Apr 072014
 

I’ve been MIA for awhile here, mostly because we’re knee deep in the planning and beginning phases of a few big projects. We’ve spent lots of time researching and planning them, so by the time I finish with that I haven’t felt like spending more time on a computer. I have a bunch to catch up on here on the blog, though, so I’m going to try to post a project or update at least once a week! 

After building the new coat rack, the plain closet door stood out to me like a sore thumb (and creamy yellowy front door and wall, but we’ll get to that another day). Not to mention what I normally saw…the mess inside!

Coat Closet Before

We have plans to replace the closet door. We actually bought it last year when we bought some other doors on Craigslist, but it’s patiently waiting its turn to shine in our basement. Until we remove the carpet I won’t put in the new door, because I don’t want to cut any of it off the bottom. And I won’t remove the carpet until we can refinish the hardwood flooring sometime this spring or summer. Jules thankfully has never slipped or fallen down the stairs (which is more than I can say for her mother), but until the flooring refinishing day comes I want some padding at the bottom, just in case.

Anyway, the closet has been a mess since the day we moved in and I’ve been wanting to tackle it for awhile. After a day of work, I turned it around.

Coat Closet 8 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Now, normally things don’t get done here in a day. Almost ever, actually. But I had already bought new coat hooks and a storage shelf and had the primer and paint on hand, so I was prepared as possible.

First I removed the door and prepared it for paint. Unfortunately the white paint was chipping. It clearly hadn’t been properly applied (with primer under) because I literally scrubbed off what you see with a dish sponge.

Coat Closet 1 (NaptimeDIY.com)

The scrubbing took longer than I wanted, though, so I took it to our workroom and made short work of it with our electric sander.

With the peeling paint removed, I primed the door with no-VOC primer. (This was my first time using it and I love it. Pretty sure it was Zinsser, but I’ve already used the whole gallon on various projects so the can isn’t around anymore.) The priming coat was followed by my first ever use of chalkboard paint. I’m not sure I’d paint a nice door with chalkboard paint (actually, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t) but since this one has an expiration date, it’s nice to be able to have fun with it. I don’t have any pics of it until it was back on the hinges, so just wait until the end of the post.

While the door was drying I primed and painted the closet. There aren’t many home improvement projects less rewarding than painting a white closet white. Although to be fair, the “white” closet was far from white to begin with, so it’s much brighter now. I painted the walls a flat white paint (same as I use on ceilings) and the trim-work with our semi-gloss trim paint (Du Jour by Valspar).

Coat Closet 2 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Before loading everything back in I wanted to give the closet some spice. It’s so much more fun to look over and something fun than plain old white. I remembered seeing Mandy from Vintage Revivals use Sharpie paint pens to “wallpaper” her walls. A couple of bucks later I had two gold Sharpies just ready to “wallpaper” my closet. I decided to follow Mandy’s example and draw triangles to keep things interesting yet simple.

First I drew horizontal lines, beginning just under the shelf, 9 inches apart. Then I made tiny marks 6 inches apart on each line. Starting on the right, on the top line I made marks at 6, 12, 18, etc. inches from the side wall. On the second line I made marks at 3, 9, 15, etc. inches. Connect the dots and the triangle pattern was formed!

Coat Closet 3 (NaptimeDIY.com)

The whole process is pretty easy. Of course I was bound to make a mistake somewhere, though. And of course, that mistake happened in one of the few still visible areas after all of our stuff was put back in the closet. Someday I’ll go back and prime/paint over the errant line.

Coat Closet 4 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Since I know us (and we are too lazy to consistently use hangers) I installed coat hooks on the back wall for our less used coats. The most frequently used ones we keep on hooks by our back door. I also installed hooks at Jules’ height for her (and future kiddos’) use.

I only installed coat hooks on the right side of the closet because the left side houses our jogging stroller. The stroller is another reason hangers weren’t working out…the coats were always in the way of getting the stroller in/out of the closet. Above the stroller I installed a wire shelf I found on clearance at Target ($3 down from $12). I originally planned on using the shelf when I reorganized my craft/fabric closet, but it didn’t fit the way I wanted.

Coat Closet 5 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Because the width of the shelf is 24″ (exactly the depth of the closet, ignoring the door trim) I had to hammer it into place, but once in place, it was a perfect fit. On top of it we have two Dollar Tree bins (which fit perfectly, I might add) and our library book bag. The bins still hold our winter gloves and hats. I wonder what they’ll hold now that warmer weather is coming?

