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.

5 ways to reduce chaos and get more organized

Do you often feel like your finances, schedule and even your thoughts are out of control? Does the clutter and chaos in your home give you stress and anxiety when what you really want is joy, peace and rest? Do you feel like your family’s health and well-being are suffering due to a lack of organization?

I can totally relate. For many years, I tried without success to keep myself organized. I’d do well for awhile then “fall off the wagon.” Things would pile up and my schedule, home and life would spiral out of control again.

I had trouble keeping track of stuff, trouble getting projects done on time, and trouble keeping anything neat for very long. I’d vow to do better next time. I’d embark on one epic cleaning and organizing binge after another, and the cycle of struggling would continue.

It wasn’t until I was injured by the clutter in my own home – yes, I was physically injured by my own mess – that I was ready to do whatever it took to get organized for real.

I started to get serious about finding organizing solutions that really worked for chronically messy and busy moms like me.

I discovered that if I regularly practiced a few basic strategies in five key areas of organization, everything else in my life seemed to fall into relatively good order. I began to experience lasting joy and peace and I even started noticing that my home seemed more comfortable and my family was happier, too.

I shared my tips with friends and family members and they encouraged me to write a book about them. So in an effort to help others like me keep their crazy busy lives organized, I wrote the electronic book, “Organized for Real: How to Conquer Life’s Top 5 Chaos Hotspots.”

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This super-affordable e-book is jam-packed with 76 pages of helpful (and practical) information about how to organize your mind, your schedule, your food, your finances and your home. And it is available for purchase now! I am so excited about this e-book because I truly believe it will be life-changing for many of you. The principles in this book have rocked my world!

To find out more details about the book, check out the brief video below:

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