Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Take It Outside: Beautiful Backyard Blogger Series

backyard with pool

Welcome to our backyard!  It's been awhile since I shared much about our outdoor space so when my friend Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone asked if I wanted to take part in her Beautiful Backyard Blogger Series it was a no brainer to say yes!

take it outside beautiful backyard blogger series

Stefanie will be featuring 10 blogger backyards over the next two weeks, be sure to stop by her blog for a new and different beautiful backyard every day.

Our backyard space is simply another room to our 1740 home and functions similar to many family's backyards.  Plenty of space to run, play, bounce, swim, sit and eat.  There are a handful of DIY projects sprinkled throughout our outdoor space and I will be sure to point them out along the way starting with the giant dining table:

backyard patio dining table

I built the outdoor trestle style dining table two summers ago and it has not moved since.  It seats 10 adults comfortably and has so much surface area for food and decor I absolutely love it.

diy outdoor trestle style dining table

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Habitat for Humanity Reveal

diy bloggers at habitat house

Those wonderful people pictured above are all bloggers who, under the guidance of Charlotte from Ciburbanity, teamed up to furnish a Habitat for Humanity house and I'm so honored to have been part of that team! (Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the installation day which is why I'm not in the picture :( but there in spirit.)  Please read on to hear about this wonderful project and all the amazing bloggers contributions.

It's true when they say 'it takes a village'.  The bloggers paired up and took over a room in the house to furnish and decorate top to bottom.  My partner was Laura from Finding Home Farms, who is a master stylist in my eyes, and we were assigned the Living Room:

habitat house living room

(Living Room photo credit: Jillian at I Am a Homemaker)

The larger pieces (sofa and chair) were selected by the new homeowner and Laura and I worked around those choices.  I built the coffee table and circular side table as well as refinished a bench (not pictured) near the front entry.  Laura selected the rug from RugsUSA and the lighting and throw pillows were made possible by donations from Hometalk and Wayfair.

Simple yet super comfortable this makes a relaxing space for a busy family.

Moving into the kitchen:

habitat house kitchen

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DIY Cedar Underbed Storage

diy cedar underbed storage bins

Popping in with a quick and easy project for diy cedar underbed storage bins.  While the concept of underbed storage is definitely not new I decided to make it even better and used cedar boards for this project.

diy cedar underbed storage bins

Beautiful and smells divine!  All the details including step by step instructions are at Brittany's blog Pretty Handy Girl.


diy poster bed free plans

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DIY Wood Cake Slices


diy wood cake slices

Looking for a clever and crafty gift idea using scrap wood?  I've got an easy project making these diy wood cake slices, so easy in fact you'll want to make a whole cake full!


I first shared the wood cake slices on Instagram back in January (be sure to follow me there for project sneak peeks and more behind the scenes looks):

diy wood cake slices on Instagram

Today I'll show you just how to cut and assemble these fun faux food cake slices.  You can paint the cake and frosting your favorite flavors like chocolate, vanilla or strawberry!

diy wood cake slices

Then add small details for decorations to fit your theme or event.  Sprinkles, decorative trim, and any frosting design or swirls makes each slice unique and yummy.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Poolside Storage Unit

diy poolside storage unit using crates

Using crates for storage isn't a new concept but I'm taking them poolside for the summer to store towels and toys.  A great solution for everyone - the kids know exactly where to find googles and small toys and towels are at the ready when they emerge plus mom doesn't have to run around searching for things.

diy poolside storage unit using crates

The folks at Crates & Pallet have put together some very creative and amazing diy bloggers to bring you lots of Summer Storage ideas using these large crates and BONUS there's a giveaway down below!  Be sure to stop by a visit these lovely ladies and check out their projects:

My poolside storage unit is pretty straight forward with three large crates stacked (and attached) on top of each other plus a diy base and top.  I also added a 'pull-out drawer' by resizing one of the large crates to fit inside another large crate.  Pretty genius I thought ;) 

diy poolside storage unit using crates

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Habitat Side Table Free Plans


diy side table free plans

Buildy friends I'm sharing this simple circular side table today along with free plans down below.  This sweet little side table will be going to the Habitat house we are working on as a team of bloggers.  

diy side table free plans

I made it round specifically to work best in a corner spot but truly it could go anywhere.

diy side table free plans

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Habitat Coffee Table Free Plans

diy coffee table

A beautifully simple coffee table to share with you today including the free plans to build your own.  

diy coffee table

I'm working with a team of bloggers on a Habitat for Humanity project whereby we are furnishing an entire home in Connecticut for a nice little family.  This coffee table will go in their living room along with a few other pieces I've been working on.

habitat for humanity project Connecticut

We spent a day working on the house back in March but the real transformation will happen when all the furniture, decor and accessories get in place in a few short weeks.  For now I'm sharing the coffee table from my backyard because I'm not certain I will be able to get good pictures on delivery day.

diy coffee table

Plans follow down below.  

Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Popsicle Key Fobs

diy popsicle key fob

Looking for a cool summer treat?  I'm sharing these diy popsicle key fobs over at Lolly Jane today.

diy popsicle favors

All the details on how to make these super cute wood popsicles are here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cedar Swinging Bench Free Plans

diy swinging bench

Finally getting around to sharing the free plans for this cedar swinging bench.  If you follow me on Instagram then you've already seen the bench in action (if not follow me here for sneak peeks).  My kids have really taken a liking to this new toy and I'm so happy I finally built it:

diy swinging bench on instagram

I used almost all 1x4 cedar boards for this swinging bench and left the wood natural to grey out in the elements.

diy swinging bench

Friday, June 17, 2016

Father's Day Giveaway


Father's Day Giveaway Simpson Strong-Tie
Father's Day is just around the corner and what father wouldn't want to win a great giveaway?  Today I've teamed up with Simpson Strong-Tie® to offer one lucky reader a workbench and shelving hardware kit plus a $50 gift card for The Home Depot.

The workbench and shelving hardware kit contains the following: 

This is all the hardware you need to build a workbench or shelving unit!  The kit also includes a DIY Done Right booklet that offers inspiration and instruction to build home projects with Simpson Strong-Tie® products.

I've built quite a few projects using their connectors, they are super user-friendly and make joins strong and secure:


diy modular sofa and ottoman

This modular sofa in our playroom uses the Rigid Tie connectors, it would be perfect for outdoors too!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DIY Tool Tote Gift Idea

diy tool tote gift

Popping in quick today with this very easy last minute tool tote gift idea.  All the details including dimensions, cuts and how to assemble this tool tote are over at Pretty Handy Girl here.

And if you're looking for more gift ideas for Father's Day here's 4 projects you can make:

diy projects to build for dad

Monday, June 13, 2016

DIY Workshop: Football Toss

diy workshop football toss

These beautiful ladies plus 20 others are sharing their custom versions of the Football Toss DIY Workshop project that will be held at The Home Depot this Saturday, just in time for Father's Day:

diy workshop football toss

Click here to register at your nearest location, the workshop is Saturday, June 18th at 10am.

The Home Depot offers worshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.  Learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.  Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

And now some amazing inspiration for you from my DIY blogger friends:

Monday, June 6, 2016

DIY Vanity Desk with Modern Hardware Pulls

diy vanity desk with Simpson Strong Tie hardware pulls

Building for my kids is perhaps the most fun and a great source of pride as a momma.  Today I’m sharing how to build this vanity desk including these unique drawer pulls made from Simpson Strong-Tie® hardware.

diy vanity desk free plans

This desk is generous in size, average but not too small, really it’s perfect for anyone.  All the details including step-by-step instructions are down below but first let me show you the finished piece.

diy vanity desk with Simpson Strong-Tie hardware pulls

There are eight smaller drawers on the left and one large wider drawer at the top great for storing all sorts of accessories and supplies.  My daughter has filled it up with hair supplies, play make-up, papers and journals plus lots of keepsakes.

This vanity style desk is personal space to call your own while everything stays tidy in the drawers.

diy vanity desk with Simpson Strong-Tie hardware pulls

I designed the drawer pulls using a screw eye, washer and Simpson Strong-Tie® bearing plate.  Prior to assembly I spray painted the screw eye and washer a glossy aqua blue for contrast, painting the pulls is an easy way to add color without making the entire desk a flashy eyesore.

DIY Workshop Father's Day Football Toss


DIY Workshop football toss

Who's ready for another DIY Workshop at The Home Depot?  With Father's Day fast approaching this football toss DIY Workshop makes a great opportunity to spend time with Dad or even build something for Dad!

reigster button DIY Workshop

Click the above button to register for the football toss DIY Workshop at your nearest location.


The Home Depot offers worshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.  Learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.  Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

I'll be sharing my version of the football toss along with four of my DIY blogging friends next Monday,  June 13th in a virtual party, be sure to check back for some very creative and colorful inspiration from these lovely ladies: 

DIY Workshop football toss virtual party




 Disclaimer: The Home Depot partners with bloggers such as me for DIY Workshop program.  As part of this program, I received compensation for my time.  The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Master Bathroom Renovation

farmhouse style master bathroom renovation before and after

The final post on the master bathroom renovation today including all the smaller details and process photos.   Being that we are in the bathroom and space is tight I tried my best to get good photos that show how we transformed this outdated bathroom with a non-functioning shower into a beautiful gem complete with a large functioning shower.

farmhouse style master bathroom renovation

The view above is from the new entry.  This bathroom is a rectangle shape about 8' long by 7' wide and the new entry is actually the old linen closet doorway and we re-mounted the door to swing into the bathroom:

farmhouse style master bathroom renovation