Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Trestle Table with Reclaimed Wood Top

I was so excited when I found this table base.  It was hidden beneath other furniture looking sad and lonely.  Someone had thrown a piece of plywood on top which made it look like junk.  I saw the potential.  I love the turned legs and I knew instantly I wanted to put a rustic top on her. Just need to find some fabulous barn wood shouldn't be hard right?

The base was a dark brown stain and in great condition.  I decided to paint it white and distress it. 

Once I got the base painted and ready the table sat for weeks.  I just couldn't find the right wood to use for the top.  Thankfully we ran into a friend who told me he had some rough cut wood that he thought was mahogany that I could have.  It needed a lot of sanding and had nails in it so there would be holes did I still want it?  Um yes! Nail holes and rough cut equals the perfect wood for this project!  I about fell over when I went to pick the wood up.  Perfect!  It was very rough though and I have the slivers to prove it.  About 100 of them.

I decided to secure the boards together using 2 x 4's & screws because they weren't perfectly flat.  This way I could then drill through the ends using pocket holes to attach the top to the base.

I got the middle one attached then centered the table and attached the other two.  To help even out the ends I ripped a board to about 2" and countersunk some screws to attach it. 

You can see above the boards had some cupping issues.  Once I had the top built and attached  I called in my husband for an opinion.  I liked it but I needed another set of eyes since I am selling this piece.  Should I plane it smoother?  Hubby said he thought it looked cool leave it, it's supposed to be rustic right?  Yay!

 (I used oak wood plugs and I love the way they look)

He also gave me a great tip.  When working with wood that is splintery sand in one direction. It seems obvious right?  Well I wasn't doing that.  I normally use pine and sand in a back and forth motion with the grain.  It didn't even occur to me to just go in one direction.  It actually feels kinda awkward.  As soon as he said it I was like duh.  It made a HUGE difference.  The finish is now silky smooth where before you couldn't run you hand over it without getting a splinter.   Thanks Hubby!

Since I had to do so much sanding I lost the gray bleached out finish of the wood.  So I decided to deepen the color with dark wax.   I haven't used dark wax on bare wood before and it's lovely.  It really brought out the texture and grain.

No fancy wax brush here.  The wax is Annie Sloan Dark wax and the brush is one of those you get at the Goodwill for less that $2.  It's a thick brush and it works great for wax.  Of course I have no idea what an actual wax brush can do but I just couldn't spring for one after buying the wax.  For now this works. 

I love the juxtaposition (love that word) of the rustic reclaimed lumber and the curvy trestle base in white.  

So what do you think?  Do you just love those legs or what?   My husband thinks I should start turning my own furniture legs since we have a wood lathe.  (I think it was his grandfathers?)  Um seriously honey, no thank you.  I have to draw the line somewhere and turning my own legs is it. 


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Monday, July 30, 2012

Abundance Vintage Window & a Giveaway

I just wanted to share where I will be selling my pieces for the month of August.  

At a fabulous shop called Abundance Vintage in Centralia WA.  I love this store!  It is the perfect mix of antiques, handmade items and unique vintage finds.  My favorite part is all the furniture! (You know I love furniture) There are untouched antiques, newly built, and pieces that have been given new life with paint.  Primitives, Shabby Chic, Rustic, Coastal it's all there.  Doesn't it just look like fun? 

I have never done a window display before and it has been a learning experience.  So much fun. (and a little intimidating) It's a mix of things I have built and things I have refurbished.

There's a few smalls thrown in.  I need to work on smalls if I ever decide to get a booth.


On another note I have decided to sell my custom beadboard frames on my Blog's shop page.  Shout out to Sheila ( aka the sweetest person on the planet) who was my first on-line customer.  She emailed me and asked if I would make her a frame and that got me motivated put them on here. 

To kick it off I am having a giveaway on my Facebook page.   

Like Blue Roof Cabin on Facebook and be entered to win a Custom beadboard frame of your choice made by yours truly. 

So head on over and like BRC of Facebook.  Giveaway ends on August 31st.  (can only be shipped within US)

Because I appreciate every single like I already have on Facebook I will include them in the giveaway too!  Thank you so much to those of you who follow my blog whether you're a follower, subscribe in a reader or pop in every once in awhile.  I cannot even express how much you mean to me!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Repurposed Bi-fold Doors into Bookcase

Here's a fun project I did a few weeks ago for a guest post on My Repurposed life.  I thought I'd share it here as well for those who may have missed it.  Here's what I started with

two bi-fold wood doors that I picked up at the Restore.

The first thing I did after removing all the hinges and handles was to router a channel into the doors for the back to fit into.  I used 1/4" pine beadboard boards for the back.  You know the kind that come wrapped up in packages at the big home stores.  To determine the width of my bookcase I cut the tung off one of the beadboard boards and dry fit them all together.  I measured then subtracted for the channels and cut my 1 x 4's accordingly.

