I am 44 and have 3 grown daughters. And I have 1 granddaughter who I am crazy about! I am a recovering heroin addict who has now been clean for almost 5 years to the day. Well I should say clean from needles for that amount of time. I can’t say completely clean because my Dr’s had me on methadone pills for a while when I first was released from the hospital. I then self medicated myself and went to a Dr for a while for suboxone. Which I then used to get myself off of the methadone pills.
I was paralyzed 5 years ago as a result of using needles. My Dr’s never thought that I would walk again with the amount of infection they had to remove from my spinal cord. Yet I am now walking! Unassisted even. I do not require a cane or anything to walk now, is what I mean by unassisted. I do better with a cane but I can actually do it without it. And the Dr’s really never thought that would happen.
So I am now in school again and almost have my associates degree in general studies. I have been focusing on going to school to be a drug and alcohol counselor. I have had some hiccups along the way since I suffer from depression a lot since this happened. But I am determined to never give up. So I hope that you will follow me either on my blog or my Facebook pages and help support getting addicts the help that they really need. Instead of the stereotype labels they get here in America as well as the criminal label they acquire when they cannot just quit their use of drugs or alcohol.
So I was helping my daughter move out of her boyfriends house this week and I discovered an awesome way to move your hang up clothes! I can’t believe I have never thought to do it this way actually.
So you will need to have a bunch of heavy duty trash bags and that is it. The great thing is that you can reuse the trash bags when you are done with your moving!
And the number of trash bags you will need is all going to depend on how many hanging clothes that you have to move.
So what you will do is gather a bunch of your hanging clothes close together ( the ones you want to put in the same trash bag) and start at the bottom of your clothes and put them in your trash bag. Just keep stuffing everything into the bag as you are pulling the bag all the way up.
Your trash bag should come all the way up to your hangers. Then you can take the ties of your trash bag and wrap one side over your hangersand the other side comes over your hangers also. And you are done. You could also pull your trash bag strings tight if you want to.
So for this little project I found a wooden cross at my local thrift store, and wanted to do something with it. I thought it was awesome the way it was so simple and plain. So we decided one day to burn the ends of it and cover it with epoxy.
That way it would always be protected and it would make it look really good! So after I got done with the epoxy coat over it, I decided that it would look really awesome if it had some of the river rock all around it. So I took one of my plastic forms that I had saved just for epoxy projects, and put my cross and my river rocks in it.
I just positioned my cross in the very center, and then laid the rocks all around it until I filled up every bit of extra space. And then I mixed my epoxy up. Making sure that it was very equal parts. Otherwise you will be left with a very sticky mess that will never cure.
I then poured my epoxy into my form and made sure I filled up every corner until it was all the same depth throughout. After I shook it around a few times to make sure that everything had settled, I then took my torch to the surface to get out any air bubbles that had formed. Once I had my air bubbles all the way out, I then let it sit on a level surface to cure.
I let it sit overnight just to be safe. The next day I checked it out and it was very solid when I poked my finger at it. So I started to pry it out of my plastic mold. Taking a knife and pushing it down into the sides of it. After I was able to break loose the epoxy from the plastic all the way around, it then was easy to pull it on out of there.
If you use old plastic containers or lids like I use for molds, then you probably won’t be able to use them too many times before they will break, or you end up poking holes in them. But that is why I use things like old Gatorade bottles, or lids for empty oatmeal containers. They are free basically and I can come up with all different sizes and shapes for my molds. So if they get ruined by me trying to get my epoxy project out, it’s not that big of a deal.
I was only going to throw it away anyhow. So after I got my cross out of its mold, I then just trimmed some of the extra epoxy off of the edges. Making sure that it was all level all the way around my cross and rocks.
So who doesn’t like baskets? I have a basket for this, and a basket for that around my home. Hell I will make up a basket out of nothing at all sometimes!
It is getting pretty bad when you get to a point where you are creating your own baskets, out of things that were never meant to be baskets in the first place!
I have a way of getting busy and the next thing you know I have no room left around me. And my entire work area is a janked up mess!
So I either start throwing everything into whatever I can get it into, or start tunneling throughmy trailer like a prairie dog!
So instead of becoming like a prairie dog, I usually proceed to start throwing everything into whatever I can reasonably get it into. Thinking that later on I will put it away and get it better organized.
Nice thought huh? It’s amazing how life just gets ahead of us sometimes. And you just can’t ever seem to get caught back up.
So first on my list of favorite storage items is baskets. They are great in every room of your home and will help you organize almost anything! And the ones I have up above are especially awesome. Because, not only do they look good, but they are not going to take up any extra space.
Since they are hanging baskets, they will save you some extra space wherever you may be needing it.
Next on my list of favorite storage items would be the storage box. As shown below.
This is the perfect item for helping you get organized with the smaller items around your home.
It doesn’t matter if it’s earrings that you are needing to organize, or beads for project making, that seem to be everywhere.
This storage box will help you store away nice and neatly anything you may have going on around you. I have everything under the sun kept in mine most of the time.
This thread holder is a must have for anyonewho likes to sew. In the beginning of my sewing days I didn’t have one and I had thread going everywhere!
It was so hard to find what I was looking for, and hard to store it all away. Once I discovered the thread holder I was able to get my stuff a lot more organized. Which made me much happier and more willing to go into my craft room to start sewing.
Here is the pro case knitting bag in my list of favorite things to get yourself organized. They call it the knitting bag, but I use it for my crocheting bag, as well as my spare fabric bag.
And has it ever helped me get myself organized in that area of crafting. If you are an avid crafter, who likes to do crafts in many different areas, this is a must have. For at least one of your areas of crafts will be nice and organized!
So the above rolling storage cabinet for your craft supplies is definitely on my wish list. Talk about getting a person organized with their craft items!
I have been wanting to get one of these for a while now. So if you happen to know someone in your life who likes to do crafts, and you were trying to decide on what to get them for Christmas, here it is! The perfect Christmas present!
