Coming soon!

I am SO excited to announce that I am working on a new DIY blog with free plans, tips, and tricks to bring woodworking and design into YOUR home! 

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I am constantly striving to curate beauty and simplicity in our home and I hope to be able to bring that to you as well. I hear so often, “I wish I could do that”, and I’m here to tell you that you CAN! I have no formal training in woodworking or design. I am self-taught and if I can do it, so can you! I look forward to connecting with you and sharing what I continue to learn on my journey.

If you are interested in supporting our new endeavor, we have a Bonfire t-shirt campaign running through October 31st. You can pick up a t-shirt or tank here:

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Thank you SO much to everyone for your continued support! I look forward to building together!

Warmest,

Rebecca

Dining Table Refinish

One of the first pieces I refinished when I began my company was a dining table for our house. At the time, I had a good amount of experience painting with chalk paint, but hadn’t worked with stain that much. Now that I have, I was excited to do a dining set finished with paint AND stain.

I do want to mention, for those who are just starting out, even after years of painting and refinishing, there are always lessons learned with each piece I do. Fortunately I’ve learned enough of those lessons on my own furniture that now, I can finish a high quality, durable piece for a client. But I honestly learned so much from reading tutorials online that I sincerely hope my blog can be helpful to other painters seeking advice! So... on to the dining set! 

 My dining table, finished with Annie Sloan Pure White & Varathane Briarsmoke

My dining table, finished with Annie Sloan Pure White & Varathane Briarsmoke

My most recent refinishing job was for a client who wanted a farmhouse style table, much like my own. A few of you asked for the products I used on it, so I figured I would link them here so they are easy to find and then walk you through the process.

 My client’s completed dining table and chairs

My client’s completed dining table and chairs

The first step for the chairs was to prep and prime. I use TSP to clean, which is an all-purpose cleaner that gets rid of dirt and grease. I prime with Zinsser B-I-N Primer, which has a shellac base that keeps wood from bleeding through the white chalk paint. **If the wood does bleed through, NO amount of chalk paint will cover it. Shellac is the only thing that will block it.** Priming also helps cover the darkness of the wood, so you may not have to use as many coats of chalk paint.

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Here is before the primer:

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And after primer:

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After the primer, I applied two thick coats of Annie Sloan Pure White chalk paint. I didn't worry about brush strokes at this point because I knew I was going to sand the chairs all over to make them smooth and distress them. After the paint was dry, I sanded the chairs all over with 220 grit sandpaper. Once they were smooth and distressed, I blew off the chalk dust and wiped them down to make sure they were clean and free of dust. I sprayed them with three coats of Minwax water-based Polycrylic, following application instructions listed on the can. Always use a water-based finish over white chalk paint, as anything oil-based will amber, or have a yellow tint.

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For the table top, I sanded the top down to raw wood using 80 grit discs on my random orbital sander, finish sanded with 220 grit, then cleaned the wood thoroughly. I applied one coat of Varathane Briarsmoke. This is my favorite stain... it's a brown with a grey undertone and mixes well with browns, blacks, and greys. Once the stain was dry, I sprayed numerous coats of Varathane water-based Polyurethane. I sprayed so many LIGHT coats, I lost count... honestly I probably sprayed at least six coats. You do NOT want this to run, so it's better to spray a lot of coats very lightly than spray too much and have to fix it after. 

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As far as the apron of the table, I followed the same process as the chairs, although I did not prime it. 

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Here's a look at the table BEFORE:

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And AFTER!

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I was super happy with how the set turned out, and my client was as well! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the process. I always look forward to chatting with you!

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Happy painting!
Rebecca

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Scrap Wood Coasters

Ever since the Instagram Builder's Mini Challenge 2 - to build a cutting board - I have fallen in love with cutting boards and the challenge of designing them and creating them with beautiful, rich hardwoods. I found myself with leftover scraps of walnut that I wanted to continue using, but wasn’t sure what to do with them. Last week, I saw a post from DIY Huntress, who participated in a scrap wood challenge and she made the most beautiful coasters! This was it! My scrap wood dreams come true! 

