Farmhouse Style Coffee Table

CAMPING WALKTHROUGHS NO. 6

Guys, I am so excited to share this DIY with you!! I have been trying to get it up on the blog all week because I am just so darn proud of it!

I made myself a new coffee table!

I’ve been wanting desperately to replace my coffee table. It’s not that there was anything wrong with it, it’s just that I feel my living room needed a new look.

The hubby and I headed out to my favorite antique market in hopes of finding a coffee table that I could make over.

We saw this little gem and I said to the hubs, that is exactly what I want but I also wanted to make something myself.

And that’s when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a glass coffee table with a cast iron leg frame.

I looked at my husband and I said, let’s make our own coffee table similar to the one I first saw.

So we scooped up the $35 old coffee table and took it home. I didn’t need the glass portion so we left it at the market.

First thing I did was spray paint the cast iron legs black. This table was a little old and could use a bit of freshening up. I also didn’t like that it had gold accents. I wanted the whole thing to be black.

Now I had to work some DIY magic and make a table top.

I headed out to Home Depot to get the supplies I needed, but before leaving, I measured the frame of the table legs to see how big to make my table top.

Here’s all the wood that I got.

I got a piece of oriented strand board (OSB), which is the large piece of plywood pictured. I didn’t really care what this looked like because it’ll be underneath and no one will see it.I picked up two pieces of 1x2x8 framing lumber to frame in my table, too. On the right are the strips of plywood that I had them cut for me at Home Depot.

So, for the lumber, I spent about $40.

To start building my table, I laid my piece of oriented strand board out in my work space.I found the middle of the plywood, and then using a pencil, I drew a line across the middle, lengthwise

Using a miter saw, I cut my strips of plywood at a 45-degree angle.

I used the line that I drew down the middle as a guide. This seems like it would be difficult to do, but once you get into it, it’s almost like making a puzzle.

So I started on one side and made my cuts.

I’m going to be straight with you here. I’m in no way shape or form a carpenter of any kind.I’m also not the best with measurements, so what I would do is place my next strip of wood on the table, mark where I needed to cut, and then I’d cut it with the miter saw.

There’s a setting on a miter saw to turn it to a 45-degree angle, so it makes doing something like this really easy.

I attached the pieces to the plywood using a nail gun.I purposely left the corner cuts until last.

 

 

 Here’s my “puzzle” all put together.

You can only faintly see it here, but I used a hammer to make some marks in the tabletop to get a rustic, beat up look.I also found an old bike chain and hit the table top a couple of times — this is also great for any built up aggression!

This is where I messed up a little bit.

Nothing major, just more of an annoyance.I stained my table top, cleaned up my rag and brush… but then I realized that I didn’t put the trim on.

In case you’re wondering, this is the stain that I used.

Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in Red Chestnut.This is my favorite type of stain. It’s a great price and I love the finish that it leaves.

Back to the trim.

I cut my pieces of framing lumber and attached them to the sides using my nail gun.I made sure that the framing lumber sat flush with the top of the table before attaching.

The trim has bit of overhang on the bottom, but I really liked this look.

Didn’t plan it — just sometimes these things happen. Again, not a master carpenter here.I may change my mind on that, though. My table looks pretty darn good from the top…

Not bad for a little old DIYer like me, right?

I chose a lighter stain than the one table I’d originally seen in the market because I felt it fit better with my space.

And I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out.

It’s so rewarding to have something beautiful in your space that you put together with your own two hands.I spent about $85 to make this table, but knowing that I made it myself makes it totally worth the money!

My table is a little bit larger, and my angle cuts are wider, but I also didn’t want to copy it exactly.

It looks a little different and is a great addition to my space.

Copying is the highest form of flattery.

If you like this DIY, don’t be afraid to pin it to your DIY boards!Got a friend who would like this? Share it!

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This Summer’s Best Campfire Treats

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GUYS! Campfire season is upon us!

Now that we have moved into a home of our own, I plan to have many a campfire in our new backyard — also, the previous homeowners must have known that we like a good campfire because they installed a backyard fire pit!

This summer, I have decided that we are gonna step up our marshmallow game, though. I was doing some digging around on Pinterest and I found some pretty delicious looking campfire treats. I’m not selfish, though. I am gonna share my findings with all of you!

