courageously crafted :: Hero Doughnuts

maybe the most appetizing shoot i've styled in a llllllong time. this one was for Hero Doughnuts + Lewis Communications ::: shot by Jason Wallis.

zinc table how to

i shopped for an 3 x 8ft-ish table for a few months, but due to over-priced finds and not exactly the dimensions i desired, i came up with a solution that fit in my budget and was a DIY opportunity. 

after making your purchases from the supplies// shop list pictured below, (i purchased everything at Lowe's with the exception of the zinc top, which i had shipped from you are ready to start making your cuts.

FIRST : measure and cut one of the pieces of 1 x 3 x 6' board into two 22" pieces and the remaining 28" of board, miter into 4 equally sized corner pieces. (approx 7" each) 

SECOND: notch out 3/8" inch on the ends of the two pieces of 1 x 3 x 6' and the two 22" pieces. this is what will slide into the grove on the tops of the table legs. add a handmade element to the tops of the table legs, by drilling a couple of holes and filling it with wood glue and the flat head plugs.

THIRD: now you are ready to dry fit your table base together, and once you are happy with it, apply the wood glue to the groves and let dry. (don't forget to place something beneath the joint in case the wood glue runs)

FOURTH: attach the 7" mitered corner braces to each corner with the 3.5" hex bolt and washer. there are threaded female ends already in the legs, so make sure you line up your bolt before drilling the hole in the corner brace. tighten the bolts. (feel free to white wash with the limewash or leave your pine unfinished)

FIFTH: the table top is made of 3/4" plywood, that i had the guys in lumber cut down for me in the store. mine is approx 36" x 87", and then i framed out the edges of the plywood with 1-by's that i attached with the wood screws. delivered a sheet of zinc and i took it to my local tin shop where they broke the edges of the table to wrap around the plywood base. (i like to have the option of switching out surfaces on my table, so i let it rest on top & its weighty enough to where it works)

for now, i'm letting time naturally age the surface, but you can visit for a list of finishing effects that will work well with your space.


candlestick HOW TO

friends, i am so excited!

a few months ago, i entered a contest... the Hunt for Mrs. Meyer's Home Maker and was selected as a semi-finalist among 14 other super talented creatives. if i win, i get the opportunity to collaborate with the folks at Mrs. Meyers Clean Day, a brand i love to use at home and when i'm on shoots. their natural fresh scents are a welcomed calming agent on the sometimes hectic sets & their products are sweet on the eyes so i drop them in the background of a lot of my sets for a lil pop of color. As a winner,  I'd also have the opportunity to work with other well-known DIY// crafter// bloggers that i've looked up to for years. (Grace Bonney of Design Sponge, Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine , & Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy who frequent guest- post on their instagram) wish me luck guys and feel free to vote for me their website! < daily votes welcome! >

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in the meantime,  i wanted to share with you all a project i featured on the first submission a bit more in depth because the video was super condensed. i love a simple DIY and this one is just that.          

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