a bit to help with the digging. It made it a little messy but definitely helped ease the labor of getting that clay out. My backyard is on a slope so some of my holes needed to be dug further down then others. Based on how low you want your deck to be, you may want to dig a little ways down to account for the paver base.

    Diggin holes for backyard floating deck project

    Add Paver Base and Lay Down Deck Blocks

    I added 6" of paver base to the bottom of the hole and then watered it just a little and tamped it down. I tried to make the paver base as level as I could before putting down the deck block to make it easier when leveling. I used about 2 bags of paver base per hole for under the deck block and filling the hole after the deck block was level.

    Backyard deck project

    Once the paver base was somewhat level I laid down the deck block and put a level on it. I added paver base as needed underneath to make sure it was level. I stepped on it a couple of times to make sure it was secure and then leveled it one last time to make sure it was exact. you want to be meticulous with this step. The more level the better in the long run.

    The deck blocks were 5' apart. Once the first deck block was all level I used that as a reference for the surrounding deck blocks. I leveled them and then used a longer level to make sure they were aligned with the other blocks.

    Laying deck blocks for backyard deck block

    Step 4: Lay Beams

    Once the deck blocks were in place, I laid the beams, line by line. I ended up with 5 lines in total. I first put the 4x4 posts in the deck blocks....no particular length, just long enough to surpass the 2x8. Then I laid a 2x8 board on the deck block right up against the 4x4 posts.

    Note: This process I used was what worked best for me being that this was a solo project.

    Leveling the Beams

    For the first beam, I placed a level on it to check if it was leveled and then made marking on the 4x4 posts where they should be cut and cut them down and screwed downt eh first beam,

    DIY Backyard Deck Project

    When putting down the second beam, in order to check to see if the beams where level, I place a spare board across the two beams and used scrap pieces of wood to make sure it was level. I placed this spare board at the back, middle and front to make sure each section was level. Once it was level on the x-axis, I placed the level on the beam.

    DIY Bacyard Floating deck Project

    If your deck blocks are deep enough, then your beams should come out level. If not then most likely your deck blocks aren't as deep as they should be.Once everything was all level, I used a marker to mark where I should cut the 4x4 post and cut them down to size.

    DIY Backyard Floating Deck

    Then I used 5 structural screws and washers on each post to lock it down into place.

    DIY Backyard Floating Deck Project

    NOTE: I made the mistake of not putting the 5th beam on the outside of the 4x4 post.

    Step 5: Lay Landscape Fabric

    I read a couple of tutorials just to see what kind of materiel they used for the grass underneath and I saw on many post that they used Landscape Fabric....I was thinking surely there must only be one type of fabric because I never found any links to anything but when I went to Home Depot there were like 6 different kinds and I stood there for like 20 minutes trying to figure out which one to get...so luckily for you I'm providing the link to the exact one I used! This Landscape Fabric was super easy to work with and seemed really durable.

    DIY Floating Deck project for my Backyard makeover

    I began laying the fabric line by line. In order to get the fabric underneath the wood by the deck blocks I just used a utility knife to cut slits in between. The material is easy to cut so any kind of blade/knife will work fine. I laid down the fabric little by little and then held it in place with some landscape staples. These things are a must or else your fabric will go flying.

    DIY Floating Deck Project for my Backyard Makeover

    Once the fabric was secure down with the staples I poured a bag of paver base over it for extra hold.

    Step 6 : Installing Joist Hangers

     This process took a while but it was pretty straight forward. Measure, Cut and Joist away! The joists were placed 16" apart from each other.

    DIY Floating Deck project for the backyard

    Check out this quick video of my process installing joist hangers.

    This by far was the hardest and longest process of my floating deck and I'm happy to move on to the next step. I'm moving on to the privacy wall next, so stay tuned for updates, and thanks for checking out the post. Later guys!

    Backyard Floating Deck

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    Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

    By Ashley Basnight
    on October 02, 2017

    Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware using Liberty Hardware Geometric Pulls

    These liberty hardware kitchen cabinet pulls are giving me all the feels"

    "This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. The Home Depot provided me with product and compensation. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own."
      
