Building Wine Bottle Tiki Torch Stands

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Building Wine Bottle Tiki Torch Stands

My friend and I went to a winery one day, where they had hardware kits available for purchase, complete with the ceramic stopper and cotton rope.  These kits also included the pieces that enabled you to hang a wine bottle on the side of a fence, or a house, and put oil in them to keep the bugs away.  We have mosquitoes like crazy here, so they would work perfectly for our front porch.  I snagged two of them. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about the fact that we would have nowhere to hang them on the front porch, unless we wanted to drill into our vinyl siding, which I really didn’t want to do.

The kits sat around in my garage for a while, until I was finally able to figure out a plan.  Finally, I stumbled across a picture of a free-standing, portable wood design on the internet.  I have no idea where I found it, since I didn’t save it, but it was exactly what I needed. There were no instructions to go with the picture, but I knew Double D could make it in a snap.

The first thing Double D did was measure how tall the wine bottle was, which would decide the height of the piece.  Then he measured the bottle and the threaded rod that would be holding it away from the wood, which decided the width of the stand. Then he cut two pieces of the 4×4″ wood at 14 inches.treated wood 4x4

And two pieces of the 1×6″ wood at 12 inches, allowing for enough of the wood to stick out one inch past the 4×4″ in the back.treated wood 1x6

Next, Double D screwed the two pieces of wood together on the bottom.combining wood pieces

We then mounted the top plate connector to the 4×4 that would hold the threaded rod, and the wine bottle. We did a trial run where we actually put one together, so we could make sure the wine bottle didn’t stick out past the end of the 1×6″ base. Everything seemed to be fine, and it didn’t tip over from the weight of the bottle and oil.  We disassembled the torch hardware, but left the top plate connector on the 4×4.attaching metal hardware

I decided to paint them yellow to match my door.  I started with a primer coat, which I used Rustoleum’s spray paint.  This took a couple of coats to completely cover the wood.  I had only lightly sanded the edges, so they definitely have a rugged look about them.Rustoleum primer in white

I’m glad I used the primer, since I only had one can of yellow spray paint by Rustoleum. I did two coats of the Warm Yellow for each stand.Rustoleum warm yellow paint

I didn’t get any pictures of the next step, but I had picked up two copper newel post caps that would be used for decking or fencing normally. I made sure it was the size of the 4×4, and just glued the two caps to the wood. Also, I put rubber feet on the bottom of each stand, just so it would be up off the table slightly since they are outside.

Here is the final product we created.  We screwed the threaded rod into the plate, and attached the split ring hanger to the rod.  Then we just inserted the neck of the bottle, and tightened the screws on the split ring. We actually used two smaller wine bottles than the regular size we measured for, but it will at least give us room, in case we want to use the regular size at a later point.wine bottle tiki torch completed

And here they are on the tables.  The yellow pops against the grey siding, and it matches the door, and the flowers in the cushions. I like how they turned out, and they do seem to work just like they should.  We don’t have nearly the mosquitoes buzzing around when these are lit!  tiki torches on front porch

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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PVC Towel Rack for the Pool

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PVC Towel Rack for the Pool

Double D and I had just been throwing our pool towels on the table while we were swimming in our above-ground pool.  However, the table was much lower than the side of the pool, so it made it hard to dry our hands if we got a phone call, or if we needed to wipe our eyes.

One day, a solution popped into my brain. We had an extra umbrella stand that I had salvaged from a junk pile a few years ago.  I had painted it red, but hadn’t found a use for it yet. I hoped we could use that in some way to build a towel rack.  After looking around on the internet, it seemed that the PVC option was the best way to go, since it would be out in the sun and rain.

