YEAY! we just got a scroll saw to make our united states map out of license plates (will post that project once it’s complete). In the meantime for practice I made a Space needle cutout art!
My favorite part of this was using vintage stamps that my late grandmother collected, I used them for the collage portion that the cutout lays on, I finished this with 12 cans of coke, that I cut open and used to make the border
My brain is FULL of ideas now!! Scroll saws are quite fun!
First things first, this is NOT a proper photo heavy tutorial, I was so project focused, I didn’t take enough pictures to make a proper tutorial, but I’ll walk you through what I did.
When we moved into our 1928 Seattle bungalow, our room, true to the era is quite small. We wanted a King size bed and that left little space for dressers. I could not find any store bought dressers that had the width and depth to maximize our wall space, or that fit in with the bed I just made. So I decided to hack some Ikea solid wood furniture as it had the exact depth, and 3 of them had the width to maximize our wall space. Crap if I could make a bed from lumber, I should be able to hack something from Ikea right . My thinking is, if I’m going to build it, then it’s going to be real wood, enter the Ikea Tarva Dresser, solid pine construction!
The biggest challenge for me, was figuring out how to take the plane jane Tarva dresser and make it look like it matched our new bed.
Here’s my paper drawing of what I envisioned:
The price was sweet as well, the Ikea Tarva dresser was $99 price tag for each one, for 3 it was $297! I spent another $115 on the pine wood for the top, the 4×4 legs, the hardware and leather scraps for the pulls. Total cost for this project was roughly $415 buckaroos.
I’ll make a tutorial shortly to show you how to do the leather pulls, those really added a nice touch to remove any semblance of Ikea from the dressers.
Here’s what I did:
Used a chop saw to cut off the bottom of the skinny 2×2 legs (before assembling dresser) and replaced them with 4×4′s cut to 4″ high.
Filled the dresser handle holds with wood filler and sanded to remove essentially the existing hole from the drawer fronts
Used firring strips to frame out the front of each drawer to make it look “shaker” style. I installed them using wood glue and a brad nailer,
Used a 1×2 piece of pine to connect the dressers in the front & back, attached them with a brad nailer.
Built a top that went the length of the 3 dressers so that it made them one unit.
Filled all nail holes with wood filler and lightly sanded with 120 grit.
Used Minwax Dark walnut stain to stain everything but the drawers and sealed it with a satin polyurethane.
Made a cardboard template (tutorial for leather drawer pulls coming soon) and drilled holes for new leather pulls.
Painted the drawer fronts all white.
Installed leather pulls with carriage bolts and wing nuts
Unpacked all my clothes and put them in my new fancy pants dresser!
I love how these turned out, we couldn’t have bought a better solution for our room and I saved a TON of time using the Ikea dresser as the base. I now look at Ikea furniture so differently, what can I do to make it into something else! :0
here’s some more pictures
Let me know if you want any different pictures or have questions
After jumping into building furniture (first project was our Farmhouse bed). We needed kitchen nook seating. I didn’t want the space to go to waste so I figured seating AND storage would be fab! Here’s the deets:
Kitchen Nook Before:
Nook area before building out the seating
This is a fully custom project as I needed to do my own measurements and style as well as fit around a heater vent and add in bead board and baseboards to tie it into the rest of the kitchen.
Start the project by laying out the wood. I used 3/4″ plywood strips cut for me at the hardware store.
starting to lay out the wood for the bench bases (making sure they fit!)
Next step was to build out the boxes, I had some unevenness on our wood floors, but I was able to fix that later with a bit of paintable caulk to fill in the corners before painting.
Building out the boxes on the sides, you can see how my floor is a bit uneven
framed out the front and sides with wood and bead board, added 1×3 boards to the top that would be where I’d add the piano hinges later. then filled gaps with caulk and painted (before adding heat vent cover and tops)
before the top and vent cover was on
Painted and added a heat vent cover. I used the awesome aluminum pattern stuff from home depot and just cut it with tin strips, and used 1×3 boards to frame it in.. Then used long piano hinges to add the seat tops that fold up for storage!
Here it is all finished before putting the custom seat cushions (tutorial coming soon!) and table back in.
top with piano hinges and final shot of benches before cushions and table put back in
Let me know if you have questions, I didn’t follow any plans kind of looked at ideas I liked and made measurements that worked for my space. It was definitely a tough project but taught me a ton about building!
Such a simple cake to make, that turns out just great, I can’t draw shapes worth a crap, so squares make me happy! I used a square pan for the cake (store bought cake mix) and then made up 4 different colors of green buttercream frosting. I used black fondant for the face and area where Therron’s name is.
Of course, you can’t do this without lots of helpers! (and to make sure to lick clean all the bowls of the leftover frosting
You can probably tell that I love getting salvage or antique finds. I found this mirror at a flea market in Chelsea, New York. Absolutely loved the wood carving and style of the mirror. It was made over 100 years ago, hand carved and just looked a bit tired and needed some TLC. The edges where the wood seems met were clearly cracked and the wood was looking a bit warped.
here’s what you need, you can apply this to old mirrors, frames etc.
Screws make sure they are short enough to not go through the front of the frame!
whatever items you need to hang your mirror/frame etc.
Step 1: clean the mirror and use painters tape to tape off the mirror part (so you don’t get any caulk/paint on it) I do this first so I can just get through all the steps in one shot
Step 2: I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I got a flat metal plate from the hardware store. rectangle shaped with 4-8 screw holes, just get the size that fits your frame. Get screws that won’t go through the front of the frame and attach the plate. I put the plate on the back centered over the wood joints, then screw in the plate, it immediately straightens up the frame and tightens the joints.
Step 3: Then I used good ol’ caulk, yep the kind you use in your bathroom or walls, make sure it’s the paintable kind as you will be painting over this. I used my fingers and rubbed it into the joint where the wood meets on the front. let that dry.
Step 4: Spray paint with your choice of color (I use an all-in-one paint/primer from rustoleum).
Step 5: Once that dries, use a 120 grit sandpaper and lightly sand randomly to bring out the wood and old paint color to give it that aged feel. Remove the painters tape off the mirror & clean.
Here’s what the old cracked seem looks like after painting/sanding and drying:
I think I get more compliments on these galley shelves/picture ledges than anything else I’ve made, and these were probably the easiest things to make!
They are great for your first project, have simple cuts and basic construction. The plans for them are free for download and are here: Ana-White’s ten dollar ledge plans (they cost me about $25 a piece as mine are much longer). At pottery barn you’d spend well over $1000 to get all 4 ledges at 7 foot lengths! so I saved about $900 bucks!
Print out Ana-Whites’ instructions and follow, adjusting for size based on what length you want. Build them with off the shelf lumber, cut, screw and finish with paint of your choice!
Here’s some more pics! let me know if you have any questions, but if your ready to try some woodworking, these are GREAT for your first projects and Ana White’s instructions are perfect.
You will need some basic tools for this project, Ana White mentions it, but here’s what I used: