Sunday, February 26, 2017

DIY Outdoor Benches with Free Plans

We're on the verge of Spring here which has me thinking of everything outdoors.  Anyone else getting the outdoor living itch?  With that in mind I compiled my favorite DIY outdoor benches from some fellow bloggers.  All of these benches include free plans so you can build your own and make the most of your outdoor space!

diy outdoor benches free plans

It's likely you might have a tree in your yard just asking for bench.

Friday, February 17, 2017

DIY USA Map Wall Hanging

Who loves a good scrap fabric project?  I'm game anytime there's a bazillion bits of fabric involved and this USA map wall hanging project is just that.  Collect your favorite small fabric pieces and make a beautiful, colorful wall hanging plus I added an extra personal touch:

diy usa map wall hanging

See those little red wood hearts?  I made this wall hanging for my mom's birthday and each of the hearts represents one of her kids.  I'm the oldest of 5 siblings and we are spread out all over the US so this little map wall hanging is a daily reminder of us kids.

diy usa map wall hanging

diy usa map wall hanging

I framed the wall hanging by sandwiching the fabric between two wood boards.  The wood also acts as a weight to keep the wall hanging flat.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Back Foyer Makeover

Popping in with a little back foyer makeover that's been long overdue since we moved in three and a half years ago.  First an after picture because we all love a finished beauty shot:

back foyer makeover

And the before:

farmhouse back foyer before

It's not all that bad right?  Plus it's a pass through space that is typically dark and no one really focuses on that area.  But it didn't feel connected to the rest of our house because it was neglected.  And I must admit I did add that clear glass dome light fixture when we first moved in (the previous owners removed their fixture and left it empty) but I think it was a rush decision on my part and never really felt like the right fit.

My husband despised the wallpaper and it was all ripped up and missing above the bathroom door (because the bathroom vent was never actually connected to the hose that takes the hot air outside - insert eye roll - I found this out when redoing my girls closet upstairs.  So every time someone took a shower all the steam poured out and magically removed the wallpaper.)  And the paint on the closet doors was peeling off because the prior painter didn't prep the doors properly.

back foyer wallpaper before

After a little elbow grease removing the wallpaper, installing board and batten trim and sanding and painting everything we have a fresh space that blends with our home:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

DIY Vanity Desk with Deep Drawers

No you are not seeing a repeat of the vanity desk build but rather a new and improved version with four small drawers and two deep drawers.  

Having two girls means I get to make a lot of projects twice, oh joy!  On the bright side whenever you have to make something more than once there is always room for improvement and that's why I'm sharing the modified plans for this desk.

diy vanity desk with deep drawers

I originally posted this diy vanity desk last June with it's fun modern hardware pulls built for my youngest daughter:

diy vanity desk with free plans

This past Fall I finally got around to making the second desk for my older daughter and decided having 8 small drawers wasn't working but rather we needed 4 small drawers and 2 deeper drawers for bigger items:

diy vanity desk with deep drawers

Plus visually I think having the larger drawers helps give weight to the design.  At any rate I actually stole 4 small drawers from desk #1 to use for desk #2 and modified the original desk adding 2 deep drawers on that one too. 

So now both girls have the same desk except different colored hardware pulls.  They're fun and most importantly functional for all their bits and pieces.

diy vanity desk with deep drawers

I have plans down below for the modification with the deep drawers.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"S" is for Starry Side Table

diy round game table with handpaint star pattern

A quick side table makeover for a round game table in our family room.

A friend had given me this little round side table in an all over dark brown finish.  I needed to refinish the top and decided I would tackle the entire piece.

I painted the base with Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint, stripped the top surface, painted navy stars all around and sealed with 3 coats of satin poly:

diy round game table with handpaint star pattern

This round side table is the perfect addition to our family room.
I can honestly say it gets used every single day by my kids and myself.

DIY Wood Cut Out Valentine Decor

It's the season of love and since I love working with wood I thought I'd make a wood cut out Valentine decoration.  A few hearts and the date complete this wood cut out decor: 

diy wood cut out valentine decor

I'm joining five other DIY bloggers today in sharing our hearts for the first annual Makers Heart Attack.

makers heart attack

Please feel free to join us on social media by tagging your heart projects with #makersheartattack and be sure to stop by my fellow blog friends to check out their creative heart projects:

So much heart goodness and fun ideas!  My creative heart is a scrap buster project so if you're hoarding left over off cuts then this Valentine decor is for you.  Below I will share the step by step process to create this wood cut out valentine decor and you can apply this method to any sign.

diy wood cut out valentine decor

I used a combination of my scroll saw and blade runner, which is similar to a jigsaw but stationary, to cut out the letters, numbers and shapes.  I love the way the 1/2" plywood pops off the board and creates dimension:

cut out wood shapes