Heart String Pallet Art

After last year’s Christmas gifts my brother made a request that I make gifts for him every year. This would be so much easier if I lived within driving distance. Trying to figure out a homemade gift that will travel well is hard.

I have wanted to try to make string art for a while now so I decided to combine that with staining pallet wood. I decided to try to stain my bother and sister-in-law’s wedding date in the center and weave a string art heart around it. Continue reading

DIY Baby Blocks

First of all I would like to apologize for the long break between posts. After the holiday season we had a whirlwind of activity with our move to Oslo, Norway!  We are now getting settled in our temporary housing so that I have some free time to post about all the Christmas gifts I have made for friends and family.  I will post more about our Norway move later this week. Continue reading

How to Stain an Image onto a Pallet

I finally decided to do something with the huge double wide pallet that has been leaning against our house for about half a year now. There are so many different ideas of things to do with pallet wood. I really liked the idea of using the wood for wall art because it has tons of character. I have seen people paint and add stickers to create wall art. I decided to try something different and experiment with staining a image into the pallet. I am so happy this worked on the first try. Continue reading

Farmhouse Table, Part 2

Our dining room table is done! This has been an idea in the making for months now. I previously talked about the inspiration for this table in Farmhouse Table Part 1. Between building this, traveling for the holidays and running into missing materials, this project took a lot longer than we expected. In the end it was completely worth every day.  I hope this will be a part of our family for years to come. Continue reading

Farmhouse Table, Part 1

A few months ago, I stumbled across Ana White’s website, to say the least it was life changing. I have always loved to build things, being a mechanical engineer it is second nature, but I never thought about building my own furniture. I have always been a person to choose metal over wood for all my projects. Other than a project a few years ago to convert my husband’s chest freezer (for beer brewing) to a table in our old apartment, I had never really worked with wood before.  Now I am stepping out of my comfort zone and building our dining room table out of wood.  I loved the look of a farmhouse table especially for our craftsman’s style home.My husband being a little skeptical of my ability to build a table convinced me to go “real” table shopping before making the final decision to build our table. After a couple of hours of looking at $1,000+ price tags with nothing really jumping out at us I deiced to drag him to both Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware (they happened to be next store to each other). After showing him two examples of what I was going to build and looking at their price tags he was sold on the idea of me designing and building the table. Continue reading