Take a look and try not to drool on your screen. 

 

S’mores In A Bag

A Girl And A Glue Gun

 

Campfire French Toast

 

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

The Baker Chick

 Campfire Apple Pie French Toast Rolls

The Kitchen Magpie

Raspberry S’mores

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Campfire Banana Boats

The Kitchn

Campfire Cones

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Roasted strawberries in marshmallow fluff

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Apple Pie Packets

The Country Cook

Campfire Donuts

The Touring Camper

 Campfire S’mores Granola

The Big Man’s World

 So there you have it! This summer’s must have campfire treats! Try some of these out and let me know how they taste!

You’re gonna want this list for the whole summer so make sure you pin it!

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My $17 Board And Batten Wall

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I have wanted to do a board and batten wall ever since I saw Whitney and Ashley do one. If you don’t know these fabulous ladies, they are the Shanty 2 Chic sisters and one of my biggest DIY idols. There hasn’t been one project that these ladies have created that I haven’t totally fallen in love with.

I totally love their style! This is their board and batten wall.

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Unfortunately, my entry way is not this large, but on the plus side — my board and batten wall only cost me $17! Yup, you read that right — $17!!!

And not to mention, it totally transformed this space. Take a look and see how I did it! This is seriously so easy, too!

Before

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The first thing I did was measure the length from one side of the wall to the end and then using a mitre saw I cut my piece of MDF board to my measurement. 20170617_200605

I used my air nailer to attach the piece of MDF to the wall. Unfortunately I have a light switch there so that kind of dictated to me how high I could go up. I could have framed it in my board and batten wall but that would have made for more work.

Next I measured from the underneath of the MDF board to the top of my base board and cut a piece to fit.

I cut three more and nailed them to the wall evenly spaced.

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I used some Behr primer and painted the inside white and gave the MDF boards a fresh coat of paint.

Note: you could cut and attach a large piece of MDF to go behind your panel pieces, but I wanted to keep this as inexpensive as possible so I just painted the wall. 

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Once the primer dried, I followed it up with a coat of just regular flat white paint.

And here she is all done!

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Not that I have a large entry way by any means but I am totally in love with this space now!

If you like this make sure you save it for later!

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My Piano Makeover

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Hi, friends! I have something super pretty to share with you all today! This is a makeover that I have wanted to tackle since before we moved, in fact, I had the paint ordered and I was saving it until we got into our new home.

The time has come to share this beauty of a makeover and since I am so excited, I am going to get right to it!

This was my piano before:

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I scored this little guy of a buy and sell used goods site for $70.00 about four years ago.

It was a little beat up and scratched, but I didn’t care because I knew I had bigger plans for it.

And my plans involved a little bit of paint from DecoArt. I went with their Americana Chalky Finish brand and the shade I chose was Honor.

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Now, I am going to tell you a little secret about this paint – it’s amazing! Seriously, I got four small 8oz containers of this stuff and I only used one and a half!

One and half containers did two full coats on my piano and the bench! Can you believe that!?

I was so shocked – in an amazing kind of way!

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This was after one coat.

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It was a lot of work painting this old thing, but I have no regrets.

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Once I had put on my two coats and let them dry, I went over the edges with a bit of Gold Wax from Country Chic Paint. I LOVE this stuff! It gives your furniture makeovers that whole regal look!

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This stuff is so easy to use, too! You just use a soft cloth and just wipe it on. Easy as pie!

For the bench I wanted to do something a little different. I had this really soft faux fur that I scored at a garage sale.

It was actually in a huge and I mean HUGE bag full of fabric scraps that I got for $5!

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I cut a piece to fit the top of the bench and then adhered it to the top with a bit of Liquid Nails.

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Ready to see it all put together!!?? 

HERE IT IS! 

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What do you think??

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I also bought a piece of live edge wood that I put on the top of the piano. I scored this piece of wood for $24 from a local market.

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This might just be my favorite spot in my home!

You might also notice that we re-did the floors, too! 😉

Share your comments on this project by commenting below and if you love it make sure you pin it!!

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DIY Flower Fabric Pillow

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Hi everyone!! I have been a busy little bee lately, so I am absolutely exhausted. As the warmer weather approaches, I feel like I am always at a loss for time… but… I did manage to sneak in an adorable DIY tonight!

