Friday, June 29, 2012

"S" is for Stool #3

Build: kids size play stool

I used Ana White's play table stool plans to build this stool for a birthday gift.

This birthday boy's name starts with B, hence the personalization on the stool seat:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"N" is for Nightstand (the finish)

Paint: modern 2-drawer nightstand

The complete how-to finish the mod nightstand with paint.

I used one coat of Zinsser cover stain primer.
Two coats Minwax clear satin polycrylic.


Step 1: Sand all surfaces, vacuum and wipe with damp cloth:

Step 2: Protect any portion you DO NOT want painted with painters tape:

Step 3: Begin with primer, Zinsser cover stain is oil based = hard to clean up but so worth it for the coverage and smooth soft surface it provides.
After primer dries, sand.

Step 4: Vacuum again.

Step 5: Using a 2" angled Purdy brush apply Benjamin Moore summer shower paint to all corners and crevices where roller cannot reach:

Step 6: Then use roller on larger surface areas:
Sand and vacuum again then apply second coat.

Step 7: Apply protective polycrylic in clear satin finish.
Use a small foam brush in corners and crevices then a roller on larger surface areas.
Apply two coats.

Step 8: Mark drawer fronts at center for hardware pull.
Predrill hole with proper sized bit:

Attach knobs and insert drawers into nightstand:

Here you can see the nice soft, protective satin sheen from the poly:

This completes the bedroom makeover for my girl #1:

"N" is for Nightstand (the build)

Build: modern 2-drawer nightstand

I worked with Ana White again to make this nightstand.  She drew up the plans and I did the construction for my girl #1:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"B" is for Bedskirt

Sew: ruffle trimmed bedskirt

Made from white cotton sheets and pink gingham cotton fabric:

This bedskirt has a 20" drop:

But the real purpose of this bedskirt is to hide the bed risers and storage bins:

Space is at a premium in this room, we already had these storage bins from here and reused them here:

But you can't see them behind this fun girly ruffled bedskirt:

The touch of pink around the bottom edge compliments the painted monogram on the headboard.

And I added the matching nightstand:

Here's how I made the bedskirt:

1. Tear up 2 twin size flat white sheets into thirds the long way.
(For a 20" drop be sure each third is at least 22" wide.)

2. Seam short ends together to make one long, long 22" wide strip.
Hem the raw edges using a rolled hem:

3. Cut gingham fabric strips on the bias at 1 1/4" wide.
You need lots and lots of length, triple the amount you see in this pic:

4. Sew gingham onto bottom edge of bedskirt, 4" from hem edge.
Ruffle the gingham as you go:

5. Double check width of entire white strip,
for a 20" drop I needed 20 1/2" to allow for seam allowance when attaching to the main bedskirt piece:

6. Attach to existing bedskirt main piece.
Pin in place by marking halfway points then ruffle as you go:

Now we can hide that storage space:

Definitely worth every minute of ruffling spent on that sewing machine!

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry

TDC Before and After

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"W" is for Wedding Tray

Build: wedding invitation serving tray

I made this wooden serving tray and sealed the wedding invitation on the surface:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"S" is for Swingset Flags

Sew: monogrammed swingset flags

Four nylon swingset flags, a special request from a friend to replace her old, worn flags.

** Please note in all the pictures below I attached the flags to our swingset, this is not their permanent home and I'm sure they have a much better position on my friend's swingset.**

Made from rip stop nylon, these flags should be able to handle all sorts of weather.

The old flags were worn, tattered and faded:

And the new flags now have the kids first initial too!

Here's how I made the swingset flags:

1. Purchase multiple colors of rip stop nylon:

2. Using the old flag as a pattern, layer up the nylon and pin the old flag on top:

3. Cut out around the old flag leaving a 3/8" seam allowance:

4. Print out letters to size.
Pin letter onto nylon scrap:

5. Cut around letter, leaving 1/4" seam allowance:

6. Pin nylon letter into place and turn under 1/4" before zig zag stitching into place:

7. Turn under raw edge twice all around length of flag and straight stitch:

8. Make sleeve for post using old flag as a pattern, turn under raw edge then straight stitch.
Be sure to stitch top closed and leave bottom open:

Ready to decorate your swingset!