Saturday, April 26, 2014

Etsy Sale & Fresh Finds

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

To celebrate the wonderful weather this weekend, we're having a sale in the Etsy shop (link on the right sidebar or click here -> FiveElevenDecor.

Enter code SPRING2014 at checkout for 10% off any order.

Also, check out my newest find - this awesome whale tail from WestElm.  He started out life with a brassy finish but that just doesn't go in my house...


Now if you just clicked on the link you may be asking yourself why I didn't just buy the soapstone version...well yes that would have been MUCH easier...but I liked the shape of the brassy version better ;)

So, I went down to my recently organized paint/supply stash (check it out here - DIY workbench) and got out my can of stripper (you heard me right).

This little guy took a few coats (if the first coat doesn't work, scrape off whatever finish has bubbled up and then spray again and wait 15 minutes - you MUST do this outside with a mask on, protective gear, etc).

Here's the end result...l.o.v.e.i.t!





I'm definitely trying to interject a more coastal vibe in my house and this definitely fit the bill (plus, ya know I love whales ;)

I also hung my chalkboard art print from LilyandVal by my bar area...super cute.  I'm not 100% sure of the placement yet but I'm letting it grow on me.   Now I need a drink...




Have a great weekend!
-Alisa

Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Black Iron Pipe Workbench & Chalkboard

I can't believe how long it's been since I last shared a project on the blog....life has been crazy lately!

I have quite a few projects in the works to share and I'm happy to say I finally got my kit lens back from the repair shop (not a fun experience).  

Meanwhile, my computer is going so.slow.right.now.  When it rains it pours, ya know?

Anyway...on to the project...

So, I've been debating on whether I want to show the before and after of my basement on the blog because its just not that impressive.  It's a basement.  In an old house...not fancy...I try to avoid it to be honest.  The room with the furnace I refer to as the 'killer room' ...'nough said.  

But...I have been working like crazy to re-organize the space and make it more useful...which is where this project comes in.  I now have a real grown-up workbench...pretty fancy...I absolutely love how it turned out.


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Here's a supply list if you'd like to make your own:


Pipes (all 1" diameter - black iron pipes):

I had 2 10' pipes cut down but you could probably get away with less if you do the math beforehand:

  • 6 - 14"
  • 2 - 16"
  • 2 - 18"
  • 1 - 36"

Pipe Fittings:

  • 8 - 1" floor flanges
  • 6 - 1" tees
  • 4 - 1 1/2" nipple fittings
  • 2 - 1 inch couplings
Wood:
  • 2 5/4x24x48
  • Minwax Dark Walnut stain
  • Foam brushes, rags for wiping
  • 16 - Screws to attach the wood to the pipes (#10x2" wood)

I scrubbed all of the pipes just to get the writing off and some of the gunk but that's totally optional.  Next, you just screw all of the pieces together (if you mess up which you probably will just unscrew and start over - I speak from experience ;) ) 








I applied two coats of stain to the wood.  I'll probably end up adding a coat of poly for durability but that's also up to you.  


Here's the finished project:









The large brush on the right was my grandfather's.  I can only imagine the look he would have given me if I said I was building a workbench out of plumbing pipes!  My father on the other hand immediately started doing calculations with me...he's pretty used to my shenanigans by now ;)

The chalkboard was made using some old trim I had for years (I think I bought it on clearance at Michael's, you can find similar stock at Lowes).  I cut it down to make a frame and attached it to the wall with small nails.  The light blue paint is Rolling Sea by Valspar and the darker blue is Indigo Cloth by Valspar - both were free samples and the chalkboard paint I had leftover from another project.  The chalk holder is an old wall-hung soap dish.  

I'm not 100% sure the chalkboard will stay like this...I'm not a huge fan of how it turned out (I think the bright blue is throwing me...so I added some black and then some navy blue...we'll see...things change quickly around here!)







I've seen a lot of similar workbenches lately online and they're selling for hundreds...now don't get me wrong...this workbench was not cheap...but definitely a good deal and better quality (in my humble opinion)...plus I just like saying, "I made it myself!" 

Before I go...can we just take a moment for my super-organized paint stash?  I really hope it stays this way...



Have a great week!
-Alisa