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!

Monday, March 14, 2016

DIY Workshops 2016 at The Home Depot

Friends it's annoucement day!  I'm over the moon to share with you that I've teamed up with The Home Depot for another year of amazing DIY Workshops.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen those beautiful cookies that arrived last week, be sure to keep following for more project sneak peeks!  This year is sure to be just as inspiring and fun as the DIY Workshops from 2015.  (Just to refresh last year we built a vertical planter, grill cart, hanging planter and Christmas wreath trio.) 

We are back this year with all new projects for do-it-yourselfers and first up is a wooden door mat.

The Home Depot DIY Workshops wooden door mat


The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.  You can learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

The wooden door mat workshop will be held on:

Saturday, March 26th
10:00 - 11:30am

The Home Depot DIY Workshops wooden door mat

One small change from last year is that I won't be in-store teaching workshops however I will be teaming up with some awesome DIY bloggers for a virtual party.  I've asked a few of my very capable DIY friends to join me in creating custom versions of the wooden door mat:

We will be sharing our custom versions of the wooden door mat next Monday, March 21st for a virtual party so be sure to stop back for lots of creative takes on the door mat.

Don't forget to register for the DIY Workshop here and share your wooden door mat projects using #diyworkshop.

 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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Plastic Egg & Scrap Wood Wreath

diy plastic egg and scrap wood wreath

Spring is on the horizon and Easter is around the corner so I made this super easy scrap wood wreath with plastic eggs for the door.  Of course you could make the wood wreath and fill it with anything but I thought Easter eggs would be a great fit.

diy plastic egg and scrap wood wreath

It makes a super fun and colorful addition to the door plus it only cost me $4 for the eggs!  I had some green paper gift box filler that I shoved in between the eggs and it works great to fill in the gaps and adds texture.

plastic Easter egg wreath

Below are the step by step instructions to make the plastic egg wreath:

Sunday, March 6, 2016

DIY Replica Vintage Shelving (free plans)

DIY replica vintage shelving free plans

Vintage furniture lovers this post is for you because today I'm sharing plans to make this replica vintage shelving unit.  It's a rare day when I jump in a photo but truly this was one of the most fun builds and I just had to get in there for scale (and so you know I'm actually here, usually hiding behind the scenes covered in sawdust).

You may recognize this shelving unit from Miss Mustard Seed's post over on Instagram a few weeks back.  Through the magic of social media I reached out to Marian and she was kind enough to send me a few estimated dimensions and photos from other angles so I could recreate this piece and make building plans for you.

Miss Mustard Seed vintage shelving unit

Marian commented how she had sold this piece and regretted doing that and I immediately thought well let's build a replica to replace it.  Now nothing will ever come close to real, true antique furniture, it's nearly impossible to recreate years of wear, knicks and worn wood in all the right places (not to mention those casters on the original piece hubba hubba!!) but we can make a replica.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

DIY Nightstand with Pull-Out Ledge (free plans)

DIY nightstand with pull out shelf and free plans

My girls needed larger nightstands for their shared bedroom so I designed these diy nightstands with a pull out ledge to fit this space.  I have the plans for you down below but first let's check out the finish project.

girls diy nightstands with drawer and pull out ledge

It's a tricky space because of the windows right at the floor but this is the best spot for their beds so naturally their nightstands must go here too.

diy nightstand with pull out ledge

The pull out ledge is just a bonus feature that I thought my girls would like.  In fact they like to pull the whole shelf out and use the hard surface for writing while in bed.  You could easily attach a small rope at the back edge of the ledge then attach the other end to the back of the carcass for safety in order to keep the ledge from pulling all the way out.