The laptop stand is a favorite of mine because I am the type who likes to keep my laptop right in the living room area. Because I want it to be easy to use and easy to store, when It’s not being used. And because I am lazy sometimes and just don’t like to have to put it up anywhere!
Since I like keeping my laptop out in the open area of the living room. This laptop holder was perfect for me.
It’s nice looking and it gives my laptop a home in the living room. And it is easier to use it when I am sitting in my favorite chair.
And what is extra nice about it, is the fact that it is portable. So it’s also easy to take it with you to the bedroom or anywhere else in the house.
So if you know someone who has a laptop and they just have it laying around the living room, this would make the perfect Christmas present for them.
So the above item (trunk storage case) is one that has definitely helped me get my car back in order! My car can definitely get itself out of sorts really quick!
I don’t even know how it happens but one day it will be clean and the next it will be a hot mess! So if your car is anything like mine, getting itself unorganized at the drop of a hat, then you definitely will want to have this item.
Even if you don’t spend a lot of time in your car, what time you do spend in it I’m sure you would like it to be nice and organized when you do get into it.
So rather than your car being a hot mess, with you scrambling around, looking for things most of the time. You can get this trunk storage case, and keep your time in your car, a more organized and pleasant experience.
So the above garage cabinet is another one that is definitely on my wish list! This thing would definitely get a person organized with all of their main tools and outside gear. While also looking very good.
So I probably won’t be getting this wish list item of mine in time for christmas. But I am sure that many of you know someone out there who would love it. And this thing would be an awesome Christmas present!
So a lot of us have been there with the missing tooth problem. I know that when my front tooth broke off one fine summer day, I literally thought I would die!
So I was lucky and I had a friend who helped me pay for the dentist bill which was $500! They pulled my other front tooth and put me in a partial. I know that those 2 days I had to walk around missing a front tooth was just awful!
I wouldn’t smile at anyone. And I would hold my hand over my mouth when I talked. Trying to be sure and hide my hideous missing front tooth. As the years have went by I have had more problems with my teeth and had to get a bigger partial basically.
Then my teeth got bad on the sides of my partial. Where you can see them pretty bad. And due to my insurance I cannot get full dentures on the top without having to walk around for 2-3 months without my teeth. Unless I was to buy a temporary for the time without teeth. And of course they were expensive and I would have to pay for them.
So I started trying those temporary teeth that you see advertised everywhere. Some of the names are snap on teeth, and Billy bob gag teeth. Which I guess aren’t so much of a gag these days.
So I tried 2 different types of the cheaper ones. They were a little bit different in the way they were, but not much. Same basic theory. And let me tell you that I had so many problems with those things! I couldn’t get them right for nothing. It didn’t matter how many times I would try it, they just wouldn’t cooperate with me.
I finally ended up saying forget it and throwing them into my back drawer somewhere.
Until one day an old friend stopped by. And as we were talking we got on the subject of his teeth. He started smiling really big at us and right off it was very obvious he had gotten his teeth fixed.
But of course he had not actually gotten them fixed. He was using one of the same type of temporary teeth deals that I now had chilling in the back of my drawer.
So after talking to him about how good they looked and how he did it, I then decided to give them another try. So I then ordered a bunch of single teeth replacements. I got a whole bag of them for like $20. All of them being the white pellets.
Which is what my friend said he was using. Saying that it was easier to work with those than it was the pink stuff they give you with your snap on smile, or whatever type that you purchase.
When you get the entire temporary tooth replacement kit you will usually get a mold, a strip of pink stuff that you are supposed to get hot and use it for molding your own teeth. Along with your missing teeth. Then you also get these white pellets that you are supposed to put in the place of your missing teeth.
So after talking to my friend I decided to go straight to the white pellets. So when I got them i admit I was still a little bit worried as to whether I could make mine turn out right like my friend did. And of course right off the rip I got some of them stuck in my mouth!
And I do mean stuck! The white pellets after they were softened in some hot water were great at conforming around my teeth. Until they were in there a little too well. So once again I always have to do things the hard way first!
The story of my life. So to shorten this a little bit, I will jump right into our model i have featured on this post.
And that is the boyfriend. Aka justin. So after I got him to actually try the temporary teeth, I couldn’t get him to put them down! He loved them. And unlike me he didn’t have a partial to deal with. Just a couple of missing teeth. That he detested.
So we decided to do a video of him showing people how to properly work with these white pellets until you get the results you are looking for. And so he shows us in the video that I will later leave a link for, that you first want to get some hot water and make sure it’s very hot for your pellets to go into. You may even want to have it boiling.
Just be sure that you don’t just send them straight to your mouth. They are going to be a little bit hot at first. So your best bet would be to wait just a few seconds to let them cool slightly. And then put them into your mouth.
You also will want to use at least 5-7 pellets for each tooth you are trying to replace. In the instructions of one of the snap on teeth I had gotten, it said to use 1 white pellet for each tooth you were missing. Well I have to say that 1 is no where near enough. At least it wasn’t for me or Justin. Now you may be different and prefer less pellets. Just try it out and see what fits you the best.
So after you get your white pellets melted down and are ready to get started with your mold, you will take it and start putting it up into the tooth that you are wanting to fix. You will have to work with it in order to get it just right. And it will take time and practice to really get it to turn out how you want it. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to put them right back into the hot water and start over. And the same thing with Justin. He has about drove me nuts with his obsession to get them to look just perfect. And he has pretty much perfected the temporary teeth that goes into his missing teeth area’s. As you can tell by the picture above.
So I will also say that you will probably want to work pretty fast. These pellets will definitely start to harden pretty quickly. So you won’t have a whole lot of time to get the mold just right. But after you do it so many times and get better at it, you will have no problems with the time frame.