    Who knew that doing something as simple as changing out your kitchen hardware could make such a difference. I had a couple of choices to choose from when picking out my hardware, these were the three choices I narrowed down to. I ended up going with the Modern Geometric Collection.
     
    Liberty Hardware
    I  was pretty happy with my choice; but when I actually saw them in person I was sooooooooo happy with my choice. These Geometric Pulls shine like no other!
     
    There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.
     
    Liberty Hardware Geo Pulls
    This project was a fairly easy process and it doesn't take a lot of experience to tackle it. My process went a lot faster with the help from my Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig. Luckily, for you guys a made a quick video of my installing process. Check it out below!
     

    Step 1: Remove Old Hardware

    I first used my Ryobi Hammer Drill to remove all of my old hardware from my kitchen cabinets. This step went pretty quickly. This can also be done with a screwdriver but any excuse I can have to use my fancy power tools is good for me!

    Removing kitchen cabinet hardware with Ryobi Hammer Drill

    I made sure to put the drill on a low setting to make sure I didn't mess up the existing knobs, I'm sure I will be using these somewhere else.

    Step 2: Re-finish Cabinets and Fill Holes

    Once I removed all of the hardware I noticed the pulls left some spots on the cabinets so I used some Minwax stain just to refresh the cabinets. I also filled in the pull holes on the drawers with DAP wood filler, since I had to screw new holes.

    Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

    Putting the stain on the cabinets gave them a fresh new look; with the knobs off this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

    Refinishing cabinets with Minwax stain

    Step 3: Drilling New Holes

    With the help from my Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig Kreg sent over I was able to whip these holes out in no time. This jig has adjustable guides for accurate hole placement, it will make you feel like a cabinet wizard and its not super expensive.

    Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

    Step 4: Add New Knobs

    Now on to my favorite part of the process, adding these new knobs! I could tell after the first knob that these were going to give my kitchen a whole new look, and they didn't disappoint.

    Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

    I am in love with how these Liberty Hardware Cabinet pulls made my kitchen look after switching them out. Check out this before and after.
     
    Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware with Liberty Hardware Pulls
     
    I've already had a couple of people notice that I changed them out. I would say that's a hardware success. My previous knobs were a little dull in color so these knobs really made the wood pop!
     
    Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware with Liberty Hardware using Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig
     
    If you are interested in these knobs head on over to your local home depot or check them out online here! and a few more after shots doesn't hurt!
     
     Liberty Hardware Kitchen Update
    Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Pulls
     
    Thanks for stopping by guys! Be sure to check out some of my other great projects here!
     

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    DIY Hairpin Coffee Table

    Tile Stenciled Hairpin Coffee Table

    By Ashley Basnight
    on September 12, 2017

    DIY Hairpin Coffee Table leg with a cutting edge tile stencil design using chalked paint

    Hairpin legs + Santa Ana Tile stencil = DIY Coffee table magic!

    DIY hairpin coffee table with the cutting edge stencil santa ana tile design stencil perfect for a modern home living room

    Luckily for you guys, I videoed the process! Check it out and be sure to read up on all the details I missed in the video below.

    There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

    I am a huge fan of chalk paint and normally I use Annie Sloan but ever since I used Rustoleum chalk paint on my fireplace, I wanted to try it out on this build and I love it! Even better it's the third of the price of Annie Sloan! Sorry Annie! But Rustoleum is taking the win on this one! I'm excited to see how it holds up! I used the 285144 Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint 30 oz, Charcoal for the under bottom and the 285140 Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint 30 oz, Linen White for the top. This was the perfect paint for a stencil because it dries so quickly. Idk if I would have enjoyed this project as much  if I used regular paint.

    DIY hairpin coffee table with the cutting edge stencil santa ana tile design stencil perfect for a modern home living room

    I have been seeing these Santa Ana Tile Stencil - Trendy Stencils for DIY Home Decor - By Cutting Edge Stencils (Small) everywhere and since I couldn't use them for my floors, I thought what better to use them on then a piece of furniture! The best part was it was only $9.99! Nothing like a cheap stencil to make my day! I cut the wooden piece down so that I could fit the stencil on there 4 times. The stencil comes in two sizes so depending on the size you can decide the length you want. Mine was 24x36.

