It is never too late to start DIY projects. You don’t have to do something big; start with something simple yet functional for your house. Don’t worry about budget either. For a beginner, fancy stuff is not an obligation. You can use reclaimed wood instead of newly cut wood board. Aside from its affordable price, you will get the rustic feeling as well. Are you ready for some ideas?
1. BENCH WITH DRAWERS
When you want something specific, the best way to get it is building one yourself! This bench, for example could have been boring without the back rest. Thankfully, you could find the blueprint on the internet. Since it has been decided to use reclaimed wood, make sure you have bought enough wood for the project.
While preparing the bench, you should pay extra attention to the curve sides. They should reflect each other, so your cut must be precise. One fool proof method is drawing one side then trace it on a piece of paper. Flip the paper, draw the lines on the other side. Then, put the paper on the other board. Press the pen or nail hard enough to leave mark.
The beauty of creating your own furniture is the freedom to choose paint and finishing touch. If you love wood grain, choose transparent paint or dark wood tone. Finish off the coating with seer or glossy layer. You could even make shabby look with sand grid.
2. MIRRORED COFFEE TABLE
Sometimes people think that DIY project is all about creating something new by themselves. In many cases people force themselves to buy new set of materials. They usually forget to check whether they have some items that could be used. Repurposing is common in DIY project. Don’t be shy to take old junk in the house.
If you are interested to make mirrored coffee table, then it is time to make one. Grab the old mirror and make sure that the surface is big enough for a coffee table. Next, take some reclaimed wood to make the frame. You could make ordinary legs or decorative one. For those who don’t have enough time, simple legs will do.
A little warning ahead: learn the measurement and screw hole placement well. Unless you own complete wood craft tools, get help from nearby carpenter would be more convenient. However, you need to give clear directions about the pre-drilling points. When you arrive home, all you have to do is putting the pieces together and screw them in place.
Your bedroom has enough space to accommodate more than just a bed. You could slip one nightstand next to your bed. It will be nice addition and statement to your room. Moreover, you could have night lamp or reading lamp. The nightstand also has drawers to keep your items within hand reach.
This DIY project will require you to work from scratch. Thus, you will need strong will, time and enough money to buy the tools. Doing all the jobs without advanced tool will stress you out. It is a good investment that cost quite a lot of money. This item is called jig, pocket holes to help you drill screws consecutively with precise gap.
When working on the frame, you should do the sides first. They will be the main frame of your night stand. After that, start working with board support. The number of boards you need to assemble depends on the height you want. Next, move to the drawers. Before assembling them, don’t forget to pain and protect its color.
4. OUTDOOR DINING TABLE
Do you love outdoor gathering? Then why don’t you make an outdoor table? It could be used to serve dinners or gathering spot for your friends. Instead of using newly bought wood, you could always use the reclaimed woods. They are cheaper and add rustic feeling to your backyard.
The outdoor dinner could be special with a centrepiece. Are you thinking about the ordinary centrepiece? Don’t be. The design of this table is unique, as it gives separated canal in the center. You can put succulent or decorative plant on it. In order to create such canal, you need exact measurement. Don’t forget to install additional board support in the middle.
Aside from the space for canal and additional board, the other steps are similar. You may or may not paint the table. It is up to your preference. Outdoor vibe gives direct light, so every wood grain will be exposed. If you don’t plan to apply certain color, at least put a layer of protection wax on it. Otherwise, your dropped food and spilled drink will spoil the natural color.
5. KITCHEN ISLAND
A kitchen island is usually used to prepare food. Kitchen counter could be an option, but you might bump to the upper shelves. Also, the lighting is not great enough. Whenever you need more items, you will move to the other side of the kitchen. With this simple tool, you could bring cooking items in one place.
What does it take to make a kitchen island? The answer is simple; a palette and reclaimed wood. Since the palette will serve as the upper part of the island, make sure to pick one with no gap in between. You might want to grab more than one palette if you are planning to make multi-purpose island.
Below the kitchen island, you could add drawer or lower shelf. Bring over some baskets so you could put cooking utensils in it. You might also want to attach bottle opener, tissue hanger, or stainless pocket. These additional items should cater to your necessities.
6. PALETTE SETS
Outdoor patio or porch is another cozy corner to spend the afternoon. It allows you to enjoy the view, breathe in fresh air and feel gentle breeze on your face. Families with children usually use this area as the playground; located outside the room but still within part of the house. Won’t it be perfect with a sofa set to lay down?
If you agree to this idea, then you can start planning now. Don’t stop just because of the fund. Drive to reclaimed wood shop and ask for palettes. Usually there are plenty of them, sold for every dozen. Bring them home and stack them nicely to make L-shape frame. For backrest, you need larger palette.
Done with the placement? Make pretty table in the table as well. Now all you need to do is laying a patterned rug, put the table on it, and place cushions on the L frame. Be bold with the color and patterns.