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Two-Tone Nightstand Makeover

nightstand table

A few weekends back, Janimal and I visited a local yard sale. That’s when we came across this bad boy.

Nightstand Before
It was sitting out amongst a pile of discarded furniture, and this poor piece looked very sad and lonely. I gave the nightstand a good once-over…pulled out the drawer (smoothly slid right out), looked for any significant damage (nope, nothing too bad)…and decided it was potentially worth bringing home.
$2 score
It wasn’t until I found out the price ($2! Say what?!) that I knew this little guy was all mine! It didn’t matter that I didn’t actually have a need for a nightstand, or even a home for the nightstand. Nope, those were insignificant details when it came time to purchase.

I brought the little wooden nightstand home and quickly came up with a gameplan for this makeover.

Two-Tone Inspiration

For the past few months, I’ve been salivating over two-tone combos. Bright white paired with deep wood tones…the perfect match in my playbook. I was inspired by the above looks here and here

 
Luckily, I had everything I needed on hand (my DIY arsenal is building) and I got to work immediately.

Sanding wooden nightstand
First up, sanding this beauty down. I used my favorite palm sander to give the entire piece a good once over. Once it was smooth, I washed away the dust, dirt, and grime with a soap and water combo and let the entire piece dry overnight.

Zinsser Primer
Next, I got to priming. I used a small roller and my favorite Zinsser Bullseye primer to give the entire piece a nice light coat. I used a brush to cover all of the small cracks and details.

Minwax wood finish stain
While that dried, I got to staining the drawer front. For this I used a Minwax stain and a soft cloth. I simply dipped the cloth in some stain, and gently rubbed it onto the front. After a few staining mishaps, this is now my go-to method. I can control the color better and there is never a sticky residue left on the surface of the wood. 

Homeright paint sprayer and white nightstand
After staining, it was back to the painting. To ensure a nice, even smooth finish I decided to use my fine finish sprayer (the one I used in my mailbox makeover.) 

I poured in this white paint (leftover from my entertainment center makeover) and got going.  3 light coats later and the bones of the nightstand were complete!

Minwax wipe on poly
The only thing left to do was to seal my stained drawer front with Minwax wipe-on poly. This protects the wood and keeps it looking shiny and fabulous.

Cloth wiping on poly

I applied 3 coats with a soft cloth, and used steel wool to sand it down in between coats.

Before and after nightstand makeover
Boom. My two-tone dresser was done over the course of a weekend.
Two-tone nightstand
White and wood nightstand
Here’s my new two-tone nightstand all dressed up and ready to go.

vintage wire basket
Now all I had left to do was find a home for her

two tone nightstand

I think it fits in our new Chicago apartment perfectly!

Casey DIY Playbook

 

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  1. Clare @ Fitting It All In

    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

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  2. Clare @ Fitting It All In

    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

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    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

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    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

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How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer

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Does anyone else have an obsession with mason jars? I don’t know what it is about them…but they are just so freakin’ adorable. I suppose I imagine myself with a different life when I hold one.  I’m sitting on a porch, drinking sweet tea, and sitting in a rocking chair. #livingthedream

Okay, enough day dreaming. Let’s just agree that mason jars are the bomb, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your home.

Like perhaps for some unique bathroom storage…mason-jar-organizer-1

You can get a tutorial on how to create a Mason Jar Organizer by reading this post or you can check out our Mason Jar Organizer Video Tutorial here too:

Supplies to Make a Mason Jar Organizer

Mason Jar Project Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need for this project. Affiliate links used for your convenience.

Supplies:

Project Steps

Hose Clamps

These are the hose clamps. I had never heard of them until this project, so do not be afraid!

Just ask someone at your local home improvement store to point you in the right direction, and buy a size that will fit around your mason jars.

Okay so now that you’ve got all of your supplies, it’s time to stain the wood.

Minwax Wood Stain in Ebony

I just used some left over stain from another project (you can check out my staining tips from this post about our floating credenza).

Wood Stain Minwax Ebony

So stain it up and let your wood fully dry.

Then get out that power drill of yours. Okay, now I’m not gonna lie. At this point I was on a roll and I was all ready to finish this project and get it on the wall. However, I did run into a few troubles. Here are my tips so you can avoid any mistakes.

Rookie Tip #1: Use a drill bit to get a pilot hole started in the wood, where you’ll eventually screw in the hose clamp.

Rookie Tip #2: Also use the drill bit to make a hole in the hose clamp. You’ll definitely need to put your back into it, because it can be difficult to create a hole in the metal.

After you’ve created the hole in the wood and the hole in the hose clamp, line them up and screw the hose clamp into the wood.

Hose clamp screwed into stained wood

Repeat 3 more times until all hose clamps are attached.

Picture Hanging Kit

To hang this bad boy, I just nailed in 2 picture hangers on the backside of the wood
mason-jar-organizer-2I am loving the way it turned out! It’s farmhouse chic to me, not to mention it stores all kinds of bathroom goodies.

mason-jar-organizer-1I think this mason jar organizer would work great just about anywhere. Maybe in your kitchen for knives, forks, and spoons? Perhaps in a craft room to hold pencils, scissors, and glue? The possibilities really are endless. Mason-jar-flowers

This same mason jar organizer could even add some serious freshness to your kitchen, patio or city balcony.

Mason Jar Herb GardenTake-mason-jar-out-to-clean
Mason-Jar-ScrewdriverAnd if you’re worried about the mason jar getting dusty or dirty, here’s an easy way to clean it!
diy_mason_jar_organizerOr if you want to make a more colorful mason jar organizer, check out this post for that!
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  1. DIY Playbook

    Traci they’re surprisingly easy to clean! You just unscrew the hose clamp a little bit and the jar slides out. Clean it, then tighten it up.

    The jar holding the toothpaste always needs a good cleaning, so I was relieved to find them easy to take down.

    Reply
  2. Trine @Creative Pink Butterfly

    I LOVE THIS! It looks just amazing! Fantastic! 🙂

    This is something I would concider making for my bathroom as well 🙂 pinning this 🙂

    Reply
  3. anita

    what size are the mason jars I was looking at Walmart but there are three sizes 250 ml 500 ml and 1 l. I love your project and im looking into doing the same for my bathrooms I cant wait!

