Friday, August 28, 2020


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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have all had a great week. Who else is excited for the weekend? My parents are generously babysitting our kids on Saturday so Jeremy and I can have a date day! And yes, we're spending our date woodworking. :) 

Okay, project time! I'm super excited to share with you what I've been working on!

First up was a refresh of this cabinet!

The original cabinet color was NOT my favorite, but we lived with it like this for years. Then I decided I would refinish it. My first time refinishing a piece of furniture. 

I sanded, and sanded and SANDED! 

Thinking this was solid wood, I decided to stain it. 

Yeah, it wasn't. It did not look good. But after all that work, I was not going to refinish it again. I also left the doors off because I didn't like the style of them.

So, I lived with it. For several more years. It eventually got moved upstairs out of sight and was replaced with my console table. I finally decided that it was time to give this piece another try. I had some leftover paint that my mom had given me, and I knew it would be perfect for this cabinet. I did two coats of primer and two coats of Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. 

Ta-Da! From dark and horrible, to light and cheery! It makes me smile now every time I walk by! I just LOVE how it turned out! I'm toying with the idea of building shaker style cabinet doors to put on it as well. So simple and quick! It only took one day of work. Why oh why did I wait this long to tackle this project!? Do you have any projects that you have been putting off? Here is your motivation, just get it done! You'll be so happy when you do!                                                                                                             

Now for the fun part! I have been wanting to make a decorative lantern for a while. I finally scrounged up enough wood scraps to make one! 

I kind of made up the dimensions as I went along, so I had to go back and measure everything so I could share the directions. This isn't a complete picture of all of the wood I used. I decided it needed trim on the top as well as the bottom, so I had to get more. Plus, some of the pieces I cut were either too long or too short. So the dimensions pictured aren't accurate either. Just keeping it real ;) 

I love how all of our super cheap or free projects have ended up costing us a ton because we always decide that we need a certain tool! Of course we use the excuse "we'll use it for everything!" :) It is true though. Our step stools that we made last year was when we decided that we needed a table saw. And we do use it constantly!

For this project I mentioned to my husband that it would be nice to have a cordless nail gun that would be easier for me to use. That gave him all the excuse he needed to rush out and buy a new toy! 

I love this thing! Now I don't have to bother with setting up a noisy air compressor and carrying that heavy thing wherever I want to work. It came in really handy for this project when it was too hot to work in the garage.

Unfortunately, that's all of the pictures that I have of the build. I took a bunch of pictures, but apparently forgot to put the SD card in the camera! 

So, here it is all done! I'll give you the measurements and directions at the end of the post if you want to make one for your home!

It'll be a fun thing to use for decorating for all different seasons. 

It would look super cute filled with pumpkins for fall...

Flowers for spring


What would you put inside? 


Subscribe to my blog for your chance to win this cute little lantern! Giveaway winner will be chosen on Friday September 4! 

Have a great weekend!

Here's the shopping list and cut list I used if you want to make one for yourself!

Shopping List:

1 1x2 at 10ft

1 1x8 at 4ft (you should only need 2 ft, but it usually comes no shorter than 4ft lengths)



Nail Gun

1 1/4 in Nails

Cut List:

(2) 7 and 1/2 by 7 and 1/2 in squares (top and bottom pieces)

(1) 4 and 1/2 by 4 and 1/2 in square (top)

(1) 3 by 3 in square (top)

(4) 1x2 at 15 in (legs)

(4) 1x2 at 5 and 1/2 in (long aprons)

(4) 1x2 at 4 and 1/4 in (short aprons)


Start by making all of your cuts.

Attach the legs to the 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch base using wood glue. Once the glue has dried for a few minutes, flip it over and nail it on the four corners using your nail gun and 1 and 1/4" nails.

Attach the other 7 1/2 inch square to the top of the four legs using wood glue and nails.

Add the aprons to the tops and bottoms between the legs using wood glue and nails.

Attach the smaller 4 and 1/2 in square using wood glue and nails, followed by the 3 in square. 

Paint and/or stain as desired. 

To get the effect I did on this piece, I first stained it. Then applied a little bit of petroleum jelly on some of the corners before painting. The petroleum jelly gives the paint that antique, distressed look.


  1. I love the color of the bookcase!

    1. Thank you Vicki! It looks sooooo much better now!

  2. Love the look of the shelving unit!

    I would put Fall leaves and pumpkins in it.
    Tinsel and Red ornaments for Christmas and candles for spring

  3. Love the look of the shelving unit!

    I would put Fall leaves and pumpkins in it.
    Tinsel and Red ornaments for Christmas and candles for spring

  4. Love the look of the shelving unit!

    I would put Fall leaves and pumpkins in it.
    Tinsel and Red ornaments for Christmas and candles for spring


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