    DIY Hairpin Coffee Table with Cutting Edge Tile Stencil and Rustoleum Chalk Paint

    This was my first time using a stencil so I definitely learned some good tips for getting a clean finish. Rule # 1 don't put a blob of paint on the brush and expect to get clean lines. IT AINT GONE HAPPEN'.... I would suggest practicing on a scrap piece of wood first to get the hang of it, unless you want to be a brave soul like me and just thug it out. Either way, it wasn't that hard to do. I think a good brush is key, I picked mine up from my local Home Depot. Once I finished stenciling the table top I coated it with 287722 Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint 30 oz, Clear

    DIY hairpin coffee table with the cutting edge stencil santa ana tile design stencil perfect for a modern home living room

    This was my first experience with hairpin legs, as well and I loved using them. They were super easy to incorporate into my build. Huge shoutout to DIY Hairpin Legs for sending these babies over! I loved that the legs came equipped with screws, I wasn't expecting that at all. It also came with full instructions on how to use them, even though its pretty straight forward. I used Rust-Oleum 7776830 Stops Rust Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Flat Black and Rust-Oleum 285093 Stops Rust Protective Enamel Spray Paint, Matte Clear on the hairpin legs and it really made them come to life.

    DIY Hairpin Coffee Table with Cutting Edge Tile Stencil and Rustoleum Chalk Paint

    I am so happy with how this build came out. It was my first industrial type build and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I think we need one last look!

    DIY Hairpin coffee Table with a tile stenciled design using chalk paint

    I love that this coffee table has such a modern feel to it and it only took one afternoon to get it finished! I would love to see your go at this modern hairpin coffee table.

    DIY hairpin coffee table with the cutting edge stencil santa ana tile design stencil perfect for a modern home living room

    "I received product for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own."

    DIY Barn Door Coffee Bar Center

    By Ashley Basnight
    on September 01, 2017

    DIY Barn Door Coffee Bar Center

    Coffee and DIY? It must be Christmas!

    I am so excited to share this build with you guys! I have been dying to build some furniture with sliding barn doors and I'm so glad it was a SUCCESS. Even better, I have partnered up with my friends over at RYOBI Nation to give you the step by step tutorial. But first lets drool over this Coffee Bar Center! 

    Barn Door Coffee Bar for the Home Kitchen

    My favorite part about this build is HANDS DOWN the metallic finish on the barn door hardware. I haven't seen hardware that comes in this finish, so I decided to create my own!

    There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

    Copper Sliding Barn Door Hardware painted with Rustoleum Metallic Finish

     I used Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Bright Coat Spray 314417 Metallic Color 11 Oz, 1-PK, Copper and man does this hardware Shine. The copper pipes and the door pulls just brings it all together. But lets talk about this Rust-Oleum 241526 Comfort Grip by RustOleum. Makes spray painting so much easier. Pops right on in seconds!

    More and more I'm learning that I love hidden storage..and this coffee bar center was no different! Behind the barn doors is plenty of storage room for all of my coffee supplies that I don't want everyone to necessarily see! I love making unique pieces for my home and this really makes my kitchen worth talking about!

    Coffee Bar for the Home Kitchen

    Just a little inside scoop. I always use select pine from Home Depot when using pine wood. It's a little more expensive than regular pine but its so much better to work with and makes my builds a lot cleaner. I always have a struggle with wanting to paint or stain my furniture after I finish building it. It just looks so pretty the way it is.

    Ryobi 18V Hammer Drill

    No build of mine happens without my beloved  Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System, but one of my other favorite tools is Ryobi's Hammer Drill. There aren't too many Ryobi tools I haven't tried and their hammer drill is definitely in my top 5. Check out my full tool review on the Ryobi 18V Hammer Drill here. These tools really brought this build together. Let's take one last look!

    DIY Coffee Bar Center for the home kitchen

    Now head on over to RYOBI NATION for the full tutorial! But one more thing before you go!

    Ryobi Power Tools Giveaway

    That's right! Ryobi is giving one of my lucky readers the chance to win $300 in Ryobi Power Tools of their choice. So be sure to enter!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway
     

    *This post and giveaway is sponsored by Ryobi Power Tools. I have received product and compensation for this post but all opinions, thoughts and designs are my own.

