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Boy´s room Minecraft makeover Part I

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Boy´s room Minecraft makeover Part 1; In this part I show you how to make your own Creeper lamp and Minecraft shelf

Boy´s room Minecraft makeover Part I

My son LOVES Minecraft and anything to do with it… That´s why we decided to give his room a Minecraft makeover.

It all started when my mum found a picture on Pinterest of a Minecraft crochet blanket. Unfortunately it was one of those that lead to absolutely nothing… One was leading to Google search from where it was leading us back to Pinterest. So my mum, brilliant as she is with anything knitting and crochet, decided to give it a try anyway. She made all the squares needed and laid them out in the order she thought looked best… but her grandson walked in and started to reorder them all straight away :o) Seeing that is was his, it stayed like that, so if you find it looking a bit odd with most red pieces together, blame my son :o)

I will have to get my mum to sit down with me and write down instructions on how to do the blanket… This will be Part II then. Same counts for the TNT cushion and the Enderman. And maybe some more things that we might have added until then. Curtains will be on part 2 as well, but they are not finished yet.

Now in summer I am extremely busy in my day job, so part 2 will most likely come in September. I will try to have it up sooner, if possible.

When my mum finished the blanket and the cushion, we started emptying the bedroom, because we wanted to change the position of the bed as well. For this, I took one of his shelves off as well. I wanted to apply a coat of clear paint to the top as it was terrible to dust… Here the idea was born of us painting the shelf together in a Minecraft theme. My son chose the creeper, the TNT, the diamond blocks and originally wanted a diamond sword and axe, but there wasn´t enough space left, so we changed it to parts of obsidian blocks.

But before we got to paint the shelf, we stumbled over a green light in a charity shop. Me and my mum straight away had the idea to make a creeper lamp!

How to make a creeper lamp yourself

You need:

  • an old lamp, best with a green base. If not, you can easily paint it.
  • green fabric,
  • black felt fabric,
  • needles,
  • hem tape and
  • an iron

Instructions:

Try and find some green fabric as leftover or maybe you have got some at home you can re-use/re-purpose… I get smaller bits of fabric often from the local market. There is one store selling curtain fabrics with a corner of “leftovers”. I think it is a very good idea, specially if you don´t need meters of it.

Wrap the green fabric around the lamp shade to measure how much you need and place the needles so you know where to cut if you have too much. Dont worry, if it overhangs at the bottom.

Now take the ham tape, measure the length you need to fold the top and bottom over, so they look good, and cut it. Next measure the height.

Lay the green cloth out in front of you and cut the squares you need for the creeper from the black felt fabric. Once cut, place them onto the green fabric, cut hem tape for the squares and warm up your iron according to the instructions of the tape. “Glue” the squares on, then do the top and bottom rim before closing the green cloth.

Once closed, all you need to do is pull it over the lamp shade and you got your own creeper lamp!

Pretty easy, wasn´t it? Plus, it looks great!

Next, I explain to you, how my son and I created the shelf for his Minecraft room.

Boy´s room Minecraft makeover Part 1 Creeper lamp

 

Minecraft shelf

Now, you might have wondered, why we painted the bottom of the shelf and not the top. Painting the bottom seems outright crazy, doesn´t it?

The shelf is hanging pretty high in the bedroom and painting the top, nobody would have seen it. Plus, shelves normally are filled on the top. That´s why we decided to paint the underneath and showcase our work to everyone entering the room.

What you need:

  • Wooden shelf (Maybe you already have one in the room you can use or one stored away?),
  • Acrylic paint (colours depending on motives you choose), here is a set, if you don´t have any at home
  • Flat 3 inch (80 cm) paint brush,
  • Flat artist brush for the squares,
  • Ruler,
  • Soft pencil,
  • Clear sealant (I have linked to a water based eco-friendly, kids safe version here because I think, it is all round the best option)

Instructions

To start off, measure the width and length of your shelf and mark the middle lengthwise with a little dot. Now you can calculate how many squares you can paint onto the shelf. In our case it was 4 full squares and I decided, it would look better to have 2 small bits instead of 1 odd bit. Draw lines to mark your squares, but don´t press too hard with the pencil or the line will show through.

Boy´s room Minecraft makeover Part 1 Minecraft shelf Step 1

Next decide what Minecraft characters and/or blocks you want to paint. It´s up to you, if you want to paint everything yourself or want to get your kid/s involved further than the decision on what to paint. I can only tell you that we had a lot of fun together and the excitement of putting it up was much bigger for both of us.

