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Camper Project: Drop Down Table

 

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You guys! I had an idea and it actually came out the way I had planned. I honestly can’t believe it. Things don’t often work out for me like that. There’s usually at least a bajillion hiccups along the way. But this idea came together so easy. And the best? I made and installed it myself!! And… It’s even level. And (lots of “ands” here)… the main part was FREE!

So, this table idea was in response to the need to have someplace to comfortably write (type) while in the camper. Almost like a desk area, a quick night stand for the sleeping area area near it, and extra counter space when needed. But, the more I thought about it, a table wouldn’t work because 1. finding one the perfect size was going to be difficult. 2. it needed to store away easy.  3. I needed to like it. And, 4. it needed to be crazy cheap.

So, off to Home depot I went. I picked up what I thought would be enough…two table legs: http://www.homedepot.com/p/28-in-Traditional-Table-Leg-2428/100392207 , trim: http://www.homedepot.com/p/House-of-Fara-3-8-in-x-3-4-in-x-8-ft-Basswood-Embossed-Vine-Moulding-691/100058349  and a 30 inch hinge. It’s called a continuous hinge or sometimes a piano hinge. Just needed one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-1-1-2-in-x-30-in-Bright-Nickel-Continuous-Hinge-15175/202034057 . From there I went to where the lumber is cut and pawed around in the scrap pieces and found a piece that I thought would work. Turns out it was a piece of melamine that was supposed to be the upright sides to a shelving unit. I had the guy there cut it to 32 inches long and he marked the price for me…FREE! They were going to junk it! Woot!!! I can do free!! Here’s what it was: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Melamine-White-Drilled-Panel-Common-3-4-in-x-15-3-4-in-x-8-ft-Actual-0-75-in-x-15-75-in-x-97-in-371693/202089062 . So the grand total from the Home Depot shopping was right around $31.00

On the way home I stopped at Walmart, but, they didn’t have what I needed. Gasp, whaaaaat? Yeah, really. I needed a dowel and all I could find were round ones. I needed a square one. I could have gotten one from Home Depot, but, I knew I could do better on the price, and I could have shorter more manageable pieces elsewhere…and I could drool over the crafty supplies…at Hobby Lobby. So, as it’s on my way home, I stopped there, touched all the yarn, smelled all the candles, and grabbed two sticks of this: http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Wood-Crafting/Unfinished-Wood/1%22-Hardwood-Square-Dowel/p/21685 so easy. I used a coupon for 40% off and my daughter used her coupon for a stick. So we got each stick for 40% off. Nice.

I took all this home and began painting all of it. The table itself I painted gray, the legs and dowels (once cut to shape) espresso, and the trim copper (all left over colors I have used in previous projects) . I wanted it to fit in the color scheme, but, be a little funky, too.

 

Once all the pieces were painted the fun began. I needed to make two collars to support the legs and help to guide the legs to where the little screw on top of the legs would fit into the underside of the table. To make the collars, I cut the square dowels into a hexagon shape. Each cut was 22.5 degrees. Here’s the math. A circle is 360 degrees, we needed the circle to have eight sides, so cut the circle into eight sides, which equals eight 45 degree segments. Ok. Good. Now, each segment will have two cuts (one at each end), so 45 divided by 2 is 22.5. Each cut needed to be 22.5 degrees. No problem. Most miter saws have that pre-measured on it’s cut guides. No problem. I measured the width of each of the sides of the legs to decide how wide the inside of my hexagon collar segments would be and determined that about 1 inch would work well and give me a little wiggle room. So, I cut, and cut, and cut.

Here’s all the pieces,

 

 

and here’s all the pieces together.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

This wood glue = awesome. Just saying. It sets up crazy fast and strong. So be sure that’s where you want your pieces. I think short of a jackhammer, these aren’t coming apart again.

And then I painted them with espresso colored spray paint and let them dry. Once dry, I flipped the table top over and placed them where I wanted them to be, close to the edge on one long side but with about an eighth inch set back from the edges. I marked where I wanted them with a Sharpie and then glued them down. Let that dry and we were ready for the next step.

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Because my cuts weren’t EXACTLY perfect, finding the middle might not be so easy. But, that’s ok, I had a plan. I took some old craft paint and put a drop on the screw of the table leg. I centered the leg in the collar and pressed the screw against the wood in the center of the collar. That’s where I’d need to drill a recess for the screw to slide into.

 

Voila, it worked.

Drilling the holes was easy. First measure the length of the screw, take that measurement and add an eighth of an inch more. Transfer that measurement to the drill bit. Mark it on the bit and then add a bit of painters tape to the bit. When you drill into the wood, watch for when the tape meets up with the wood. Perfect depth each time.

 

See? I have to drill the hole a little deeper here.

