Dave It Yourself
Repainted the beer pong table. It’s made of MDF with 1x1 rails underneath to sit it on bar stools.

Repainted the beer pong table. It’s made of MDF with 1x1 rails underneath to sit it on bar stools.

I’m the bartender!

I’m the bartender!

Close up

Close up

This is my biggest project to date. The bar. I didn’t do this one by myself. I had a lot of help from my dad and brother and it sure did take awhile. 
First, we built the top of the bar with a half inch lip to contain the bottle caps. Yeah, 2,000 bottle caps. Did I mention that?
After building the top I luckily found a previously used bar at the local ReStore. It was the same dimensions as my design. How perfect! We moved some things around and installed some shelves and a spot for the minifridge then gave it a few coats of paint. 
The bar top was then installed after it was put in my dining room. It won’t fit through a door with the top already on. 
My brother and I installed some 1x6’s around the bar to give it a good finished look. It was painted and sanded and painted again. 
We then proceeded to glue down all of the bottle caps in a random order, with no 2 same caps touching. We just used regular wood glue. 
Then I took on the task of grouting them with a black, unsanded grout. It took forever but gives it a nice finished look and hides the wood underneath. It also cuts down the amount of epoxy I used to create the clear coat overtop. 
I bought the clear coat at Michael’s cause I had a bunch of half off coupons. I used 2 gallons total and used a lighter to get rid of all of the bubbles. 
After it dried for a day or two I used a polyacrylic to paint the trim around the bar and waterproof everything. I used tile in the back part (I don’t know if you can see it in the photos.)
Overall it was an awesome project and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

This is my biggest project to date. The bar. I didn’t do this one by myself. I had a lot of help from my dad and brother and it sure did take awhile.
First, we built the top of the bar with a half inch lip to contain the bottle caps. Yeah, 2,000 bottle caps. Did I mention that?
After building the top I luckily found a previously used bar at the local ReStore. It was the same dimensions as my design. How perfect! We moved some things around and installed some shelves and a spot for the minifridge then gave it a few coats of paint.
The bar top was then installed after it was put in my dining room. It won’t fit through a door with the top already on.
My brother and I installed some 1x6’s around the bar to give it a good finished look. It was painted and sanded and painted again.
We then proceeded to glue down all of the bottle caps in a random order, with no 2 same caps touching. We just used regular wood glue.
Then I took on the task of grouting them with a black, unsanded grout. It took forever but gives it a nice finished look and hides the wood underneath. It also cuts down the amount of epoxy I used to create the clear coat overtop.
I bought the clear coat at Michael’s cause I had a bunch of half off coupons. I used 2 gallons total and used a lighter to get rid of all of the bubbles.
After it dried for a day or two I used a polyacrylic to paint the trim around the bar and waterproof everything. I used tile in the back part (I don’t know if you can see it in the photos.)
Overall it was an awesome project and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Close up of folded up hillbilly golf and the golf balls!

Close up of folded up hillbilly golf and the golf balls!

Hillbilly golf! I made this myself cause I was sick of the store bought ones that are flimsy and fall down. (Store bought cornhole boards are the same way.) 
I used 3/4 inch PVC and spray painted the pieces before I glued it together. 
I used PVC glue. The bottom legs are not glued to the top bars so it can be taken apart and stacked for transport. Pretty easy and cheap! 
For the balls I drilled holes through golf balls and threaded a piece of rope through it and tied them, then spray painted. I’ll include some more pictures in my next post!

Hillbilly golf! I made this myself cause I was sick of the store bought ones that are flimsy and fall down. (Store bought cornhole boards are the same way.)
I used 3/4 inch PVC and spray painted the pieces before I glued it together.
I used PVC glue. The bottom legs are not glued to the top bars so it can be taken apart and stacked for transport. Pretty easy and cheap!
For the balls I drilled holes through golf balls and threaded a piece of rope through it and tied them, then spray painted. I’ll include some more pictures in my next post!

Close up of the boards!

Close up of the boards!

Here’s a picture collage I put together of my cornhole boards I just finished. I found the plans online and it was actually pretty easy. All the measurements are pretty basic and it’s up to you how fancy you want them to be. I included some pictures of my steps along the way.
I used birch wood as the top because I wanted to stain it. I used a golden pecan stain and bought my decals online. 
I painted the sides after taping off an inch around the top. It took a few coats but I got it done. I did the same for the inside stripe. 
After that I used contact paper to paint a circle around the hole. I used painter’s tape to give it the striped pattern.
I stuck on the decals and then used polycrylic to seal the top. I used about 5 coats and it’s perfect. I added some handles on the side for easy transport and bought matching color bags online!
The great thing about cornhole boards is you can customize them anyway you want!

Here’s a picture collage I put together of my cornhole boards I just finished. I found the plans online and it was actually pretty easy. All the measurements are pretty basic and it’s up to you how fancy you want them to be. I included some pictures of my steps along the way.
I used birch wood as the top because I wanted to stain it. I used a golden pecan stain and bought my decals online.
I painted the sides after taping off an inch around the top. It took a few coats but I got it done. I did the same for the inside stripe.
After that I used contact paper to paint a circle around the hole. I used painter’s tape to give it the striped pattern.
I stuck on the decals and then used polycrylic to seal the top. I used about 5 coats and it’s perfect. I added some handles on the side for easy transport and bought matching color bags online!
The great thing about cornhole boards is you can customize them anyway you want!

Here’s a set of end tables I refinished! I wish I had taken a before photo but I forgot so you can try and imagine the before instead. 
Before they were stained wood, with tan slate/marble inlays. The handle was an old gold piece that was definitely outdated. 
I sanded them both down and put on about 4 coats of white paint. I attached the new black handle (which will match the coffee table I’m refinishing next.) I cut a piece of 1/2 inch pine plywood to fit where the slate was and stained it with a golden pecan stain and sealed it with polycrylic again. 
New tables! (with new coasters)

Here’s a set of end tables I refinished! I wish I had taken a before photo but I forgot so you can try and imagine the before instead.
Before they were stained wood, with tan slate/marble inlays. The handle was an old gold piece that was definitely outdated.
I sanded them both down and put on about 4 coats of white paint. I attached the new black handle (which will match the coffee table I’m refinishing next.) I cut a piece of 1/2 inch pine plywood to fit where the slate was and stained it with a golden pecan stain and sealed it with polycrylic again.
New tables! (with new coasters)

Here’s another simple project. These are some coasters I made. 
They are 4x4 white tiles that I bought at Lowe’s for under a dollar. I cut six pack beer boxes to size (diagonally so I could use 2 at a time) and used modge-podge to glue them down. 
After letting them dry overnight I used polycrylic (again) to seal the top and give it a smooth, water resistant top. I then bought some cork circles from Michael’s for a dollar and super glued them to the bottom. They fit perfect. Now, new coasters!!

Here’s another simple project. These are some coasters I made.
They are 4x4 white tiles that I bought at Lowe’s for under a dollar. I cut six pack beer boxes to size (diagonally so I could use 2 at a time) and used modge-podge to glue them down.
After letting them dry overnight I used polycrylic (again) to seal the top and give it a smooth, water resistant top. I then bought some cork circles from Michael’s for a dollar and super glued them to the bottom. They fit perfect. Now, new coasters!!