Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Paint a Pillow from Cutting Edge Review

So fall is finally here and I couldn't be happier! Hot mugs of coffee, flannel shirts, boots, pumpkin patches, football, leaves turning, volleyball state championships (three peat here we come), and of course new decor.

This year I got two great pillows for the couch from Cutting Edge Stencils.  The best part is they are custom because you get to paint them! No two pillows will be exactly the same, not to mention because you're using a stencil means you can make more or re-use them for a variety of projects. 

So let me show you how I got these two great fall pillows.

I ordered the pumpkin DIY accent pillow stencil kit it came with everything I needed to create my pillows.

After reading the included instructions it was time to get started. I applied my first color with the dense foam roller. 

I applied my second color using the stencil brush. I decided to get a little creative and put the green onto the pumpkin around the stem and bottom for some depth.

Then I added my third color, black. I applied it as thin as I could around the edges of pumpkin to add even more depth.

Here is my finished pumpkin! Then I repeated the process on the second pillow cover.

Since I have two kids who love pillows....hello forts. I decided it would be best if I set the paint with my iron per the instructions so I could machine wash the covers.

Using scrap fabric I covered the pumpkin and pressed with a hot iron.

Insert the pillows into the covers and voila you have two custom pillows!

The white pillow cases are a great punch of brightness for my couch, but if you prefer they have a neutral pillow cases available. I'm thinking I might reuse these stencils for a table runner for Thanksgiving because I'm in love with them.

 Now if you don't mind I'm going to curl up with the tea and croissants and enjoy the fall breeze coming in through the windows. Happy Fall!

*Cutting Edge Stencils provided me with the Paint A Pillow Kit. But all thoughts, opinions, and love of products are my own.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Patio Dining Table and Benches

Ok so the hubs and I spent the first years of our marriage traveling for his competitive softball games or for me coaching competitive volleyball. So we never took the chance to to buy real furniture or decorate. Now that we have kids and we've slowed down how much we travel it was time to start decorating and the one place we use the most is our patio! If you check out patio backyard design part 1 you can see the whole space I'm working with. 

We decided the first thing we needed is to make ourselves a dining table of our patio. And we are so happy we did....and you really can't beat $125 for lumber!

We decided to make use of our stay-cation and work on the table bit by bit. If you've seen any of my other diy posts you might notice my miter saw is no longer on the floor! YES! 

Anyways....So for my plans I went over to the girls at Shanty 2 Chic used these bench plans and this dining table plan. I made a few changes but I am so happy with this table. It's beyond sturdy. and the pans are perfect.

So this plan called for mitered edges for the frame of the table. after you cut the pieces make sure they are nice and square before you assemble them. We rigged up a nice square piece out of scrap wood so we could make sure our corners didn't slip while assembling them. 

I pre drilled the holes and used the counter sink bit before putting in the wood screws.

Once the frame was made the hubs helped me measure end to end before I cut the table top planks. Then following the plans I used my Kreg Jig to make the pocket holes to attach the planks.

Unfortunately we don't have a flat surface anywhere to lay the frame down and attach the planks so hubs held it on it's side while I attached everything via pocket holes.

We used our handy Home Depot pencils as the perfect spacers for our boards.

So the first deception from the plans we added two 2x4 planks to the top since our outdoor patio area where the table is going is covered.

Next up is the table legs.

 I used the center leg supports found the centers and lined them up before attaching the legs.

Once the table legs were attached I added the center legs.

Then I attached the center stretcher and table legs using wood screws.

Once those were in place and secure. Hubs helped me measure for the lower stretcher. We waited to cut this piece so that we knew it would fit and then used pocket holes to put it in place.

The plans called to install X's under the table. But once we got the first pieces in we fell in love with the way it was. 

Plus the kids like to sit under the table and use the lower portion of the legs as mini tables. This has become a miniature fort for them.

The benches are the same as the table. But now that I have the table I had a great surface for assembling the benches on.

I cut the pieces for all four sets of legs for the two benches.

So the girls at Shanty 2 Chic have all the perfect tools for the job....the one thing we don't have is a right angle we had to improvise (next time I'm buying the drill)

So we used a ratchet with an extender to screw in the pocket screws.

I had to do this 32 times....yes 32 times. 

But it was totally worth it. When we stood this bad boy up it was perfect not a single wobble. So I couldn't bring myself to add the lower stretcher or any of the X pieces. 

I suggest you find a sweeper for your shop. My accepts hugs and cookies for work....although I had to clean up after him.

How amazing does this look and we worked on it as we had time around relaxing, going to a baseball game, and doing some hiking. 

So for our table and benches we chose to use Minwax Wood Stain in Slate. And then Minwax Helmsman Urethane for the final coat. We sanded down the whole table and both benches before we started.

So what I did was a very quick process. I would apply the stain.

And then wipe it off immediately. It was pretty dark so I had some more work to do.

So I ended up doing some heavy distressing on all three pieces. 

I was every excited with how it lightened the stain as well as allowed more of the natural wood grain show through.

Even though the table is under a covered area I chose to use the urethane on top of and under every piece. (plus it goes a lot faster when you jam our to your favorite Pandora station.)

I waited the allotted time for it to dry then we moved this bad boy outside....and let me tell you it's heavy...really heavy. So you definitely can count it as your bicep workout for the day.

We feel like this space is almost complete just a few more things are needed but for now we are content. 

 It's the perfect space. We've enjoyed every meal outside since we've finished it. And I love the way it looks with my Easy No Sew Outdoor Curtains.

 We even spend our evenings watching baseball outside when hubs gets home from work.

So for my first major build I'm pretty pumped with how things turned out. So are you ready to build your own table and benches? If you do please share them with me!