DIY Industrial Coffee Table

Lauren Leigh

Just before starting the blog I made an industrial coffee table for our living room and love the results!!20170708_130801

I found this amazing tutorial from Priscilla Locke and it helped this project come to life.  The only addition I am going to make is adding photos of each piece because this girl and her mama looked like idiots at the hardware store for about 25 minutes.

But before we get started some inspirational photos….


Pipe fitting shopping list

  • 4 – flanges (3/4 inch diameter)
  • 8 – 5″ length pipe (3/4 inch diameter) – These are the vertical pipes
  • 4 – T shaped connectors (3/4 inch diameter) 

  • 4 – 2″ threaded pipe connectors (3/4 inch diameter)
  • 4 – 3/4 to 1 inch pipe reducer 

  • 1 – 14″ long pipe (3/4 inch diameter)- or custom cut to the size you need

After getting all the parts, I recommend putting everything together before taking the time to clean or paint the pipes just to make sure everything fits.


Now that I knew everything fit, then was the fun part, cleaning the pipe parts.

Side note: you may think it would be easier buy the parts in black, not galvanized, but don’t be fooled- the pipes in black are way, way, way greasier. Trust me- don’t do it.  I took a small safety razor blade and a paper towel of Goof Off to remove the very sticky label.

I took a small safety razor blade and a paper towel of Goof Off to remove the very sticky label.


Once all the gunk had been removed, I thoroughly cleaned the pipes with Clorox wipes. I would recommend going over every piece again just to double check that all the reside and grease are off.

I would recommend going over every piece again just to double check that all the residue and grease are off.


When the pieces were cleaned it was time to spray paint!! I used my favorite Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. To complete the whole project it took about a can and a forth. If I ever do a project like this again I will figure out how to use wire to hang the pieces so it’s easier to coat everything evenly.


A family friend of ours is an electrician and got me a spool like the one above. I completed the project before starting the blog….. So I don’t actually have photos of me taking apart the spool or sanding it down 😦 imagesOnce I disassembled the spool, I picked the best flange (the round part) and began sanding it down using my Hitachi circular sander. I sanded both sides down, that way nothing would get caught on the bottom either. The smaller holes in the flange were still very rough, so I used Luke’s Dremel tool with a sanding attachment to clean up the hole. 71ivqtAXgtL._SX522_

Once the spool was sanded and wiped down, it was time for staining.  Since I don’t have photos of the original  I mocked up some pics of me staining.


I always start with some classic gray on a rag, I add a generous amount and coat evenly.


Then I take another corner of the rag and spread some Jacobean stain. The next step  involves mixing the stain, and this takes a bit of experimentation.


What I like to do is add some classic gray to the Jacobean stain then spread it onto the wood I then add gray and Jacobean as needed.20170707_180131

This is an undried version of the final product. I love the color of the wood so much, it;s warm, with no yellow tones, and not too light or too dark. Once the stain has dried I added a coat of polyurethane, then used screws to attach the top to the base.


20170708_130801.jpgI adore the way the table looks together with the clock.


Laundry Room

For Christmas, my dad got Luke and I cabinetry for our laundry room. As you can see, the room was a blank slate and had zero storage.Screenshot_20170613-202525

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos along the way. However, I do have links to all the techniques and photos I used for inspiration.

I knew I wanted to so something more than just hanging the cabinets and didn’t want to just paint. So I did what I love to do and got on Pinterest and looked for inspiration. Then it hit me!!!! A pallet wall! The area is small it wouldn’t take a huge amount of wood and most importunately it would make a dramatic statement.

I particularly liked the look of the photo on the top because of the touch of color. I read countless tutorials and finally decided to use this one as my main source. That being said, we mostly just winged it and experimented.  I had several different types of stain, used white ceiling paint that we had, and spent about $3 on a tester sample of Valspar’s Beach Breeze.a1d6789ccd418a369772b4bc76d8cca8

In order to create this look I first had to get the pallets. My dad is amazing, not only did he get us several pallets but he also broke them down and organized them by thickness. At this point, I could have sanded them down to give a smoother more polished look. I really didn’t care to have a smooth perfect look and wasn’t worried about people getting splinters considering it was going to be above the washed and dryer. IMG_2807_thumbNow that I had my pallets, stain, and paint, I set up my work station, which consisted of:download

