I cannot believe we’re already half way through May! The middle of the month means only one thing around here: The Home Depot monthly gift challenge of course.:) If you’re just tuning in, each month a dozen or so crazy talented bloggers and myself team up to make a DIY creation using one item from Home Depot and then give it away as a gift. This month’s item: a 2×4 piece of wood and the recipient: a new home owner. Oh, the possibilities…
*Home Depot in no way sponsors this post, but we spend a lot of time (and money) there, so we thought we’d blog about it.**
What you need:
-1 piece of 2×4
-saw (or table saw)
-3 small jars (1 3/4 inches in diameter at the top or whatever your hole saw dimensions are. Mine are from Michaels)
-hole saw (1 3/4 inches-should correspond to your jars) with drill
-hammer and nails (or a pneumatic nail gun)
-speed square (optional-used for accurate cuts)
For the weathered look:
-1 small package of 0000 (fine) Steel wool
-1 cup of vinegar
-1 black tea bag
Here’s how to make the centerpiece:
1. Cut your 2×4 into 4 pieces (2 pieces should measure 24 inches and 2 should measure 7 inches or whatever you desire). Use the speed square for accuracy.
**Note: I let our 2×4 piece of wood sit outside for several weeks to speed up the aging process.**
2. Using a tape measure, determine where you want your jars on the top piece of the wood (ours are 7 inches apart). Make sure they are even and centered.
3. Using your hole saw (1 3/4 inch), drill three holes into the top piece of wood.
4. Nail the four pieces of wood together in the shape of a rectangle (top and bottom are 24 inches and the sides are 7 inches).
5. The jars should fit snugly in the holes, but wait until you’ve stained the piece before securing them in.
Staining the piece:
1. Tear the steel wool pad into small pieces and place in a jar.
2. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the jar and seal it. Shake it well and let it sit for 24 hours.
3. When the above mixture is ready, boil 1 cup of water and pour it into a cup with the black tea bag.
4. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes.
5. In a separate large bowl, pour the vinegar mixture (should be slightly gray as pictured below) in followed by the tea. Stir the two together well.
6. Using your paint brush, apply a generous coat of the stain to the wood. For a darker gray, stain the wood multiple times. The stain will appear brown at first on the wood, but as it dries it will turn grayish.
**I gotta say, I was pretty skeptical about this concoction, but to my total surprise, it worked beautifully! And keep in mind, the color of the wood looks a little different in each setting. I also did a little editing to mix it up a bit. **
Once again, I wasn’t quite sure how to wrap this guy, but one of these months I’ll get it together.:)
So, what do you think? Kind of makes me what to run around in a giant wheat field, sun shining, arms open wide.
If you’re looking for more 2×4 inspiration, then look no further! Make sure to check out some fabulous 2×4 projects below. Their creativity is so contagious!
Happy wood working my friends.:)