    Oakley Coffee Table

    By Ashley Basnight
    on August 07, 2017

    DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

    Who doesn't love a farmhouse coffee table with a nice set of turned legs?

    These legs are super popular in the woodworking community and I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. Thankfully, my friends over at Build Something are partnering with me to present the plans so you can create your own! Build Something is Kreg Tools plan site where you can find free plans for some awesome DIY furniture.

    This post is sponsored by Build Something and Kreg Tool!
    DIY Coffee Table Farmhouse style with Osborne Wood Turned Legs Balustrade   
    But first let's talk about these legs! So thankful for the guys over at Osborne Wood Products for sending these over! Aren't they just lovely? Be sure to go and check them out! They have an assortment of unfinished wood products including, but not limited to, legs, corbels, etc.
      
     There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.
      
    Farmhouse Coffee Table with Osborne Wood turned legs
      
    But, before you head over to Build Something for the free plans, check out my process of building this coffee table and be sure to read about my favorite furniture finish technique!
      
    DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table with Osborne Wood legs
      
    To make sure the legs stayed in place I made sure to use my Bessey GSCC2.524 2.5-Inch x 24-Inch Economy Clutch Style Bar Clamp. These are by far my favorite clamps. Easy to use and they definitely get the job done! I left the clamps on for several hours just to make sure that the legs stay in place over time! You can never be too careful!
      
    DIY Coffee Table with Osborne Wood Products
      
    So I am sure that I say this very often..but I absolutely love my Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System! It's the one tool that I have used on every project and it makes life so much easier for me. When people ask me which tools are must-haves I always include the kreg jig because it has been one of my favorites! I also have the Kreg DB210 Foreman Pocket-Hole Machine, Blue, which is the kreg jig on steroids but I always still use my little baby.
      
    DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table with Osborne Wood Products
      
    This coffee table was super fun and easy to make! I love seeing the balustrade coffee tables every where but I didn't want to build another one of those because I see them all the time! This design was a cool way to use the same legs but switch it up just a bit!
      
    DIY Coffee Table with Osborne Wood Products and DAP
     
    Another one of my fav products to use is Dap 21506 Plastic Wood Filler, 16-Ounce! Let me tell you I tried almost every type of wood filler before I tried this stuff lol and trust me the process along the way wasn't pretty! Hear me out when I say this is the good stuff! 
     
    Farmhouse Coffee Table with Osborne Wood turned legs
    Ladies and gentlemen, I am sharing my all-time favorite finish technique! I absolutely love how it turned out on this coffee table! It really gives it that restoration hardware type look.
      
    First I started out painting the coffee table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I know what your thinking.."that stuff is expensive " and your right it is! But I just love the way it looks after I finished it off with the gel stain. I am sure this technique would work with any other chalk paint but I have only used Annie Sloan. 285140 Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint 30 oz, Linen White is a little bit cheaper so feel free to try it out with that! (Let me know how it goes.))
      
    DIY Coffee table painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Pure White
      
    Next, after the chalk paint finished drying, I took a cloth and wiped it down with Old Masters 24991 80704 Gel Stain, Dark Walnut, 1 quart Make sure you wipe it on good because if you wipe it on sloppy you will be able to tell, but it gives the coffee table a great rich look. After I finished wiping it down with the gel stain I coated it with Minwax Polycrylic Matte.
       
    Coffee Table coated with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Gel Masters Stain

    and that about wraps it up!

    Now what are you waiting for? Head on over to Build Something to check out the free plans!

    or Pin it for later!

    DIY Coffee Table with Osborne Wood Products turned legs

    Shiplap Faux Fireplace with Hidden Storage

    By Ashley Basnight
    on July 26, 2017

    Shiplap Faux Fireplace with Limewash and Chalk Paint

    A Faux Fireplace with a touch of Shiplap, show me more!

    "This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. The Home Depot provided me with product and compensation. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own."

    I have always been a fan of a cozy fireplace, so this project idea was a no brainer. My home didn't come equipped with a fireplace so I thought; why not make my own? Luckily, my good friends over at Home Depot helped to make my project come to life!

