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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Anthropologie Inspired Apron With Tute! (pic heavy) on: February 01, 2012 09:26:19 PM
I knew immediately from the small gallery pic that it was Anthro inspired...

<3 !
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knocked off Anthropologie Bedspread...with only T-shirts, D'oh! on: February 01, 2012 07:07:51 PM
because they require time... a lot of them are labor intensive... and some skill.

besides anthropologie is a lifestyle. the store itself is part of it
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Salvaged Window Kitchen Island on: January 31, 2012 09:01:37 PM
It looks fantastic against those incredible floors. Love the "rustic". Great Great job!

My entire downstairs - minus the bathroom and laundry room which appear to have been added on at a later date (which is possible as my house is from the 1800s -- you can actually see where the coal chute used to be) have those wood plank floors. The only bummer of them? Sweeping them as they have those recessed where they meet... but I love them... and the exposed brick in my laundry room.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Salvaged Window Kitchen Island on: January 30, 2012 06:28:43 PM
So I was walking my dog last night and someone outside asked me if my dog was a Cairn Terrier -- she is one, but she's TINY since her last owners abused her (she was incredibly underweight when I got her) and never fully developed... anyhoo as we were talking I noticed this huge pile of old windows... Turns out he's a house flipper... he tried to sell them, no one wanted them (since they're single pane... and longer panes, instead of those 6 pane ones)... so he told me I could have them for free. So I went back with my car and fit all the ones I could in there...

Anyways... I've had an eating disorder for years and have never had a kitchen table at any of my "adult" residences, despite being 24 years old, because it scares me... I had told my therapist I was going to try to correct that... and so today I was thinking about it... and I thought a kitchen island that was counter height (meaning I could sit at it with a bar stool) would be the perfect compromise... enter in the windows and we have:




and I couldn't get a good picture of it... but you can see where the ropes used to be too...

It's a bit big for my current kitchen, but not so big that it would make my kitchen unfunctionable... and I sort of love it.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Pinterest Swap Jan 2012 Discussion/Gallery on: January 20, 2012 01:38:00 PM
If this continues into February I think I'll cave.. I love Pinterest... it's addicting... but not everything I see and would love to make fits me... so it would be great to get to make some of those things... you know?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knocked off Anthropologie Bedspread...with only T-shirts, D'oh! on: January 20, 2012 07:12:47 AM
I sort of love this... (My bedding is Anthro's Crowned Crane)... and wonder if you could upholster a simple headboard in that??
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Butcher Block Side Table & Tutorial on: January 20, 2012 07:11:17 AM
I'm glad it was easy to follow along (sometimes things make sense in my head but become incoherent when I try to put them to words) -- and I definitely recommend doing this... it was a fun, easy project... not the quickest due to drying times and having to clamp things down... but worth it.

People that have come to my house since have commented on that table and asked me where I got it... and it can take a table with such a cheap looking top (that top was horrid and only maybe 1/2 inch thick... if that) and make it look way more expensive.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Butcher Block Side Table & Tutorial on: January 18, 2012 09:08:12 AM
Thanks, it was pretty simple to make (just time consuming due to all the staining and such) and I'm lucky that whenever I visit my parents I have access to SO many tools.

I'll probably be posting other tutorials later as I'm in the process of silver leafing a dresser and making an ottoman out of a washtub.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Butcher Block Side Table & Tutorial on: January 17, 2012 02:39:35 PM

Im a poor college student okay, so that may not be the exact case, but I am a college student who loves the Anthropologie aesthetic, but cannot afford to furnish her whole home with their furniture I also told myself when I moved this past year that everything that I didnt already have prior to moving would need to be purchased secondhand, re-purposed, re-designed, or gifted. I wanted to create an environment all my own while also FORCING myself to become creative (its a good pleasurable distraction). I wanted my home to be re-imagined.

Anyways, recently I saw Anthropologie's Plank Coffee Table
But it's $600... meeps... The reason I loved it was that it reminded me of vintage butcher blocks...  The different colors of wood all next to each other has made me swoon for ages. I dont really need a butcher block in my kitchen (I wouldnt really use it), so I decided that I could put that same style top on a side table.

