DIY Color Dipped Cutting Boards

cutting board

I’ve been spotting some color dipped cutting boards in the $150-250 range at Anthropologie and a few other stores. And I had made a mental note many months ago about this stuff called Plasti Dip that is meant for dipping your tool handles (and probably suitable for many MANY more DIY projects.)

I have ALWAYS liked the idea of making cutting boards, but prefer to stick to big impact DIY projects.

You know, the ones that are easy and/or save you LOTS of $$$. With that said….this is SO easy and WAY less than $200. It’s a solid slab of wood and the Plasti Dip was under $7.

Psst…they’d make great gifts too!

First, you’ll need to find some scrap wood or buy some nice wood at the lumber yard or home improvement store…keep in mind that the harder woods are best for cutting boards. We used Poplar, which isn’t really that hard but we are just using it occasionally for cheese and crackers or bread.
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As you can see, I drew some patterns on the board with pencil…I wanted to get 4 cutting boards out of my 4 ft board without wasting too much. You could always make rectangular ones if you don’ t have a jigsaw.

string lights cutting board wood

Then I broke out the jigsaw…I was a bit rusty. Thankfully cutting boards are forgiving.

Not too bad, right?! Then comes the real work!

Sanding…

and sanding…

and sanding…oh my!

and repeat with fine grit paper.

Use a hand sander, I started with a really rough paper 80-110 range then a finer paper (I used 220). Then I got lazy and quit so Dave went over them again (that’s true love!)…make sure you get all the edges, sides, top and bottom.

Good thing they looked so cute and felt so smooth or I might have given up on ever doing this again :)

Here they are:

I didn’t intentionally create this “puzzle” cutting board to go together

But it sure would be nice to keep those top ones as a set to be used together for long french baguettes and then they can come apart to use  for cheese and crackers as well! Who doesn’t love a multitasking kitchen item?!

Apply mineral oil to the boards to seal them. I actually used an orange oil & beeswax combo that I found.

Then it was time for fun!

After discovering the Puzzle Cutting Board, I couldn’t ruin those ones by dipping the ends…

BUT the other two were practically begging to jump into the Plasti Dip. I knew they would look GREAT with a splash of color on the handle. It’s a rubbery goo and so easy to use…

Just dip it in (make sure to mix it up and do this outside since it does stink…but well worth it):

Mine was a bit thin at first because it wasn’t sticking to the mineral oil that didn’t soak in yet. You should probably dip first then oil…or at least be patient enough to let the oil all soak in.

So I let it dry and gave it one more coat. Turned out GREAT!

I like that that rubbery handle adds a nice grip to the bottom. Might be nice to coat the whole bottom with it.

cutting board

It comes in any color imaginable! I think I’ll be doing the ends of my keys next.

I saw some table legs, origami birds and pine cones on Pinterest that were dipped in Plasti Dip. The white ones gives the look of ceramic but much more kid friendly!

Any other ideas of things we should be dipping?!  Please share in the comments…

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DIY Garland Wreaths

DIY doesn’t get much easier than this:

Step 1: Buy sewing circles (I think that’s what they might be called?! I used them HERE for our nursery’s modern tree) and tinsel garland

Start wrapping the garland around your circles like so:

Tuck the ends in and/or tie a knot and you are DONE :)

DIY Modern Christmas Tree

After seeing these plans for a modern wooden Christmas tree on The Design Confidential, I couldn’t help myself…

I don’t even care if it’s before Thanksgiving…

I’m usually the one that gets angry at this time of year that people aren’t following the rules about waiting to decorate, listen to holiday music, and all that other general holiday joyfulness…sounds like a silly thing to be angry about in retrospect.

This year I choose Christmas JOY…even before Thanksgiving **gasp**

And having two little boys who’s eyes light up with every mention of lights, Christmas trees, Santa, cookies, etc is pretty great!

Okay, okay, back to the tree :)

We cut some random scrap pieces to different lengths (ranging from 3″ to 18″) to make our mini version of this tree (it’s about 2 ft tall).

