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DIY Kitchen Table

DIY Kitchen Table

When we moved into our new house we wanted to replace our kitchen table with one that would fit better in the space. After doing price comparisons we decided to invest in a long lasting table that we remember forever.

Before making your list of supplies you will need to decide on a few things.

The first decision is the size of table. Make sure to take into account chair space (this may not be as big of an issue if you are planning to put the table on wheels). Our table size is 6′ by 5’7”.

The second decision you will need to decide on is type of wood. We went with cedar because we liked the look of it with the metal pipes.


What you will need:

  1. 6 pieces of 8ft by 1ft by 1inch (This will all depend on your design of table and size)
  2. 3 2in by 1in by 8ft (This will all depend on your design of table and size)
  3. 3/4 inch Metal Pipes- (4 18inches long pipes, 4 24 in. long pipes, 4 3/4 nipple pipe pieces, 1 5ft pipe, 6 T pipes, and pipe footers) (This will all depend on your design of table and size)
  4. 4 wheels that lock- Optional
  5. Sander (Sand Paper)
  6. Stain
  7. Poly

 

Instructions:

Step one: Cut 8’x1’x1″ long pieces according to your design or plan. I cut the pieces 6 ft long.

Step two: cut 8’x1″x2″  down to 5′

Step three: Use wood glue and screws to fasten the planks together with the cross supports

Step four: Sand wood surface smooth with 220 grit sand paper (I recommend a electric sander)

Step five: Stain to desired color and then polly to seal wood from water and help prevent scratches. Hint: I would give the table a couple days to allow stain and polly to dry fully before screwing the top onto the legs.

Step six: While waiting for the table to dry begin putting legs together start with center cross support pipe by put a t-pipe at each end, then put an 18″ pipe off each side of t-pipe with t-pipe on each end of the 18” pipes. Then have nipple pipe pointing up on each t-pipe. Next have 24″ pipe going down from each t-pipe, then place pipe fotters at end of each nipple pipe and 24″ pipe. Finally, square up to get leges all sitting flat and place wheels on bottom to allow for easy movement.

Step seven: Center the table top on legs and drill pilot holes for screws being careful not to drill all the way through the table (hint: use tape on drill bit to make it easy to tell when to stop drilling)

Step eight: Finalize the project by crewing the table top to legs

This was the first DIY project for our new home. We love our new table. Look for our next DIY project soon.

Life happens around the table in our home. I’m excited to sit around our new table.

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How to create an idea jar to bring simplicity to the simple decisions in life

How to DIY a Family Fun Jar?

What is an idea jar?

An idea jar can help you literally gather your thoughts. I personally made a date night jar and a family fun jar

A family fun jar is a jar full of cool ideas of activities that the family would love to do. Each family can make come up with their own ideas on the definition of “family fun”.  What’s fun for my family may not be fun for your family.

A date night jar is a collection of date night ideas that are unique to the couples likes and dislikes. If you are on a budget you can still do these jars for your family. Simply just have a cap on the spending limit on the ideas in the jars. A good example of this would be a $20 date night. Remember to keep extra paper near the jar’s location to add to the idea jar when inspiration sparks.

An idea jar would be an awesome craft for an inquisitive child to gather his or her ideas or help kids organize their thoughts.


What you will need to make a family fun jar

1. Mason Jar

2. Ribbon & Scissors

3. Paper (make it fun with different colors)

4. Pen

5. Paint Pen

6. Crazy Glue


Steps

First, label the jar using the paint pen. I do not have the steadiest of hands so my labels do not look all that pretty but I’m sure yours will look beautiful. If you desire you can also label the lid.

Second, using the crazy glue put the ribbon the side of the lid of the mason jar.

While the jar and lid dry write down your ideas. Do you want a cheat sheet? You can get my family fun day ideas and my date night ideas on below. Save yourself a step.

Sometimes it is the everyday decisions that are the hardest to make. Am I the only one who gets stumped on what to do for a date night or family day? The idea jar has helped take the guessing game out of the simple decisions in life. It brings just a little bit more simplicity to daily life.

