Old Door Bench

Old Door Bench DIY | happy together
The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and I’m loving our front porch right now. Last fall we worked really hard to put in a flower bed and I felt like our porch needed a little more. In an effort to reduce some clutter in our garage, I followed an old door bench diy I found here. Isn’t her bench so lovely? The door I used wasn’t quite as thick so I had to reinforce mine some.

Old Door Bench DIY | happy together
Adding extra wood made my bench not look quite right though. The beautiful chippy paint and the brand new wood just weren’t really working for me. You can see pictures below of how it looked originally. So I painted mine black even though I will miss the original color.

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I also wanted to show you a little something I did to keep the pillow in place. It gets really windy where we live and I knew it would want to fly away, so i threaded a piece of fishing line through the back and tied it in place! You can’t see it at all unless you are up close. Oh, and this was an old outdoor pillow I covered with a kitchen towel from Hobby Lobby. I’m excited to watch the plants continue to grow and bloom this spring. -jess

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A DIY Board and Batten Wall

Board and Batten Wall DIY | happy together One of my favorite diy’s I have done in my home has got to be this DIY board and batten wall. I did it all on my own and it was a lot easier than I thought it might be. I love how it makes the room feel more open and allows the chandelier to really stand out. I first looked and looked at all the board and batten type tutorials there were online to see how I would tackle mine.

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After doing all of my research, I decided that I wanted to leave the crown molding and baseboards on and that I wanted to cover up the wall since it is textured. I looked online at Lowes and decided to go with the tempered hardboard panel (found here) to cover up the wall. For only $8 for each 4’x8′ panel, and the fact that it’s very thin, make it a no brainer. It is a bit flimsy and I found it a difficult to cut, but a jig saw ended up working the best for cutting it. I also looked at different widths of wood to decide what size I wanted. I chose to go with the 4″ width (which is actually 3.5″ wide). And to save some money, they have these wood pieces called firring strips that are 1″x4″x8′ for less than $2 each! (PS….they have firring strips in a few other widths too). The only thing with them is that they are very rough. You save some money, but you have to do a bit of sanding and you have to usually look through the pile to find good straight pieces.

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Here is a before picture of my dining room. It was the perfect spot to add a feature wall! First, I wiped down the wall to make sure there were no spider webs and dust.

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Then I figured out how I wanted to put the hard board on. I made sure to make it as even as possible because my goal was to make sure the seams were all covered by wood strips for a seamless look. I used a jig saw to cut holes for electrical sockets and used these spacers on the outlets to make them stay in place well (MAKE SURE to TURN OFF electricity before messing with any type of electrical outlet etc.). Then I used liquid nails on the back of the panel and nailed it in place using finishing nails in my nail gun.

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I had to trim down the side of one panel to make it fit. I didn’t make the best cut, but I knew it was small enough to be covered. I also had to cut two panel pieces to fit the top. Again, I tried to line up seams to make it easier for covering. At this point, I figured out the design. I know……. maybe something to do first, but I just wanted to do it after I saw where the seams where. So I started with designing the seams being covered and went from there. I began with putting straight pieces on the bottom above the baseboard and the top below the crown molding.

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I added some wood glue to the back of all the wood pieces before nailing in place with nail gun.

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After the top and bottom, I started on the left and worked my way over with all the vertical pieces. The width of the wall and the width of the wood didn’t allow for exact distance in-between each one, so the two outer ones are the same and then the middle ones are the same. Fortunately, you can’t even tell the difference when looking at it. Then I cut all the horizontal pieces and put them in place. I used some wood filler to cover up some gaps in-between the wood and then caulked every single edge…. the edges by the wall and inside each box. After the caulk dried I used Sherwin Williams in Creamy to paint with. This is the color of the trim so it blends in nicely.

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I plan to do a half wall version of this in our laundry room next. And, maybe down our hallway too! lol I would highly recommend this type of project if you want to add some charm to your walls. -jess

DIY Dining Table

DIY Dining Table | happy together
This diy dining table has been one of my biggest projects to accomplish for our new home. It took me a really long time to research and determine which plans to follow and what color to stain it, but I finally just went for it and am glad I did. I was a little intimidated to be honest. I had never used a kreg jig before, but decided it was time for me to learn it and now I use it all the time. When researching what I wanted to make, I knew I wanted it to be long enough to fit eight chairs. I had painted the six chairs from our older table and then had bought two clear chairs from Hobby Lobby that I cover with a fur like rug (lovingly referred to as the viking chairs by some of our friends). I also wanted it to be so the chairs didn’t hit the table legs in some odd way. When I finally came upon this rustic farmhouse table plan I knew it would work for what I wanted and didn’t look too complicated for a novice builder like me.