    Reply
  4. Anonymous

    They look like 500ml (pop can size) im so doing this, going to town right now to get the supplies!

    Reply
  5. Christiana

    These look sooooooo awesome!! Thank you for being one of those fabulous people who share their very cool ideas!! Can’t wait to do this, I can think of tons of places around my house where something like this will come in handy. Love that the jars are so easy to clean.

    Reply
  6. DIY Playbook

    Mandi,
    Nope! Just a normal one. Creating the hole first just makes it a lot easier when you go to drill the screw in. I would just try and make sure your hole is big enough to fit your screw.

    Good Luck,
    Casey

    Reply
  7. Nae Nae

    You could also screw in some eye hooks on top and just attach a chain to hang it on a hook or a Rope both would be easier to hang than the back attachments..
    Just an idea for a easier way to hang.. =)

    Reply
  8. Alexa Clark

    This is a fantastic idea, and you could reuse bottles from jam, tomato sauce or pickles to get different sized storage containers and save them from the recycling. I have some lovely square jam jars I’ve been saving that would suit this project perfectly.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Nikki, you’ll just need to get a size that will fit around your specific mason jars. So just measure the diameter across the top of your jar, and make sure you get clamps that are big enough to go around the top. Then you can just tighten the clamp so the jar will stay in there snug.

    Reply
  10. quani

    I just completed my organizer today and I am so happy with it! Those hose clamps were super hard to drill through but i did it! I really love this website!

    Reply
  11. Cathy

    Instead of trying to drill through the metal you could use a large nail to start the hole. Bam! Instant hole.

    Reply
  12. DIY Playbook

    Yes, good idea Cathy! Then I would definitely switch back to the drill and screw it in. I don’t think a nail would be able to hold the weight of the mason jar.

    Reply
  13. arttoolman

    you can buy the hose clamps at woodworking stores as well in 2, 4, 6 in sizes (used for dust collection systems) Check out Woodcrafters or Rockler. Rockler also has excellent collection of cabinet & trunk hardware for other projects

    Reply
  14. hewhoflys

    To clarify, the wood size i what we call 1×8. They come in two foot increments or ypu can purchase a 8ft piece. Here is what 1×8 means. The 1 means 1inch thick and the 8 means 8 inches wide. After the wood is processed and milled it’s really only 3/4 of an inch thick and 7 inches wide. Hope I didn’t confuse anyone.

    Reply
  15. Mary Broome

    I just made mine!!! You explained everything very well. The hubby had to help me drill through the clamps. You were right it is difficult. This is the best tutorial I have found. Thanks so much.

    Reply
  16. Ghaelach

    Morning girls.
    Another classic with your wood and jars. Fasten the wood to the wall, making a shelf for books etc; then take the metal caps from your jars and fasten them on the underneath side of your shelf. You can then fill your jars with whatever and the screw them back on the caps. You’ve then utilized both sides of your wood.
    Ghaelach aka James

    Reply
  17. DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    You simply loosen the hose clamp to make the ring bigger, and the jar will pop out. Then you put it back in and tighten the ring to make it smaller. It’s very easy!

    Casey

    Reply
  18. Amy Mulroy Ryan

    Great, thank you. Thought it might be simple but never had experience with hose clamps so thank you again for the help. Amy

    Reply
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  21. Melanie

    Love it! However, getting to the bottom to grab the last item could be tricky. Nothing like getting your hand stuck in a jar! 🙂

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      haha you’re right Melanie! The best part is you can easily take the jars off the board and dump the contents out if anything gets stuck at the bottom. But I feel ya…my hands are too fat to always get to the bottom. 🙂

    2. Edwina Kastner

      If you don’t want to loosen the ring then use a small set of tongs to reach items in the bottom or a magnet if they are metal.

  22. OldMan

    This idea has been used by men in their shops or garages for a long time. A variation would be to use baby jars which come in two sizes and are wonderful for smaller objects like rings and earrings

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Hey There!
      You’ll first create a pilot hole through the clamp and into the wood. For this you’ll use a metal drill bit to create the pilot hole. Then you’ll switch out the bit on your cordless drill, to use a screwdriver bit to actually insert the screw into the wood to attach the hose clamp. So you’ll do both drilling and screwing. Hope that helps!

      Thanks!
      Casey

  23. Jen

    This is the first time on your site and I’m in love!! Thanks for sharing the cool ideas and please keep them coming:)

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Pahola,
      We’re firm believers in using 3M command strips when we don’t want to mark up the wall. Just make sure you get some that can hold enough weight, and don’t fill up the jars with anything too too heavy.

      Good luck!
      Casey

    1. DIY Playbook

      Yes the hose clamps are adjustable. You just hand tighten or use a screwdriver to adjust the size. The jars are 12 oz as well, but you can use any sized jar!

      Check out our video tutorial if you’re looking for more details. Thanks Kelly!

  24. Fillippa Griffith

    I’m going to make this for my main bathroom to organize my hair care items! Using a wide mouth jar for the hair dryer!! Also using more than four jars. I need a lot of storage in the bathroom.

    Reply
  25. DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    I don’t really think the size matters (it will depend on the size of your screws)…focus more on how much force you use pushing down on the drill. Really put your back into it. I’d say start with a pilot hole in the wood, then place the metal clamp on top and drill through that.

    Good luck! You’ve got this!
    Casey

    Reply
  26. Kathleen Henderson

    LOVE this idea! I want to mount pencil cups in a few spots through the house, but couldn’t picture just the right scenario. I do believe this is what I’ve been looking for! 🙂

    Question: do the bottoms of the jars rest against the wood, or do they stick out a bit? It’s hard to tell from the pictures. If the clamp goes around the skinny part of the jar, it seems like the bottoms would stick out, since they’re fatter.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Kathleen,
      So happy you like the project and want to create your own! It’s going to look amazing holding craft supplies. Perfect!

      As for the bottoms sticking out…they really don’t. The jar is just about flush with the wood. So don’t worry about it sticking out too much…should be fine!

