Showing posts with label Building Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Building Projects. Show all posts

Thursday, January 15, 2015

DIY Ceiling Tile Art...

My friend had a few leftover ceiling tiles from her new kitchen and I put them to good use. For almost a year, they hung, attached to a simple 2x4 frame.
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art
You can see it in our Back-to-school dinner.
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art
But the edges were rough and it looked unfinished and not quite what I needed for the space. So the ceiling tiles received a makeover.

I built a large frame using 1x4 and 1x3 boards. Using my Kreg jig I made a large rectangle with the 1x4s and then made it look more substantial and thicker by adding 1x3s.
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art
Of course after making the frame, it sat in the office as I debated stain or paint. Once I settled on paint, it sat for another two weeks while I figured out a color. I ended up going to my paint stash and picking up the color I originally used for the barn door (I decided against it because I wanted the door to have a little punch!). The color wasn't great for the door, but it was perfect for the frame.
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art
Life With Fingerprints: DIY Ceiling Tile Art

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Homemade Christmas 2014...part two...

I usually have my homemade gifts done far before my other shopping is complete, but this year I was a little off. I thought and planned for one larger homemade gift for the all the kids. But it wasn't working out so I had to come up with some individual gifts for them. Here's how the gifts went down this year:

I made Hallie a knit pencil skirt - the same pattern she made over the summer which has become her very favorite skirt.
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

Hunter is in Kindergarten and is starting his fascination with writing stories and drawing pictures. This roll is large enough it will probably last for years!
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

Bennett loves to hear stories about when he was younger and loves to look through the blog and recognize himself. I printed off pictures - birth to present - of him. Some have his siblings a few have us or grandparents, but mostly it's him and he loves it.
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

Cannon has no idea Christmas even took place - but he still got a gift! He'll thank me later!
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

And because Blurb is my absolute favorite - Steve also received a book: 2010 Blog book. Yes I'm behind. At nearly 400 pages they take a while to layout. It's really more of a family gift as it's an account of us, but Steve gets to open them each year when I complete one. I realize at this pace I'll always be four years behind, I'm hoping to make up ground with an extra book this year!
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

My favorite gift I made (next to the Nativity puzzle of course) was Steve's t-shirt quilt.
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
I've been saving these shirts for years for this exact purpose. I hid them in our house in Milwaukee. I hid them in this house. I hid them driving up to Idaho so I could work on it last summer. I'm happy for it to come out of hiding. Each shirt means something and it tells the story of him: Shirts from high school, mission, our dating years, family trips, college, jobs (at least his first job).
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
He was surprised. Shirts he had long thrown away suddenly back in his hands as well as the memories. The whole reason I look forward to homemade gifts!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas crafts...part 5...

We're getting closer to Christmas which means my crafting is coming to a halt as I prepare to send out Christmas cards, attend programs and neighborhood gatherings, etc. Here's my final craft for this holiday season: A 3 1/2 foot star that sits atop the entertainment center. This was the fastest and cheapest project out of all the projects this week. $4.50 and thirty minutes and that includes staining.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
I bought the cheapest 1x2 wood that Home Depot sells. Less than $2 a piece. I cut 5 identical pieces and laid them out on the driveway to form the star, no fancy angles, just 90 degree cuts. Once I had it lined up, I nailed (with my nail gun but a hammer would be equally as easy).
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
Due to the nature of semi-thick pieces sitting on top of each other, the last piece that I nailed wouldn't lay totally flat. So I used a scrap piece to shim it so I could nail it flat.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
Within 5 minutes I had the whole thing stained and my little sidekick never left my side!
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
Most the projects I showcased this week all reside in the entertainment center (that was nonexistent last year) - it took a lot to get it holiday ready!


Check out the other posts from Christmas Craft week
Christmas Crafts Part 1
Christmas Crafts Part 2
Christmas Crafts Part 3
Christmas Crafts Part 4
Christmas Crafts Part 5

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Easy shelves...

These are my favorite shelves - three pieces of wood and done in no time. I made two 10 foot shelves for my son's room only to change my mind. It's not easy finding a place for two 10 foot shelves in your house. I cut one in half and found the perfect wall in my office for two 5 foot shelves.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Photo Ledge/Shelf
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Photo Ledge/Shelf
Of course the shelves sat empty for a time because I couldn't figure out what I wanted in my office space. But they're full now and they make me happy.

I love this wall because it embodies who I am. Some of my favorite photos, favorite people, favorite places, favorite memories and my favorite collection of cameras. Including my dad's old Canon SLR. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Photo Ledge/Shelf
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Photo Ledge/Shelf

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The entertainment center...

Back in February, I took on the project of all projects building a 12ft by 8ft entertainment center with my dad. And after it was built, it sat empty because although I have crazy cool vision for creating a project, I never feel confident in the accessorizing department. Every once in a while I would come across something I liked and months later we have a semi-accessorized unit!

But lets start from the beginning, a couple months after moving in:
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Entertainment Center, building project, media center

A year later we finally got around to replacing the mauve carpet, painted the walls and hung drapes:
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Entertainment Center, building project, media centerLife with Fingerprints: DIY Entertainment Center, building project, media center
At the beginning of this year I flew my dad down and we spent the most exhausting 7 days making this come to life. I still look at it sometimes and I'm amazed that the drawing I made two years ago actually came to be. I learned so much in this process and I'm just sick enough that I would do it again!
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Entertainment Center, building project, media center
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Entertainment Center, building project, media center
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Entertainment Center, building project, media center

Here's our step-by-step process:
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 1
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 2
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 3
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 4
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 5
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 6
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 7

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chalkboard Halloween Town...

Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
When my bff and crafting buddy came to visit a couple weeks back, I taught her how to use the jig saw. She had never used one before and she made these with ease, that's how easy this is. You might remember my large scale Halloween town that sits behind my dining room table. I created a pattern off of them and made a table size Halloween town that is just as fun and cute.

Download the pattern and print it to scale over a couple pages - the tallest house is 22". Trace the pattern onto MDF and cut using the jigsaw.

Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
We painted the houses with chalkboard paint - however I'm thinking black glitter would also be fantastic.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
In order for the houses to stand up connect them using small hinges. One tip: when installing the hinges, space the houses apart as far as possible which will give you more movement of the hinge.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Dress them up with some chalk drawings and you're set.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Final touch on building the entertainment center...

Steve was giving me a hard time the other day because I left the vacuum out...again. I always leave it out and he always seems to find it in a new place. I can't bring myself to put it away because I know the minute I do I'll find something else that needs vacuuming. Hello?? We have young kids, I could walk behind them vacuuming and fill canisters all day long. Lately, I've been leaving the vacuum out right next to the new entertainment center. I seem to be creating sawdust around this thing on a daily basis. Attaching this hardware here, drill a hole for this wire there, readjusting things...it's a long process when you have little ones around. I will think I've found a pocket of time so I'll start drilling and the minute I start drilling I hear the baby waking from his nap...It's taken far longer than it should have.
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But I'm happy to report, all the hardware is installed and functioning. Including the retractable bi-fold doors. I made a trip out to Ikea to purchase all the drawer and door pulls. They're sleek and modern and completely affordable. (Hardware has proven to be far more expensive for the project than I originally anticipated.) Seriously, check out Ikea's hardware in the kitchen section.

I had all but four pulls installed when I had to rush off to a meeting. Steve mocked my vacuum placement once again but I ignored him. 4 hours later I found myself in a quiet house with all the kids sleeping. I finished up the last pulls while Steve watched a movie and I conveniently vacuumed up my final mess associated with the entertainment center. Now I can leave the vacuum in a different area of the house.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Building with Dad...Day seven and beyond...

My dad will be disappointed to know that the entertainment center we built together a month and a half ago (here) is still not quite complete! I can come up with a hundred excuses as to why that's the case: spring break, friends in town, waiting for hardware to come...etc but the excuses need to end.

This is how day 7 went down:
I woke up and was the most calm I had been the whole week. I marveled at our work, as incomplete as it was, and gave my children a little love. My dad packed and got ready to go - including a quick stop at the neighbors for a box of grapefruit to take home. (We pay in citrus for anyone that wants to come and work on our house!!)
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
He gave me a quick crash course on how to install the drawer slides and before long we were walking out the door to the airport.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
It was a sad goodbye - I hate hate goodbyes. Especially when my entire being was full of gratitude towards a wonderful man who selflessly helped me for an entire week. And we worked long and hard! I just wished that he lived closer so he could enjoy the finished product with me!

And then he was gone. I came home to a house and garage that were completely destroyed and neglected.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
Every fiber in my being wanted to push forward and keep working on the unit - but the universe was telling me to take a break and take control of my life again. Clean my house. Play with my kids. Finish work projects. And get to bed before 1 in the morning. So after seven long days, I took a break. Perhaps too long of a break considering it's still not done!

A couple days later, I got all the drawers installed and a few days after that I installed the drawer fronts.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts

I kept putting off the cabinet doors because I had never installed a hidden hinge and I was not ready to drill large holes in my beautiful doors in case I messed up. But I had moved the doors around the house enough times it was long overdue to install them. Luckily, it was much easier than I made it out to be in my head. (made easier with a hinge jig from the woodworking store)
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
Our old unit sat in the entry way area for an embarrassing amount of time and I really have no excuse as to why - something sits in a place long enough and you just get used to it being there!
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
I took a two week break before giving it some more love and attaching the trim work on top and the baseboard moldings.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
And it's been sitting staring at me ever since. I am so close. I need my dad to come back to kick me into gear again.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
Life with Fingerprints: DIY entertainment Center, Cabinet hinges, drawer slides, drawer fronts
Dear Dad-
Please come back and help me finish up. For some reason having you here was a great accountability check and I haven't given it a whole lot of attention since then. I'm actually really close to completion (little details like filling nail holes), but there is one ginormous hurdle standing in my way - the bi-fold retractable doors. I've looked at the instructions at least 10 times, played with the hardware and then it goes back in the drawer because I'm not ready to deal with it. I'm scared I'm going to screw up the doors in the 11th hour. I've lived with the entertainment center long enough the way it is, I've almost convinced myself the additional doors aren't really necessary! Yet the doors are still leaning up against the back of the couch just the way they were when you left. It's silly really. Duff (the neighbor) says he wants to see it when it's 100% complete - I warned him it often takes me some time to get to 100%, he said he's patient. So are you ready to come back? I'm sure I can come up with some more projects to make it worth your time! Besides, I just like working beside you. I learn a lot and I like that its something we can do together. That's worth more to me than any completed project ever will be. But it will still be nice to have this done. I can do it, right? At this point it's just a mental game anyway and to be perfectly honest it's time for it to be crossed off my to-do list. Thanks for helping out. Love you-

DIY Entertainment Center - Day 1
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 2
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 3
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 4
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 5
DIY Entertainment Center - Day 6

Not only am I now trying to finish it, but I'm not sure how to decorate it! I'll build you a bed, but don't ask me what to hang on the walls! I need to recruit the help of someone...any takers??
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