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It really didn’t take that long to put together, but I did make a few changes. I added an extra 2×4 piece to each of the end parts to make it taller. I just felt there wasn’t enough leg room without it. I also decided to just use 1″x10″x8′ wood for the top instead of the 2″x6″x8′ for a few reasons. The table was already getting really heavy so this made the table lighter and I didn’t have to put as many boards on the top since the ones I used were wider. I also decided not to add the two end pieces on the table top to save me some time. I just put all the boards together and once I attached them to the frame, I ran the saw down the edges to make them perfectly straight and even (thanks to my friend Ashley for that tip ;), then finished them off with a little thin piece of wood for a polished look. I would highly recommend this plan because it’s on the easier side and you can easily customize it. There is just one more tip. In step 2 when assembling the ends, I would use more screws when attaching the leg posts. Just trust me on that one lol, it’s something I wish I had done after accidentally having the table fall when attaching the second side end to the table rails. Either that or make sure to have someone help you during that part.

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Now for the stain, I saw this post and fell in love with the look! Half Minwax Provincial mixed with half Minwax Weathered Oak. Mine didn’t turn out quite the same, but that’s because I was using different wood. I think if I had done a different mix ratio, it might have looked more like theirs but oh well. I’m happy with it and love my new diy dining table that can now fit even more guests. -jess

Miss E’s Dresser Makeover

Dresser Makeover | happy together by jess
I would say it’s about time I started sharing some of the home diy projects that have been keeping me busy the past few months, don’t you agree? I will start with this dresser makeover that I did for miss E’s room back in the fall. It was a lovely dresser that was my mother’s when she was little. It was originally a dark stain, but my grandparents painted it white at some point and it stayed that color for a while.

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When it came to live in my room when I was a teenager, I left it white too. We repainted it yet another coat of white after I was married and as we moved and moved and moved it became more and more beat up.

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There were so many layers of paint on it (because many of the paint jobs happened before you could just look up online on how to do things right you know) that it was really hard to cover up the many spots where it had been banged off. This is a solid piece of wood furniture, so I decided to do some paint stripping and try to get down to the wood. I used CitriStrip to get the paint off and really like this product. It didn’t hurt when I accidentally got it on my skin and it didn’t smell bad. I brushed on a thick coat and waited for the paint to bubble up.

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Once it was all bubbly, I grabbed a plastic scraper and started working on it.

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There was so much paint and original varnish that I used the CitriStrip two times and even three times on a few places and sanded for a long time, but I still couldn’t get it all off. I was tired of all this by now, so I decided to embrace the chippy bohemian feel that was left.

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Since I wanted it to be lighter, I added a coat of Minwax Pickled Oak on top. I was trying for a beachy weathered kind of look. I will be honest. It took a while to grow on me because it wasn’t what I had originally wanted. But after a bit I have grown to love it. The accessories helped complete the look and brought it all together.

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I found these cute knobs at Hobby Lobby to put on and the runner is from Anthropologie. I made the leave garland with dried leaves I found at the craft store (I think they are silver dollar eucalyptus leaves) and they add some lovely greenery to the room. The animals and books are also from Anthro and the potted plant and frame are from Marshalls. I’m so close with miss E’s room being all done. It’s been a process, but I have slowly waited to find/make the right pieces to go in there. Hopefully I will get to share the whole room soon. -jess

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Football Headband DIY (Free Pattern)

Football Headband DIY | happy together
It’s that time of the year for football and I decided to whip up a football headband and see how it turned out. Fortunately it came out cute! It’s created using my free double sided headband pattern (which is in kid and adult size) with the simple addition of some hand embroidery. It also doesn’t take long to make at all. These would be fun to wear to football games or on game days at home. I made mine simple, but you could add a team fabric or colors for the back part that covers the elastic.

Football Headband DIY | happy together To make a football headband you will need:

  • Free Double Sided Headband Pattern PDF printed out (see here for download)
  • 1/4 yard of brown fabric (or fabrics of your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic (Adult size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic [this can be adjusted if needed], Kid size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic)
  • Iron
  • White Embroidery Thread
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Safety Pin
  • Sewing machine and accessories

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Start by cutting out all of your fabric pieces. You will have two of each part.

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Prepare your needle and thread to sew on the football lines. I like mine thicker, so I loop it and knot the ends together.

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Sew one line straight across. I wanted my “football” to be more on one side, so I made this line 1.75″ from the bottom. If you have enough thread, go to the next step. If not, knot it and trim the excess and rethread your needle.

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Now sew a line in the middle. I made mine 2″ long, but you can make it longer or shorter depending on preference.

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Next, sew the lines that go across that one (I made 6) and then sew on one more straight line across. I made that one the same distance between as the other one. Knot the thread and cut off the excess.

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Now place the two top pieces right sides facing and sew down the sides. Do the same for the elastic cover pieces. Turn both of these right side out.

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Iron both.

Football Headband DIY | happy together
Attach the safety pin to the elastic and pull through the cover. Once the non-safety pin side is right at the fabric edge, hold it in place and sew. Then remove the safety pin and sew that end as well. Just make sure the elastic is even with the fabric edges on that end as well.

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Turn the ends of the headband in just enough so no raw edges show. Iron.

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Place one end of the covered elastic in an opening and sew in place. I just put it in far enough to cover the seam from the step two pictures above. Then push the fabric in on the other end of the elastic and sew that side in the last opening. Pull elastic to even out the fabric cover and you are done!

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