Friday, September 19, 2014

Build Yourself a Farmhouse Bench

Are you ready to build something??
This project is fairly easy and straightforward.
I have had this on my Summer “to do” list and am just now getting around to it.
But this could easily be a Fall project.
How to Build a Victorian Garden Bench.
An easy DIY!
How to Build a Victorian Garden BenchUse it on your front porch, in the garden or even in the house.
Dress her up in pumpkins, potted mums or just leave her plain.
She is a pretty thing all alone.
Now to the nitty gritty of how to get her built.
I used standard pine lumber from the local lumber yard.
Materials List
One 1 x 12 at 8 feet long (for seat and legs)
One 1 x 6 at 10 feet long (for sides)
you could use an 8 foot board but it would be just barely long enough
nails or screws, you choose
Wood glue
Cut your 1 x 12’s
1 Seat @ 48″ long
2 Legs @18″ long
Cut your 1 x 6
2 Sides @ 48″ long
DIY Victorian Garden Bench 1, (1 of 24)

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Victorian Garden Bench F1 (15 of 23)
Happy Building!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Custom Ruler Growth Chart with Wings!

I hope this finds you well.
I have had a rushed week and I am not sure why. One day ran into another and zip…
it is Thursday!
I have been attempting to get several custom orders done and ready to ship.
My favorite this week is this custom growth chart.
I am loving how it turned out.

A DIY Growth Chart with planes,

I started with a 1 x 6 pine board and stained it with MinWax Dark Oak stain then let it dry thoroughly.
DIY Growth Chart 1, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comI started with adding marks for the lines at the feet increments with a ruler and Sharpie.
I should’ve used my triangle to make sure my lines were straight but I could not find it in my messy cabinet.
DIY Growth Chart 2, .com (2 of 13)I put down the painters tape to make sure the lines were of equal length.
For the numbers I used a stencil I got at Hobby Lobby a year or so ago.
If you don’t have a stencil you can also print them out and use graphite paper then fill in like I shared here
DIY Growth Chart 4, .com (5 of 13)I go back and add in the inch marks.
Then at 6 inches I make a slightly longer than the inch but shorter than the foot mark.
DIY Growth Chart 5, (6 of 13)All of that is the tedious part, now comes the fun!
Adding the airplanes.
I based in the general shape with white so the colors would pop.
Notice the little mark under the propeller that is a faux pas.
That is easy to fix, take a q-tip dipped in alcohol and rub it right out, alcohol removes acrylic paint.
DIY Growth Chart 3, .com (4 of 13)Next add in the colors to make your design.
I had copied the design on the babies crib set and decor.
DIY Growth Chart with planes, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comOh, I nearly forgot!
Print out with your inkjet or laser printer the name you need to paint on!
Here is the video where I show you how to paint lettering.

Here I am about to transfer the lettering to the board then I fill in with black paint.
I typically print the wording in “outline” mode to save on ink but this time I missed that step.
DIY Growth Chart 6, (7 of 13)There is room for more names, if needed, in the future.
I am working on more painting videos.
I am thinking a better or more complete one of how to paint the hydrangeas is in order.
I have a new microphone for my camera on order so I hope that will help in better audio on the next videos.
Okay, enough chatter from me.
Happy Painting!


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