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Showing posts with label DIY Builds. Show all posts

12 Helpful Tips On How To Stencil A Wall

Does the thought of hanging wallpaper give you hives? If you answered yes, you're not alone. When we moved into this house every room had wallpaper or at least a wallpaper border - remember those? It took weeks to remove that dated mess and I vowed never would these walls see another roll of paper again. Don't get me wrong, I love a pretty papered wall, I just don't like hanging it. 

Then the master bedroom makeover happened...

...and one of those walls was screaming that it wanted to be bold and interesting and stand out.

So I did the next best thing and stenciled the wall.

12 Tips On How To Stencil A Wall

Being a dig right in before learning the how to's kind of gal, no surprise I ran into some snags. So today I'm sharing the mistakes and lessons I learned through trial and error.

Why? Because I want you, my fellow wallpaper avoiders, to try stenciling your walls as an alternative.

Stenciled Wall In Master Bedroom

And so it began...

Materials To Stencil A Wall


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A Simple DIY Potting Bench You Can Make In A Day

One warm and sunny morning while enjoying coffee on the deck I mentioned to Mr. Frugalista that I would love to have a potting bench in our back yard. Over our second coffee with pen and paper in hand, we came up with a plan. Deciding it was the perfect day for a DIY, we headed to Home Depot to pick up the materials and got to work building our Simple DIY Potting Bench.

A Simple DIY Potting Bench Graphic

I say it is a simple potting bench because it can be built in an afternoon.

Simple DIY Potting Bench

For those of you who have been following me for a few years, this potting bench may look somewhat familiar.

DIY Potting Bench Outdoor Bar

Now you're probably thinking, wait a minute there are a few things different between the top photo and the one above, and you'd be right.

We recently modified the design, added some new elements, and changed its function. We'll get into the meat and potatoes of how to build it near the bottom of the post but first, let me refresh your memory.

UPDATE: JUNE 2017

The first thing we did was turn it around to face into the yard.

Added a shelf

I found some metal brackets at the dollar store and so we took a pine fence board and added a shelf.

DIY Potting Bench Shelf

The wooden birdhouse on the shelf has since received a makeover...with napkins. You can catch that here at A Decoupaged Birdhouse.

Lowered the bottom shelf

We also lowered the bottom shelf on the potting bench to accommodate a watering can and large plant pots.

DIY Potting Bench Lower Shelf

Added some decorative hooks

I also found some fun metal garden hooks at the dollar store for hanging my garden tools.
DIY Potting Bench Decorative Garden Tool Hook

Turned candleholders into solar lights

I moved the metal candle sconces onto each side of the potting bench. They were originally purchased at HomeSense (Canadian version of HomeGoods) for a song because one was brown and the other black and so I unified them with black spray paint. It looks like they could use another fresh coat of paint, which has been added to my To Do List.

Recently I replaced the candles with solar lights that I got at the dollar store. All I did was detach the light kit from the stem and shorten it with a miter saw. The stem was attached to the base of the candleholder with E6000 glue.

DIY Potting Bench Replacing Candle with Solar Light

Once the glue was cured I reattached the light kit, put the glass back onto the candleholder and voila, the potting bench is lit up automatically every night.

DIY Potting Bench Candleholder with Solar Light

A brand new top

But the biggest change we made was replacing the plank top with wide pine fence boards stained with both Behr semi-transparent exterior stain in Natural Cedar and a wash of Dixie Belle Paint Company Voodoo Stain in the color Tobacco Road.

DIY Potting Bench Plank Top

A look at the old top

Let's take a trip down memory lane for a minute. Originally we built the bench to be both a Potting Bench and an Outdoor Bar. The top was built to accommodate a removable tray.

DIY Potting Bench Bar Opening

The idea was that I could fill the tray with soil and once the flowers were planted, I could place the pots on the tray and carry them to the flower beds.

DIY Potting Bench Tray

When having bonfires in the fire pit, the bench was used as an Outdoor Bar. We could simply remove the tray and pop our painted Coleman cooler into the opening.

DIY Potting Bench Bar with cooler insert

Great idea right?

In theory but neither the tray or the cooler held up very well and in hindsight, I wish we had recessed either a small stainless steel sink or large galvanized bucket.

We have since repurposed an old lattice tiered table into an Outdoor Portable Bar Cart that can be easily moved from our deck to the firepit. Hence the reason the bench's sole purpose now is that of a Potting Bench.

DIY Backyard Potting Bench

The frame of the potting bench is painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint in the color Antique Red with a wash of Tobacco Road stain.