Coat Closet 6 (NaptimeDIY.com)

On the right side of the closet I installed wire hooks ($1 from the Dollar Tree…I think they call it a belt hanger?) for my most frequently used scarves. I have more, but they’re either in a navy bin on the new wire shelf or in my closet upstairs. Since the closet redo, however, I haven’t had to dig any out from other places. Maybe it’s time to donate the ones I never or rarely wear?

Coat Closet 7 (NaptimeDIY.com)

The top shelf houses our snow boots (unless snow is on the ground, which means they’re by the back door), my only pair of fashionable boots, my crochet bag, and our picnic blanket.

Coat Closet 9 (NaptimeDIY.com)

I’m finally posting about this project nearly two months after completion and I’m proud to say it looks pretty much the same. There are a couple more jackets hanging on hooks, but everything is still organized and pretty. This closet is in an easily visible place in our house, so it nice that it isn’t an eyesore regardless of whether the door is open…

Coat Closet After (NaptimeDIY.com)

or closed…

Coat Closet Chalkboard

I took that pic before we could draw on the chalkboard paint (the can recommends 3 days for the paint to cure before drawing on it), but trust me, we’ve used it plenty since and it’s been great. Jules is really into drawing right now so it’s nice to have another form in which that can take place. We keep our chalk on the new coat rack ledge and she only draws with supervision at this point, since she still likes to turn to the side and draw on the wall or baby gate.

Mar 082014
 

My journey with power tools began shortly after getting married (almost four years ago already!). My story isn’t very different from many other DIYers. I wanted a solid wood nightstand, but didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for one I liked. I stumbled upon Ana White’s website with tons of free plans and suddenly thought I would just build one myself. I built it entirely by myself and when I was finished, built a matching one for Dylan because he liked it so much.

Since that first build I’ve learned so much more about tools and building furniture than I ever thought I would. I can’t imagine going a week without making sawdust now.

A few weeks ago I dug out another plan from Ana White I’ve been dying to make. We don’t have space in our house for a mudroom, but a skinny little shoe dresser? I knew we had the perfect space and if it would help corral our shoes? Winner.

Oh, man, can’t wait to refinish those floors…just ignore the stains!

Shoe Dresser (NaptimeDIY.com)

I modified the plans quite a bit. I made the dresser 36″ wide and 45″ tall (40″ is the dresser, the legs add 5″), though the depth is still about 8″ as in the original plan. I also added a short third “drawer” on top for small kid shoes. To complement the living room built-ins I used lattice strips to give the drawers and sides shaker panels. The shoe dresser also received a stained top (Jacobean).

Shoe Dresser 2 (NaptimeDIY.com)

I didn’t want the legs to be plain 2x2s, so I used my miter saw to cut off a bit of an angle, then smoothed it out with my stationary belt sander to make them circular at the bottom, square at the top, with slightly rounded edges. I felt like it helped up the fancy factor a bit. Because the dresser is attached to the wall studs, I only needed two legs.

Each of the large drawers can hold 4+ pairs of shoes. I imagine in the summer when I have more flats and flip-flops out, I’ll be able to stash a lot more. For now it just has lots of athletic shoes. The small drawer could also hold four or more pairs of tiny kiddo shoes, once I can put snow boots away for the season.

Shoe Dresser 3 (NaptimeDIY.com)

In case you’re forgetting what used to be here, we had a classic sofa table. We still like the table, but it wasn’t making the most of the space, so hopefully we can find another use for it.

Living Room Tour 17 (NaptimeDIY.com)

 

Here’s the living room after the addition of the shoe dresser and the coat rack. Next up? The coat closet at the bottom of the stairs. Stay tuned!

Living Room with Shoe Dresser (NaptimeDIY.com)

Mar 032014
 

Remember that awesome Be Bold Challenge we celebrated last week with a link party? I was so blown away by some of the projects I saw! I may or may not have already started some around the house that were inspired by some of them…

After clicking through to look at all of the projects, I pulled out a few of my favorites and compiled them here. There were so many amazing ones, it was hard to choose!

