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Spray Painted Dresser

Here’s a good old fashioned before and after. This dresser was a gift from a friend who had found it at a local thrift store.  There was some damage on the top from some spilled nail polish, so that meant I could paint the whole thing a new color, right?  And I could do it guilt free, right? …

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Six DIY Projects For A Haunting Halloween

I love the fall season and all the Halloween festivities.  It’s such a happy and exciti-…. okay.  I’ve got to stop right there.  I’ve never been great at doing Halloween.  I pour all my energy into kids costumes every year, which leaves zero time to come up with anything else creative for the holiday.  Why do …

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DIY Dutch Door

When it comes to picking a door for a nursery, interior hollow core doors aren’t the most popular choice, especially when they are from 1983. Head over to RYOBI NATION to see how I transformed an orangey-brown hollow core door, into one that can double as a baby gate. (Dutch doors / double the fun.) But first, don’t …

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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 …

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Faux DIY Butcher Block

How to Create a Faux DIY Butcher Block: In my shop, there is a lot of crap scrap going on.   Once in a while I feel it staring at me, and that’s when I know it’s time to clean house and use it up. I’ve always liked the look of butcher block as an accent in …

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Modified Light Fixture

I wanted a certain look for the lighting above my kitchen sink, and  I was imagining light fixtures that I couldn’t find in stores. Okay, truthfully, I didn’t look very hard, because my light fixture budget is running low…  (Bwa ha ha! Just kidding!  I’ve never had a budget for light fixtures!!!  What is that!?) Anyway, …

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Decorative Wall Sconce

Sometimes I accidentally use words that sound fancy. Like the word “sconce”. I’ve been planning to make a pair to go in my kitchen for a while, and when I saw these wine bottle wall vases from Shanty 2 Chic, I was inspired. Not only was I finally going to make a pair of decorative wall sconces, but …

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DIY Barnwood Table Trough

Seven feet. That’s how long this table trough needed to be. Sure, I could have decided to build this as separate pieces to be placed end to end on the table, creating an illusion of a 7 foot long table trough… but that would have been easier. Projects like this call for barnwood, and that means my wood …

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Swiss Inspired Wood Art

Time waster. That’s what I call those things that I mess around with because I’m avoiding something else like:  other projects, calling my insurance company, or organizing iphoto. Put simply, I just have to remove myself from my current direction, and waste time. Most of the time that means going out to my shop to start cutting wood scraps …

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DIY Stacking Storage Crates

Do you know what kind of project feels good after you have finished one that stretched and strained your creative boundaries? An easy one. A project that you know like the back of your hand. One you can do blindfolded. Good old-fashioned storage crates. Going back to my Etsy crate-building roots felt familiar. Sort of like the feeling …

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DIY Game Table | Minwax

Potential is often easy to overlook. After all, our eyes are meant to see what is actually there, not what could be. So when I spotted this table at a thrift store, I tried to imagine how it could be more than just a surface to set stuff on. I thought about another function for it. I needed …

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Salvaged Wood Desktop

Have you ever slowed down while driving and made the front wheels of your car stop exactly on the top of a speed bump? Like, just for kicks, you let your wheels perch there upon a tiny mountain in the middle of the road or parking lot, just to feel the pull forward and roll down off …

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Kitchen Nook Remodel

I really have no clue. I’ve spent so much time trying to decide what to call this space in my kitchen, that I’m almost embarrassed. Almost. Desk area?  “Area” feels too big. Kitchen nook? Nook?  That word is weird if you think about it. And then there’s the guilt.  I feel a little guilty for stressing …

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Serving Tray Tutorial

Sometimes, I build a random serving tray. It’s my go-to item of choice when I want to whip up something quick, plus they make a great gift.  So lets focus on that, and not how I was avoiding installing a lighting fixture. I have a ton of scraps from a local high end woodworking shop.  (I …

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Blogland Tour Continues

On a tour through blogland… A few weeks ago Karen, from Redoux Interiors, invited me to join the tour that highlights great blogs throughout the internet.  I am very flattered that Karen picked my blog because I have looked up to her and her gift for spotting potential in unwanted things.  (Not to mention her amazing talent …

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Entry Table Makeover | Glidden Paint

If ever there was a table that needed some color, this is it. Sitting in the same spot in my home for two years, it has largely gone unnoticed. Time for a paint job. Glidden® paint has a simplified palette that helped me avoid the decision fatigue I usually experience when deciding on a paint color. …

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Refinished Ombré Barstool

I refinished a barstool. (Sort of.) I only removed part of the old finish, so… I refinished part of a barstool..? I somewhat refinished a barstool..? I half-way re-did it..? (I can keep going if you’d like…  I also like ellipses… ) Anyway, back to my talk about the barstool. For quite a while, I have wanted …