Welcome to August’s DIY Challenge. This months challenge was blogger’s choice! Woo Hoo! I chose to share how to make a lazy susan with you. And not only am I building a lazy susan, I’m sharing how to paint it to look like wooden slats. But wait, there’s more. I’m also painting a design on it to match my office decor. More on that in a minute.
A Great big thank you to Terrie from Decorate and More With Tip for organizing all of us. I know it has to be like herding cats or toddlers each and every month.
If you are here from Purple Hues and Me, didn’t you just love her basket? I’m so happy that you are here.
I may or may not have a problem of having more markers, pens, brush markers etc.. than the average person.
Since I love to do hand lettering it’s only natural that I have a ton of them right?
On top of hoarding pens, I’m also a creative.
Which can lead to a messy work space.
This is how I’ve been storing my pens and markers on my desk.
Everything is hard to reach and I’m always rearranging or moving the pens and containers.
So I thought that making a lazy susan would be the perfect way to get a little more organized.
Here’s what you will need to make one.
1 – 18″ wooden round
Clear spray top coat
Paint your wooden round with white paint.
This may take several coats of paint.
Remember to paint the backside also.
Once your paint has dried, lightly mark your wooden round every 4.5 inches with a pencil.
Then make horizontal lines where your pencil marks are.
Tip: be sure to make these very light so that the pencil lines don’t show through the paint on the next step.
Paint the lines you just marked with brown paint to create the wooden slat look.
I laid my ruler down next to the lines that I just marked.
Then using a liner paintbrush loaded with brown paint, I painted lines using the ruler as a guide.
This is what it looks like when you are done.
Be sure to wipe your ruler off after every line painted or you will make a huge mess!
Blur the painted line.
After painting your line, before it dries, lightly blur the line.
To do this I used a short stubby paint brush and lightly went over the line in one fluid stroke.
Do Steps 2 and 3 until you have painted and blurred all marked lines across your wooden round.
Paint or stencil the design of your choice on your wooden board.
Since I wanted to match my office decor I painted this floral design onto my wooden board.
However, you can always add a decal, stencil or decoupage the wooden piece to fit your decor.
Give your painted wooden piece a couple of coats of clear spray paint.
Attach the hardware to your wooden round
Find the center of your wooden round and attach the hardware.
My wooden round was 18″ in diameter, so I found the 9″ center.
Lay your hardware in the center of your round.
Mark your holes.
Pre-drill your holes for the screws.
Lay your hardware back over your pre-drilled holes and screw the hardware to your wooden round.
Now, if I have totally confused you, don’t worry.
Each hardware kit has very detailed instructions that are easy to follow.
Once your hardware is attached, your lazy susan is ready to go!
And boy is it so much neater and easier to access all of my pens and markers.
It doesn’t hurt that it looks cute and matches my office either.
Now that I’ve shared how to make a lazy susan with you , please join me in heading over to Jodi’s at The House House
and see what her project was!
Then be sure and check out all of the other participants and their projects that are listed below!