Friday, September 4, 2015

~reclaimed wood week~{day 5}

Before I show you todays final reclaimed wood project for the week I wanted to tell you how excited I am to be a part of a fall home tour, which starts Monday.

Here is the lineup:

Monday - Sept 7th

Tue - Sept 8th

Wed - Sept 9th

Thurs - Sept 10th

Fri - Sept 11th

And now, for todays project.
 I used a combination of free pallet wood and scaffolding wood.
 There is no directions for this because I literally just went for it with no plan.
This could easily be hung on a wall, but I am using it as a decorative fireplace screen for now.
{ I say decorative because you would never want to put wood up against a fire, 
but I am sure you know that!}

It's about 3' x 4' and I love, love, love it.

Thanks for following along! I will be back next week with our fall home tour and a lot of fall projects!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

~reclaimed wood week~{day 4}

Todays project is another easy one and it is a fun way to display photos, kids artwork etc.
You need to make a basic frame which means you need to make 4 cuts on a 45 degree angle.
If you don't have a chop saw you can use a hand saw and miter box.
Figure out how big you want your frame to be.
I made mine 3 feet x 4 feet.

After you have cut all 4 pieces of wood on a 45 degree angle you need to attach them.
I used a nail gun but if you don't have one you can use a combination of wood glue and screws or nails.

After I made the basic wood frame I brought it inside to clean it up, and my dogs immediately took a interest in it.
Is this a hint they need a new dog bed?

Then I took it to my local frame shop and had them put 4 wires across the back.
One to hang it by, and 3 to hang photos by.
I picked up a pack of tiny clothespins and hung my instagram photos.
I get mine printed at printstagram.

Tomorrow final project in reclaimed wood week is my favorite.
Be sure to come back!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

~reclaimed wood week~{day 3}

Reclaimed wood comes in many different shapes and forms.
There is pallet wood, which most of the time you can find for free.
There is barn wood, which sometimes can also be free.
Check Craigslist often to see if any buildings or old barns are being torn down.
There is old beams, antique wainscoting, breadboard, balusters, you name it.

The wood I am using today was from a really really old house that was being demolished.
You can find these pieces readily at salvage shops too, if you have them in your area.

Here is my little stash of old wood pieces.

This project requires no power tools!
I found these metal bookends at the thrift store, but I bet they have them at office supply stores as well.
I've been looking for a way to make unique bookends, and this fit the bill!

I started with these smaller square pieces for my smaller bookends….

And simply glued them on using a strong adhesive.

I clamped them and let them dry for several hours.

For the taller bookends I used these taller white wood pieces.
Same thing, glued them on, clamped them, and let them dry.
When they were all dry I cleaned them up with soap and water.

They make the perfect vintage chippy bookends and are so easy to make.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

~reclaimed wood week~day 2}

~Happy September~
Today I am going to show you how to make an industrial pipe toilet paper holder 
with reclaimed wood shelf.

Here is what you will need. All of these parts can be picked up at your home improvement center in the plumbing department.

You will also need a piece of reclaimed wood that measures 3 3/4 x 8 3/4.
You will need to drill out a 1/2" hole in the bottom left hand corner.

I sprayed my plumbing parts with this spray paint.
They come pretty greasy, so cleaning them well and spraying them with a spray paint will seal them and you won't get gunk on your hands.
Spraying them in a cardboard box is a good idea, as it contains the overspray.

It is way to hard to describe how to put this together but so simple in real life.
Hopefully you can see by my photo below how it goes together.
After you get to this point you can add your wood shelf and toilet paper, followed by the 2 caps.

Since this is sort of an industrial manly looking TP holder, I hung it in my sons bathroom.
The top shelf can hold a candle or cell phone, or anything else a boys bathroom needs.
I got this candle at TJ Maxx, it smells fabulous.

And that is it!
A super simple DIY for your reclaimed wood projects.


Monday, August 31, 2015

~reclaimed wood week~{day 1}

I love reclaimed wood and using it in home decor and projects so much that I am devoting a whole week to it here on My Sweet Savannah.
Each day I will be showing you ways to use reclaimed wood in your own home.
Hopefully it will inspire you to start a little project, or just get inspired for future projects.

One way I like to use reclaimed wood is on picture frames.
I made these ones out of free pallets.

You can see the original post here.
If you do not want to make your own, many stores sell barn wood picture frames.

I love the look of barn wood frames a lot. 
In fact, I had some family photos framed from Minted in this type of wood.
I hung some in the hallway on this gallery wall.
To view the original post, click here.

I even have some in the kitchen.
You can view that post here.

And since I have a bit of an obsession with them, I just ordered 3 more from Minted for Cody's bathroom.
Who says you can't have art in the bathroom?
I think they compliment his mirror nicely.
{mirror is from here}

Here are the links to the ones I purchased:
{all are on their art page}

I'll be back tomorrow with a DIY reclaimed wood project for ya!

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