July 29, 2014

Board and Batten Coat Wall Tutorial


It's been awhile since I promised the tutorial on how I did my board and batten coat wall so here it is...finally. Things have been pretty hectic in our household.  I am still working on the kitchen island project and getting more and more done everyday. 

I am also wrapping up Ashley's "new" makeup vanity, working on a countertop for the kitchen, and putting together a art room table for my sister in law.

To add to this list, we are also putting together some ideas for our toy room and a loft bed for one of our daughters. Live is good but life is busy!

If you remember back, this is how our entry looked originally and except for a new coat of paint on the walls, pretty much how we bought the house.

The original "dated" look


I used SketchUp to get a general idea of how I wanted it to look. I find its also easier for me to show Ashley my ideas this way rather than trying to explain it with simple drawings. This tool is awesome and free!

Sketchup Drawing

It's always a good idea to have a helper on a big project like this. Luckily I have one that is always willing to lend a hand. 


Our first step was to replace the trim around the door. This part was actually highlighted in this post and was the crucial first step before I could go on with the coat wall. 


Next up was a trip to the home improvement store to get an idea of what we wanted and to price out the material.  Using precut mdf would have been easier but also a lot more expensive. 


So instead I bought a few pieces of 2'x4' mdf sheets and decided to cut them manually. 


My cutting technique was far from perfect and it took far too long. I used as straight of a board as I could and then proceeded to measure and clamp it for every cut I needed. 


I used my new Black & Decker Matrix for this job. The small circular saw went through this wood like a hot knife through butter. 


The wood has been cut and is ready for finishing. 


To help the edges from getting that rough feel, I proceeded to use spackling paste along each edge. It was a long and tedious process but the end result was great. 

First up was to remove the old chair rail and bottom molding pieces. Then the cross pieces went up. I used liquid nails and my trusty air compressor and nailer.  


After the cross pieces were in place, I proceeded to nail up the vertical pieces and then the top shelf and moldings. I got lucky and most of the vertical pieces landed on a stud but one I ended up having to use liquid nails and tape.





A coat of oil based primer and then some paint and this project was complete. 































Desk Into Makeup Vanity Makeover

Another project wrapped up tonight. Just completed redoing a makeup vanity Ashley originally scored for $5. New top, sides, drawer pulls, rails and of course new paint. #diy

July 2, 2014

Unexpected Basement Issues

On Monday I walked down into the basement to check and empty our dehumidifier. As I walked the hallway into the bathroom, I stepped down and was met with the unexpected feeling of water underfoot through the carpet.

Since it was raining out at the time, I immediately opened up the store room where the sump pump is located thinking that maybe it quit working.

Nope

It was running and the store room was dry.

My next thought was the A/C closet in the bathroom. So there I went and upon opening the door, noticed that the entire closet floor was wet and I could hear water dripping. I immediately suspected a clogged condensation tube.

I ran upstairs and turned off the A/C and ran back downstairs. The dripping stopped so I knew it was defiantly coming from the A/C unit.

Crap...

I grabbed a few towels and started the process of soaking up as much water as I could from the hallway carpet.

Six towels later it seemed better.

I woke up the next morning and called my HVAC company. After all, this unit is less than 6 months old and I should not be having any issues yet. They came out and found that a piece of insulation had fallen from the newly constructed box and blocked the tube. Just as I thought!

He removed the piece and did some more inspections to make sure that nothing else was missed. He also promised to make this up to us and did not charge for the service call.

After he left, Ashley went and grabbed her sisters carpet shampooer and I proceeded to use it to extract the water from the carpet. Two gallons later I knew this was not going to work and that I probably had to remove the padding.

So I pulled the carpet up and, sure enough, the pad was soaked. I removed all the wet pieces and then propped the carpet up on whatever I could find and used as many fans as I could to dry the carpet out.


As of this morning, the carpet was dry but I will give it another day or so just in case. Then I will put down new padding and do my best to get the carpet stretched back into place.

Luckily, the water didnt get high enough to hit any sheetrock and from what I can tell, this hallway was the only place to get the water.

I am a bit frustrated that the water didnt go down the drain like it should have. Apparently my house has settled a bit in the 20+ years since its been built. I might have to look into a way to chisel some channels into that closet so if this should happen again, the water goes to where it should.





June 27, 2014

Island Countertop

We decided to do a wood counteract on the kitchen Island project.  So far it's going OK.  I had a hard time trying to cut the 2x6 by myself  on the table saw and neither one of my circular saw were able to make it through. Because of that, I have had to play with the boards a bit to make sure there is very little gaps between boards.  What gaps are there will be filled in  with wood putty.

June 6, 2014

ShopDog Sawhorse Project

Considering all of the projects I have going on right now, I am disappointed that it took me so long to complete these saw horses. They would have come in very handy for a handful of the things that I have already completed.

I purchased the plans for these sawhorses from woodshopdude.com for a very fair price of $5....close to 2 years ago. Maybe less but it seems like a long time ago.

I began the initial cuts for the legs and then stopped. I really don't know why I stopped but I did.

Around the garage I moved the piles of wood until this last week when I finally had enough. Back to the plans I went. 2 hours later and I was done. Overall they turned out pretty good. They don't look quite as nice as I had hoped but they are stable and level.

Next up is a miter saw station and throwing away the old plastic sawhorses that are being held together with rope. :)




May 30, 2014

New Projects

I have been busy working on a few new projects even though I have yet to completely finish the old ones. Been feeling a bit under the weather this week as well so that has put a damper on the ambitions.

Last week Ashley came home with this old desk that she picked up from one of her Facebook Mom's sites. She got it for $5!  The intent is to put this in our bedroom for her to use as a hair and makeup vanity.  It does need some work though. The veneer is peeling off of the top and sides and the middle drawer is pretty much busted.  The remaining drawers will all fall out if pulled too far.

But I love a challenge and I have already started to rebuild it. I am going to put a new plywood top on with edging around the sides of it. It will be stained a nice dark color.  The rest of the desk will be painted and antiqued in a white finish with fresh new hardware.



Another project I have started is a art room table for my sister-in-law. Its going to be one of those fancy ones using a 6-cube shelf from Home Depot topped off with an old door from the Habitat Restore.  So far I have picked up the doors, assembled the shelf, and cut some peg board for the back of it. I am hoping this weekend will allow some more time to get the door cut to size and some trim wrapped around it and the shelf.


The last thing I have going on is an update to the new swing set. It was always our intent to put a sandbox underneath it but before doing that, I wanted to raise the sides up a bit, fashion a cover to keep animals out, and put a chalkboard under there. I have the new boards for the sides cut and ready to go and I found an old piece of plywood to use for the chalkboard. I even have some old trim that I am going to use to frame it out.

The last thing it needs is a cover that can be easily removed. I do have the wood from the old sandbox box that was built and never used but its a bit heavy. A reinforced plywood top would really be better for this. I will have to see what I have around the shop. :)


May 22, 2014

New Swing Set

It took a bit longer than I expected but I finally got the swing set put together. This thing is sturdy and build to last! I am so glad we went with a build it yourself model from the local lumber-yard vs a kit from one of the big box stores. We wanted one that could support everyone from our 10 month old all the way up to me. :)

Overall it took one full day of cutting and assembling and then a few hours here and there after work to put the finishing touches on it.