How to Install Crown Molding

Materials Needed:

    • crown molding
    • measuring tape
    • miter saw (we have a DeWalt miter saw)
    • miter saw crown stops
    • stud finder
    • trim nail gun
    • finishing nails for nail gun
    • caulk

Neal and I have installed a lot of crowning molding over the years. We have made many mistakes and wasted a lot of crown molding trying to get the β€œcuts” right. However, we have perfected (well maybe not perfect, but better πŸ˜‰) our technique and want to pass on what we have learned to you.

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How to Install a Drop Ceiling Grid System

Materials Needed:

    • string and string level
    • grid system
    • wire
    • measuring tape
    • chalk box
    • drill
    • screws
    • wire cutters
    • tin snips
    • ladders

Below is a picture before we installed the grid ceiling system.

Mark the parameter of the room (ceiling height):

Determine the height of your ceiling and use a laser level to establish the line around the entire room. At least eight feet is preferable; however, because of some ductwork, we had to make our ceiling 7’ 9”. Use a chalk box to mark the wall at the correct height around the room. Continue reading “How to Install a Drop Ceiling Grid System”

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A DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costume

Do you need to make a quick and easy Halloween costume? Β 

I am volunteering at our church’s Halloween carnival. They are encouraging adults to dress up, so I decided to make a jack-o-lantern πŸŽƒ costume.

My DIY costume costs less than four dollars and I purchased all my supplies at Hobby Lobby. You can also purchase these supplies at Walmart or a craft store. Continue reading “A DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costume”

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How to Chalk Paint a Bookshelf Table

Below are the Before and After pictures.

A few years ago, my mother and I traded a piece of furniture. She wanted a bigger piece I no longer needed and I just loved this little table. It is old. Below are more before pictures.

Notice that someone did not use a coaster!  🀨  My family (including me) is still a work in progress! πŸ˜‰

Step 1: Gluing

Because of its age, this needed to be glued and tightened up. Neal helped me with this part. We used Elmer’s wood glue and Neal is the king πŸ‘‘ of clamps. He has every size and shape to get the job done!

The most frustrating part of a project is waiting to glue to dry when I am ready to transform something. 😫

Step 2: Sanding

I used fine sandpaper to remove any bumps or “burrs” and to give it a smooth painting surface.

Step 3: Chalk Painting

This is my favorite color of chalk paint. IΒ  have used it to transform several pieces of furniture. It is sort of an oatmeal color and goes with everything. It also looks good over black or brown.

I usually paint small items on my kitchen island. I put wax paper down and if I get any paint on the countertop, it is easy to wipe off.

I painted two coats of chalk paint, being sure to get all the crevices. I usually start with the table upside down to get the underside.Β  Just knowing that the underside was not painted would bug me. πŸ™Β Once I paint the underside, including the feet, I flipped it over and finished painting the remainder of the table.

Below are pictures after it has been chalk painted. Up close, you can see the grainy texture, which is characteristic of chalk paint. The purpose of using chalk paint is ease of sanding the paint off easily to expose the under color.

Step 4: Ready to sand off some (but not all) of the chalk paint in strategic spots. I do all the like areas first (end pieces, inside and then outside, both feet, the bar across the bottom, the shelves and then the top for last. This helps me to double-check myself for consistency (so they all the sections blend/match), but at the same time wanting it to look random as if natural worn spots. Even though I try to be consistent, I am also inconsistent to give it a naturally worn appearance.

Rounded areas are fun to do because you can give them a real worn look.

I constantly look over the piece until I am happy with its appearance. You can sand more or less depending on your preference.

The edges are easiest, but I don’t overdo it. Then I work on all the flat pieces.

Step 5: Now we are ready for poly.

I don’t use wax, but instead, use Minwax wipe-on poly (clear satin). I use rubber gloves so I don’t have to clean my hands with paint thinner. I take the gloves off and reuse them for each coat. I use a cotton rag.

I don’t want the furniture to have a shiny look, but just to have protection. (My sweet family has ruined several tabletops by not using a coaster. 😩) I put two coats on the entire piece of furniture. I start the same way that I did the chalk paint, with the furniture upside down. I put at least three coats on the top for extra protection. (People still need to use coasters!) Make sure that you read the directions and give plenty of time to dry between coats — overnight is best. I have made the mistake of not letting it dry sufficiently between coats and it took a LONG time to dry, but it finally did!

The poly tints the color a little – – sort of an antique/aged look, but I actually really like the look of this. Even though this is the first time I have used this color, because I use this poly so much, I know what to expect each time.

Drumroll . . .the final result!

It is perfect to hold my Cricut at the end of my desk (outside of my craft room).

It is also nice to have a place to put some of my favorite books!

Check out some of my other chalk painting blog posts:

Get some chalk paint and a brush and transform something from trash to treasure!

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