2.18.2013

$90 DIY Kitchen Countertops

 Only $90!?! YES! You read it right!!
Here's How...

Measure the length and width of your countertops.. 
make sure you have accounted for any overhangs! 
Call your local saw mill (we drove 2 hours away for ours) 
Ask them how wide their mill will cut (most can cut up to 24" wide.. and that's what you want) 
We had to go wider because of our sink.
Ask them if they have Douglas-Fir (or Oregon Pine).. it is a very hard, resilient wood that is recommended for countertops and such.
Tell them what you're project is, and they will give you a price and cut enough for you.
I wanted 2.5" thick, but 2" is plenty for most normal kitchens.. if you go much thinner you are subject to warping.
We wanted raw bark on the front of ours, but you certainly don't have to.

Make sure tops of cabinets are LEVEL before beginning

Measure and cut your pieces.. we kept taking them in the house and laying them out, just to make sure.. we only had to re-cut a piece once!

Then you SAND!!!!!!!!!! Start with 60 grit, move to 80 then 100, then 150, then 180, and finish with 200 or 220 depending on how smooth you want them.
Make sure you are gluing and screwing them together from the bottom, if you have conjoining pieces. When they are in place, screw them to your cabinets from underneath.(obviously)
At this point you can stain them.. I chose not to, and went with the natural color that the polyurethane pulled out. P.S We used the same polyurethane that we used on our floors (find that post HERE)
We bought it at PPG Porter Paints.
OH and we applied 6 coats!!!! Sanding lightly between each coat.

I am in LOVE with them! They are sturdy and stay very clean... 
I DO NOT cut on mine.. I ALWAYS use a cutting board!
I use vinegar and clorox wipes to clean and disinfect.

The arrow is pointing at one of my favorite things in my kitchen!
It is Vintage Ceiling Tiles that were salvaged from a building in Paris. And I cut them up for my backsplash. YES, they were expensive! But I am sure you can find them at flea markets or antique shops for less.
 Yes, my drawer fronts are chalkboard! Awesome huh!!!

From the flowers in my sink above! I just love arranging flowers, and I LOVE having fresh flowers in my home, it just makes me feel happy! Thanks to my Mom who gave them to me!
To see my complete kitchen remodel, and the scary before pictures click HERE.

My countertops are being featured on bobvila.com!

2.11.2013

Cheap and Easy Succulent Gift

Need an easy quick gift for a teacher or a friend?

Get some thrifted china and a small succulent! 

Add a cute tag that says {1 ice cube a week} Yup, that's all it needs! 
Low maintenance, but so adorable!!!!

 Go HERE or HERE for some more Easy Gift Ideas