5 Must Have Tools for DIY Furniture Building

5 Must Have Tools for DIY Furniture Building

Two posts in one week.  Things are getting crazy around here. I think I have three for next week.  Whoa.  I should probably pace myself.

Today I'd like to share with you our top 5 favorite tools for DIY furniture building.  I mentioned on Monday that we'll soon be building a coffee table.  (By the way, thanks for your input on this.  We're still deciding but you all gave us lots to think about!)  This coffee table will join some of our other DIY furniture like our farmhouse dining table and card catalog.  (Check out all of our furniture builds here!)

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Vintage Trunk Turned Coffee Table

Vintage Trunk Turned Coffee Table

Ike is so excited to share with you our new office coffee table.  Well, it's actually a vintage trunk that we made into a coffee table. 

Either way, he's seriously pumped.  Can you tell?

We purchased this trunk for $10 at the What Cheer Flea Market in October.  Seriously.  $10. 

Nate and I were checking it out.  We both decided that we liked it but we just weren't sure where we would put it.  As we were walking away, the vendor yelled "It's yours for $10."  And we both were like "Eh.  But where were will we put it? Our garage doesn't need any more junk."  About two minutes later, we both decided we should go back and get it.  I mean $10!  You can't pass that up.

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The Coolest Remote Control Ever {Logitech Harmony Remote}

The Coolest Remote Control Ever {Logitech Harmony Remote}

Last night I was going to skip writing today's post.  And then I called my mom on my way home from work and she said that I was slacking on the blog.  This was after she told me that she wanted a can opener and $3 slippers for Christmas this year.  Bless her heart.

The thing is that I have discovered Gilmore Girls on Netflix and I'm 145 episodes away from any kind of productivity.  I have a million posts ideas.  Just limited time.

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Living Room Built-Ins "Tutorial" + Cost

Living Room Built-Ins "Tutorial" + Cost

Today is a very important day!  It's Nate's birthday!  The big 33.  So old.  Luckily he appears to be getting better with age. 

To celebrate Nate becoming elderly, let's discuss how he built our living room built-ins.  This post is heavy on pictures.  Light on words.  Just like my husband.  Pretty on the eyes, easy on the ears.

Pretend that makes sense.

We recently revealed the finished built-ins.

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How Install a Barn Beam Mantel

How Install a Barn Beam Mantel

Before we talk about how we installed our fancy barn beam mantel, I would like to send extra happy vibes out to my fellow retail pharmacists.  Hydrocodone (a pain med) becomes a schedule II medication today.  That means lots more paper work and annoyance for pharmacy staff.  If you're picking up a med today, be extra nice to your pharmacist.  We'll totally appreciate any friendliness we can get!

Anywho, enough boring day job talk.  Let's talk about how we installed our barn beam mantel. 

Last week we shared our built-in cabinets.  Part of our built-in plan was to update the fireplace/mantel.  I picked up this barn beam from a craft night friend a few months back. It was pretty much meant to become our new mantel. Unfortunately it had to sit in our garage until just recently.  I whispered sweet nothings to it as I would walk by on our nightly walks.  I promised I'd give it a proper place in our home as quickly as I could boss Nate around.

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Adding Molding to a Wall

Adding Molding to a Wall

I have so many blog post ideas I don't even know where to start.  Totally makes up for my slacking this Summer, right?  The correct answer is "Absolutely, slacker!"

Not only are our built-ins complete but our molding wall is also finished.

Checking things off the living room list left and right.

As a refresher, here's how we started the Summer.  SO MUCH BEIGE.

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Living Room Built-In Cabinets

Living Room Built-In Cabinets

The unthinkable has happened.  We finally finished our living room built-ins.  We didn't think the day would ever arrive.  But it did.  Turn outs it was totally work all of the work.  Okay fine, let's be real.  It was totally worth all of Nate's work.

Ike agrees.  He's pumped that his people might finally be able to sit down on the weekends again.

We've been working on this room since June so it's nice to see the end.  We hosted a party this weekend which was a great extra push to add the finishing touches.  Like doors.  And books.

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