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I wish I had some amazing story why I’ve been M.I.A lately [like I've been sipping margaritas on the beach, getting my hair and nails done while getting a massage, or trapped under something heavy]. Nope. Just a case of the-kids-are-almost-out-of-school-I-don’t-want-to-do-squat blues. Well, that was fun for a week and I have been itching to DIY some crap.
So here we go! I am known around certain parts of my [poor] daughter’s school as “that mom who lugs wood back to her car!” Case in point.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll remember I posted about finding a stack of fallen tree branches while on a hike around my daughter’s school. Well I managed to drag this beauty back to my car while being stared at in absolute disbelief by many parents. That’s how I roll people!
This beauty sat in my garage for a couple months until I got the idea to create a candle holder out of it. It’s super simple and took 30 minutes to make.
You can see I made another one, but decided to keep it raw and left the bark on. [Note: just be sure you don't pick up any branches that have little tenants living in them, aka termites!] Best part of these rustic candle holders is they are FREE to make!
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So it’s coming up on the two year mark since we moved from Utah to San Diego; I figured I’ve run out of excuses as to why the garage is a wasteland of stuff [mostly MY crafting, decorating stuff]. One of many eyesores has been a large cardboard box stuffed with all my wrapping paper. I decided to use what I have on hand and make something simple to store the rolls of paper I had.
- soup cans
- scrap wood
- all purpose glue
- spray paint [optional]
- picture hangers
- Dremmel or metal snips
- fine grit sandpaper [not pictured]
Before I begin, let me tell you about a recent find that I’m so psyched about! If you’re a lover of the whole reclaimed wood look but don’t want to spend the $$$ or know where in the hell to find it [like moi], use fence pickets!!! Yep, I said fence pickets. I was wandering mindlessly [as I often do] through the lumber aisles at Home Depot and spotted a pile of gnarly, raw looking fence pickets. They look old and have such a beautiful distressed appeal. That isn’t even the best part!!! Know what one of these pickets costs? $2.49!!!! I know, right? Crazy. Each picket is 6 feet long x 6″ wide. Ooooh the possibilities!
Lovely, isn’t she??
Anyhoo, back to the tutorial…
First thing you’ll want to do is clean up your soup cans for obvious reasons. [As I was doing this project I still caught a subtle smell of chicken noodle soup].
Then remove the bottom of each can. Some soup cans have a molded bottom where the entire can is one piece of metal. Other cans have a separate bottom that you can easily remove with a can opener. For those stubborn cans that are one molded piece, I had to break out the Dremmel. If you do not have a Dremmel, then you can always use a pair of all-purpose snips.
Be sure to sand the bottom of the can. Yes, you can use regular sandpaper on metal. Be sure all the metal shards are off.
Here is a cool tip to help you cut a completely straight line on a soup can. You can put that on your resume. Grab a piece of paper and wrap it around the can. Line up the edge and trace a line on your soup can. This will guarantee you a straight line every time.
While the paint was drying I cut my piece of wood down to 40″.
I attached two picture hangers to the back so this could easily be hung on the wall.
Attach your soup cans to your piece of wood with glue. I placed a rock in each can to keep it in place while drying.
STEP SEVEN [optional]:
This step is totally optional, but I added a few cup hooks to the side to hold my washi tape.
I simply pre drilled a few holes, then screwed each cup hook in place.
I hung my newest creation on the wall in our coat closet at 30″ from the floor.
Add your wrapping paper and you’re done!
I love these soup can projects and love the thought that I’m the soup lady around our neighborhood. I even have my daughter’s teacher collecting them for me at school!
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I’m so excited to finally be sharing this latest project with you. It’s been in -the-works for a couple months now as I didn’t realize how labor-intensive stripping wood could be! If you’ve ever stripped wood before you have my sympathies. But the transformation of our bar stools are pretty amazing [I think] and I hope you like…
For those of you who have been with me for a while [thank you!] you’ll probably remember these @#%&# bar stools are the bane of my existence. I’ve re upholstered them countless times only to do it all over again within months. The last time I touched these bar stools they looked like this
My last post about these guys was when I added the funky b+w fabric and “child-proofed” them with the very popular Never Wet. I have my opinions about this product and will happily share any with you if you’d like.
As you can see the kiddos quickly wore through the sealer and we were left with these grungy looking things. So I decided to REALLY give these bar stools a major makeover and came up with the brilliant [she said sarcastically] idea to strip them and go Scandinavian!
I found this safe fume free stripper at HD and was impressed that it has a pleasant odor and strips through multiple layers, including stubborn varnish. I think the label should also say, “Will strip through all those years of kids’ spit, mac ‘n cheese, milk, juice, etc!” I am not endorsed for saying ANY of this-just sharing. It has the consistency of pudding and is ready to strip within 30 minutes. From start to finish I would say it took me apx 4-5 hours. The varnish was very stubborn and I had to reapply it twice. To remove the stain that just wouldn’t strip off, I had to break out the power sander.
This is what was underneath all those layers and I loved the bright, fresh look of the bare wood. I thought it had a Scandinavian appeal and I just love that look anyway. So I just threw a coat of poly on it and called it good.
The wood that is. The fabric on these cushions also needed to be replaced.
I ordered a bolt of this off-white faux ostrich vinyl a while ago. Ive never worked with vinyl before and have to say this ostrich print is gorgeous and very easy to cut and staple onto the seat. I broke out the staple gun and got busy attaching it.
After lots of sweat and numerous swear words I was left with these Scandinavian inspired bar stools.
Are you laughing yet? One down, three more to go!!! *sigh*
Have you ever stripped before? [hee hee]
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