    Shiplap Faux Fireplace with Limewash and Chalk Paint

    One thing I wanted to make sure of was not to  waste all that space on the hearth, so I decided to turn mine into storage. Perfect for DVDs, books or anything you want to store in there.
     
     There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.
      
    The drawers were a breeze with my Kreg Drawer slide Jigs and my beloved Kreg Jig (Of Course) and I was super excited about the soft-close ball-bearing drawer slides. I am obsessed!
    Kreg Drawer Slide Jig   
    After building this I thought man, Im not too shabby (humble brag).  Honestly, part of me just wanted to leave it like this...but that wasnt going to happen.Faux Fireplace
    This was my first time I used MDF and man did I like working with it. Definitely much easier to paint, by far!
       
    One of the most enjoyable parts of this build was painting the brick! This was my first time using this Romabio lime wash and it was super easy to apply! It isn't sold in stores but luckily you can purchase it online here. I really love how the limewash keeps that brick feel.
     
     
    Paint can sometimes drown it out, so if you want a real defined brick look, limewash is the way to go. To see how I created the first look click here. The limewash is great for interior and exterior brick and it made my faux brick really come to life.
      
    Bianco White Romabio Limewash
      
    I am a HUGE fan of chalk paint and this RUST-OLEUM Chalk Paint didn't disappoint me! I used some aged gray chalk paint just to give the brick a little Flaaava; sooooooo glad I did! 
      
    Rustoleum Chalk Paint
     
    This build was also my first time using a paint sprayer and I'm trying to figure out why no one told me about using one of these before.
        Faux Fireplace
      
    Painting is sooooooooooooooo much easier with one and it turns out clean. The Wagner Flexio 590 was super easy to set up, and I was super pleased with the paint job! I will be using this baby on the rest of my paint projects for sure!
      
    Wagner Flexio 590
     

    Now head on over to the Home Depot Blog to check out how I created this Faux Fireplace.

    Or if you want to save this project for later. Pin it!

    Shiplap Faux Fireplace with Limewash and Rustoleum Chalk Paint 

    Happy Building!

     

    Farmhouse Crate End Table

    By Ashley Basnight
    on July 03, 2017

    Farmhouse Crate End Table

    It's safe to say I am a big fan of farmhouse style, and this farmhouse crate end table is giving me life!

    I have partnered up with Jennifer with MadisonMadeDecor to give you the how-to on making this awesome end table! Check her out on Instagram and give her Etsy shop a look and then get to building!

    Isn't she a beauty?

    (There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure)

    Dimensions

    Materials List

    2 - 1 x 10 @ 8ft

    2 - 1 x 6 @ 8ft

    2 - 1 x 2 @ 8ft

    2 - 2' x 4' 3/4" plywood 

    1 - 2 x 2 @ 8ft

    Everbilt 3/4" in x 48" Aluminum Flat Bar

    Cut List

    4 - 1 x 10 @ 17.25"

    2 - 1 x 6 @ 17.25"

    4 - 1 x 2 @ 25.25"

    4 - 1 x 2 @ 14.25"

    2 - 1 x 10 @ 25.75"

    1 - 1 x 6 @ 25.75"

    2 - 3/4" plywood - 16.5" x 25.75"

    3 - 1 x 6 @ 27.25"

    8 - 2 x 2 @ 11.50"

    (There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure)

    Step 1: Attach the 1x10 ( 17.25") and 1x6 (17.25") to the 1x2 outer trim using wood glue and brad nails.

    Step 2: Attach the two 1x2 ( 14.25") trim pieces to the end table sides using wood glue and brad nails.

    Step 3: Attach the 1x8 and 1x6 (25.75") back pieces of the crate by using a using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. 

    Step 4: Attach the bottom middle and top pieces to the crate. Attach the middle and bottom piece by using a using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. Attach the three top pieces using wood glue and brad nails. Attach the two outer pieces first, so that they are flush with the outside and then place the middle piece in.

     

     Step 5: Add the eight (11.5") 2x2 supports on each side using wood glue and brad nails. Supports should be inset 3" from each side.

