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build your own hairpin leg tables via going home to roost (5)

several months ago, my dad gave me some old barn wood he had laying around (he knows me well!). i’ve been stowing them, just waiting for project inspiration to strike. and then it hit me- hairpin legs! i’ve been needing two skinny tables, one for under a mirror in our guest room (above) and one to use as a side table beside our sofa (below).

side note: see the it is well with my soul diy here!

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build your own hairpin leg tables

this small version is the perfect size for right beside our sofa. i’m not going to lie, with baby bear around this table usually remains empty, but this is the way i would style it if tiny hands weren’t grabbing at all the things all the time. haha!

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it was really easy to attach the legs. first, i marked on the big wooden boards where i needed them cut and had david size them down using a table saw. for such a small project though, i could have easily used a utility hand saw (girl power!).

i ordered the hair pin legs from hairpinlegs.com and they arrived quickly and in perfect condition. all i had to do was attach them using 3 small screws (per leg). using a power screwdriver was a must for this step.

even though my boards were weathered and warped slightly they are even and very sturdy. the perfect addition, yes?!

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replacing the legs on our ikea karlstad sofa

after falling in love with these pretty pegs, i was a little heartbroken. at that price, there was no way i could afford a set of 12 (twelve!) new legs. i wanted to revamp the look of our ikea karlstad though, so i was determined to find a solution. with just a little paint, elbow grease and diy spirit i was able to change all 12 legs on our sofa for under $70 (that sounded much better than $360!). yay!

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upon a quick visit to lowes, i quickly found these  mid-century modern style tapered sofa legs. i jumped for joy! priced at only $3.98 a piece i thought, ‘oh, i can do this’. after a small amount of research, this is what i figured out i needed:

- 12 tapered sofa legs
- 12 table leg plates (use the angled plates if you’d rather the angled look!)
- my favorite gold spray paint (already had some leftover from this project)
- painter’s tape
- electric screwdriver
- sample sized regular paint in your preferred color (i used valspar)

i already had the last four above supplies in our diy stash, but if you don’t they’ll only add a minimal cost.

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sidenote #1: i think bear approved of the update! sidenote #2: you can see the ‘old’ legs in this picture behind bear!

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first, paint the wooden part of each leg in your desired color. they were easy to paint by holding on to the metal ends and just working in a circle. i then punched 12 holes in the bottom of a cardboard box and stuck the end of each leg into the box in order to let them dry standing up.

after the legs are dry, grab some scrap paper and painters tape. cover the freshly painted surface and line the painters tape up exactly with the line of the metal ends.

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next, spray paint the bottoms gold! because of the taper, i could easily just set these down to let them dry without scuffing up the new gold paint.

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next, you’ll have to use a little elbow grease. first things first, flip your sofa upside down (ha!). then, unscrew and remove each leg, then remove the black plastic plate underneath the leg. (i forgot to photograph this piece, but you’ll see it, i promise! you can see a faded outline of it on the picture above). this was the hardest part of the entire diy, but i did it all by myself in a single afternoon. just in time to surprise the hubby when he got home! (he was so impressed.)

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next, install the table leg plates. i tried my best to line up the hole in the center with the original sofa leg hole, and it ended up working out really well. attach these using the four screws included in the package. using an electric screwdriver here is a must!

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next comes the fun part- simply screw in the brand new legs! yay!

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flip your sofa back over (ha again!) and marvel at your new beautiful legs. *note: be careful as you flip your sofa over! i was so determined to do this solo, that the weight of the sofa flipping over bent one of the leg plates and i had to replace it. next time, i’ll just wait for david to get home!

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i’m so happy with the way they turned out, and i think they really give ol’ karlstad a more modern look. they’ve been installed for about 6 weeks now and are holding up nice and strong. yay for a successful diy! also, hi toaster!

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diy antler hose rack

July 10, 2014

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i’m so happy to begin gardening again. jumping around the country over the last few years made it difficult to grow much, but now that we’re settled it’s time to start homesteading again. i’ll be sharing more of the outside of our home over the next week or so, but today i just want to share a simple and beautiful diy project with you. my new antler hose rack! isn’t she darling?

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diy antler hose rack materials

after i got the idea, i started scouring the web for a suitable (and affordable) pair of faux antlers. when i stumbled across this pair, i thought they were perfect! i knew i wanted to paint them white, so the coloring didn’t matter. here’s what you need!

materials:

- pair of faux antlers

- high gloss white spray paint suitable for outdoor use

- white drinking water hose*

- brass twist nozzle*

*of course, you can use your existing hose and nozzle, but since i’ll be watering my vegetable garden with this water, i wanted to get a hose that was suitable to drink from. i’ve also fallen in love with this brass twist nozzle! with a simple twist, it ranges from a fine mist to a powerful spray with all the perfect streams in-between. i use it for everything!

diy antler hose hook by going home to roost

once you’ve gathered your supplies, just apply 2-3 coats of white spray paint to the antlers and let them dry. use a pair of long screws to attach them near your hose spigot. wrap your hose and hang it on the antlers, then smile!

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hung! color cord pendant lights (1)

i’ve been looking for just the right lighting fixture to hang above our counter space for months now. to avoid hefty electrical work, i needed something that would plug in, provide plenty of light and match the space’s modern-eclectic feel. when i stumbled across color cord, i knew their pendant lights would be the perfect addition!

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color cord allows you to purchase either ready-made pendant lights or all the fixin’s for a do-it-yourself version. since the ready-made pendant lights were exactly what i needed, that’s what we chose. i ordered  two of porcelain the mint green (because it’s my favorite color!) and one zig-zag. i love how they came together!