      Good luck with the project!

      xo,
      Casey

  27. Nicole-Lyn Sagapolutele

    This is pretty cool, I’m finally getting my place and this was one of the few projects I wanted done in the bathroom. Thanks again 🙂

    Reply
  28. DIY Playbook

    Lela,
    So happy you like the mason jar project. I hope you tackle it for your master bathroom.

    We would love for you to share it on your blog. We always just ask that you only use 1 picture and link back to our blog.

    Thanks again!
    Casey

    Reply
  29. Shinobi Def

    Thanks – great tutorial! However, I’m struggling a bit with hose clamp sizes – I don’t have any jars so was thinking of using recycled tins. Where the retailer quotes the size, is this the diameter or circumference? I’m guessing diameter as your hose clips look like they say 62mm? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Shinobi, the hose clamps are adjustable so you don’t have to buy the exact size. But I would recommend bringing your tins to the hardware store, just to make sure the clamp fits around the mouth of the can. Then you can adjust them from there.

  30. Stephanie Wright

    Do you know roughly how much this project cost you to make? Or at the very least, how much the wood cost?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Stephanie, this project will cost you less than $20. The hose clamps are only a few dollars, then the cost of the mason jars and wood. You can get wood at the hardware store for a few dollars, and sometimes they even have scraps for free. It really will depend on how big of a piece you want for your particular project. Good luck!

    1. DIY Playbook

      Mariah, you won’t use a nail to make the hole in the hose clamp. Instead use a drill bit to make a pilot hole through the clamp and into the wood. The size of this will depend on the screw you are using when you then go to attach it. Does that make sense? The video should help provide a good visual.

  31. cfont01101988

    Hi! I love what do you are doing! Can you tell me if the size of the jars are 12 or 16oz? Thks in advance!

    Reply
    1. cfont01101988

      Hi, Thank you! I would like to have the same as the picture but 12 seems to be a little bit more difficult to find… I only found 16oZ.
      thks,

  32. edipanni

    Thank you so much for this idea! It’s so cute! I found it on Pinterest and am planning on using it to store crayons and other art supplies for my daughter’s desk.
    🙂
    Emily

    Reply
  33. Afa from Tokyo

    Dear Casey and Bridget! What an awesome project! I am planning to do this one myself, but …. first of all, the apartment I am moving in is a rental, so i was thinking of using command stickers to hang the board with jars. Now another dilemma is that, as you may know, wooden boards are quite heavy. So my question is, do you think i can use plastic board (those like boards for signs, but the one which visually looks like wood) for the jars or it will be way too heavy for the poor board?
    Thanks a lot

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much!! Actually, one of our friends just re-created this exact look (with wood) and hung it on her wall with command strips. I think you should be fine if you did that too!

  34. Stephanie Smith

    This is absolutely adorable! I love this, and the wooden plank the jars are secured too is a beautiful color. I’d love to have something like this to organize and add more storage space to my bathroom, so I’ll be making a trip to home depot. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://www.naturalmovers.ca

    Reply
  35. Aimee

    What size are the hose clamps? I bought the smallest size they had at Home Depot and I can’t figure out how to adjust them so In thinking maybe mine are the wrong size?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Hey Aimee,
      You adjust the size of the ring by unscrewing it a bit using a flathead screwdriver. I’d suggest bringing the jar with you to the store, and making sure it fits around the mouth of it. Then you can tighten and untighten the hose clamp around the mouth to make sure you can get a snug fit.

      Good luck!
      Casey

  36. Aimee D

    I’m so excited to get this project finished, but now I can’t figure out how to get the pilot hole in the hose clamp. How are you using a drill bit to do this without killing yourself? I tried nailing a hole or at least a dent in it first in order to guide the drill, but nothing seems to make a dent.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Hey Aimee,
      Oh boy…we don’t want you to hurt yourself. Ha! Definitely make a pilot hole in the wood first, then put the clamp on top of it and do your best to drill through. It certainly requires a bit of muscle, so be sure to put some pressure on your drill as you do it. If that doesn’t work, then use a drill bit used specifically for metal. My regular bit worked, but if yours isn’t working then just pick up a steel bit for $4 or so and try that.

      Good luck!
      Casey

  37. Calla Michalski

    can you please explain how you were able to drill into the metal clamp? I was doing a similar project last week, and it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a screw/nail through the clamp! :/

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Calla,
      You’ll need to use a pilot bit on the end of your drill that works with metal. Often times they’re made out of titanium. Then it’s just a matter of putting your power drill on the right setting, and drilling through the metal clamp. Once you have your hole, you should be able to easily screw it on!

      Good luck!
      Casey

  38. Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Do

    Love this – great tutorial! I would love to feature this on a blog post I’m planning on Small Bathroom Ideas. Would you mind if I used one photo and linked it back to this blog post? Let me know.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      I’m not sure the exact size of these ones. I advise bringing the jar you want to use with you to the hardware store and then finding one that is large enough to go around the mouth of it. Good luck!

    1. DIY Playbook

      I wouldn’t use nails. Screws have better holding power. If you use a nail it will eventually get kinda loose with the weight of the jar and the contents inside it.

  39. Leah Rachel

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are trying to make four of these and we’ve run into a real problem drilling a hole through the hose clamps. We purchased titanium pilot drill bits and ended up breaking one in attempting this. We also tried making the last hose clamp slat wider so we didn’t have to make a hole but that didn’t work either. We would hate not to finish this project as we were really excited to use them and we bought materials for four of them… Do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Leah

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Leah, I’m so sorry to hear that! Titanium drill bits are made to drill through metal….so it should have no problem going through a small hose clamp. Make sure your drill is in the highest torque position so you get a lot of power. Also be sure to push on the end of the drill from above. We put our piece of wood on the ground and pushed down. That should do it! Good luck.

  40. n1ck0las

    I’m building a few for my wife. I’m making a modification by using a screw/anchor kit (metal anchors rated for 40lbs) by marking the locations of the clamps on the board, then drilling pilot holes through the board into the wall. After anchors are installed in the wall, I’ll screw through the clamps directly into the wall. This will ensure the install is very secure and clean. It may be overkill, but I was concerned with heavier objects causing the install to fall.

