Turkey Napkin Holders

Turkey Napkin Holder

Hey Readers! It’s Amanda from The Contractor Chronicles again – here to share a fun little DIY project just perfect for Thanksgiving! Halloween is only a few days away and all the spiders and witches get packed out and out come the turkey’s – for Thanksgiving! When I think about Thanksgiving, I think of my family coming together to give thanks for things we have and to celebrate with a big feast. On the table are always cute centerpieces and to go with those centerpieces I thought it would be fun to make some Turkey Napkin Holders. These are so simple to make and will look awesome filled with cute napkins on your table all November long! You could even make a couple for gifts! All you need to make them are a 1×6, some wood glue and some paint! I cut my 1×6 into three pieces: two at six inches and one at one and a half inches. Next, [Read More…]

Rustic Olive 2×4 Sofa Table

Rustic Olive 2x4 Sofa Table (2) copy

Hello friends! Amanda here with The Contractor Chronicles and I am back today to share a fun little olive sofa table that is so easy to whip up and would look great anywhere in your home! The only tools you need for this project are a miter saw and a drill! You can find the plans for this fun little 2×4 sofa table – complete with shopping list, cut list and break down – here! Spencer and I didn’t have our Kreg Jig yet so we used 3” wood screws and screwed the whole thing together. I was fine with it since I knew we would be painting it and it didn’t matter if I had to use a lot of wood filler. We followed the simple plans and within an hour had a fun and chunky sofa table built and ready for sanding! After I had the whole thing sanded down, I used Minwax cherry stain and stained along [Read More…]

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Easy (One Hour) Serving Tray

Easy 1x10 Serving Tray (31)

Hello Crafting Chicks readers! Amanda here – from The Contractor Chronicles – again to share another fun project and some expertise about using your tools! Today we are going to use 2 tools – our miter box and drill – to make an easy one hour 1×10 serving tray. Supplies Needed: 1×10 Stain Spray Paint Sand Paper 2 3” Cabinet Pulls (for handles) Paint Tape Glass Jar Head on over to Home Depot and pick up a 1×10 – it doesn’t need to be very long because we are going to use our miter box and cut it to about 18” long. I just sort of eyed how long I wanted it and cut it. If your board is too wide for your miter box you can use this trick to cut it. After I cut the wood, I stained it “cherry” by Minwax. After the stain was dry, I used painters tape and tapped off the edges. I did one strip down the side and did [Read More…]

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DIY Easy One Hour Rustic Crate


Hello Crafting Chicks Readers! My name is Amanda and my husband and I blog over at The Contractor Chronicles. We bought a home seven years ago and have started telling our story about our home remodel and sharing our love of tools. We believe that anyone can use tools and build beautiful things for their homes. We like to share big home projects as well as sharing small projects that you can do in a hour – with the right tools! Today I am sharing how to build an easy 1-hour rustic crate. This project is a great project if you are just learning to build or learning to use tools. Materials Needed: 1 1×4 1 1×10 Gorilla Glue 1” staples (or nails) Paint/Stain Handles Tools Needed: Miter Box Staple Gun or Hammer Tape Measure Use your miter box and cut the 1×10 for your bottom and your ends. The length of the bottom is 16” and the ends are [Read More…]

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