Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gorgeous & Free Headboard

There are a lot of DIY projects out there.  I have a list a mile long of all the ones I want to do.  This headboard has been on my list for over a year.  I intended to have my whole master bedroom made over by my anniversary, 3 months ago.  Didn't happen!

But!!! One day my husband said, "Hey, do you want to build our headboard today?"

"Umm, YES!"

And here she is!



Here are a few of the details.

First it was completely free!  FREE!  I use a lot of pallet wood in my crafts.  So I already had a pile of them in the back yard.  Last year I pulled apart some larger pallet boards to use for this project.  I picked boards that were over 5" wide.  I cleaned them with bleach water and after they were dried I brought them in to acclimate and stay dry till I was ready to build.  They have been in a stack in my room for like a year.

I measured the distance I would need for a headboard and layed the boards out and adjusted it a little to fit the boards without having to cut any boards the long way.  I divided that in half.  Drew out 1/2 of the  template.  Folded the paper in half and traced the template so both sides would be the same.


I layed all the boards out realized the boards I saved to be the back braces were not long enough.  So I used some scrap real wood flooring on the back.  I wood glued them down, predrilled the holes and used wood screws.













I layed the template on it and traced the outline.  Then cut with a scroll saw.





Next I sanded and stained and it was done.  The stain I had left from a previous project.  It seriously took a few hours and it was done.  I'm so excited. 




Inside I needed to predrill holes and bolt to the frame, but I didn't get pics of that step.  Sorry.


I'm just in love with it.  And I built it with my hubby, aaahhh so romantic!

I am still working on the whole makeover, linens, dressers, etc.  Someday I'll show you the whole room.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

French Toast Casserole

I love traditional recipes.  French Toast, Apple Pie.  I mean the classics.  Why change them?  Most of the time I make them the old fashioned way.  But once in a while . . . you just have to change.  Meet French Toast Casserole.  It's easier (especially when you are cooking for a crowd) and tastes exactly like the French Toast you already make. 


I used my own French Toast Recipe the same as I would use for the traditional way.  Just so you know, I rarely measure.  I just pour and mix.  So the below recipe is really just a guestimate!




Mix the in a bowl:


1 Dozen Eggs
1/2 Cup of Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Sugar
Splash of Vanilla









Chop your Bread.  I love using Texas Toast.  It is just nice and chunky.  I used one whole loaf.

Grease a baking dish.  Any baking dish that's big enough will work.  Put all the bread in the dish.

Pour egg mix onto bread.  Gently stir.

Bake 350 for about 30 minutes.




ENJOY!