Dining hutch

I completed my biggest build to date… a dining room hutch. I got the original plans from shanty-2-chic.com, tweeked the measurements to fit my space ad changed a few minor details as far as materials go and VOILA!

This beauty sits in my dining room. When I can find some baskets that fit, I will put two or three in the open shelf space. You can’t tell from the picture, but I used Sheered Lace by Valspar on the edges, painted over with a dark grey then sanded to create a antique/distressed look.

If I had to do it over again, I would have painted it an even darker color. Either way, I’m proud of myself. The link to the original plans Can be found at http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2014/06/diy-barn-door-media-console.html.

My measurements ended up being 40″ H; 14″ D; 32″W.

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My very first sign!

Since buying our first miter saw when we redid our front porch, I have been immersing myself in DIY woodworking blogs. I have this new found LOVE for all things DIY/furniture/ wood working projects! I found two VERY awesome websites that I check daily and am IN LOVE with all of the projects that they tackle. I can find my way around a hammer, nail and wood glue. Anything else I didn’t have much confidence in. So I started small. Here is my first project.

Since putting our new microwave in when we first moved into the house, we’ve had this awkward space above it. There was previously a wood plank here, but the new microwave was of a different size than the old one and that wooden plank wouldn’t work with the new one. Somewhere along the line it got trashed and there has been this gapping hole there every since, exposing the fan duct. UGLY!

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Don’t mind the missing cabinet doors. That is a product of me taking them all off to paint and losing some of the hinges. Yeah, yeah, I know. Lesson learned. ANYWAY, so I got this idea that it would be super simple to just make a cute little sign out of wood to put in this spot. I wanted something easy to make (because remember, I’m a beginner) but I also wanted it to be cute and something more than just a plain wood piece like before. So I searched for some cute signs and finally found some ideas that I liked. I measured the area and it was 15 inches tall and 30 inches wide. Easy enough. Since I knew that (for the most part) 1×4 boards are 3.75 inches, I knew that I could just cut four of them at 30 inches long and they would fit perfect.

I used Gorilla Glue and four 1.5 inch nail for this project. I just glued all four pieces together, applied glue to the back of a scrap piece of 1×4 and nailed it to the middle of the back and set it out in the sun to dry.
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I tried to distress it a little by hitting it with a hammer, and basically anything else I could find. It really didn’t work out, so I don’t have any pictures of that part. After it was dry for a few days I used Rustoleum wood stain in Weathered Grey to stain it. I just applied one coat with a foam brush and it was so pretty! I wanted something very light and thought grey would go very well with our cabinets. It turned out a grey/blue color with still some of the original wood color showing through on the knots. Jordan LOVED how it looked. After it dried I used a paint pen to write a saying that I found on pinterest and thought was fitting for the area in which it was going. Here is the final result. I plan on putting a polyurethane coat over it just to keep it safe. It fits perfect and definitely makes the hole look better!

Full Length Swivel Mirror

Time for my first project post! I’ve searched high and low for plans on how to build a full length mirror…. I never found any. So I was left to come up with a design on my own. After some googling, I found these (http://www.rockler.com/rear-mounted-swivel-mirror-hinge) swivel hinges made specifically for the project I was about to tackle.

I started out with an old door hanging mirror I bought from Target years ago… way back when I first started college. I needed just the mirror portion so I had to strip the cheap plastic trim from the edges. You can buy this same mirror for about $5-10 or just a frameless one from Target for about $15. I chose the cheapest route and worked with what I had on hand.

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First I ripped the paper backing off, exposing the seams of the trim. This mirror was so old that the glue was barely holding the trim together so a little tugging got it right off. I will say at if you buy a new mirror you will most likely have to take a razor knife and cut along the glued edges to get it to break off. Be careful! You are handling fragile material.

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Here is the trim pulling right off.

The next step was to create my new frame. I chose my own measurements according to my mirror and adjusted according to how big I wanted it. I really just made guesses. You’ll want to mitre each corner at a 45 degree angle NOT parallel.  My side pieces were 40″ long from long end to long end. My top and bottom pieces were about 17″ long end to long end.

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I joined the pieces together with pocket holes and wood glue.

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Here’s the completed frame.

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Now to add my mirror to my frame. I put a bead of liquid nails along the inside of the frame closest to the open center. Then placed the mirror right on top and waited for it to dry.

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Initially I wanted to add a small drawer on the bottom of the mirror that was included in the frame. However, I am no expert carpenter and I couldn’t figure out how to do it. So I nixed that idea. IMG_5608I used 2×4’s cut 14″ long point to long point for my base.

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Then, I cut the side support 45 degrees and 5 ft long point to bottom.

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Lastly, cut cross supports 45 degrees angles and 5″ long point to long point.

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Add it all together with some wood glue and finish nails and you have yourself two cute side supports. After I got these babies stained, I joined them to the framed mirror with my hinges and wah-lah!

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I used this stain…its one of my favorites!

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Every new thing I build becomes my favorite. I am especially proud of this because I designed it all by myself.

Hello world!

I can’t say that I am a new blogger, but I’m no expert either. I wanted to use this platform as a way to publish my projects and help others to engage in one of my passions, woodworking. Often times when I build something and post pictures on social media, I get requests to build some for others. I thought this would be a nice way to TEACH others to complete these projects all without having to actually be there. This way, you can build at your own pace and on your own time.

I hope that you enjoy what you see on this blog and continue to visit often. Occasionally, I will add tid bits of our life and random projects that may not involve wood at all. Either way, happy learning! : )