Using the miter saw again, I added the trim to the table so it was finished. Easy peasy.

Next was the attachment of the hinge. Pay close attention to how it opens and closes. otherwise once it’s on, if backwards, you’ll have to take it off. So, back to it. I laid the hinge along the back side of the table top and marked where to drill my holes for the screws. Then I measured the wall. The legs were 28 inches tall and the table top is 3/4 of an inch thick, so from the floor up, I measured 28.75 inches. That’s where the edge of the hinge needed to be. Next was the first tricky part. This table top was 33 inches long (32 inches long plus the two trim pieces that were each a half inch thick) and the space was 34 inches before anything would scrap against anything else). I measured and remeasured, and found the “sweet spot” that would allow free motion of the table without hitting the knobs to the craft cabinet or the seating/sleeping area to the other side. I held the hinge up in place with some painters tape. Then I drilled the holes to make the actual hanging of the hinge easier later. I pulled down the hinge from the wall, removing the tape. From here I screwed the hinge to the underside of the table after running a thin bead of silicone adhesive along where the two would meet. In my head, anyway, this was going to help to make a more secure bond that wouldn’t let water to seep in between the wood and hinge into the drilled hole. Even if it’s just in my own head, it made me feel better.  Last was the second tricky part, screwing the remaining side of the hinge to the wall. I had to sit on the floor and balance the table on my head line up the hinge to the pre drilled holes on the wall with one hand and drill the screws in place with the other. It was an exercise in balance and patience, but, I did it. I also employed the bead of silicone adhesive technique I used before. Once the kajillion screws were set it was obvious that this thing is never going to fall. It’s very secure. I allowed the table top to hang in it’s closed position for a little bit while I cleaned up the mess I’d made. Put tools away and such. By then, and because it was hot out, I knew the silicone would be dry. So I tested out the function of the table. The legs slide into their collars and the screws into the recesses perfectly. It’s stable and solid when in use and stores flat against the wall because of the hinge. The legs fit nicely into a little niche I have beside my craft cabinet next to the roll of craft paper that I have.

Here it is up:

 

And here it is down:

 

So, there ya have it. I will edit this later with a nicer show of the table.

Until later,

Melissa

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Camper Project: Cushions (finally)

Hello! Welcome to the blog. Today is the day! Finally, the cushions are done and ready to be shared. For memory sake here’s what they looked like before.

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I don’t know if you are able to appreciate just how awful these are. I mean…really. Take another look. Although the blue goes with the stove very well, it is still making my eye want to poke themselves out. And the stove isn’t staying blue anyway (spolier alert!). There’s nothing redeeming about these cushions. Except for the fact that they are in relatively ok shape. They just need to be recovered.

And therein lies the rub. I searched online, my local Walmart fabric department, JoAnn’s, and Hobby Lobby for nice thick upholstery fabric and was amazed at how expensive this was going to be for a shoestring budget such as my own. at the lowest 20 bucks a yard. A YARD, folks. That took me aback, lemme tell ya. At this rate I would need just about 2.5 yards PER cushion. at 5 cushions alone for just the dinette, that works out to…carry the one…times by 5…one arm, half a leg, and three quarters of my first born. So, uh, no. I needed to come up with another idea. Quick. Because those cushions were’t gonna work. Just look at them again!

I was thinking that maybe I could find some cheap fabric at the thrift stores locally. To get to the area that my local ARC has the fabric, I had to pass the draperies. I passed that by two steps and stopped short. Almost being run into from behind by my child pushing the shopping cart. DRAPERIES. Scarlet O’Hara did it, I certainly could, too. Only the camper would wear them.

So, I  got a bunch of heavy duty curtains. Two in two different browns with coppery metallic sheens and threads in them. One in a deep red. And, one in a stripe pattern consisting of burnt orange, red, white, and beige. The most expensive regular priced one was 6.99 and the least was 2.99. This one was discounted 50% off of the tag because that color tag was the special this week:

The first photo, the closeup, is an accurate representation of the curtain color. It’s huge and has a nice texture. Plus, it was two bucks. A fantastic price for that much yardage and for as heavy weight as it is.

So, I took these all home and got ready to sew them onto the cushions. I washed them all and dried them all. Then I took the first cushion and using the red fabric (started in the dinette)  I wrapped the fabric around the cushion allowing myself a good six inches of overlap. I cut this down to size and used needle and thread to tack this to the cushion. That was a pain, broke two sharps in the process. So for the actual stitching, I went to Walmart and purchased some upholstery needles:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Curved-Upholstery-Needles-Assorted-4-Pkg/36799401 

Ok, armed with these babies, I went back to work. Since it was tacked to the cushion this should be easy enough to sew. I went along the long seam first (centered in the middle of the underside of the cushion). It’s still tough to sew, but, I am pretty determined at this point. I got the long way done and decided the best course of action for the short sides was to fold the fabric in like one would when carefully gift wrapping a present. I sewed down all the folds using this cursed  curved needle. It took me 2 hours. Two hours. Forget that. Who wraps stuff anymore?! For Heaven’s sake, I don’t; I use gift bags! And thus, I made sacks for the remaining cushions, instead.