    If anyone needs more specific info, just shout. Also, great idea and write up!

    Reply

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117 thoughts on “How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer

  1. DIY Playbook

    Traci they’re surprisingly easy to clean! You just unscrew the hose clamp a little bit and the jar slides out. Clean it, then tighten it up.

    The jar holding the toothpaste always needs a good cleaning, so I was relieved to find them easy to take down.

    Reply
  2. Trine @Creative Pink Butterfly

    I LOVE THIS! It looks just amazing! Fantastic! 🙂

    This is something I would concider making for my bathroom as well 🙂 pinning this 🙂

    Reply
  3. anita

    what size are the mason jars I was looking at Walmart but there are three sizes 250 ml 500 ml and 1 l. I love your project and im looking into doing the same for my bathrooms I cant wait!

    Reply
  4. Anonymous

    They look like 500ml (pop can size) im so doing this, going to town right now to get the supplies!

    Reply
  5. Christiana

    These look sooooooo awesome!! Thank you for being one of those fabulous people who share their very cool ideas!! Can’t wait to do this, I can think of tons of places around my house where something like this will come in handy. Love that the jars are so easy to clean.

    Reply
  6. DIY Playbook

    Mandi,
    Nope! Just a normal one. Creating the hole first just makes it a lot easier when you go to drill the screw in. I would just try and make sure your hole is big enough to fit your screw.

    Good Luck,
    Casey

    Reply
  7. Nae Nae

    You could also screw in some eye hooks on top and just attach a chain to hang it on a hook or a Rope both would be easier to hang than the back attachments..
    Just an idea for a easier way to hang.. =)

    Reply
  8. Alexa Clark

    This is a fantastic idea, and you could reuse bottles from jam, tomato sauce or pickles to get different sized storage containers and save them from the recycling. I have some lovely square jam jars I’ve been saving that would suit this project perfectly.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Nikki, you’ll just need to get a size that will fit around your specific mason jars. So just measure the diameter across the top of your jar, and make sure you get clamps that are big enough to go around the top. Then you can just tighten the clamp so the jar will stay in there snug.

    Reply
  10. quani

    I just completed my organizer today and I am so happy with it! Those hose clamps were super hard to drill through but i did it! I really love this website!

    Reply
  11. Cathy

    Instead of trying to drill through the metal you could use a large nail to start the hole. Bam! Instant hole.

    Reply
  12. DIY Playbook

    Yes, good idea Cathy! Then I would definitely switch back to the drill and screw it in. I don’t think a nail would be able to hold the weight of the mason jar.

    Reply
  13. arttoolman

    you can buy the hose clamps at woodworking stores as well in 2, 4, 6 in sizes (used for dust collection systems) Check out Woodcrafters or Rockler. Rockler also has excellent collection of cabinet & trunk hardware for other projects

    Reply
  14. hewhoflys

    To clarify, the wood size i what we call 1×8. They come in two foot increments or ypu can purchase a 8ft piece. Here is what 1×8 means. The 1 means 1inch thick and the 8 means 8 inches wide. After the wood is processed and milled it’s really only 3/4 of an inch thick and 7 inches wide. Hope I didn’t confuse anyone.

    Reply
  15. Mary Broome

    I just made mine!!! You explained everything very well. The hubby had to help me drill through the clamps. You were right it is difficult. This is the best tutorial I have found. Thanks so much.

    Reply
  16. Ghaelach

    Morning girls.
    Another classic with your wood and jars. Fasten the wood to the wall, making a shelf for books etc; then take the metal caps from your jars and fasten them on the underneath side of your shelf. You can then fill your jars with whatever and the screw them back on the caps. You’ve then utilized both sides of your wood.
    Ghaelach aka James

    Reply
  17. DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    You simply loosen the hose clamp to make the ring bigger, and the jar will pop out. Then you put it back in and tighten the ring to make it smaller. It’s very easy!

    Casey

    Reply
  18. Amy Mulroy Ryan

    Great, thank you. Thought it might be simple but never had experience with hose clamps so thank you again for the help. Amy

    Reply
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  21. Melanie

    Love it! However, getting to the bottom to grab the last item could be tricky. Nothing like getting your hand stuck in a jar! 🙂

    Reply
  22. OldMan

    This idea has been used by men in their shops or garages for a long time. A variation would be to use baby jars which come in two sizes and are wonderful for smaller objects like rings and earrings

    Reply
  23. Jen

    This is the first time on your site and I’m in love!! Thanks for sharing the cool ideas and please keep them coming:)

    Reply
  24. Fillippa Griffith

    I’m going to make this for my main bathroom to organize my hair care items! Using a wide mouth jar for the hair dryer!! Also using more than four jars. I need a lot of storage in the bathroom.

    Reply
  25. DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    I don’t really think the size matters (it will depend on the size of your screws)…focus more on how much force you use pushing down on the drill. Really put your back into it. I’d say start with a pilot hole in the wood, then place the metal clamp on top and drill through that.

    Good luck! You’ve got this!
    Casey

    Reply
  26. Kathleen Henderson

    LOVE this idea! I want to mount pencil cups in a few spots through the house, but couldn’t picture just the right scenario. I do believe this is what I’ve been looking for! 🙂

    Question: do the bottoms of the jars rest against the wood, or do they stick out a bit? It’s hard to tell from the pictures. If the clamp goes around the skinny part of the jar, it seems like the bottoms would stick out, since they’re fatter.

    Reply
  27. Nicole-Lyn Sagapolutele

    This is pretty cool, I’m finally getting my place and this was one of the few projects I wanted done in the bathroom. Thanks again 🙂

    Reply
  28. DIY Playbook

    Lela,
    So happy you like the mason jar project. I hope you tackle it for your master bathroom.

    We would love for you to share it on your blog. We always just ask that you only use 1 picture and link back to our blog.