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and because i knew what i wanted to hang them from but couldn’t find it anywhere, i just decided to make it myself. after a quick visit to my local hardware store, i had everything i needed to hang a copper bar from the ledge above our counter. it turned out perfect! here’s what i used:

- 1/2″ 2 foot long copper pipe (website only lists a 1 ft pipe, but i found a 2 ft pipe in the store)

- two 1/2″ copper milford hangers

- two 1/2″ copper slip cap fittings

i just assembled the pieces by sliding the pipe through the hanger and placing a cap on each end. i attached them by using a simple screw on each side.

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i wish i could go into detail about how we tied all those knots, but we had our rock-climbing friend do them all for us (he’s a knot tying genius!). if you need ideas or help though, i have found animated knots to be very helpful (plus, they have an iphone app!).

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it is well with my soul

June 23, 2014

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this simple diy project has brought me so much joy. it fills our guest room with a touch of gold and sense of peace and rest.

“When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
What ever my lot you have taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul”

- Horatio G. Spafford, 1873Horatio G. Spafford, 1873

 

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i’m sure you crafty bunch won’t need instructions for this project, but i’ll list them here anyways! :) you could of course use the same technique for any phrase. let your imagination run free!

materials:

- wooden letters
- my favorite gold spray paint
- 3m mini command strips
- level, ruler and pencil (optional)

step 1: place the letters on a large piece of scrap paper (newspaper would work well). spray paint them making sure to get all the sides.

step 2: use a ruler, level and pencil to plot the letters on the wall. eyeball it if you wish!

step 3: place a small 3m strip on the back of each letter. place firmly on the wall and hold for 60 seconds (follow package instructions)

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wall of fabric

June 16, 2014

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as our home starts to come together, i’m excited to share more and more of it with you. spring fever has hit and i’ve been checking off several projects i’ve been thinking about for a long time. this one may be my favorite. :)

for every fabric collection i design, i’m over-the-moon-excited to receive a bolt of each piece. seriously, when i get this package in the mail i leap for joy! i use this fabric for marketing, giveaways, blog hops, sample sewing and of course a few personal projects as well! it also leaves me with bundles of bolts, and along with it, a bit of a storage dilemma.

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storage dilemma solved! i’ve been staring at this blank wall behind my workspace for a year. the steps lead up to my sewing room, so when the ideas struck to hang my fabric i couldn’t resist! now it doubles at artwork and doesn’t take up any floor space in my tiny sewing room.

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i know there are probably not very many of you who have bolts and bolts of fabric like this, but you could always roll your fabric around a tube to store it in the same way. to hang them, i drilled holes in the bottom of 1.5″ wooden round discs (like this) and strung twine up through the center of the tube (a knot in the bottom holds the disc in place). i then used super hooks to hang them- those things are amazing!

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also shown here are my favorite new hexagon shelves and some faux white taxidermy.

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DIY teardrop planters (1)

hello, friends! i’ve been on a diy kick lately, can you tell? (with lots more coming!) i was so inspired to make these teardrop planters after i saw the tutorial over on vintage revivals. i followed mandi’s instructions exactly and they turned out wonderful!

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i keep them hung from a curtain rod by our large sliding glass doors in the living room. i love how cheery they are that they add a splash of gold to the area. i purchased these little white bowls from ikea and filled them with drapey succulents.

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they really were pretty easy to make, other than the fact i had to cut up a bunch of pipes. it wasn’t really difficult, just time consuming. i think i cut pipes every night for a few weeks! the end result was definitely worth it though. head on over to vintage revivals to grab the tutorial!

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pssst. BONUS! if you notice something peculiar in one of the photos above, leave your entry in the comment section. the first person to get it right will win two 1/2 yard cuts of my last fabric line, sweet as honey!

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diy hanging shelves

June 9, 2014

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to accompany my freshly hung gallery wall, i also made a set of three shelves to go along with it! i was so happy with how quickly these went together, how easy they were to hang and how well they’ve been working. from start to finish, this project only cost about $18, for all 3 shelves!

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here’s what you’ll need:

- 8′ long board (see note below)
- leather or suede lace (buy strong lace, avoiding any that is brittle or stretchy)
- wood stain (i used ebony by minwax)
- paint brush
- hand saw or table saw
- drill
- wall hooks and drywall anchor if not hanging in a stud

*i used one southern pine pattern stock board from our local hardware store for the shelves. it was perfect for this project and only cost $10! one edge is finished nicely and there’s large groove that runs right down the center which creates a perfect ‘ledge’ for propping up pictures and the like. i also had my husband cut it into thirds with a table saw, but you could also cut them with a hand saw pretty quickly. the finished boards measure 7″ by 32″ each.

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step 1: mark the 8′ board into thirds and cut using a hand saw or table saw (be careful!)

step 2: stain the boards using your preferred stain color and let dry. the best way to do this is brush the stain on, then wipe it off with an old rag (one you won’t mind throwing away). you may also want use plastic gloves to keep your hands from getting stained!

step 3: using a pencil, mark a dot in each corner about 1″ in on both sides. use a drill bit to drill a small hole in each corner.

step 4: cut 2 equal pieces of leather or suede for each shelf. thread each end through the holes on each side and make a knot in the end (you may need to make a double knot to ensure it won’t slip through!).

step 5: use a level to to mark where to place the wall hooks. they should be placed 2″ less apart than the length of your board (for example, mine were 30″ apart because my board was 32″ long).

step 6: hang away! tie a knot in the end of the loop to create a second, smaller loop. hang the shelf and adjust any of the other knots to make sure the shelf is level.

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p.s. both of these photos are part of the greenhouse series by megan boltz, see more of them over on the home ground!

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