Thursday, March 31, 2016

Farm Style Cutting Board Holder

It's time for another DIY Blogger Project Challenge!
Each month we have a different project to create based on a named material theme. This month it's chalkboard paint!

Today I'm sharing another repurposed thrift shop find. Remember those vintage wooden paper plate holders? I snagged one! It reminds me of a breadboard, so I thought it could be converted into a cutting board holder. Something I need to keep my breadboards and cutting boards from slipping on the counter top. 

There were 2 problems with it.

1: The fact it was round and if I wanted to use it on the counter, it would roll from side to side.  To stabilize it, a piece of wood could hold it upright. And that's where my chalkboard theme comes in. I chose to use a wood farm animal shape as a chalkboard; mounted onto the front of the holder.

2. There were two dowels in the way of putting bread boards and cutting boards into the holder. So I cut them off with a coping saw.

While the front was still open, I drilled holes to attach my pig chalkboard when it was finished.

To make the pig chalkboard, I reclaimed some wood from my scrap box and drew the pig outline with chalk.

See that... a chalk board!
Ok, I'm joking!

It was the best way to see my overall pig shape before cutting it out with the scroll saw. It's forgiving this way. Easy to draw and erase with a towel to get it just right.

Once I cut it out, I sanded it and painted it with the chalkboard paint.

Of course, a pig must have a cute little curly tail. So, I drilled a hole for the tail.
Then, using a wire clothing hanger, I snipped off a piece of it and twisted it with two pairs of pliers.
To attach it, I dropped super glue into the drilled hole and placed the curly tail into it.
After the glue set, I painted the wire tail.
Finally, attached the chalkboard onto the plate holder with screws... well, board holder now. And sanded the edges of the pig all the way around for a nice old distressed look.

Because I left the original drilled holes for hanging, the board holder can be wall mounted.

Or, the way I prefer, sitting on the table or countertop.

It has plenty of room to fit all of my boards. 

And because it has no height or width restriction, any size board can slide in place.

As a chalkboard... kitchen reminders can be written on it. After all, some things are too important to forget!

What is nice about the original back on this is... it looks like another breadboard. It just blends right in. 

vintage paper plate holder

I'm already glad this is keeping my boards in place and wonder why I never thought of it before!

If you like farmhouse style, this is a pretty handy "two-in-one" kitchen gadget!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Homemade and Handcrafted No. 18

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!
We had nice weather and filled the weekend with family fun and feasting. We enjoyed a big Sunday breakfast, a family treat basket, and ate Easter Pie for dinner. It's sort of a Spring Thanksgiving around here while celebrating.

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Amazing, made from scratch,

 Tiered Stand by The Navage Patch

Incredible workbench makeover into

Outdoor Serving Station by The Crowned Goat

Yummy, gluten free,

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Strength & Sunshine

Sweet DIY Florida vintage tutorial!

by Unique Junktique

Clever and cute fan blade makeover!

Zebra Fan by 2 Crochet Hooks

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Pinbellish Pinning Party No. 30

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Plain Chair Pair into French Flair

This month's Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is so much fun!!! 

The theme is "Mix and Match". Sooooo, I was really excited to take a pair of plain old seatless chairs from a yard sale and mix them up with a "French Flair"!  

The chairs had some issues to fix before transforming them. No seats. No problem. Loose joints and a screw showing on an attempted repair. AND apparently the initials carved in one of the backrests indicated that A.L.III was there at one point. 

So after wood putty filling and gluing; then cleaning and sanding, I was ready to create. I applied wood appliques to the top of the backrests. I wanted to attach a cushion to the backrest, so before painting, I made a pattern to cut my wood and foam. Then, I painted the chairs. 

I purchased my wood appliques from D. Lawless Hardware.

For my project, I needed foam for my seats and backrest cushions. I was kindly supplied with enough "Project Foam" to complete them.

(Disclosure: Project Foam was supplied by Fairfield World for the use of my project and my post opinions are my own.)

I cut plywood for the seat bases and added the foam. I cut luan from the pattern I created and made the backrest cushions. Then covered the foam with linen and stapled it to underneath, followed by the fabric I chose. A black and white toile. 

I sewed a double welt and attached it with the upholstery before attaching the seats and backrest cushions.

Now that the hard parts were done, I glazed the appliques in a dark graphite to finish the chairs.

Now a pair of old traditional and plain dining chairs are mixed up with a delicate French touch!

So, back to the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest. 


This month's theme is Mix and Match" and March participants were challenged to create a project using supplies sponsored and supplied by Fairfield World.

This contest is sponsored by Fairfield World; a third generation, family-owned business specializing in battingfoampillow insertsinterfacing and so much more.  Perfect for creating custom pillows and upholstery projects! Not only does Fairfield have an amazing selection of supplies, but offer tutorials and a gallery of inspirational projects.

The contest hosts are Evey at Evey's Creations and Stacy at Anastasia Vintage