    Step 6: Cut the Aluminum Bar to fit into the corners of the crate. Measure and then cut with a Dremel 4300 Rotary tool. (Use blade for cutting metal)

    Let's take another look at Jennifer's build!

    For the finish, Jennifer used one layer of Minwax Special Walnut and one layer of Minwax Classic grey.

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    EntryWay Storage Chest

    By Ashley Basnight
    on June 17, 2017

    EntryWay Storage Chest

    I love partnering with fellow builders and today I'm presenting a build by Mandi of HoneySuckle & Sawdust!. She built this cool entryway storage chest and I'm happy to present the 3D plans for her awesome entryway storage chest! Be sure to check her out on Instagram and Facebook!

    (There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure)

    Dimensions

    Materials List

    3 - 1x1 @ 8 ft

    2 - 1x3 @ 8ft

    2 - 1x4 @ 8ft

    1 - 1x6 @ 8ft

    3 - 2x2s @8ft

    1- 3/4" sheet of plywood

    2 - 1x2 @ 8ft (optional replacement for 1x1s_ see note below)

    Cut List

    1 - 1x1 @ 14"

    2 - 1x3 @ 9 1/2"

    2 - 1x3 @ 30 1/2"

    2 - 1x3 @ 18"

    2 - 1x3 @ 22"

    1- 1x4 @ 28 1/2"

    1 - 1x4 @ 15 1/2"

    1- 1x4 @ 18 1/2"

    1- 1x4 @ 25 1/2"

    2 - 1x4 @ 26 1/2"

    2 - 1x6 @ 11 1/2"

    2 - 1x6 @ 32 1/2"

    2 - 1x4 @ 13 1/2"

    6  - 1x1 @ 40"

    7 - 2x2s @ 14"

    4 - 2x2s @ 17 1/4"

    2 - 2X2s @ 8 3/4"

    4 - 2x2s @ 7 3/4"

    2 - 3/4" plywood sheets - 15 1/2" x 8 1/2"

    1 - 3/4" plywood sheet - 38 1/2" x 15 1/2"

    Note: 1x1s were ripped from scrap 1x6s. 1x2s can be used as a replacement.

     

    Step 1: Attach the side chest pieces together using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. Make two of these for both sides of the storage chest.

    Note: Use biscuit joinery or add 1/4" plywood to inside to hide pocket holes.

    Step 2: Attach the end (15 1/2") plywood sheets to the side pieces using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. Add 4 2x2s (7 3/4) to four corners for support. Pocket holes should be made on the inside of both sides of the (15 1/2") plywood sheet.

    Step 3: Attach the bottom  (38 1/2" x 15 1/2") plywood sheet to the assembled chest using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. Pocket holes should be made on the bottom of the plywood sheet.

    Step 4: Assemble the two end pieces by attaching the 2x2 (17 1/4") side leg braces to the (14") middle leg braces using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System. On the 2x2 uses a 1 1/2" setting with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws on the 1x1 use a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue.

    Step 5: Assemble the middle piece by attaching the 2x2 (8 3/4") side leg braces to the 1x1 (14") middle leg braces using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System. On the 2x2 uses a 1 1/2" setting with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws on the 1x1 use a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue.

    Step 6: Connect the 3 pieces together by attaching the 1x1 (40") support pieces to the two end pieces using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. Then screw in (40") support pieces into the middle support leg.

    Step 7: Attach the bottom half of the chest to the assembled box with 2" wood screws.

    Step 8: Assemble the storage chest top using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue, add lid support hinges underneath and then attach to the storage chest by attaching piano hinges to the back. 

    Let's take another look at Mandi's awesome build!

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    DIY Coffee Table Round-Up

    By Ashley Basnight
    on June 12, 2017

    DIY Coffee Table Round-Up

    Coffee Tables seem to be a very popular build within the woodworking community! So I wanted to round up some of my favorite unique designs. Hope you enjoy!

    MODERN COFFEE TABLE - LoveCreateCelebrate

    It was love at first sight when I first saw this modern coffee table! Lindi over at LoveCreateCelebrate definitely killed it with this design! and the color is to die for!