Once you get your tooth all the way right and fitting in there the way you want it, you will then want to take it out and drop it into some cold water. Let it cool so that it hardens all the way. And be sure to not let them stay in your mouth for too long or they may harden and become like mine did. Impossible to get out! I finally was able to get mine out, but it did take some very hot water and a lot of prying. So just be aware. Probably no longer than 2 minutes do you want to leave them in there.
Then after you get your tooth fitting up in your empty area you will want to take it and put it into a bowl of cold water. This will cause your mold to really harden. After it is all the way cool and hardened, you will be able to insert it into your missing tooth area. And if you have done it right it will snap right in there just like the commercial say’s “snap on teeth”.
If you get them all the way right you can even eat with them and you will have no problems. I will say that the more that you eat and drink with them, the sooner they will end up falling out.
We have to remember that this is only a temporary solution for your missing teeth. If you want something permanent then you would have to go to the dentist or go somewhere where you can get dentures made or a partial made. But anytime you are going to go with a permanent solution to your teeth, then you are looking at a lot of money also.
So that is why these temporary replacement teeth are such a great thing. Great for people who do not have the money to go and have their teeth fixed. Or people who just maybe are afraid of going to the dentist. Yet they hate running around with missing teeth in their mouths.
So for only $20 you can have the smile that you have been missing. Which will help with your confidence. I know it definitely help me with my confidence. And it most definitely helped Justin with his missing tooth. He now runs around smiling all the time and telling everybody to look at his teeth so that he can brag about how he did it his self. And tell everyone we know how cheaply he did it. So good luck and I hope that some of you out there will try these temporary replacements. You will be amazed by the results!
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So for this project I ended up using flooring pieces that had been thrown away at the local flooring dumpster. We had found a bunch of pieces of hardwood flooring that I really liked a lot. I wanted to use them in some way for one of my projects.
I just wasn’t for sure what or where to use them.
Until the other day when I was messing around with the same pieces and had them staggered as I was arranging them around. I was like those look really awesome that way.
Then I saw the exact same thing I had done on Pinterest that night. And it was a coat holder that was for sale for like $200!
So I of course was like I can make that! I mean it was the exact same placing of the wood pieces as I had just had mine in the day before.
I decided to try something different with mine however. I decided that I wanted to put a small clock into mine. I had never actually seen a coat rack like these that had a clock in them.
I am not saying that there are none out there somewhere. Its just that I personally have never seen one. And as I was thinking about it I thought that it would be a great idea to put a clock right there with all of your outside attire.
I mean what are you always worried about normally when you are getting your jacket, gloves, and hat on? The time of course. I know that I always am asking or wondering what time it is while I am getting everything on and looking for my keys.
Reason being is because I am usually running late and I really have to keep track of exactly how late I am becoming! So I decided to start my project of diy coat rack but make it a little more exclusive for me.
So I put in a clock, gloves holder, and a place for your keys. I decided that I wanted a coat holder that would have everything that I need in one spot, right before I walk out the door. one that had everything I needed on it. That way it’s like a one stop deal right before I walk out the door.
And having the clock in there is definitely a great thing when it comes to one stop before heading out the door. I don’t have to go looking for my phone, or the watch that I forgot to put on, right before I am ready to head out. It’s right there by my coat, my gloves, and my car keys. I can glance at it as I am getting everything on. It really is great and useful to me.
So if you would like to try this project for yourself, here is a list of the things you will need. And I have also included some pictures and links tp some of the items I used for this project or have used on other projects that could be useful when trying to do this project.
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1. Wood pieces (6-7)
2. luon board. You will need a piece of this very thin board for your back. So it needs to be the size of what your coat holder will be.
3. Drill and short & medium size screws. And you will need to have a bit for drilling your holes out as well as having a bit for your screws.
4. Jacket hooks
5. Clock workings
6. Plastic piece to pull your twine through for your gloves.
8. Thicker rope. (This is only if you want to go around the edges of yours, or if you want to use the rope for hanging it)
10. Fairy Lights (if you want to run lights along the top of your coat rack)
So I started with my lauan boards and used them to secure my floor pieces to. The lauan boards are thin pieces of wood that resemble osb boards or plywood.
And it is your choice if you want to use something like the lauan boards or if you want to use something a little more stout. Some people put these types of projects on much thicker pallet type pieces.
Once I had all of my pieces of wood where I wanted them to be, I just started securing them to my lauan board with short screws.
It’s just whether you want to work with something not as stout and secure it more towards the end. Or if you want something very stout to start with when it comes to your attaching of the floor pieces. I just used my multi tool to go around the back of it and cut the lauan board to fit around my wood floor pieces. Which I laid out in a random up and down pattern.
I really didn’t think about it when I started on mine. I had a lot of pieces of the thin wood material, and so I used it I did have to go over the back of it with another piece to make it more stable at the end.
And putting another piece helped to hide a lot of the screws and nails that I had used to secure everything.
So after you have your boards attached to whichever backing you choose to use, and you have cut away any extra lauan boards that are showing, you will want to start getting your hole ready for your clock.
I used a bulova clock i had gotten from goodwill for mine. It was actually in a little wooden mantle when I got it. So I just took it out of the mantle it came in and used it for this project.
I laid the clock where I wanted it to be on my coat rack, and I drew a circle around it making sure it was the exact size of my clock face. I then proceeded to make my cut into the boards so I could get it started for my jigsaw to then take over.
When using a jigsaw you will have to have a small spot cut out first so you can get your jigsaw blade down in it. Then when you have your jigsaw blade down in the hole you can usually just turn it on and start cutting your hole out.
Now you will want to get your hooks you are using for your coats to hang on. And position them on your board wherever you want your coats to hang at. Make sure that you use heavy duty enough hooks for hanging the types of coats and attire you will be using them for. Here is a link for some good coat holding hooks through amazon. Click Here
Next you will want to get some twine and clothespins. Find something to run your twine through that will also screw to your board. I actually used a plastic piece that is meant for holding down cords in your home. They have 2 nails in them normally that you would nail into the wall or floor to keep a cord in place. I just altered them a little bit by taking out the nails and putting twine through them. Then I just used screws to attach it to my board. There are many things that you can use. As long as you are able to get the twine hanging down and attached to your clothespins then you are good to go.
