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DIY Bone Inlay Inspired Tray

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Over the weekend, I finished up a craft project I’ve been meaning to try for a few months – recreating the look of bone inlay with paint and a stencil. I love how it turned out and now this bone inlay lookalike tray sits on my vanity in my master bathroom to corral makeup brushes, jewelry, etc.

diy bone inlay inspired tray

 

I was inspired by images of bone inlay trays I saw online but as we all know, authentic bone inlay pieces are pricey, often several hundred dollars for just a box or tray. I loved the geometric pattern in these two colorful versions so I set out to recreate a lookalike with paint, but I chose metallic gold instead of a bright color.

bone inlay trays

 

I ordered a craft stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils so I could attempt a faux version with a basic wood tray I bought at Target. To create your own inlay inspired tray in your color of choice you’ll need these supplies: basic wood tray like this one; primer, white craft paint, colored or metallic craft paint, nagoya stencil, foam roller, medium and small artist’s paintbrush, wide No. 2 pencil, top coat for protection.

diy bone inlay inspired tray supplies

 

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DIY Plywood Plank Floors

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

One of the many things I love about blogging is connecting with people from all across the globe, and I really love hearing from those knee deep in their own renovations and reading about their innovative home improvement solutions. Last week, Courtney from New Zealand sent me pictures of her DIY plywood floors and I was so impressed with her resourceful approach I asked that she share the details of how she achieved this look on a budget so I could share it with you!

graywash plywood floors

 

First, here is a little background on the project from Courtney:

“I am a full-time mother of one (currently), wife, and homemaker.  My husband, son, and I live on a farmlet in the foothills of the Southern Alps near Christchurch in New Zealand, complete with animals and an ever-expanding potager garden.

In addition to living a semi-rural lifestyle, we are in the process of updating our home, a grand circa-1905 Edwardian villa. We’re no strangers to DIY; however, most of our projects here have been borne out of necessity because of the unique proportions (8-foot windows, arched windows, high ceilings, lack of closets, etc.) throughout. As we are starting family life and live in the country, an easy-living and "not-too-precious" attitude toward our furnishings sees me sewing curtains and blinds, painting secondhand furniture, and curating an eclectic collection of home goods compatible with dirt, little hands, and the occasional spill.

The "craft room" (as it’s known) inspiration came as a result of all of these things: we wanted a space for sewing, painting, and letting the littlies experiment without worry. I loved the driftwood look, and the vinyl equivalent in my area was around $140.00/square meter, or nearly $13 per square foot – definitely out of the budget. 

The beautiful plywood floors I saw on Pinterest and beyond convinced me this was the flooring solution for us, and after searching for a tutorial on how to DIY the driftwood look, I found none. So, I gave it a go with some paints I had on hand, and even surprised myself with how well it turned out!” 

gray painted plywood floors

 

Materials: C/D grade ½” pine plywood (we looked for sheets that had lots of knots, minor cracks and other “character” on the D side); 16-gauge 2” nails; 100-grit sandpaper and cork sanding block; 2:2:1 wash with white or off-white chalk paint, water, and light grey paint (optional); large paint brush; black oil-based enamel paint; turpentine; foam brush; flooring top coat (wax, polyurethane, etc.); face mask for dust and fumes; knee pads. 

Tools: 16-gauge finish nailer; table saw; circular saw; random orbital sander (with 240-grit pads); mitre saw for cutting planks to length/angle cuts (optional).

plywood plank flooring

 

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