This was seriously the simplest project and used some pretty basic tools - I used my table saw and an orbital sander, but you could probably use a miter saw for the whole project, if you don't have a table saw. If you want to create your own, Sam has both a blog post and YouTube tutorial, depending how you want to follow along with her.

Here are a few photos of my coaster progress:

 Post glue-up, I cut my blocks to 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” - you can see the end piece of the random scraps in the background!

Post glue-up, I cut my blocks to 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” - you can see the end piece of the random scraps in the background!

 Slices complete!

Slices complete!

 Before cutting board oil... posing with the cutting boards I used the scraps from. 

Before cutting board oil... posing with the cutting boards I used the scraps from. 

The technicalities: I used some leftover walnut and mahogany I had in my shop. I glued four 1" thick pieces together with Titebond III (food safe) and clamped overnight with my Bessey pipe clamps. Sam (DIY Huntress) cut her slices on the table saw first, then trimmed into squares with her miter saw, but I cut mine into 3 1/4" square blocks first, then sliced into 1/2" slices with my Dewalt table saw. I did end up with a couple smaller slices that were the end of the blocks. I used Gator Finishing 80, 120, and 220 grit sanding discs on my Dewalt orbital sander to finish my coasters. Once they were nice and smooth, I finished with a coat of Howard Products Mineral Oil.

What do you guys think?!

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Happy building!
Rebecca

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DIY Mini Sign Ornament

Every year since my son has been born, I have made a hand or footprint ornament of his little paw. This year, as my local craft store started filling with Christmas goodies, I found myself underwhelmed with the selection of wooden ornaments. Like - there were none. So, being the DIY maker that I am, I said, forget that! I'll make one myself. And with an ever-growing little hand, this turned out to be the perfect solution because I was able to customize the size just for him. Next year may not be an ornament since he is definitely not getting any smaller!

I would love to walk you guys through this easy-peasy mini sign ornament so you can make one of your very own! I will also be doing a giveaway, so if you are local, I am happy to do the handprint for you, and if not, I will mail your sign and you can stamp your little one's hand yourself.

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Supplies you will need:

  • 1/4" thick craft wood - square big enough for child’s handprint
  • 2' small trim (mine was 5/16" thick and 5/8" wide)
  • wood glue
  • white paint (I used Zinsser Cover Stain primer and Waverly Inspirations Matte Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint by Plaid)
  • wood stain (I used Varathane Briarsmoke)
  • colored acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart acrylic paint in Tartan red)
  • nail gun (optional)
  • twine & glue gun (optional)
  • table saw
  • miter saw
  • sandpaper
  • paintbrushes
  • rag and gloves
  • little person

Directions:

  1. Measure little person's hand to get the measurement for your backboard - my son is three and my board is 4 3/4" square. Use table saw to cut to size.
  2. Measure trim for sides. Two sides will be equivalent to the backboard - 4 3/4" in my case. The other two sides, you will add the width of the first two side pieces to the width of the backboard - 4 3/4" + 5/16" + 5/16"" in my case - equaling 5 3/8". Use miter saw to cut to size.
  3. Sand all wood pieces. I sanded by hand so I didn't take off too much wood with my orbital sander.
  4. Prime and paint backboard white and stain trim pieces. I love Zinsser Cover Stain primer because it keeps the white paint from yellowing over time.
  5. After backboard is dry, put a generous amount of colored paint onto a paper plate. Stamp little person’s hand into the paint, have them make a “five”, with fingers slightly separated and press down on backboard. Lift gently and allow to dry overnight.
  6. Once handprint is dry, glue trim pieces so that they are flush with the back of the backboard and raised on the front side. I allow my glue to dry for about 20 minutes, then using 3/4" brad nails, nail trim on each side for security. This step is optional… if you don’t have a nail gun, the glue should hold the trim on just fine since there won’t be any strain on it.
  7. Optional step #2: hot glue a piece of twine to the back to hang from your tree! I left mine without twine so I can either set it on a tree branch or use it on a table in future years.
  8. Enjoy and continue to remain shocked at how much the little person grows each year!
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Hugs! R + C