DIY Stands at Low Cost

 A two-legged stand for a low-cost accent table makes a DIY-project worth your time. There are so many ideas that you can do that can make your home look elegant and expensive at a low cost.This longer table is made with (3) 1×4 and (2) 2×4 lengths. A sample paint can which will paint both with a small can of stain. You don’t need a large can of paint or stain for this unless you are planning to do other projects.

DIY: TV Stand

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What I used

1. wood glue

2. hinge and two knobs

3. compressor, nail and nail gun

4. 5 =8′ lengths of 1 x 4″ board (top and bottom frame)

5. pine shop shelving (4′ for bottom)

6. hand jigsaw, mitre and table saw

7. three 8′ 1 x 2 (doors) I used 1 x 4 cut in half

8. 1/4″ plywood for doors and back to close behind the doors and drawer space

This was the first time I did this project without help except when I put the doors on. I used a drawer and attachments I had saved from a previous project so that was easy. I made the centre work with the drawer.

Wall Hanging with Shelving

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List:

1: three 8′ length 1′ x 4′ board cut in half

2: brackets or angle cut board for brace. If you don’t have a saw buy the brace

3: one 8′ length 1′ x 4′ cut in half and take one of the halves and cut that in half for a back brace to hold the seven 4′ lengths together

4: 5′ x 8′ wide board cut in half for shelving

5: wood glue

6: chalk paint or wood stain

7: long clamps, pencil, screws and screwdriver

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This wall shelving unit is nice and roomy for bigger items. It is easy to put together. All you have to do is get three 8′ boards cut in half, one extra 8′ length cut in half. From that half take one 4′, get it cut in half. You should have seven 4′ lengths and two 2′ lengths. Also have the pine shelving board cut in half at the store. Some places charge a small fee but it’s worth it. Now all you have to do is stain the boards to stain of choice. I used chalk paint and mixed some in a small container with water so it would apply like a stain. With three different colours, I mixed a couple to give a different tone and rustic look. Once that is done, let dry.

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Now that the boards are dry, begin by laying out your pattern. If you like the layout, start gluing each, then clamp and let dry fully, screw in the 2′ boards to the back, lengthwise. Now lay out the bracket and mark your spots. Screw them in place and attach the shelving boards.

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That is it!

Painting With Chalk Paint

One of the things I learned about chalk paint is that a little can go a long way. It is safer to use. However, it does scratch easy and a top coat should be applied if it is used on furniture. It covers over varnished furniture well without having to sand it down first. Two coats will coat well and there are many colours available. That is why I decided to paint this furniture with chalk paint. If you notice the before and after, it seemed to brighten up the room.

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Chalk as a Stain

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I bought chalk paint and the staff advised me on how to use it differently for different projects. This idea of thinning chalk paint is good when doing wall projects. The chalk paint will also go farther. It can be made thinner. The choice is up to you. Hope this idea helps you when considering working with chalk paint.

Tip: When applying chalk paint to furniture it is better using it undiluted unless it is new wood. It coats well on any furniture but has to be top coated after because it scratches easily.

Toy Box With Shelf

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I found this project on Pinterest and started to make it without a pattern. For that reason, you may have to watch the angles and do the 36 degree first then 37 degree angle and see how tight it joins before cutting the 45 degree angles and lengths down in case you have to adjust the angles slightly. Here are the steps.

Things you need

4 – 1 x 4″ length boards (5 for safe measure)

1 – 1/4″ sheet of plywood

Wood glue

Screws to attach the back and front to the sides

Furniture Paint or chalk paint and finishing top coat

 

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Here are the angles. Watch that you flip the 1 x 4 ” halved board when cutting the second side so that it is opposite of the other side.

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Starting with the front face of the toy box, lay the two 17 1/2″ lengths boards on a flat surface side by side leaving enough space for the three width boards. Then place all three 18 1/2″ boards between. Mark the spaces starting from the bottom 3″ up on the 17 1/2″ board and spacing each board 2″ apart. Glue each board in place, clamp and leave for required amount of time as glue specifies. Do the same for the back.

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You will want to frame the inside where the shelf goes and the bottom for the base with a 1 x 1″ board.

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For a cheaper and easier version visit: http://turtlesandtails.blogspot.ca/2014/05/child-sized-bookshelf-toybox-combo-diy.html?m=1

I found this after I’d already started the toy box but I sure could have used this pattern.

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Avocado Plant

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My daughter planted an avocado  and it is growing like a weed so I decided to try to plant my own avocado. As she did, I took the pit from a ripe avocado and put toothpicks in it. This was back in April

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It took a while before it opened and roots started forming.

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When I checked it in August guess what I saw? A new formation starting to come out. Looks like the plant is being born.

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Finally got to plant it! Once it got to 5″ I cut it half way down. Hope it grows back.

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Dec 15/2016 update.