Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stool Tutorial!

So many of my projects start with this same basic construction.  I am reposting this because if you master this, you will be able to build many things!

First, decide what you are using for your top.  I have been using two 2x6's, which make mine about 18"x11" (these shown area little smaller--they were a special order to fit under one of the tables I had made).
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
Then cut 2 pieces of trim board or 2"x4"s 2 inches shorter than the length of your top.
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
I set these on the top and then measure what I need for the shorter side pieces.  I have not been doing mitered corners because I use trim boards and it is too thin.  I assemble the apron or frame with the nail gun.  Since I screw the legs in from both sides, this doesn't need to be solid at this point. 
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
Then cut 4 2x4s for legs, mine have varied in height, but they are usually 12 inches tall.
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
Lay frame upside down on a flat and level surface.  I screw legs in with 2 screws in the front and one 3 inch long screw from the side.
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
I paint and sand all pieces separately.  Because I use trim boards I have a very narrow space to drill through to attach the top.  I set the top pieces on there to get them in the right place and then take 1 piece off so I can see exactly where to drill.
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
And there you have it, a simple, sturdy stool, and for me, all made from reclaimed wood!
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

Monday, May 25, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Making Improvements

Mark Twain, words to live by, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/05/making-improvements.html
A former student of mine posted this quote on Facebook in regards to his working out.  He said someone at the gym commented on his six pack and that he must be one of the lucky people who are born that way.  Little did the person know that my former student was once quite overweight.

The quote resonated with me so much.  Yesterday on Facebook I re-shared my post on embracing imperfection HERE.

I am in the midst of trying to get our house ready to sell. We have a date Wednesday night with the Realtor to take pictures.  And I am freaking out.

Why did I let some things go so long?

How did things get so cluttered?

Why didn't I noticed the horrible dings and nicks in the walls before now?

I think I have been living with the idea if I can't do it all just right, just perfect, why do any of it?  If my home can't look like the magazine than why work on making it better slowly?  

NO MORE!  For now I am living this quote, loving this quote, being this quote.  

Thank you former student and Mark Twain. I am off to improve my home!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Chicken Chair

Chicken chair you ask? What is that? A comfy spot for my fowl feathered friends to roost, so to speak? 

Nope.

A chicken chair is a thrift store chair, repainted and recovered in a fun chicken chair fabric sample.
fusion mineral paint, chair, chicken decor, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/05/chicken-chair.html

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fusion Mineral Paint + A Giveaway!

Congratulations to Lucy Auburn from Patina Paradise--winner of $150 in Fusion Mineral Paint!!
Contest is now closed--thank you!
Hello, and welcome to a fun Fusion Mineral Paint event!  
mineral paint, furniture makeover, ocean blue, giveaway, stencil, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/05/fusion-mineral-paint-giveaway.html

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Verese

Happy Mother's Day to all those who are doing the hard work to raise children to know right from wrong, to those who are "training up" children to lead us into a better tomorrow. 
God's Word, bible verse, proverbs, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/05/sunday-verese.html

Friday, May 8, 2015

Always Kiss Me Sign

I showed you my pallet headboard HERE.  It needed sign above it--I quickly handpainted this sweet sentiment:
sign, always kiss me goodnight, master bedroom, paint, hand lettered, barn wood sign, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/05/always-kiss-me-sign.html

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pallet Headboard

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  In my case, it would be when life gives you scraps and leftovers, build something.
pallets, reclaimed wood, fusion mineral paint, headboard, beyond the picket fence, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/05/pallet-headboard.html