Carver Junk Company Wall

This fall my buddies at Carver Junk Company saw the wall I did at one of my neighbor’s house and wanted me to make one for their new store location in Minneapolis. It’s a fantastic spot near one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, Pepitos as well as Turtle Bread and some great clothing stores and special gift spots.
Let me tell you. I was so nervous! I said no in my head a dozen times. But then, Tom said, just do it and I’ll help. So, I told them I would do it.

They wanted it to be temporary so we put it on plywood. Plywood on plywood. I had to lay it out two boards at a time, and only attach some of the strips of boards, so that when it went up on the wall it looked like a continuous piece.

They put it up on the wall and then I came in and finished attaching the boards that didn’t get nailed in to the boards originally. There were some struggles getting the boards to fit properly after it was attached to the wall, but it all worked out great.

(null)I absolutely love the different wood tones. The white is Annie Sloan watered down and the gray is two coats of gray stain. The darker stain is dark walnut, I think…..

I’m just so happy with the way it turned out! Thanks to Carver Junk Company for trusting me to build that wall!

Happy Monday!


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DIY Plywood Plank Floor

Hello! Who’s busy?! It gets so crazy around here. We had a hectic holiday with lots of traveling, the stomach bug and so much fun and food! This weekend we went to help load some wood and went skiing for the day at Indianhead in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula for you non-midwesterners). We had so much fun! I wish we could take the kids skiing every weekend. They are getting so good.

I’ve been working on this project for a little while now. I spent a lot of time debating what material to use. I couldn’t decide between pine plywood and birch. Tom didn’t really help much, he said it would look good either way. I just finally bit the bullet and decided on the birch. I ordered 1/2 inch birch plywood from The Home Depot and had them cut it in 8 inch strips. I ordered it because I knew it would take them a long time to cut it, and it really makes it easier for me to pick up and grab it instead of waiting for it. It was $250 for 6- 4×8 sheets. Not bad, as far as I’m concerned!

A few months ago I tore out the carpet…


Then it sat like this for a couple of months…


Then last week I ordered the boards. I am always nervous to get started because I’m afraid it is going to be more involved than I want it to be, but it turns out, it wasn’t too bad.


I put down some roofing material as a protector and sound barrier. And then I cut some boards for transitions into each doorway. I just made them the width of the door casing. I’ll figure out what to do with the carpet at a later time…

After they were dry fit, I attached the boards tightly with my pneumatic nailer. Easy peasy. I figured if it doesn’t work, I can always screw the boards in later.

Then a few coats of poly and done. It’s really that easy….not really. But you get the gist.


I love how it turned out. I was worried it would look very d-i-y but I’m happy to report that even hubby likes it. So, I think this one is a winner!


Now to tackle all that trim….

Vintage Factory Cart

Good morning! I know I should be posting about Christmas and all the tree trimming and cookie baking that is going on, but right now, I just wanted to tell you about my cart!

Remember my dream list? The one that includes things like a vintage scale, a vintage factory cart, old doors, barn wood, yada, yada…well, I get to cross one of them off the list!

I drove into the abyss on the coldest day of the year so far and found this thing buried in the back of a farmers storage area…outside…it was not in good shape, but the wheels were worth it!




I was hoping to salvage the wood, but it was rotten all the way through. So, I measured everything and then chopped it all up with my saws-all.

I had the lumber yard cut up some cedar to the exact measurements I needed for the frame.

The I put the frame together and attached all the metal ends with new bolts. Four trips to the hardware store for bolts. Nice.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with the top, I consulted my woodworking buddy at Rubbish Reborne and he gave me a few ideas.
I headed over to Menards and laid out all sorts of wood and measured on the floor so I didn’t have too much or not enough.
Then I brought it all home and attached it with my nail gun. The only thing I wish I would have done differently was to round out the edges a bit instead of them being so ‘perfect’ but I’ll live and I’m sure it will get distressed enough with the boys around. I measured them out by eyeballing it. I put the two end pieces on first and then put all the other wood in randomly and spaced it with my eyeballs. After I attached them, I waxed the whole thing.


We had to wait to bring it in until the new wheel came, so it sat in the garage for a few days. The second I got it in the mail, I wiped it down and attached it.
Then, that night I asked Tom to help me bring it in.


The wheels are uneven because when it is actually used as a factory cart it is easier to move, so we are going to level them out, but other than that, it is done!
And I LOVE it! Let me know if you have any questions!

DIY Tree Slice Mirrors

It’s December 2nd! We had a fantastic Thanksgiving in the Northwoods of Wisco. There was lots of snow this year, which was a little different for us, but still tons of fun! The boys went sledding and made a snow man, I snuggled by the fire and tried to stay warm!


One of the projects I started a few months ago was with some tree slices that my father-in-law sliced up for me. Of course I did the thing that generally happens to me, I think I have the most amazing, brilliant idea, and then like a fool I look it up on Pinterest and sure enough someone has absconded with my idea. I’m sticking with my original thoughts though, because I usually have these ideas and THEN look them up.

This is a fun one. I started with slices of wood and I used our drill press and a 5 1/2 inch hole saw to make a hole. It took FOREVER. But, that’s okay.

After I had a hole, I sanded everything down and attached a mirror to the back with some clips.


The second batch is actually a teeny bit more advanced because my FIL helped me countersink the mirror so it is flush on the back. Ooh-ahh…say it with me.

Then I took some leather straps in varying lengths and attached them in different ways to the piece with an upholstery tack.


And that’s it! I love how they turned out. And the fist batch was gone in a weekend!


Happy Tuesday!

Burgundy Buffet

Happy November!

The boys had a great time on Halloween, tons of candy was collected and now that it is November my candy corn obsession has stopped until next year. Thank goodness.
I haven’t done a buffet in a long time and if you’ve been following for awhile, you may remember that buffets are my favorite thing to transform.
This one came from my neighbor’s grandparents so I had to make sure it was a stellar makeover!
Here’s the before:

It had some shelf liner on the top so I took the heat gun and got it off, then sanded the top and stained it and polyed it.




After taping it off and covering the top, I painted the body in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in her new color called burgundy. Let me tell you something about this burgundy. I freaked out. It looked magenta. Like, pink! Not a deep red burgundy color. But, after if dried it was much darker than the wet paint and I was so relieved!

I painted inside the cabinet duck egg.


A little dark wax and she’s all set up for sale at Carver Junk Company!




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