DIY Step ‘n Wash

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I’m not a professional woodworker but I do have fun with a few small tools.

I was able to make this stool for 1/4 of  the  price it would cost to buy one and it was pretty easy to make so I thought I would share.

Using a jigsaw cut 2 pieces out of your choice of wood into an “L” shape.  I used 2 pieces of pine shelving – 16″ x 36″ each

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Drill holes big enough to get your jigsaw blade through to cut out the handles.

Use the extra pieces from the sides for the steps. The 1st step is 7 1/2″ high and the top step is 15″ high.

Measure and drill 4 pilot holes for the screws on each step side and drill a bigger hole to countersink the screws and add wooden plugs to cover the screws.

how to countersink a wood screw here

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Sand all the edges and handles, then paint it or stain it.

To personalize it trace your pattern onto tracing paper then transfer it onto the stool using white or black graphite paper.

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Once the 1st side was painted I retraced it onto tracing paper and flipped it to do the other side.

I kept a picture on my phone and my computer to refer to while I painted the second side.

You could do your personalizing before you put it together which would make it easier to maneuver while you’re painting

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Lay the stool down on a piece of mdf , trace it and cut out for a back piece. Glue and nail it on.  I measured and added 2 front pieces under each step for extra support (optional).

I finished it off with a coat of outdoor water based varnish that will protect it from all the water splashes from little people climbing up to wash their hands, brush their teeth or help with the dishes etc 🙂

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❤❤❤ little miss independent ❤❤❤

Anyway 😉

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Who Wants To Play Checkers

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After I painted the garden stool I thought it would be fun to paint a wooden tv tray to match the stool.

Using the same deco art patio paint I decided to do a checkerboard with rainbow colours rather than black and red.  The picture below is the point where I was about to give up and chalk this project up to scrap.

I realized the checkerboard was kind of small in comparison to the table top but then I had the brilliant (if I do say so myself ;)) idea to paint the edge with chalkboard paint.  This little table has just turned into a 3-in-1,  checkers,  x’s and o’s and hangman.

I painted ants on the squares that would be black and ladybugs on the squares that would be red, picked up the little wooden boxes from the dollar store along with the river rocks and the butterflies to use as checkers, painted the boxes and glued a piece of felt on the bottom of the butterflies so they’ll slide easier.

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This is my 4th outdoor sign for the hot tub.  I added some fun little mini lights that are battery operated and can be easily turned on and off by a switch on the back of the sign and I dotted around the lettering and on the background with tulip glow in the dark fabric paint.  If it’s ok for the washing machine it should be ok for the rain too. The mini lights are in the middle of the stars. All the glowing made it hard to get a good night time picture.

I can think of a few projects in the future that may feature these mini lights.

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I found  this awesome pom pom tutorial on pinterest and had to try them.  They definitely turn the room into a party. They look beautiful and they were so easy and fun to make.

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Stools That Spin Are More Fun!!!

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Turn a Plain Stool into a Swivel Stool

1)   unscrew stool top from the legs

2)   get yourself a richelieu swivel plate from any hardware store. cut a 1” plywood base a little smaller than the top of the stool

3)   paint and decorate stool top, legs and plywood base

4)   the swivel plate has small screw holes on one side and bigger screw holes on the other side.  centre the swivel plate on the plywood base with the small screw holes down – screw in place

5)   drill one hole only right through the plywood using one of the bigger screw holes as a guide

6)   centre plywood base on stool top with the wrong sides together.  looking through the drill hole, line it up with the swivel plate screw holes and add screws in all 4 holes

7)   centre legs on plywood bottom, screw in place and voila your plain old stool is now a fun swivel stool

I painted the above stool with deco art patio paint so it can be used outside and the stool below was swivelled and painted with deco art acrylics about 5 years ago. I painted a set of 3 for my breakfast bar.  They have had a lot of use and abuse and are still in great shape.  

There is so many things that would be so much better if we could spin ’em 🙂

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Anyway 😉


1/2 way through April … already!!!

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So much to do, so little time!!!  Such a true statement.

These are my creations so far this month.

I received an Etsy order from my daughters friend.  She asked if I could make a jewelry box to match the crate I made for her little Avalena.  She has a little girl that comes to visit her  and she apparently loves the crate.  

This is the jewelry box.   I think “Lauren” will like it. Especially when she opens it and sees her name on the inside too.

I made this clay pot bird bath a few years ago and it has been sitting in my craft cave ever since.  It never did make it to the garden.  First because our garden was under construction and then it didn’t match the furniture we bought so I never took it out.

I like the idea of it so I’ve been working on a new one that will match better.   I used my outdoor cushion for my inspiration. 

It’s not done yet but I think I like it so far and as you can see if definitely matches better.  I’m  not sure if the paint will cure to the dish on top because it was sealed with a smooth, glass surface.  I sanded it a little and painted it with patio paint . Now I have to wait to see if  it will stick as this is where the water will sit. I also have a little solar light I’m going to add to the dish and a cute little butterfly to hang on the side of it.

I am also attempting to make these tipsy pots.  They look pretty fun!  I found them on this awesome blog.

I painted the pots red and orange.  I had to stop production though because I bought the wrong size nuts today.  I hate that!

Anyway 😉