Church Coffee Shop Makeover

Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
At the beginning of the year I embarked on my biggest diy project yet: our church coffee shop makeover. Even though it took quite a while to finish up, I’m so happy with how it came out. It was fun designing and being creative with using what we already had on hand so we could be wise with our budget for it. I’m very thankful for the many people who helped make this a reality with their time and donations. It’s now a nice area to be used by the church for fellowship, classes/meetings, and provides an area for the many people who come in during the week seeking help through counseling/food bank/other needs/etc.

Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
Before I get into the details, let’s take a look at the before. It was a very nice spot that they had redone when the church first moved into this building. For some background, the building was originally a grocery store. Then another church bought it and started to work on the interior to make it more functional for church purposes. And after they had it, they moved on to a different building and our church moved in and began using it. It still has a lot of work to be done to be used to it’s full potential, but we are getting there. Here is the before (pics courtesy of Clark Miller) :

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As you can see, one of the most noticeable transformations was taking that wall down and opening it up. I was told this used to be a children’s area, which is why I’m sure the wall was there (to keep them in there lol). But as a coffee shop, the wall was a hindrance. If people were standing in the entrance, it was hard to get in. Now there is much more flow and it feels a lot more welcoming. We painted the whole area to brighten it up. I ended up going with Sherwin Williams Icy Avalanche (HGSW1497) in eggshell for the walls and Sherwin Williams Carbonzied in semi-gloss (HGSW1481) for the baseboards and cabinets. Since this church has a lot of foot traffic, we noticed the white baseboards on the inside would look dingy and dirty real quick. Painting the baseboards a darker color hides a lot more of the wear and tear.

Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
For the counter area we did a few simple things to take it up a notch. We painted the cabinets, which thankfully went perfect with the main counter tops so there was no need to replace them, but we did paint the back counter tops with special paint just for that since they were red. Someone had some of this paint they never used and it ended up being a great match to the overall color scheme. FIY, the special counter top paint stinks horribly! So if you ever do this, be prepared for that. We had the walls covered in this wood that was actually old shelving from in the back of the church. I gave it a good sanding to get rid of a lot of the scuff marks and then gave it a coat of polycrylic to protect it from food and drink splashes. We had these lights from Lowes installed to give some more ambient light which I spray painted them black to match. They changed the name of the shop to Fifteen Fifty-One, which is the address number of the church, so I created a new logo (using a template from creative market) to update it. To get it on the wall, I used a projector to project the image, traced it with a pencil, and then painted it in.

Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
I used premade chalkboard panels from Home Depot for the chalkboards and Nekoda Derouen framed them with wood and put them in place. We stained wood to create shelves to hold some of the supplies and I spray painted galvanized piping/flanges/caps to hold them in place (here is a great tutorial on all that).

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To help with the customer flow, I made an order here sign to place above the counter. I simply stained some wood, created the letters from vinyl on my Cricut Explore, and drilled some holes to hang it with rope.

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We also decided to make a large chalkboard menu. This was on the large side so I actually used thin wood panels that I painted with chalkboard paint. Then Nekoda put these together as well and framed them and Marybeth Anderson did the amazing chalk design. For the next little corner, I had the idea to create a more comfy and casual sitting area. Nekoda went and found these wicker shelves in church storage and added legs to create benches. He reused tops from other old benches to go on top and a lovely volunteer covered them in a drop cloth for us. The tables were old stools that he cut down and added new tops and painted. I found the metal stools at Hobby Lobby and helped make a bunch of the pillows to go with it. I also added some metal magazine holders so people can have something to look at when they are sitting here.

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The “gather” word was another word that I projected on the wall, traced, and painted. Such an easy project with a big impact! Beside that area is what I call the “testimony wall.” I wanted a place where we could share pictures, stories, and encouraging quotes/verses. I was inspired by a board idea I found on pinterest. The words “tell”, “story”, and on the word bubble, were all made from vinyl. I found the wood “your” letters from Target and painted the sides of them, and then Nekoda made those word bubbles for me. I filled in the boards with all kinds of things, but many of the printables I used were from this site.

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The other side of the coffee shop needed a little love too, so Clark designed these and we had engineer prints made and framed them.

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For a few final touches, Nekoda made this barn door to replace the old one and an awesome trashcan cover.

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All the tables used were also old tables found in the church and made over or made from scratch by Nekoda and the beautiful new flooring was installed by awesome volunteers. I still can’t believe it’s all done, but it is and functions perfectly for what we need right now. I’m currently working on the parent’s room now and can’t wait to share that. I installed my first ever board and batten wall there! Now I’m going to do one in my own home haha. Oh, and if you follow me on instagram you saw that there will be a new {free!} girls dress pattern releasing soon, so be on the lookout for that soon.

