Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DIY Toy Box Round-Up

diy toy box ideas
All the DIY toy boxes I've made in one round up.  I've been meaning to collect all my toy box builds into one succinct post for a long time now.

A great gift for the holidays, start building now and you'll have it ready in time!

Monday, October 28, 2013

3 Neutral Fall Mantels

Three Fall mantels done in neutral tones with natural elements.

neutral fall mantels

The center chimney in our 1740 saltbox farmhouse has three fireplaces (and I'm pretty certain there was a fourth fireplace on the second floor that has been sealed over - might just pull a Nicole Curtis and open that thing up someday!)

Until then I have three mantels to decorate - life is a double edge sword sometimes.

3 neutral fall mantels

I kept it simple in the master bedroom:

master bedroom fall mantel

Friday, October 25, 2013

DIY Wood Trug

Handmade Holiday: build a wood trug


It's Friday which means Ana White and I have another new plan perfect for your holiday gift giving.



Today it's a wood trug or carryall or handled bin - call it what you want - a very versatile and useful gift.  It could even be a gift to hold other gifts!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

DIY Framed Floor Mirror

diy wood framed floor mirror

How to add a wood frame to a large mirror.

Before we moved my old neighbor had done a full home renovation and decided she didn't need this large framed wall mirror anymore, my luck since I knew I could use it in our new home.

The frame was fine but I wanted a more rustic look:

framed floor mirror before and after

Friday, October 18, 2013

DIY Folding Desk



Today begins the first build of a new series, Handmade Holiday.
I teamed up with Ana White to create all new gift plans for you to build, one new plan every Friday.

We're starting now so you have time to build all those gifts for this holiday season!

Handmade Holiday: build a folding desk


Use Ana's plans to build this portable folding desk for anyone on your gift list this year.

Of course it's perfect for kids who always want a hard surface to work on:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

DIY Industrial Cupcake Stand

Build: industrial style cupcake stand


I used plumbing parts and a birch log slice for each cupcake stand, so simple but tons of character and perfect for Thanksgiving.


These industrial wood slice cupcake stands are just the right size for an individual serving: cupcakes, mini pies or even as candle holders.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Railing Makeover from Paint to Stain

railing makeover

A railing makeover from painted to stained and the final installment of the family room makeover.

 The railing is complete and I can officially say I conquered all the red paint in the family room:

railing before and after

Friday, October 11, 2013

"T" is for Turkey Napkin Rings

Craft: turkey napkin rings


Repurpose wooden curtain rings to make these simple turkey napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Easy Ribbon Organizer

Build: easy ribbon organizer


There are tons of different ribbon organizer systems out there.
I made this version using scrap 2x4 wood pieces and a round dowel:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Old Window Repurposed as a Frame

old window repurposed as a frame

How to use an old window as a frame for quilt pieces.  A fabric scrap buster project that puts color on the wall and uses an old reclaimed window as a frame.

old window repurposed to frame quilt pieces

Friday, October 4, 2013

DIY Homework Counter

diy homework counter with storage shelves

How I built basic cubby style shelves with a long counter on top to fit the space in this family's eating area for a perfect diy homework counter.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DIY Growth Chart

diy growth chart

Make this diy growth chart using Measure-It! self adhesive measuring tape.

I made it super simple by actually using the tape in place of making measurement marks, it's a no measure DIY growth chart!

diy personalized growth chart

You would hang the growth chart on the wall, at least 12" or 24" from the floor: