I'm here today because I've been selected as a Haven Mentor for the 2017 conference and I thought I'd share a bit about myself as a DIY blogger.
How many years have you been blogging?
I've been blogging for 7 years and it has flown by in a blink! I started, as most bloggers do, wanting to share a kitchen renovation with my friends and family so everyone could see the progress and change in tidy little post packages. That kitchen renovation led to sharing all types of projects (and I cringe at those early posts now!) from sewing to painting and my all time favorite - building.
SECRET #1: I used an iphone for ALL my photos for the first 3 years of blogging!
What is your favorite DIY project that you have completed?
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.
Happy Monday and what better way to start the week than with the 2017 Do It Herself Workshops annoucement at The Home Depot! I'm over the moon excited to be part of the DIH Workshops team again along with a few of my fellow diy bloggers. We're kicking off the workshops with this beautiful vertical succulent garden project:
Did you know 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.
Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.
My fellow diy bloggers and myself will be making our own custom versions of this vertical succulent garden and sharing our projects next Monday, be sure to check back for lots of inspiration and ideas!
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I promised plans for the actual basket and I'm here to deliver. But if you want more details on the faux chocolate bunnies and eggs plus check out 5 more Martha inspired blogger Easter baskets click here.
Down below I share the free plans in addition to real life steps as I built these baskets. Be sure to read through all steps before beginning.
Sharing my Martha Stewart inspired Easter basket today and I decided to make a chocolate Easter basket. Real chocolate is always a good idea for any Easter basket but my version is full of faux chocolate bunnies and eggs.
We all love a little retail therapy but maybe not the prices that sometimes go along with our favorite shops. Never fear I've joined forces with four amazing bloggers who will show us how to create a knock off version of some retail favorites.
Today we're sharing knock off projects for the kitchen and they are all so Springy and fresh! Please be sure to visit each of my friends to see just how they made their project:
I choose to recreate this hanging letter holder in all its gold glory. The retail version is made of metal but I opted to use wood because it's much easier to work with and I happen to have quite a few wood scraps on hand.
Given a little advance warning you can easily make a personalized gift for any occassion. I recently went to a dinner party and rather than bring the typical bottle of wine I made a wood cut out name plaque for the family. Of course I'd be happy to receive a bottle wine, that's perfectly acceptable, but I prefer to make a unique gift.
I used scrap wood to put together this last name plaque and cut out the letters from 1/2" plywood but you could easily purchase premade letters and achieve a similar look.
I just love seeing the plywood sandwich layers under the stain and all the grainy bits poking through.
Down below I'll show you how to cut out the letters and assemble this name plaque.
We can always use more storage and more counterspace right? How about building a dedicated pantry cabinet that doubles as more serving space? Today I'm sharing this freestanding kitchen pantry cabinet with free plans.
I've partnered with Build Something to bring you step by step plans so you can build this kitchen pantry cabinet. Build Something is full of project plans by space and type so you can find inspiration for nearly any room in your home. Before you head over there to check out the plans for this pantry cabinet be sure to read through my building tips below.
With the doors closed you would hardly suspect this cabinet is full of food storage! And it's not meant for just the kitchen, you could use it in your office, craft room or work space too.
What to do with all those short wood off cuts cluttering up your scrap bin? Make a beautiful cedar scrap wood planter of course! If you're like me then you can never let off cuts go to waste.
I had a huge pile of short cedar wood scraps and two potted ferns that needed a home to cover that ugly plastic pot. So I whipped up these slatted cedar planters and plopped my ferns in place. I think they like their new home!
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I choose to use cabinet screws in a decorative manner but they also serve a purpose holding the long sides to the short sides. You could opt for finish nails which would be less obvious but they don't have the holding power of screws.
How to make a large gingham painting is as easy as coloring in the lines. If you're looking to make a large statement piece, backdrop or wall panel this gingham pattern might just be the answer. Pick the color best for your space and I'll show you how down below.
In case you missed it last week I shared my Spring home tour along with 24 other bloggers and I included our Master Bedroom mantel in the tour. Rarely do I dress up this mantel but this Spring seemed the perfect occassion and I'm so happy with the results.
I had envisioned this large gingham painting for awhile and finally made it come to life. It's a very easy process that results in a visually eye catching piece.
Scroll down below for the step by step instructions to make your own large gingham painting.
Fitting for the season I'm sharing this giant pot of gold project today because sometimes you just need an enormous pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
I actually made this giant pot of gold for the Spring auction for my kids school. We had a shamrock 'race' whereby each class was raising money to move across the rainbow and get to the pot of gold in first place. We had large 24" shamrocks the kids decorated and hung them in the school, this pot of gold was at the actual auction for decoration purposes only.
The gold coins are my favorite part and a super simple craft project for you hot glue gun lovers.
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A special hello to you readers coming from Cheryl's place at Tidy Mom. Her family room is Spring time perfection if I do say so myself! If you haven't visited please check it out, I'll be right here waiting.
Back in the Northeast we're in anticipation mode, it's an itch I want to get after and Spring always seems to slowly crawl it's way into town. In hopes of coaxing the season along I've teamed up with 24 bloggers to share our Spring home tours, there's so much yummy inspiration and styles you can achieve so let's dive in.
I'm starting in the Family Room with few fresh and colorful touches to our normal neutral farmhouse style.
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!
It's likely you might have a tree in your yard just asking for bench.
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:
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.
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.
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:
And the 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
I have plans down below for the modification with the deep drawers.