    Thanks again!
    Casey

    Reply
  29. Shinobi Def

    Thanks – great tutorial! However, I’m struggling a bit with hose clamp sizes – I don’t have any jars so was thinking of using recycled tins. Where the retailer quotes the size, is this the diameter or circumference? I’m guessing diameter as your hose clips look like they say 62mm? Thanks!

    Reply
  30. Stephanie Wright

    Do you know roughly how much this project cost you to make? Or at the very least, how much the wood cost?

    Reply
  31. cfont01101988

    Hi! I love what do you are doing! Can you tell me if the size of the jars are 12 or 16oz? Thks in advance!

    Reply
  32. edipanni

    Thank you so much for this idea! It’s so cute! I found it on Pinterest and am planning on using it to store crayons and other art supplies for my daughter’s desk.
    🙂
    Emily

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  33. Afa from Tokyo

    Dear Casey and Bridget! What an awesome project! I am planning to do this one myself, but …. first of all, the apartment I am moving in is a rental, so i was thinking of using command stickers to hang the board with jars. Now another dilemma is that, as you may know, wooden boards are quite heavy. So my question is, do you think i can use plastic board (those like boards for signs, but the one which visually looks like wood) for the jars or it will be way too heavy for the poor board?
    Thanks a lot

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  34. Stephanie Smith

    This is absolutely adorable! I love this, and the wooden plank the jars are secured too is a beautiful color. I’d love to have something like this to organize and add more storage space to my bathroom, so I’ll be making a trip to home depot. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://www.naturalmovers.ca

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  35. Aimee

    What size are the hose clamps? I bought the smallest size they had at Home Depot and I can’t figure out how to adjust them so In thinking maybe mine are the wrong size?

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  36. Aimee D

    I’m so excited to get this project finished, but now I can’t figure out how to get the pilot hole in the hose clamp. How are you using a drill bit to do this without killing yourself? I tried nailing a hole or at least a dent in it first in order to guide the drill, but nothing seems to make a dent.

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  37. Calla Michalski

    can you please explain how you were able to drill into the metal clamp? I was doing a similar project last week, and it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a screw/nail through the clamp! :/

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  38. Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Do

    Love this – great tutorial! I would love to feature this on a blog post I’m planning on Small Bathroom Ideas. Would you mind if I used one photo and linked it back to this blog post? Let me know.

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  39. Leah Rachel

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are trying to make four of these and we’ve run into a real problem drilling a hole through the hose clamps. We purchased titanium pilot drill bits and ended up breaking one in attempting this. We also tried making the last hose clamp slat wider so we didn’t have to make a hole but that didn’t work either. We would hate not to finish this project as we were really excited to use them and we bought materials for four of them… Do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Leah

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  40. n1ck0las

    I’m building a few for my wife. I’m making a modification by using a screw/anchor kit (metal anchors rated for 40lbs) by marking the locations of the clamps on the board, then drilling pilot holes through the board into the wall. After anchors are installed in the wall, I’ll screw through the clamps directly into the wall. This will ensure the install is very secure and clean. It may be overkill, but I was concerned with heavier objects causing the install to fall.

    If anyone needs more specific info, just shout. Also, great idea and write up!

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“You spin me right ROUND baby!”

Family-Room-Coffee-Table

Ever since we purchased our couch, we’ve wanted to find a new coffee table.

Well…we bought the couch 2 years ago. So, I think it’s finally time to get on the coffee table hunt!

It’s not that I don’t like our current coffee table. It was a fine Ikea purchase from my college days, and it has stood the test of time…(a.k.a. many college house parties)

I still love the table’s white color, the sliding drawer, and the two levels that provide maximum storage.

But, it just did not work with our L-shaped, natural colored couch.

white couch with big coffee table
Our poor guests have to suck it all in to try and sit on our couch. No bueno.
For the past few months, I’ve been on the hunt for a new table that would fit well in the space.
Here’s my list of must haves:
-Round shape (to offset the rectangular shape of the couch)
-2 levels (for maximum storage)
-Smaller & shorter than our current table
-Made of high quality, sturdy wood (for our heavy legs that rest on the table every night)
I’m happy to say that I found a table that hit everything on my checklist!
Especially the round requirement.  I joyfully sang Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round as I loaded the table into my car. The song is still stuck in my head.
Antique wood coffee table
This bad boy was scored over a fabulous girls’ weekend with my mom, aunt, and cousin. My mom actually spotted it and quickly snatched it up at my favorite antique store for only $80. A pretty great price considering the quality. Score!
I knew right away that I wanted to stain the table to match the dark espresso of our bookshelves. That way there was some contrast going on in our family room between the white media console…the dark bookshelves…the natural couch…and the dark coffee table.
Here’s what I used to get my stain on…
Staining supplies palm sander minwax stain paint brush
SUPPLIES:
Paint brush
Palm Sander
120 grit sandpaper
A few cloths
Minwax Wood Finish in Ebony
The table was showing its age, with some nicks and marks on the surface.
Antique wooden coffee table before
So my first step was to sand down the wood and create a nice even surface before staining.
I used 120 grit sandpaper (a medium grit) to smooth out the surface, sides, and second level of the table.    (Tip: Be sure to sand with the grain of the wood.)
Then, I wiped down the table with soapy water to get rid of any dust and dirt.
Sanded coffee table
Once the table was dry it was time to stain. I put on some rubber gloves and got to work!
Minwax stain ebony
I went with the color “ebony” because I really wanted a dark, almost black, color for the table.
I used my paint brush to paint a nice thin coat of stain onto the table, going with the grain of the wood. You could tell the dry wood was thirsty, because it happily soaked up that first coat of stain!
Stained coffee table in ebony
After about 10 minutes, I used a dry cloth to wipe up any excess stain. Make sure you don’t press down too hard when you wipe, but definitely wipe up any extra stain that is on the surface.
I then waited 24 hours and checked on my table again. The color wasn’t quite dark enough for me, so I decided to go for another coat of stain. I repeated the staining process…this time letting the stain soak in about 20 minutes before wiping it up.
48 hours later I trudged back down to the basement (side note: my legs should look way better due to all of the stairs I climb for these projects!) ready to finish up my coffee table.
Minwax Wipe-on Poly Sealing Stained furniture

To seal and protect the stained wood, I used a wipe-on poly. I literally just poured it right out onto the table and wiped an even coat on with a soft cloth. After it dried (about 3-4 hours) I used steel wool to lightly buff out the wood. I repeated this process 2 more times, for a total of 3 coats of wipe-on poly.