And you will just want to run your twine through it while making sure to attach your clothespins on each side of it. And you can put as many hooks as you want to. Just depends on your preference on how many pairs of gloves or mittens you are planning on hanging on them.
Now once you have your hooks fastened into the places that you want them to go, and you have your mitten holder done, you will want to string your fairy lights along the top of your coat rack. Or however you would like to hang them. You could go all the way around the coat holder if you wanted to. It’s just a matter of personal preference once again.
Your last step will be to attach another piece of lauan board onto the back of your coat rack in order to hide all of the screws and mess ups you may have showing when done. Cut around it so that it fits your coat rack without any of it being seen when looking at it. Then secure your rope at the top of it and put your shelf bracket holders onto the back of it, and then you are done!
Well unless of course you would want to stain the back of your coat rack. I am probably going to stain mine eventually so that it does look better. But for the time being I decided to hold off on it since no one will be seeing the back of it anyways. So I hope that someone out there decides to try this project out and hopefully I have been of some help on how to do one. I am not the best at these things yet, but I am trying to be more thorough when I post a DiY how to project on here.
And I do have to say that I love my coat rack with clock and glove holder. It helps me when leaving to know the time and having all of my winter attire in one area. Which keeps me a little more organized in my life. So good luck and happy projecting!
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1. This first project , the two toned wall, is one I had tried a while back on my back wall. I think that this is an awesome way to be able to display more of your pretties. In an area that you would not have been able to do this with before.
If you have limited space and you are trying not to have to put a piece of furniture in a certain area, then this two toned shelfing will be perfect for you.
After you are done with this project you will now have space to put candles, nic nacks, or even to display part of your favorite books from your library. All without having to put a shelf or table down on the floor. Which would have taken up more of your precious space you might be trying to save.
2. Here is a ladder shelf that I made for my living room area. This thing is ideal when you are working with limited space in your home. I have 4 shelves on it and they help out a lot with being able to display some of my pictures and pretties I have.
A lot of my pretties would not have been able to be displayed in my living room had I not constructed this ladder shelf.
I even was able to put my printer on the bottom shelf so I can now have it right there by my favorite chair and working area in my trailer.
3. This wrought iron candle holder was not being used because I really could not find the room for it in my home. So since I couldn’t find anywhere to display it I decided to try using it as a holder for one of my collages I had done of my daughter.
It turned out very well I thought. It gives you a different type of look when it comes to displaying your favorite photos. And you can actually have it sitting on a table while holding your favorite picture, or have it up on the wall. Either way you go it will look really good and it’s a different look than you normally see.
4. Here is a tree branch that I turned into a jewelry display. This is a very easy and cheap way to display your favorite necklaces and bracelets. All you have to do is find the perfect tree branch for your own jewelry and do a few minor fixes to it, and it’s ready to go.
5. Here is a mirror that I put into one of my seashells that I had laying around my place. I needed a mirror and the epoxy stand I had made was in front of me with my large seashell on it . So I positioned the mirror into the seashell to hold it for me.
And after that I decided to make it permanent. So I hot glued my mirror into the seashell since it seemed to work so well as a mirror holder.
6. Here is a different way to display and store your favorite sunglasses. All I did was cut triangle shape 45’s made of wood to fit in the corner.
As I made my little shelves I just kept going up in size. I started at the top where I wanted my first one to be. And then just made my way down the corner where I wanted them to be. Just increasing the size of each one by just a little bit.
Then I screwed each one of them into the wall. Securing each one with at least 2 small screws. Then when you have your screws all in you would want to add a screw or nail in the very front of each one of your small shelves. This will help to keep your sunglasses on each individual shelf.
Without putting something on each shelf to help secure them, I was not able to get my sunglasses to stay on the shelves. So you can use whatever you would like on the shelves to help secure your glasses. There are many different ways that you can do it I am sure.
So I hope that you liked my different ways of displaying my items at home and my space saving techniques. Follow my blog if you would like to have more ideas for your home or would like to see more of my projects.
I actually did this one with grout. I did my first one with concrete. And I have to say that either one will work fine.
So you will want to get your large metal bowl and spray it really well with a non stick cooking spray. It doesn’t matter if it’s pam or a generic brand. This will help you get your mushroom head out of the bowl.
Now you will want to position your pieces of tile in the bottom of the bowl face down. You probably can’t get too creative with your pieces of tile. Mainly because you don’t have too much room at the bottom of your bowl. And you will want to position them in a nice looking style but remember that you will have to pour the grout or cement on top of them.
So you will risk them moving around if you are not really careful. So you will want to keep it simple and pour very slow.
As you will notice on mine that I don’t have them completely finished. I will probably have to go over them and grout in the lines that you can see. I think that will make them look much better, and more stable. That way they don’t slowly just chip away. Until you would start losing pieces of your tile. Once that happens it wouldn’t be long until you lose the entire thing.
You don’t want your mixture to be too runny or too thick. Just try and get it about right in the middle. Mine was actually a little bit thick. I had to spoon my grout mixture out and throw the spoonfuls onto the tiles. So I would say to go a little bit thicker than thinner. It makes it easier to get it out and get it over your tiles without messing anything up.
Once you cover your tiles and get your mixture filling up the bottom of your metal bowl, you will then want to get your bottle with the screw on cap.
Take your cap top off and then insert your bottle into the mixture. Filling up your bottle to just below the neck of the bottle. The entire part of the screw on part of the bottle should be submerged.
Once it is dry it will then screw out of your mushroom head made of grout. Once your bottle is in your mixture you will want to make sure it is straight as it dries.
I would let it dry for at least 1-2 days. I got mine out after 1 day. It was dry pretty much but the tile part on the bottom has now become the top. And my top was still a little bit wet.
