Showing posts with label TUTORIALS: J's wooden creations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TUTORIALS: J's wooden creations. Show all posts

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My old wooden window shadowbox

Aka my most prized possession.

old wooden window ideas

My husband made this antique wooden window shadowbox for me as a wedding gift when we got married in 2004. We had seen a similar idea at a craft fair and I totally fell in love with the idea. He knew he could DIY this himself, and he nailed it. It's the most favorite gift I've ever received.

old wooden window shadowbox

The day we were leaving on our honeymoon we took my bouquet to a local florist who divided it up while it was still fresh, then freeze dried the flowers into three separate tussy mussies.

fall wedding bouquet

Then, after my awesome photographer Emanuel Neiconi got our wedding pictures edited I ordered three of my favorites to go inside the other three windows. Here is what each pane looks like up close:

old wooden window wedding idea

old wooden window pictures

old wooden window pictures

He boxed in the window using furniture grade 1x4s, then used a piece of pegboard covered with a piece of white matboard for a sturdy backing to hold the weight of the flowers. The tussy mussies are wired through the matboard and pegboard. They have survived two big moves and numerous wall exchanges. He did a great job making it sturdy for me.

old wooden window tussy mussy

old wooden window tussy mussy

old wooden window dried flowers

This is one of those things that if my house was on fire, I would try my best to salvage before it burned down. I love this shadowbox and all of it's contents for the wonderful memories of our beautiful fall wedding. I will cherish this forever. I love that it's handmade by my husband, plus the fact that my wedding photos are displayed in such a unique way.

If you want to see more of our actual wedding pictures you can check them out in this post.

Thank you, J, for always being my handy DIYer. I love you!

Pin It

Sharing this post at Funky Junk Donna's Wooden Window SNS
DIY Showoff

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

DIY Scrap Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

When we bought the cabinetry for the basement, we discovered a little bonus prize inside one of the base cabinets. There were stacks of wood samples painted and stained in a variety of colors in these sturdy organizer trays.


I called the cabinet shop and asked if they'd like for me to return them, and he said no. And I said "Score!" I knew immediately what I wanted to make from these pretty little wood chips.

And here it is!

Holiday Tablescape  (4 of 11)

I've been eyeing similar salvaged lumber & beadboard Christmas trees for a long time now, but never purchased one before. I love the ones made from barn wood the best, but since I don't have any old barns near me that are at my disposal, I made do with new stuff. It didn't take long to make this guy at all, so I'm glad I waited.

First I laid out the wood pieces in a semi-Christmas tree shape and played around with which wood stains and colors looked best in the tree. Then I realized that it would look a lot better if some of the pieces were cut in half to fill out the shape a little better. So my husband started sawing a few in half with his table saw.


Once I got a pattern that I liked, we flipped all the pieces over and glued them together with strips of old trim board that the previous owners generously left in our basement.


Each row got a backer strip, and then one big one running vertically glued them all together. We used construction adhesive from a caulk gun to seal the deal.



Then we just let it sit and dry for about 24 hours, and it was ready to hang. I simply wound a length of twine through the back loops a few times to make a hanger for it. Pretty simple. Then I hung it from a clear wreath hanger on the door to nowhere at the top of the steps.

Holiday Tablescape  (2 of 11)

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I think I might experiment with sanding and distressing some of the wood samples and see what I can come up with next! I love it when a DIY project saves me money and still looks great.

Holiday Tablescape  (3 of 11)

Have you guys been crafty this Christmas?

I'm sharing this project at the following link parties:

Home Stories of A2Z Tips and Tutes
Centsational Girl Christmas Crafts
Tatertots and Jello Handmade Christmas Gifts
Pity Party 67 at Thirty Handmade Days

Sunday, March 21, 2010

DIY this Look for Less: Wisteria Shadowbox on a Stand

My friend was searching for a housewarming gift for her friend when she ran across this shadowbox on a stand from Wisteria. She had a vintage postcard of their hometown that she wanted displayed in a frame or shadowbox.

