From scrap wood to laundry room sign

After all the garage organization that’s been going on around here, I have been long overdue to take a break and get my craft on. The driftwood candle holder I built last week didn’t quite cure the itch, so I tackled another quick project I wanted to share with you today.

About two years ago (probably more), I bought an adhesive vinyl sign for our laundry room. It was just a few bucks on eBay. I never put it up because I didn’t like the idea of just slapping it on the wall. I wanted it framed by or mounted on something. But what?

Well last week, while puttering around the garage, I stumbled upon the perfect solution.

Reclaimed-wood

This board used to serve as a shelf on one side of the garage. But I have other plans for that wall (coming soon), so it was fair game for this project.

I feel about raw boards the same way a painter must feel about a blank canvas … so many amazing possibilities. ;)

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I started by positioning the vinyl sign on the wood to see where I would need to trim it. Luckily, the width was perfect. I only needed to cut a bit off of one end of the board, which I did using my miter saw.

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Next I went to town on the board with my orbital sander. I rounded the edges, too.

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I applied my driftwood recipe to the piece to bring out the grain and give it an aged look.

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To complete the driftwood finish, I added a coat of liming wax, buffing it to a soft sheen.

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After that dried, I basically just lined up the vinyl on the wood and carefully peeled off the backing.

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It turned out nearly perfect, which is extremely rare with any project I am involved in. ;)

I added two small screws and some wire to make it hang-able. Of course, you could go all fancy and use saw-tooth hangers or Command™ strips. I didn’t have either of those handy so …

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Here’s the final result:

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What do you think of my on-the-fly, DIY laundry room sign?

DIY driftwood candle holder (plus a giveaway winner)

I hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous fall so far. I love this season because it seems to invoke in me a feeling of renewed purpose and of seeing things afresh.

Speaking of looking at things in a new way, this week I rescued an old stump out of the woods in our backyard with the hopes of making it into an art piece.

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I started by power-washing the heck out of it to remove any dirt, bugs and loose pieces.

After it dried thoroughly, I brushed a coat of liming wax over the whole thing to create the driftwood finish that’s so popular right now.

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I tried really hard to get the wax into all the cracks and crevices. This is not a job for your best paintbrush, by the way. I would recommend using a throwaway craft brush because the bristles will be destroyed by the time you’re done.

I used a rag to buff the wood until all excess wax was removed.

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After that dried, I sealed the wood with a coat of Varathane® Triple Thick Polyurethane (gloss finish). One coat of this stuff is typically all you need, and it dries really fast.

Varathane-on-driftwoodI added the gloss poly because I felt it gave the piece more of a “high-end-art-gallery” look and less of a “found-in-the-woods” look. ;)

Then I drilled three holes in the wood to fit three glass votive candle holders. Ideally, you would want to drill all the holes before you wax and poly, but I had to wait for the hubs to get home with the 2-inch Forstner drill bit I needed. I’m not very good at waiting. ;)

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After that, I waxed and poly-ed the holes, let everything dry, and added flickering LED votive candles I had on hand (purchased at Target, I think).

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I’m sure regular votive candles would work well, too. Just be sure to place them in glass holders and keep the flame and hot wax away from the wood.

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I currently have this piece sitting on top of our TV console. I’m thinking I may use it for an upcoming fall tablescape centerpiece, though.

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What do you think of my thrifty, DIY driftwood candle holder?

Before I go, let me congratulate Alina, who is the winner of the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer! Thanks to all who entered the giveaway and to HomeRight for providing this awesome tool to Alina.

DIY burlap wreath for the garage entrance

I am officially reporting in that I have – so far – survived The Great Garage Disaster. Last week, I was able to get everything cleaned up on one side; paint the walls and the ceiling; and even sneak in a fun, little craft project, which I’m sharing with you today.

Sometimes you’ve just got to get your craft on to keep your sanity, right?

If you recall, the door from our garage into the house has a vinyl sign on it that reads, “Welcome Home.” However, the piles of junk we previously had to wade through to get to the door were, uh, maybe not so welcoming.

So after I cleared out the junk, painted the walls and scrubbed down the door, I was ready to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the door to truly give it that welcoming feel.

I started with a foam wreath form.

Wreath-form

I wrapped the whole thing in burlap and secured the end with spray adhesive.

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To embellish this Plain Jane burlap wreath, I created little rosettes, which I free-form cut out of felt pieces and fabric scraps.

Cutting-out-rosettes

I stacked the felt/fabric pieces on top of each other, with the largest cutouts in back and the smallest in front. I secured all the pieces together by stitching a button in the middle.

DIY-wreath-sewing-rosettesI made eight different rosettes in various sizes and colors to complement the color scheme I’m going for in the garage. Some of the rosettes I cut with regular scissors; others I cut using pinking shears.

After the rosettes were put together, I attached them to the wreath with spray adhesive.

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Finally, to personalize my wreath, I spray-painted a “P” silver and used velcro with adhesive backing to attach it to the wreath. (I bought the wreath, burlap, felt and letter from Walmart. All other supplies I had on hand.)

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Done!

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Who says you can’t get crafty in an industrial space? ;)

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This project took me a total of one hour to complete and cost about $15 in supplies.

Have you done anything special to create a welcoming entrance to your home?