Monday, September 12, 2016

DIY Herringbone Serving Tray Using Scrap Wood

Using Scrap wood to Create A Rustic Serving Tray
By: Jen Burns

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**
Anyone who works with wood on a routine basis has a scrap pile in corner somewhere or like me, a huge trash can in the corner of the shop. Normally I go through it once it's full and pull out decent pieces to put back in my lumber stash then put the rest in the burn pile. This time it was full I pulled out all the scrap 2 x 4 pieces to use for this project.

After pulling out several scrap pieces of wood, I set up my saw with a 3/8" saw stop. Some chop/compound miter saws will have an attachment for setting stops (a guide or jig that allows numerous uniform cuts). If yours doesn't, use the stability vise or a good clamp and a block of wood secured to the saw's fence or platform 3/8" to the right of your blades edge. Setting a saw stop allows you to push your lumber up against it while cutting each piece and since it doesn't move it allows the same length on each cut. I cut roughly 50 pieces of scrap 2 x 4 showing the end grain.

I also cut an 18" x 24" piece of pine to use as the base. After all my cuts were made, I sanded each piece.

After laying out the pattern I wanted to use, I labeled the rows with numbers to make staining and assembling a little easier on me.

I chose a few different colors of Unicorn SPiT colored gel stains for the herringbone pattern. A fewof the colors I used are a mix as follows:

Row 1: Mix of 1 part Weathered Daydream, 1 part Rustic Reality
Row 2: Zia Teal
Row 3: Mix of 1 part Rustic Reality, 1 part Midnight's Blackness and a few drops of Molly Red Pepper
Row 4: Mix of 2 parts Pixie Punk Pink, 2 parts Phoenix Fire and 1 part White Ning
Row 5: White Ning
Row 6: same as Row 3
Row 7: same as Row 2
Row8: same as Row 1

I laid out the colors in the pattern before finally using wood glue to secure them to the base. The base is stained with Rustic Reality. When using Unicorn SPiT as a stain, I dilute all the colors with 50% water.

Using a circular saw, set the depth slightly more than your combined height of the base and pattern. Then trim off the over hanging pieces so that all four sides are flush. I used some scrap pieces to trim out the tray, which I secured with wood glue and a few pre-drilled screws.

Before starting the epoxy filling of the tray, I flipped it over and taped over any seems, knots or spaces that the epoxy could potentially leak out of. Make sure when you're taping to use a good painter's tape and seal the edges well.

I'm using a two part epoxy resin made by Famowood. Using disposable plastic cups measure out equal parts of the resin and the activator in two separate cups. In a third cup combine the two and stir with a wooden craft stick, making sure to scrape the sides often and keep mixing. Mix constantly for 3 full minutes. You will notice that towards the end of your mixing time that your cup may start to feel warm. That is a good sign that your epoxy is almost ready to pour.

Once you have it mixed completely, it's time to do your first pour. I always do epoxy in multiple pours. The first pour is the sealing pour, it's a thin layer of epoxy poured across the entire surface to seal the wood from releasing air bubbles. Doing a thin layer in the beginning instead of one large pour all at once, reduces bubbles and the risk of leaking epoxy.

Using the wooden craft stick, I spread the epoxy over the surface like you would with a squeegee.

After you have spread your epoxy across the surface, lightly tap the sides and bottom of the tray to help any bubbles come to the surface. I use an old credit card to smooth over and pop any bubbles.

This tray took three pours of epoxy letting 4 hours of cure time in between each layer. Allow the last layer to cure over night or at least 6-8 hours.

Once the epoxy had cured over night, I added a few handles on each side and it's ready to use.

All Finished

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tips and Tricks for playing with Milk Paint LIVESTREAM

Hi y'all! We're soooooo excited to announce that on Friday, 1pm EST Lynn of Fern Avenue, my blog bestie and OFMP Brand Blogger, will be streaming LIVE on the Hometalk Facebook Page! We'll be sharing all about The Old Fashioned Milk Paint, our tips and tricks on "Playing with TRUE Milk Paint (OFMP)"!

Here are some of my favorite OFMP finishes!

A controlled Chippy
Updated Custom Color Blend

Primitive and Crackled
The Layered Look

The Patina Aged Look

There are truly SO many possible finishes with Old Fashioned Milk Paint!  I can't wait to share my favorites with you LIVE on Hometalk's Facebook Page this Friday at 1pm EST! Lynn will show us her QUEEN mixing skills and I'll talk all about the history of milk paint! Make sure you tune in! We might even be giving away some amazing goodies LIVE on air!

Here's a snippet of what we'll share!