She loved this piece (who doesn't, right?), but unfortunately she didn't love the price tag of $129.00! Yikes.

So she asked a group of us if we could be on the lookout for something similar. I immediately thought of a candle stick that was sitting in my yard sale pile ready to be tossed out for next to nothing.

I offered to make her a knockoff version of this. Actually I offered up my husband to make her a knockoff.

Here's the end result:

And here are the materials we used:

Black Rustic Wooden Shadowbox (8x10) from Hobby Lobby ($14.40 with my 40% off coupon)

1/4 yard of burlap fabric from Hobby Lobby

Thrift store candle stick with a base that unscrews like the one in this picture. (flipped upside down) I lucked out and had one available. Hopefully you might stumble upon one of these around your house, too!

a pr

As a precaution we used masking tape on the frame in case the drill bit decided to crack or chip any of the wood. Then he measured the frame and found dead center from side to side:

And front to back:

Then he measured the depth of the inside of the shadowbox to make sure he didn't drill right through the bottom. He marked the drill bit off with tape so he would know when to stop and pull the bit out.

Make sure the drill bit that you use is just a tad smaller than the threaded end of the candle stick. You want the threads to be able to bite into the wood as you screw it in.

X marks the spot where you drill:

And that's it!

Remove the tape and blow the dust out of the hole.

Then screw in the candlestick really tight...

Then flip it over and admire your work!

Oh wait... I forgot to tell you to cut the piece of burlap to fit the back of the frame, then glue it down with a bit of hot glue in the corners. But you can handle that without a picture, right?


So.. grand total spent on this project was around $17.00 plus a little bit of tax.

Now doesn't that sound much better than $129.00?


I cannot wait to see how her vintage postcard looks in this frame. I bet it will be awesome!

Have fun ya'll!



The DIY Show Off

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Distressed for Success with Caromal Colours

My talented husband has turned out yet another beautiful wooden window table masterpiece!

Ain't she a beaut? I love her long legs and egg and dart detailing.

This time he let me get ahold of it and distress it to my heart's content with my new Skil OctoSander and Caromal Colours paint. In case you haven't noticed, I'm kind of a distressed finished furniture junkie. Smack it up, flip it and rub it down with some glaze, and I'm all over it.

So when I discovered Patty Henning's Caromal Colours blog one day as I was perusing A Soft Place To Land I knew I had found a place I needed to be.

Sidenote: I won a blog giveaway and was awarded two free months of ad space on ASPTL. Head over and check out my Watkins ad in Kimba's sidebar! Exciting!!

I contacted Patty after her ad caught my eye. Once I saw her INCREDIBLE distressed furniture paint jobs I knew I had to get in on some of that action. I am a die-hard fan of handpainted and distressed furniture, so this stuff is right up my alley.

This finish was created using the Paprika color with a Peppercorn basecoat and toner on top. It transformed a brand spanking new piece of wood into something that looks centuries old.


The instructions were simple to follow.

1. One basecoat of Peppercorn Textured Basecoat
2. One coat of chipping creme
3. One coat of Paprika Textured Basecoat
4. Sand, sand, sand til it looks weathered to suit your taste
5. One final top coat of toner.

You could repeat these processes as much as you'd like, but this was the basic procedure. This affect is so awesome to me. I'm totally addicted to this stuff now.

The Distressed for Success kit come with everything you'll need to create a one-color piece. If you want layers of color, you'll have to purchase separate colors. I ordered the Paprika, Peppercorn and the Parchment. I'm itching to try more colors now! I love them all!! Be sure to use code PattyH if you want to order! Patty was so very helpful and encouraging to me, and I would highly recommend contacting her if you have any questions about this product. I'm sure she can field any questions about it much better than I could.

I'm just proud to show off this new piece. I have a feeling it won't last very long at our next craft show.

With legs like that, who could resist?? If you are looking for a good time table, please let me know! I'd be happy for this table to find a good home with one of you my blog readers.