    Check it Out Here

     

    CHUNKY FARMHOUSE COFFEE TABLE - HillBuildItCreations

    I love that this coffee table is so simple to make but still unique. And this staging looks like it's straight out of a magazine.

    Free Plans Here

     

    GEOMETRIC WOOD ART TABLE - DIYHUNTRESS

    This coffee table is definitely the definition of unique! Sam aka DIYHUNTRESS really did a great job on this one!

    Check it Out Here

    DIY Coffee Table

    Oakley Coffee Table - HANDMADE HAVEN

    This was one of my favorite coffee table builds. I cant get enough of these turned legs.

    Check it out Here

     

    Square Coffee Table - Shanty 2 Chic

    I absolutely love this coffee table by Shanty- 2 - Chic! They always put out great stuff and this coffee table doesn't disappoint.

    Check it out Here

     

    RECLAIMED WOOD COFFEE TABLE - MYLOVETOCREATE

    Check out Mindi's cool coffee table over at MyLovetoCreate. Her design was  made from reclaimed wood. Love the way it looks!

    Check it Out Here

    DIY Hairpin coffee Table

    Tile Stenciled Hairpin Coffee Table - Handmade Haven

    I loved using this tile stencil to create this fun tabletop, and these hairpin legs are to die for!

    Check it out Here!

     

    Concrete Paver Outdoor Coffee Table - Ana White

    I think it's safe to say that all of Ana White's builds are golden but this coffee table was one of my favorites!

    Check it Out Here

     

    Outdoor Convertible Coffee Table/Bench - Industrial_Vibe

    What's better than a coffee table? A coffee table that converts into an outdoor bench.

    Check it Out Here

     

    Balustrade Coffee Table - Thrifty and Chic

    I absolutely love Alicia's version of the Balustrade coffee table. The color on this thing is perfect.

    Check it out Here

     

    Hope you Enjoy!

     

    Rustic V Wall Decor

    By Ashley Basnight
    on May 30, 2017

    Rustic V Wall Decor

    As some of you know, I was chosen to be one of Weaber Lumber’s Winter Brand Reps, and I have enjoyed working with these awesome wall boards Weaber Lumber has provided me. Mainly because they come ready to rock and roll right out of the box.

    If you missed my Office Nook Reveal blog post using my Weaber Lumber Wall boards, Be sure to go check it out! Here’s a quick look just in case you missed it! I love that there are so many things that you can do with these wall boards.
      
      
    There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.
        
    So I had some empty space on one of my living room walls and I figured I would use some of my wall boards to bring a farmhouse feel to my living space. The best part is I finished this project in less than an hour.
      
    For this project I used 13 wall boards. The wall boards come in assorted colors, but for this project I only used the darker boards. You can use regular wood for this project but these particular boards are textured, creating the chipped rustic look.
      

    To purchase some of your own weathered wall boards, CLICK HERE.

    So the first thing I did was cut the two long front wall boards to size. I cut them down to 39 3/8” and then cut 10 wall boards to 28"
     
    Apply some wood glue to the back of the longer wall boards and place the 28" wall boards on the two stretcher pieces and attach using a brad nailer with brad nails. ( A stapler would probably work better for these boards since they are so thin, but I ran out of staples so I used a nailer )
     

    Attach the first 28" board and then the last 28" board to ensure you have a perfect rectangle, and then nail the rest of the boards down.

    Once the 28" wall boards are nailed down, flip the piece and add the V braces.

    Cut the first V wall board at a 35 degree angle, at 27 3/8" from side to side (longest side)

    Be sure to make sure the board fits before gluing and nailing it down.

    Make the same cut for the other side and you are finished assembling! After the wall piece was assembled I started painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

    I personally loved using these weathered wall boards for this project because the texture of the wall boards gave the wall piece a rustic look without even having to sand it. I did a light first coat and then did a second coat to cover all of the brown.

    Feel free to paint as desired, the textured boards will create the rustic look as you paint.

    Once I finished painting I let it dry and she was ready to be hung! Or at least after I took this picture! :)

    Perfect Wall Art or home decor to fill an empty wall or make a cabinet pop!

     Pin it for later!

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