So I let it then sit and dry for another 12 hours. Because I didn’t want to mess it up by moving it around too much before it had cured all the way.
Once your project is all the way dried and feeling pretty stable to you, you will then take it out of your metal bowl. And you will probably have to take something sharp around the edges of your bottle top to make sure that it will start turning with no problems.
I used a screw to actually get in there and dig around the bottle. Once I got it all loosened up, I then unscrewed my bottle out of my form to make sure everything was good.
Now you can put whatever you want in the bottle part and then put it outside in your yard or garden area.
You can use this project as your hiding spot in 2 different ways. You can just sit it outside. Making it mesh in with your other pretty garden pieces. It looks like a little mushroom sitting out there amongst everything else.
Or you can dig a hole in your yard and bury the bottle part in the ground. Leaving the decorated part on top of the ground. Then it will appear as if you just have a concrete piece out there for the decorating of your yard.
And no one will ever guess that you have something buried right under it holding your important items. So this project would be an awesome way of hiding a spare key for your house in.
Whatever you hide in your mushroom will be kept weatherproof also. I couldn’t believe it when I put some things in my first one and buried the stuff out in my yard for a few days. When I checked on my things a few days later I found them to be perfectly dry. And it had been raining out. So this is an awesome way to hide any little valuable that you may not be wanting anyone to know that you have. So have fun with this project should you decide to try it. It’s a very easy project to do and actually comes in very handy for your secret hideaway for valuables.
So I started this project out with a piece of wood that had actually been cut out for a lazy susan. I found it in the local flooring store dumpster along with a lazy susan.
This piece was actually cut perfectly for making a lazy susan and so it looked like a round piece of wood with a quarter section taken out. But since I was not needing a lazy susan I went ahead and cut the board in half. Leaving me with a decent canvas to work with.
I then mixed up my resin and added my sand to it. Making it pretty thick. But not so thick as to where it wouldn’t spread well. And I took my sand and spread it all along the flat bottom side of my wood piece. Making it appear to be a beach area.
I actually took some of my epoxy spray paint and sprayed it on top of my sand in order to help seal my sand in place, and to give it different colors. I used the darker color around the edges where the water would be coming in and the light colors for the rest of it.
I then added my epoxy resin with green coloring added to it. And then I added some blue at the top. Though it appeared to be very pretty when you looked at it I ended up changing my colors just because it appeared to me as looking like algae would when the green color of the water hit the shoreline. I don’t know whether I am just crazy or if it really was looking like algae, but either way I bailed on the greenish colors that met with my sand.
So as you can see below here I added a blue to it and flooded the entire picture with my blue and white colors to overtake the green.
So I then put a whole thin coat of resin over the entire picture. And then went through with my tinted white resin in thin lines. Which I then used my blow dryer to push the white and clear resin around.
This is to create your appearance of the waves. I am very new to working with epoxy and ocean scenes. So I am still trying to get my waves just right. I always seem to put too much white or something.
So I also did my picture here in layers. Which I think gives you more depth when doing epoxy resin ocean scenery. So what I did was I let my blue and whites dry and then went over them with the clear epoxy and white epoxy. Pushed them around with my blow dryerand then let them cure for another day.
And though I am not done with this piece yet, I figured I would post it and then update it later when I figure out exactly what I want to do with it.
Right now I am still trying to figure out if I want it to be an ocean scene or turn it into the sky with the earth below. Or if I want to make it into a little side table or leave it as a picture. So I will put any updates on here that I decide to do with it.
And if anyone has any comments or suggestions on what I should do with it please feel free to leave your comments.
So for this project I went to a neighbor of mine who is something of a lumberjack. I purchased a couple different tree stumps from him for my projects I was wanting to try. I ended up getting the double tree stump that I had turned into a side table with a built in light, and I got a regular tree stump to turn into a table with the epoxy river in it.
For the double tree stump turned into a side table, I carved out along the edge of the main tree stump on bottom. I just went along with a spot that was already in it. I think it was an axe line that had been left while they were cutting them. And since there was already a spot started, I just took off where they had left off.
So I went ahead and got my multi tool, made by Porter Cable, and started making my river pathway.
So after I carved out the area where I wanted my river to go, I then just cleaned the inside of it out so that there was no debris left in it and it was pretty much smooth all the way through. I then taped the ends of it. This is so that your epoxy resin does not run over the sides. If it does run over your sides then you will end up wasting a lot of your epoxy.
So you will want to be sure that your ends are really secure. And before you start to pour your epoxy you will want to be sure that you have a large piece of plastic put down under where you will be working. And be sure to have your gloves, mixing materials, and everything else that you are going to be using during your pour. You will not want to be having to run around looking for items after you have your epoxy mixed.
Once you are ready to do your pouring into your carved out area of your tree stump, you will want to mix your epoxy resin. Make sure that you mix equal parts of your epoxy. If they are not the exact same amounts then your epoxy will not cure properly. And you will want to be sure that you stir your epoxy for at least a few minutes. That being if you are not mixing up a whole lot. If you are mixing up a whole gallon or more then you should stir it for at least 5 minutes. This will ensure that your epoxy is completely mixed up properly. If you don’t get it mixed up right, then your epoxy will not cure properly. Leaving you with a sticky mess that will not ever harden.
Once you have your epoxy mixed up, you will want to add your blue coloring. There are many different types of things that you can use in order to achieve your blue for your river. I used dark blue acrylic paint for mine. It doesn’t take much when you use paint. As opposed to food coloring, which will take more if you want to achieve a darker blue look. But even with food coloring it will not take much to achieve the blue you desire. Not when you look at how much is used out of your bottle when your done.
So when you get the color that you want after mixing your color additive to your epoxy, you will want to pour your epoxy into your carved area of your tree stump. You will want to let your resin dry according to how deep you went with your river carving. If you only went a couple inches down, then it won’t take quite as long to cure. If you went deeper or made your river really wide, then it will take a little bit longer for the epoxy to cure.
