I have a lot of stuff.
Scrap wood (tons!), bits and pieces from Great Ideas! that never quite came to fruition.
Bits and pieces from Great Ideas! that did come to fruition but, perhaps, shouldn’t have….
You get the picture.
And now I have a lot of stuff and I have a goal.
The Blair Witch room must be torn down and rebuilt soon and the not-in-great-shape-itself garage workshop needs to be shored up as well.
Since the bids for that project are coming in at 80K and up that means two things need to happen:
- I need to sell A LOT of coasters and
- I need to get rid of all that stuff – preferably not by renting a dumpster
So, with numerous spring shows coming up I wanted to create some quick, easy projects that use up supplies.
Now, because my dad was a precise, thoughtful, craftsman/engineer all of his projects began with carefully considered and fully rendered blueprints and layouts.
Since I am not any of those things all my projects start with me randomly grabbing things and making it up as I go along (dad’s way was better).
I gave myself 45 minutes to put together each prototype.
but it uses up leftover coaster-wood. It is just strips of 1/4 inch mdf pin nailed onto 1/2″ mdf end caps.
And that’s nice but I figure in order to make it a bit more than “something you can buy at Michaels” I needed to do my own thing with it so I covered up a lot of that careful “antiquing” with images pulled from my stock of vintage postcard graphics (and a little image transfer on the end caps)
I think it has possibilites.
Up next, I was making the best apple pie I’ve ever made or eaten and realized what I needed in my kitchen was a thing to hold up magazines or my ipad.
Again, I used leftover coaster wood scraps cut to 2×12 with a little shelf at the bottom.
After staining the edges I waxed over them, painted it white and sanded the paint away to reveal the stain (similar to how did this project).
Again, not particularly earth shatteringly creative but I added a graphic (using my polycrylic image transfer technique) and I like how it looks.
Again, it needs some refining – like, I love that graphic (which is courtesy of the awesome Angie at Knick of Time – you can find the download for the graphic here) but it’s a bit overwhelming – I think I need something a bit less “graphicy” for the next round.
And finally, I have a bunch of mason jars and saw this great tutorial for painting them which lead to another quickie box/tote/centerpiece made with leftover plywood, paint and….wait for it…….image transfer!!!!!
So I’ll be working on these and a few other ideas over the next little while.
But for now I need to go make a lot of coasters.