Monday, October 17, 2011

Yardstick Buffet Tutorial

 I am so excited to be sharing this tutorial with all of you today.  But first I would like to remind all of you that Crafting with the Stars Week 3 is open for voting until Tuesday night at 10pm.  SO PLEASE go vote! and if you could vote for mine that would be REALLY awesome.  To bad I can't tell you which one it is and they are all really great.

On to the buffet...


It was really a lot of fun to create.  Let's get right to the tutorial, shall we?

First you are going to need to get your hands on a LOT of yardsticks.   You will find the best priced and coolest yardsticks at antique type stores.  Call around and see what you can find, they should be between $1 and $3 depending on size and how old they are.  You can also find yardsticks at teacher supply stores, Office Depot type stores, craft and fabric stores, Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot.  I am going to warn you that craft and hobby store charge like $5 to $7 for their yardsticks.  I didn't buy any yardsticks that were more that $4.99.

Alright...  I think we have fully covered getting the yardsticks.

On to the buffet.


I picked this pretty piece up at DI for $30.  It is a SOLID piece.  I started by removing the pulls and the using  the good old hitting the end of a flat head screw driver with a hammer trick to remove the scalloped trim. Already it looked SO much better.


I painted the whole thing with about 3 coats of blue paint (with the exception of the doors, they got one coat).    I recently realized I have been using surprising number of Martha Stewart products lately.  I kinda feel like Martha and I have gotten pretty close the last few months.  I am not sure if it is because her stuff is just always good stuff, or if it because there is just so much of it out there that I can't help but buy her products.  Anyway, the paint is Martha Stewart Plumage.  While painting and sanding and painting and sanding and painting again I decided to leave the legs and bottom of the buffet with the wood stain it already had.  Once it was painted I used my FAVORITE glaze to give it a warn look.  BTW it is Martha Stewart Black Coffee Glaze and it is so pretty.


While my paint was drying I cut my yardsticks to fit horizontally on the drawers and vertically on the doors.  To attach the yardsticks I first used liquid nails in a caulk gun and then I nailed down the ends of any sticks that weren't laying right.


Once all the sicks were on and the liquid nails was dry I used restoration oil and a clean (lint free) cloth to stain the yardsticks.  The older sticks went really dark and the newer ones barely changed color at all.  This gave the front a really nice stripey look.  Although you don't know for sure what color the wood will turn when you use the oil, try to think about the end result and stagger the old sticks and the new ones.

Okay, we are really close to being done.


That is a pretty picture huh.  Anyway I did have to re-drill the holes for the pulls and since I made it thinker with the sticks on the front I had to drill the back a little wider so the screw could go all the way through.  And that is it.  oh, by the way the pulls are also Martha Stewart pulls from Home Depot.  See what I mean... I just can't escape her.  It is like she reading my mind.



59 comments:

  1. Absolutely fabulous!!!!! Found this via Sew Dang Cute, too late to vote for you but I did share this on my blog today!

    Cathy @ Room Rx

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  2. omg....awesome. I voted for this project!! yeah! this time I voted for you and Korrie. So exciting. I get so nervous voting not knowing whose project is whose. Love this Love this ALOT. Post this around, you will get MUCHO hits!

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  3. are you for real? you have some amazin' vision, lady--and this piece is awesome!

    visiting from skip to my lou..

    amy

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  4. This makeover is amazing - a great idea and execution! Inspiration to think outside the box!

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  5. What an amazing job you've done on this piece. I've seen several projects using yard sticks, but I love yours the most by far. It looks so well done amd professional. thanks for sharing this great project...Marth would be proud!

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  6. I'm in total awe! What a beautiful job. I went to vote but couldn't find your project. Sorry.
    I have a link party on Tuesdays {The Inspiration Board} and I’d be thrilled if you linked this up. I know my readers would really enjoy it. Hope to see you there.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/10/inspiration-board-link-party-20.html
    carolyn - homework

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  7. So beautiful and well done. It's a real conversation piece now. Great rescue!

    I'm off to vote.

    visiting from the creative spark

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  8. Simply fabulous!! Love the lamp & the & sign too!

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  9. HI, Laura

    I just love this piece. Looks great!

    Vanessa

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  10. Amazing! I never would have thought about using yard sticks. Very unique. I love it.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  11. I've seen some great makovers, and boy, does that measure up! woka, woka, woka...

    No seriously, that is strikingly textural and totally unique. LOVE it!

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  12. My hat but this is just fabulous!! Very designer and very unique! Love it

    Veronica
    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

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  13. are you kidding me? this is absolute genius!!!! you've got a new follower in me after this!

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  14. I'm just blown away by this! How absolutely beautiful. You should be very proud. ♥

    (new follower here!)

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  15. Laura this is great!! You did an awesome job. Super creative, I've seen yardsticks used for lots of things, never a buffet. I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to seeing more. Hope you'll stop by The Corson Cottage sometime:) Carrie

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  16. I am competely obsessed with this buffet makeover! LOVE IT! I want to make my own. Like, I wish I had the stuff so I could start in NOW!
    Also, where did you get that amazing light and the "&" sign? Love it. Basically, I'm pinning this and will have to be your newest follower! {Oh yeah, I voted for this a few days ago}
    Thanks for sharing,
    Becca

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  17. wowzers. I love it! Now I just have to find a piece to do it on. :) (Don't worry, I'll give you all the credit for this awesome idea and let you know when I do...it may be a while though.) Pinned it too.

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  18. Oh yeah, I'm following you now too. :)
    www.DavisDomestications.com

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  19. This is amazing. I don't even know what else to say. I hope you are profiting from your ideas! ;)

    Stop by for a visit sometime. I'm a new follower.

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  20. Absolutely amazing! I saw this thumbnail on Chic on a shoestring and had to come check it out. Beautiful, girl! "Pinning" this now!

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  21. Wow this is sooo cool! Looks like it took a ton of work, but I love the yardsticks & the paint color you chose! Are you keeping this for your home? You should, it's amazing!

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  22. I featured this piece on my blog today! I'm in love with it! Thank you so much for the amazing tutorial! And I'm following you now. :)

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  23. LOVE THE DRESSER, VISITING FROM 551 EAST DESIGN.
    ITS PERFECT!

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  24. easily the coolest thing in blogland i've seen all day. bravo!

    found you via the weekend wrapup party and think you may like my special shabby chic giveaway:

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/rachel-ashwell-on-creating-authentic.html

    thanks so much for sharing!

    warmly,

    michele

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  25. Laura,

    I am featuring you tomorrow on my blog... GIRL THIS IS AMAZING.

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  26. This is super cool! Love the use of yardsticks and that blue paint is perfect!

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  27. Hi! I featured this here, pinned on Pinterest and posted on fb. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  28. Beautiful buffet. I love that the yardsticks take on the different shades of color with the restoration oil. Your tutorial was great. And, you can use your ruler scraps on other projects!

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  29. What a wonderful way to salvage old yardsticks! It way improves the look of the buffet. This is the second yardstick project I've seen, and now I've discovered I love old yardsticks! I only wish a had a bunch for a yardstick project.

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  30. Wow Wow, always wanted to do a little table top with yardstiks and still don't have enough!!
    Girl, where did you get all those yummy sticks??
    Love, Love your Buffet, great job! New follwer, found you on 551 East Design. Hope to have you visit and follow too!

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  31. You are awesome1 I featured you today, come grab a button.

    Kim @ Too Much Time

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/10/good-morning-sunshine_24.html

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  32. I Love that look! I've seen it a whole wall covered with rullers and yardsticks! So coool!!
    So glad you linked up to the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  33. I am in LOVE with this buffet. What a clever idea! I'm going to try it on a piece of furniture and link back to you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. What a wonderful idea. I've been buying vintage yardsticks and rulers for sometime now without much of a plan. Thanks for posting!

    Ruby L @ everythingruby.net

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  35. oh my! I really LOVE this!!! :)

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  36. I love the way this looks! I'm sure you're inspiring many to try it. It's such a hip look! :)

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  37. Amazing!What a great vision!I love it. You're awesome. Thanks for all.❤℠

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  38. What a great piece of furniture! It would be especially fun storage and display piece for an art studio, sewing/quilting studio or craft studio!

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  39. Not only is this STUNNING, it is a great conversation piece. I love it...you did a beautiful job on it!

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  40. Congrats on your feature! This came out really nice and so unique! I really, really love your board and batten!

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  41. Great project, nice work! :) Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  42. Hi Laura, well this is a very interesting and unusual buffet. Great job and thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  43. Really love the creative use of yardsticks! Great idea!

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  44. I heart this! Have a few yardsticks but need to add to my collection!
    Kelly

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  45. Very cool! This would make such a neat piece of furniture in an office or a library.

    www.craftyimaginings.blogspot.com

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  46. This is just plain awesome. It would be so cute in a classroom!

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  47. You did such a beautiful job on this. I love the different colors of the yardsticks. (You've given me an idea for a small yardstick project of my own.)

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  48. I love this....great tutorialm beautifully done. I will be joining your followers for more!

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  49. Wow now THAT is amazing! I just featured you on Craft Gossip, love this! http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/yardstick-buffet/

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  50. This is absolutely amazing. Pinned, tweeted and stumbled!

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  51. I don't know how I stumbled upon your blog....but so glad I did! It is so well done and then I read, she has 4 dolls at home, too! What? how do you find the time to do all this? Anyway my DH and I absolutely love this yardstick schtick! It is so creative and now useful. Really great job. I can't see how to PIN it but will find a way...thanks for sharing your unbelievable talent with so many!
    debinicol at yahoo dot com

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  52. Found this tutorial on Pinterest, and I LOVE how you've crafted this awesome piece of fun from yardsticks!
    tanyablomgren.blogspot.com

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  53. We appreciate your creativity and ingenuity. Plus your tutorial is really clear. We, at Hammer Like a Girl, hope you won't mind if we post your fabulous project to our blog. Of course, we'll provide links back to your blog. We have no interest in taking credit for other people's work. But, would love to give you a clear "Look at her. She's amazing" shout out! I see we are not even close to the first to comment on your post. But, we are no less impressed with someone who can handle compound miter saw and has a creative mind. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

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  54. Laura, I totally love this piece! Such great character! I am now on the lookout for yardsticks! I wonder if my children would brave a few antique malls with me today. . . My mind is now spinning with "yardstick projects!" Thanks for the inspiration! (I am your newest follower!) Life to the full, Melissa

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  55. I LOVE! That looks amazing. Who would have ever thought that yard sticks would look that good on furniture.

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  56. I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE YOUR BUFFET ON A SPECIAL FEATURE IM DOING WOULD THIS BE OK, PLEASE DROP ME A LINE,
    LAUREN

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  57. This is such a beautiful piece of furniture, you have such amazing taste. Im so terrible at anything artsy but have a piece of furniture my husband is adament about keeping that i dont like at all and i would LOVE to get your advice on what to do with it/how. Where can I contact you? my email is chloe.godin@gmail.com. Thank you!!!

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