I lined them all up to make sure we had enough to cover the entire dowel:

Then drill holes in the center of each piece: (We used a 1/2″ dowel so had to make sure the hole was at least that size):

Start threading them on the dowel. You’ll see that I decided to make the second piece up a little bigger so I could add little feet to it and still allow it to fold flat for easy storage).

Glued little fee onto the second piece…any excuse to use my favorite little clamps :)

Keep stacking them up:

After some white spray paint, lights and ornaments:

Complete! :)

And here’s that link again to the full plans over at The Design Confidential.

You like?! How many trees do you put up at your house?

How To Make Wood Mosaic Wall Art

You can make a BIG impact with a piece like this:

 

Here’s how it’s done:

FRAME

We cut 1/4″ backer board to the size you want.

This one was 6ft wide x 2ft high.

Then we framed it with 1×2’s and stained them.

After sketching out a plan on how we should layout the slats, 2×2 blocks and tiny 3/4″ blocks…

We started CUTTING

And cutting

And cutting…

Until we had this:

The slat pieces were made from 1/4″ plywood that was ripped down into 1″ strips.
The large blocks were 2×2’s sliced into different lengths.
The tiny blocks were made by ripping down 1×6 boards into 3/4″ x 3/4″ square strips then slicing them…YES you might go crazy if you do too many of those ;)

Then, we used a sanding block on any of the rough edges.

TIME TO COLOR/STAIN:

Set each block on cardboard and start spray staining

—NOTE: Yes! Spray stain DOES exist…go get familiar with your stain aisle at the Home Improvement store–

We used four varying shades and gave the blocks two coats each

DRY FIT

Start placing all of your blocks and slats in place. You’ll likely need to trim some slats or make adjustments in your layout to achieve a perfect fit.

We got the layout looking good but weren’t happy with the coloring. The frame and slats would look better in a darker espresso color.

So we tested a new black color on a sample slat and LOVED IT.

Looks good,right!? Isn’t the fun strip of color great too..

GLUE:

And get some heavy items ready to hold the slats in place

What do you think?? Would you take on the challenge of making one for yourself?

Psst…If you love it but not up for the work you can always BUY one at our ETSY shop instead of DIYing it :)

Super Simple Fabric Wall Art

Looking for BIG drama at LOW cost? Need a way to fill some empty walls in your house?

Same here! We took down many of our personal pictures when our house went on the market which left us with some very BARE walls.

This is what we did:

Buy a 1×2 and some cool fabric from the fabric store.

Cut and nail the 1x2s together to make a frame (or set of frames) in any size you like.

Make a quick frame in any size

Put your fabric down under the frame…

Lay fabric upside down with frame on top

Start stapling with a staple gun…pneumatic is easiest but a hand stapler would work fine too.

Start wrapping and stapling

Cut away extra fabric and hang on the wall! I just put 2 nails in the wall and hung the frame directly on it.

Admire your work!

DIY Concrete Wall Art

Concrete Art. 

Sounds crazy (like almost every project we do LOL), but I promise these are super cool!  YES, you do have to be brave enough to mix up concrete or mortar mix or concrete resurfacer. But it really is as easy as mixing powder with water. And when making art you can’t even mess it up! You could even just use your hands and no trowel at all.

We typically do these with extra concrete mix left over from other projects.

In fact, most of my art projects are ‘UPCYCLED’ from left over scraps of wood or concrete. You’re welcome, Landfill :)

We just trowel the left overs onto a 1/4″ sheet of plywood/backer board or whatever scraps we have lying around in the garage.

Trowel concrete onto a board

It adheres really well to the board so we didn’t even bother with any kind of bonding agent.

Then just spray on a little concrete stain (this one below was made with two different shades of brown Rustoleum concrete stain). It’ goes on just like spray paint would. Then is soaks in nicely. Obviously I added some stick on letters from the craft store so it would spell “ART.”

DIY Concrete Art:

Concrete Wall Art: Raw Edge

I’m the crazy artist type so I liked it with the raw edge, but Dave wanted it to be more civilized so he added a frame. Just mitered 1x2s and routed out a groove (by running them through the table saw to take out 1/4″ or so)…and obviously we spray painted those.

