Barn Board Kitchen Island Top

When I first started this project, I planned to hire it out. It seemed too hard, too complicated. But, at the encouragement of my uncle (big shout-out to Uncle Mike) and with a tutorial from my brother (big shout-out to Trevor), I decided to take my best swing. If I swung and missed, it was barn board. It could always be sanded down again – right?

First, I located some nice, thick boards. A friend cut them to size and I stacked them on our pool ladder and hosed off the worst of the debris.

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Then, I scrubbed them clean and set them in the sun to dry. I finally had a reason to be grateful for the CRAZY heatwave that hit Ontario!

I arranged the boards the way I envisioned them on our island. At this point, I stopped and admired them for quite awhile.

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I sanded them smooth with a belt sander lent from a nice neighbour (thanks, John!) and stained them walnut (to compliment our floors). I hauled them in one by one and placed them on the top of the MDF currently serving as a temporary island top. (It’s been ‘temporary’ for over a year now)

The boards were not all the same thickness, so I flipped them over and built up the lower boards with wood. I used metal bars to attach the boards to one another for increased support.

I CAREFULLY flipped the now-connected boards back over. I used my hubby’s air nailer and added trim around the raw board edges and MDF to create a finished edge. I sanded the trim so it matched the curves of the barn board, leaving a “living edge” of raw wood at the front. I used 1 inch trim underneath the living edge to cover the MDF. I sanded down any high spots and stained one more time.

At this point, I LOVED how it looked. I scoured the WEB looking for ANYONE who would tell me it was okay to keep untreated barn board as a countertop. I didn’t want to add a protective coat and sacrifice the raw look. However, after reading pages and pages of online advice, I decided the ability to clean the island trumped beauty. And, I wanted to seal up that wood incase there was anything terrible hiding inside. I also feared the raw wood would absorb stains. With three kids, spills are bound to happen!

I used Epoxy for the first time and was terrified that I would mess it up. It ended up being relatively easy to use (just like my brother promised). One coat of epoxy is like 50 coats of regular top coat. I figured, if I had to coat this thing, it was getting coated GOOD. I always use a cutting board, a matt, or parchment paper, so I wasn’t concerned about the Epoxy as a final top layer.

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Now the island top was complete, but it clashed with the cabinet. The almost-black cabinets looked quite nice with the white top and quite ugly with the walnut. Sigh. Out came the paintbrush.

In the end, it was about two weeks of hard work. The worst was sanding outside in the midst of a heatwave. I really love our new island top.

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DIY easy shelves and letter decor

Step one is pretty easy. Cut your MDF trim and your corner piece the same length. Using a product like No More Nails, glue the corner piece to the bottom edge of the MDF. Clamp and dry.

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Once it is dry, remove the clamps and sand the shelf. I didn’t bother to paint the shelf because I wanted a distressed look.

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Decide what word you would like to spell and purchase the letters. There are many different styles of wooden letters available for purchase.

We referenced John 15:5.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

We made two shelves. On the second shelf, we decided to spell the keyword abide.

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We stained the letters in a walnut finish.

 

We sat the shelves on a bookcase, but alternatively, they are easily hung on the wall.

Old Door Becomes New Art

After a month of book promotion, I’m excited to get back to Makeover Monday! Let’s jump right in 🙂

I was given a green cabinet door and I instantly knew it would become a home decor item. First, I lightly sanded the door, keeping the original green because it was such a pretty shade. I dry-brushed a very small amount of black paint on it and sanded again. Then, I dry-brushed a very small amount of white paint on it and sanded until I had the look I desired.

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The white and black paint is subtle.

I followed THESE INSTRUCTIONS to transfer the text, Amazing Grace, to the door because my freehand script is horrible. In case yours is just as bad, you can download the already flipped text image below. Be sure to click the blue link above for application instructions. All you need is a printer and wax paper.

 

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It transferred really easily.

After applying the text to the door front, I handed painted over the ink and very lightly sanded. I painted on a white cross, sanded it down, and hot glued the twine around the edge.

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I used a cross template found online.

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It was a fun and easy project, easily accomplished within a few hours. Be sure to send me pictures of your cabinet door art!

Win this pendant necklace

In the opening chapter of The Builders Reluctant Bride, I sing Amazing Grace. In honour of my favourite hymn, I’ve made this pendant which opens up to reveal some of the powerful words of the famous song.

It was simple to make, simple enough that you can make one yourself if you don’t win the pendant in July. You’ll need a few basic supplies from Michaels Craft Store.

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I purchased the pendant, the chain, a bag of assorted links and clasps, and the velvet case. I printed the lyrics onto joining circles and cut them out, careful to keep them connected.

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After cutting out the circles, I folded them so the opening line and the last line showed as the front and back of the pendant. Using the links and connectors, I attached the pendant to the chain and added a clasp.

The final result is a prize I can’t wait to give away in July. Be sure to come back and enter to win.

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13010220_10153879515524300_2104444604_oStacey is busy writing her third novel, so she made me the new host of Makeover Monday. I reside in the fictional town of Bayview, Michigan, and Pelican Book Group is releasing my story, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, on July 08, 2016.

Make sure you follow Stacey on all her social media sites. When my story is released, Stacey is hosting a MONTH of giveaways. You won’t want to miss out on these great prizes.

Until next time,

Jenna

Win this beautiful bracelet

July 08, 2016 celebrates the release of The Builder’s Reluctant Bride and one lucky reader will win this beautiful handmade bracelet! Follow Stacey on social media to be sure you receive the contest details, made available in July.

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This bracelet required a few simple supplies from the craft store:

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I designed the order of the trinkets in a meaningful way, and when you read my story in The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, you’ll understand why love, hope, and faith matter to me.

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13010220_10153879515524300_2104444604_oStacey is busy writing her third novel, so she made me the new host of Makeover Monday. I reside in the fictional town of Bayview, Michigan, and Pelican Book Group is releasing my story, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, on July 08, 2016.

Make sure you follow Stacey on all her social media sites. When my story is released in July, Stacey is hosting a MONTH of giveaways. You won’t want to miss out on these great prizes.

Until next time,

Jenna

Dollar Store Centrepieces

You’ve planned the big day. You’ve managed every detail. Now, it is time to decorate the tables. But wait, you forgot about the tables! Not to worry, your local dollar store has everything you need to to re-create this pretty, original, and meaningful centrepiece.

You’ll need 4 picture frames for every table. We had 15 tables at our event, so I purchased 60 frames. I chose white for simplicity.

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Next, you’ll need to develop photographs for the frames. You can chose 4 photographs and make every centrepiece the same, or chose different photographs, making each table unique. We used different photographs for each table to encourage guests to mingle and see what pictures and memories the other frames held.

After putting the pictures in the frames, it is time to assemble them. The dollar store sells glue guns and glue sticks in their craft aisle, truly making this a one stop shop. Hot glue the edges of each frame, pressing them together to form a cube.

They dry fairly quickly, so work with one edge at a time. You can fill each cube with whatever you like. We used gerber daisies and green napkins (as filler).

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It really is that simple.

 

13010220_10153879515524300_2104444604_oStacey is busy writing her third novel, so I am the new host of Makeover Monday. I reside in the fictional town of Bayview, Michigan, and Pelican Book Group is releasing my story, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, on July 08, 2016.

Make sure you follow Stacey on all her social media sites. When my story is released in July, Stacey is hosting a MONTH of giveaways. You won’t want to miss the great, you’re-gonna-want-it prize that I made especially for her contest.

Until next time,

Jenna