Friday, September 30, 2016

Handbuilt Holiday 2016 Giveaway

Friends I can hardly believe I am writing this but I am honored to announce I have partnered up with Ana White again for our annual Handbuilt Holiday series!  

handbuilt holiday 2016

Can you believe this is the 4th year of this series?!!!  What?!  Just for kicks I found the original email from August 2013 when I proposed this crazy idea:

Funny how a possibility becomes a reality and so much has happened since that email.  Every year Ana and I work really hard to scour the internet for handbuilt project ideas that are new, different, useful, fun and mostly great for gift giving because this series is all about making holiday gifts.

We will begin the 2016 series on Friday, October 7th and post one new gift plan every Friday until Christmas.

A little peek at past builds to get your project list started.

2015 was dynamite:
handbuilt holiday 2015

2014 had some steller ideas:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Build an Outdoor Cabana Lounge

One of the awesome things about DIY means you can dream up wild and crazy projects like this outdoor cabana lounge build.  I've always wanted a lazy lounge space in our backyard and with the help of my friend Ana White my dreams have come true.

diy outdoor cabana lounge

I first spotted this idea in my buildy friend Liz from Smart Girls DIY Instagram feed:

Smart Girls DIY palapa inspiration

Clearly this palapa structure is from a vacation destination spot and of course I want my backyard to feel like a vacation!  But looking at that frame and considering the support and angles I knew I needed Ana to step in and sketch up plans.  Lucky for us she has the free plans available here!

kids outdoor cabana

Of course my goal was to complete this project over the summer but time has a way of slipping and now summer has turned to Fall.  That's okay we can still make use of the outdoor cabana lounge and boy is it ever cozy!

Monday, September 26, 2016

DIY Painted Farmyard Wall Mural in Kids Bathroom

I spent this past summer in the bathrooms at my kids school painting wall murals so I thought it was only fair to write a blog post about the process.  Today I'm sharing the farmyard wall mural in the girl's bathroom.

diy painted farmyard wall mural

Truth be told I have never painted an entire wall mural before and I was shocked at how long it actually took to complete the project!  But I was loving the process so no complaints and my apologies for the lighting in these photos.  Below is the main wall completed:

diy painted farmyard wall mural

I started with this boring, plain white wall with an awful toothpaste colored stripe running in the middle:

diy painted farmyard wall mural

And the AFTER:

diy painted farmyard wall mural

There seems to be some debate about mirrors which I'm not involved in although I think they are only appropriate and necessary.  At any rate that's the reason it looks a little bare over the sinks.

diy painted farmyard wall mural

I used almost all Benjamin Moore latex paints in Eggshell finish, sample pots are great for getting lots of colors.

diy painted farmyard wall mural

I'm not sure what propelled me to place the tire swing around the paper towel dispenser but I did and it works.  All the little details were so much fun to paint, I kept wanting to add more and more but knowing I had another bathroom to complete I stopped short of going overboard.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DIY Framed Pumpkins

Bring on Fall and all the pumpkins please.  What's a girl to do with scrap wood in Fall? make pumpkins and framed them of course!

diy framed pumpkins

Today I'm over at Brittany's blog Pretty Handy Girl sharing exactly how I made this framed pumpkin decor.  Simple and low cost with a huge impact, click here for instructions.

diy framed pumpkins

And if you're curious about the open shelving in my kitchen that is a DIY project too.  All the details including before pictures are here:

diy open wood shelving

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to Paint a Sugar Skull Backdrop

If you like no rules and funky designs then painting a sugar skull backdrop should be on your project list.  This sugar skull backdrop is a great statement piece for any Halloween party.

