First Blog Post EVER!
So, I’m actually doing it. I’m starting a blog. I didn’t think I’d ever take the dive and actually do it partially because I felt like if it was cliche to be like, “Hi! I’m Trudy! I like Starbucks, trips to Target, and I write a blog!” But as I get older I’m starting to realize that I really just don’t care if other people think it’s cliche! Because, I want to help people realize that they can do big and small DIY jobs. I mean, we’ve got this thing called the internet now and you can learn how to do practically anything! Seriously people, YouTube has basically taught me all I know. (you too mom and dad 😉 )
How it all started
So here’s how it started. I saw a farmhouse table at Home Depot. I wanted it… BAD. But like usual it was WAYYYY out of my price range… like WAY out. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So like I always do, I went on Craigslist, then Facebook marketplace, even Etsy (not sure why I thought that’d be cheaper) to find one. But no luck. So, since I’m stubborn, and I won’t stop until I get it, I looked on Pinterest for Farmhouse Table tutorials. And the next thing you know, I’m going to the store to find all the materials. Btw you can click the pic below for the link to the tutorial I used.
The tool that changed me
Back to the story… I won’t tell you everything you need to buy or how to make the table in this post because it’s all there if you click the picture above BUT I will tell you that I bought this dinky little Kreg Jig tool you can find it here, and it changed my DIY life. Not kidding. Now it’s not like I use this tool every time I do some project. I don’t, but it helped me to realize that I can do projects like this. I can make real furniture for my home and for other people. Here’s the Kreg Jig I bought a few months later and it made big and small woodworking jobs a whole heck of a lot easier. Think picture frames, headboards, bookshelves, even making things around the house sturdier.
Basically what this guy does is help you to drill holes in your wood. You then use your drill to screw in a pocket hole screw to make the joint extra tight. That way when someone leans on your table it doesn’t sway to the side. (I’m picturing my grandmother’s table at Christmas that feels like it’s going to collapse under your weight when you even lean your elbows on it after a few too many games board games and cookies with the cousins.)
If you are thinking about doing the farmhouse table project, I say go for it! Just make sure you have the tools you need first. I’ll tell you more about that, show you the tables I built, and a give you a few tips in another post soon!
Thanks for reading my first blog post ever! I’d love to hear about your favorite DIY tool!