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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

the great spring break makeover is done....


I have a few pillows to sew and some decoration to do. But generally it's done and the rest will be finished over the next few weeks.

The biggest project was my new TV unit.
Did I mention that I built it!!! All by myself! I got the plans from the blog Knockoffwood. I suggest you go over and have a look at her designs. Then I saw a post on the blog shanty2chic where she outlined everything that she did to build the same unit. Hers has more parts. Reading Shanty2chic blog gave me great confidence. So on day one I headed over to home depot with a diagram of how I wanted my first sheet of MDF cut. I used all MDF except for the trim pieces. The HD worker Stefan did a great job cutting my pieces he was very meticulous! Which I appreciated because it's really important for the boards to be cut square! If you go to the Layton Home Depot ask for Stefan.

Then the work began. I used Decking screws, and lots of gorilla glue! to hold everything together.

I have one tip that could make things easier and that would be to borrow a couple of drills so that you don't have to keep changing out your bits. You will need a countersink, screwdriver and drill bit that is slightly smaller than your screws. Three drills would be perfect.

Countersinking your screws are very important for a nice finished look. There is a how to tutorial on knockoffwood. I suggest you watch it before you try putting your pieces together.

After all the pieces were assembled I puttied all of the screw holes with wood filler. I am a great believer in caulk. Caulk gives a nice finished look to everything. I caulked all of the seams, sanded and got ready to paint.

I found just the finish I wanted at TheFrugaldesigner blog. She had a tutorial on doing a rubbed white finish with a turquoise underlayment. I liked the playfull but not over done finish and went to work. I used a tinted primer, sanded, two coats of turquois color and then 3 coats of white.

The last step was to gently sand away some of the white so the blue shows through. You sand areas that would naturally show wear. It's subtle But I am happy with it!

Did I mention I did it MYSELF!!!!

the basment before


The color on the walls is certainly celery. I took a piece of stampin ups certainly celery paper and had it color matched. It's perfect. Light , bright and perfect for a kid friendly space that I'm hoping the basement becomes.

A smaller but fun project was putting a seat in a nook that we have. No plans I just made it as I went along. First I made a 2x4 box for the frame. Set it into the nook area and attached it to the wall. Then I took 3/4 MDF and covered the front and top. Caulked, filled holes, sanded and painted!!

More pictures comming soon.


Johnson Family said...

WOW!!! I love it! I have looked at the projects at Knock off wood...but still get nervous about it! It looks amazing! I am totally loving white accents right now and love that you did the turqoise underneath. Looks great...can't wait to see all the finishing touches!!!

Grover said...

Great Job on the Entertainment center. The whole basement is looking great.. I really like the built in bench in the nook.

Great work and thanks for linking it up


It Just Fitz said...

I am so impressed! The next time the phone rings, it might just be Extreme Home Makeover needing an assistant!! Great vision!

Kat said...

I can't imagine building furniture! Your's looks wonderful! I too love pottery barn teen, but a knock off is even better!

KarenSue said...

pretty color! great job on doing it yourself!

glitzen said...

I love the name, Certainly Celery. That is great, just for the name alone! :)

Ljax said...

Wow what a great job! I can't even hang a picture let alone build a piece of furniture. I so desperately need someone to build me a custom bookcase - too bad you aren't around here or else you'd be hired!

Lizz said...

Nice job! I look at Knockoffwood all the time and would love to build something, but my husband builds gorgeous furniture, so it's all his "job" and I think he'd be bummed if I took over! LOL
I love that turquoise and white finish though! I need to find somewhere to use that!

Its So Very Cheri said...

That looks fabulous. You did a great job. Thanks for posting to the party event.

I am letting everyone know the DIY Club inc button is now working.


Holly said...

That is simply awesome and so impressed that you did that yourself!

Stephanie Lynn said...

You've done an amazing job on this! Looks fabulous! This space is going to be gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining The DIY Club this month! We greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I love the wall color! I think Anna has the most wonderful site and her plans are great. It is super cool that you made it your self. I am sure there is a huge sense of pride for making something so wonderful!

Debbie said...

Well that is way better than I could ever do....I am not good at following directions let alone build something.....but give me a spray paint can and I am Nice job!

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

Nice job!! I just tackled my first Knock Off Wood project too! Just posted it to my blog! hehe Yours looks FAB!