To start, we bought our supplies.  This included enough 1 1/4″ PVC pipe for both the body of the rack, and the six arms.  We also bought three cross pieces, seven caps, and some PVC cement. Double D started cutting the pieces for the body.  We needed three pieces at about 20″ each.PVC 20" piece

From there, we swabbed the inside of the cross piece to fit the onto the pipe.Adding cross piece

The next section of pipe was added, and we glued the next cross piece so that it went the opposite way from the first one.  Then we added the next section of pipe, and the final cross piece the same direction as the first one. This way, the towels have room to hang, and it balances the rack a bit. PVC towel rack

The next step was cutting six sections of the pipe at 12″ each.  These would form the arms of the rack. Sorry! Blurry action shot!Hack Saw PVC pipe

I didn’t get any pictures of the final step, but that was putting the caps on the ends to keep water out of the arms. Also, since we were left with a hole at the top part of the final cross piece, we cut a four inch piece to put in that one, and ended with a cap on top.

And this is the final result, in the stand. It has enough arms for a lot of towels, and at times we’ve needed the room, depending on how many people have been in the pool. I haven’t painted it, although that can be done later, if I want.PVC pool towel rack

The total height of the towel rack is about 76″.  It easily stands above the top of our pool, and keeps the towels within reach while not getting out of the pool.PVC pool towel rack from the pool

It was incredibly simple to do, and I have enjoyed having it by the pool this summer.

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Chalk Paint Mix for Front Door Redo

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Chalk Paint Mix for Front Door Redo

Everyone says that first impressions are lasting, right?  Well, if you’d driven by my house before, I don’t think you would have remembered anything about it.  Everything about the front porch is blah.  Ours features a concrete slab to sit on, grey siding, and a white door. Definitely had little curb appeal.White front door

I have tried to add color by the cushions on the furniture, but that only goes so far. I have wanted to paint the front door now for a while, and I always knew it would be yellow. With the grey siding we have, I figured the yellow would go great, and provide a pop of color. The hard part was deciding which yellow.

I finally read a tip about mixing two colors of Annie Sloan chalk paint, Arles and English Yellow, to create a nice soft yellow. Ultimately, I decided to go with this tip, because I didn’t have to do any prep work with the door that way. I bought one of each color, in the sample jar size, and used an old coffee canister to mix the two colors together.Annie Sloan Chalk paintArles and English yellow mixed

I started painting, and did the inside trays first. The first coat went on really fast, and I used a brush to edge around the doorknob. In this picture, it was night, and so I was pretty excited about the color. First coat

However, the next morning, in the light of day, the yellow seemed overly bright.  It was like the two photos had two different colors.  It wasn’t the color I was wanting, and I knew I wouldn’t be happy with it. Too yellow

I was panicking a bit because chalk paint is expensive, the nearest store that sells Annie Sloan is 45 minutes away, and I didn’t want to feel like I was wasting the paint.  Finally, I thought about adding some white paint to the mixture, just to tone it down a bit.  I had an almost full bottle of Wicker White acrylic paint, so I added that to the paint, a little at a time, until I felt I had the right color. I ended up using the entire amount that was in the bottle.  I figured that if adding the acrylic to the chalk paint ruined it in any way, then I would just have to start over with new paint, which I was going to have to do anyway.Add Acrylic white

I got to painting the second coat on, with the new paint color. Even as I was brushing it on, I could tell that I was going to like this color. I also did it during the day, so that I could really tell what it would be like. Second coat with whicker white

And here is the door with the second coat on.  Much improved, and more what I was wanting. Whew!  I didn’t notice any problems with adding the acrylic to the chalk paint, as it was being brushed on, or drying. It still had that chalky finish to the touch.finished second coat

For the final coat, I didn’t use wax, like most would.  Since this is the door that gets the most use in our house, I wanted something durable for the sealer.  Also, it gets super hot here in the summer, and didn’t want the wax damaged from the heat. I decided on a clear semi gloss Spar Urethane.  top coat sealer

And here is the sheen the semi gloss provided on the door.  It is very nice, and went on well over the chalk paint. I ended up doing two coats of this as well. Let’s hope it is durable enough to stand up to the wear and tear the front door gets. Sheen to the front door

I have to say I love how it turned out.  I like the pop of color it provides to the front of the house, and I like how the cushions have a bit of yellow to pair with the door. Now, I just have to get rid of that concrete slab. I have ideas for that, but have to wait for now:)chalk painted front door

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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