Bold Green Entry Table from Somerset Lane

 

Upcycled Couch from My Soulful Home

 

 

Ikea Hack–Replacing Legs on an Ikea Couch from The Blissful Bee

 

Building a Bunk Bed from Our Home Notebook

 

Reclaimed Wood Herringbone Ceiling from Make Me Pretty Again

 

 

Navy Big Bang Theory Inspired Door from Desert Domicile

 

 

Chevron Living Room Chair Redo from All Precious and Pleasant

 

DIY Vanity from Always Nesting

 

 

The Barnwood Treatment from Simply Reinvented

 

 

Thrift Store Dresser Redo from Our Pinteresting Family

Feb 262014
 

Our living room has made some major steps up in the last couple of months (thanks to the new fireplace mantel and built-ins!), but one corner has been ignored. This space behind our front door also serves as a landing of sorts for our stairway.

Coat Rack before 2 (naptimediy.com)

I thought it would be perfect for a coat rack! We’ve been having people over more frequently (the downside to investing in a fixer-upper is feeling like you can’t have people over the first year because your house is a wreck) and have no where to hang their winter gear while they’re here. I bought some coat hooks at Lowes one day (all of the wood we had on hand in our workshop) and decided making a coat rack would be my project for that day’s naptime.

I began by using my Kreg jig and glue to attach a 1×3 ledge to a 1×8, which served as the anchor for the coat hooks. I made our coat rack 52″ long because of the size of our space.

Coat Rack construction 1 (naptimediy.com)

Next I added a rim (made of 1 3/8 inch lattice) to the front and exposed side of the ledge, using glue and some brad nails to hold it in place. I wanted something that would keep picture frames from scooting off the ledge. It also made it a appear bit more substantial which always helps things look nicer.

Coat Rack construction 2 (naptimediy.com)

All that was left was to add a bit of trim under the ledge to pretty things up. I layered a piece of 1 3/8 inch lattice under some small decorative trim. With everything assembled I filled all holes with joint compound, including the knots in the wood.

Coat Rack construction 3 (naptimediy.com)

When the joint compound dried, I sanded the coat rack with 150 grit paper, primed and painted it with our semi-gloss trim paint (Du Jour by Valspar).

Next up was deciding where the coat hooks would be on the board. I just played around with what looked best, then measured to make sure everything was even.

Coat Rack construction 4 (naptimediy.com)

I found these black coat hooks at Lowes. They were in the hardware section, but not the same aisle as the rest of the cabinet hardware and hooks. Best part? They were more attractive than the other ones AND cheaper. Win win.

Coat Rack construction 5 (naptimediy.com)

I marked the location of the two screw holes for the coat hooks and predrilled. Then I added a third hole (centered and above the other two) where I would drill through the board to attach it to the wall). This way it the coat rack was secured to the wall, but still able to be removed fairly easily should we ever decide we don’t want a coat rack there. Plus no filling holes is always a positive in my book!

Coat Rack construction 6 (naptimediy.com)

After making sure it was level and at the right height, I screwed the coat rack into the wall. I was lucky and hit two studs, but if your location doesn’t work out like that, I suggest using an anchor or toggle bolt.

Coat Rack construction 7 (naptimediy.com)

I hadn’t attached the coat hooks yet for two reasons. First, attaching the rack to the wall first allowed me to hide those screws behind the coat hooks. Second, most coat hook screws are 1 inch long and the wood is only 3/4 inch thick, so part of the screw would stick out the backside, keeping it from being flush to the wall. This way it still goes all of the way through the wood, but the excess length easily goes into the wall behind the wood.

After attaching the coat hooks I rounded up some art and frames to rest on the ledge.

Coat Rack (naptimediy.com)

I LOVE seeing these photos and art pieces from the living room and when I come down the stairs; they hold so much sentimental value.

Coat Rack 2 (naptimediy.com)

The photo on the left is an old school picture of my dad reading to me (One Fish, Two Fish, if I’m not mistaken by the picture) when I wasn’t much older than Jules is now. The painted bouquet of flowers was Dylan’s gift to me for our first Valentine’s Day together. I’m a math nerd (I was a high school math teacher before staying at home with Jules) so the flowers are made entirely of tiny numbers. Isn’t he both talented and clever? I still love it, six years later.

Coat Rack 5 (naptimediy.com)

Next is a photo of Dylan with young Jules, followed by another piece of artwork Dylan made for me for my birthday shortly after we were married. We try to make our gifts to each other. Sometimes we buy gifts, but as we get older we find that we don’t need (or want) as much stuff, so a nice handmade gift is a nice gesture.