-jess

Fabric Label DIY

Fabric Label diy | happy together
I have been sewing up some kids clothing lately and needed some  more labels to sew in them. I decided it was time for me to go ahead and share this process with you as I have had such great success with it over the years. There are a few methods I have tried, but this is my favorite fabric label diy hands down and they have lasted for everything I have made so far (through multiple washings!).

how to make fabric labels | happy together What you need:

  • Tightly woven light colored fabric (ex: quilting cotton; and I do nothing to fabric to prep it except iron it)
  • Scissors
  • Piece of paper that fits your printer
  • Printer (I use an HP Deskjet F4280 and use the HP ink for it; I cannot speak for other printers/inks, but if you can please share your results in the comments)
  • Freezer paper (found in the section with aluminum foil/saran wrap/etc)
  • Iron
  • Design to print (I made a simple page of labels in Word, but you can create yours however you like)

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Start by ironing your fabric to get any wrinkles out. Then take the piece of paper and use that to cut out the same size from the freezer paper.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Place the freezer paper on top of the fabric, shiny side down. Make sure to turn iron to “no steam” and iron the freezer paper to the fabric.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Cut around the freezer paper and iron edges one more time to make sure the fabric and freezer paper is connected well.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Place it in your printer with the fabric side facing down (or other way if your printer prints differently). I usually put a regular piece of paper on top as I’m putting it in place just to make sure it goes in where it needs to. Then I take the paper out so only the fabric/freezer paper combo is there. When you go to print labels, make sure to choose the best ink option so it takes its time to print. Now, I have had the printer not catch the fabric properly and it got jammed, but it doesn’t happen often. Just watch and if it seems like it’s starting to not catch properly hit the cancel button on your printer and pull it out. I can’t speak for all printers, but I rarely have problems with this method. Just give it a try and see if it might work for you.

Tip: Be mindful of the colors you are choosing to print with. I have only used darker colors as I feel confident they will show up well.

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Once printed, you can cut your labels out. But if it’s your first time trying this, I suggest putting the fabric in the wash after the first print so you can see how the ink holds up. Mine always has held up wonderfully well so I hope yours does too! Besides that, I leave them attached to the freezer paper until it comes time to use them as it keeps them nice and crisp and it’s easy to store them. Below is an example of them sewn in (and you can get the free skirted sweatshirt pattern here as well). -jess

Skirted Sweatshirt Pattern and fabric label diy | happy together

 

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
I love having a wreath on our front door. It adds so much! Especially for us since our front yard has no landscaping yet ;) I had bought a gorgeous dried floral wreath and sadly it did not do well with the few hours of sun it gets before night time. I thought maybe it might make it since it’s not in direct sun for too long but I was wrong. I learned my lesson. I’m sticking with faux wreaths for now since they will last quite a bit longer before they fade away. To rectify the situation, I went to the store and decided to make a magnolia wreath diy.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess To make your own you will need:

  • Magnolia leave stems (I bought five at Michaels and ended up using only four; I happened to get them on sale for 50% off!)
  • Grapevine wreath (I reused one that I had torn everything off of already, but you can find these for less at thrift stores or at local craft stores)
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Start by breaking down the stems into smaller bunches.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
To create a more natural look, you can turn some of the leaves around so you can see the back as well. I have seen faux magnolia stems be all green, so you might not need or want to do this. I liked the look and felt it added more visual interest to the wreath.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Start by placing one stem in the grapevine wreath. Glue the bottom in place and at other spots where the stem is lying flat on the wreath so it will stay in place.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Continue adding more stems on top of the previous ones. Glue one in place at a time. I also found I had to bend the stems at times to make them more curved to fit the wreath’s direction.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Your last stem will be tucked underneath the very first one. From the front, flat on the ground, I liked how the wreath looked, but once I held it up there were some spaces I wanted to fill in.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
If you feel the same way, take some individual leaves and glue them in the bare spots.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
I also decided to glue down more leaves because we get a ton of very strong winds out here and I didn’t want the leaves blowing off. It made for a flatter wreath, but I wanted that security.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess It now lives on my front door and I’m hoping it will make it through the summer. This is truly a simple and easy project and would be fun to make together on a craft night with friends. -jess

Wood Vase Holder DIY

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
I love sewing, crocheting, and all, but you all know how I like to create with all kinds of things so today I’m sharing this wood vase holder diy. A few weeks ago I saw something kind of like this but it was made from metal. I really liked how it looked but also figured I could make something with that same concept but for a lot less money. I was right! I made this out of wood and since I had almost all the supplies already it didn’t cost anywhere near the amount of the metal one. I liked how simple this was to make using minimal tools.

