Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How to Build an Inexpensive Chevron Coffee Table

It all started with a pallet. Two pallets actually and some scrap wood. I didn't even take it apart, I simply used the jig saw to cut off the pieces I needed. I discovered after measuring that I could just cut them off because my table was going to be 2 feet wide and each piece was just about 14 inches after cutting.

Next, I cut the inside of each piece at a 30 degree angle with the miter saw and layed out my pattern.

After that I got a cheap ($9) piece of plywood that measured 2 feet wide by 4 feet long. Then I cut the outside end of the pallet wood at a 30 degree angle. I went from left to right while cutting. It would have been easier to go straight down but I wanted to make sure each piece fit snuggly. Then I labeled the back of them with sharpie so as not to forget their position. 

Next, I painted the plywood black just in case any bit of it could be seen between the cracks.

While my paint dried I sanded the pallet pieces. Be sure to do this away from your paint so you don't get sawdust in your drying paint.

Next, I painted/stained select pieces of pallet wood. I sanded some after painting for a more rustic appeal. 

After the paint dried I glued each piece down. Next, I got some strips of corner wood. I have no idea what this is actually called but the wood looks like it has been folded in half, and after cutting to length I glued those into place.

While gluing the border I stained the entire table the final color.

We built the base out of 2X2's. The table is 2 feet wide by 4 feet long by 17 inches high. And I painted it black to make it more aluminum looking. We screwed them together using a kregjig.

Next, we attached the top with some wooden dowels and wood glue. Simply drill a hole the size of the dowel on the table base and on the table top. Insert the dowel, add glue, put together, and clamp!

After 24 hours of drying I added four coats of polycoat to the table. We talked about adding epoxy to the table top because the wood is uneven. But we decided that we really liked the look of the natural wood and to live with it for a while to see how bad the unevenness bugs us. 

I am super excited by how it turned out! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mother of Pearl Thrift Mirror

So last week I wrote about my new Pier One Mother of Pearl Mirror. Well, the day after posting the blog post I came accross this little copy cat mirror at the thrift store.

The mirror is not big at all, but it is well made. I'm sure it cost the original owner much more than the $4 I paid for it. The vase that had been sitting on my toilet for months and months broke recently, so coincidently this mirror was the perfect size to take it's place. 

The fish are from my great grandmother's house, she had them in her bathroom. When she passed my grandmother hung them in her bathroom and now they're in mine.

I think their so fun! 

The ceramic fish vase was antoher thrift store find for just a few bucks. I'm actually not sure if it's a tea pot or a vase, but it's cute. And the rope vase with the orchid is handmade from our wedding. Just wanted to share my fun little thrifty find with you, what an awesome stroke of luck!!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Pier One Mother of Pearl Floor Mirror

I have been stalking this mirror for a while now. I have been wanting a floor mirror in this spot pretty much since we've moved in. Lots of people have the brownish one from Ikea that mimicks the Z Gallery mirror and I was going to go that route too, until I spotted this beauty at Pier One.

I love mother of pearl and I love that the lightness of this mirror contrasts with the darkness of the rest of the furniture. The best part is I stalked this mirror for so long I ended up getting it on sale!!!

The mirror was $300!!! Yes, that's right $300! I don't know about you but I just couldn't justify spending that much money on a mirror, that I don't even really need. Okay, I don't NEED it at all, I just really wanted it. But still that's a lot of money for one mirror. So I waited and I waited and I waited...And finally the day after christmas it went on sale. Plus, I had a coupon. So half the price later I got the mirror of my dreams!

I guess some stalking is worth it after all!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

How to Sentimentally Decorate for Valentine's Day

I don't put up much decor for Valentine's day but I still think it's fun to add a little something. I decorated our mantle with sentimental items, except for the added heart garland which I found at the 99cent store.

This monkey is from mine and Nick's first v-day together. 
And the candle sticks were a wedding gift from my cousin, aren't they beautiful? I love them!

The nautical knot was used as a center piece at our wedding (tutorial here). 
The driftwood heart I made last year with the hubby right before Valentine's Day (tutorial here). 
And the pink heart the boys made for me for Mother's Day.

I used our Wedding pictures for the frames on the mantel.