Friday, May 17, 2013

Reclaimed Door Potting Bench

Our neighbor recently requested that we build a potting bench for her to use next to her compost bin.  Bending over and lugging pots had become tiresome and we figured there was a better solution.  

A friend of ours gave us an old door that had been lying around in his grandfathers barn.  It's a solid core door that has already been outdoors for years and has held up just fine.

Some of the styles were coming apart, so a few days before starting this project, we put extra wood glue in the joints and clamped them overnight.

Using the original hinges, we attached the door to the shed we standard exterior screws so that the door would hinge up.  We used a few 2x4's to then support the door while we screwed eye bolts through the outside corners.  Eye bolts on the shed were aligned to the eye bolts on the door - so when you fold the door up, the eyebolts are next to each other.  This way, you can use a heave duty metal caribiner to secure the door in an upright position.

Medium strength chain was cut to length to allow 
the door to sit perfectly level when unfolded.

Total cost of the project: $15 for chain and eye bolts

Monday, May 13, 2013

Patio Party Table with Built In Beer/Wine Ice Coolers

Detailed instructions and photos are now available!!  Please follow the link to Remodelaholic to find them!

We built this patio table with flower boxes set down inside of them.  You could put drinks, dips, or even flowers in them.  Fill them with water and throw some floating candles in there!                             
Patio Table with covers on
Covers remove
Patio table with ice chests

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Friday, May 10, 2013

DIY Mother's Day Gift

Last year, I actually had the foresight to think about a gift for my mom for Mother's Day.  And this time, it wasn't just the night before!
We had all of this barnwood laying around that Brent had picked up with some friends.  It had mostly just been collecting ants in our backyard but I was prepared to repurpose it.
After cutting a board into three equal pieces, I used a Kreg Jig to fasten the boards together from behind.  Hobby Lobby sells pre-cut wood letters in different sizes and fonts, which are easy to paint.  I painted mine with a coat of blue and then rubbed some dark glaze over the top.  For the small lettering, I used oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

Mom loved it and it hangs over her fireplace to this day.

Total cost was $22.