Here’s Mog, not at all judging me for not thinking of the pillow case idea sooner:

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Yes, she is. She is indeed judging.

While sewing the first case for my remaining cushions, my sewing machine broke. I about lost my ever loving mind. Good thing I had a gift card for Walmart. I ran there and got myself a new machine. The old one was beyond repair anymore. It was time to let it go. I’ll share more about the new one later.

For the long back side of the dinette seating I removed the screws that held it to the wall. All this is is fabric and padding wrapped around plywood. Easy enough to cover. These had a white plastic decorative ring that the screw threaded through. I spray painted that with copper paint and set those aside to dry. I laid the back onto the fabric and wrapped this tightly to the back. I stapled it with my staple gun beginning in the middle of the long sides and pulling taut along the length. I repeated this process on the opposite edge and the ends as well. Once done, I simply screwed this back into place.

I created what amounted to pillow cases for each of the remaining cushions. I measured haphazardly and just eyeballed it mostly. Testing it here and there on the cushion again and again until the fit was just right. I was a mess of straight pins and thread.

Once the case was on the cushion, I tucked in the dog-ear looking corners to create a nice mitered edge and hand sewed that in place. MUCH EASIER. Until I moved onto the big cushion for the back of the camper. For this I had a thrice folded memory foam mattress topper. sliding this into the pillow case was WAY harder than it looked. Not only is it crazy heavy, but the foam material seems to reach out and grab the edges of the case like a cat refusing to go into the crate to go to the vets. Much grunting and gnashing of teeth by J and me and to no avail. We could only get it into the case about three quarters of the way. SONOFABEECH!! This sat on my kitchen floor being shunned by us the entire rest of the night. We were done wrestling with it. Almost chucked it into the street. I was beginning to question my desire to have the camper at all. It was crazy frustrating to fight with the mattress topper trying to squeeze it into the pillow case. I tell you , the next morning it slid the rest of the way in like butter. I have no idea why, but, I am glad it did. I ran and got J to show him my accomplishment. I tacked the very end shut and called it a day after throwing that in place into the back of the camper.

This leaves the last cushion, which is going to be a bit weird. I had to go buy a new cushion because the last one didn’t fit the length of the space I had. It was much too short. In fact 75% too short. I had to think about this for awhile. I went to the Army Surplus, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s and couldn’t come up with a solution…till I went back to Walmart (surprise…ugh) and passed the crib mattresses. For $20.00 I picked up one thick and sturdy enough to fit the bill. I can cut down the blue cushion enough to fill the gap. Once inside a case, no one will ever know. And, I don’t care if they do. I am so over these cushions, I can’t even tell you. Here’s a quick pictorial of that. Pretty simple:

First I marked out what I needed to cut away from the piece I already had. I got all Jason Voorhees on it:

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Until I had the piece I needed:

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See, it fits along the end of the crib mattress and is ready to cram into a pillow case made to fit:

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And here’s the finished results of all the cushion recovering:

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And that’s it for those. Couldn’t be happier that they are done and they aren’t that terrible blue that they started out as.

Until later,

Melissa

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Biggest project that I have had yet!

 

Hiya folks!

It has been a crazy year of divorce and court and not so fun… um, fun. But, it’s all turned around and I am in a great place now, mentally. I am happier than I have been in a billion years. And lots of happy things are happening.

One of those things is finding out that it is OK to enjoy doing things thatwant to do. Crazy, huh? I have always wanted to redo a camper. By that I mean, remodel one to fit my needs. One that I can do without fear of being shot down for every single idea…something that won’t become a storage locker for tools, car parts, unfinished projects and etc. Something that will be mine, that I can enjoy at my schedule, my desire. Kinda liberating.

So to start that, it was ok to fine one that was a little…erm, rough. Here’s what I found, it’s a video tour of the camper formerly known as “Jolene”.

That was in September. I adore this camper and all the potential that she has. The name has gotta go. So we’ll come up with something better later.

There are lots of plans for her.  Fresh paint, penny table from a Pinterest DIY, recovering the cushions, painting the stove (which, admittedly drew me to her, so blue!), repairing parts, new floor…the list goes on and on, my friend.

Obviously, I am a raging amateur at it and I am not going to do this at all “right” or professionally. In the end, I believe I will be happy with the results. And, if not, so what? It’s mine and I can take it of, off, repaint, and start again.

