Thursday, December 29, 2011

DIY Sunburst Mirror Follow-up

The other day, I posted about this mirror that I really like but not for the price.

So I got these bamboo sticks lying around our garage ( I used some of it for my garden poles but there's a lot left).

Finding this round thing for the back support for my mirror was a bit of struggle. I went to all my local craft stores (Micheal's, Hobby Lobby, Jo-ann's and Hancock) and they all don't have it or not in stock. So I thought maybe Lowe's have them but they don't. I was about to just give up and buy a piece of plywood and cut the round size I need from it but that would be a lot and lot of work as I don't have the right tool for it.

As I was heading to the check out counter, I noticed they have these big spool for the rope they sell and some are empty. I ask a representative if they throw this things away when empty and yes they do. Yeheeyyy and I got it for FREE!!

 After the cutting, sanding, staining and drying and staining again, and a little headache from smelling the stain...

.....and VOILA!

I just have to find a store that sales rattan so I can accent it around the mirror. But for now this will do.

Mirror online cost $414.00, this project only cost me $5.00 for the 12" mirror, $2.00 for the glue stick and $4.00 for the stain, a total of $11.00. Pin It

Monday, December 26, 2011

DIY Sunburst Mirror


I saw this on a website I was browsing the other day and I adored it! It's made of bamboo. I want to have it but is absolutely too pricey for me. This mirror from is worth $414.00! Geeeessss! I was thinking I will make my own.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Console Table

There's a blank wall between our living room and kitchen area and I want to put console table there. So I went window shopping online but couldn't find one that is not too wide and are all pricey. I tried to check out some consignment store but couldn't find one that I am excited buying. So, I decided to make my own. Will be my first DIY furniture but thanks to online tutorials and website especially Ana white's, I was able to design and make my own.

Cut to the desired measurement, sanded and ready for staining.

Drying the first coat of stain.

Assembled the main part and drawers are ready for the nice handles.
After drying and other finishing touches, waiting for the wicker baskets.

I couldn't find wicker baskets that will fit this middle shelves so it will be empty until I find them. I was too lazy that I didn't nicely stained the interior of the shelving  because I know I will put baskets there.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Other paintings I did


"Four Seasons"


"Deep Woods"

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

How to build a patio

This is my first DIY home improvement project and it's very backbreaking but very rewarding.

We consulted a company who builds patio and with a 15 ft. by 15ft. and materials on the near low quality, they asked for $4,000.00! Whew! Actually they asked way more than that and the 4K is their "bargain".  There is no way we are spending an arm and a leg for a patio with low end quality brick pavers.

Somehow I suspected that we don't have to pay that much to have a patio we wanted. So I went online and jotted all materials needed and went and bought them. I got to lay it out the way I like it... plus... I got to put retaining wall on all my flower beds ( yes! patio and flower bed ret. walls for a total of $1,500.00!).

So after the laborious digging, leveling, tamping, laying out pavers and all that stuff, I came up with this...

..and matches our brick house

Tools needed:

rubber mallet
water hose

→ I designed, measured and marked my planned patio area 6" wider on all sides than the actual finished area.
My patio measurement is on the sketch.

→ To estimate the materials needed; first, I calculated my area.

For rectangle : Area = L X W
So my patio area = 15' 5" X 18' 4" = 285.2 sq. ft. ≈ 286 sq.ft. (I didn't subtracted the  36" X 36" for extra materials in case some breaks)

→ Dig the area to about 6" deep

6" for 4" gravel, 1" sand and brick height

→ Using the area calculated, I cut a landscape fabric approximately the same as that of project area and lay it out. This will prevent weeds from growing on my finished patio.

→I installed 4" compacted finely crushed gravel.
     To calculate the cubic of crushed gravel needed, I multiplied the area to 4" (0.333 ft)
      Cubic crushed gravel needed = 286 X 0.333 = 95.5 cu.ft.(compacted)

→ Then 1" (0.083) compacted paver sand using 2" x 4" board. Note: it should be sloping away from the house , 1/8" slope every foot for rain water to flow away from the house.
     Compacted paver sand needed = 286 X 0.083 = 24 cu.ft.

→ Install paver restraint edging and spikes around the entire project. Calculate the perimeter of the project area to know how long edging is needed.
 For example my patio perimeter is (185" X 2 sides) + (220" X 2 sides)  =   810" or  67.5' length of edging needed. Subtract one side if the patio will be attached to porch or side of house.    

→Lay the paver. To calculate how many bricks needed, divide the area of each brick to the total area calculated of the patio.
   For example, my calculated patio area is 286 sq.ft. and the bricks I used was 8" X 4" red holland stone, therefore the brick area is 0.223 sqft.

so, number of red holland paver I used was 286/0.223 = 1,283 pieces

→Finally pour sand and sweep with broom to fill up the joints. Use hose and wash sands to joints. Use compactor if available. Fill the edges with dirt and sod.

Patio materials thickness

and VOILA!! a nice patio to enjoy. Pin It