Lynn and Evey at Hometalk!
Have you heard?! ;) Lynn of Fern Avenue and I will be LIVE streaming on the Hometalk page, directly from their headquarters in NYC at 1pm EST, sharing all of our tips, tricks and inside info on working with The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company products! Tune in to see our favorite methods, finishes and all of the incredible things you can do with true milk paint and I might even be giving some stuff away but you have to watch LIVE! Here's the info:
Posted by Evey's Creations on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Can't wait to see you online!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Rustic Shelving Tutorial

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

Hey y'all! I know, an actual post, FROM ME! ;) Jen has been doing a great job of holding down the fort here on the good ol' blog, so make sure you check out her latest post!

Today, I'm sharing how I create gorgeous, rustic shelving that has a high end decor feel, for close to NOTHING cost-wise.

Photo Credits: Charlotte of Ciburbanity
If read my post on the incredible project, "Blogger's Heart Habitat" that I was so lucky to be a part of, you saw these shelves. They were in the room that Lynn of Fern Avenue and I completed for it. Charlotte was kind enough to take some photos for me!

CeCe Caldwell's Paints was one of the amazing sponsors for the project. As you know, I'm a CeCe Brand Rep, so here's my latest post for them!

Photo Credits: Charlotte of Ciburbanity
The room was tiny so I thought it best to get the decor OFF the ground and onto the walls. Shelving was the best way to achieve this!


-(1) One 1" x 10" x either 8ft or 10ft Pine board, cut into three even pieces (or whatever length you want your shelving to be. If the shelf is to be longer than 4ft, I would recommend you use three brackets instead of two, like I used. (My shelves were around 2ft-3ft long.)

-Cast Iron Brackets (either 8" or 10"), Lynn scored our 8" ones at Hobby Lobby while they were on sale.

-If you are not able to anchor these on studs (which is what I'd recommend) make sure you purchase drywall anchors compatible with your screws to mount these shelves safely. The iron brackets are heavy.

-CeCe Caldwell's Paints Stain+Finish in Beechnut Gray.

-Paintbrush, Sanding Sponge and level


-Lightly sand away the factory finish on your lumber, then using a brush stain your shelves always following the grain of the wood. Since CeCe's Stain+Finish is just that, a Stain PLUS a Finish, you don't need to worry about adding extra protection to the shelves. (For high-traffic areas though, I do recommend a couple of extra coats of their "Endurance" to make sure your finish stays safe.) The amazing Gray color gives this new pine wood and old, worn look!

-Mount your brackets safely onto the lumber itself, then mount the whole unit safely onto either the drywall (using the anchors) or onto the studs.

-Make sure you are hanging them straight using a level.


Total Project Cost was less than $35!
Here's the Facebook Live Video I did from the Habitat House showing you how to stain the shelves!

Staining some shelves using CeCe Caldwell's Paints Stain + Finish in Beechnut Gray for the Habitat house! #ad
Posted by Evey's Creations on Saturday, July 16, 2016
Photo Credit: Charlotte of Ciburbanity
I loved these shelves so much, that I will be replicating them in my own home for my family room redo!

Thanks to CeCe for another awesome month of DIY'ing GREEN! To find my other 'CeCe Brand Rep' posts, just search "CeCe Caldwell's Paints" in the search bar and they should all pop RIGHT up!

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DIY Wood Barn Quilt

By: Jen Burns

You can read about our blog contributor Jen here. Please make sure to follow her on social media for tons of woodworking inspiration!

**This post is sponsored by Old Fashioned Milk Paint CO, but all views and opinions are my own.**

Anne from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint sent me a few short cut boards a little while ago and I knew exactly what I wanted to use them for. I had seen Barn Quilts on several different websites and loved the geometric patterns with color.

I started by finding a royalty free pattern online at the Library of Congress under Quilt Blocks.  After finding a hunter's arrow pattern, I transferred the pattern to my wooden base with a drafting square. 

I then transferred the same pattern to my scrap wood to cut. 

I made sure to label each piece before cutting with the color of The Old Fashioned Milk Paint I would be using. 

After cutting each piece, I sanded and smoothed the edges. 

I painted and stained each piece based on the initial I had used earlier for the colors. 

Then using an 18 gauge finish nailer and 1" brad nail, I started nailing the pieces to my baseboard according to the pattern. 

Once I had all the pieces nailed in place, I filled any small gaps with putty and sanded smooth.  Then using a drafting T-square, I squared off each edge and trimmed with a circular saw. 

Then I used scrap pieces to frame out the edges and sealed with a few coats of Pure Hemp Oil. 

I did add a picture hook so that it can be hung on the wall.  I love how it turned out. 

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