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 😉

Chalkboard Door Sign Tutorial

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1) cut your wood to the size you want your sign to be.  home depot and lowes will cut wood for you if you don’t have your own saw.

2) tape the edges using painters tape. paint inside the tape with 2 or 3 coats of chalkboard paint. sand lightly between coats with fine sandpaper.

3) remove the tape and paint the border with any colour and or pattern you like. I used deco art americana paint.

4) I used word art on my computer for the letters and transferred them onto the wood using graphite paper available here and at most craft stores.

5) paint the letters and use the same method as above to add any pictures you want on your sign.

6) you can either use eyelet screws or drill holes through the wood to add wire, rope, chain or ribbon to hang the sign.  I drilled holes and used wire for this sign and added beads to the wire.  I also painted and glued on a little piece of wood trim to hold the chalk.   I used PL premium glue.  It’s tough stuff.

Anyway 😉

Chalkboard Placemat

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 How to make a personalized chalkboard placemat

These are handy to have when you’re taking the kids out for dinner.  They help to keep them busy while waiting for their food.  They’re pretty easy to make.  If you don’t feel like making your own they are for sale in my

Etsy shop.

Supplies needed – drapery black out also known as roc-lon sold at most fabric stores,  chalkboard paint (I buy mine in a can from the paint dept at Home Depot),  a roll of 1″ painters tape, a straight edge ruler, a paint brush,  fine sandpaper and a piece of ribbon

 Drapery Black Out / Roc-Lon  – make the side that is more rubbery the back of the placemat

 with a straight edge ruler measure, mark and cut an 18″ x 12″ size placemat

 tape off the edges with 1″ painters tape

 paint along tape line to avoid pushing paint under the tape. do 2 coats of chalkboard paint then sand lightly and touch up with one last thin layer of paint. when it’s dry flip it over and paint the back side solid chalkboard

 remove the tape and paint the border whatever colour you want.  I use patio paint for more durability but any waterproof acrylic paint will work

to personalize I use my cricut. if you don’t have a cricut (I suggest you put one on your wish list because they are fun!!!) you can use alphabet stencils or freehand

don’t worry about the paint that bled a little under the tape edges. the next step will cover that.

 paint around the edge of the chalkboard paint and the letters with short and long paint strokes leaving random spaces in between the lines that you will be filling in with paint dots

dot the painted edges using anything that will make a round dot.  I dip the end of a paintbrush in the paint or a pen tip for smaller dots. touch up the paint splatters with chalkboard paint

sew a 20″ piece of ribbon folded in half to the end of the placemat on the front side either by hand or with your sewing machine.  to cover the thread on the back paint over it with the chalkboard paint. let the paint dry and cure for a day or 2 to prevent the dots from sticking when you roll it up.  tie a piece of chalk into the bow and you’re done 🙂

January 2012

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My niece asked me to make her son a grow chart to match his bedding and bench. I think the grow chart took me as long to paint as the bench did.  Could’ve been because it was January.  It’s always hard to get motivated in January after all the Christmas rush and excitement.

I decided he needed his name in jungle letters too.

I was also wanting to try to make a chalkboard placemat, so while I was getting Isaac’s stuff together to ship to his mom I made one up quickly for him. I rushed to finish it so it was not perfected but as you can see by the photos below, Isaac didn’t care at all that his placemat wasn’t perfect.

What a cutie!!!