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Old Picnic Table Turned Farmhouse Table

During my brief DIY hiatus (see previous post), my favorite brother in law chronicled this DIY adventure with a farmhouse table.  His name is Chris, and he knocks this one out of the park… My first blogpost–this is not something I thought I would ever do, but I’m excited Pauline is providing me the opportunity to share …

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Perfect Timen

Life.  You can’t define it or give it a label.  It’s filled with peaks that inspire, and valleys that devastate.  The unpredictability can be beautiful, or it can be dark.   I found myself wandering in that darkness when my dad passed from lung cancer over a year ago.   Losing him reduced me to pieces, and I spent the months that …

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DIY Spray Paint Organizer

I like spray paint.  Really, I do… but I have never liked my options when it comes to the storage of spray paint.  (Group them on a shelf and the ones in the back are lost to me forever.)  My latest RYOBI NATION project is a super easy DIY Spray Paint Organizer that addresses my need for …

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DIY Metal Snowflake Ornaments

Yes.  More snowflakes. These only take a few minutes though, plus there’s no sawdust involved.  All you need is a sheet of Union Jack Aluminum from The Home Depot.  It costs about $16.98 for a 24×36 inch sheet, but you can get a zillion snowflakes out of it.   You’ll also need some tin snips, but …

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Christmas Wreath Trio

Without fail, winter eventually comes around to knock on my door and I end up with winter scowl syndrome.  This morning I woke and looked outside to see the sure sign that the season is here… white stuff on everything.  That means I must go into survival mode to ward off seasonal hibernation and blues, which basically means wintertime DIY. I am …

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DIY Lighted Holiday Tree

What’s better than a little wooden holiday tree?…  One that lights up. My latest step by step tutorial on RYOBI Nation is an easy DIY for anyone in the mood for an easy DIY. (You’ll even have enough wood left over to make more than one.) Go take a look, but don’t forget to enter for your …

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3D DIY Wood Snowflake

Another year, another snowflake.  At least that’s what it’s beginning to look like.  I’m going to jump right into this because, holy crap this post is kind of on the longer side.  I tried to simplify it by adding measurements and details to the images themselves.  I have also come to realize that my brain works …

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Refinished High Gloss Coffee Table

What goes around, comes around.  That saying rings true for me in the case of this coffee table that once was red, then not red, then red again. My very first DIY project involved stripping this very coffee table of it’s red colored paint.  (I don’t have a picture of it back then, but it was RED.) …

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In Medias Res II

I often catch myself staring at staring at nothing. “Nothing”  is easy to look at when your other senses are occupied by the invisible storm inside your mind. In the months following my dad’s passing, it has been the thing I crave the most- staring at nothing.  I can sit perfectly still and freeze a memory in time.  I …

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Reader | One Board Challenge Giveaway

Remember my One Board Challenge project?  Well, now it’s your turn! Jen Woodhouse from House of Wood had put together a One Board Challenge for a group of bloggers last July, and it was such a fun project event, that RYOBI is sponsoring a follow-up challenge for our readers.  It’s your turn, let’s see what you …

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Mid Century Coffee Table Refinish

My dad knew what was up in 1959. He was 16 years old at the time, and he built this mid century modern coffee table in his high school shop class. (Briefly, I forgot that 1959 was actually mid century, and to him this was just a coffee table. No need to name the style era.) …

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DIY Sports Decor + RYOBI Giveaway

Hi friends, are you ready for fall? It happens to be my 2nd favorite season to DIY because youknowwhat comes right after fall… don’t worry, I won’t say it yet. -“CHRISTMAS!!!” Sorry-I lied. I can’t control it sometimes, but at least I don’t jump up and down like an idiot. I’m just typing on my computer …

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DIY Geometric Wood Art

I almost didn’t write this. I worried that it would expose a weakness in me, and reveal just how bad I am at thinking things through.  Just kidding.  If you’ve read my blog before, you already know that I am allergic to any “planning” or “thinking through” of things. This was how it all started.  I had …

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Desktop File Drawers + RYOBI Giveaway

A lot of things come in threes.  Three amigos, three musketeers, three tenors… (don’t ask me where that last one came from.) My favorite thing of three happens to be my 3 boys.  I really like them.  I could go on and talk about their cuteness, but I’ll instead I’ll get to the point of this post.  My …