Stained Coffee Table
I’m in love with my little round table. It’s everything my white table wasn’t…
The tray on top is from Home Goods ($9.99!) and it is filled with cute & functional goodies.
Here’s a coffee table book about St. Louis, so our guests can learn about our new city.
On top is an old horse shoe, just to add some fun and maybe even luck to our family room!
Scrabble Tile Coasters
Some scrabble tile coasters (tutorial here) help us avoid the dreaded water ring on the wood (the horror!)
Home Goods Candle
This candle is another Home Goods purchase. Comfy couch, tivo, glass of red wine, and this candle…that says RELAXATION to me.
I’m really happy with the color of the table. It has a distressed look to it, with darker spots and roughed up edges.
Stained Coffee Table
I like the contrast between the dark table and light couch.
Wood Stain Coffee Table After
It provides good balance to the white media console and espresso bookcases across from it.
Even though the table is quite a bit smaller than our other one…there’s still plenty of room to stretch out my legs, sit back, and unwind.
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  1. Jackie B

    Like the dark stain. Did you ever consider using wood conditioner first? I stained a table last year (with lots of help) and learned the hard way to always use a wood conditioner. I read Centsational Girl too late on that one.

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Jackie, I did look into it. Wood conditioner can definitely help give an even uniform look (less blotchy), so I maybe should have gone with that! But, I am kinda liking the distressed, rustic look of the piece…darker in some areas, lighter in others.

    Would love to see your stained table!

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  3. Angela Conley

    What a lovely find and makeover! I like painted furniture, but preserving wood in its natural beauty is great too. Looks fab!

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  1. Jackie B

    Like the dark stain. Did you ever consider using wood conditioner first? I stained a table last year (with lots of help) and learned the hard way to always use a wood conditioner. I read Centsational Girl too late on that one.

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Jackie, I did look into it. Wood conditioner can definitely help give an even uniform look (less blotchy), so I maybe should have gone with that! But, I am kinda liking the distressed, rustic look of the piece…darker in some areas, lighter in others.

    Would love to see your stained table!

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  3. Angela Conley

    What a lovely find and makeover! I like painted furniture, but preserving wood in its natural beauty is great too. Looks fab!

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Wood Block Art you’ll L.O.V.E

LOVEblocks
Inspired by this tutorial and this tutorial, I was ready to tackle my own wood block art! Here’s a step-by-step plan on how you can create double the blocks for half the price without any tools.
Wood Block Art Tutorial
To start this project, I ventured to Home Depot to find some wood blocks. I can handle paper crafts, spray painting, staining and all things rookie level DIY, but when DIY turns to power tools, I’m lost and extremely intimidated. I set out to Home Depot not having a clue what size wood I needed, how much wood I needed, or how the heck I was going to create wood blocks without any access to a saw. (Minor Detail… right?)
Wood Material for Less

Throughout my travels, I learned that the Wood section at Home Depot contains big carts like this one in the middle of the aisle. These carts contain “scraps” of material for sale for a fraction of the cost. SCORE! When a customer buys wood, the customer has the option to get this wood cut and only purchase what is needed.  The leftovers from these cuts are considered the “scraps” (or sale items). The scraps are sold for a significantly lower price. Thanks to this exploding sale cart… I found my blocks wood. On the very bottom of this cart, I found a piece of wood (2 inches x 6 inches) that I thought would be perfect for my blocks. The wood was about 3 1/2 feet long and about 2 inches thick. All you need is to find a piece of wood that is thick enough to stand up by itself after it’s cut. Beyond that requirement, the size is all up to you & your space.

Free Wood Cuts

Then a miracle happened. I learned that Home Depot will cut any of the wood you purchase in the store for FREE… right then, right there! I took my scrap wood, drew lines where I wanted Mr. Home Depot to cut, and I was checking out within 7 minutes. My prayers had been answered. I got my wood blocks, all for less than $5 and I didn’t have to use a power tool. Thank you, Home Depot.

Wood Block Art

Here is a closer look at the blocks I was left with. Because of the super cheap price, I ended up getting two different pieces of wood and combining the pieces to create the varying height levels. One side will say “LOVE” for Valentine’s Day and the other side will say “IRISH” for St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Wood Blocks
I decided to use both sides of the blocks to cut down on material costs and save some serious storage space. Plus, I won’t even have to pack these blocks away right after Valentine’s Day. I will simply flip them around and keep these suckers up for the next big day, St. Patrick’s Day. Talk about going green… it’s a win-win situation if ya ask me.
Valentine's Scrapbook Paper

I gathered a large variation of Valentine’s inspired scrapbook paper. I liked the random variety, but if you’d rather a more uniformed, matching set… a few of the same sheets could definitely work.

St. Patrick's Scrapbook Art

I gathered some irish inspired scrapbook paper for the “IRISH” side.

I cut the paper to fit each of the the wood blocks, leaving a little frame of wood exposed on each block. I wanted a little bit of the wood block to show behind the scrapbook paper to add a little bit of extra charm (and to prove my staining steps weren’t a total waste of time). The next night, I started to stain these puppies…
How to create wood blocks

For a step-by-step staining tutorial…. check out this post.

