Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fence Picket Snowman

What fun! These are sitting on my front porch.

 I had a few fence post pickets hanging around so I decided to turn them into snowmen. These are pressure treated, six feet long and 5.5 inches wide. I cut two from one picket, leaving the dog ear on one and one without. These were very quick and easy to make. I started by painting 1/4 of the top of each picket black as well as another piece of wood for the brim. Nothing fancy, just pieces of pallet wood I had in the stockpile. 


Log slices painted brown then detailed with white paint.

Log slices for eyes & a cute triangular nose painted orange.
I painted the bottom 3/4's (give or take, I just eye-balled it) with white paint. Not having a ventilated area to work it, I used a small paint roller and a can of exterior paint that I had on hand. I had the black Rust-Oleum paint from my log snowman project, which covers very well. I'm sure spray paint would have made the job go quicker.
The nose was another scrap of wood cut in a triangular shape, then painted orange. For the eyes and buttons, I cut small discs from a log, the same discs I was using for my other log snowmen.  I glued everything together plus used small brad nails, hammered in from the back. I couldn't use my nail gun because the smallest nail would have been too long. :(
Now, to paint the mouth and tie on a scarf, he's outside on my porch, ready to great you!
Bundled up in a fleece scarf during a snowfall.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Craftsman Style Chalkboard



I'm really excited with the chalkboards I made during the holiday using Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Colonial Red paint. Three of these chalkboards were requested by a friend of mine, as she wanted to give them as gifts. She gave me a rough size but requested a "barn red" type color. 
This was a plan from "anawhite" but I used my own dimensions in order to get three 16" x 24" boards out of a 2' x 4' panel. I framed them with 1 x 3's with a 1 x 2 on top and bottom. The finished overall size was 20" x 29.5". I made a total of six and kept one for myself! I love the color, they were very pleased with it.
Kreg jig makes joining easy! I've since upgrade to a K-4 model

Ready for paint!
The chalk board overlaps the opening by 1/2" all around. Opening is 15" x 23", chalkboard is 16" x 24"

Fastening the chalkboard to the back.


Great addition to my kitchen!