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First paint the base colour of your squares. We started with 2 coats of the bright blue, white and green. Then we painted the red for the TNT and then the black for the letters, the creeper and the obsidian. Here it´s up to you, if you want the base shining through a bit or if you paint 2 coats. Remember to wait a little before applying a second coat and other colours on top.

Boy´s room Minecraft makeover Part 1 Minecraft shelf Step 2

Our lines are not totally straight and the letters are a bit off-center, but that´s okay. At least you can see that we done it together and I didn´t expect perfection.

Don´t forget to clean out your brushes when starting a new colour.

Last, we painted the dark blue and grey squares, although we started some dark blue squares before, but I recommend you to first finish the black. We didn´t have grey, so I mixed it. Looking at the pictures, I should have used a bit more white as the grey doesn´t really show on them… With the squares, remember that in the game they are not totally even and more shades than we paint. So try to go thicker and thinner with your coats in places. This seems to be easier for a kid than for an adult… ;o)

Once you finished the little squares, let all the paint dry and apply the sealant.

When the sealant is dry, you can put it up and start enjoying it.

Boy´s room Minecraft makeover Part 1 Minecraft shelf finished

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Boy´s room Minecraft makeover Part 1; In this part I show you how to make your own Creeper lamp and Minecraft shelf

Father’s day present tutorial

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; step by step instructions

How to make a sign for father´s day

Originally I wanted to make this sign as father´s day present from pallet wood. But one day an old shelf suddenly appeared next to my pallets! My husband had brought it home for me from one of his jobs.

It was slightly bend, so not good enough anymore as shelf, but still perfect to make his father’s day present:)

What you need:

– a piece of wood (80 cm x 30 cm / ~ 31.5″ x 11.81″),

– 2 pieces of wood or bottom planks of a pallet (15 cm x 7 cm / ~ 5.9″ x 2.76″),

– sand paper,

– drill,

– screws,

– 2 hooks,

– small nails and a hammer,

– a candle or tea light,

– acrylic paint (my son chose red as the base and a dark green for the writing as they are his favourite colours at the moment),

– paint brush or roller and an artist brush.

– You might need a smaller artist brush for some corrections on the writing and a soft pencil and a rubber if you are not sure on the writing… Plus, if you do it like me, you might need a saw to cut the wood to the right length.

My first step was to grab a soft pencil and to roughly write out the words to see how long the board had to be.

Next, I cut it and as well 3 pieces of my half-used pallet. In the end I only used 2, but I still had my original idea in my head which would have needed 3…

This is, if you don´t have the wood in the right measurements. If you do, just follow the steps from here:

Place the 2 pieces on the back of the board centering them widthwise and at about 4 cm (~ 1.57″) from the edges.

Carefully drill two holes through them and a little bit into the board as well. Now you can screw them on. I use a normal screwdriver, but for the electrical fans under you: you can use an electrical screwdriver as well…

Place the hooks into their place and nail them on. My son wanted to do this, so I just hammered the nails in until he wouldn´t have to hold them. Seeing that he is only 7, I had to take the hammer off him a couple of times to straighten the nails back up. As you might see on the photo, I reacted too late on one nail, so we just flattened it…

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign

Rub the wood down with sandpaper and clean it, ready for painting. To give the sign a used and old look, rub a candle or tea light along the edges and places which would be worn most likely. In the photo you see how I applied it on the bottom and the corners.

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; example of candle wax use on shelf

Now you can start painting your base colour. My son decided to use the roller instead of a paint brush and seeing that we didn´t have a tray, we applied the paint straight onto the roller and then he worked it in… this gave a slightly uneven coat of paint, which worked with the idea of making it look “old”.

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; base coat applied

If you are unsure with the writing, skip the next step and leave it until the end.

When the paint is dry, lightly rub the shelf down in the places you applied the wax.

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; second last step, rubbing off the wax

I would recommend you to do the next step free-handed. Trust in your abilities. If you are too unsure, use a soft pencil and very softly write the letters.

Write your message with the artist brush. When I finished writing, my son insisted, that I put both of our initials on the bottom to add our signature.

Let the paint dry and make little corrections with the small artist brush, if needed. Depending on your colours you might have to repeat this step a few times. I had closed one of the e´s, so had to “make a hole” in it again…

In case that you are not happy at all with your writing, just let the paint dry, paint all over it with the bottom colour and start again once dry.

If you have used the pencil, take a rubber to rub off any pencil marks that can still be seen.

Rub off the wax, if you haven´t in the step before the writing…

Your unique father´s day present is finished!

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; finished sign

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DVD-shelves from a pallet

 

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet

In this area of Spain storage is a problem and I needed to create more space. I asked my husband to bring home one of the pallets they would throw away otherwise to build us 2 DVD-shelves.

