Friday, February 27, 2015

"C" is for Caddy Gift

diy wood gift caddy

Make this easy caddy from scrap wood and you have a perfect last minute birthday gift!  And I have the free plans for you down below too.

diy wood caddy kids art supplies

It's so versatile.
I loaded this caddy with art supplies but wouldn't it be great for hair supplies or make up for the older girls?

wood caddy with compartments

diy personalized wood caddy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"S" is for Spilling the Beans: Q & A

Something out of the ordinary today - I was asked by Porch to do a question and answer style post.  And since I rarely talk personal here's your chance to get to know a little more about me!  


If you haven't heard of Porch yet they are an online network where you can find the right professionals with referrals for all your home projects.  It's a grand home improvement network for those projects that are beyond DIY, Porch helps you find reputable peeps.

For this Q & A I'll be answering a few questions here and then you'll want to click over to the Porch Advice Blog to read the other juicy half.

What's your DIY weapon of choice?

Sliding compound miter circular saw


My real weapon of choice is my hands, they're invaluable to me so don't drill through your pointer finger ever!  It really hurts and the nerve took 2 months to come back.

Words of wisdom for someone remodeling on a budget?

Use what you have first and foremost.  I always shop my house first including my basement which is full of cast offs and wood scraps.  Lots of things can be transformed into something else with a little imagination, maybe rebuild it or add some paint.  I like to pretend there is a zero budget, collect everything I have and can use for the remodel and then make the purchases that I really want.

What's the weirdest thing you've collected?

Railing spindles.


No project plans yet but I'm holding on to them because they're so skinny, twisty and spindly.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"P" is for Privacy Curtain

diy privacy curtain with copper pipe

The loft space was all refreshed and my kids were happily making use of it when they declared "Mom wouldn't be great if we had a curtain for privacy?".  I obliged and made this simple privacy curtain using supplies I already had on hand: copper pipe, a white sheet and book rings.

loft space with privacy curtain

And now the loft space is private!

Friday, February 20, 2015

DIY Candy Button Zipper Pouches

diy candy button zipper pouches

This just might be the most outrageous diy project I have conjured up in my lifetime but when my daughter decided she wanted a Willy Wonka birthday party all things normal went out the window.  So today I am sharing how to make candy button zipper pouches using real candy buttons which will be the favors at her birthday party.

diy save the date willy wonka party

It's official since I already sent out this cute little save the date graphic I made up.

diy candy button zipper pouches

The candy buttons ARE NOT EDIBLE anymore because they have been sealed with clear gloss polyurethane which is the only way I could figure out how to keep the buttons adhered to the paper and protect the sugar and paper from moisture (humidity, moist fingers, liquids in general). 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"C" is for Copper Cake Stand

diy wood and copper cake stand

diy wood cake stand

Hello diy friends.  Today I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl with Brittany sharing how to make this wood and copper cake stand.

diy wood and copper pipe cake stand

What cake doesn't need a snazzy pipe cake stand?  Click here for all the details.

And if you're looking for more pipe project inspiration see my round up here:
 6 diy pipe projects
I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue
Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane

Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Pipe Projects Round Up

diy pipe projects

The pipe trend seems to be hanging around for awhile now so today I've rounded up 6 DIY pipe projects.  I've done quite a few projects with pipe so I thought I'd share them all here in one round up style post for those looking for some pipe inspiration.

diy mason jar carrier with pipe handle

Mason jars, copper pipe and wood all in one project - how can you resist?  This is a fairly simple build using scrap wood and makes a great gift too.  See the details here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Loft Space Makeover

loft space with ceiling beams

Another peek into our home today and we're up on the second floor in the loft space.  Two weeks ago I shared the backstairs and upstairs hallway space and that leads us to the front stairs and loft space.

loft space before

To be honest this makeover really only needed paint and a new light fixture.  Unfortunately I don't have a before picture of the light but it was straight from 1984 with smoky glass and actually came down shortly after we moved in 18 months ago because I couldn't live with it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DIY Extra Long Sideboard

diy extra long sideboard with drawers free plans

I'm so excited to share this beast of a build with you today!  And no build would be complete without plans from my friend Ana White.  Buildy friends this is one really long sideboard with TONS of storage:

diy extra long sideboard with drawers free plans

I asked Ana to help me with a sideboard build and sent her multiple ideas which she mashed into this beauty.  Truly unique and one of a kind, it's the perfect combination of drawers and doors.

diy extra long sideboard with drawers free plans

The best part is the height and the depth.  It's just over 40" high (close to bar height) and only 17 1/2" deep so it doesn't protrude into the room but offers so much counter space at 91" long.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"S" is for Stenciled Wood Wall Art

diy stenciled wood wall art

diy stenciled wood wall art

I'm participating in the 10 Days of Valentines challenge with Porch and Valspar paint whereby I was to create a diy project using marsala paint and a mystery item from Porch.  

As you can see the mystery item was a stencil and this diy gal never uses stencils but I was up for the challenge.

diy stenciled wood wall art

I used the stencil in a tile like fashion to make this wood wall art which resembles a quilt.  I love the intricate detail of the stencil and the delicate nature of the shapes.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

DIY Vintage Quilt Makeover

vintage quilts girls bedroom

How I took a vintage quilt (that was never quilted) and made it into two proper quilts for my girls beds, if only their great great grandmother knew where her quilt was today!

vintage quilt top

I received this very thin handpieced quilt from my mother about 10 years ago.  It actually came from her father's home and was made by his mother so now this vintage quilt will span 5 generations.

vintage quilt with new quilting

I cut the quilt in half to make two quilts, gave them a proper backing with batting and then quilted them to enhance the star pattern.  I sure hope my great grandmother is pleased with the transformation.