Ok I’m going to start out by saying I am in love with building! The feeling of accomplishment after a project is amazing…lame…maybe. So Tiffany and I both built Jelly Cupboards, but mine is just slightly different. I got the plans off of two amazing girls who have a website Shanty-2-Chic. I normally go with plans from Ana White, but I decided to try something new. I love the result, but I will say the instructions are a bit vague and without the building background I have, the build would have been difficult.
For Christmas my sweet husband, Kyle, got me a new DEWALT Circular Saw and the Kreg Jig DIY Project Kit. I have a 7 month old so I have spent many nights watching infomercials at 4 am. I fell in love with the fact that I could rip big boards or plywood down without having to buy a tablesaw. Only one problem, I didn’t have either so that’s what I asked my husband to buy me for Christmas. This project was perfect to try out both of my new toys. The rip-cut feature didn’t work with my circular saw, but it works with my dad’s saw so that will be another post. I LOVE my Dewalt circular saw! Before this, Tiffany and I would just use a jig-saw to make any cuts that were large…but this took us to a new level!
The whole project came together using my Kreg Jig and a 15″ gage finish nailer. Of course I was a bit unprepared and had to borrow screws from Tiffany, but I was amazed at how easy and strong everything came together. I honestly didn’t use glue, but that was because it was 18 degrees out and my glue was frozen. I do recommend using glue.
So I have a love/hate relationship with finishing a project. I love the outcome but hate sanding, painting and sealing…I’m super impatient. My dad has instilled in me that sanding a piece of furniture is first off his favorite thing, and it’s also the most important step. He has been building fine furniture most of his life and you would think that would rub off on me, but it hasn’t. So, first I sanded with 120 grit sandpaper with my Dewalt palm sander and then started painting. In the future I for sure want to try chalk paint because you skip sanding all together, but the paint I chose is called Anonymous by the Sherwin Williams Collection at Lowes and I think it might be my new favorite color. After the paint dried I sanded the edges and roughed it up a bit. Tiffany and I love Minwax products and our favorite stain is Provincial, so I applied this very lightly all over to give it an antiqued look. Then all that was left was putting on the hardware!
I’m in love with it and I can’t wait to change up the decor on it when the seasons change. Keep in mind, I have finally convinced my husband into doing some updates in our house just to bring it out of the late 90’s. So even though I am a Buckeye fan I was not really going for the Scarlet and Grey theme here.
Well thanks for stopping by I hope that I have inspired someone out there to take the leap and build for yourself, it’s definitely rewarding. Don’t forget to check out our Instagram and like our Facebook page…until next time.