DIY Medallions

I couldn't remove the medallions on the original design for the life of me (a testament to how strong E6000 glue is). So I kept them on but painted over them with the antique red paint color so they're more subtle.

If you're wondering how they were made, I pressed Sculpey Baking Clay into plastic candy molds. Once I got a good impression I popped them out of the molds and baked them in the oven on a foil lined cookie sheet at 275° for 15 minutes. Once cooled, I attached them onto the potting bench with E6000 glue.

DIY Potting Bench Medallions

DIY Sign

I made a sign from a scrap piece of wood when the bench was being used as a bar.
DIY Potting Bench Bar Sign

I recently gave it a makeover befitting a potting bench. I happened to have an old floral brooch in my stash that was perfect to glue onto the sign.

DIY Potting Bench Sign

The fun part was shopping for accessories for the new and improved potting bench, all of which I found at either the dollar store or Wal-Mart. I don't call myself The Interior Frugalista for nothing!

DIY Potting Bench Herb Garden

I'm much happier with the new look of the potting bench. My hope when planning this DIY for our backyard was that it would turn my black thumb green. Even the peas in the forefront of the photo below are hoping it's so.

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A Simple DIY Potting Bench
For those of you who may be interested in building this Simple DIY Potting Bench, please read on for detailed instructions.

A Simple DIY Potting Bench You Can Make In An Afternoon


Materials List

  • 2 x 4 lumber (10)
  • 1 x 1 lumber (3)
  • 6-foot Pine Fence Boards (4)
  • 7-foot Pine Fence Boards (4)
  • 4 x 8 Cedar Lattice (1 sheet)
  • 2-inch Galvanized Wood Screws
  • 1 1/4-inch Brad Nails
  • Behr semi-transparent exterior stain in Natural Cedar
  • Dixie Belle Paint Company VooDoo Stain in Tobacco Road
  • Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Antique Red
  • Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Spray Paint in Fossil 
  • Minwax Exterior Satin Polycrylic

Unfortunately, we were so engrossed in our project that I forgot to take pictures during the building process. If you are handy, you can probably get a good idea how it was built from the picture below.

DIY Potting Bench Bar

Hopefully, you will find my written tutorial below easy to follow. Refer to the photo above each subheading for reference.

Building the back frame

  1. Cut two 2 x 4's 5-feet long for your uprights.
  2. Attach a 6-foot 2 x 4 at the top of each upright using galvanized wood screws.
  3. 22-inches down from the top attach a second 6-foot 2 x 4 but turn it upright (like the ones pictured on the front).

Building the front frame and adding side supports

  1. Cut two 2 x 4's 3-feet long for your front uprights.
  2. Cut four pieces of 2 x 4 2-feet long.
  3. Attach each of them onto both the front and back uprights 6-inches from the bottom.
  4. Repeat 22-inches down from the top. These are your shelf supports (see update below).
  5. Attach two 6-foot long 2 x 4's onto the front supports making sure everything is square and level.

Adding the lattice

  1. Cut 4 pieces of 1 x 1 lumber 6-feet long.
  2. Cut 4 pieces of 1 x 1 lumber 21-inches long.
  3. On the back of the top 2 x 4's nail a piece of 6-foot 1 x 1 onto the top and bottom of the frame.
  4. Repeat with the 21-inch pieces on each side. This will hold the lattice in place.
  5. Cut the 8' x 4' sheet of cedar lattice into 6' x 2' .
  6. Spray paint the lattice with Rust-oleum spray paint in the color fossil, a moss green or the color of your choosing.
  7. Double up the lattice for both strength and in our case, to hide the unsightly wood pile behind the bench. 
  8. Attach the lattice to the 1 x 1 frame using brad nails.
  9. Repeat steps 3 & 4 onto the front. This will sandwich the lattice between the 1x1 frames.
DIY Potting Bench Lattice


Adding a bottom shelf

  1. Rip four 6-foot pine fence boards in half with the table saw for narrow slats on the bottom shelf. If you prefer wider slats then skip this step.
  2. Attach them to the bottom frame with 2-inch galvanized wood screws. 
DIY Potting Bench Bottom Shelf

Building the top

I'm giving you both options to build the top...

Option 1 - Wide Plank Top 

  1. Cut 4 7-foot pine fence boards 75-inches long.
  2. Screwed from the top onto the bottom supports.
  3. Space the boards evenly with a gap between each board. We used a paint stir stick.

