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Mannnn….I suck at this.

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Hey y’all. I’ve been feeling really down and out about my design plan lately. Every DIY project I’ve done just isn’t doing it for me anymore. It’s gotten to the point that I’ve given up. Literally. Let me break it down:

I don’t like my table anymore.

The wood is too thin. The legs are rigged up in a bootleg fashion. It wobbles. The color is still good for me. But everything else…no.

 

My dogs ruined my rug. 

It was nice for several weeks. All I needed was a rug pad underneath to stop the sliding and give it some cushion. Then one fateful day, one dog (I suspect that one in the picture – the boy) decided to pee on the floor, getting some on the rug as well. Ugh. That just made me NOT like the rug anymore. I was always vacuuming up dog hair and NOW THERE’S URINE?!?!? Oh, hellz no. And the paint was fading in some spots. It just wasn’t what I thought it’d be. Maybe it’s my own fault for 1) not crating my dogs when I left that day and 2) not heat sealing the paint after I finished the project. SIGHHHH!!!

I started making some no-sew striped curtains. I hung one panel and HATED IT! Lord. Give me strength.

I’m living in this fabulous condo and I feel so much pressure to make it great. I’m afraid I’m not living up to the challenge.

I look at my favorite house blogs like MerryPad, YoungHouseLove, and House Tweaking and I just feel like I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. Their ideas all look so simple in theory, but in practice….it’s another thing honey.

HELLLLPPP!!!!

tm.

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Pinterest Partayy: DIY Dining Room Table

Over on the home blog,What the Graham, they posted a New Year’s Challenge where you find a project you want to complete on Pinterest, get like Nike and JUST DO IT! It took me a little longer than the original deadline to post it (even though I completed the project a long time ago), but here it is.

This beautiful table lives in my “Home Design Shizzle” Pinterest board:

I just loved the rustic, yet modern feel to it. My condo has sort of a log cabin-y thing going on, so I wanted to give it a go. Plus, if it could save me hundreds of dollars by NOT buying a dining room table, why not? On the Apartment Therapy inspiration post they used reclaimed wood so they had to remove nails, clean the wood, and debuggify it (<—y’all will learn that I love to make up words). But I didn’t want to do that. So I hightailed it right on over to Home Depot for my supplies.

My wood + my dog Armani

First, I put my 4, 8 ft. 1×10 boards down on the floor and tried to line them up on the ends.

Then I cut some 1×2 down (with a handsaw) into 3 strips and attached them with about 4 wood screws for each one.

Then I assembled THESE  $10 IKEA table legs and attached them with wire clamp fasteners I found in the electrical aisle at Home Depot.

Flip the table over and voilà, magic. I thought I wanted to keep the integrity of the wood, so here I applied a light grey stain on the top and instantly hated it.

Sooooo, I found a sample of some Behr paint I had lying around called Red Jalapeno. Still thinking I wanted the wood grain to show through, I watered the paint down and applied it. When it dried it turned into this NEON ORANGE mess. No, I can’t be havin’ that in my house. Nawl.

BOOM!  There it is honeys!! I went and got two samples of another Behr color called Delicious Berry (uhm…or Berry Delicious, I can’t remember) and I love it. I used the paint at full strength (not watered down) so there isn’t any wood grain showing and I’m fine with that. It looks really great. I love it.

So that’s it. That’s my DIY dining room table. The only thing I really don’t like about it is I picked 1-by wood, I think I should’ve gotten thicker 2-by wood instead. I’m sure one day I’ll get tired of it and want to buy a real “grown-up” table. But for now, this table is awesome.

tm.

Fix scratches with WALNUTS?

Somewhere in the interwebs I read that if you rub walnuts over scratches in wood, the scratches will disappear…How? Why? *shrugs* I don’t know, but I thought I’d give it a try. So a couple of days ago, I ordered walnuts in my salad and took a couple out to bring home and “walnut” my hardwood floor (do not chuckle at my money-saving methods of DIYing). See, in the middle of sliding my bookcases to the wall, I didn’t notice a small staple on the floor. It got trapped underneath and scratched the entire hell out of my floor. The shriek of horror that filled my condo….OMG. I shudder every time I pass by it. Ugh. So here’s the process:

The scratches BEFORE "walnutting." See 'em?

My magic walnuts....After I took all the *ahem* salad dressing off. -_-

In action! Just rubbing the walnut over the scratches.

AFTER!! So the scratches are still there (they didn't magically disappear) but they are hardly noticeable! BOOM!

Still don’t know why or how it works…but while I was rubbing the walnuts on the scratches, a combination of walnut oil and walnut meat (uhh, is that what it’s called?) sort of filled in the scratches. I’m no scientist (OBVIOUSLY), but maybe it has something to do with that. Either way it gets a BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE from me!  *fireworks*

Do y’all have any other wood scratch mending tips?

tm

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