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Well hello! My long absence is attributed to a week-long camping trip to our favorite spot 40 minutes away. It might as well be 4 states away as it always feels like a different world. The kiddos, hub and myself spent our days swimming, crafting, playing, bike riding and socializing with some amazing people. We always meet the most wonderful people while camping and this time was no exception. We returned Monday and I’ve been dragging the old rear end since. Grocery shopping yesterday was quite the chore.
Before we took off, I snapped a few pictures of my most recent and fulfilling DIY. Remember the post about my $20 craigslist desk? It used to look like this
While the kids were in a week-long gymnastics camp a couple weeks ago I decided to tackle this guy and give him a makeover. I will write my tutorial later this week, but in the meantime enjoy the after pics.
Here is the BEFORE [dark, dark, dark]
And the AFTER [much lighter and brighter]
As hesitant as I was to paint a wood desk, I just couldn’t justify stripping, sanding then staining a desk that cost me $20. Plus, I’ve seen a ton of these desks for sale on craigslist. As it turned out, painting this desk and adding the maple veneer and edging took me 3 days. It was so worth it though.
Want to know the most impressive part of this DIY? The fact that I actually finished it and didn’t get distracted half way through!
If you read my post last week, you know that I promised you a tutorial on how I made this rustic outdoor lantern. The best part…it costs pennies and can be done in about an hour!
- [1 bundle] redwood garden stakes [1" x 2" x 12"] $6.25
- redwood board [2" x 2" x 8'] $2.77
- thick gauge wire $3.48
- miter saw
- wood glue
- finishing nails
- hammer or nail gun [if you're a bad ass]
To start, you want to create the base of the lantern. I grabbed 5 redwood stakes and cut off the pointy end to a length of 8.5″
Slap some glue along the long edge and snuggle them together.
Now attach each of these to the base using a little blob of glue and finishing nails. By this time I removed the clamps [apx 25 minutes had passed] and had no problem with the base coming apart.
- 4 @ 5.5″
- 4 @ 5″
Starting at the base, place 2 of each size in between the redwood board. I simply used wood glue to hold these in place.
Now use the remaining 4 pieces at the top, but this time flip them the other way and nail into place. Be sure they are level with the tops of your side boards.
Grab 4 more of those redwood stakes and cut down to these dimensions:
6.25″, 2 @ 5.5, 6″
Create a “box” [I like the staggered seam look] and nail together.
You’re going to laugh when I tell you what I used. Do you remember my Lego storage project? Remember I removed the wire handles from the paint cans and replaced them with jute string? Don’t ask me why I kept them, but I’m so glad I did. These are paint can handles!! Am I weird, or what??
I think all my blabbing was worth it, ‘cuz this is what I have to show for it!
As I was putting myself to sleep the other night…HGTV softly playing in the background, favorite home decor magazines scattered all over the bed, laptop open to my favorite websites…I came across this image…
I was so bleary-eyed that I forgot to jot down where I found this image, but found a very similar, almost identical one listed at One Kings Lane.
The old DIY light-bulb went off and all I could think about for the next hour or so was “I can totally make that!” Another sleepless night. Does that happen to you?
My son was at pre school the other day and my daughter had a friend over so I seized the moment and banged out my version of this rustic lantern in an hour.
Did I need a rustic lantern? No. Did I have a blast though re creating this with materials I had in the garage? Yep! The best part was I sneaked in Mommy-time and no kids were bored to death or neglected in the process.
Until then here are a few more pictures to tie you over…