Scrap Wood Challenge: A Scrappy Grape Arbor

Hi, all! It’s been a minute. We have taken a few weeks off blogging and social media influencing to figure out our crazy new lives and schedules amongst the covid crisis. We have missed you all dearly but we are glad to be back online.

As you know, my husband wanted me to get rid of the scrap wood pile in the garage. I told him you can’t just get rid of perfectly good wood…you must build something cool with it.

Enter my grape arbor. We knew we wanted to plant grapes next year, but I didn’t want a traditional low grape arbor. I wanted a tall arbor!

First, I dug holes and sunk four 4×4 posts. I then attached the posts with two 1×6 boards on each side (front, back and sides).

I then cut shorter pieces, just a little longer than the width of the sides. I attached them parallel on each side.

Then, I cut pieces for the top and cut them slightly wider than the top of the arbor.

I kept adding slats until I had it finished.

And I cannot wait until we have actual grapes growing from this thing!! Stay tuned!!

Repurpose and Remodel: Restoring a Handmade Porch Swing

My grandfather was an excellent carpenter. He and his brother built me many neat things over the years but my favorite is this porch swing.

It’s handmade, solid wood and heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that in the 15 years since he built it for me, I’ve never had a place to hang it. It’s been in my mother’s basement for years.

As you can imagine, 15 years in a damp basement takes its toll. We had several rotten slats and a rusted chain. We were blessed the frame was still in good shape .

I promptly ordered the things I thought we would need and I got to work replacing the slats that were rotten or warped. I toyed with replacing all the slats but since some were in great shape, I decided against it.

I then gave the whole swing a good sanding with my orbital sander and removed the rusty chain.

I then put two coats of primer and one coat of paint on the swing and replaced the chain with a new one.

My mom got me this arbor for my birthday so I could hang the swing. It’s very pretty and very sturdy. And we know the song isn’t hanging straight- the arbor isn’t exactly level yet. We haven’t anchored the arbor yet because we are waiting to put down some pea gravel to deal with the mud. We also want to cut those bushes but there are birds nesting in them, so we want to wait until they leave.

I’m so excited to have this swing at my house- finally! I miss my grandpa so much so I am happy to be able to have this gift he personally made for me. It looks so pretty hanging from the arbor. It brightens up our yard quite well!!

I can’t wait to finish this area so I can show it to you!!

Five Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and while most of the country is still under quarantine, store trips (and spending money) are not plentiful.

Most of us would agree that the best gifts in life come from the heart and the hand. I would much rather my kiddos make me something than buy me something anyway. My mom and grandmothers would agree. Here are five easy and cute DIYs your mom will love.

1. Back Glue Heart Art

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I’m a big fan of DIY gifts you can keep. How cute are these framed hearts?

2. Picture tile coasters

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These picture tile coasters are cute, easy to make, and inexpensive to create. Your mom will think of you everytime she uses these coasters.

3. DIY Photo Cube

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This DIY photo cube will look cute on your mom’s desk or even on a shelf, or a coffee table. You could even add a hanger to it and use it as a Christmas ornament.

4. DIY Wood Trays

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Get a wood plank, stain or paint it, and add some drawer pulls. Instant wood tray! Your mom will use it often!

5. Sharpie mugs

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There are so many Sharpie mug tutorials on Pinterest you can check out. I personally love this one as most of my family lives in another state. Your mom will smile everytime she drinks her coffee or tea in your DIY mug.

I hope you love our Mother’s Day gift ideas! Stay safe and have a wonderful week. We will see you again on Thursday.

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!