Coat Rack 6 (naptimediy.com)

We’ve had several chances to use the new coat rack since it went in and still love it. Generally it is empty of coats unless we have guests, because it helps keep the living room feeling clean and uncluttered.a

Coat Rack 3 (naptimediy.com)

Seeing these pictures is making me start another to do list to finish it off:

  • paint the inside of the front door
  • paint the coat closet door
  • paint the stairway wall white
  • pull up carpet (eventually)
  • refinish floors (eventually)

Coat Rack 4 (naptimediy.com)

Linking up to: Work It Wednesday (The Happy Housie)

 

Feb 242014
 

be bold challenge with border

Happy Monday! After a long month of anticipation, the day has arrived that we can all flex our bold muscles and celebrate in our risk-taking results! 

Beautifully Bold DIYs

Just take a look at what my creative co-hosts have come up with!

colorful bedroom, herringbone wall, split wall art

Colorful and Eclectic Master Bedroom from 52 Mantels, Herringbone Stenciled Wall from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, Split Photo Wall Art from House by Hoff

tvstand, plank wall, bedside table

Dresser to TV Stand Transformation from Just a Girl and Her Blog, DIY Plank Wall from Lovely Etc., West Elm Wood Tile-Inspired Bedside Table from May Richer Fuller Be

dyed chair, built ins, drum pendant

Dyed Wingback Chair from Naptime DIY, Industrial Pipe Built-Ins from Primitive and Proper, DIY Drum Pendant from The Blissful Bee

flag dresser, felt banner

Flag Dresser Transformation from The Happy Housie, DIY Felt Banner from The Wood Grain Cottage

Now it is your turn to link up your own beautifully bold DIY projects. Remember, the challenge was to do a DIY project that is a bit of a risk. Perhaps using a new power tool you’ve been afraid of, trying a color you usually avoid, doing something you’ve never seen anyone else do, or just trying something you’re not entirely sure will work. Every project you link will be seen on all eleven blogs hosting the party.

Also, you are going to want to follow our new Pinterest board: Beautifully Bold DIYs. It is going to be full of awesome bold projects including lots of our favorites from the link party.

The rules are simple:

  • Please link up only your best, most risky Bold DIY projects. The ones that scared you a little. Please do not link up giveaways, etsy shops, or any other links that are totally not bold DIY projects.
  • Please link to your specific post, not your homepage.
  • Please include a link back to the party somewhere in your post.
  • By entering a link, you are giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs. Proper credit and links will always be given.


Feb 212014
 

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I had been challenge by Carrie of Lovely Etc. to take a risk with her and nine other great bloggers. I had a couple of ideas in my head for this challenge.

How to Dye a Wingback Chair, before and after

Like I said, when I first began thinking of a project to take a risk with, I had a few options. Ultimately I landed on one that I’ve put off for nearly a year. Let me tell you a little story. You can skip down if you just want the short tutorial. *Tear*

Last year we installed hardwood flooring in our two upstairs bedrooms so we could move up there, freeing up the two main floor bedrooms. I took over one as my craft room. I tried to call it a studio for awhile because it sounded less frivolous than “craft room” but it just never took. Too fancy for me, I suppose. I digress.

With this new space I was on the look out for a reading chair for a corner of the room. The room isn’t large so I knew I’d need a small-ish chair. For over a month I trolled Craigslist for a wingback chair in good condition that cost almost nothing. I’ve reupholstered a few things, so I assumed that whatever dated chair I acquired would need some work. Finally I found one for FREE. It satisfied my criteria. Cheap? Yes. Good quality? Yes, it was from one of the nicest areas of St. Louis, which made me sure it had been cared for (pet free, non-smoking, etc.). Quality fabric? Yes, it was solid colored velvet. I could over look the mauve color and minor imperfections. It would do until I could reupholster it.

I picked it up and it didn’t take long for Dylan to decide it was his favorite chair because it was so comfortable. After some furniture shuffling, it became part of our living room collection.

So here we were with a comfortable, not bad looking (but not great looking) chair. The only problem was the mauve color. It wasn’t offensive in any way, but it also didn’t go with the rest of the space. Our living room is basically gray, teal, and lime.

Last year I painted an upholstered chair (it turned out quite well, I’ll have to blog on it soon) but I didn’t want to do that to the wingback. Painting upholstery makes the fabric a bit stiff and we liked the softness of the velvet. Short of reupholstery (which is a large undertaking for this kind of chair, which originally reclined) I wound up with the option of dyeing the chair.