On a norm most people would probably let their projects like this cure for a whole 24 hours. Just to be safe. I did not add anything to my colors when I did this particular tree stump. I just let it stay a very dark blue. I liked the look of the really dark blue for the water. Now on my other stump that I displayed, with the 3 different channels of river going through it. I did add some white to it as I went. Swirling it through it as it was drying.
I also used a blow dryer on the epoxy after I added the white to it. To mix it through the streams a blow dryer or a heat gun will work great. Whether you do only a dark blue or you add some white to get different effects with your stream, you will want to use a heat gun or a blow torch on your epoxy in order to get the bubbles out of it.
Just take any type of torch and go over the surface of your epoxy. Making sure not to stay in any one position for too long. As you lightly go over the entire surface you will see how it makes a change in the epoxy. Taking away all of the bubbles as you go. A heat gun will also work to get all of the bubbles out. I did not have a heat gun. So like I said, I used a blow dryer. And it worked just fine also. You will want to be sure that your blow dryer is a fairly new one though. Make sure it works really well and is not one that is barely holding on in its electronic life.
I am not quite finished with either of my tree stumps. They could both use a little bit more work. But who knows when I will get to actually finishing them up
So I decided to go ahead and do this post on epoxy resin river tree stumps. So no matter how your epoxy project turns out just remember that you will get better at it as you go.
So good luck in all your project making and sign up to be involved in all of my new projects I will be posting on here!
Border to hold epoxy in (I used vinyl flooring piece)
Piece of plastic (for keeping epoxy off your floor)
Plastic cup to mix epoxy in (preferably a few)
So I got myself started with this project by finding this little bench in the local flooring store dumpster. Just like so many of my items that I use on here for my projects.
Someone had pitched it and I thought that it was adorable. Just because of the smallness of it. The legs fold in on both sides. Making it even smaller when you might need it.
So I wanted to try to do one of the pours I had seen on YouTube. I loved the deep pours that you can see in them. But I am strapped for money most of the time.
So I decided to try a smaller version by doing my smaller work bench. This way I wouldn’t have to have quite as much epoxy for the whole project to actually turn out right.
I knew that if I did a large one that while it would be awesome, it would also require a lot of the epoxy. And at $43 a gallon that is alot of money for me.
Especially when I would have to buy 2 gallons at a time basically. In order to realistically do a large table of epoxy resin it would easily have taken 2 gallons.
So I decided to start small. And I did mine a little different than most do. In the way of using the little work bench as my table and just adding epoxy to it as I built up the sides.
And I built up my sides by using tape and pieces of vinyl flooring. Once again the vinyl flooring was what I had gotten out of the local flooring stores dumpster. So I had plenty of it, and it was free. When you get stuff like that for free, and you know that they were throwing it away anyways, it doesn’t bother you much to use it in projects like these.
So even after I stapled the tape to the bottom wooden part of my little bench I then put a piece of the vinyl flooring all the way around it also. I then even went ahead and put hot glue in between the vinyl flooring and my epoxy project. Just to try and make sure that I did not have any major leaks. And you want to know what? I still had some leaks come through! So as we know by now, I am not your everyday Martha Stewart. I am learning myself as I am blogging. And just trying to share with everyone the trials and errors that I am going through.
So on this blog of mine you will find all kinds of honesty when it comes to what I really encountered while doing a project of mine. Live and learn right? And the way I look at it, I think it is refreshing to hear the horror stories that people will encounter along the way to getting their perfect projects.
Because sometimes when you stumble onto a website of perfectness it is a little discerning when you see all of these perfect projects being assembled by someone. And they never show you or tell you about some of their first projects that they had done. Or about some of the projects that came out a complete disaster. You may start to think in your head that if your projects are not coming out just like some of these blogs projects, that you might as well wrap it up.
None of us like to do something and know that our something is no where near what it should be. That we have a lot of work to do on it in order for it to even come close to standing up with all the other projects of the world. It does leave you feeling flustered and aggravated at times. So this is why I decided to start posting a lot of my projects that I did not feel all the way comfortable with. I knew that they were not the best projects on the internet. And I really wanted for a lot of them to look way better than what they were looking.
But I thought about it and figured that maybe it would be something of a good thing for some people out there. That way as I grow and get better in some of the projects that I do, then people could see these and grow with me. Seeing that not every blogger starts off being really good at every single project that they attempt. And I will never be an expert at any one of these projects that I do. Because I enjoy doing so many different things.
I do not stick with just one type of project in my life. I will do something for a while and then move onto something else. Just because I love learning about new things. And I will admit that I get bored with things easily. A character flaw of mine. I have tried to work on it some. But I can even remember as a child going through my entire bedroom at home, rearranging everything. I would rearrange and deep clean every single piece of furniture that I had in my bedroom. Until I would have it looking just perfect. And then I would do it all again not even a month after I got the first look conquered.
So anyway after I got the sides of my epoxy table built up, I then poured my epoxy. I poured it in layers. Letting about half an inch of epoxy harden all the way and then I would pour another thin layer of it. I put the seashells in the epoxy as I was going. That way the seashells would be layered looking as I went up. I used a laundry dye for the green coloring that I used.
Which was a very pretty color, but in the end of my table project I have noticed that you cannot really see the seashells that are in the middle of the table. I went a little bit too dark. If a person were wanting the shells to be seen in the middle, then you would have to go with an almost clear look to it. Barely using any color at all. So a word to warn you if you decide to try a project just like this one. It will be a waste of money in shells if you put a bunch through the middle and then use a lot of coloring.
But at least the ones at the top you can see. And I left some of them sticking out at the top. Like my star fish looks really cool. He is submerged in epoxy in most of his areas. Yet the middle part of him is sticking out at the top. I also used real sand at the end of the table. I just used some regular sand that I had been using for my water displays through the summer. I mixed epoxy resin clear with the sand, and then spread it throughout the one end of the table. Making it a little thicker so it appears to have some depth with the entire table.