If you are interested in the progress, follow along as I reboot the PineconeCrafter blog and share this project as well!

Melissa

Super quick mini project with new product

Wheeee!! I got to play with some product today. I didn’t ave a ton of time, but, I was able to get this done:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Super fun. It’s a little micro mini album. There’s room for four mini photos on each “page” of the album. As long as they are tiny photos…which my daughter is all about. So it’ll be a cute gift for her. And what’s better…this uses scraps and random things here at the house. Understand, this isn’t my original idea, I have seen it done all over the place in many different ways.

Here’s a list of the things you’ll need:

Non-StampinUp: Toilet Paper rolls (yup…watch the video, I’ll explain how to get them out before you even use the TP…), a binder ring, eyelets and eyelet setter, scissors and adhesive (although these can certainly be SU product), paper trimmer, random bits of green leaf shaped cardstock (again, could be SU, if you wanted), bone folder, Ranger MAtte Medium, and Ranger copper embossing powder…ummm oh, and Nestabilities label die.

Now for the SU goodies: Waterolor Wonder cardstock (138334), Crumb Cake  cardstock (120953), Night of Navy (100867), Love and Affection Stampset (141545)Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper (141632), Versamark ink (102283) and stamp blocks A and C.

Here’s how I did it:

 

 

If you are interested in buying any of the Stampin Up Product, I have my website link here:

melissaengeseth.stampinup.net

Fun, fun, fun!!

Happy, inky crafting to you all!

Melissa and HAnnah

 

Yay!! New Stampin Up Catalog is ready to go!!

I am super excited about the newest Stampin Up! catalog. And what crafter wouldn’t be?? It is so much awesome contained in paperback goodness. I am obsessed with  much of it. I won’t lie, there’s a few items that just aren’t my cup of tea, but, those are few and far between.

I’m enamored by the copper accents; foiling on papers and embossing powder. But, I’ve always loved copper!

Beyond that, I think I need everything…everything on page 77!  I need ALL THE THINGS!!

I would love to stay and chat, but, I need to go drool over the catalog yet more!

If you’d like to check out the new catalog online, check it out on my website:

melissaengeseth.stampinup.net

And if you’d like to watch a walk through of the catalog, this’ll go live at 3 am my time.

Stampin’Up! Home Decor Project: Coasters

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Today I decided to put some of my new goodies to use. I received a box of inky goodness yesterday. So I pulled out some supplies, recalled some projects from Pinterest and got to work making these coasters. Here’s a list of the products I used:

Lovely as a Tree Stampset 127793, StayzOn Jet Black Ink pad 101406, Crumb Cake Ink Pad 120953, Soft Suede Ink pad 115318, Old Olive Ink Pad 100702, Aqua Painter 103954.

Additional items used:

Natural tiles (4×4) Home Depot (9 in a pack), Felt feet (Home Depot), Sharpie Marker fine tip, Clear sealer spray.

Here’s how I did it:

And here’s where you’ll find the Stampin Up Supplies I used:

http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/melissaengeseth/

The next ones I make I am going to try embossing our initial onto. How fun would these be as gifts? OOOOOOhhh…. I had an idea! Why not a larger size for a trivet for the dinner table to keep hot dishes/pots from the top of the table? Or in a holiday theme to add splashes of festive decor to the house? Or, heck, stamp and color a whole scene then frame it and put it on the wall somewhere?

Happy crafting, everyone!!

Melissa

What Happened to April?

I don’t know about you, but, April was a blur of activity. However, much has stayed the same. There’s still snow on the ground and I am still ever more behind in my blog posts and YouTube uploads. I hope to get on track soon. I just need to get my feet under me once more. In the interim, on the 23rd My Paper Pumpkin arrived. If you don’t know what that is, Paper Pumpkin is a monthly (just once or recurring) project in a box subscription. Each month you get a box delivered to your door with all the supplies to create the project inside. The only exception is that you’ll need scissors, a stamp block, and adhesives sometimes. There’s usually more than enough included so you can create “outside of the box”, as it were, and make something completely different than planned. And the stamps can obviously be saved to use later, as well. If you’d like to subscribe, I’d love to have the chance to be your demonstrator! You can order your own Paper Pumpkin here:

https://mypaperpumpkin.com/en-us/?demoid=2164821

So, on to the project. Here I show you what is in this April box:

And, lastly, here is my finished project. I love how it came out. I followed the instructions, with only one addition. I added glitter washi tape that was in the most recent Sale-a-brations campaign. I plan on using this throughout the year, by adding bits and pieces to accent the season or holiday.

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Melissa (and Hannah)

http://melissaengeseth.stampinup.net   and   www.youtube.com/user/mrsengeseth