Sunday, October 28, 2018

Old Door Christmas Tree

I use to be a crafty person, loved to do all the trending crafts, making handmade items with paint, glue guns, fabric, etc. Now I just want to do DIY's with power tools, which I am starting a collection of my own and loving it! Here is def a great DIY with using multiple power tools!

Being honest here, I saw this idea on Instagram, briefly, and I didn't save it or screen shot it, or even remember who's page I saw it on! So if you know, please tell me so I can give them credit for the inspiration! They just had a photo of someone else's trees, and it got my inner creative self just a thinking! This is a super easy DIY if you know how to use those glorious power tools!

So lets get on with it!!

All you need is an old door (or any wood door), some 1x2 or 1x4 for the wood trim, some block molding (or any block of wood), a chair leg thingy (don't know the official name, but look at the pic below), a leg, and a round or square plaque/base. Other than the old door and trim, I got all of the rest at Lowe's Home Improvement.

Other supplies include:

Stain and stain brush
finish nailer and nails
chalk line
Screwdriver/drill and screws
hammer and a nail

Time to get started!

Make sure you lay your door down on a flat surface, find the center at the top and lightly hammer a small nail at the center. Attach the chalk line to the nail and pull it to each of the bottom corners of the door and snap the line. You will see a chalk line triangle! Make sure your skilsaw is at the proper depth of your door, and you have it hanging over the edge(I say this because I had it on an outdoor coffee table that now has a cut going thru one corner;), and cut along lines, you will then have a very large triangle! Be careful if you move it at this stage, because it won't have the sides holding it together. Measure and cut your trim to fit the sides, with a couple of inches hanging off the bottom on each side. Stain these as well as your leg, wood blocks/molding, and plaque/base. Attach the trim with a finish nailer and nails. Find the middle of the door at the bottom and attach your blocks of molding, both on the front and back of the door, also with the finish nailer. You will now have enough thickness at the bottom to screw in the leg holder thingy. After that, find the center of your base and screw in the leg with several screws to make sure it is very secure. You can now screw the leg and base to the bottom of your tree and you are DONE!

See? Super easy DIY using my fave power tools!! Hope you had a great time with this! I hung a wreath on mine, but you could totally deck this out with lights, ornaments, paint stencils, or whatever your heart desires! If you make one of these, please post it on Instagram and tag me @theoldhouseonmain cuz I would love to see it!

Hope you have a great day and see ya next time!

xo Margy

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Dining Room Done! YAY!!

Well, it has been a long time coming, let me tell ya! I finally retired from my job, and wanted to get started on all the projects I have been waiting patiently to do. The dining room was one of them, with its dark blueish/teal walls, I was ready for a change! I know that dark walls are making a comeback in the decor world, but I have had these for like 10 years and need some light and bright!

After doing the entry way, I had decided I wanted the whole house to be more cohesive and a little more neutral, so I stuck with the same colors on the walls and trim and added a little flare! With lots of time on my hands and no deadline to hit, I began.

 Retirement is a funny thing, some people just keep right on moving forward and never look back, being busier than when they worked. Some get bored, and decide that they really don’t like it, and then there are those few that seem to have everything happen right after retirement. Well, I am in that third category! My last official day, I tweeked my knee! Two weeks later, my Mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer! Two months later, I tore my minescus in my other knee (a week after I started the dining room makeover) and had to have it scoped. When they scoped it, they found out that I had also torn my ACL! A couple of weeks later, my Mom passed away. This all happened within the first three months of retirement and needless to say, getting the dining room completed was the last priority! Luckily, I had done most of the higher part of the 11 foot ceilings, and all that was left was some of the trim and below the chair rail. Since I couldn’t climb a ladder yet, (torn ACL) I began painting the lower part of the walls. It took longer than expected, probably because I really wasn’t in the mood for awhile, and honestly kinda sad, but got that completed-FINALLY!

Even though my home will be all the same neutral colors, each space will have that WOW factor, and the dining room is no different. I originally wanted to do some wallpaper, but because of the budget, I made the choice to stencil. I opted for a large stencil that I purchased at Micheals craft store. For those of you who have never stenciled, there are a couple of different ways to get the same result. I find that it is easiest to use a foam roller on walls and furniture, but use a stencil brush on everything else.

Stenciling supplies:
                1.  2 Stencils
                2. Foam roller (small)

                3. Spray glue
                4. Painters tape
                5. Roller pan
                6. Latex paint

I will just quickly explain how I did this particular stencil project, I also did a very brief "how to" in my last post about the guest room, so if you already read that, then just skip to the end. First thing is to spray the back of the stencil with the spray glue. You can use any brand, but I used 3M brand of glue. Set it aside for about 5 minutes or until it gets tacky. While it is getting tacky, measure and figure out your stencil pattern on the wall. I don’t ever measure, I usually just eyeball everything, but if you read the instructions on the stencil package, it will tell you how to get started, usually. Then you simply place your stencil on the wall and make sure you use the painters tape to tape off any edges so you don’t accidentally paint over the edge onto the wall. Pour the paint into the roller pan and roll paint onto the
roller. Here is the secret, don’t use very much paint! If you use too much, it will bleed under the stencil. when you have all the holes in the stencil painted, simply remove the stencil. It is best to have at least a couple of stencils so you can continue and not have to wait for the stencil to dry. Just keep moving along the wall until you are done!

Hope you enjoyed my little Dining Room refresh, on to the next project!

Old Door Christmas Tree

I use to be a crafty person, loved to do all the trending crafts, making handmade items with paint, glue guns, fabric, etc. Now I just want ...