For this project I used:

    A dinged up table found for $4 at a Value Village close to where my parents live
    a Kreg Jig you can also use wooden dowels to join the wood
    16.5′ of plywood cut into lengths 2″ longer than the width of my table you may need less feet, or more of the plywood, depending on size of your table
    Wood Stains I used Chestnut, Mahogany, and Cherry You can apply these in different ways to impact their color
    Screws I used 22 coarse screws
    Bar of soap
    sandpaper or an electric sander
    Miter saw can also use a hand saw
    clamps at one point I used four
    a few extra pieces of wood to make a 90 degree jig to ensure everything is square


My mother picked up a side table at Value Village for me for $4 (she got it half off) and it was in INCREDIBLY rough shape. We had to take it apart, replace, and reinforce some of the boards (and then also use wood glue). The top was incredibly cheap looking and incredibly scratched up (I might be able to repurpose it for something else like a tray or a frame).  However, we both knew that dinged up top would QUITE readily pop off which it did, it was held on by about six screws. Making this table the perfect candidate for a butcher block top.

Besides even with what was done to the table in these beginning stages, the table was only around $7. NOTE: If you cant find a suitable candidate at a secondhand shop, you can easily find a cheap wood table at Home Goods for around $20 that would be suitable as well (I used one of their tables as a base for a suitcase chair that I made I might do a tutorial on that later on)

To get the butcher block feel I craved, I headed out to Lowes and bought some varying width boards that were 3/4″ thick. (NOTE: I would stick with this thickness, or increase it)


For my table, I decided I wanted a 1″ overhang in all directions. Id recommend getting an extra boards length in both sizes so you can play around with wide to skinny board ratios. I wound up using a total of 11 boards, but cut a total of 12. That totaled 16.5′

Use a miter saw to cut them to length if you dont have a miter saw, a handsaw will work as well. Just make sure you take your time to make sure all the boards are EXACTLY the same length.

Sand all the board Paying special attention to the where you made the cuts.

Wipe them off to get rid of any saw dust and start staining away. Some of mine got a couple of coats to darken them up. Give yourself a variety. (Personally: I wanted varying shades, so I picked three different stains chestnut, mahogany, and cherry)

Wait for them to dry and once theyre done doing that you can play around with their placement (see side picture). Have fun mixing up the different stains and widths. Its sort of fun to try to figure out which combination is the most appealing to you.

Use a Kreg Jig to drill holes to join the boards. NOTE: If you dont know all you have to do is place the board so the end you want showing is pointing towards the fastener. Make sure the board is flush ie: not tilted You then take the drill with the proper bit attached and drill down the hole. Basically what it does is drill a tunnel of sorts at a slight angle creating a hole for you to put a screw into. Hiding the screw on the underside of the table. No need for dowels, or boards, etc.

If you dont have a Kreg Jig, I HIGHLY recommend it theyre incredibly reasonably priced and create an incredibly strong joint. The mini kit (I used the master with the toolbox) is only $20 and would work well for this project and no Im not being paid to endorse them but in case you dont feel like itd be a good investment you could also join the pieces of wood together with wood dowels or by using wood to act as a joining bracket/brace (though the latter might complicate things if youre not cautious of the tables opening.

Vary the places where you drill the holes you dont want them all lined up board to board, but staggered to ensure extra stability.

Once youve done all the hole drilling its time to join the boards together. To ensure that everything is squared away and your top doesnt come out crooked youll want to create a 90 degree jig (or template) I made mine by screwing down two pieces of plywood to the end of my Kreg Jig setup.

Clamp down the two boards you wish to join together to ensure that they remain flush. Make sure theyre lined up inside the 90 degree jig you just created. At one point I used four clamps better safe than sorry.

This process takes awhile. You may need to add onto your setup as the boards grow in length. I did mine in sections of four boards (the last section had three boards). When joining them ALL together, I had to screw in an extra board onto my 90 degree jig to ensure they all stayed square.

Which they did! Score.

At this point is became as easy as attaching the top (via screws through the bottom) to the rest of the table. I used the screws that had attached the original top (coating them in a bar of soap prior to using to help prevent any cracking of wood) and used those same holes as guidelines. I centered the top so that it would be a perfect one inch overhang all the way around

To protect the stains, as the final step, I added five coats of clear polycoat.

All together the project cost me around $25.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Burlap Family Tree Wall Covering on: October 18, 2011 10:49:53 AM
So I work at Anthropologie where inspiration abounds (yes, I know of the Anthro controversies... but I love my job and could live in that store)

anyhoo, I wanted to do a family tree in my living room and was speaking with our visual merchandiser over some drinks at a get together and this idea was born.

I'm going to eventually frame it, but I'm going to wait until I've finished putting up all the pictures of family members.

I rather like it... and it goes with my historic home.

oh and i'm going to be putting some writing up at the top where there's that void (where the tree mysteriously ends)
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