I ended up going almost all the way clear with my last couple layers of epoxy. Just to try and make sure that you could see some of the seashells in the table. If I had not gone clear at the top then you probably would not have been able to see any of the shells. And I would have really been devastated by that! But like I said. Live and learn.
And in the end I decided to put some crashing waves going into the shore. As you can see in the picture below. Being where my sandy beach was at. Well at least I hope that this is what it resembles. This was my first time doing an epoxy project such as this. And I have not had much experience with putting waves in. So I am learning on how to make them look realistic. So you be the judge of which look that you like the best. The before without the waves, or the after with the waves?
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So as you see above I have started trying my epoxy projects on different types of things. I had an old acoustic guitar that I should have gotten a picture of before I started, and yet I did not! I could kick myself when I do these types of things.
But this guitar was old and it was not all that appealing to the eye. In my opinion of course. But I will pull up a picture of what the guitar looked like before I did my epoxy pour, that way everyone can get a good idea of the before and after. It should be no problem finding one that looks just like that one did. There are a million of them in the world if not more.
That being the reason I decided to try this out on the poor dull thing. In my opinion it looks way better now. It has some style! Instead of looking just like so many other brown acoustic guitars in this world, it now has a style of it’s own. And there is not another one just like it anywhere in the world! You ensure that when you do a pour painting, or a pour painting with epoxy.
So you can see below the before and after pictures of the guitar.
Because of the unique designs that are captured as a result of pour painting in itself, a person could use the same colors, same technique, same surface, and try to recreate a certain look a thousand times, and still never be all the way successful. There would always be a little bit of a difference in the pour paintings. Just like there are no 2 snowflakes, or no 2 fingerprints alike in the world, it is the same for epoxy pour painting.
So to achieve this look on this guitar I used epoxy resin clear, and paint. The paint colors that I used were a dark blue (magenta) I think would be the correct term for the color I used. A dark gray, light gray, white, red, and black. But for the black I had no regular paint in black, so I used what I had, spray paint. And it worked out just fine. I just sprayed it into my layers of paint where I felt that I needed it.
All I did was start my pour with the layered effect. I started with the dark blue in the very bottom. Then I went to white, then dark gray, spray paint black, red, and then I believe I went back to the white. And for each layer I used about a quarter inch of paint in a plastic measuring cup I had extra laying around the kitchen.
I have heard of people using certain types of things to put in with their paints to keep them from mixing together as they do the layers. I will admit that I had never heard of whatever it is that they use. And I did not have any of whatever it is they call it. And so I did not use it. And I had no problems with my paints pouring out. They did not mix together to create one big crazy color. So long as you do not start stirring them together then in my opinion you will be fine.
And when you dump your cup with all of your colors onto your surface you should have no problems with your colors mixing together, so long as you don’t take a paint brush, or your gloved finger, and mix them together. I dumped mine onto the guitar and then started tilting the guitar this way and that way letting them all run on their own. Steering them in the direction that I wanted them to go and then turning the guitar to make them flow another direction before they had time to start forming lines.
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And it is all just a matter of personal preference on how you do your pour. You will start to see different patterns and designs as your paints start going everywhere on your surface. You are in charge of how you want them to look. You can make them run faster by tilting your project steeper and letting them go. Or you can give them a small incline so that they run slower. You can make them keep changing directions really fast. Or you can make them take on very few directions if you choose.
It is all in your hands. That is the fun of pour painting. Now when you are using the epoxy resin with paints to achieve a pour painting, there will be some very big differences in how they will react. When you add epoxy to the scene you are now on limited time. As we all know, epoxy will harden pretty fast. And once it hardens it hardens. It does not play!
So keep this in mind when you add epoxy resin and do any type of pour with it. The more epoxy you are using, the more time you will have before it gets really thick and starts hardening. The less amount of epoxy, the less time you will have to get it poured. A small amount of epoxy can harden sometimes before you know it.
It happened to me once. I had a small amount to touch up a tree trunk that I was doing. I got sidetracked just for a few minutes and when I went to pour the epoxy out, it was all the way hardened in the bottom of my cup. It came out in the form of the bottom of my cup. (Which was pretty neat actually) but I had no use for it. So I had to throw it away and go get some more to mix up.
And anyone who knows a little about epoxy resin will know that it is not cheap at all. When I first started buying it I was buying it from local businesses. And these local places only would sell like 1 oz containers, or possible 5 oz containers. If you were lucky enough to find some of the 5 oz containers of it. And I was getting charged like $6-$8 for an oz of the stuff. So lets do the math on how much you would pay if you were buying it in small quantities at local places, as opposed to buying it online in a more bulk manner.
I get it now for $42-$55 a gallon online. And usually the more you buy the more your going to save. So if you were paying $6 for an oz at your local hardware store and there are 128 oz in a gallon. That would be 128x$6=$768! Now is that not crazy! While you can order it online by the gallon For lets say $55. So we are talking about $713 difference in the cost. Granted most people are not going to go out to their local hardware store and buy 128 1 oz tubles of epoxy resin. Just so they can do a project.
But when you are just beginning to work with the stuff and you know nothing about nothing, you might end up putting out some extra cash that you really should not be putting out. I was doing that in the beginning. Just because I knew nothing about where to buy it, or how far a certain amount will go. And I was just excited to get started on a project, and so I went to local places and would buy like 5 or 6 tubes of whatever they had in stock.
Now that I know a little bit more about how epoxy works, and where you can get it in bigger amounts, I would not recommend to anyone the purchasing of smaller amounts from their local hardware stores. I mean if you just need a very small amount for something, then by all means that is the way to go. But if you are planning on doing any type of projecting with the epoxy, then I would definitely recommend going with the online purchase of at least a gallon of it.
I also did this tree stump with the river running through it. And I ended up wasting a whole lot of my epoxy on this project. All because I did not have the ends secured like I should have and it kept on seeping through and dripping in multiple spots onto my floor!