While researching this option I found lots of horror stories of dyeing furniture. One person dyed their couch a vibrant purple color. Although it turned out beautifully, it also meant people had purple backsides after sitting on it. I didn’t want to risk ruining Dylan’s favorite chair. Though it was free, I knew I’d have to spend more time finding a “new” chair to replace it if I ruined it. So I put it off and we lived with a mauve chair.

When Carrie brought up this challenge, the word “risk” caught my eye and I thought of this project. I had the dye, I had the chair, I just didn’t have the guts to try it out.

how to dye a wingback chair (naptimediy.com)
Turns out, this was a pretty easy project! After putting Jules down for the night I put drop cloths over our living room floor, turned on the Olympics, and got to work.

For the first three coats I mixed 2 capfuls of liquid black Rit dye with 2 cups of HOT water. I put the dye in a cheap-o Dollar Tree spray bottle and sprayed down the whole chair. I ended up refilling the bottle twice, for a total of 6 cups of dye. It only took about 45 minutes total. I let the chair dry out until the following night, when I repeated the process.

Dyeing Wingback Chair 12

After three coats I was less than impressed with how things were progressing. The chair was darker, but nowhere near as dark as I wanted. For the final coat I doubled the amount of dye I used. I suppose this was the trick to darkening the upholstery up, because that fourth coat gave the chair a major color change!

Dyeing Wingback Chair 16

So, what is the result? Success or failure? Well…mostly success? The chair doesn’t dye our clothing, which was my biggest concern. It didn’t get as dark as I was hoping. At night it looks almost black, but during the day it has definite pink undertones. WAY better than before, though! I think the moral of the story is that dyeing upholstered furniture works best if your goal is in the same color family as the original color.

Dyeing Wingback Chair 17

Remember what this view looked like a couple of months ago?

Living Room Tour 17 (NaptimeDIY.com)

It’s not totally perfect, but for less than $5 in supplies, I’ll take it. After this project, I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for other furniture I can dye. I only wish I’d tried it sooner!

Dyeing Wingback Chair 15

Don’t forget to finish up your BOLD project this weekend so you can join us on Monday for our link party!

be bold challenge with border.

Feb 202014
 

My partners in crime diy have been busy this week posting their BOLD challenge projects. Mine will be up on Friday, so don’t forget to check back in for that!

Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog made a brilliant blue TV stand out of a dresser.

Cassie from Primitive and Proper made some awesome industrial pipe built-ins.

April of House by Hoff made a large scale picture wall art for only $10.

Chaney from May Richer Fuller Be updated her nightstand (without power tools!).

Amy from The Blissful Bee made her own pendant drum shade to cover an eyesore light fixture.

Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body stenciled her entry wall with a herringbone design.

Cassie from Lovely Etc. updated her entry wall with weathered planks.

Check back on Friday to see what I’ve been up to! Monday will be the huge link party to celebrate what everyone has been working on to bring some risk and boldness into their lives.

 

Jan 312014
 

Hello, everyone! Sooooo, a couple of nights ago I spilled water on my MacBook. Boooo. It has been in rice, but I kind of feel like it’s just an expensive paperweight. I’m hoping and praying that more drying time will do the trick. At the very least I hope I can get everything off my hard drive…it’s been a very long time since I backed up my computer. So pretty much I’ve made every amateur computer mistake.

Anyway, hopefully I’ll still be able to post until I get things figured out, but while I’m typing on an ipad I’ll certainly not be very wordy.

The past week I’ve been working on improving my project gallery. Thankfully I got most of it done before my computer incident, so I finally finished setting it up! So check out the “Project Gallery” tab at the top and if a link is broken, please let me know. After looking at stuff a while my eyes started to cross so I published it.

I’m hoping my computer is miraculously restored to its previously working state so I can get back to things next week!

Jan 282014
 

For Christmas this year our big present to  Jules was her very own play kitchen! A couple of weeks ago I gave a sneak peek on instagram.

DIY play kitchens made from up-cycled nightstands and media centers have become very popular in the past few years, so there is a lot of great inspiration out there!

