We are newlyweds investing in the places and people God has brought into our lives. Calin and I are from the Pacific Northwest, but we are currently living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After meeting at Bible camp, Cal and I became instant friends and later stepped into this wonderful thing we call marriage.
Calin is now an officer in the Air Force, and I work as a Physical Therapist Assistant. We love to spend time exploring, creating Pinterest projects (I pin, Calin builds – it’s a great scenario), and working with the youth group at our church.
Our goal for this blog is to connect us to family and friends while we are on our new adventure away from home. We will keep you posted on our travels, DIY projects, and exciting (or not so exciting) journey along the way!
This has been a project that Hannah’s wanted me to do for awhile, based on the plans for the $10 Wooden Blanket Ladder. Simple, but a great addition!
Using some leftovers!
Just a few pocket holes.
Lining up nicely!
Great space filler for the corner!
Ladder sanded and ready to stain!
Dried and back in the corner!
Now with blankets!
– Knew this already, but it’s always a good reminder; wood is flexible! If it isn’t lining up before you drill it together, try putting a little muscle into the wood. It just might end up right where you want it.
– When sanding a project, it’s usually good to sand after putting the pieces together, but not always. Every project is unique, so take your time in the planning process, even if it’s simple.
Our first project for the blog! We have a couple more that we’re still in progress on, but until we get to those, here’s a little taste of what we’re excited to do!
Resting in their (un)natural habitat.
Ready to prime and paint!
Well aren’t you looking… trimmed.
Got the cabinets out the door!
Priming is an intense activity.
Working on the doors.
And then it decided to downpour.
Painting done. Added the hardware!
Nice and snug.
Let’s try this again!
And two done!
And an unforeseen bonus!
Back to nature!
Given this was our first upcycle together, we definitely learned a few new things.
– When adding trim, make sure your brad nails are longer than your trim is thick if you decide to use that method to attach them (…duh).
– When painting over particle board laminate, two coats of gripper primer and two coats of paint make for a pretty solid, smooth finish.
– When painting inside furniture, start with the corners and details. The finish tends to come out a little more smooth and blended.