Au Natural: Tree Stump Side Tables

Monday, August 18, 2014

There's something very cool and rustic about the look of a tree stump as a side table, we both loved the idea of having them in our house. Instead of buying them we decided to make our own. One day Joe came home with these enormous tree stumps he found on the side of the road, they weighed a TON. They needed to dry out so we kept them in our garage for three months. Once they had dried out a bit, we cleaned them off and got to work!

(Kinda looks like a weird smiley face)

The logs when we first got them.

Three months later, in our new house and they're read to be sanded.

and sanded some more.

Seriously, there was lots of sanding… :)

Once that was done, we stained the top of the tables with a natural wood stain. 

Then cleaned off the sides with a wire brush to remove any loose pieces.

After that we used a white high gloss paint and roller to coat the sides.

Hi friend!

Once we moved the tables inside we found a piece of glass to fit the top and POOF instant table!

It turned out way better than we hoped - totally worth the wait!

DIY Shelf: Reclaimed Barn Wood

Monday, August 11, 2014

Not too far from where we live are some very cool, old, abandoned tobacco barns and with all of our house projects going on we've accumulated quite the collection of Barnwood. Since we finally bought and mounted our living room tv we've been talking about putting shelving around or underneath to make the wall look a little less, naked. We decided to use some of the Barnwood and mount it using plumbers pipe similar to our Dining Room Table

First we started by choosing a board. 

We picked this one because it had some charred sections on it that looked so cool. Once we picked it we lightly sanded both sides. 

After sanding it, we used a coat of natural wood stain to bring out the awesome color of the grains. 

Then after the stain had dried over night, we applied a coat of poly and let it dry. 

(Getting ready to install!)

We picked up plumbers pipe at Home Depot, as well as some silver spray paint.
- 2 flanges
- 2 1.5" inch pipes (the length is equal to the width of the shelf)
- 2 end caps

We used a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall and plan out where the shelf would go, then we pre-drilled the flange holes into the wall. Next, we secured the flange to the wall using wood screws.

 Once the flange was attached, we twisted the pipe end in tightly. After the pipe is in, all that was left was the end cap!

We put the board on top, and tightened the end caps to hold it in place - and we're done!

This project totally changed our room, we're both super excited with how it turned out and how easy it was to do!

DIY Art: Iron on Photo Canvas

Saturday, June 28, 2014

We both work part time in the bar/restaurant industry, and everyone in our business knows that one of the perks of the job is free swag! What do we mean by swag? Hats, bottle openers and lots and lots of shirts. Every holiday and sports season we get boxes full of cool stuff from beer and liquor companies to give away to customers.  Every time a brand rep makes a delivery, it's sort of like Christmas for bartenders. Anyway! This whole practice means we've accumulated a ton of t-shirts and why not find something else to do with them? 

First I found an image online and printed it into the transfer paper. 

Last years St Patricks Day shirt - thanks Jameson!

**When you print onto transfer paper, you have to flip the image before you print it so it will come out correctly when you apply it.

Then I cut the t-shirt around the edges of the image.

First I ironed the shirt to get out any little wrinkles, then let it cool.

Next, I followed the transfer paper time and heat directions to iron on the image.

Then let it cool!

Once the transfer was complete it was time to load the stapler!

Then I wrapped the shirt around the canvas and secured with staples. 

Pretty neat! 

Decided to add it to the jewelry/gallery wall in our master bedroom!