Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our Workbench

I was able to get all the wood for my workbench at my mom's barn. 
I found my plans at Ana White's Website.  I then altered them to our workspace.

I sanded down the wood, and then started to put the pieces together. 

The workbench is so gorgeous. 
I told my husband, when we ever renovate our kitchen, I would love to have this bench as our island.

Monday, January 27, 2014

My DIY Coat Rack

During Christmas, I read about
and knew I wanted to build one.

It was an easy build.  I also got to use my Christmas present from my hubby.  My new Kreg Jig.

I love this tool.  It makes building so easy. 
If you are interested in your own DIY projects, you should invest in one.
It truly was so easy, that I forgot to stop and take a lot of pictures.  Sorry!!

The longest part of the build, was the staining of the coat rack.
We love our new coat rack.  Shanty 2 Chic is such a great site for inspiration.  Thank you Ladies.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Glass Insulator Wall Sconces

I love glass insulators and just so happen my father-in-law is a retired lineman for Southern Bell (now AT&T) .
One afternoon, we were talking about when he used to climb the telephone polls for his job.  We then talked about the glass insulators.  I asked him if he had one or two that I could have.  Well, he brought me a bucket full.
I washed and cleaned them. 

Next I went out the my barn wood stash.

Using the barn wood, I attached a small piece of wood to the wall sconce.  I then used a clamp and screw and attached to an another piece of wood.  Then put the glass insulator upside down into the clamp and tighten the screw on the clamp.  Then put a tea light candle into the glass insulator.

I then used a mixture of vinegar and vegetable oil to bring out the natural color of the wood.  Then attached saw tooth hangers to the back of the wall sconce.

I love them.  My plan is to make several more for my sister-in-law and all the grandchildren.  As a little bit of history of their father and grandfather.