Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quick and Easy Wood Napkin Rings

 
I've been working on a fun, new project with Thanksgiving in mind. In the process of staging photos, I realized that I need a set of wood napkin rings... like immediately. I walked into the garage and a light bulb came on.
 
Edge banding!
 
So, this is the easiest tutorial ever. Grab yourself some *edge banding (remember that one time I showed you how to add edge banding to plywood?) and cut about a 6" long strip.


Overlap the ends by about 1 inch. If you happen to have an old flat iron around (yes, the kind for your hair. Some may call it a straightener), pinch the overlapping area for about 2 seconds. DO NOT use your good, $200 flat iron for this. The glue does wipe off easily, but I don't want to be responsible for transferring wood glue into your hair.

 
Don't have a crappy flat iron? No problem, just squirt some super glue between the overlapping ends and hold together till dry.

That's it. Boom.


I know, pretty basic. But, pretty handy and universal too. You can stain the wood any color your little heart desires.

 
Stop by in a few days to learn another, DIY table setting tip. Hint: sneak peak above.
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #8


Still tired from last weekend's Halloween parties? Yeah, me too. I'm so glad actual Halloween is on a Friday this year so I can catch up on rest for 2 days after! Anyways...
 
I had SO much fun picking out features from last week's Outside [The Box] Link Party. You guys seem to speak my language. Just a reminder though, although I'm a huge foodie, we ask for you to please not link up any recipes. Just DIY, crafts, art, and home d├ęcor/improvement. Now, show me what ya got!
 
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Upgrade Bookshelves


Once I decided to build a Pottery Barn knock-off desk for my husband, I knew the desk would be lonely without a pair of classic bookshelves. Its hard to find good bookshelves people, especially tall ones.  When you look online, you find a sea of particle board and bad laminate. Luckily, once upon a time (like... the 90's) you could easily find solid wood bookshelves. The best news is, since "they" decided oak is ugly, you can pick up a pair of these babies for peanuts on Craigslist. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #7


Ready to party?! Its the time of the week when you bust out your best DIY, craft, art, or home decor project and share it across 6 blogs! You guys have been killing it lately. Awesome projects! Don't just link up and leave. Click a few, pin a few, and share the love. 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pottery Barn Printer's Keyhole Desk Knock-off Tutorial


I am so excited to share today's post! I may have a new all-time favorite project. A few of you have been asking "Is the desk finished???". I've been sharing a few sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook. Well, the desk has actually been done for a little while. The reason for the delay is I am involved in a seriously awesome collaboration (forgive me if I get a little fan-girl right now).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #6

Happy Tuesday everyone! I had a little technical difficulty yesterday and a post accidentally went live before it was ready. If you happened to see it and wondered why the links didn't work, no worries, the post will be up tomorrow fully functional. I'm really excited about tomorrow's post! It features a collaboration with someone that I have been dying to work with for years. 

In the meantime, I have an awesome link party for you! Find some photos of your latest DIY, craft or home decor project, link it up below, and share the love. Make sure to check out the awesome features and pin away!


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Friday, October 10, 2014

How to Add Edge Banding To Plywood


Edge banding is pretty sweet stuff. It is paper thin strips of wood veneer that you apply to the edges of plywood, giving the look of solid boards. A great way to save some major money! I have a super cool furniture project that I will be sharing with you all next week. It involved a bit of *edge banding, so I thought I would share my tips for how I apply the stuff. First though, I want to announce the winner of the Country Chic Paint giveaway.



Congrats to Karyl G! You're going to have a lot of fun playing around with your new products! Now, back to plywood.


Have you ever looked at cut plywood? The top and bottom look like large slabs of solid wood, but the layered edges give away your secret. Now don't get me wrong, plywood edges can be beautiful, like this and this. But often, we want to hide the ply. That's where edge banding comes in. You can find it easily at both Home Depot and Lowe's. It comes in different widths, but the most commonly found is probably 13/16 inch.  "That's an odd width" you may be thinking. Its actually the perfect width for 3/4" plywood. I'll explain why in a bit. Try to find edge banding in the same species of wood as your plywood (i.e. oak, pine, birch, etc.)

You can find glue-less veneer edging, but don't waste your time. Unless you are a wood working expert, stick with the pre-glued stuff. When you open the package, the edge banding will be in a roll. One side of the veneer will be smooth and the other will be textured. The texture is the glue.



The glue is heat activated. To attach the edge banding, find an old iron and crank up with heat to the "cotton" setting. Line up the veneer along the exposed edge of plywood you want to cover. It will hang over the edges a tiny bit, that's okay. Starting on one end, place the iron on the veneer for a few seconds.



As soon as you remove the iron, immediately and firmly rub the veneer with a scrap piece of wood. This smooths the veneer and helps work the glue into the layers of the plywood. Work in small sections, making sure the veneer is still warm when you start to rub it.



Once you have one edge banded you need to trim off the excess. You can find *little trimmers that are cheap and work great, but if you don't have one handy, a sharp utility knife works well too. You want to place the board on edge, on top of a smooth, hard surface (I use my concrete driveway). Using a good amount of pressure, glide the blade along the edge of the plywood, shaving off the excess veneer. Trim the ends flush too.



Once you have banded all the edges, use a piece of  medium grit sandpaper or a foam sanding block to soften the edges. There you go! Looks like a solid board right?



 Just make sure you don't leave whatever you banded in the garage when its over 100 degrees...trust me. You can check out Instagram for the proof. No fear. I learned my lesson and ended up with beautifully edge banded boards. Stay tuned to see what I used them on! 




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