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Indoor Wood Planter | One Board Challenge

Katie, Addicted 2 DIY – Rustic Step Stool / Jaime, That’s My Letter – Bench Amy, Her Toolbelt – Kids Step Stool / Elisha, Pneumatic Addict Furniture – Modern 3-Leg End Table Sandra, Sawdust Girl – Three Tiered Display Shelf / Brittany, Pretty Handy Girl – Cubby Storage Box Karah, the space between – Wood Shelves / Brad, Fix This Build That – Kids Bookshelf Jenn, Build-Basic – Round Mirror / Mindi, My Love 2 Create – Floating Nightstand Jen, The House of Wood …

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Wall Storage And Organization

Here’s a fact about me:  I’m a fan of the storage crate. I love anything that can hold other things, because they make me feel more organized. A while back I received some crates from Crates & Pallet, and took the opportunity to build something for their “Back to School” campaign.   With these crates, I hoped …

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DIY Dog Steps + RYOBI Giveaway

Since we’ve entered the dog days of summer, I’ve been busy building a project on RYOBI Nation. Keeping with their dog days theme for July, I created some platform dog steps that unfold to store under the bed.  The timing couldn’t be better, because a certain 12 year old mini schnauzer needs a new way to get up onto …

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Fireplace Wall Remodel

It’s fair to say that this isn’t my first rodeo with the fireplace wall. The “before” isn’t even a true before pic because you can’t see the floor-to-ceiling rock wall that is residing behind the sheetrock.  (The early 80’s kind of rock wall.) A few years ago (pre-blog), we framed over the rock wall with 2 …

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Using Stain To Create An Aged Finish

“We never stop learning.”  -said someone. I have to agree with this person(s), because my 3rd grader tells me stuff I don’t know, all the time.  So yes, I haven’t stopped learning. I’m also convinced that the way we learn, constantly evolves. Case in point:  Learning by pretending you know what you’re doing. This is one of …

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DIY Floral Display

I’ve always believed that it’s a good day when you can put some random glass test tubes to use. If you don’t have glass test tubes laying around, they can easily be purchased on the internet or found in your local thrift store on a randomly lucky day. My inspiration for this simple project comes via …

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DIY Modern Wall Art

Nothing makes me feel smarter, than figuring out a better way to do something.  On the flip-side, nothing makes me feel more stupider, either. I have stood at my worktable for hours on end, picking and piecing teeny tiny scraps of wood together to make art.  In fact, add up those hours, and we are talking …

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DIY Geometric Step Stool

I have so many other things I should be doing. In fact, I have a very important To Do list. Having said that, one item that is NOT on my To Do list: a geometric step stool. Yep, I’m avoiding certain things by building something unnecessary.  Well maybe a step stool is necessary, but one in the …

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DIY Trellis Column + RYOBI Giveaway

If you are a little bit like me, you get the heebie-jeebies when you think of vines that climb things. Their creepy.  (I may have accidentally seen part of a Twilight Zone when I was little.)  That being said, I was surprised at my growing urge to create a trellis.  After all, a trellis is like an …

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DIY Scrap Wood Shelf

I’ve got problems.  Knick knack problems. I can’t turn a do-dad down.  Take a look in my office and you’ll see that my edges and ledges are full of things like cool rocks, an old spring, some heart-shaped piece of petrified something… it doesn’t matter, I love the little things. Which leads me to my little shelf …

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How To Use Epoxy

I love imperfections in wood grain as much as the next person, but enough about what I like.  Let’s talk about crumbs. Crumbs, fuzzies, dust, dead gnat… it doesn’t matter.  Things of this nature find their way into the crevices of a wood surface and when I spot it, I spend a good 2 hours of my evening …

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Pottery Barn Inspired Planked Wood Shelf

Of all the shapes that exist out there, the circle is my least favorite. I think it’s because circles don’t fit together, there always seems to be wasted space around them, and it’s impossible to freehand one, perfectly.  Not to mention, round things don’t stack and they roll when you don’t want them to. So, imagine my …

