DIY Weekend Project – Making a Window Sill

I bought my house about 4 years ago now and my project to do list is still extremely long.  It always grows, I do one thing and it makes something else look like crap, so then the something else goes on the list – it’s a never ending process.  I’m relatively handy so try to do as much as I can myself.  It was way too hot to do any outdoor projects this weekend so I did a quick one inside instead.

The guy who owned the house before me did a lot of work himself and fancied himself quite the handyman.  The materials he used were all good, the execution, not so much.  This project was a prime example, the whole house has nice double-paned Pella windows. But he did the drywall patching/taping/mudding around the windows himself and it sucks.  You can see the tape thru the mud, it’s uneven and just crappy.  Thankfully you don’t really notice it unless you are up close so I generally just ignore it, but couldn’t on the front window anymore.  You see, Max loves to look out the window and him constantly putting his paws up there just pulled away the drywall tape and was destroying the wall.  Due more to sucky old homeowner than doggie, well OK, the dirtiness was Max’s grimy little paws, but the wall issues all old homeowner.

So I decided to make a window sill.  I had leftover molding from when I had my new doors installed last year so used that for the apron.  I was originally going to get good wood for the sill, but the good stuff was $3 a linear foot and the cheapo boards were $4 for a 6′ board.  The cheaper stuff had more knots, but I just went thru all of the boards until I found a good one with limited markings.  I made a template out of cardboards to measure everything before I cut the boards.

I used a circular saw and a jigsaw for cutting the wood on this project.  The circular saw was just to do the quick straight cuts on the apron molding and to cut the board to length.  Then used the jigsaw to cut out the corners on the sill.  I’m not great with the jigsaw, so my lines on one side are a little wonky, but I figure a little caulking will solve that issue.

I painted the two pieces with high gloss white paint I had leftover from my door trim before installing it.  Then I just used a nail gun (seriously probably my fav power tool) to nail the board in and the apron below it.  Now I had actually also purchased construction adhesive (liquid nails) to glue the board down before nailing it.  But then I finished it all turned around and saw it still sitting unopened on the counter.  So I dropped an F bomb, contemplated for a moment, then decided to hope the nails alone are enough (I think they will be).  After it was installed you can just touch up where the nails are with putty/paint (honestly I just used paint on this).  Overall I’m happy with it, but I think I’d make the apron piece a little longer if I did it again.

Finished project (with bonus pretty sunset thru the window!):



Making Signs on the Cheap…

These were projects that I did last weekend.  People asking me how to do them was one of the motivations for this blog.  Unfortunately that came after I actually did them, so no in process pics.  But figured I’d post the steps anyway since it was super easy.

  1. Buy blank wood plaque and signs from Joanns (there were good coupons!)
  2. Paint the wood. I used leftover paint from my house and DIY projects.  Yup, all those bright colors are in my house, no boring beige for me.  Let the paint dry.
  3. Squeeze a bit of brown craft paint (or any brown paint, I’ve used porch/floor paint before) into a red party cup, add some water and stir. You basically want dark brown water.  Paint the watered down paint all over the painted wood pieces, let sit for a minute and lightly wipe it with a damp cloth.  This gives it an aged look.  Let dry.
  4. Cut out a 8-1/2 x 11” piece of tissue paper from the standard gift wrapping folds and tape it to a piece of cardstock. Run it thru the printer and print whatever text/picture/font you want to include on your sign directly onto the tissue then take it off the cardstock.
  5. Cut out the words/pic on the tissue paper as close as you can get to the ink.
  6. Put a layer of Mod Podge on the wood, then lay down the tissue paper where you want it.  This first layer is key, forget it and you totally see the tissue paper.  I may or may not have made that mistake and had to sand the wood and start again. 😛
  7. Coat the top of the tissue paper and entire surface of the wood a few times with Mod Podge and let dry.
  8. Distress if you want using sand paper, chain, hammer, etc
  9. For the bib holder I added two little cup hooks to hang all the race bibs on
  10. Hang and enjoy!

RunDisney Bib Holder:


Bicycle Signs (one for me, one will be a gift):