Scrap Wood Challenge: Finishing the Adirondack Chairs and Tables

This page is not a building plan, or even a tutorial. Think of it as more like an “update.” Remember these chairs?

And do you remember these tables?

Technically only two of our chairs are scrap wood builds, as we actually purchased the lumber to build the other two. The tables are scrap wood builds as well.

I always knew once these chairs and tables were finished, I wanted to paint them a bright color. Since we have a gray house with black shutters, I envisioned a bright red or a navy blue. But before I painted them, I filled in the holes with wood filler, sanded the chairs with 40 grit sandpaper and an orbital sander, and I put two coats of primer.

I learned something while painting these chairs: if you’re painting something that is raw wood and has never been painted or stained, you will need to use a good primer first. I applied two coats of primer to my chairs and tables prior to painting them. You also only need about 45 minutes drying time between both coats.

I let the two coats of primer dry for about 24 hours, and then I applied the red. I just love this color. It’s Benjamin Moore outdoor paint and it’s called “million dollar red.”

I ended up applying two coats to each piece of furniture, and allowing 24 hours drying time between the coats.

Our cute little firepit area is far from finished, but I can’t help but love the way these tables and chairs turned out. The coolest thing is about the whole area is that we built the furniture ourselves. I can’t wait to show you the finished patio. Stay tuned!

Top Five Tools Every Home Owner Needs

Maybe you are into DIY and Home Improvement, and you already have quite the collection of tools at your disposal. Maybe you are just starting out and you don’t have many tools, but you’re living in your own home now. What sort of tools might you need for home ownership?

1. A Tape Measure

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Tape measures are indispensable when you’re a homeowner. You never know what you’ll need to measure. I’ve used mine to plan projects, decide how big a new couch should be, and measure how big your curtains should be. You will use your tape measure countless times.

2. A Hammer

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You will use your hammer to hang pictures and art work, assemble small pieces of furniture and who knows what else. Every tool box needs a hammer, and you will use yours many times.

3. Screwdriver

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Screwdrivers are great for changing out switchplate covers, putting small furniture items together, installing screws to hang heavy items, and many more things. I highly recommend getting a pack of several screwdrivers in different sizes.

3. Pliers

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Pliers are often used to hold on to small objects, as well as to pick things up. You can also use them to bend and manipulate metal. I also recommend buying a set with several different sizes of pliers.

4. Level

Levels are so useful when you are hanging things or putting something together. You can get large levels and small levels.

5. A power drill

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A power drill is the best thing ever! You can quickly put things together, drill holes with ease, and remove screws. I have used my drill countless times since I’ve bought it, and it is the one thing that I always recommend someone buy when they move into their own place. I definitely couldn’t live without mine.

What are your recommended tools for homeownership? Is there anything in your tool box you just can’t live without? Comment below and share it!

Scrap Wood Challenge: Adirondack tables

This week we are once again sharing a scrap Wood challenge, but as my husband pointed out, is it really a challenge to build something from an Ana White plan? After all, she makes it so easy.

And what is a group of Adirondack chairs without a side table? I truly did challenge myself with this one, as I did not use any kind of plan. I simply figured out how big I wanted the table and went from there. I didn’t really think I’d need a plan, as a table really isn’t hard to build.

You will need:

4 2×4’s cut to 15 inches (45 degree angle on each side)

5 1×4’s cut at 17 inches

4 2×2’s at 18 inches

2” wood screws

1. I began by cutting my 2x4s to 15 inches at 45 degrees on each end.

You will want your cuts to be in the opposite direction.

2. Make a “picture frame.”

Then, drive your screws at an angle to join the edges.

2. Flip it over and attach the slats at 1/4 inch apart.

A little imperfection is ok.

3. Flip it back over and attach the four table legs.

Almost done!

4. Flip your table over

You have just built a table!!

And now you can sand or paint it any way you like!! Hope you enjoyed!

NEW YOUTUBE CONTENT!!

Hey, all! I have a brand new scrapwood challenge coming tomorrow for you, but first: I finally got around to posting some new content on our YouTube Channel. I’m going to try to share a video once a week. Some will be blog related and some will be just for funzies. Either way, check us out and give us a shout!

  1. Corona CAN’T TOUCH THIS – A video where my oldest daughter gets a bit silly. SANITIZE AND WASH YOUR HANDS!

2. SCRAP WOOD CHALLENGE: ADIRONDACK CHAIRS

THANKS FOR WATCHING!! And if you follow us, I promise to follow you back 🙂 Have a great day!

5 Spring Wreaths You Can Make Yourself

I love having a pretty wreath on my door. Sometimes I buy wreaths from a friend at church who makes beautiful wreaths, but sometimes when I have a little more time, I make simple wreaths myself. I am going to share a few of my own creations but also a few from around the Internet. Enjoy!!

1. Simple hydrangea wreath

I made this one a few years ago from an oval wreath and some very realistic hydrangeas.

View the directions here

2. Painted letter wreath

You know how much I love monograms!! I made this one entirely from materials I had on hand.

View the directions here

3. Simple tulip wreath from Chatfield Court

This cute little wreath would look great on your front door! You could make it fairly cheaply as well.

Source: Chatfield Court

4. DIY Eucalyptus Wreath from Bitterroot DIY

This wreath is simple and beautiful! I love it and I love the colors.

Source: Bitterroot DIY

5. Hula hoop wreath by Living Letter Home

I’ve never made a giant wreath before, much less one from a hula hoop. But this blog post makes me want to try.

Source: Living Letter Home

What beautiful spring wreath have you made recently?