Option 2 - Narrow Plank Top With Opening

  1. Rip four 7-foot pine fence boards in half on the table saw. 
  2. Cut them into 75-inch lengths.
  3. Attach them to the frame with 2-inch galvanized wood screws.
  4. Draw the outline of the vessel you plan on using for soil and/or ice onto the board with a pencil.
  5. Cut out the opening with a jigsaw.
  6. Add supports underneath the boards on each side of the opening. Screw them in place from the bottom or top with 2-inch galvanized wood screws.
So there you have it, a simple rustic DIY Potting Bench that you can make in an afternoon.

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How To Easily DIY A Rustic Farmhouse Tray

It is time for another Power Tool Challenge and the members of the team have been assigned the task of building a tray. Who couldn't use a tray, right?

If you spend any time on Pinterest you've probably noticed the popularity of Wooden Word Art Farmhouse Signs. I've been wanting to build one for the longest time and when I heard about this month's theme, I decided to spin mine into a Rustic Word Art Farmhouse Tray with a copper twist.

Rustic Word Art Farmhouse Tray
These are the materials I used to make mine...
DIY Rustic Farmhouse Tray Supplies
Affiliate links have been included in this post so you can see what products I used or recommend to build this project. There are no additional costs to you if you make a purchase and I will receive a small percentage to support my blogging wardrobe with a fresh new set of pajamas (don't judge). See my full disclosure policy.

Materials List

White Melamine Particle Board
Pine 1 x 2 Lumber
Wood Construction Glue
2 Copper Drawer Pulls
Bar Keepers Friend
Metallic Bronze Sharpie Marker
Fusion Mineral Paint Picket Fence
Minwax Wood Finish Stain Dark Walnut
Dixie Belle Paint Company Gator Hide Poly
Countersink Bore Drill Bit
3/4-inch Drill Bit
Laser Printer
Graphite Paper
1 1/2-inch Brad Nails
Wood Handle Awl

Tool List

Table saw
Miter saw
Power drill
Pneumatic nail gun and compressor

Cut Wood Sizes

Wood Pieces Cut For DIY Farmhouse Tray
The white melamine particle board top was cut with a table saw. If you don't have a table saw, most home improvement stores will cut a sheet to your size preference.

The 10-inch pine 1 x 2 boards are for the end rails of the tray and the hardware will be mounted on them. The 16 ½-inch pine 1 x 2 boards are for the side rails. Both were cut using a miter saw and the tray will be assembled with a simple butt joint.

How To DIY A Rustic Farmhouse Tray


DIY Farmhouse Tray with A Copper Twist

Cleaning copper drawer pulls

Notice how shiny the copper drawer pulls are in the photo above? In the photo below you can see how dirty they were from years of grime. Nasty but the price was right. They were included in a Lot of assorted hardware at a local auction. 

I looked high and low for Bar Keepers Friend to clean them and when I couldn't find any at Canadian retailers I soaked them in vinegar (lemon juice and borax will also work) overnight and scrubbed them with a general purpose scouring pad, being careful not to scratch the metal.

Tarnished Copper Pulls for DIY Farmhouse Tray

Chalk paint tray top

To get a smooth finish and avoid brush strokes, I rolled the Picket Fence color mineral paint over the top with a foam roller.
Rolling Chalk Paint On DIY Farmhouse Tray

Image Transfer onto tray

I created the word art in PicMonkey for the top of the tray and printed it on legal size bond paper. To transfer the graphic onto the painted tray top, I centered the paper and secured it with painter's tape. Next, I slipped a piece of graphite paper underneath and traced over each letter with a pen.
Graphite Paper Image Transfer On DIY Farmhouse Tray
To get a unwatermarked copy of the graphic to use for non-commercial use, press the image below.

I went over the transferred graphic with a Metallic Bronze Sharpie Pen to get the look of copper to match the drawer pulls.
Metallic Copper Word Art Ink on DIY Farmhouse Tray

Waterproof Protection

I waited several hours to be sure the ink was completely dry before applying two coats of poly called Gator Hide by Dixie Belle Paint Company. Considering liquids may be spilled on the tray, I wanted waterproof protection over top the melamine.
Waterproof Poly Protection on DIY Farmhouse Tray

Staining the side rails

To make it easier, I stained the wood tray rails before assembly. I love dark walnut stain for a rustic farmhouse look. I applied just one coat with a lint-free rag.
Dark Walnut Stain on rails of Rustic Farmhouse Tray

Pre-drilling holes for hardware

It's important that the hardware is mounted on the side rails before assembly because part of the screws will be concealed beneath the melamine base (see photo after the one below). 

