Make it Monday: from Ikea tray to farmhouse art

Make it Monday: from Ikea tray to farmhouse art

Last year, my mom gave me this cute Ikea tray. I immediately loved the lace like pattern on the outer edges.

I used it as the base of an advent wreath, and for awhile, I used it in my coffee bar. I toyed with making a chalkboard out of it, but decided I wanted to create something a little less permanent.

I got the bright idea to create something using the Silhouette Cameo. Since I was a “noob” at the time and didn’t know what I was doing, some sweet friends of mine walked me through. Thanks, Katy, Kim, Leslie and anyone I may have forgotten 😉

I settled on a simple brush script font and a laurel wreath pattern. When I was done, I had this:

It’s cute, simple, and best of all, if I get tired of it, I can peel it off and do something different. What do you think?

What Silhouette or Cricut crafts have you done lately?

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Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

make industrial farmhouse shelves

Our bathrooms in our home are very spacious, but they’re also very boring. They are both very plain and builder-grade. We’ve recently begun to look at them to see how we might add some character without spending a lot of money on them.

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We do eventually plan to replace the tubs, tub surround, and flooring, but that will be a costly renovation, and it just isn’t in the budget right now. Instead, we are comparison shopping and trying to decide just what we want when the time comes.

At the present time, though, we can add just a little farmhouse character to our baths without breaking our checkbook.

We have decided to add some sort of rustic shelving, swap out that builder grade mirror for a more farmhouse-styled one, maybe paint or re-stain the vanity, and upgrade that cheap light fixture, but until we do that, we’ve opted to add some rustic shelving. These are the shelves you’ve seen on Fixer Upper, and all over Pinterest. And they’re the perfect project for adding a little industrial farmhouse to your home.

Adding rustic shelving is super easy, and not that expensive. Here’s what you’ll need to get started to make two plumbing pipe shelves.

2X10 pine board

4 3/4 in galvanized pipe nipples

4 3/4 in floor flanges

4 3/4 in pipe caps

your choice wood stain (I used Minwax Walnut)

black spray paint

microfiber cloth

sandpaper/orbital sander

I didn’t take step by step pics of the prep work, because it’s monotonous and self-explanatory. First, measure the area where you want your shelves to hang. Once you know your needed dimensions, you can cut your board to the appropriate lengths. Remember to measure twice and cut once! Next, use sandpaper, or an orbital sander to sand your boards smooth. Afterward, wipe the sawdust from your boards with a microfiber cloth.Then, apply the wood stain using a rag or brush. Allow each coat to dry at least 24 hours. Using your black spray paint, paint the galvanized pipe parts black. Allow 24 hours to dry.  For best results, use a spray paint with a primer included.

 

After your boards have dried, measure the area once more you want to hang your shelves. Use a level to make sure your boards are level, and mark the wall where you’ll screw the floor flanges. I highly recommend hanging your shelves on a stud to make them more sturdy, but if you can’t, then you’ll need to use dry wall anchors.

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After you’ve screwed the flanges to the wall, then you can assemble the pipe nipples and caps.

shelf pipe

Repeat this step for each side of your shelves. Then, you simply lay your shelf boards attop the pipes, and you’re done!

2 pipe shelves

Yes, you can totally see where I filledi n the giant holes left behind by the towel bar. They were huge and required lots and lots of spackle.

But, here’s the (mostly) finished product.

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I love how these shelves add so much rustic charm and character to our bathroom…plus, they add some much needed storage. Our vanity in this bathroom is rather small and there isn’t much counter space.

Have you made any rustic pipe shelves lately? If so, I’d love for you to show me!

Have a wonderful week.

 

Creating captain’s mirrors from cake pans

Creating captain’s mirrors from cake pans

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I recently went on a search for captain’s mirrors to hang above our new hallway console table. However, a recent Google search proved that captain’s mirrors are typically expensive.

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I began to wonder how I could create my own captain’s mirror. I tried to make one from a stove eye cover, but it was too flimsy and not deep enough.

I decided to try to make one from a round cake pan. To create your own captain’s mirror my way, you will need the following:

2 10-inch round cake pans

2 9-inch beveled edge mirrors

1-inch blocks of wood (four per mirror)

3/4 inch machine screws

Cardboard cut in a circle the same size as the cake pan

D-rings with screws

twine or an old leather belt (your choice. I used twine)

My cake pans were just basic round pans. They were super cheap. I began by drilling holes in the pans, and screwing the wood blocks where I wanted them with the machine screws.

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I attached the D-rings to the sides of the pan with the machine screws.

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Then, I attached the cardboard round to the pan by screwing it to the wood blocks.

cardboard mirror

I then painted the cardboard black and allowed it to dry. Next, I attached the mirror with all-purpose adhesive. I attached jute twine to the D-rings, but you could use leather, a chain, or whatever strikes your fancy. I also ended up painting the rest of the pans black with some chalk paint, which I then antiqued.

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I think that added a lot of character to these mirrors.  Now they are fancying up our otherwise boring hallway.

What could you do with re-purposed cake pans? I bet the possiblities are endless.