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Below I'll share how I painted this large sugar skull backdrop for our recent back to school party.

diy sugar skull backdrop

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  • 1/2" plywood (30" x 40" or desired size)
  • matte white & black paint
  • paint brushes (various sizes)
  • pencil
  • multiple colors acrylic paint (I recommend DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels)

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Step 1: Cut plywood to desired size and sand edges.  Paint the basic skull shape using matte white, two coats will be necessary.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

DIY Painted Stripe Runner

Getting fancy in the laundry room with a painted stripe runner on the steps.  It's colorful, easy and inexpensive.

diy painted stripe runner

You may recall when I painted our basement staircase runner at our old house with the stars?  This time around I only have three short steps into the laundry room and I went with a more crisp, striped runner using red, white and blue:

diy painted stripe runner

It's super easy and fast with a little patience for drying time.  Let's look at the before:

laundry room wooden steps before

Pretty boring.  Dirty and scuffed up from use.  (Nevermind the hardware pieces sitting there sorry.)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tabletop Rustic Wheelbarrow

Decorating for Fall after a long hot summer is the most fun and today I'm so excited to share my tabletop rustic wheelbarrow along with 24 other amazingly creative wheelbarrows in a virtual party!

diy tabletop rustic wheelbarrow

I choose to make my wheelbarrow tabletop size and it's just about the cutest thing you ever did see!  I used a small size crate and modified the plans for a reduced size, I'll show you how down below. 

Now you have a place to put those bazillion apples from the orchard because I know you'll come home with way more than you expected!

Or how about mini pumpkins?  Yes please!

diy tabletop rustic wheelbarrow mini pumpkins

As part of the virtual party I asked four of my DIY blogging friends to make their own version of the rustic wheelbarrow.  Wowzers they knock it out of the park with beautifully customized wheelbarrows that truly fit their styles:

Rustic wheelbarrow virtual party

Be sure to visit their blogs for more details on how they created their custom rustic wheelbarrows.

And if you're wanting to learn how to make a rustic wheelbarrow consider signing up for The Home Depot DIH Workshop:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sugar Skull Halloween Party

We're celebrating two Fall birthdays with a sugar skull or Day of the Dead Halloween party and I thought I would share all the fun details.

Sugar skull or Day of the Dead Halloween Party

This is not your typical dark and scary Halloween party but completely the opposite.  If you're looking for a bright and colorful Halloween party theme then I highly suggest sugar skulls.  

I had so much fun pulling together all the party decor with a few purchased items and a few DIY handmade items which helps keep costs down and you can customize to your liking.

Sugar skull or Day of the Dead Halloween Party treat table

I decorated two rooms for this party, the treat table in the living room and the dining room for crafts:

Sugar skull or Day of the Dead Halloween Party decorations

For the treat table I painted the giant sugar skull backdrop on a piece of 1/2" plywood.  It's perfect for behind the table and makes a huge impact.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Do-It-Herself Rustic Wheelbarrow Workshop

September is here which means commence Fall decorating and what could be more fun than a wooden rustic wheelbarrow?  Even better you can learn to make a rustic wheelbarrow at the upcoming Do-It-Herself free workshop at The Home Depot!
DIH Workshop rustic wheelbarrow

To sign up for this workshop click here and enter your zip code for the nearest The Home Depot store location offering the rustic wheelbarrow workshop. 

DIH Workshop rustic wheelbarrow

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 to learn more.

As a partner on the DIY Workshop team I've asked 4 of my blogging friends to join in on a virtual party whereby we will all be posting our custom versions of the rustic wheelbarrow along with 20+ other diy bloggers next Monday.  The creativity will be through the roof and I cannot wait to see all the rustic wheelbarrows!

rustic wheelbarrow virtual party

In the meanwhile don't forget to sign up for the in store DIH Workshop and be sure to follow me on social media for project sneak peeks!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

DIY Recycling Tower and Giveaway

Recycling has never looked so good!  Friends I'm so excited to share with you our new recycling tower:

Why I ever waited three years to build this is beyond me?  It's a dream to have the recycling up off the floor at waist level, it's so convienent with easy access plus makes use of the vertical space in our garage.  #winning  And bonus - now in that vertical space we also have storage shelves for bulk items.

You can download the free plans to build your own recycling tower here AND the nice folks at Ryobi Tools have offered a giveaway of $300 worth of tools of your choice!  Keep reading to enter the giveaway.

First a few building notes:

In step 1 be sure to build mirror images of the two sides.  The recycling bins sit on slanted shelves for easier access so you want the mitered side shelf supports to mirror each other.