reclaimed wood shelving : diy

TLB - Shelving DIY 4-1I had mentioned a few months ago that upon the completion of our new home, The Little Barn, we were still lacking any forms of shelving or cabinetry. In staying to the home’s rustic theme and our own passion for DIYs, my husband and I wanted to be the installers of the storage solutions. I also wanted to live there for a few weeks before we would determine what the shelves and cabinets would look like. That way, whatever we did eventually build would be the most fitting for our needs and the general feel of the house.

Due to the insistence of our contractor, he placed a broom closet just off of the kitchen. I was against it at first, and had wanted to use that space for something else. Yet, he didn’t back down, and so I thought that if he was that passionate about having one in our home, then he could put one in. Thank goodness he did! What was I thinking? Of course we needed one. Honestly, this turned out to be one decision that I’m glad I was wrong about. Well, that and our massive wrap-around deck. And our range hood. And ceiling fan.

TLB - Shelving DIY 3That being said, we now had this beautiful little broom closet, but with no food pantry in site. The armoire that was originally going to hold all of our non-perishable items was quickly filled with our kitchenwares. I hadn’t realized that we had accumulated so much. For the next few weeks, we had considered every possible way that we could change our broom closet into a pantry. My first solution was to stack crates on top of one another. The end result looked cheap. Again, I left it for awhile, and was about to buy a stainless steel storage unit when I suddenly thought of evenly spaced reclaimed wood shelving. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? Probably because it seemed unsanitary. Hey, I’m all about form over function. (That’s not actually true, I think that both are equally important.)

With a good scrub down and regular dusting, I thought that it would be perfectly fitting. My handyman husband went to work, and in one afternoon, he had installed all of the shelves for me. I love that little closet more than anything now.

TLB - Shelving DIY 2Here’s what you need to make your own reclaimed wood shelving:

Reclaimed wood
Brackets (we chose our favourite plain brackets from Home Depot)
Screws
Level
Pencil
Drill
Stud finder

Steps:

1. Take measurements of the available space.

2. Measure and cut each wood board to those dimensions.

3. Hold up the wood to the approximate and appropriate place on the wall. Place the level on top, and mark off the bottom of the shelf once it is level. Remove the shelf.

4. Using the stud finder, find and mark the studs on the wall. Be sure to do so below the space where the shelf is to be hung. If the studs aren’t evenly placed, try to hit at least one with the bracket, and use drywall anchors for the other. 

5. Screw the brackets to the wall. Place the shelf on top and finish screwing the brackets to the shelf. (Keep in mind that depending on the size of the shelves, you may want to do these steps in a different order.)

6. Once the shelving is secure, you may start using it!

TLB - Shelving DIY 1I’m so pleased that we went about installing our own shelving this way. It’s simply fitting and functional for our space and needs.

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Emory

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make this : wood cellphone holder

Cellphone Holder DIY 5-1“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”

– Albert Einstein 

If you’re like me, or anyone else living in a First World country in the 21st century, you probably regard your cellphone as your lifeline. If you are like me, it’ll be the first thing that you grab in the morning while you are still rubbing the sleep out of your eyes, know exactly where it is at all times of the day, and practically kiss it goodnight before putting it to sleep. Are you nodding your head right about now? Good.

Even though we carry on as if our iPhones and Androids are the most important appendage on our body, we don’t always treat them with care. I personally drop my phone on the ground at least twice a day. I pick it up, assess the new scratch that I (more likely than not) have just acquired, dust it off, and stuff it back into whatever pocket is free. There’s a reason why cases, screen protectors, cloths, and cleaners are so popular. In general, we suck at being gentle with our electronics. This DIY can change that!

I had the idea for a Wood Cellphone Holder after I was constantly losing either my phone or charger all over my home. I then vowed to keep it in the most accessible room, in the kitchen, right beside the sink. You might be able to tell where this is going. After getting it wet on numerous occasions, I finally had a brilliant idea to make a stand that my husband and I could both use, and would look amazing.

After scrolling through Pinterest for what seemed like an eternity, I found a few cellphone holders that I thought would match our style perfectly. The decision to make a wood one came about when I had a feeling that I could impress my husband with some newly found carpentry skills. However, because I’m pretty much Canada’s worst handyman, I needed to simplify this craft, not only for you readers, but because power saws scare me to death. The result turned out to be better than I could have imagined.

Cellphone Holder DIY 3This is what you’ll need to make a Wood Cellphone Holder:

3 pieces of wood (2 small, 1 large)
Paintbrush
Wood glue
Stain
Ruler
Pencil
Cellphone

Steps:

1. Before you begin, ensure that all three pieces of wood are the same length, and two are the same width. I purchased my pieces of wood from Michaels, since they were inexpensive, made of pine, and cut to size.