DIY Play Kitchen title (NaptimeDIY.com)

In November I started to keep my eyes open on Craigslist and local thrift shops for a set of decent nightstands I could turn into a play kitchen. I knew if I didn’t find anything in time I could build one from scratch, but I liked the idea of the added character an old nightstand could give the play kitchen. For our space I wanted two separate pieces, an oven and a sink/food storage area, because I plan to keep it in the dining room most of the time. We spend much of our time there so I knew Jules would get the most use out of it if it were out in the open. However, when we have people over and pull the dining table away from the wall, we’d need to move the play kitchen. I figured having them separate and petite would make it easier. Before too long I found this solid (so I thought) wood side table at Goodwill for $20. The width was right, but it was way too deep. I made sure the back looked good and solid too (instead of having a flimsy piece of wood stapled to it) and decided I’d cut it in half. The drawer side would become the sink unit and the back side would become the oven unit.

DIY Play Kitchen 1 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Cutting it in half was really easy. I used a combination of our circular saw and jig saw (for right by the edges where the circular saw wouldn’t reach).

DIY Play Kitchen 3 (NaptimeDIY.com)

One thing I hadn’t thought about was the fact that when I cut it in half, I would need some new feet for the back of each unit (the former middle of the side table).

DIY Play Kitchen 4 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Easy fix, though. For the new feet I found some 1×3 scraps, traced part of the curvy leg pattern on it, then cut it out with a jigsaw.

DIY Play Kitchen 5 (NaptimeDIY.com)

I attached the pieces with some pocket-hole screws and the play kitchen had back feet. I also added a piece of 1×2 perpendicular to the 1×3 to give it extra support. Kids can be hard on furniture and I didn’t want it falling apart.

DIY Play Kitchen 6 (NaptimeDIY.com)

This is pretty much where I stopped taking progress pictures, but I have lots of close-ups of the finished product that will help if you’re making your own play kitchen. From here I had to

  • shorten two of the drawers (since they were only going half of the original distance)
  • cut holes for the “sink” and faucet
  • add a shelf and hinge the top drawer front to act as a door (with the sink going into the top drawer space, a drawer would catch on the sink, so with a shelf much of that space is still useable)
  • cut a oven door opening
  • make an oven door (I cut a groove in some 1x2s, glued and nailed them together, and glued/caulked plexiglass in place
  • add backs to each unit
  • make stove burners

When I had the play kitchen put together I primed then painted the body of each unit with a soft blue-mint color (Tranquility by Valspar) I had a test pot of from when Valspar was giving away free samples last year. I chose to paint the oven door and the sink unit drawer fronts white. I thought the two-tone look would be nice plus I wasn’t sure how far the 8 ounces of the colored paint would go.

DIY Play Kitchen 9 (NaptimeDIY.com)

First up, let’s look at the oven.

DIY Play Kitchen 10 (NaptimeDIY.com)

I made Jules two “gas stove burners” out of craft wood from Hobby Lobby. I bought a two-pack of 4.5″x4.5″ wood for the base, a four-pack of 1/16th inch balsa wood that I cut into circles, and a piece of 1/4″ square dowel.

DIY Play Kitchen 7 (NaptimeDIY.com)

I carefully cut notches into the dowel so it would rest over the lip of the larger circle. Before assembling and gluing the pieces together I painted the base part silver and the square dowel pieces black.

DIY Play Kitchen 8 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Looking back I should have glued everything together before painting because the pieces would have stayed adhered better. I’ve had to re-attach a few already.

DIY Play Kitchen 11 (NaptimeDIY.com)

When I cut out the space for the oven door I discovered that what I thought was solid wood was actually a veneer, meaning the screws for hinges didn’t have much to grab on to. To help with this problem I cut some spare lattice pieces to frame out the opening. This helped make the exposed edges look nicer and gave the hinges some substance to hold on to.

DIY Play Kitchen 21 (NaptimeDIY.com)

To make the oven door I made a basic frame out of 1×2 lumber. I used my circular saw to cut a groove into one side and assembled the frame with glue and my brad nailer. I cut a piece of acrylic to fit. I put a bead of caulk around the opening, pressed the acrylic in place, and smoothed another bead of caulk over the top. After letting it dry, the acrylic isn’t going anywhere. Multiple kids have stepped on the center of the open oven door and nothing has happened yet.

DIY Play Kitchen 20 (NaptimeDIY.com)

I also added to the oven some magnetic closures for the oven door and a large curved stainless pull (clearance purchase from awhile back) across the front of the door.

