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Kitchen Island Update

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Doug has been working on the Kitchen Island a bit, so we thought we would give you an update. You can learn all about the Daltile from The Home Depot that he is using, and get some tips on what to use for your tiling project.

I think the hardest process in building this Kitchen Island will be choosing the tile and the layout. There were lots of great designs to choose from, but we wanted the Island to look similar to the counter tops and also blend well with the decor of our home. Another factor was cutting the tile, the flooring specialist at The Home Depot showed us all the tiles saws and tools we would need to cut the tile, and it doesn’t look too difficult, but he also said if we could lay out the top so we didn’t have to cut the tile or at least only a few cuts, it would be easier.

So Doug laid all the Daltile out so we could see how it would look.

It’s looking good so far, I can hardly wait to have the finished island in my kitchen.

This design is called Folkstone Sandy Beach and I think the Accent Tiles really pull it all together.

Then it was on to cutting the wood legs for the Kitchen Island, Doug commented that this was going to be the most difficult step in the building of the island. He needed to cut the notches for the shelf supports and since we don’t have tablesaw or any saw that can accommodate a dado blade he needed to do it the old fashioned way.

First he secured each pair of legs together and cut to the depth of the support board…

Then he made several kerf cuts in the area where he wants to remove for the supports.

Knocked out the pieces and cleaned it up with a wood chisel.

The legs are done, now it’s time to move on to the rest of the construction of the island.

Be sure to stop back next week and check out our progress! And in the meantime, visit The Home Depot to see all their new line of Daltile or if you need some tips on any flooring project check out The Home Depot video library.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. The Home Depot has provided me with materials to build a kitchen island.

How to Build a Backyard Tent

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School’s Out For Summer! Yes it’s that time of year when the kids are with us all the time and what better way to celebrate summer than getting outside and enjoying all that nature has to offer. All this week we’re sharing ideas that you can do with the family outdoors. Today we’ve got an easy backyard tent for you.

After spotting a picture of this tent in the summer issue if Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine I just knew we had to share it with you. So I gave Doug a nudge and sent him on his way to build this for us. We followed the directions we found on Lowe’s Weekend Projects page and I’ll have to say I wasn’t disappointed. This project was really fun, inexpensive, and took less than an hour to complete.

The best thing about this project is that anyone can build it with just a few basic tools. Heck, you don’t even need to cut any boards since they are all the same size.

So grab the kids and spend the afternoon with them building a backyard tent.

Let’s get started…

Gather tool and supplies…

  • Drill/Driver
  • 3/8″ drill bit
  • tape measure
  • framing square
  • staple gun
  • wood glue
  • sand paper
  • 12 – 1″x2″x6′ boards
  • #8×1-1/4″ wood screws
  • 2 – 3/8″ wing nuts
  • 2 – 3/8″ flat washers
  • 2 – 3/8″x2″ hex bolts
  • 6’x9′ canvas drop cloth

Sand the edges of the boards to remove any rough spots. Pick the four straightest boards, measure 20 1/2″ from the end and mark the center of the 1 1/2″ side. Drill a 3/8″ hole for the bolt.

On a hard level surface lay two of the vertical ends on edge 6 feet apart with the 3/8″ holes at the top end. Lay another board on top spanning the vertical boards. With the framing square check to make sure they are square to each other.

Drill two pilot holes in the top board, add glue  and screw the top board to the two vertical boards. Measure 23″ from the top edge of the bottom board and mark the two vertical boards. Glue, drill, and screw a second horizontal board in place. Measure another 23″ and repeat to add a third horizontal board to complete one tent frame side. Repeat to make a second side.

Once the glue has dried stand both frames with the holes overlapping. Place the hex bolt through the hole with a flat washer on both ends and secure with a wing nut. Repeat for the other end.

Cover the framework with a 6′ x 9′ canvas drop cloth, staple the ends to the bottom boards and screw a board over the bottom board to secure staples and create a finished look. (wash the drop cloth prior to soften)

After you’ve put in the work now comes the fun part, add a comfy quilt to relax on with a few of your favorite things…

Maybe a flower or two to dress it up a bit and of course some reading material for the kids. Throw in a lantern and you’ve got the perfect little hide away for the kids…or even you if you like.


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