my DIY high
There's nothing quite like stepping back and saying, "Yes, I made that."
The worst of the worst happened to me recently. Okay, maybe not the worst of the worst...but pretty bad. I either misplaced my beloved hand-me-down circular saw or it was stolen. I realized this when I wanted to use it to build a fancy mid century modern planter. Out of pure frustration and determination, and because, well...makers gonna make, I made the planter anyway. It was a total bust.
Knobs are sometimes overlooked, but when they aren't there--you miss them! The cabinets look slightly unfinished and nothing is super easy to open. Knobs and handles can be expensive. But not if you go to my favorite shopping place. That's right, Amazon. I went with a chrome/stainless steel look. I chose knobs for cabinets, and pulls for the drawers.
That long bar? I use it as a kitchen towel holder under my sink.
Now, I have my knobs and pulls in hand. I realized...I have no idea what a normal height or setting is for a knob on a cabinet. Then I started looking everywhere I went. They all looked weird. Every last one of them. It was like when you say a word over and over and that word starts to sound weird. That's how I felt about the knobs I noticed.
After reading what seemed like every article on pinterest about proper cabinet knob placement, the difference between knobs and pulls, modern measurements and traditional...I found this bad boy and said to heck with it. They're all in the same place, and they look great. Word of advice: it just really doesn't matter that much. Go with your personal preference.
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We've all heard stories of reclaimed wood used in new houses, right? Maybe a pretty accent wall from 100 year old oak? I LOVE when people re-use and re-purpose things, but I never stopped to consider how in the world "reclaimed" wood could look so good. Well my friends, reclaimed wood most likely went through a wood planer. I know, what the HECK is that?? It's an amazing machine that shaves the rot off of old wood.
When my friend told me about wood planing, I didn't quite understand what he meant. It's basically a magical machine that feeds the wood through and scrapes off all the ugly. Everyone should have one. It's amazing, and really simple to use. They're a little pricey, but totally beats sanding!
Literally, you feed the wood through a few times on each side and twirl the little knob to control the thickness. That's it. Video for proof:
I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial! Stay tuned to see what we made with our freshly planed wood :)
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