Friday, February 21, 2014

Pallet Wine Rack

Another amazing DIY project using free pallet wood. Who knew
a pallet wine rack would be so elegant!

Here are some simple DIY steps to make one of your own:

To start:

Cut the pallet in half (leaving the center support of the
pallet). So you will have 2 big halves and 1 center strip. Using the center
strip pry off the long board and nail it to the bottom of the half cut in the
first part (so u have a basket to hold the wine.) DONE! Willie also drilled 3 holes
with a center drill bit so we could put the 3 bottles upside down.

To create the wine glass holder:

Need to buy from Lowes (or local hardware store)
a.       1
½ nails or so. (or whatever you have around the house)
b.      1”
(thick) x 2 wide X 8ft (length) craft board 
c.       ¾(thick)
x 4”(wide) x 4ft (length) ($4)

Cut one 4ft long of (a.) then screw it to the
back (making a stopper)
Cut strips of (a.) to create a pathways for the
wine glass to slide into (this will require measuring between so they are
straight and even)
Cut (b.) to the width of the pallet and screw b
onto a) to create a holder on the pathway so the wine glass don’t fall out.
(center each one so they look straight and even)


Happy woodworking J
*PS- to make the piece extra special, fill your wine rack
with custom labeled wine bottles. Ours were created by my maid of honor for our
engagement party and rehearsal dinner. I absolutely LOVE them!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wedding Bliss

The past 7 months as a newly married couple has been a whirlwind!

I finally had a moment today to go through all of our wedding
photos again and I couldn’t believe that I never shared our astonishing DIY/antique accented dessert
table display.

When we decided we were going to be married at a winery I immediately
knew I wanted a dessert table display using wine barrels. How I was going to do
this exactly I wasn’t sure, but I made it work!

My florist (also a family friend) found antique doors at The
Old Lucketts Store in Leesburg, VA.  We
used these as the table top for our cake displays. The winery we were married
at supplied the 3 barrels we used as our base.

Then we solicited the help of a family friend to cut a large
piece of wood and assembled the pieces into a tiered stand using PVC pipe. Once
completed, a finishing touch of polyurethane really made the stands shine
(literally J).
Willie and I covered the PVC by wrapping thick twine around the pipe and hot
gluing the ends. And voila! Beautiful, unique, rustic cake stands!

They definitely were the centerpiece of our wedding
reception room! Our guests absolutely loved it!

Many thanks to Cakes by Cathy Stewart and The Apple House
for the yummy treats to use on our display!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Shabby Chic Dining Room

So the Craigslist ad worked and I had to say goodbye my inherited
70’s black lacquer table that I reupholstered and brought back to life three
years ago. I get a little emotional about furniture and it was hard to give up,
but I knew I wanted something different, something glam, something that oozed
shabby chic and I think I achieved that with my new crisp chalk painted antique

The story behind the new table…

I’m lucky enough to have a great group of friends from my
years of competing horses. We have such a strong bond that was fostered by our
love and devotion to our horses. Even though most of us are out of the sport,
we still get together for parties, wine nights, and do practically everything
together. I cherish the moments with these wonderful women because I know they
will always be there to support and love me. Thanks ladies!

Anyways, one of those wine nights, Mrs. VP (AKA- my barn mother)
mentioned she was trying to sell her dining table on Craigslist. I immediately popped
up from the couch and exclaimed “I want it”. I ran over an inspected the table. With all
the joyful experiences the table witnessed over the years it had minor dents
and scratches, which made it a perfect candidate for the Annie Sloan Chalk

Thanks to a friend, the table was safely delivered to our
townhouse and I was ready to paint.

DIY time…

Chalk Paint is not sold everywhere. Use this link to find a
location close to you. I pick Old White with the clear wax.
I found mine at a great store in Falls Church, VA called Stylish Patina. Chalk
Paint is a little pricy, but it goes A VERY LONG WAY! I did the whole dining
set with just 1 can!!! It’s also so worth it not having to sand or prime! Follow
labeled directions for painting and waxing your piece. I didn’t use the Annie
Sloan paint brush (way too expensive). If you have a Harbor Freight near you or
something similar just buy their medium grade brushes. They work perfectly and
for half the price. We bought 10 brushes for $15.

Before painting, remove your seat cushions and wipe down the entire furniture surface.

For the chairs I had a really hard time finding a budget
friendly fabric I liked. Willie thought of a great idea to go to HomeGoods and use
curtain fabric. We bought two 40” x 84” curtain panels for $19.99 compared to
the $80 I would have spent at a fabric store was such a great budget saving
option! Getting the old fabric off is the hard part, but then very easy process
to measure, cut, and staple the new fabric on.

Last touch to my new dining room was getting rid of the
hideous ceiling fan and replacing it with a chandelier and ceiling medallion.
Props to my amazing husband who surprises me every day with his handyman

And voilà…my beautiful new dining room. I hope you all love
it as much as I do!! I’m so ecstatic to share new family memories at this
table. I can only hope it brings as much togetherness as it did for the VP

My awesome table at Christmas with a stunning floral display from a very talented friend.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Game Day DIY Pallet Headboard

I had been seeing all these amazing
projects made out of wooden pallets on Pinterest and I couldn’t help myself
from trying one on my own.

We had a little embarrassing snafu
trying to find free pallets outside stores (FYI- even though some businesses
put them out by the trash, apparently they aren’t trash and aren’t free).
Luckily, Willie’s father is close friends with a man who own a garbage company
and does large pickups that normal trash days don’t cover. So in 2 days,
Willie’s Dad had 3 beautiful big free pallets waiting outside our garage for
On Saturday, Willie created the frame
using our bed measured dimensions with four 2X4s. He also inserted some metal
corner moldings to make the frame more secure.

The next day (football Sunday), Willie
started his morning by dissembling the pallets. Willie wrestled with the
pallets to pry the boards off, which not always worked and resulted in the
board getting a blade run through it, but in the end we had workable boards for
our headboard. Then it was time to play Jenga! Trying to make the boards fit
together and lineup was the most time consuming task because even though it’s a
“rustic look” we wanted it to be a “perfect rustic look”. So about 2 hours of
puzzling the boards together we finally screwed everything in just in time for
the 1pm Sunday football game. Willie let me take one photo of him and he was
off to have a beer and relax watching football.

I was so happy with the way the
headboard turned out. Such a fun cheap project with wonderful results!

Three Pallets = $0 FREE

Four 2x4s = $12

One 1×3=$4

Metal corner frames = FREE (We had them
in the house but they cost like $3)

Screws = $6

Our Total Cost was only $22

*He normally doesn’t look this ridiculous, but supporting Movember 🙂