Western General Store Home Decor

Table Lamps

This is my first time making table lamps and it’s so easy that I had ideas for about 10 western style lamps. I made three to give you inspiration to create your own. You can purchase the lamp parts at home improvement or hardware stores and they’re easy to assemble.

In my husband’s shop was this unique looking Padauk wood and I decided to use it for my first lamp. We cut this piece in half on the table saw and routed out each half for the shaft of the lamp. We glued and clamped the halves together.

I had 4 cast iron spurs that have little slits which made it ideal for screwing them to the post.

I was hoping the bottom spurs would support the lamp, but I decided to add a wooden base. This wood is beautiful!

On the bottom side of the base we drilled holes and routed out a place for the cord.

I sprayed the wood and spurs with polyurethane and later added a paste wax to the wood. Then I glued pieces of tooled leather and painted the screws to match the spurs.

I stapled the cord to keep it secure and added peel and stick felt to the bottom.

Here it is with our medium Lamp Shade with a glass star. I found the star finial at the home improvement store. The wooden part of this lamp is 15 1/2″ tall.

The second lamp is made from mahogany and I used our Mahogany Star.

My husband mortised holes into a mahogany base for the posts.

We drilled holes in the star and posts and made pegs from wooden skewers. The star was attached with glue.

When the top piece was screwed on, a hole was drilled in the top for the lamp parts and the back for the cord.

My idea was to staple the cord to the back so it would be hidden, eliminating the need for a metal post down the middle. I applied several coats of polyurethane which gave the wood a rich tone.

The wooden part of this lamp is 14 1/2″ tall.

For the third lamp, I glued and nailed pieces of weathered pallet wood.

Before we added the base, we ran a string through the top hole and out the back so we could easily install the cord.

I loved the way this wood looked and hated to add anything to it. With this blank canvas, the possibilities are endless.

I sprayed vinegar on the Steer Star Plaque to ‘rustic’ it and used brown screws to attach it. I robbed this shade from another lamp I had.

Here it is with the medium star lamp shade. The pallet wood base is 13 1/2″ tall.

I hope you have as much fun as I did when you make your lamps. What ideas do you have?

 

Horseshoe Wreath

I have always wanted to make a horseshoe wreath, but since I’m not a welder, I created a new way to make it.

I used #6 x 3/4″ pan head machine screws and nuts. I did enlarge a few holes on the drill press so the screws would fit.

These are large cast iron horseshoes. You could use steel horseshoes as well.

Getting the right screw is crucial and these fit perfectly.

I was so exited, I immediately wrapped red bandanas through the horseshoes.

I sprayed the horseshoes silver metallic and wove a pink bandana through the horseshoes, a blue one next to it and tied it in the back.

You’ve got to love this cowboy version! I sprayed one of our Western Cutouts silver and attached it with wire. I wrapped blue and red bandanas and tied them in the front.

Star Horseshoe Wreath with a star burlap ribbon, Mini Star Nails painted red and a painted Star in Circle Cutout hung by wire.

Texas Horseshoe Wreath with Texas in Circle Cutout, blue and red bandanas, and Texas Barbed Wire Conchos. I added concho screw adapters to the conchos and screwed them into the holes. I painted the cutout to resemble the Texas flag.

This is with a plain burlap ribbon woven through the horseshoes and tied into a bow at the bottom. Looks like decoration for a wedding.

The possibilities are endless and these ideas will give you inspiration to create your own. It’s fun and easy!

Horseshoe Towel Holder

This project evolved over time as I came up with ideas. Sometimes I pick up a horseshoe and ideas start popping into my head.

My husband has a wood shop so we have tons of wood. I grabbed a board and screwed a Large Horseshoe on each side and put a couple of finger towels on it. Cute! But…that wasn’t quite what I wanted.

How about a napkin holder? You don’t need to be a welder to make this! I cut a piece of mahogany to 6 5/8″ long  x 2 3/8″ wide x 1″ thick and screwed Large Horseshoes to it after they were spray painted black. You can use any wood and color schemes.

Standard napkins fit perfectly!

