Friday, February 27, 2015

"C" is for Caddy Gift

diy gift caddy with free plans


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.


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?



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 simple privacy curtain


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.


And now the loft space is private!

Friday, February 20, 2015

"C" is for 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.


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


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


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

"P" is for Pipe Projects Round Up

6 diy pipe projects


The pipe trend seems to be hanging around for awhile now.  I've done 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.


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

"L" is for Loft Space Makeover

loft space makeover


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.


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.


Today the space is bright and fresh and clearly the highlight here are those exposed wood beams which are about 275 years old.  (Our house was built around 1740.)  I painted the walls Benjamin Moore simply white and the trim is London Fog.


That one horizontal beam makes the perfect ledge for books.  I used the kids diy book ends from Emma's build it birthday party here to hold up the books.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"E" is for Extra Long Sideboard

diy extra long sideboard


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:


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.


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.


And I cannot take credit for the copper pipe hardware idea.  Thank you to Katie at Upcycled Treasures for this beautiful idea which I borrowed.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"S" is for 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.


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

"V" is for Vintage Quilt Makeover


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!


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.


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.

Friday, January 30, 2015

"U" is for Upstairs Hallway Makeover


Today I'm sharing the upstairs hallway and backstairs makeover.  I've been slowly making my way through our home room by room and after living here for 1 1/2 years I'm finally giving some attention to some of those in-between spaces.


Most recently I tackled the back stairs leading to the upstairs hallway because, as you can tell from the before pictures above, they needed a little love.  Worn, grungy and dark, these stairs are the preferred route up to the kids bedrooms and weren't very enticing (we have a front stairs too but it's out of the way).


Some fresh paint, some stripped paint and a new railing and it's magical once again.  (Funny what a $5 new return vent cover can do for appearances.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"P" is for Pincushion with Wood Base

diy quilted pincushion with wood base


This is one project I've been thinking about for a long time and finally put myself to the task while feeling quite under the weather this week to do much of anything else.

Raid your fabric scraps to make the cutest pincushion and then I'll show you how to attach it to a solid 4x4 wood base for stability and weight.  Anytime you can combine fabric and wood in a project is a win / win in my book!


The finished size on the squares is 3/4" but the whole pincushion measures about 4" square and just over 2" tall.


I posted these in my etsy shop here but I show you how to make your own down below.

Friday, January 23, 2015

"H" is for Heart Wall Art

diy fabric collage heart wall art


Another Valentine's Day themed project today and one that's easy for kids to do too!


I cut out a heart shape from 3/4" plywood but you could easily purchase one of those heart shaped frames that are precut at Michaels (and I think only $1) and do this same project.


Cut plywood edges are my favorite because it shows the layers of the pressed wood sandwich.  And use all your cute fabric scraps for this one, my squares are 1" but any size will work.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"L" is for Leather Heart Necklace

diy leather heart necklace


Another candy free diy valentines idea for you today and one that requires no sewing (or wood cutting ;)).  I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl with Brittany sharing these leather heart necklaces.

Super fast and easy especially for you hot glue gun lovers - the tutorial is here.

And if you're looking for more candy free diy valentines below is a quick round up:

Another candy free valentine or awesome birthday party favor if you've got scrap wood are these personalized backpack fobs:


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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"C" is for Chore Chart

diy chore chart


Also known as the Order of Indoor Duties for Children.  Isn't it great!?  I made this wall art for the upstairs hallway where all the kids bedrooms are located.


My wall art is a replica of the historical document above written in 1846 which lists the rules for daily life and the schedule which was followed by the homeschooled Alcott girls.  The document is hung on display in the parents bedroom at Orchard House in Concord, MA and you can purchase a print in the gift shop.  If you're a Little Women fan and in the area you should definitely stop by!