It’s the last post of the year! I just want to make a short note of thanks to everyone who as supported me and S&S during the last 6 months of tireless construction and blogging. 2015 has been a year of learning and new experiences and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store! Thank you everyone, Happy new year!!!
Ive been feeling crafty! I stumbled upon an awesome side table tutorial and decided to raid my wood pile and make my own! I made the one below for my bf for Christmas. Here’s how:
1. Aquire stump.
Any old stump will do.
2. You will have to allow the stump to dry out for about a month or so. Then the bark will be easy to remove and it will be significantly lighter. You can tell it is dry enough when you can see the bark separating, like below:
3. You will need a hammer and a chisel thingy.
Hammering the chisel thingy into where the bark and stump have begun to separate should make it easy to remove the bark. For me it peeled off without too much difficulty. It will take a little extra work around the knots, you will have to come at it at different angles with the chisel thingy, or use the prying end of the hammer.
4. It will look like this.
Sand the crap out of it.
Decide which end will be the top and sand that end as well. Try to get all the sharp or splintered edges, ends of the knots and all the little wood hairs off.
Use a variety of grits.
5. Wipe it down. Use a damp rag.
This will get all the dust from sanding off.
6. Put legs on! (Or don’t)
I used 3 inch “Capita” legs i found at IKEA. I also used longer screws than IKEA gave me due to the big heavy stump i was attaching to them.
A standard side table is about 25 inches tall. If you’re stump doesn’t need legs (or you dont want them, consider putting those little felt stickems on the bottom so the table doesn’t scratch your floor.)
7. Seal it.
I used this stuff.
I did 3 or 4 coats on the sides and 5 or 6 on the top, let it dry in between coats.
A few weeks ago i said goodbye to an old friend. Someone i have only fond memories of. Someone that has lived so much life and contributed to the lives of others until his very last days. The only Pontiac that will ever have a place in my heart, Chewbacca.
Chewy, as he was known to friends, got his name from an unfortunate and persistent power steering fluid leak. But Chewy continued to be reliable through that and other ailments. He had the experience and the kilometers to drive to the moon if he wanted to (True story. Over 400 000 kms) but chose to spend his life here on Earth, with us.
Chewy has held and transported a lot of people and things that were important to me over the years. Shared a lot of good times. Facilitated many a camping trip, housed me for summers spent at the lake and helped us to farmer’s markets everywhere. We’ve shared crazy nights and sleepy days and coffees and sunsets and friends.
Chewy ‘s last days were trying but he did not suffer. He literally went out with a bang, I would expect nothing less from such a fiery spirit. He was worth much more to me than the $250 and the hubcap we got from the wrecker. I know he will go on to make an excellent pop can or bicycle, whatever this Earth has in store for him next he will no doubt go above and beyond the expectations. Because that’s just who he was.
Here’s to the memory of Chewbacca, a loyal minivan, anyone who was lucky enough to know him would tell you that although he had the body of a Montana, he had the spirit of a wild horse.
If you have me on snapchat (steequinn) or insta (sticksandspit) you’ve seen my raving about the current love of my life, my new bamboo countertops!
When I started looking into countertops, all I knew for sure was that I definitely didnt want your standard laminate kind. In search of a unique and aesthetically pleasing alternative I learned 3 things:
1. My dream countertop is solid Calacatta Marble and costs more than my 2 year college education
2. Said education isn’t making me enough money to afford said countertop
3. Maybe tuition would have been better spent on dream countertop
After taking a long, hard look at my questionable post-secondary decisions, I pinterested across a “concrete countertop for less than $200” tutorial. Concrete countertops look AMAZING! I love the look… but I don’t love the weight. What the tutorial doesn’t tell you is that they are HEAVY! I would’ve had to reinforce my brand new beautiful cabinets & further delay work and I was not down for that.
So it was purely by chance that one day whilst perusing my local Rona, I came across some gorgeous bamboo planks for non-specific use. Perfect! When I bough them all I knew was that they were going to look great. I didn’t understand their true value until i did some research.
Eco-friendly: bamboo is a natural resource that is renewable and sustainable.
Durable: harder than oak or maple. Like wood it can be sanded and resealed if it gets damaged.
Moderately priced: definitely cheaper than marble, My bamboo cost me just over $400 (not including tung oil or extras)
Limited: not as many variations in colour or style
Expands & contracts: like wood, it responds to temp and humidity, so there are more factors to account for and extra care to be taken when installing
Glued structure: Bamboo is more like a plant than a wood. Bamboo planks are strips of the plant’s “trunk” glued and compressed together. The glue makes it more sensitive to water (even if sealed) and heat (like hot pots or pans) than your average countertop. Also be sure to check that the glue used is food-safe.
Bamboo an be sealed with just Tung oil (this is what i did). It can also be stained, finished with polyurethane, varnish, mineral oil or butcher’s block oil. As long as you use a couple coats of tung oil first to ensure even colour and absorption.
*Tung oil is derived from nuts, and may cause allergic reactions in people allergic to nuts*
You can pretty much use & clean this surface as you normally would, as long as you go easy on the ammonia based products (like Lysol and Windex). If you didnt polyurethane seal it, you can re-oil it every few weeks, or when it looks dull or gets dry. Or don’t. It’s all good.
Can you see why I’m so in love with the darn things?