Here’s a closer look at the wood blocks before the stain. Notice that these “scraps” had some obvious imperfections, but because I planned on staining them and then covering them with paper, I was not concerned.
staining wood blocks
While I waited for these beauties to dry, I got to work on cutting out the letters for each block.
I had previously created a Microsoft Word Document that said “LOVE” and one that said “IRISH” using a few different fonts. I printed both out and cut out each letter individually. These letters became my templates, and I traced them onto the scrapbook paper.
I then simply cut on the line of each letter and what seemed to be an alphabet later… I was all set to glue!
Helpful Hint: I would suggest tracing your letters on the backside of your scrapbook paper instead of on the front side if possible. By doing this, you will avoid having to erase any of the pencil marks you miss while cutting.  
Mod Podge
I added some Mod Podge to each block and attached the first layer of paper.
I then added the letters with another layer of Mod Podge. Finally I added the last coat of Mod Podge to the TOP of the entire block. I know this goes against your better judgment… I was extremely hesitant during this step because Mod Podge does not paint on clear. The idea of painting a glue-like substance onto the top of your hand-crafted papers just doesn’t seem right, but trust me… it’s worth it. This coat will dry clear and ensure that your paper stays flat and stays stuck to your wood block for years and years to come. After all our hard work, we need these blocks to last for at least that long. Let the LOVE side dry and repeat this entire process on the IRISH side. Before long, you are all set for the next two holidays.
Valentine's Day Craft
Valentine's Day Blocks
I added some extra ribbon but any embellishment would be the perfect finishing touch.
Block Art Tutorial
With a few extra accessories, I was in L.O.V.E.
St. Patrick's Day Craft
After Valentine’s Day is over, I plan to flip my blocks around and enjoy them for at least another month longer. These double sided irish blocks give a whole new meaning to “going green”.
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Playing School

Raise your hand if you “played school” growing up. Trust me… no one’s judging.
While some young girls played Barbies or dolls, my sisters and I were busy “playing school” in our basement. Thanks to our fabulous mother, our basement “classroom” was complete with educational posters, office supplies galore, official grade books, and even activity books for our usually imaginary students. The sad reality was that all three sisters insisted on being the teacher, so we rarely had any opportunity for student participation. This unfortunate reality didn’t stop us. We still filled those grade books with grades (who these grades belonged to, I’m still unsure), we still lectured about the content we needed to cover, and we still documented all of our classroom discipline issues on the chalkboard. Yikes!
That little classroom was far more effective than we could ever realize at the time. The grade books, lesson plans, and students may be long gone (hopefully), but our love for the classroom is still around. All three sisters are still playing school, this time, with three big differences:
                       1. Degrees
                       2. Paychecks
                       3. No more imaginary students  
Oh, and one more thing survived the test of time (and my mom’s obsession with “getting rid of clutter”)… our one and only classroom desk. When I look at this vintage school desk, I have no choice but to think of the endless hours I spent hanging out with my wonderful sisters in this influential classroom.
Vinage School Desk Makeover
It must have been one of our “unruly students” who did a number on the top of this desk. If I am going to look at this rehabbed vintage desk in my new home, I cannot be reminded of those darn trouble makers.
 DIY Vintage School Desk
Here is a piece of hot glue, mixed with glitter and fuzz, dried on the seat of this gem. This has got to go…
Staining an old Desk

I want to breathe new life into this treasured memory and add this childhood treasure into the new home of two teachers. To start the rehab of this vintage desk and bring it from drab to far more fab, I followed these simple steps:

                      1. sand
                      2. wipe down
                      3. stain
                      4. wipe down
                      5. enjoy!
  
To start the sanding process you will need…
Supplies to refinish a school desk

Note: I used a power sander, but with a little more blood, sweat and tears, regular sand paper could work

The large surfaces were much easier to sand. The smaller pieces were a tad more difficult only because it was awkward to get the power sander into the small areas. To avoid this awkwardness, you can ditch the power sander in these areas and use plain sand paper instead.

 A few tips when using a power sander:

                      1. Go with the grain of the wood for optimal results
                      2. Use some muscle when sanding
                      3. Keep sanding until all surfaces are uniform
Sanding a vintage school desk

 Sanding an old school desk

A couple hours later with a lot less day light…

old school desk

… the sanding was complete!

school desk makeover
Next step: Take a little soap and water and wipe down the entire desk. You want to make sure you wipe off ALL of the sanding dust to prepare it for staining. Once you wipe down the entire desk, paying close attention to any small groves or uneven surfaces, let the desk sit and dry over night. You may have to wipe the desk a couple times to successfull remove all of the dust you created with the sander.
vintage school desk tutorial

To start with the staining process, you will need stain (any color), an old paint brush that you plan on throwing away, a few pieces of old cloth that will also be thrown away, and I used rubber gloves to protect my hands from staining.

I started staining the smaller parts of the desk first and avoided the larger surfaces until the very end. Remember when using stain you want to brush on the stain go in the same direction as the grain of the wood. You also want to make sure that you keep the stain on for a few minutes and then evenly wipe off all of the excess. Make sure to wipe the stain off of the wood using the grain as your guide! If you are looking for a darker finish after you have wiped off your stain, repeat this process until you reach your desired shade!

Staining an old desk
Vintage Desk Stain

DIY Vintage School Desk
Here’s a fellow teacher and DIY-in-training getting in on the fun. 😉 This was his first stain project! #soproud
School Desk Stain Tutorial
School Desk Refinish
After all of the sides and legs of the desk were stained, we stained the seat and the tabletop of the desk. Here is a picture of the stain before we wiped it off, hence the shining surface. Disclaimer: Do not wait too long to wipe off your stain, especially in warmer weather. If you wait too, too long, the stain can turn thick and be very difficult to wipe off, causing a huge mess and a undesirable finished product.
Staining tutorial

DIY Desk Stain
After the staining process is complete, make sure you discard all of your stained cloth. I’m all about re-using material project after project, but staining material is definitely an exception. You don’t want to keep these dirty cloths around, as can become combustible material (thanks dad). 
After we wiped down our “new” desk and threw away all of our stained materials, I watched in pure excitement as this old treasure started to take on new life! Check out our A+ work….
School Desk Makeover
Vintage School Desk
School desk
Vintage School Desk

Am I the only one that feels it is absolutely necessary to bring hints of your childhood into your home? How have you incorporated a piece of childhood into your home’s decor? Give me your tips and tricks!

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  1. Juanita Applebaum

    Hi Bridget just so I know what I am getting into. How long did it take you to sand the desk?

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Juanita,
    I would allow 1-2 hours of sanding, depending on your level of experience. If you end up making one…. we’d love to see a picture!! Good Luck!

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  1. Juanita Applebaum

    Hi Bridget just so I know what I am getting into. How long did it take you to sand the desk?