Then I decided to make a no weld hand towel stand. I took the base from a previous project (Longhorn Jewelry Holder) which is 6″ x 6″ x 3/4″ thick. The mahogany post is 1 3/4″ x 1″ x 16″ tall.

The Medium Star, 2 Large Horseshoes, and a Small Star Nail for the top were spray painted black. Try other types of wood and color schemes.

I drilled a hole in the end of the post, placed the star and post on the base and screwed it together, using a washer. The horseshoes were screwed to the post and a hole drilled for the star nail on top.

The wood was sprayed with a clear protective finish.

I love it! It is very sturdy to hold hand towels.

Here’s an idea! Attach an XL Horseshoe to the bottom of your favorite framed picture.

Or you can cut 2 pieces of wood and attach an XL Horseshoe with screws. Drill a key hole in the back of each piece and hang on screws that have drilled into the wall. I spray painted it black but you can use any colors to match your decor.

Wooden disposable guest towel holder. This is relatively easy and looks great for equine or western decor.

The base is 3/8″ thick x 8 1/2″ long x 4 3/4″ wide. The side pieces are 1/2″ thick x 2 1/2″ tall. I drew a design around a Tiny Horseshoe and cut it out on the scroll saw. Glue the sides on, clamp and let dry. There are a couple of brad nails in each side. The mahogany was finished with dark brown Briwax. The Tiny Horseshoes were screwed to the sides.

I think this towel holder is my favorite. These are a few of the many great horseshoe ideas to incorporate into your home decor. See what you can dream up!

Texas Coat Rack

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I saw this coat rack in a local antique store and noticed many of the items are in our store so I thought I’d try to make one like it.

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I gathered pieces of weathered pallet wood, cut and placed them like I wanted them. Pictured are the approximate dimensions of the boards. They are 1/2″ thick. The trim was cut on a table saw and they are 1/2″ x 1″. The finished project was 22 1/4″ wide x 20 1/4″ tall. My version appears to be a smaller scaled down version of the original.

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The boards were put together with biscuits and glue then clamped. The center support is 1 1/8″ wide.  The trim was glued and nailed with a brad gun. The little corner pieces  are 1/4″ thick and were glued and nailed with a brad gun.

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I bought 2 10″ x 10″ mirrors from the craft store and installed them with mirror clips.

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I sprayed all of the iron pieces with vinegar and placed them in the sun to rust. The iron pieces were then sprayed with a clear finish. I drilled holes for the Mini Star Nails and I had to cut the nails to make them a little shorter. I screwed everything in with antique copper screws to match the rust and used our Longhorn Branding Iron at the bottom.

This project was not so easy, but fun and rewarding.

The items used in this project were:

Mini Star Nails

Victorian Hook

Small Horseshoe

Branding Iron

Texas Longhorn Star

 

Lariat with Frames

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When I first wake up in the morning ideas pop into my head. That was the case with this idea. I thought of attaching frames to a piece of lariat rope but found that there are several different ways to do this. I started with the loop end at the top and attached inexpensive frames with a brad nail gun. I was going to cut the rope at the bottom and tassel it. Instead I just hung the remainder of the rope on the top frame. Not bad, but I wanted to try something else.

Lariat with Picture Frames

Beginning at the tassel end I doubled enough rope for the frames and tassel at the end. To hold it together I wrapped leather lace at the top, leaving enough for a loop for hanging. I wrapped leather lace at the bottom leaving enough for unraveling into a large double tassel. I attached the frames and hung it on the wall. The rope tended to curve so I nailed in Mini Star Nails to keep it straight and against the wall. I attached the remainder of the rope at the top with leather lace. You could decorate this for the holidays with fall leaves or Christmas greenery.

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Or, you can leave off the coiled rope. You could use more frames, barn wood frames, or different colored frames. Display your whole family! But this is my family. These photos are of my three babies and their sire in the middle.

Star Trinket Box

Star Casing

This is a wood star corner block used for trim on Americana themed windows and doors. I saw this at the home improvement store and envisioned a cute wooden trinket box.

Unpainted

I cut a board into pieces the same size as the star trim and glued and nailed it together with a brad nail gun.

Star Box

I spray painted it white and added hinges and a latch from the hardware store.

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Star Trinket Box

It would be fun to decorate this trinket box for the holidays.

Star Tray

Star Tray

I made a wood star tray with molding for the sides. The shape is like a primitive star.

Molding

You will be cutting 10 pieces any length you want. These were about 5 inches and the star was about 13 1/2 inches wide. You may want to cut scrap pieces before cutting the actual molding.

Jig

First make a jig for the cuts at the points of the star. Screw a piece of wood onto a piece of 1/2 inch plywood at 54 degrees. Put your miter saw at 30 degrees and clamp and cut each piece making sure to lay it on the correct side so that the cut pieces fit together. Cut the pieces about 2 inches longer than you want them to be.

Jig Diagram

Diagram of the jig.

30 Degree Angle

The other end is cut at 30 degrees. Clamp a scrap piece and place the piece to cut against it so they will all be the same length. Clamp each piece you are cutting so it doesn’t move and make sure to lay it on the correct side.

Glue and Tape

Tape all the pieces together to make sure they fit, then glue and tape. Let dry overnight. Nail the pieces with a brad nail gun.

Ready to Paint

Trace around the star on a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and cut it out on the band or scroll saw. Glue the star to the plywood, let dry and brad nail it. Sand as needed after each step. Use wood filler to fill any joints or nail holes. Then start painting.

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I cut a piece off of a big soft sponge, got it wet, and squeezed out the excess. Paint acrylic dark brown all over, let dry then randomly dab a lighter brown, gray, orange, back to dark brown, etc. Dry with a hair dryer between coats if you’re in a hurry. Just keep layering until your are happy with it. If you make a mistake just paint over it. I wanted a rusty tin look.

Star Tray

Spray a sealer coat and you are done! This wasn’t an easy project but it was fun and I felt as though I had accomplished something unique.

 

 

 

Western Garland

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This Western Garland is a new item. What fun you can have with this! It’s made of metal or tin with coiled wire and painted brown. It is 8 foot long with a loop on each end to attach anywhere you want. You can spray paint the whole thing a different color or multi colors. You could paint each piece a different color.

It would be great for birthday parties or any holiday or just decoration on the mantel year round. You could even cut the wire, pull each piece out, attach a wire loop where the holes were, paint your choice of color and use for western ornaments!

You could also weave it into some pine garland or into a wreath.

You have a choice of Texas, Steer, Boot or Horse or buy all four so you have a big variety. I’m sure there are many more ways to use this garland. Have fun!

Southwest Frame

Original Frame

I saw this frame in a local Mexican Restaurant and thought I would try to make it.

Molding

I found this molding in the home improvement store.

Routing the edge

First using a router I cut the edge where the picture is inserted.

45 degree cut

Cut the 45 degree angles on a non electric miter saw and did a little sanding. This is a 11×14 frame.

Mark for cuts

I marked the center of each piece and drew the lines for the cuts which are an inch apart. I made the cuts on the scroll saw.

Fitting together

It fit together nicely.

Assembly

So I glued the joints and used a brad gun on the corners, then hammered in a corrugated fastener.

Southwest Frame

I spray painted the frame with a turquoise blue color and put in a colorful picture. I think it turned out well.

Table Leg Candle Holder

Bunt Feet Table Legs

When I saw these bunt feet table legs in the local home improvement store I thought I could make a candle holder.

Screw in Vice

I unscrewed the screw from the wood using a vice.

Nail in Candle

I cut off the head of a nail and drilled a small hole in the top of the wood and bottom of taper candle and inserted the nail into the candle.

Taper Candle

I placed the candle onto the wood base.

For a different candle holder I drilled a hole a little smaller than the screw into the top of the first piece and the other piece and drilled a hole into the bottom of a pillar candle.

Pillar Candle

I screwed the second wood leg piece onto the first piece and screwed the candle onto the top. I made and screwed on another piece to the bottom to give it more stability and finished all pieces with light brown Briwax. You could paint or stain any color to go with your décor.

Flameless Candle

Here it is with a flameless candle.

 

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