Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DIY Memory Match from Scrap Wood

diy memory match game

Scrap wood lovers I'm sharing this super easy and fun DIY memory match game over at Lolly Jane today.  Get all the details here.

diy art cart and caddy free plans

diy balance board free plans

diy jumbo crayon holder

Friday, April 29, 2016

$10 Tall Fence Picket Planter

diy $10 fence picket planter

Happy Friday friends - who's ready to beef up their outdoor space?  Today I'm sharing this $10 tall fence picket planter as part of the Great Outdoors Challenge organized by my friend Katie at Addicted 2 DIY.

great outdoors challenge

We've done a few of these group challenges and I have participated in the One Board Challenge, the Re-Purpose It Challenge, and the Organize Build Challenge.  Today is all about the great outdoors where we were challenged to spruce up our outdoor space using wood, concrete, metal, etc.  Seven DIY bloggers are participating and sharing their amazing projects: 

That's My Letter (you're here!)

diy $10 fence picket planter

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Master Bedroom Ceiling Makeover

Exposed wood beams in master bedroom

It's been a long time coming friends but today I'm finally sharing the master bedroom ceiling makeover.  We moved in to this 1740 saltbox farmhouse almost three years ago and I've always known I wanted to expose the ceiling beams in our bedroom so it's a huge project milestone to finally have this complete.

If you follow me on Instagram (you should it's fun!) then you've already seen a few sneak peeks of the exposed ceiling beams.  Below are more before and after pictures plus I'll share the complete process it took to uncover the beams.

Exposed wood beams in master bedroom

Typical to many antique homes we had low ceilings composed of plaster and lath which cover the ceiling beams (also known as floor joists for the upstairs flooring).  The plaster tends to crack over time and you can see from the picture above it's uneven, almost textured.  This plaster had a linen paper over it to keep the cracks under control.

I'm only sharing the next picture because I want you to see just how much things have changed.

Exposed wood beams in master bedroom

This MLS listing picture above is from October 2012 when the previous owners put the house on the market.  This is exactly how the master bedroom looked when I decided I wanted and needed to buy this house.

And now:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Color Stain Dresser Makeover

Dresser makeover using color stain

Wood purists avert your eyes because this dresser makeover using color stain is coming at you.  I had the chance to try Deco Art Americana Decor color stain and I thought what better place to add some color than my girls bedroom.  So I took the 16 drawer dresser I just built and used the color stain in kelly green, it's fun and bright and one of a kind.

unfinished 16 drawer dresser

Before it was unfinished pine and birch plywood just waiting for a finish. 

And now it's kelly green but you can still see a little bit of the wood grain peeking through the stain.  The stain is semi-transparent so tons of color but the wood will still be visible: 

Dresser makeover using color stain

The color stain is very easy to work with and much more controllable than a regular stain.  It's thick but still workable and has great coverage even with one coat.

color stain on unfinished pine

I did go back over in some spots with another coat just to even things up a bit.  Also the stain is self sealing so there's no need for a top coat.

Below you can truly see the difference in the before and after:

Dresser makeover using color stain
An easy way to add tons of color and character to any wood piece while not having to worry about brush strokes and dripping paint.  I definitely recommend trying Deco Art Americana Decor color stain, it's available in 21 colors at select JoAnn Fabric stores and good for indoor and outdoor use.

diy 16 drawer dresser free plans

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Deco Art. I was compensated and / or provided product for review however all thoughts, opinions and creative ideas are my own.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

DIY Pencil Banner

diy pencil banner

Teacher Appreciation Day is fast approaching and today I'm sharing this easy diy wood pencil banner  you can make.  A little paint and some vinyl letters is all it takes to make this super cute gift that every teacher will want to hang on their door!

All the details and step by step instructions are over at Skip to My Lou, Cindy has a really fun teacher appreciation series up so be sure to check out all the other teacher gift ideas.

diy pencil banner

diy scrap wood teacher gift ideas

Or how about a mason jar carrier for all those supplies?  The tutorial is here.

diy mason jar art supplies carrier

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DIY Apple Pencil Holder

DIY apple pencil holder

Make this super fun diy apple pencil holder for your favorite teacher.  I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl sharing the tutorial.

A little gift for Teacher Appreciation Week, after all they do for our kids the least I can do is make a pencil holder!  Grab your scraps and whip this up today.

Friday, April 8, 2016

DIY Wood Letters Play Board

DIY wood letters play board

Scrap wood lovers I’ve got another project for you that makes a fun kids learning toy: wood letters play board.  Gather up all your 1x3 pieces to make the wood letters and paint them fun colors or use vinyl cutouts if you’re fancy!

DIY wood letters play board

Kids can easily move the letters around making different words.  I store the extra letters in this yellow diy art caddy (tutorial and plans here) but any bin will work.

DIY wood letters play board

I cut up a bunch of 1x3 scraps into square blocks and then painted different letters on the front.  Stain a piece of scrap plywood for the play board and then use Velcro®Brand Industrial Strength tape on the board and backs of each block.  Now the blocks are repositionable on the board and stay put until the kids are ready to rearrange the letters to make new words.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Swap It Like It's Hot: Flower & Chalkboard Magnets

It's time again for the Swap It Like It's Hot series where a bazillion bloggers swap thrift store finds and repurpose them into something a bit more functional and beautiful.  Huge thank you to Charlotte at Ciburbanity for organizing this whole series!

