Monday, June 29, 2015

Deck the Walls

Easy and inexpensive wall decor that you can make from wood and fabric scraps.  I'm sharing how to make this simple wood bunting over at Remodelaholic today, click here to see the full tutorial.

And I promise there's no sewing involved!

If you have wall decor projects you'd like to share be sure to link up at the Deck the Walls party here. Features will be chosen and posted this Friday.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Field Day Station Signs

While summer is now in full swing and most field day events are long over I still thought I would share how I made the field day station signs for our school and you can pin for later.

These station signs are completely portable, self standing and the game names are interchangeable which makes them reusable from year to year.

To make 8 station signs I used the follow supplies:

8 - 2x3x8 studs
2 - 2x8x12 boards
1 sheet - 1/2" plywood
16 hooks and eyes
2 1/2" & 1 5/8" exterior wood screws
2" finish nails

Follow the step by step instructions below to build your own field day station signs:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mailbox Debate: Post or Wall

Secretly I really love a big mailbox on a post at the end of the driveway.  Perhaps because that's how I grew up, running to the end of the driveway to see what that big black box would deliver.  However, in our current neighborhood all the mailboxes are right at the house (which I must say makes it so easy especially in bad weather thank you US Postal!) but let me show you the before:

Yes there's the beautiful copper mailbox on a post right by the back door.  As convenient as it may be it was also an eye sore and a problem for a few reasons.

1. The garbage men need access to that gate right behind the mailbox and it was sort of blocking the pathway.
2. The door on the mailbox was ripped and hard to close.
3. Size - it's super big.  We're a family of five and never ever did we come close to filling that mailbox.  Granted it is good space for small packages but those can be left just inside the storm door.

So I removed the mailbox cutting down the post and hung a wall mounted version.  It's streamlined now and I can guarantee I won't have any of the garbage men telling me they cut themselves on the ripped metal of the old mailbox.

I placed my diy planter in the corner with a fern and I'm loving the new look already.  I'm still a little bit sad about not having a mailbox on a post but this back door refresh is working just swell. 

I'm linking up to:
TDC Before and After

Monday, June 22, 2015

Balance Board

Summer is finally here and I'll do anything to keep my kids busy outside so today I'm sharing this diy balance board made from scrap wood.  I can't take full credit for this project, I found my inspiration here, but I did write up plans for my version below.

Friday, June 19, 2015

"C" is for Cupcake Tray Carrier

I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl today sharing this fun cupcake tray carrier.  All the plans and step by step instructions are over at Brittany's place here.

Happy Friday friends!

Monday, June 15, 2015

"G" is for Grill Cart / Bar Cart

diy grill cart with free plans and cooler storage

Today it's a grill cart / bar cart just in time for summer!  I built my own version of the grill cart that is part of The Home Depot DIY Workshop coming up this Saturday, June 20th at 10am:

The Home Depot diy workshop

I can't wait to show you all how to build the grill cart Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern designed for the workshop!

This Saturday, June 20th, I'll be at the Buffalo store #1286:

The Home Depot #1286
4405 Milestrip Rd
Buffalo, NY  14219

Below you'll find all the details on my version of the grill cart.  I actually made the grill cart into a bar cart for our purposes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

"K" is for Kids Cubby Organizer: One Board Project

We have seven birthday parties next week during the last week of school.  Yes seven.  Instead of running to the store to buy more plastic toys wrapped in plastic I pillaged my scrap wood pile and built a kids cubby organizer.

This is a one board project meaning you could build this organizer from one (1x4) eight foot board which costs about $5.  Or you could use scrap wood and then it's a free project.

Two down, five to go!

I'm sharing the free plans down below including materials, cut list and step by step instructions.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"B" is for Build Besties: Part Two

Build Besties: Part Two

Buildy friends it's another installment of Build Besties and these are the people you want to follow for tons of DIY building inspiration.  We all build furniture and share a love for making pieces out of wood for our homes and the people we love.  Please know this is not a finished list, I'm always on the lookout for more buildy bloggers.

Below are brief snippets of these build besties which I guarantee does not do them justice - please go visit their blogs to see much more! (Click on the image to go directly to their site.)

Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Sew a Drawstring Backpack

Who's ready for summer and camp season?  I'm sharing a fairly simple sewing project today: drawstring backpacks.  I made these for my girls to take to camp this summer (I have blocked out the camp name for safety reasons) just so they have something to tote around small necessities when going down to the lake, taking a day trip, etc.

There are lots of drawstring backpack tutorials out there so this is nothing new but I thought I'd share how I made this version along with the personalization tutorial.  (I followed the Purl Bee tutorial here as a starting point.)

Also I used drop cloth canvas on the exterior and cotton gingham for the lining.  The pink drawstring poly rope can be found at Home Depot.

Friday, June 5, 2015

"K" is for Kreg Tool Giveaway

It's Friday and a great day for a giveaway!  Yesterday I shared my diy outdoor hose hiding planter and today I want to follow up with a tool giveaway.  I partnered with the nice folks at Kreg to bring you the planter and now it's your turn to get building!

Today's giveaway is one Kreg DIY Project Kit which includes the following:
- Rip-Cut
-Kreg Jig® R3
- Shelf Pin Jig

The DIY Project Kit is the ultimate three must have tools for any DIYer and makes the perfect starting point for anyone looking to build home projects.

A speaking of home projects below are some beautiful outdoor projects shared by my fellow DIY bloggers:

Each project was built using Kreg joinery and you can get the free plans to build your own version by clicking on the links below:

Enter below for your chance to win a Kreg DIY Project Kit and you'll be cutting plywood with ease, assembling your projects with pocket-hole joinery and creating custom adjustable shelves like you never thought possible!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"H" is for Hose Hiding Planter

Ready to get building for outdoors this summer?  Together with Kreg Tool a group of us buildy bloggers have come up with some awesome outdoor diy build projects.  Today we are all sharing different projects with details on how to build your own!

This is my hot mess of a hose area.  Granted we are only entering our third summer at this home so tackling this eyesore was pretty far down on the to-do list.

The hose spigot is actually behind the fence (in the front yard) but we need the hose accessible to the backyard so it used to rest in a pile amidst hosta and ferns.

Until I decided to clean up the area and create not only a pretty spot for flowers but a place to hide the hose when not in use.  I'm sharing the plans on how to build your own planter down below.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"W" is for Workbench Inspired Desk

Hello readers!  I'm over at Simpon Strong Tie's blog: DIY Done Right today sharing my industrial workbench inspired desk.  I built this desk using the DIY Done Right Workbench or Shelving Hardware Kit and I've put together plans so you can build it too!

Click here to get the step by step instructions, materials and cut lists and you'll have a grand workspace that you'll never want to leave!

And if you're curious about the stool click here for plans.

Disclaimer:  I have partnered with Simpson Strong Tie to bring you this desk.  I was provided materials and/or compensation to create and construct this desk.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.