2. Lay out each piece of wood, a ruler, and wood glue. Measure and mark 1” from the bottom of the largest piece of wood. This is where you will glue the first piece on. Do this on both sides.

Cellphone Holder DIY 23. Using the wood glue, take one of the smaller pieces of wood and apply glue to the entire bottom of that piece. Immediately attach it to one side of the bigger piece where you previously marked it. Let dry.

4. Once that side is dry, repeat step #3 to the other side of the board. Let dry.

5. Now you are ready to stain. I chose American Walnut Varathane, but any brand or colour will look amazing.

6. The last step is to place your cellphone on your new holder, and simply enjoy the results. I know that your phone will be thanking you.

Cellphone Holder DIY 7Cellphone Holder DIY 6<3

Emory

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make this: wood pallet dog bed

PalletDogBed5.jpgOne of my most popular DIY posts to date has to be a tutorial for a Burlap Dog Bed. Published almost eleven months ago to the day, this post continues to bring in dozens of visitors every week, from varying parts of the world. While I’m not sure if anyone has gone on to make a potato sack bed for their pet, I still consider the post a success based on stats alone.

I prefer not to talk incessantly about our animals, in fear that I will sound like a crazy lady who thinks that her fur babies are just the most special things to have ever walked the earth, but I do love them like mad. I also think that I love them the appropriate amount because I can definitely see their faults and know that they aren’t perfect. Far from it. However, if I have a few extra dollars or a few extra hours, my first thought is how can I spend it to make their lives better? See this Bicycle Trailer tutorial.

PalletDogBed12I have seen pallet dog beds on the internet before and I have always wanted one of my own. Well, for my dogs. I absolutely loved the look of them, and knew that they would fit in perfectly with our decor. About five months ago, I found someone online who claimed to make them for a ridiculously low price and who only lived about an hour away from us. After contacting her, we set up a future date and time to meet so that I could purchase one from her. Long story short, she completely fell off the face of the earth, deleting her photos, add, and even her email address. I think that it was a scam, since “her” photos were actually popular photos that can be found all over Pinterest. Thank goodness I didn’t pay her in advance!

Since that happened, I knew that our next pallet dog bed experience would be courtesy à la Kurysh. Do you what? The result was a success! I just know that yours will turn out perfectly as well. :-)))

PalletDogBed4Here is what you will need:

2 pallets
circular saw
drill
screws
tape measure
bar clamp

4 casters
stain
brushes
cushion

Steps:

PalletDogBed3The base.

1. Lay the first pallet down. Choose the one in the best shape. We’ll call it Pallet #1. Take its measurements, and decide what size you would like your bed to be. You may also do this before you start, either way will work!

2. Once you’ve decided on your measurements, you may need to cut Pallet #1. Try to salvage the excess wood if you decide to alter its size. 

PalletDogBed11The sides.

3. There are two ways that you can attach the sides to the bed. The first (a) is the easiest way. The second (b) is the way that we chose to make it.

(a) Measure the base length and width of Pallet #1. Using Pallet #2 and the saw, remove three of its boards. Now cut two of the boards to the width of the base, and one to the length of the base of Pallet #1. Once the sides are cut, using the drill and screws, attach them to Pallet #1 so that it looks as if the bed has a head board, side board, and foot board.  

PalletDogBed10(b) Measure the base length and width of Pallet #1. Using Pallet #2 and the saw, remove three of its boards. Now cut two of the boards to the width of the base, and one to the length of the base of Pallet #1. Remove also the four wood blocks that separate the top deckboard from the bottom deckboard on Pallet #2. You will need these to attach the sides to Pallet #1. Now screw the four blocks onto the four corners of Pallet #1. Once you have completed that, attach the sides by screwing them into the blocks.

PalletDogBed6The casters.

4. Turn the nearly completed Pallet #1 over. Mark a 2″ gap from the top and side of every corner. Screw one caster into each corner, just below the markings. Flip the pallet back over once they are secure.

PalletDogBed2Finishing touches.

5. Sanding the pallet is one of the most important steps in constructing a dog bed. There’s a good chance that these have been left outside to be at the mercy of all of the elements, bugs, dirt, and who knows what else? A light to moderate sanding will get rid of the pallet’s top layer of grime, while keeping the uniqueness of the stamps and other markings intact. 

PalletDogBed136. Once the bed has been sanded, stain it to your colour of choice. Or if you want to keep it natural looking, choose a clear coat of Varathane.

7. Depending on the size of the pallet, you may either be able to buy a fiber-filled dog bed that will fit the pallet dog bed perfectly, or you will have to buy a foam mattress and cut it to size. May I suggest covering the foam with burlap?

8. The last step is to grab your furry loved one and let them try out the bed for size! I already know that you will love it, so they are the last (and hardest) critics to please. Fingers and paws crossed!

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Emory

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