Tip for marking screw holes for handles

  • Cut a piece of painter's tape the same length as the 10-inch pine board.
  • Mark the center both horizontally and vertically with an +.
  • Center the drawer pull over the mark on the tape.
  • Press firmly onto the tape to make an imprint of the posts on the hardware.
  • Use a square or measuring tape to ensure the imprints are straight on the board (we don't want crooked handles).
  • With an Awl, pierce a hole in the center of each mark.

Drill holes using a drill bit around the same size as the screws for the drawer pulls.    
Countersinking holes for handles on DIY Farmhouse Tray
Using a countersink bit (as pictured above), countersink the holes so the heads of the screws do not interfere with the base of the tray (as seen below).
Drawer Pull Handles mounted on Rustic Farmhouse Tray

Assembling the tray

Starting with the handle rails, run a bead of construction glue along the edge of the tray base then using a pneumatic nail gun and 1 ½-inch nails, attach them to the base. Caution: make sure you hit the nail in the center of the base otherwise you'll have nails sticking up over the top or bottom of the tray.

Next butt the joints together for the sides and attach them to the base as above. Nail the corners at the top (as seen below). I didn't try to conceal the nails with filler because I think they add to the rustic charm of the tray.
DIY Rustic Farmhouse Tray assembled with pneumatic nail gun
I love how I have the look of a Farmhouse Word Art Sign in the form of a Rustic Farmhouse Coffee Tray.
DIY Rustic Farmhouse Tray

How To Easily Build A Rustic Wooden Word Art Farmhouse Tray

Before I send you off to see the trays my friends on the Power Tool Challenge Team made, here is a recap of other rustic projects I made for previous challenges. Like this Coffee Mug Holder I made for my daughter's kitchen. I also made a Pallet Wall Art trio for my grandson's nursery. One of my favorite projects was using antique chair spindles to build four DIY Wooden Garden Caddies with French Graphics.

Power Tool Challenge Team Projects

Power Tool Challenge Team DIY Tray Tutorials
PRESS THE LINKS BELOW OR 8 MORE DIY TRAY IDEAS

Designed D├ęcor - DIY Serving Tray 
Virginia Sweet Pea - DIY Farmhouse Style Tray 
My Repurposed Life - DIY Tray Using Metal Tiles 
My Love 2 Create - DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray 
Create And Babble - DIY Wooden Quilt Square Tray 
The Kim Six Fix - Easy Hexagonal Tray 
Domestically Speaking - DIY Coastal Tray 

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Rustic Marquee Bar Sign (Red To Galvanized With Paint)

Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2017 is off to a good start! Today I'm sharing another Christmas gift that I made. This one was for my son and his fiance's home. A few months ago they added a feature wall in their dining room using Stikwood Reclaimed Weathered Wood Boards. Shortly thereafter my son built a custom bar with built-in wine fridge on the wall. When I heard they were looking for a rustic industrial bar sign to complete the ensemble, a light bulb went off in my head.

I hadn't bought their Christmas gift yet and as I've mentioned before, I love to give handmade gifts so DIYing a Rustic Marquee Bar Sign fit the bill perfectly.

My son is still putting the finishing touches on the bar like building glass front doors for the top and a drawer on the base above the wine rack. I'll update this photo when he's all finished but don't you just love how the sign looks against the Stikwood wall?

DIY Rustic Marquee Bar Sign

Here is a close-up of the sign after I finished making it and photographed on top a dining table I'm currently working on.

Rustic DIY Marquee Bar Sign

Would you believe the marquee letters used to be red?

Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters Before

I looked all over for galvanized marquee letters but they were too large. I found these ones that were the perfect size and had a curvier style that I liked, but they were RED.

I love a challenge and so I got busy changing them to an industrial galvanized patina.

How To Make A Rustic Wood Marquee Bar Sign 



I played paint brand hopscotch on this one. To make this sign, I used products from all my favorite paint brands.

DIY Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Materials

Materials List

  • 2 Pine 8-foot 1" x 4" boards
  • 1 Pine 5-foot 1" x 2" board
  • Wood Glue or Construction Adhesive
  • D-picture hanger hooks
  • Straight edge
  • 1-inch Wood Screws
  • 11" metal B A R marquee letters
  • Modern Masters Silver Semi-Opaque Matte Metallic Paint
  • Country Chic Chalk Paint in the color Rocky Mountain 
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Provence
  • Dixie Belle Paint Company Mineral Chalk Paint in the color Fluff 
  • Dixie Belle Paint Company Gel Stain in the color Tobacco Road

How To Give Red Marquee Letters A Faux Galvanized Patina Using Layers Of Paint


Protecting the light sockets before painting

Prepping Marquee Letters before applying paint

I split cotton balls in three, rolled them tightly and inserted into the light sockets with tweezers (make sure the batteries have been removed).