Be sure to become a fan of Sheppard Lane Creations on facebook and check out more of my husband's awesome repurposed architectural creations.

This post is featured on DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

Also featured at Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tutorial: Replacing a Glass Topped Sofa Table with a Stained Wooden Top

A few years ago I walked into Pier One during one of their "pretty" merchandise seasons (as opposed to the ugly seasons where I would run screaming from the store away from all the hideousness. You know you know what I'm talking about!) and found this beautiful scrolly wrought iron sofa table base.

The trouble was, all Pier One offered in the way of tops were huge honking pieces of glass. I'm just gonna put it out there--I don't like glass topped tables. I don't like the way they make my knicknacks appear to float in mid-air, plus I'd rather be playing on the internet than cleaning all the water rings and grimy toddler fingerprints off of my table tops. Glass tops + lazy housekeeper = nightmare.

Since I don't have any "before" photos of the piece with a glass top, here's a glass topped sofa table as a point of reference.

I loved the sofa table base so much that I decided I had to have it even without a top on it. I knew we could make something work. So we took it home and I commissioned my husband to make me a top for it.

He went to Lowe's and picked up a piece of unfinished butcher block sorta like this:

(NOTE:this is not my actual piece. I stole this from the innernets because I am notorious for forgetting to take "before" photos)

He cut it to fit the sofa table, then he added 1x2 strips to create a small lip around the edge for the table to fit down inside the base.

Here it is from the top:

And here it is from the bottom. He just used wood screws to attach the 1x2's to the butcher block top.

I wanted to match my hardwoods, so I chose Minwax Gel Stain in Chestnut. I'm going to admit something else-- stains have always scared me. I always shied away from staining furniture because it just seemed so labor-intensive and I've seen too many bad drippy homemade stain jobs. But let me tell you--applying the gel stain was MUCH easier than I expected. It's thicker than normal stain so it doesn't drip and run everywhere in uneven gooeyness. The hardest part of staining a piece of furniture is sanding it all down in between coats and waiting for it all to dry completely each time. Like Tom Petty says, the waiting is the hardest part. But it's pretty essential for getting a good finished product.

After the first coat dried completely I used a piece of superfine grit sandpaper to sand it down by hand, then I used a damp cloth to wipe up the dust. Then on went the second coat of stain. I waited for it to dry and sanded it again, then repeated that process until I had quite a few layers of stain down.

After I achieved the color I was looking for, I sanded it once more just to give it a little bit of a worn edge. I love worn edges. They are like the first ding in a new car. Once you get that first ding, it just takes all the pressure off of trying to keep things in pristine condition.

For the grand finale I applied a final coat of clear polycrylic in a satin finish. The satin is nice because it gives it a little shine but it's not like WHOA your table is SHINY, you know?

Once I got the table in my living room, I knew I had made the right call on going with a wood top instead of glass. I love this piece so much.

I added some non-floating knicknacks and called it a day.

Don't be afraid of the stain! It's not that bad, really!

This post is featured on Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch



Take me to the Unskinny Boppy
<a href="" target="_blank" title="Visit the site"> <img border="0" src="" alt="Unskinny Boppy" /></a>
Copy and paste all the code into your bloggie widget.

Would love to meet you at Haven!

I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you see a link to an Amazon product in my posts it will take you to my affiliate site. By clicking through I will earn a small percentage of your purchase. I really appreciate your clicks to help support this blog! :)

Contact form powered by 123ContactForm

My images and copy are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License © 2012 by Beth Bryan at Unskinny Boppy. Please don't use any of these pictures without permission or at least a crediting link back to my site. I do allow pinning to Pinterest from my site. Feel free to email me at with questions.

Thou shalt not steal any of the material from this blog without my permission, so sayeth the Lord. Amen.

Thanks so much to Allison at HalfofVAHM for the gorgeous new blog designs!

  © Blogger templates 'Neuronic' by 2008

Back to TOP