Framed Concrete Art

Here are a few others I’ve made:

Abstract Concrete Art

Family Name Plaque:

Family Name Plaque

Pictures Coming soon of these versions as well:

A spray painted series in bright colors rather than stain.

And a Key Holder…

YOUR THOUGHTS?! Do you LIKE or DISLIKE the idea of textured concrete in the home as art?

I know this was DIY for the brave so you could always just BUY at our ETSY shop:
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DIY Concrete Table

Have you ever wondered how to make a stylish concrete coffee table or dining table that didn’t weigh a TON or cost a fortune?

pipe leg coffee table

Maybe it’s never crossed your mind but I’m going to share anyway. So, sit back and enjoy…

Step 1: buy  3/4 inch MDF for the top and sides of the table top. (This table is going to be 2ft x 4ft but we bought supplies to make a few tables)

MDF for table top

Step 2: Attach sides to table with RIDICULOUS amounts of wood glue and nail or screw in place. If you don’t get the sides and top to attach well, your concrete will crack on that seam down the road.

Wood glue is a MUST

Nailing the top to the sides

Step 3: Get your gloves on and be brave, it’s time to open the concrete bag. We used a 25 lb bag but just mixed about 1/2 of it with water (following directions on the bag). Mix it up and get your trowel ready.

Step 4: Get messy. And work FAST. Might be worth practicing on a different board first. Trowel the concrete in a thin layer over the table top and sides. Then patiently wait for it to start hardening (20 minutes or so). I like to rub any rough areas on the corners off before it totally sets (which will be in a few hours).

Resurfacing the table top

Spreading concrete on the sides

Step 5: Add any spray stains if you want a more brown or charcoal color. This will add more dimension and/or apply a few layers of water based poly to seal the table (so it won’t get water stains etc.). Makes it nice and shiny too!

Step 6: Attach the leg brackets and legs.

Attach table leg brackets and screw in the legs

Step 7: Take pictures. Share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, put your feet up, turn on DIY Network or HGTV and ENJOY another DIY project success! OR visit our Etsy shop and just buy a table :)

Modern DIY concrete coffee table

Close up of finished table

Or paint the legs your favorite color!

And a few other concrete surfaced projects from our past…

concrete dining table with the same process

or a vanity for your bathroom sink…

or a more normal 3ft x 6ft dining table

What do you think?! Over the top DIY ? or something you would try?

Wood slices | From Around the Web

Maybe it’s the sound of chainsaws after the storm or the random branches in the yard that have re-ignited my passion for simple wood slice projects.

You could slice up those branches to fill an entire accent wall:

Accent wall of Wood slices from marthastewart.com

Create a unique patio or walkway:

Stump slices making a beautiful patio/walkway design as seen at Dornob.com

Or even vases with smaller branches:

Branch slice vases from twoscompany.com

A doormat:

Wood slices doormat as seen at Houzz.com (you know, my new favorite site!)

Or just google images of “wood slices and weddings” for a crazy number of cool rustic table numbers, coasters, napkin rings, signs etc….

If you don’t have access to branches you could even just use a piece of lumber like I did on our bathroom wall art last year:

Wood Slices make great wall art

I simply cut pieces to different thicknesses and glued them onto a thin sheet of plywood then spray painted it. Best wishes on your WOOD projects!

What do you think? Would you ever attempt any of these? 

I’m STRONGLY considering that patio pathway.

“Spray Paint It”

Lately people have been asking me what to do with their worn out: table, patio set, swing, vases, baskets, picture frames, flower pots, mirror frame…the list goes on…and on….

My answer is almost always…“Spray paint it!”

It is the most simple (and affordable) DIY transformation for nearly anything.

What would YOU do with this basket?
 

$3 thrift store basket

“Spray paint it” would be the correct answer :) 

After a quick trip to the home improvement store I was the proud owner of the following: white spray on primer, key lime, and aqua colors (because I couldn’t decide which I liked better).

Spray paint

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