First Silver Metallic Paint Layer

First layer of paint on Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters

I applied the first layer of matte Silver Metallic paint with a brush. It took two coats to remove most of the original red finish.

Second White Paint Layer

Second layer of paint on Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters

Using a small round tip stencil brush, I dabbed and rubbed random strokes of Fluff (a white with gray undertones) chalk paint. You can see in the photo above that I also carefully painted the switch on the side too.

Third Dark Gray Paint Layer

Third layer of paint on Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters

Again, using the same round tip stencil brush and dab, rub, random stroke paint technique, I applied Rocky Mountain (a charcoal) paint color.

Fourth Teal Paint Layer

Fourth layer of paint on Rustic Marquee Bar Sign Letters

It's hard to see in the photo above but I brushed random strokes of Provence (teal color) chalk paint using small chisel paint brushes. I hit the brush along the edges of the letters as well.

I added a hint of teal to match other elements in both their dining room and adjoining living room. You may remember last year the makeover I gave their MCM Tables With Faux Tin Tops. I also turned a 70's Coffee Table Into An Upholstered Bench for their entry.


Building The Rustic Wooden Marquee Sign


Assembling the Sign

Assembling Rustic Wooden Marquee Bar Sign

Our sign measures 42" wide x 14" high
  • Cut four 1" x 4" pine boards 42-inches long using a miter saw.
  • Lay them side by side and clamp in place.
  • Cut a pine 1" x 2" board into three pieces 12-inches long (these will be the uprights).
  • Measure 10-inches from the top of the sign and mark on each side with a pencil.
  • Apply construction adhesive or wood glue onto the back of one of the 12-inch boards.
  • Lay it across at the marks you made and attach the upright using a brad nailer. Make sure to hit each board with two nails (as pictured above).
  • Repeat these steps on the other end of the sign, also at 10-inches from the bottom.
  • Measure the distance between the two uprights and mark the center.
  • Attach the third upright with the brad nailer (as pictured above).


Cutting the Arrow Point of the sign

  • Decide which side the point will face (ours faces right).
  • Measure across the boards and mark the center.
  • Measure 9-inches down and mark each side with a pencil.
  • Using a straight edge, draw a line from the 9-inch mark to the center mark.
  • Repeat on the opposite side and you have your point.
  • Using a jigsaw, cut the point.
  • Sand the rough edges with a mouse sander.


Cutting the Feather End of the sign

  • Measure 9-inches from the end of the boards and mark with a pencil.
  • At the 9-inch marks on each side, measure across the boards and find the center.
  • Using a straight edge, draw a line from the center mark to the end of the boards on one side.
  • Repeat the step above on the opposite side and you have your inverted feather end.
  • Using a jigsaw, cut the inverted point.
  • Sand the rough edges with a mouse sander.

Staining the Wooden Sign

Staining the Rustic Wooden Marquee Bar Sign

I applied two coats of gel stain in the color Tobacco Road with an inexpensive chip brush and wiped the excess with a lint-free rag. 

Whitewashing the Wooden Sign

Whitewashing the Wooden Rustic Marquee Bar Sign

First I dipped just the tips of my paint brush in water to dampen the bristles. Then I dipped the tips into white chalk paint in the color Fluff and with long and random brush strokes gave the stained boards a wash of white.

Adding the Marquee Letters to the Wooden Arrow Sign

Mounting Marquee Letters to Rustic Wooden Bar Sign

Mark the center of the sign both vertically and horizontally and lay the middle letter (A) on top, marking where the hanger on the back of the letter rests on the board. Screw a 1-inch wood screw into the mark and hang the letter onto the board. 

For the B and R marquee letters, other than measuring each letter from the top and bottom of the boards, we pretty much eyeballed the placement.

Mounting Marquee Letters to Rustic Wooden Bar Sign

The last step is adding D-Ring picture hanging hooks on each end of the top upright and you're done.

If you like my Rustic Wood Marquee Bar Sign with Faux Galvanized Letters, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.


Rustic Wood Marquee Bar Sign With Faux Galvanized Letters

I can't wait to see this sign hanging on my son and soon to be daughter-in-law's rustic Stikwood wall.

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