Larissa at Prodigal Pieces sent me a few fun finds and I ended up making the flower chalkboard magnets above for our refrigerator.  I sent some interesting items to Heather at Southern State of Mind, wonder how she repurposed them?  Go see!

Today there are 8 DIY bloggers sharing their Swap It items, be sure stop by each one for some amazing ideas!

Larissa at Prodigal Pieces sent me the above thrift store items.  For some reason I was really stumped as to how to transform these pieces so I started pulling apart the orange fabric flower.

Monday, April 4, 2016

DIY 16 Drawer Dresser free plans

Sometimes more is better, more drawers that is! and this 16 drawer dresser fits the bill:

DIY 16 drawer dresser free plans

Yes there are 16 individual drawers in this dresser - how fun is that?

I originally made this dresser for my girls: hair supplies, make up, nail polish, basically all the small bits that clutter up their room but I'm thinking Mommy might just keep it for herself.  It's a great dresser that could be used anywhere: office supplies, crafting papers, sewing notions, socks and undies, linens, etc.  

I posted the step by step instructions including free plans over at Build Something here.  It's a relatively simple build with a carcass and a ton of boxes, nothing too complicated.

For the hardware I used D.Lawless milk bottle oil rubbed bronze knobs and small antique brass label holders.  I have yet to apply a real finish, right now it's unfinished lumber but still looks great. 

DIY 16 drawer dresser free plans

Disclaimer:  I have partnered with Build Something to bring you these plans.  All thoughts, opinions and creative ideas are my own.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

DIY Pool Boy Sign

Stopping in super quick with the tutorial to make a pool boy sign.  I shared this sign over on Instagram a few days back (definitely follow me there for sneak peeks and current projects) and thought I'd show you how I made to make one.  

It's a bit of a gag gift for anyone who has a pool.  Simply press the button and the pool boy will appear for anything you need - cold drink, fresh towel, leaves in the pool?

diy pool boy sign

Don't we all wish we had a pool boy?

I handpainted this sign using a print out but for those of you with vinyl cutting machines you could easily make the letters and stick on or make a stencil as well.

Monday, March 28, 2016

DIY Sand & Water Play Table

DIY Sand and Water play table

Summer is just around the corner and what's more fun for little ones than sand and water?  I teamed up with Ana White again to bring you free plans for this simple and functional sand and water play table.

DIY Sand and Water play table

And bonus we designed this play table to fit standard 28 quart tupperware bins so you can put the top on when you're not using it and protect the sand from the elements!

Friday, March 25, 2016

DIY Modular Sofa & Ottoman free plans

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

The playroom, bonus room, kid’s space – whatever you want to call it – like many folks we have one and it’s an ever changing space that needs a comfortable seating solution.  Enter the modular sofa, the answer to my prayers and then some!  

I designed this sofa to be easily reconfigured for many reasons but mainly because we use this space for many purposes and having a modular sofa is the best solution.  Down below I'm sharing the plans to make this sofa and ottoman.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

For the most part this space is a kids lounge area (lots of gaming and kid tv programs) but sometimes it’s a workout space and also when the weather gets warmer we can easily move this sofa outdoors for pool parties.

Monday, March 21, 2016

DIY Wooden Door Mat Virtual Party

DIY wooden door mat

It's a party today and you don't want to miss all the beautiful wooden door mat projects we are sharing!  As part of The Home Depot DIY Workshop series 25 creative diy bloggers have come up with their own custom versions of the wooden door mat project being offered in stores this coming Saturday, March 26th at 10am

DIY wooden door mat

I  choose to use cedar boards for my custom version, I just love cedar, it's great for outdoor projects and it wears to a beautiful grey color over time.

wooden door mat with angled slats

I cut the boards at a 45 degree miter then threaded the rope through the boards using the knots as spacers in between the boards.  The complete step by step tutorial is down below.

Friday, March 18, 2016

DIY Play Table (24" x 36") with Storage Bins Free Plans

The play table has become a staple in most households with kids and today I'm sharing this diy play table in a slightly petite size at 24" x 36".  This version is a modification of Ana White's play table here, I scaled the size down a bit and simplfied the building process using pocket hole joinery.

With two huge storage bins on wheels below this table is not only functional for play but great for clean up too!

Plans to build this play table are down below but first some more beauty pics!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DIY Bunny Place Cards

Tutorial to make bunny place card holders

A simple bunny place card project for your Easter table today.  Gather up your scrap wood and make these super cute place card holders just in time for the holiday.

I'm sharing all the details including step by step instructions over at Brittany's place Pretty Handy Girl.

Pretty Handy Girl contributor button

And surprise!  The backs of the bunnies have fun fabric, you could even use cardstock or decoupage any bright colored paper:

diy bunny place cards with fabric


Another easy decorating idea for your Easter table is this plastic egg centerpiece:

Tutorial to make long plastic egg centerpiece

Or how about egg place cards?

Tutorial to make egg place card holders