My dad wanted to give us a house warming present, so he came up with this idea for some rustic tractor seat bar stools. He had all the supplies on hand: old tire rims, thick mesquite
trunks, tractor seats and a few bolts. It's a really simple design but I think they look great! They won't live at my island forever, I plan to use them outside on the patio since its made from outdoor-friendly materials. Plus, it's all recycled! I think it's a great way to use what was headed for landfill and make into something useful and appealing all at the same time.
I really like the industrial look, so I came up with a vanity plan that's different from your typical vanity. I raided my dad's barn for some 2x6 tongue-and-groove boards and bought a
stash of galvanized pipe for the legs and supports. It was pretty quick and easy to build, though it did take some time to figure out. I need to find some good baskets to fit on the shelves, and stock up on nicer towels! But we really like the vanity and so far its worked out great. Step by step tutorial on my blog.
We decided to build our home as an 80% build, which meant it was taken to drywall and we were left to do the interior finishes. One way we decided to save money was by building the
kitchen ourselves. I worked with Ana White to come up with cabinet plans, and got to work. The cabinets are a combination of (4) 21" bases - one with double drawers for upright silverware storage and one with a flip up drawer front to hide paper towels along with pull-out trash cans, and two standard drawer/door cabinets with a shelf, (2) 24" bases with open shelving, (2) 30" bases flanking the range, and (2) 27" uppers above the range. All the cabinets were built with 3/4" birch Purebond hardwood plywood and are incredibly sturdy. Plans for all cabinets are on Ana-White.com
I used the 24" and two 21" cabinets to make a custom island. I simply pre-built my cabinets, then screwed them together and nailed on some beadboard and trim to the back and sides. For my island top, we made a template of plywood over a 2x4 frame and took it to a local metal smith to fit a stainless steel sleeve over it. I used standard turned legs from Lowes to create a counter-height seating area for the island to fit some stools.
The range is a 1950's gas Magic Chef sourced on Craigslist, which is also how I found my $50 cast iron vintage farmhouse sink that I had re-coated. Pendants and countertops are IKEA. Here's my budget breakdown:
Vintage Gas Range – 450 (1950′s Magic Chef found on Craigslist in perfect working condition)Refrigerator – 965 (We already owned this refrigerator, purchased from the as-is section at LowesDishwasher – 505 (I scored it on mega-sale at Best Buy as a open item)Vintage Cast Iron Sink – 275 (We found the sink for $50 on Craigslist and paid $225 to have it resurfaced)Stained Concrete Flooring – 460 (this is an estimate based on the square footage of our kitchen, the whole house has stained floorsIsland Misc Supplies – 50 (beadboard, trim and 3 legs)Cabinets – 825 (this includes Purebond Plywood, trim, door lumber, hinges, door slides and paint, built from scratch)Island Top – 565 (20 gauge stainless steel fabricated from a local welder, Galisco Welding)Countertops – 300 (IKEA Numerar butcher block countertops)Shelving – 150 (7 sets of Cable Shelf Brackets from the Container Store, free reclaimed oak from my dad's barn stash)Hardware – 20 (two packs of 10 knobs for $10 each from Target)Faucet – 100 (Overstock.com Wall Mount Kitchen Faucet)Pendants – 60 (IKEA Ottava pendants)Pendant converters – 50 (two kits to convert can lights to pendant lights)Island electrical – 15 (supplies to build in plugs in the island)Venthood – 120Veggie cabinet – 45 Dishwasher trim – 15 (Kickplate and trim around dishwasher)Venthood cover – 30 (one quarter sheet of 1/2″ plywood and 1×2 trim)Total – 5000
After ogling adorable play kitchens online, I decided that 14 months isn't too little to get your first play kitchen. I used Ana White's One Piece Play Kitchen plans, and kept it
chemical-free by nixing the plywood backer board (though you can opt for PureBond if you want to keep it) and using diluted RIT liquid dye to tint the wood! The color is so beautiful. For a protective topcoat I used non-toxic Mod Podge. All of the details and lumber brought my cost to $97, which is what you'd pay for the cheap plastic stuff in stores that doesn't last nearly as long. More details on construction and decorations can be found on my blog.
I've been dying to build this console ever since Ana White posted the plans. I used all reclaimed wood for this piece, it's composed entirely of stud-grade 2x4's and 2x6's. Even though
reclaimed wood is tough to work with (warped & splits easily) it was totally worth it! I sanded, stained (1 coat of Minwax's Golden Oak) then stenciled the top with grey paint in a paisley pattern. I topped it with wax and cannot be more pleased!
The process is amazingly simple. Soak your slipcover in the bathtub, start your washer and follow the directions on the bottle. I used a mixture of purple and fuchsia to come up with this
eggplant color. It was absolute perfection. I adored my purple couches, and if you take a look at the RIT website, the options really are endless! They have a gorgeous honeysuckle rose, the perfect shade of aqua, and so much more. When it was time to move out of my apartment and into a home with my husband, I gifted both couches to a friend of mine. Her decor didn't include purple, however, so she bought two natural slipcovers and did a little dyeing of her own. As far as the dye, for the purple I used 5 boxes each. When I helped my friend dye them red, we just used one bottle per slipcover. It also calls for a good bit of salt, but one big container will be fine. I honestly don't know how much water you'd need if you're using a bathtub/container method. Hope that helps!
I loved the look of these "striped" benches I saw in a wedding venue image. I thought it wouldn't be too hard to recreate that look. I used 8' 2x6's joined with pocket hole screws. It's
two flat boards sandwiching a vertical board for the seat. I tried 45 degree angles for the legs and had such a difficult time. Next time, I think I'll just keep it simple with 90 degree cuts. The cost of this little bench was $10 in lumber.
A friend of ours was moving into her first house, so we wanted to come up with a good housewarming present. We decided to build a rustic bookcase like the ones that go for hundreds in the
rustic "ranchtique" stores. We built a 1x2 frame with screws then used our nailgun to attach cedar fence pickets. The best part? It only cost $35! The darker bookcase is one we built for our home with the same method using reclaimed fencing a neighbor threw out. We love the rustic look! If you'd like a step-by-step tutorial, you can see it on the blog post below
After finishing the 10' long Restoration Hardware inspired Provence dining table for my mom, she asked for a matching buffet. I used Ana White's Providence Table plans as a starting
point, and made modifications for a thinner width and much longer length. I had to add an extra set of legs in the center for stability. She also wanted to add a lower shelf to store dish lids and bags when she has a pot luck. It's already been great for entertaining! The cedar is very lightweight, so it's easy for 2 people to move it. And it's nice and long so she can have big barbecues with more than enough space to fit all the dishes and desserts. Her friends are very impressed with her new custom patio set ;)