Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Building Furniture

We had a few rainy days last week so I was able to work on another project besides the yard.  (We are very close to being ready for some trees to be delivered.  I will show more photos on that later.)

While we were cleaning up along the property line to start working on our raised tree beds I came across a stack of barn board half on our property and half on the neighbors.  Some of the nicest, long, sturdy pieces quickly made it into our garage. 

I have been dreaming of furnishing our deck (which doesn't look like it will happen this summer).  One of the things I wanted was a long, skinny table that would serve as a buffet table to go along the walkway that connects our bbq deck with our sitting area.   I knew this piece would have to be custom made because I didn't think the odds would be good on finding an outdoor table about 18" wide and 9' long. 

Assembling the table top was extremely easy as 3 of the boards were the exact same length and width.  I just screwed them to my support pieces to hold them together.

Then using the table saw that my husband happened to have at home working on another project, I created 3 'x' style legs.

And screwed them to my support pieces.

Now don't get me wrong.  I think the natural color of this aged wood is absolutely gorgeous and would be amazing in the right place.  However, it wasn't quite what I had in mind for the deck.  I did love all texture and pronounced grain that years of weather had exposed on this wood.  I simply stained the wood with some leftover exterior timber stain. 

I was hugely surprised when the timber stain was applied and dried that it looked so dull and the wood seemed to loose so much of its richness and texture.  It does not do this on my timbers.  In the bottom portion of the above photo you can see what  I mean.  In order to fix this problem I used two heavy layers of Hemlsman's Exterior Spar Urethane over the stain.  You can see the rich depth it brings out again. 

The completed table.

In its new home on the walkway of our back deck.  Ready to serve.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Our Yellow Door

Just a small project to share that I completed last week.  We were on wonderful holidays for a week and it has taken me about a week to catch up with things here.  I did complete one small project and it makes me smile every time I leave the house.

This is the view of our back entry.  That door leads into the garage and comes primed from the factory and that is how it has sat since we moved in. 

Now it has a little sunshine.  Still looking for the prefect rug and light.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Featured on Unplggd!

You can imagine my surprise as I was doing a little browsing to find my ikea desk makeover featured on Unplggd.  You can see the full post here.  How cool is that?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011