Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Handbuilt Holiday Series 2015 & Giveaway

Are you ready to get your build on for the holidays? 

Ana White and I are back for our third annual Handbuilt Holiday series starting this Friday, October 2nd!  Hang on to your hats folks because this year we have some really fun, useful and DIY friendly builds that you are going to love building and giving!

Who's in?  Let's hashtag this series up too! 


Add the hashtag to your social media pictures so we can see all the handbuilt gifts you're making.  

We've got 12 weeks to go, that's 12 awesome free gift plans for you to make just in time for the holiday season.  Each week we will post a new gift plan on Friday, every Friday starting 10/2 until Christmas.

To entice you to get building for this holiday season we have an awesome giveaway.
One lucky reader will win:

1 - autographed copy of Ana's book The Handbuilt Home
1 - $50 gift card to The Home Depot
1 - Ana-s new t-shirt: Woodworking is my cardio (see it here)

Enter the giveaway here.
*Giveaway is only open to US residents 18 and older.

For a quick refresher below are the past two years Handbuilt Holiday gift build plans:
(Click on the photo for links to plans.) 



Friday, September 25, 2015

4 DIY Wood Lanterns

There's something about Fall and the upcoming holidays that has me thinking about lanterns and candles.  Today I rounded up four DIY wood lantern projects you can make to add that touch of wood and warmth to your space.

Monday, September 21, 2015

No Tricks Only Treats Handpainted Sign

We're talking handpainted signs today.  How to make this handpainted no tricks, only treats sign for your Halloween door decor.

This technique is simple and straight forward, no vinyl cutting machine necessary.  I actually prefer the variations that come from handpainting the letters.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Framed Wall Quilt

For those of you who love to sew I shared this easy framed wall quilt over at Pretty Handy Girl yesterday.  It's straight sewing, four of the same pieces make up the X design and adds a huge punch of color for very little effort.

Click on over to Brittany's blog here for a complete tutorial, I promise it's easier than it looks.

And if you're looking for more quilt related sewing projects:

I'm linking up to:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Repurpose It Challenge: Card Catalog Side Table

It's another challenge folks and this time Mindi @ My Love 2 Create came up with the brilliant idea for a Repurpose It Challenge.

I choose to repurpose an old card catalog into a side table but you must see what my 7 other blogger friends came up with:

I took this dusty and beat up old card catalog that was given to me from a friend of a friend about 3 years ago:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

One Board Reader Challenge Giveaway

Ask and you shall receive!  

This one is for you buildy friends.  Back in July a group of us buildy bloggers got together for a One Board Challenge where we all built different projects using a single 1x8x8 board.  You all were so enthusiastic with your comments and feedback asking to join in on the challenge so here is your chance!

We are opening the One Board Challenge to you AND you could win $1000 worth of Ryobi Tools for your garage!!!

See all of those projects above?  They were all built using one board by some amazing buildy bloggers:

 Now for the contest details:

  • build a project using only one 1x8x8 board
  • any type of wood is allowed
  • lumber is limited to the single board but you can add glue, paint, hardware for embellishment

  • follow the rules above to build your project, take a picture and post it to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts* and be sure to use the hashtag #OneBoardChallange
  • you can enter multiple one board projects
  • all submissions must be posted by October 15th
  • one winner will be announced October 26th
*If you have a private social media account we will not be able to see your entry.  Email me your photo and I will post it on your behalf.

Good luck and get creative!  I can't wait to see all the amazing one board projects.

Friday, September 11, 2015

DIY Hanging Lantern

Yes this post is titled DIY hanging lanterns and my lanterns aren't even hanging in the picture.  That's okay, you get the idea that you definitely could hang them.  The glass jar is glued in place and that's a battery operated candle so no fear of fire.

Let's make these hanging lanterns because I'm sharing the free plans today.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Hanging Planter

DIY hanging planter with free plans

Happy Labor Day friends!  We're gearing up for the next DIY Workshop at The Home Depot where we will be building a hanging planter.  Today I'm sharing my custom version of the hanging planter and I've got the free plans down below to build your own.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bathroom Storage Cabinet

diy bathroom storage cabinet using an old window

Who loves a good repurpose project?  Me!  I have a huge stash of old windows and decided the bathroom makeover needed a storage cabinet and what better way to use an old window!

diy bathroom storage cabinet using an old window

I'm sharing the detailed step by step plans over at Remodelaholic today.  You can input your window dimensions in the plans to customize to your size.

diy bathroom storage cabinet free plans

Curious to see the entire bathroom makeover?  Check my post here for more details and fun before and after photos.

antique saltbox bathroom makeover

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sideboard Makeover with Chalky Finish

Popping in with a quick makeover of this giant sideboard I built back in February.  As you can see I originally left the wood natural only sealing it with clear polyurethane but I always knew it needed some color.

I mixed equal parts of two Americana Decor chalky finish colors together to get the most beautiful midnight blue that really helps the copper hardware stand out: