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More Coffee Tables Please!

30 Jun

Here is another batch of Coffee Tables to inspire your D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) spirit.  Lately, I have been in “table” mode. I have been picking up pieces I can use for both bottoms and tops.  I recently picked up some wrought iron sewing machine legs circa 1800’s to add to my collection. Also, picked up an old door with some beautiful details that someone was tossing out curbside. Anyhow, check out these coffee tables. Wood is a wonderful resource for reclaiming, refinishing and reusing. Getting your hands on some re-purposed table legs or frames can give you some cool finished pieces.

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For me it’s all about reclaiming ~ re-purposing ~ recreating. Why not reuse the old to reinvent the new. So over your next cup of java make a plan to D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) your very own Coffee Table. Let green thinking rule.

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“The Shelf” Volume One

6 Jun

I remember when I was a student,

I had to improvise shelving units with those colourful plastic crates.

I would rack, stack and pack them with textbooks, records and clothes.

My parents wanted to get me a real bookshelf but I declined.

It was like a right of passage into the student world and

an unplanned introduction into re-purposing and re-CREATing

Today those same crates house my volumes upon volumes of vinyl,

perfect size; easy to carry around and store.

Shelving can be a very important part of your home decor.

It not only adds to your look it offers functionality for displaying and storing stuff.

You can go to furniture stores and pick up reasonably priced prefabricated, click-clack shelving or you can choose to be creative, handy and DIY “Do-It-Yourself”.

Recently, I decided to create shelving using

natural re-purposed materials or re-purposed objects.

Check out the following ideas for inspiration

“The Shelf “Volume One

The Wall Mount

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Things that will set your shelves apart:

  • Type of Wood
  • Brackets
  • Finishes
  • To Stain or not to Stain
  • Size
  • How Many?

“Wood” Side Story

20 May

Two weeks ago one of our neighbours had to take down a large Maple tree that apparently was deemed unstable. In many heavy wind storms large branches had cracked off causing some concern for fellow area dwellers. The older couple, whom the tree belonged to, made the final decision to call in the experts and take care of business.

ImageThese moments are always a little “bitter-sweet” for me. On one hand, I love to see the natural beauty of these magnificent trees and foliage growing and coexisting with us in our urban and rural settings. So it is bitter to see one go. Quick observation: Suburbia is still in a mode of catch-up since most new developments seem to be planned on flat unobstructed land.

ImageAnyhow, back to the regal tree. To see such a beautiful specimen have to go was a sad moment. Now the sweet part to this love story was that the older couple who were also saddened by their “be felled” tree offered us a “slice of wood”.  At first offer, I said sure! I love wood and the thought of reclaiming, re-purposing and recreating a piece of natural history was a no brainer.

After a few days of cutting and getting the tree down, I went over to check out my piece. OMG! My slab was about 4 feet by 3 feet and maybe 500 lbs. It was beautiful, It was huge and how was I going to haul this sucker down the street to my backyard. Anyhow, after a few good men and women, a couple of dollies, one incline and a good half hour later we rolled that baby home.

ImageIt is currently drying out. I am considering cutting it thinner or in half. I have plans to make a table or two or four. Still deciding on the configuration!

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Check out some of these table ideas.

I am getting inspired by looking at Wood Grain Slabs that have been turned into tables.

These are absolutely cool!

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The purpose, the finish, the design are all things to consider.

This is going to be awesome!

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