DIY Play Kitchen 18 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Next I had to find some wire racks to serve as oven racks. The inside width of the play oven is 15.5 inches and every cookie cooling rack I could find was 16 inches or more. The only smaller one I found was a two-pack at the Dollar Tree. Unfortunately, it was only a foot wide, so it was too small. To fix this, I pulled out my stained glass materials and soldered two of the small cookie trays together so that they made the proper width. If you don’t have soldering material on hand, I think even wrapping duct tape around some of the wire parts would keep them together well.

DIY Play Kitchen 15 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Another thing I added to the play oven to help make it more “functional” was a $1 LED puck light from the Dollar Tree. I hot glued it to the top of the oven (the adhesive it came with wasn’t strong enough to keep it from falling off). I can still take the light off to replace the battery while the base of the light stays glued in place. It’s hard to tell there’s much light in this picture, but it’s easy to tell in real life.

DIY Play Kitchen 19 (NaptimeDIY.com)

Okay, next up is the sink/storage unit. This piece has a bit of sentimentality to it. The faucet (no longer functional) was in my in-laws house when they first built it, the stainless bowl my parents have had for as long as I can remember, and the satin nickel cup pulls are left over from when Dylan and I fixed up the kitchen in our first house. Something from each family!

DIY Play Kitchen 12 (NaptimeDIY.com)

I got the “towel bar” from Lowes…it’s really just a stainless pull from the hardware section.

DIY Play Kitchen 13 (NaptimeDIY.com)

I used spade bits to cut holes for the faucet and a jig saw to cut the sink hole. I just flipped the bowl upside down, traced around it, and cut about 1/8-1/4″ inside the line to make sure the lip of the bowl would rest on the cut out.

DIY Play Kitchen 14 (NaptimeDIY.com)

The top “drawer” is really just a shelf now. With the sink bowl keeping the drawer from being functional I decided to ditch the drawer and add a shelf inside instead.

DIY Play Kitchen 16 (NaptimeDIY.com)

The other two drawers are functional, though, and store lots of play food Jules was given for Christmas from Grandma and Great-Grandma!

DIY Play Kitchen 17 (NaptimeDIY.com)

There she is, our newest piece of furniture! I look forward to seeing Jules enjoy this kitchen, as well as future kids and grandkids! I hope it holds up over time!

DIY Play Kitchen title (NaptimeDIY.com)

 

Linking up to The Blissful Bee, The Happy Housie, A Place of My Taste, The Turquoise Home, Vintage Revivals, and Thrifty Decor Chick.

Jan 272014
 

You know how easy it is to fall into a rut? Just keep on doing mediocre things? It’s hard to break the pattern when you’re planted firmly in your comfort zone. A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Carrie of Lovely Etc., thanks to the power of the internets. Her goal for this year is to learn to fail. Of course, failing isn’t the ultimate goal…that’d be a hard year to get through! But rather her goal is to take a risk instead of fearing failure. If I could be ultra nerdy and quote Emerson for a second, “fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Taking risks and daring to dream is important. With this in mind, she dreamed up the “Be Bold” challenge to help us all take a risk!

be bold challenge with border.

Carrie has rounded up a great group of bloggers to join her in hosting this challenge. I’m so excited to be a part of this group! Take a minute and check our their blogs!

52 Mantels
DesignerTrapped in a Lawyer’s Body
House by Hoff
Just a Girl and Her Blog
Lovely Etc.
May Richer Fuller Be
Naptime DIY
Primitive and Proper
The Blissful Bee
The Happy Housie
The Wood Grain Cottage

Along with Carrie and these other great bloggers, I want to invite YOU to try something new in the next few weeks. This challenge is to do a DIY project that is a bit of a risk for you. Maybe it’s using a new power tool, trying a color you usually avoid, doing something you’ve never seen anyone else do, or just trying something you’re not entirely sure will work. We’ll all come together on Monday, February 24th to celebrate both our successes AND our failures with one giant link party (projects linked up will show up on all eleven blogs)!

Even if you don’t have a blog, please join us! Just link up in the comments with a link to your pictures on a photo-sharing site.

Now I just have to figure out what I’ll try in the next few weeks! I have a couple of ideas floating around, so we’ll see how it goes. The one I’m leaning toward goes in the “not sure it’ll work” category. Pretty much, there’s a good chance I’ll be reporting in with a project fail. But it’s worth the risk! Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

Put on your thinking caps, get your DIY on, and meet back here in 28 days for a party!