The pallet wasn’t in the best shape which was good for me. I don’t want to show you how it’s done with a good pallet and then you get a bad one and don’t know what to do…

The 2 shelves I made in different designs and I explain how to do both.

You need:

– a pallet,

– a tape measure,

– a claw hammer,

– a hand saw,

– a drill,

– screws and screwdriver,

– wood glue and wooden dowels (for one of them),

– wood filler,

– a putty spatula,

– sandpaper,

– wood varnish (I used 2 shades: pine and teak)

– white chalk paint for the other shelf,

– paint brushes,

– a clear sealant (I used a spray) for both shelves.

 

I have used not only 2 different painting techniques, but as well 2 different designs. Both of them will be explained starting with the

Wood-coloured shelf:

First step is to get your pallet and cut the three bottom planks exactly where the first top plank ends widthwise. You can use an electric saw, but I would recommend a hand-held one. It´s easier to control you cut straight and it doesn´t leave “burn marks” as some electric ones might.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. First step for wood coloured shelf

Next you need to measure and mark 7 cm (~2.76″) on each of the 3 planks and cut these off.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 2 for wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 2 for wood coloured shelf

Now comes the hardest part of it all: get one of the top planks off the pallet. I know there is a special tool for this, but nobody is gonna have it at home… (If you do, skip this part and use it!) Take the hammer and knock on the underside of the plank around all 3 places it is attached to the bottom plank. Do NOT hit too hard or you will split it! Once you got the nails together with the plank far enough out to take the nails out using the claw, lay the pallet back down. Carefully hammer the plank back down and take the nails out.

You might have to do this a few times as not all nails will have come out far enough the first time.

If you should have split the plank, don´t worry. That´s why we have the wood glue and the filler as well.

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Next we take out the drill and match the drill bit with our wooden dowels. Drill 2 holes, about half the length of your wooden dowel deep, into each piece of plank still attached to our front and 2 into one side of each piece we cut off. Remember that we have to get to a depth of around 14 cm (~5.51″) with both pieces together. I have laid the pieces on for you to see what it is going to look like after the next steps.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 3 for wood coloured shelf

Apply glue to the sides you have drilled and to the dowels. Don´t apply too much or it will come out the sides.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 4 for wood coloured shelf

Glue all pieces together and let it dry, best over night. If you have a split plank, glue it together as well.

Lay your loose plank over the middle of the joint pieces to form the bottom of the shelf. Using a small drill bit, drill through the plank and into the pieces, two holes at a time.

Use the same drill bit to open up the top holes a bit wider, so the screws will go in a bit further. To achieve this, just carefully move the drill bit in a circular motion. Screw the plank to the bottom of your shelf.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 5 for wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 5 for wood coloured shelf

“Building” done, now to the little bits and the painting 🙂

Now we get to use the wood filler on the “ugly” parts of our shelf. Fill the screw holes and cracks using a spatula. Should you have a piece of wood missing like I had here, just apply some filler with your hand. The aim here is not to replace, but to smoothen it a bit. Let the filler dry according to the instructions and repeat filling the screw holes. Let dry again. You might have to repeat this a few more times…

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 6 for wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 6 for wood coloured shelf

When you are happy with the filling and it´s all dry, rub the whole shelf down with sandpaper and clean it after. Make sure all the dust is gone before you paint. First paint most of the shelf with the pine to keep some of the original wood colour and give it the first impression of a distressed look. Let the paint dry according to the instructions.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 7 for wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 7 for wood coloured shelf

With the teak paint, just lightly feather over the shelf to give it some darker areas in the middle where paint wouldn´t wear off as much.

Once dry, apply the clear sealant.

Finished 🙂

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Finished wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Finished wood coloured shelf

 

Step by step tutorial on how to make DVD shelves from a pallet. I made 2 different designs and used two different paint styles and explain both!

Next to the

white shelf:

Not many photos here, because I put the filling ones I done on the white shelf above…

We start by leaving the first plank on the pallet and taking the second and third off as explained above.

Then we measure from the plank 14 cm (~5.51″) in and cut there.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 1 for white shelf

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How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 1 for white shelf

Now attach one of the loose planks next to the other plank and one to the front in the way explained above.

Fill the screw holes and any “ugly” bits.

Then rub down and apply some candle wax to a few places, if you want to give it a distressed look. To do this, just take a candle or tea light and rub it on the wood in the places you want.

Apply at least 2 coats of the white chalk paint, waiting the time indicated between coats.

Rub down again where you applied the wax and apply the clear sealant. Done 🙂

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Finished white shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Finished white shelf

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