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How to DIY a Simple Desk

How to DIY a Simple Desk

If you don’t know already I love DIY projects. I think DIY projects are great to do by yourself, as a couple or even carefully as a family.

One of my most recent DIY projects was a very simple desk. This is the very same desk I am typing on top of right now 🙂

What you will need:

  1. Pallets- try to find free pallets before purchasing to cut down on cost. All the pallets I used were free.
  2. 2 4×4 8-10ft pieces
  3. Wood glue
  4. Clamps
  5. 2 or 3 inch screws
  6. Sander or sand it by hand
  7. Screwdriver or power drill

I started off by designing the project first. I recommend always have a base plan that is your jumping off point in a project like a desk or any thing else that may go in your home. I know any time I just jump into a project without planning it usually becomes one of those things that is not out where people can see ever no matter what.

6 Steps to Build Simple DIY Desk

First, measure out and cut pallet pieces to your desired size. Make sure to cut 4 pieces for the frame of your desk top. The frame size will be determined by the size of your desk. The size of your desk is up to you. I decided on 24 inch width and 3ft in height.

Second, on a flat surface place the frame together with wood glue and clamps. Let the frame dry. After that use wood glue to equally place the wood pallet pieces across the frame to form the desk top. Pace clamps on every end of the pallet pieces if possible for the best results. Let the desktop dry.

Third, decide between two options.

Option 1– Build a second desktop to use as a brace for the back two legs of the desk. This will support the structure.

Option 2– Use a 4×4 piece to support the structure.

Fourth, cut the four legs to your desired height.

Fifth, using the power drill or screwdriver screw the legs onto the desktop and attach the second pallet top equally to the back to legs using screws.

And finally, use your sander to smooth out the surface of the pallet tops to your liking.

If you so desire feel free to stain your brand new desk. I personally prefer the natural look.

Happy DIY Building!

Why do DIY projects?

Why DIY??

Do it yourself projects are becoming more and more popular. DIY projects are fun, creative, and save money. Who doesn’t want to do that?

Why DIY with your spouse?

For about a year my husband and I have shared a hobby of reusing wood pallets to build furniture and décor. It has been awesome to share a common hobby with my hubby. It has given us an outlet to work on communication and our team work skills. And not to mention one more topic we can cover in conversations.

Can you really DIY?

Regardless of the common misconception building can be for anyone willing to put in the effort to have a good outcome. You can do it too. You don’t have to be a rock-star carpenter to have an ending product that you love. Pictures of our projects to come soon.

5 Tips to DIY Pallet Projects

  1. Have a design in mind. This is when Pinterest comes into play. Have fun on Pinterest. Be careful though because I’m proof that Pinterest can produce procrastination in it’s greatest form. Proceed with caution.
  2. Don’t be afraid to mess up. A do over doesn’t mean an unsuccessful project. It’s all about how you look at it. When mistakes happen you will learn how to avoid it or salvage a project going south.
  3. Don’t shy away from making it your own. Be creative! Creativity is the key. This makes all the hard work worth while.
  4. Use reusable pallets or wood pieces. This saves money. Look on craigslist, Facebook swap pages, or ask friends and family to see if anyone has pallets or wood for free or at a low cost.
  5. Enjoy the experience. Have fun and don’t allow yourself to stress. This should be fun.

Get to building!

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How to DIY All Purpose Cleaner to save money

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The cost of cleaners for the home is astronomical. Can we agree on that? I mean the average 32oz all purpose cleaner product cost between $2-$3.

I don’t know about your household but in my house we have 3 kids and they make a lot of messes. A 32 oz of all purpose cleaner may or may not last a whole week.

Recently I have been interested in DIY cleaners and I finally decided to go for it. I even found some coupons for the ingredients. Yeah, for saving money. Check it out below.

Ingredients for GREAT all purpose cleaner:

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  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tsp of dish soap
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • Optional- Your favorite fragrance
  • Spray Bottle

It’s as simple as that. It’s a very little amount of each ingredient so your cleaning ingredients or products last longer than a 32oz $3 bottle from the store even if you multiply the amounts you use in a setting.

Keep in mind it’s aways a good idea to label all of your cleaning products and keep the product in a safe place.



Look for more DIY Cleaning tips coming soon.