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    Juanita,
    I would allow 1-2 hours of sanding, depending on your level of experience. If you end up making one…. we’d love to see a picture!! Good Luck!

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Antique Hutch Revamp (Part 2 of 2)

I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting this moment. I know you’ve been thinking “Casey, how could you torture me for an entire week with no beautiful AFTER picture of the hutch?” I know, I know…it’s been hard for us both. 
My friends, the hutch has finally arrived. And she is just as beautiful as I remembered. 
But before we get to those aforementioned AFTER photos, I need to tell you about a few final details we made to really transform this piece. 
I forgot to mention in my Part 1, that the hutch didn’t just get an exterior upgrade. Oh no no, she got the full celebrity treatment, and received a little face lift on the inside.
With the help of some cute, purple-checked, wrapping paper from Costco, we were able to transform the drawers and cabinets.

 We Jan simply cut out the paper to line the cabinets/drawers (we all know I’m not the best with scissors…)

I then mod podged it to the wood…let it dry a bit…and mod podged the top.

Easy peasy.

The Janimal in action!
So outside is looking good. Inside is looking good. 
Janimal loaded her up and brought the new beauty down to STL.
Now, I originally didn’t know if I would be using the top mirrored part of the hutch. I just didn’t feel it was really my style. A little more old-school than my taste. 
So we set her up sans top part, as seen below. 
But here’s the thing…Moms always seem to know best. Janimal insisted I take some pics with her and the boy holding up the top part just to see if it might work.

And guess what..she was right. I actually DID like it with the top piece! We screwed it in and were ready to fill her to the gills with kitchenware.

So this DISASTER ZONE happened.

We are really into organization around here, and a new piece with tons of storage meant we needed to reevaluate our entire kitchen setup. 

So out came EVERYTHING! And we spent our Saturday afternoon finding a new kitchen setup that works for us.
Into the drawers went place mats, napkins, and towels.
 Into the cabinets went cookbooks, vases, candles, and oddly shaped pans.

Isn’t she gorgeous with the glossy wood?!

And how about those shiny fixtures?

She is definitely a great new addition to our kitchen.

I’m still playing around with how to decorate the top without making it look too cluttered.

So far I’ve got a new table lamp from Ikea…
Cloth napkins in a $5 peacock bowl from Home Goods.
And a few other knick knacks to tie the blue and white theme together. 

I’m thinking I will eventually get some chunky white frames to put over hutch, and add a little height. But for now, I think she is dreamy!

So, what do you think about my decision to use the top mirrored part? 
Would you keep it up?

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  1. DIY Playbook

    Jackie, you definitely can. Wood conditioner will help seal the wood, so you get a more even finish with your stain. With this piece, I wasn’t too worried about the color not being even, so I skipped that step.

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    Jackie, you definitely can. Wood conditioner will help seal the wood, so you get a more even finish with your stain. With this piece, I wasn’t too worried about the color not being even, so I skipped that step.

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Antique Hutch Revamp (Part 1 of 2)

So it all started with a text from my mom (Jan)…
She wrote, “Look what I got today for FREE!”
Attached was the above picture.
Swoon.
Isn’t she gorgeous? Jan’s friend recently moved, and didn’t have room for this vintage hutch. Luckily, Jan acted quickly and brought it home with her before anyone else could snatch her up. (Way to go Janimal!)
So, I planned a weekend trip home specifically to meet my new beautiful hutch

Me: Hey there beautiful…
Hutch: Silence.
Me: Let’s strip you down and stain you up (rubbing the wood beneath my fingertips)
Hutch: Silence.

Okay, enough with me being a creep to furniture.
When I originally saw the hutch in the above picture, I thought I would paint her white.

But, upon closer inspection I realized it would be a sin (a sin I tell ya!) to cover it with paint.

The details were just way too ornate and handcrafted to cover up with paint.

But I definitely had to do something to her. Look at the top of the piece…

The wood was dry and in need of some TLC. There were also some water spots that needed attention.

Aren’t the antique knobs and pulls absolutely GORGEOUS?!

But they too, needed some TLC.

So I came up with a game plan to re-store the hutch: Condition the wood and deepen the natural color, and give the hardware a nice new shine!
I also wanted to cover up the flowers on the top part of the hutch. Yes, they were painted on there so beautifully, but it’s just not my style (don’t hate me!)

Here is what I gathered to get ready for this project…

Palm Sander
120 & 220 Grit Sandpaper
Sanding Block
Minwax Polyshades in American Chestnut Satin ($8)
Wood Stain Paint Brush
Noxon Metal Polish ($6)
Drop Cloth
Clean Cloths
Steel Wool
TOTAL: $14
My first step was to remove the hardware…
And then sand down the piece, making sure to smooth out any damaged parts of the top.
I used 220 grit sandpaper for the front and sides of the piece. And then a coarser 120 grit for the top.
I also sanded down the top of the mirror piece, to get rid of the painted flowers (goodbye!)
Then, after wiping off any excess dust, dirt, or wood shavings I cracked open the stain.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to go in the direction of the grain of the wood. Just trust me on this one!
Also, make sure you don’t glob on too much stain. There will be plenty of time to deepen the color, in the next 2 coats.
Just after one thin coat, I noticed a huge improvement!
Here’s the entire hutch after just one coat of stain.
And here is the top piece…
Lookin’ good already!
The stain directions said to wait at least 6 hours before applying the next coat. So I let the hutch sit overnight.
While watching the Olympics (go USA!), Jan and I polished up the hardware.
And what a difference it made!
The next morning, I lightly sanded down the furniture with steel wool. This got rid of any stickiness from the first coat of stain.
I then stained that bad boy again, and again. 3 coats in all.
Sadly, this is not the end where I show a fabulous before and after picture of the hutch. This is the time where I wait 6 days for the hutch to be driven from Chicago to St. Louis (by the one and only Janimal..don’t I just have the best mom?!)
So I promise in Part 2, you will absolutely get that satisfying before and after picture. In the meantime, I’m dreaming up how to decorate and accessorize this new piece of furniture for our home…
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