The bi-folds doors are paneled and the spacers just happened to be the same size as a 1 x 4.  To attach the sides and support the shelves I drilled pocket holes into some 1 x 4's then glued and screwed everything together. 

I attached a 1 x 4 to the bottom front in the same way.

 I attached the beadboard to the back with glue and nails.

The shelves I made by gluing and clamping together 1 x pine boards.  I had to notch out the back corner of each shelf with my jig saw.  The shelves were all secured to the bookcase with glue and nails.

I wanted more shelves than there were 1 x 4's so I used 3/8" x 2" trim to support the additional shelves.  I glued and nailed them to the edges of the bi-fold doors and through the beadboard back.

For the top of the bookshelf I decided to router the edge of the top board to continue the look of the crown molding.  I like big crown.

Because of the way the bi-fold doors are designed there was a gap between the crown and the middle part of the top of the door.  I filled it by gluing and nailing a 1/4" dowel to the door.   I think it ties in with the bead of the beadboard.

I finished the edges of the shelves off with some trim I also picked up at the Restore.

For the paint finish I started by priming the whole cabinet with oil based primer because the doors appeared to have been sealed with oil based poly.  I could tell by the lovely yellowness of them.  I decided to do a two tone as well as try a new technique I have been seeing all around the blogisphere.   For the inside I used a flat latex Robins Egg Blue color.   For the outside I tried the vaseline technique to get a chippy look. 


The first coat was a layer of dark brown latex.  Once that dried I randomly touched areas I wanted to look "chippy" with the vaseline.   Paint wont stick to where you put the vaseline.  I didn't go overboard with it because I didn't want it to end up looking like a spotted cow.


I liked the look but.... I'm so used to sanding to distress that I started sanding and then ended up sanding over the whole thing with my palm sander.  I'm happy with how the finish turned out in the end.  I finished the whole thing off with clear acrylic satin.  I have been using chalk paint so much lately it was fun to play with good old latex again.  

This thing turned out tall. 

There ya have it.  Thanks for reading!


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mantel Made From Pine Boards

I love mantels.  They are so much fun to build.  I've got another one I built to share with you.  The design was based on some inspirations that I've pinned (to see my board go here) and the mantel I refurbished a while back.  It sold pretty quickly so I thought I'd try another. 

If you've been reading for awhile you no I like furniture with clean lines.  Not quite primitive but almost.  My favorite part about this design is I used 1 x pine boards in their stock sizes so no need to rip anything down.  The only tools you need to build it are a chop saw and a nail gun.  No nail gun? then you can use a good old fashion hammer and finish nails or a drill and screws.  

Here's how I built it.

To start lay out a 1 x 12 board and butt a 1 x 10 against it. 

Lay a 1 x 6  on top centering it on the 1 x 10.  I attached  with glue and nails using my nail gun.  

To create the panel place a 1 x 4 at the top attaching it 1" down from the top of the 1 x 12.  This is so when the crown is attached there will be the same amount showing as the bottom 1 x 3.  Also some will be under the crown for it to rest on and attach to.  As you can see in the above photo the bottom 1 x 3 extends below the 1 x 12.  I did this because I wanted at least 6 inches for the inside of the panel. 

I then added trim mitered at the corners. 

To give the mantel some depth and allow for the 1 x 8 top I added 1 x 3's to the back attaching with glue and nails.  The middle one however needed to be 3 1/4" because I had moved the bottom 1 x 3 for the panel down.  

I ended up ripping a 1 x 4 on my table saw.  If you don't have a table saw you could use a 1 x 2 below the 1 x 12 then add your 1 x 3 to that.  Make sense?

(I throw all my wood scraps under the table eek)

For the base trim I used the remainder of the 1 x 6.  I mitered the corners because I just got a new chop saw (it's dreamy).  If you have a smaller chop saw like my old one that won't handle that big of a board you could just do what is pictured below. That's why wood putty is a builders best friend right? 

Then I added a trim to finish off the base.   For a more primitive look just don't add the crown or trim.

To attach it to the wall I made a cleat by ripping a 1 x 4 at a 45 degree angle down the middle.  One half attaches to the mantel.

The other half is attached to the wall with at least two screws preferably into studs.  Then slide the mantel onto it.  Works great and no visible screws!  


If you don't have a way to rip a board you can attach a 2 x 2 to your wall, set the mantle on top of it and screw through the top shelf into the 2 x 2.

Here's the final measurements: 

Now for the paint finish.  The base coat is a charcoal colored latex shown above.  The top coat is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.  Sealed with Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Wax.  I really need to learn how to use my camera I have a hard time capturing the true color and depth of the finish.

I wish I could put a mantel in every room.

I appreciate you stopping by! 

****Want more info? Detailed Plans for how to make this mantel  now on Ana-white.com.

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