Thanks to global warming Salt Lake City got up to 68 degrees this past week.
I wasted no time and got my hiney outside to work on projects.
My friend found this huge board at Habitat For Humanity.
It was so heavy it required two people to lift it. My Mr. ripped it down the middle to create two boards. The wood was weathered and in rough shape. The more I sanded the more it started to flake of in chunks. I decided to see if I could find a commercial mill to plane the boards for me. If you’re not familiar with a wood machine planer it’s a tool that shaves and smooths a board. I found Intermountain Wood who said they would do it for $30. Sold. They will do small projects but they specialize in all types of wood for flooring, wood plank walls, trim and large planks like mine. It was a wood candy-land.
A quick planing left my boards smooth like buttah.
Such a difference, right?! I stained them both Special Walnut by Minwax.
I then applied two coats of Waterlox.
Once they were dry I “pretty-please-d” my man in to attaching these 15″ hairpin legs for me while I ran outside to start on my next project.
I gifted this bench to my friend who found me the board but just wait to see what I do with the other board. (Thank you Lisa)!
I used Amy Howard’s Chalk Paint and had it tinted this Navy Blue called “Cadet Song” by Valspar. Amy Howard brand is the only chalk paint I’ve found that you can have tinted to whatever color you want at Ace Hardware. Of course the beauty of chalk paint is that it requires no prep in terms of sanding or priming so I simply rolled and brushed the paint right on. Two coats later and the pieces were covered. The downside of chalk paint is that it is quite flat and porous in terms of sheen so sealing is highly suggested. Most chalk companies also sell a wax you can buff on but I prefer applying two coats of Polyurethane. My go to is Varathane’s No Odor, Indoor.
New coat of paint, new knobs and they’re ready for a new home. They weren’t matching to begin with but you’d never know now.
They’re all for sale at The Old Flamingo along with some of my other latest finds…