One of our favorite things to do is scour junk stores for old stuff and restore them. One thing we always look for are old Cosco kitchen carts and chairs. Etsy buyers go nuts for them, especially if it’s got trendy colors. Well, we found a couple the other weekend. If you’ve been following our Instagram feed, you know that our current project is restoring this rusty piece of junk on the left:
Some finds are clearly in better shape than others, but the one on the left was $10 while the one on the right was $40.
That’s a post in itself, but we’re still working on it so we’re not ready for that yet. But one thing we stumbled across (well, Leslie did, I just got schooled in the process) was how to restore those chrome legs. See, you could prime and paint them chrome again, but you’d end up with a really uneven surface that would show pretty bad under shiny chrome paint. That can cost you money in the end in a lost sale or reduced price.
Leslie showed me this trick and it seriously blew me away. I honestly couldn’t believe it did what it did.
Hey Friends! We’re back! That last bit of 2016 was rough, wasn’t it? We took a break over the holidays to just spend some time with our family – you can read about it some here – but with 2017 in full swing, we’re so happy to be back in gear with some great projects to share with you. We’re going to kick off the new year with some easy, inexpensive winter decor ideas that anyone can do! Continue reading
Note: This is not a lantern made out of candy cane pallets. Unfortunately, they do not make pallets out of candy canes. But that’s probably a good thing, since you can’t really ship freight on a giant candy cane. What if it gets wet? Everything would stick to it, and don’t even get me started about the ants. Wait, where was I going with this?
Oh, right. This is actually a lantern made from pallet wood that has lights that make it look like a candy cane. Or a barber pole. But seriously guys, this is Christmastime, not Barbermastime, okay? Get it straight.
…or is it both?
(Thank you Flickr for providing the most appropriate stock image ever)
Most of what we do here, as you can probably tell if you’ve read through, are projects that really require an adult to do. Some of Leslie’s baking can be done with your kiddos, but definitely all of my woodworking projects require cutty and stabby tools that aren’t for the little ones and honestly they shouldn’t be around at all until they’re a little older.
That being said, we do have 3 young children and we love doing crafts with them. So I wanted to take some time during our 31 Days journey to take a look at some great classic craft ideas that your kids can do for Christmas.
I still have a lot of that hackberry tree I cut down the other day, ya’ll. Like a bunch. Making those candle holders didn’t hardly use any of it. And honestly the more of it I can use in the shop, the less I have to haul off elsewhere. So today I’m dragging you along with me on another Project To Make Out Of A Cut Down Hackberry Tree So Matt Doesn’t Have To Carry It Further Than The Workshop ™.
Cutting thin slices of these would make great coasters, which make a great gift for any OCD person in your life.
As with most of the things we’ve made so far, these are super easy to make with the right tools.
Frozen jokes. Frozen jokes everywhere.
Hold on, we need to, because that’s what this post is about –
SHUT UP BOROMIR YES YOU CAN SIMPLY BUILD A SNOWMAN. SIMPLY AND EASILY WITH ONLY SOME 2X4 AND DECORATIONS NOW SHUT YOUR FOOL MOUTH.
Hey, let’s build a snowman! This is another quick and easy winter/Christmas decoration that’s easy enough you can do it with your kids!
You know what everybody loves at Christmastime? Candles. Hoo boy do they love candles. Like to the point that both FEMA and the NFPA say that December is the peak time for fires caused by candles (it is not, in fact, your mix tape.)
But this is AMERICA, ladies and gentlemen, and we don’t let facts get in the way of enjoying Christmastime.
That’s right, EVERYONE GETS A CANDLE! And today I’m going to make a tea light set out of some hackberry tree branches that I just had to cut down in the back yard, because recycling!
I know what you’re thinking. Sugar Scrub? What’s sugar scrub?
No, it’s not edible. Well it might be, I dunno, I haven’t tried it. Let me know if you do, I guess. But it’s not for eating! It’s for your skin. No really! I was skeptical too.
But last May, we made Lavender Sugar Scrub in our local MOPS meeting, and my life will never be the same.
Nativity sets are one of those essential Christmas things, up there with the tree and the advent calendar and lights outside. Lots of folks have good memories of the nativity set their families put out when they were kids, and just as many folks collect them and display them at Christmastime.
There’s a really great pattern for a very minimalistic and simple nativity over at a blog called Under My Umbrella (though it hasn’t been updated for a couple of years) that cuts great with the scroll saw. I haven’t tried it with a jigsaw – it might get tricky because of the smaller shape of the pieces, but you probably can pull it off if you clamp the pieces right to the edge of your work table or something like that.
So it’s 9 PM, your kiddos are asleep, and you’re an hour deep into a Netflix marathon when that old familiar rumble hits you – no, not the bathroom rumble, the stomach rumble. THE MUNCHIES.
You pause the TV (thank you technology!) and make for the kitchen, where you whip yourself up some tasty snacks (plural, because you don’t do things halfway) and a big drink, and get ready to head back into the living room.
But wait! You are only a mortal human and only have two hands. You can’t possibly carry it all!
Fear not! We have a solution for you, friend.