I would like to share this DIY flower fabric pillow tutorial with you! This project is sooooo easy!

Want to make one? Just follow these instructions and you will be well on your way!

You will need: 

  • Plain pillow cover
  • Fabric or thick canvas ribbon (I got mine on sale at Micheal’s)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plate (for tracing)
  • Circle template (for tracing)
  • Button (optional)

Let’s dig right in!

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I used to be really big into scrapbooking, so I have this amazing mat and circle template. If you don’t have something like this you could trace a small bowl or cut your own template from cardboard.

I got this thick canvas ribbon on sale at Micheal’s. I’ve had it for a while now so I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it, but I think with the coupon, maybe $3? Either way it was a steal!

Start by tracing around your circle onto the backside of your fabric

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Remove your template and then fold your fabric in half and then cut out your circle. You fold the fabric in half so that you can cut two circles at once. This will save you some time.

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I cut the entire canvas ribbon and ended up with 27 circles. I didn’t know how much I would need so I thought why not cut it all.

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Once you have all the circles cut, you’re now going to cut them in half.

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Time to get your pillow cover ready! The one I used, I just made from some old white fabric I had laying around. If you aren’t the best at sewing you can buy just a plain pillow cover. I know Ikea has some nice ones and they are super cheap, too!

You will want to put something in between the two layers of your pillow cover. I just slipped in my cutting mat.

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Next, using a plate, trace a circle onto your pillow cover.

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Don’t worry about the pencil lines — you’re going to be covering that up!

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Grab a hot glue gun and start gluing around the first layer of semi-circles. Only put the glue on the straight edge of the semi circle.

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OK, now full disclosure… I’m well aware that hot glue may not be the best thing for long term security for fabric, but this makes this project super easy and I LOVE hot glue. If you’re worried about it holding up, you could always use fabric glue.  

Next, you’re going to put down the second row of petals. You basically go around again, but with one small change — when you put the hot glue on the straight edge of the semi-circle leave a space in the middle.

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This is so you can pinch up the fabric and give the pillow a true 3-D look.

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Keep on going around and around until you have filled the entire circle.

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Once I got closer to the middle, I cut my semi-circles in half. I just thought it would look better and less bulky in the centre.

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The middle looked a little unfinished, so I found this cool button and glued it in the middle.

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Just slip your pillow back in and that’s it!!

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What do you think? Is this a project you would try?

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I thought this gorgeous pillow needed a friend so I whipped the other one up using my Cricut.

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Let me know what you think by commenting below and you love this project, share it with a friend!

This would be a fun and easy project for girl’s craft night!

Pin it so you have it for later!

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DIY Wood Shim Table

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Got another great DIY for you tonight! This is a cute little table makeover that I whipped up at about midnight on Friday… I’m a night owl.

I was joking with my inlaws on the weekend and I was telling them that I do all my best DIYs between the hours of 9pm and 2am — funny, right? But actually true.

Take a look at this wood shim table makeover and let me know what you think!

This is the table before 

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I got this old side table from my father in law which he gave to me so long ago I can’t even remember so I thought it was about time that I did something with it!

In fact, he even gave it to me before I discovered the amazing world of DIY.

I’ve wanted to do a wood shim table top for a while now and I thought this tiny table would be perfect to get me in the swing of things.

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I got this pack of shims at Home Depot for just a little over $4.00 and I didn’t even use half of them.

Before I attached the wood shims, I gave the table legs a fresh coat of paint. I used Lazy Linen from Country Chic Paint — one of my personal favs.

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Once the paint had dried, it was time to have a little fun with the wood shims.

I used Liquid Nails to attach them. This is got to be my new favorite thing! It’s so easy to use.

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I gave the liquid nails a couple hours to set and then I stained the table top with Minwax stain in Cherry.

And voila!

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Would you believe me if I told you I got those mirrors from the dollar store?

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That’s a Dollarama purchase! $3 a mirror and they look great! You just never know what you’re gonna find there.

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Same with the little glass jar — another great dollar store purchase!

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Let me know what you think of this DIY makeover by commenting below!

And if you love it, make sure you Pin it!!

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