  • 1 4′ folding table that raises counter top height
  • An old shower curtain liner (used as a cover for the table)
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Rags (I probably used 10)
  • Medium sized paint brushes (3)
  • Disposable cup (SOLO)

Getting all the wood prepped was a two night process. The first night. I stained.  I opened all 9 cans of stain and used all of them at one point or another. I really liked how the dark stain looked mixed classic gray. My favorite dark stain color is Jacobean with a touch of ebony. A stained about 75% of the wood and got tired so decided that was probably a good stopping point. Some of the wood was pine and some was oak so nothing took the stain exactly the same way.

87609005_XSOn day two I started by painting several of the boards solid white, then going over it with a wet or dry rag to wipe off the excess.  I didn’t want very many solid white boards. After that, I took the rag, still wet with paint, and wiped it over stained boards. Eventually I had to get more white paint but it lasted a long time on its own.  If any part of the wood got too concentrated I would simply wet the rag and distribute it more evenly.

To get the turquoise look, I took inspiration from Lovely Crafty Home.  I winged it 9f8f84a22626ba08bce50ecdc6fdcd87and simply took the paint on the rag with a little water and spread it all around on the wood. I loved the result and just kept doing that with different levels of color intensity.

After everything  dried, I took the wood and laid it out on the dining room table to get the color sequence.  Now comes the part were I really wish I had photos. On installation day we first hung the cabinet…… and by we I mean Luke and my dad. After the cabinet was up we started at the top of the wall and worked our way down. The idea was to have to make one cut per row. This actually worked very well because the shorter pieces cut off at the beginning were great to fill in and add shorter pieces throughout the wall. This whole process went relatively quickly and was only two hours from start to finish. Oh, and we also added a small shelf since the way the dryer vent is makes everything stick out 6 inches. Here is the finished product right after installation.IMG_20170128_143325_212

I’m not going to lie, I was obsessed with this room and for at least a week would just go stand and lookafed2d2a21ac06aeda707a3e3e9bf80c at the wall.  One of the first things I ordered to add to the room was adorable clothespin cabinet pulls.

We decided not to add a pole for clothes since it was going to be way too high for me to reach. I was planning on going without one, but found the perfect rustic looking  pull-out drying rack at Hobby Lobby.unnamed (5)

The final piece for the laundry room was making a decorative sign that would work as a hanger holder.  I found this on Pinterest via Etsy and knew I wanted to make my own.


The Original

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The Remix

Making this was very simple and I followed the same steps I do to make all my signs. I’ll have a post up soon detailing the steps for making the signs.

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Final look of the laundry room

Thanks for checking out the post, it you have any question about the process just let me know.

Luke is Critical: American Gods

My main issue with the Starz Channel original series American Gods is that I don’t get the satisfaction of saying, “The book was better.” That is not to say the show is more entertaining or compelling than Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name. The issue is that the show makes some pretty significant changes to the characterizations and situations that, being that only season one is out, I don’t know whether or not will it will pay off in the end.

(Source: The Wild Hunt)

(Source: The Wild Hunt)

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Fitness Friday

For the holiday week, we spent a lot of time with family and less time in the gym. Over the holiday weekend, we got out on the lake with our kayaks, we shot our bows with Levi and Lacey at my parent’s house and hung out in their pool.

So the first post for Fitness Friday is a little light. The next Fitness Friday posts we will take progress photos, we’ll talk about some of the exercises we did over the week. I will have pictures and results from some recreation leagues I’m in. I’m playing sand volleyball and flag football with KC Crew. Hopefully, this will be a post every week that will show our progress and keep us motivated.


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17499359_10212219335220801_4075456450020629799_nAbout a month ago, Lauren and I decided to try out archery. We’ve been trying to find more active things to do. Plus if there was ever a zombie apocalypse we wanted to start building up some skills to help us. We started out by getting a recurve bow from Bass Pro because we thought that we would both be able to us it. The most affordable compound bows we found were still at least $250, and we wouldn’t be able to share because our draw lengths were so different. So we bought the recurve bow and a set of six arrows. Continue reading