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Reader Showcase: Finished and Fancy Dumont Buffet

Reader Showcase: Finished and Fancy Dumont Buffet

DIY Finished Dumont Buffet

I’m finally back from Italy (what a beautiful country…and excellent food!) and I finished the Dumont buffet for my daughter (4 coats of paint outside and none inside which I think gives a special look when the doors are opened). I shared pictures of it earlier in it's unfinished state here. I reinforced the base because it was too shaky, given the weight it has to sustain (2 sheets of Russian plywood). I looked a different solutions and I finally opted to “double” each portion of the base, from the inside, with 1’’ birch and it is now solid enough, believe me. 

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It's Friday I'm In Love: Edition 8

It's Friday I'm In Love: Edition 8

Friday I'm In Love 8 The Design Confidential

It's Friday! I would love to pretend that that means something around these parts, but in all honesty I barely ever know what day of the week it is except that I am vaguely aware of the days when my boy has school! Vaguely... At least I can say he makes it to school on time each day, but I can pretty much call it a day with that accomplishment. It's kind of a big one afterall. ... Read More

Reader Showcase: Tile Top Provence Dining Table

Reader Showcase: Tile Top Provence Dining Table

DIY Provence Tile Table

This is the Provence Dining Table, but modified to have tiles set into the top.  I've been dreaming of a table like this for years.  Last year, I built a brick patio with river rock pilasters to beautify my Craftsman house.  This table looks perfect on my patio, under the pergolas!  Can't wait for the wisteria to bloom in spring!... Read More

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Caroline Queen Bed

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Caroline Queen Bed

Cher-Ann Texter DIY Caroline Queen Bed Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Caroline Queen Bed! By special reader request... but we created this plan with some modifications that make it easier to build using standard lumber and parts from your local hardware stores! If you prefer to get fancy with the legs, go for it, it will be fabulous! Xx...Rayan

Estimated Cost

$75-$100

Dimensions Tools

  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer

Lumber

  • 3 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 20 – 1x3 at 6’
  • 1 – 1x6 at6’
  • 2 – 1x10 at 6’
  • 2 – 1x10 at 8’
  • 2 – 4x4 post at 6’
  • 1 – Half sheet of ¾” plywood

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NINTH Annual Tomato Tasting put on by the Elk Grove Community Garden

NINTH Annual Tomato Tasting put on by the Elk Grove Community Garden

The NINTH Annual Tomato Tasting, put on by the Elk Grove Community Garden is Saturday, September 7th , from 9 a.m. to noon. This FREE event is open to the public. 

The tasting tables will be set up at the front of the garden, for you to try over 30 different types of tomatoes’ grown in the EGCGarden. This year will also feature Fence Art by Carolyn Groth, a local Elk Grove artist. There will also be a Children’s Craft Table hosted by the Elk Grove Gardeners of the Grove.  Some tomatoes, herbs, plants and yard art will be available for purchase. There will also be Community Garden tours and a Master Gardener will be available to answer your gardening questions.  Come out and visit this great event to taste test some different tomato varieties, tour the garden, to see the success of the Elk Grove Community Garden and how it gives back to the community. 

John's Chesapeake Picnic Table and Benches

John's Chesapeake Picnic Table and Benches

Chesapeake Picnic Table and

Had some difficulty getting the angles of the supports just right but eventually it all fit together well.  The stain turned out better than I had anticipated when I first started applying and hopefully will stand up to years of outdoor New England weather.  These are great plans and result in a very solid table and benches!

Built From These Plans:  Free DIY Furniture Plans To Build a PotteryBarn Inspired Chesapeake Picnic Bench for Under $25 Estimated Cost: 

$125

Length of Time: 

Four weekends

Modifications: 

No modifications except for the hole for the umbrella

Lumber Used: 

Pine

Finishing Technique: 

Two coats of Behr transparent weatherproofing all in one finish.  Cedar naturaltone

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