Thursday, October 31, 2013

DIY Plank Wall

DIY Plank Wall, Wood Paneled Wall

Plank walls are all the rage right now and I wanted one.  I have nowhere in the house to do it so I decided to work one into my new studio space.  I want the space to be pretty and it will make a great backdrop for photos of my finished pieces.  The space was previously used for random storage, a complete waste of valuable space.  It was mostly half empty boxes of crap that we just didn't know what to do with.  I started the project about three months ago.  I've been able to work in here for the last month but I haven't quite finished beautifying it yet.  

DIY Plank Wall, Wood Paneled Wall

I wanted my plank wall to be random with all different widths, depths and textures of wood.  I didn't buy any wood for the wall it was all boards that people had given me & things I had in my stash.  It's hard to tell but I even threw in some pieces of molding, plywood strips and bead board for some of my planks. 

To install my boards I started right in the middle of the wall cause that's how I roll.  I made sure the first board was level and used my nail gun to attach it to the wall.  It probably would have been smarter to start at the bottom.

DIY Plank Wall, Wood Paneled Wall

Being random is kind of challenging.  Since I had so many different widths of boards I had to use my table saw to rip down a few pieces. Gaps are not a problem for me on my plank wall, it just adds character.  

DIY Plank Wall, Wood Paneled Wall

Can we just talk about my new garbage can for a minute.  I love him.  He has wheels.  I wanted a cute small garbage can and this old wash bucket fit the bill perfectly. 

DIY Plank Wall, Wood Paneled Wall
(before I painted)

After I installed all the boards I went back and painted the ugly ones.  I used some chalk paint I had on hand.  Paris Gray, Country Gray and Duck Egg Blue.  The white is a latex. Some boards I sanded some I didn't.   I left the nail holes. It's really an easy project that just takes a little time to piece together.  Like a puzzle. 

DIY Plank Wall, Wood Paneled Wall

The table is one I have had for over a year.  I planned to paint it to sell but never quite got around to it.  I am using this studio for my upholstery work and furniture painting.  I think this table will be perfect.  It's big enough to fit large chairs and ottomans on and I can open it up and add the leaf for larger pieces like headboards and settees.  Also it's round so I wont be constantly bumping my hips on the corners.  Do you do that?  I swear when I'm in creative mode I just get so into it that I bump into and trip over everything. I'm leaving the top unpainted because I know me and it will be covered in paint drips before long.  I'll eventually sand it and wax it. 

Next up will be finishing the window and cabinet wall to the left.  The rest of the walls and inside of the garage door are painted a soft white to keep it light and bright.  Hopefully I will get everything finished up in the next few weeks and be able to reveal the whole space soon.  So far I'm loving it.  

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Channel Back Chair Before and After

Last month I conquered a channel back chair.  I will fully admit it was a bit of a challenge but that's what makes it fun right?

The chair was in pristine condition it just needed a little updating.  

I started with a gray linen for the front and then got a little stuck after that.  I bought a couple different fabrics for the back.  One that was crazy & colorful and the other a black, cream and gray damask.  You know how it is though, on the day I decided to finish the chair I wasn't feeling either one.  It was very rainy and cold outside and this wool hounds tooth from my stash just called out to me.  

It made for a very warm and cozy feel.  A sweater pillow tops it off. 

I fully intended to do a tutorial on how to reupholster a channel back chair but I got into it and kinda got sidetracked with doing it.  Here's just a peak for those who might be interested to know just what's going on inside one of these bad boys. 

It's really not that bad just a lot of steps, but well worth the effort.  I'm still really enjoying working on upholstered pieces and learning as I go.    

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tip For Sewing a Cushion Cover with Piping

I've mentioned it before but cushion covers are not my favorite part about upholstery work.  Why?  Mine used to come out a little tweaked.  The top and bottom never seemed to line up perfectly in the corners so I was constantly pulling them apart and redoing them.  I have an old sewing machine with no bells and whistles.  The problem I was having is even with tons of pins the fabric still pulls and stretches and by the time I got to the end the pieces were no longer lined up.  It wasn't until I heard this tip that I started getting the results I wanted.

