Thursday, May 28, 2015

"D" is for DIY Workshop: Grill Cart

It's time friends for another Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Workshop at The Home Depot!
For this workshop we will be building a grill cart just in time for Father's Day.

Please come join me at The Home Depot Store #1286 in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 20th at 10am.

The Home Depot is the place to shop for tools, supplies, lumber, and lawn and garden products and while you're there stop by to learn how to build this awesome grill cart designed by Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern.

The Home Depot #1286
4405 Milestrip Rd
Buffalo, NY  14219

New to power tools?  

I'll be co-teaching this workshop to show you how to make this beautiful grill cart with user friendly power tools.  Through a step by step demonstration we will make your outdoor space more functional with this grill cart and before long you'll have the skills and confidence to do it yourself.

The Home Depot holds DIY Workshops on Saturdays and Sundays every month covering lots of different home maintenance and renovation topics.  We will be building a functional project for outdoors but they also have workshops on how to tile, gardening, deck staining and more.

Please come join me and The Home Depot team on Saturday, June 20th at 10am.

To register click here.

 *The Home Depot partners with bloggers such as me for DIY Workshop program.  As part of this program, I received compensation for my time.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts.  The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"C" is for Cupcake Carrier (large)

Last week I shared the 4 pack cupcake carrier but today it's the real deal because in all honesty you're definitely more likely to need 18 cupcakes than 4!

A simple wood box with inserts means you can deliver these cupcakes in style!

For this little creation I was inspired by Anthropologie's Wooden Cake Box Carrier:

Their version is $75 plus shipping and sold out until 6/22.  Guess that means you'll want to DIY this project!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"B" is for Bookrack

Today I'm sharing free plans to build this wall bookrack over at Pretty Handy Girl.

If you have tons of kids books like Brittany and I then you know just how handy this bookrack could be!  Get the plans here and build your own.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"C" is for Cupcake Box (4 pack)

Maybe it's the cuteness factor or the fact that I have a bazillion wood scraps lying around but I think everyone needs a cupcake box.  I'm sharing how to make your own diy cupcake box with no fancy tools (and by fancy I mean a router or table saw).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"B" is for Build for Dad

Father's Day is coming soon so today I've rounded up 4 diy projects you can build for dad.  In fact any man is sure to appreciate one of these simple diy gift ideas.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"P" is for Project Poll

We want to hear from you!

As you may know my friend Jen from House of Wood and I will be teaching a building class at Haven this year and our class is specifically geared towards making a project that attendees can take home.

AKA: Make It / Take It

We want to know if you were to take our class which project would you like to build?

Create your own user feedback survey

We can't wait to meet up with all the Haven attendees in Atlanta this July.  (For more information about Haven click here.)  We want to make our class a fun and worthwhile time investment for beginner builders who are looking to complete a small project from start to finish and take it home too!

Thank you for your input and we look forward to seeing everyone at Haven. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

"R" is for Rolling Console

Gearing up for summer?  I know I am and last summer we desperately needed some additional counter space outdoors for serving food and drinks so I built this outdoor rolling console.

Not only does it have tons of counter and shelf space but it's totally portable!  That means I can move it anywhere with ease, so convenient.

This console appeared over at Ryobi Nation and today I have the plans here for you.

The complete plans including materials and cut lists are down below.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"T" is for Thompson's® WaterSeal® Giveaway

I've been busy building for our outdoor space by adding 3 adult size adirondack chairs using the plans found in Ana White's book The Handmade Home.  But no outdoor furniture is safe from the elements without some protection!

The folks at Thompson's® WaterSeal® sent me some transparent waterproofing stain in Maple Brown and they're giving away 4 gallons of stain and deck cleaner to one lucky reader!

I used the transparent waterproofing stain in Maple Brown on my new adirondack chairs.  It gives a hint of color and a definite seal without being too thick.

I must admit I had some young helpers with the stain on this project  They were a little overzealous with the application so there are a few imperfect areas.  But I prefer to encourage my kids to participate in my DIY projects rather than be concerned about perfection.

The waterproofing stain is available in transparent, semi-transparent and solid - all in 5 color options.

You can see the Maple Brown is a warm light brown with a slightly yellow hue.  I used all pine boards for these chairs so the color may vary depending on your wood species.

Thompson's® WaterSeal® is made for outdoor wood protection so you can use it on furniture as well as decks.  Below is a before shot of an untreated deck:

And after staining with semi-transparent Maple Brown waterproofing stain (the railing is Acorn Brown solid):

You can see how the waterproofing stain not only prevents water damage and resists mildew and UV damage but also provides a fade resistant color.  How beautiful is that deck now?  (Note that is not my deck nor did I .) 

Now the adults can join the kids for marshmallow roasting!

Enter below for your chance to win 4 gallons of deck cleaner and 4 gallons of waterproofing stain.
Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.

Disclaimer:  I was provided product for this project but all thoughts and opinions are mine own.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

DIY 3 Step Stool & Giveaway

New plans for a kitchen step stool and a giveaway makes for a great Saturday!

diy kitchen step stool

We're in the kitchen today building a 3 step stool and I'm sharing the plans over at Ryobi Nation here.

And while you're there be sure to sign up (or sign in if you already have an account) in order to enter this awesome giveaway:

ryobi power tools giveaway

The generous folks at Ryobi Nation are giving away a 4 piece combo kit and the orbital jig saw to one lucky reader! 

I used the jig saw to make the stepped cuts and the arched cut out for the 3 step stool:

jigsaw against straight edge

My preferred method to make straight cuts with the jig saw is to clamp down a straight edge making a fence for the saw to ride up against.  Above the wood has already been cut but you can see how having that straight edge clamped in place keeps control of the jig saw.

Happy Building