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You can see two different types of vases I had on hand that fit in it. It’s a generous size but you could always change the sizes of the wood pieces to suit a specific vase you want whether it be smaller, larger, wider, or not so wide. Here is your supply list to create your own wood vase holder diy:

  • 2 pieces of 3/4 x 36 poplar square for the legs and top joining pieces
  • Wood for the base (I used a 1×8 scrap piece I had. just make sure it is at least 3/4″ thick and 5.5″ wide)
  • Four 3/4″ x 1/2″ corner braces with screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Paint brush
  • Wood stain
  • Polycrylic finish
  • Lint free cloth
  • Ruler
  • Saw (I used a chop saw but also used a hand saw to cut off the ends of two smaller pieces I cut too long)
  • Drill and bit that the screws you use will need

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
First make your wood cuts. From the two pieces of poplar cut the following lengths: four that are 12″ long, two that are 5.5″ long, and two that are 4″ long. From your wood for your base cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece. Sand all of the pieces, especially focusing on any rough spots.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Next, grab your corner braces and prepare to put them on.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Take your 12″ pieces of poplar and screw on each brace so that the top is 4″ from the bottom. Repeat for all four pieces.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take a leg with the brace and place on the corner of the base. Screw in place. Repeat for all four sides making sure that the legs are in the correct place on each end.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
It was a little difficult to get the last leg on, so if you leave the leg screws a little loose on the base you can turn them to make more room for your drill if necessary. Then go back and tighten them once they are all in place. You might also find it best not to screw the screws in too tightly as it can make the legs warp a little bit at the top.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take the smaller pieces and place them on the appropriate sides. I put a little bit of wood glue on the ends of the piece and then clamped them in place one at a time. I would put one in place and go about my day and the next time I got in the car I would switch and do another piece. The wood glue holds these in place super good so no need for screws or nails on these unless you want to do that.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Some people skip doing this but I like to use a pre-stain wood conditioner. It helps the wood soak up the stain more evenly. I applied it with a paint brush and then wiped off the extra with an old t-shirt. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
After the conditioner has set for the amount allotted on the can, apply your stain of choice. I used this Early American color stain. I applied one coat using a paint brush, let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then wiped off any excess. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Once the stain is completely dry you can apply a polycrylic finish. I applied one coat with a paint brush. (Make sure to wash your brush after.) This will protect the wood from any water that might spill onto it.

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Let it dry and then it’s ready to hold a vase full of flowers. A great mother’s day gift idea since that is very soon ;). Make sure to share your happy together projects on social media using #happytogetherbyjess and tag me too :)¬† Have fun creating! -jess

Bunny Bags DIY

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together Spring time brings to mind all the cute adorable animals that are being born. You know, bunnies, lambs, etc. We are getting ready to add some little bunnies to our family soon so my girls are all about the little furry guys right now. With their love for rabbits and it being spring time and Easter soon, I whipped up some cute bunny bags and want to share them with you. They are really easy to make and would make a cute little way to share small gifts. Enjoy this bunny bags diy!

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together You will need:

  • Small burlap or fabric bags (I found these in the dollar section at Target)
  • Felt or leather for the ears
  • Optional: Fabric to go on ears
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Yarn
  • Optional: Sewing machine/supplies

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Start by making ears from your felt or leather. Since each bag will be different, make the ears the size you like. I suggest making a pattern with paper and using that as a template.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
If you like, cut out a smaller piece of fabric and put it on the middle of the ears. You can glue this part on if you like or sew it on like I did.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Then take your hot glue gun and glue the ears on the inside of one side of the bag.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Create little fuzz ball tails by making yarn pom poms. Simply start by wrapping the yarn around a few fingers.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Keep wrapping until you have a pretty good amount. The more yarn you use the tighter the tail will look.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Cut a piece of yarn about 12″ long. Gently take the yarn bundle off of your fingers being careful to keep it intact. Wrap the extra piece of yarn around the center and tie together.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Next, take your scissors and cut through each loop of yarn on the sides. Then trim around the yarn ends until it is all even and fluffy looking.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Glue the little tails on and you are done.

Can’t wait to share with you the real bunnies we will get soon! Happy crafting! -jess