So as you can see, a gallon of epoxy can go a very long way!
I have just recently started working with epoxy resin. And I really love working with the stuff. I have done some pour paintings with epoxy resin and I have done the streams through pieces of wood.
I used tree stumps for the projects I have done so far. Putting in the epoxy rivers in the tree stumps were awesome and I love doing them, but I really wanted to do the ocean scene with a large tabletop.
How I did my table was to first start with a batch of epoxy resin clear and I mixed it together. You will want to mix your 2 parts together very well.
I didn’t mix mine quite well enough on one of my first attempts and it would never dry. It just stayed really sticky!
So you definitely want to mix the 2 parts together very well before you attempt to pour it anywhere.
I then added blue paint to my mixture. It was a dark blue that I had left over. I had also used a very dark stain color on the wood of my coffee table before I ever poured any epoxy on it.
I left the very end of the table with just the clear epoxy to achieve a super dark look. And then started pouring my dark blue right next to it.
I then used a squeegee to get it all spread out to where I wanted it to go. (You will want to remember to put tape up along your sides to try and prevent your epoxy from going over your sides onto the floor)
And I would suggest even then having some buckets or bowls ready and a big sheet of plastic ready under the entire project. Because when it starts leaking it will become a big sticky mess for you. Especially once it hardens. It then becomes really hard to get up.
I found all of this out the hard way! So take my advice on this when working with epoxy. Make sure you wear gloves, have plastic laid out under your project, tie your hair back, if you have longer hair, and have some alcohol ready to help get the sticky epoxy off things it may get on as you go.
And when you mix the epoxy in something, you will want to mix it in something that you can just throw away afterwards. Because once it hardens, it will be next to impossible to get it out of whatever it hardens in.
So once you get everything ready you just pour your epoxy onto your table and then you will want to pour different colors of it as you go with your ocean scenery.
Now you can use food coloring or paint to achieve these colors. I know there are other things you can use but these are the things I used to achieve my colors. So I know they worked well for me.
So I just added some green to my water scene to make it appear like real water. And actually for the green I used one of the packets you can buy in the laundry isles at Walmart. It is for dying your clothes different colors. And it actually made it a very pretty green color. The more I added, the darker the green would get. The less I added the lighter the green would be with the clear look.
Here is a picture of a project I am working on now where I am using the clothes dye for the coloring.
So I then used a lighter blue color as I went to get the depth effect for the ocean water. Then I started using some white paint once I hit the shore area. And I used a blow dryer to push the paints around to the look that I wanted. We then used some light brown stain to achieve the look of the shore. The light brown did make it appear as if it is sand at the edge.
And then ended it with a dark stain once again. There are many things that you can use in epoxy I have found out through trying them myself. I have used stain, spray paint, paint, and food coloring.
And everyone of them has worked for getting the colors I was wanting. And that was without effecting the epoxy. It still cured and hardened just fine.
The only times I really had any problems with the way it cured was when I didn’t mix equal parts to my mixture, or when I didn’t mix the 2 parts together well enough.
That is where you will come into some major problems with your epoxy curing properly. You will always want to be sure that you are mixing the exact same amount of your part 1 and part 2 together. And once they are together in your mixing bowl, you will want to be sure they are stirred and mixed very well before you go to pour it on anything.
As long as you do those 2 things every time then you should have no problems with your epoxy curing properly. No matter what you use for your coloring, and no matter what you pour it on. You should always end up with your epoxy curing to a very hard top on anything you put it on.
Another word of wisdom is that the less of the mixture you mix together, the faster it is going to start hardening.
So if you are only mixing together a small amount to do something,I would suggest to try and hurry and get it where you are wanting it. Otherwise it will start hardening on you and making it very hard to work with.
I had a small amount harden all the way in my cup I had mixed it in one time. Because I took too long to get it poured out. I got sidetracked on something for just a few minutes and when I looked in my cup the epoxy I was going to pour was hard as a rock.
But even with a big mixture you don’t want to fool around. Because it does start to thicken and harden pretty fast compared to most things you will probably work with in your life.
So I will also point out that you can use a torch or a blow dryer on your epoxy to get your bubbles out of it. I didn’t realize at first that you could actually put a flame right on it. I thought I would catch the whole scene on fire. But after my boyfriend showed me that a torch took the bubbles out very fast and didn’t catch it all on fire I was ecstatic.
Though I prefer still to use a blow dryer when I am trying to move the epoxy into corners or to move it with the other colors to blend all of it. It just makes it blend and move easily. That’s just my opinion of using the blow dryer and torch on it.
You can try different ways to find out what works best for you and whatever it is that your trying to do with it.
When you have a thicker type pour you will want to let your epoxy cure for many hours before messing with it. Maybe even up to a day of drying time if it is 1/2” or more on thickness.
If it’s pretty thin, then you will want to let it dry for 3-4 hours at least. And you can test it out with just a fingertip pushing against it. If your fingertip comes back a little sticky, then you know you have some time to go. If it’s hitting hard surface, then you are good.
So I hope some of this posting has helped a little with someone. I know I am not the greatest at explaining things in posts. But I will try to at least get some of my experiences out there so that it may help someone else who is trying the same thing, and just might be stumped on the same problem as I was.
So happy projecting, and I hope that maybe someone will be inspired to try something new out just like I have done.
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So as you can see I am moving along with my back room makeover. This room is looking so much better it is amazing. And as I have cleaned and began organizing the room it is really becoming a useful room that you can actually stand to walk into.
I have used some big iron shelving system that was torn down and thrown in the dumpster at our local flooring business. They had a bunch of them piled in there and they looked like they were about brand new. So I decided that they would definitely be able to be put to use in my new craft room.
So I have been moving along with the remodeling of the back room and I have gotten behind on my posts to keep the whole thing documented. Since this is my first real makeover of a room of any size. So this means that I may be posting my next updates quicker than one might be expecting.