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Building Wine Bottle Tiki Torch Stands

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

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A Happy Yellow Bench Revamp

A Happy Yellow Bench Revamp

Where to start…Well, I guess it began last August when Double D bought me some awesome vintage chairs to put on our front porch.  We have sadly neglected the front porch for years now, although I did have some amazing theatre seats that I moved around back, so it was a bit empty until he bought me those chairs.

Then I had an idea that probably should have just remained an idea (we’ll get to that in a moment). My parents had this bench in the entryway when I was younger, but I couldn’t remember what had happened to it. They found it for me in the back of their garage, and said I could have it. This is what I started with. Yay, me!!! And Double D:)Happy Yellow Bench 01

Since the back was still pretty well put together and sturdy, we started assembling the seat area.  We used wood glue to glue a board in place and clamped it with these extra-large clamps that Double D’s uncle had given us, let that dry, and then did another one.  Happy Yellow Bench 02

This is what she looked like after the all the boards were glued and put together to dry.Happy Yellow Bench 03

I let it sit overnight to give the wood glue time to really bond and then took off the clamps the next day.  The next step was sanding.  Boy, this baby needed it. The original red paint was chipping in so many places and the boards that no longer had paint on them were rough to the touch. The below picture shows her sanded and ready to paint.  I didn’t take the paint completely off, although I know I probably should have, but I did make sure the paint was smooth to the touch and wasn’t in danger of flaking off. Happy Yellow Bench 04

The primer coat was next, which she needed badly.  Because the wood was old, it soaked the primer up, and I put on two coats, more in the places where it was really bad.  I used Rustoleum’s spray Primer for this one. She’s actually starting to look pretty!Happy Yellow Bench 05

I was busy finishing my pallet table, so I did leave her sit for a week before I got around to putting the yellow coat on. I used Rustoleum’s Warm Yellow spray paint to match the flowers in my vintage patio chair cushions. The picture below shows how we attached metal plates to the bottom of the chair to reinforce the seat. We didn’t take the time to drill holes and insert dowel supports in between each piece of wood for the seat, and we didn’t find any evidence of them being there before, to this is what we came up with. I hope it works:)Happy Yellow Bench 06

And here she is complete.  She isn’t perfect.  The right side of the seat is lower than the left because the wood for the seat must have warped at some point, the right arm is at a different angle than the left one, the front left foot is pretty chipped up, and she has metal plates on her underside. Do you see why I said it might have been easier to have it remain an idea? However, she is put together, and after everything, seems to be fairly sturdy when sat upon. It was in no means professionally put back together and painted so we will have to see how long she lasts.  Since it is going to be outside, I also added a clear coat over the yellow for added protection against the elements.Happy Yellow Bench 07

And another picture with her patio mates.  I love how everything turned out, and the yellow color gives my grey house siding a pretty punch. Happy Yellow Bench 08

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Painting Life Back into a Great Set of Vintage Metal Patio Furniture

Painting Life Back into a Great Set of Vintage Metal Patio Furniture

This post is very dear to my heart.  This set of patio furniture had sat on my grandparent’s front porch for as long as I can remember.  As kids, we spent a lot of time playing outside, and sitting in these chairs.  Especially in winter, because it was always 1,000 degrees inside the house.  Grandma liked to keep the fire stoked:)  Anyway, when Grandma passed away, the family got to go through and buy what they wanted before the public came through, and I had to have these.  They bring back good memories every time I look at them.

Unfortunately, they had taken a beating, and multiple coats of paint, through the years.  They sat at my house for almost four years because I was dreading having to take the paint off all the way to the metal.  That would take weeks…

Before pictures.

Then, a friend told me about sand blasting, especially since they are metal.  It didn’t take me long before I had taken them in to a local monument (or headstone) manufacturer to get them sand blasted. For all four pieces, it took him two hours to get them done.  I was looking at weeks to get it done myself.  Here they are sand blasted.  No more rust, or four layers of paint! 

After I got them back, I immediately got to work on them.  I ended up putting 12 coats, 2 coats for each product on both sides, of all three paint products on them. Yikes.  I started with Rustoleum’s Clean Metal Primer, Ultimate Finish, and did two coats on the undersides, let them dry overnight, and then did two coats on the top sides the next night.  I loved how fast it dried in between the coats.

And then it was time to paint.  I really liked the white color of the primer, but since I LOVE color, I decided to go with Rustoleum’s Warm Yellow for the big table and two chairs, and Colonial Red for the little table.  I loved how the two colors go so well together, but are definitely different, especially since the little table doesn’t appear to be the same style as the other pieces.  I did two coats for each piece on the under sides and let them dry overnight. 

I did the same for the top sides the next evening…

I loved how they were looking at this stage. Also, because I was letting each side fully dry overnight, I didn’t get any cracking or bubbling that sometimes happens.  I was pretty happy about that. In the above picture you can see where the rust had pitted the surface of this table.  I actually think this one was the worst out of all, but I like all of the imperfections.

And I did the same for the last step. I put on two coats of Rustoleum’s Crystal Clear Enamel for the bottom sides, let dry overnight, and then did two coats on the top sides.  The last of the 12 coats!  I really hope this last step protects them from the elements.  Ultimately, these will go in my screened in porch we hope to be building in June, so they won’t be totally out in the weather, but I would like them to have an extra amount of protection. For shock value, here is a before and after picture. Vintage Metal Lawn Furniture before and after

Whew!  Also, I was going to mention that I did use one of those cheap sprayers you put over the can nozzles. I have to say I love that thing, and am thankful I tried it.  I believe my finger/arm might have fallen off if I hadn’t:) Here they are done.  This was the actual color of the pieces, taken without a flash, and in natural daylight.  I love how the green grass makes these colors pop!

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