When I was looking for a conference table for the studio, I knew I wanted to make one using another live edge slab. First step: picking out the wood. I found an 8+ footer that was perfect for a bar height table. I wanted something that we could stand or sit around during brainstorming sessions, and that would fill the space with super high ceilings. Next, I had to figure out the legs…At a local maker mart, I found and amazing fabricator, Mike (he also built my triangle shelves), who was excited to take on the project of making super high hairpins! Then, it was time to finish the slab: after hours of sanding, I got a little nervous because there were a lot of imperfections, but after a coat of Minwax® Wood Finish™ Natural 209, the rich tones of wood were amplified, giving the wood some much needed character. After brushing on the stain, the once “problem spots” gave the wood more personality, and then the epoxy filled in all the cracks and divots I could not sand away. I could not be happier with how it turned out! Steps after the break…
After I made this coffee table out of a slab of wood last year, I became a little obsessed with the look live edge wood. I love how it can break up the straight lines and bring a natural element into a space. My local Habitat for Humanity works with a nearby “farm”, The Urban Wood Lab, to re-purpose trees cut down in the area. They slice the tree vertically, plain and dry out giant live edge pieces for craftsman (and DIYers) to make tables, cabinets, countertop, floors…anything you can image. I’ve already bought two 9 foot slabs for more projects. Stay tuned to see what I make!
Around here at I SPY DIY we are birthday fanatics! I have been known to stretch the celebration out for the full week…I love an excuse to throw a party! I am super excited because we are going to be partnering up with Hallmark over the next few months to create some fun DIY gifts and surprises inspired by their collections, because every present should #startwiththecard. First up! My best friends birthday was this month, and what better way to celebrate with a little fiesta. Inspired by an super cute Hallmark Signature Card, we stocked up on piñatas (which is the best way to spend an afternoon) and banners to create a colorful backdrop for the celebration. Check out the video below to see how it turned out. Happy Day! (more…)
Whew! We are in the heat of the Summer, and humidity has been at an all time high. On these hot days, all I can bring myself to throw on is a light dress, and my current favorite is a lace-up tunic I picked up earlier in the season. Now that the sales are hitting, I have to stock up on a few more while the temps are still high, and a few that can transition into Fall. Here are my faves!