Tip: use staples instead of pins.

Start by sewing the piping to the top and bottom pieces of your cushion cover.  

Then sew the middle (boxing band) to the top piece using staples to hold the fabrics together.  Space the staples about two inches apart.  Staple in the middle of your seam allowance not all the way up to the piping or else you'll break a needle. 

Then line up the bottom piece and staple that to the boxing.  So much faster then pinning and everything stays put.  

When you are done sewing use a staple puller to easily remove the staples.  Mine is on the back of my stapler.

I swear it has changed my life ;) Well the small portion of my life where I sew cushions anyways. 


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Monday, October 7, 2013

Vintage Door Front Turned into a Cabinet.

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I finished my cabinet!  This type of re-purpose where you design as you go is my absolute favorite kind of project. I took my time on this one, I wanted to enjoy the process.  In case you missed it here's what I started with. 

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A built in corner cabinet front that had been salvaged from some old farmhouse.  (I don't know if it was a farmhouse but that sounds nice doesn't it?)  I found it in the back of an Antique store.  It was in great shape and I knew I wanted to turn it back into a cabinet.  Just not a corner one.  This isn't a detailed tutorial since I doubt there are many of these laying around for anyone to remake but I thought I'd show you my process.  

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I started by heading to the lumber yard and having them rip down a 4 x 8 sheet of birch plywood lengthwise to 11 3/4" panels.  I always try to have them make the major cuts for me because it saves so much hassle when I get home.  I mean I can barely lift a 4x8 3/4" sheet of plywood.  Then once back at home I cut the pieces to the lengths I needed with my miter saw.  To attach everything together I used my pocket hole jig to make the holes for the screws.  I built just a very basic cabinet the challenge was designing it to fit and compliment my door front. 

I ended up cutting a small notch in the bottom piece so that it would fit inside my cabinet and rest on the bottom shelf.  Once I made sure everything was square and lined up I glued and screwed the door front to my new cabinet. 

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You can see above that I put the pocket holes on the outside of the cabinet.  This was because I thought I was going to cover them with some sort of big trim or beadboard.  Once I attached the front I decided that would be too much.  I wanted to keep it simple and let the front really stand out.  So then I had to fill the holes with putty. 

I decided to cut my own trim to mimic the edge of the front piece and create a paneled effect.  Because it had been a corner cabinet the sides were cut at 45 degree angles.  I used my table saw set at a 45 to cut down a 1x4 to make my trim.

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I like it.     

At the bottom I added a 1 x board and a small piece of trim to coordinate with the top. 

Build a Cabinet out of a Door, How to Build a Window Cabinet

I lined the top shelves up with the panes of glass on the door and attached with screws through pocket holes from underneath. To finish it off I inset a piece of 3/4" plywood to the back of the bottom half to give it some weight in the back.  The doors on the front make it front heavy.  On the top back I used a 1/4" plywood panel and covered it with vintage sheet music.  To adhere it I used wallpaper paste because I didn't want it to look shiny or sealed like mod podge makes it look.  Plus I happened to find a tub of wallpaper paste when I cleaned out the garage that was still good. 

I stained all the new wood to match the old because I planned to use milk paint and hoped to get some chipping.  I did ;)

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I wasn't sure how much chipping I would get because with Milk Paint you just never know so at first I only painted the front. I applied three coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in the color Linen.  After it was dry I scraped and sanded and then made my plan for the sides.  

If the paint hadn't chipped off the front I would have just painted over the stained new wood so that it matched.  Since it did chip and I wanted it to chip off the new wood I used Hemp Oil as a resist technique.  I rubbed the Hemp Oil on in various places with a cloth.  I didn't wait for it to dry I just painted right over the hemp oil. It works great.  The places I put the hemp oil had chipping.  Also it did some cool crackled thing in some places where I didn't put hemp oil but had recently stained. So there's another trick to getting some fun looks with the paint. 

Build a Cabinet out of a Door, How to Build a Window Cabinet

Whoa that was a lot so if you are still here thank you ;)  I really am pleased with how it turned out. It was a fun project. 

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