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In Medias Res

DIY is not all it’s cracked up to be. It can be deceiving. It can give you a false sense of security and safety. DIY can let life sneak in the side door while you’re installing new locks on the front. If you do it long enough, it can also lead you into a trap later on- the …

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Swiss Inspired Sawhorse Table

So I built a table.  I’ll tell you all about my first experience following table plans, but I have to warn you, I took liberties. I saw an outdoor Pottery Barn Table Knockoff that Shanty 2 Chic did, and used the same plans they collaborated with Ana White on. (Get the original plans on anawhite.com.) But sometimes, I like …

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Layering Stain Technique

I sing praises for reclaimed and salvaged wood all the time.  I love the look, and I love what the look represents: history.  But sometimes, it’s just not practical for me to use it, so I gotta go against my grain and pay money for lumber.  (Paying for brand spankin new lumber causes a physiological stress reaction …

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Wood Art Video Tutorial

I love art. I love it because art is something that is defined by the person who creates it, and redefined by the eyes that behold it. When I started all this reclaimed wood / DIY/ I do stuff  hullabaloo and started collecting and rescuing aged wood, I didn’t have the heart to throw out the leftover scrap pieces. …

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Neutral Holiday Tablescape

Well, here I am doing a 12 Days of Christmas blogger tour thing with some seriously skilled DIY bloggers. Monday December 8th – Rogue Engineer Tuesday December 9th – Her Toolbelt Wednesday December 10th – So Much Better With Age Thursday December 11th – Pneumatic Addict Furniture Friday December 12th – Pretty Handy Girl Monday December …

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Junkers Unite | Scrap Wood Holiday Tree

I’m all about saving tiny pieces of scrap, even the odd shaped ones. Case in point, this Scrap Wood Holiday Tree… I was invited to join 13 bloggers in this year’s Junkers United Christmas Event, and since I have lots of junk, I’m all in. Each one of us are sharing a piece of Holiday awesome, so …

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DIY Tree Ornaments | RYOBI Giveaway

  Hello friends! I’ve joined RYOBI Nation to create a fun DIY Tree Ornament project (click to view tutorial ) for RYOBI FAST & EASY DIY GIFTS. These ornaments are fast, easy, and versatile.  Can ornaments be versatile? There’s more good news… I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my readers to receive this awesome RYOBI Phone Works prize …

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DIY Geometric Wooden Snowflake

I’m not always in the mood for a ginormous snowflake, I like medium-sized things too. When I wanted to scale down the size of my original wooden snowflake plans, I felt like I needed to take away the “stacking” part.  That meant less of a 3-D/layered look, and more time spent in the math area of …

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Faux Brick Wall Art

This project idea kind of came out of left field, but I’ll take it.  I’ve come to realize that I can’t get too choosy with new ideas, because I never know when the creative side of my brain will hit a brick wall.  (Ha-ha.. hey dad, that one’s for you!) Now, on with the show!… I’ve always …

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How To Paint Wood To Look Like Brick

Hi there, this is the post about the painting technique for this art piece. You can read about my inspiration for all the brick hullabaloo, and the overall project, HERE. Did you know wood 2×3’s could look like brick? I didn’t, so I decided to take a gamble.  (But I totally acted like I knew what I was …

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DIY Wooden Reindeer Holiday Ornaments

I had a plan when I woke up this morning. I’m so sorry, but I’m going to share it: Get out of bed.  (that’s difficult) Pour 3 bowls of mom fail. (sugar cereal) Attempt to smooth and wet down bed-head on my youngest.  (at least I tried?..) Send all three boys out the door to the bus. (thank …

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How To Make A Wooden Snowflake | With Video

I’m a sucker for snowflakes.  There, I said it. To me, they are a perfect example of artistic use of symmetry, and the only version of mathematics that doesn’t make my head start hurting.  (Typing the word “mathematics” just made my head start hurting.) Last winter, I shared a tutorial on how to build  large, Reclaimed …

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Salvage Style | Upcyled Mirrors

It’s good to be among people who get you. They know what it’s like to see beyond scratches, dents, and dust. They know what it means to go to the trouble of saving something from certain demise, only to spend time cleaning, storing, and rebuilding it into something better. I’m excited to share my project in this event …