Sunday, January 22, 2017

How to Reupholster a Wing Chair

They say the third time is the charm and I think that just might be the case with these wing chairs.  Today I will show you how to reupholster a wing chair and get professional looking results.

how to reupholster a wing chair

I've attempted reupholstering these wing chairs twice before and it wasn't until this third go around that I finally took the time to do it right.  (And now I'm kicking myself for not doing it right the first time!)  I believe time, energy and desire were on my side this time plus fabric selection matters and I picked a more appropriate fabric for this makeover.

how to reupholster a wing chair

Now I have two beautiful wing chairs that have been in my husband's family for a very long time and hopefully for many more years to come.

wing chair reupholstery

Monday, January 16, 2017

DIY Wood Quilt

Do you have scrap wood and scrap fabric coming out your eyeballs because you just can't bear to throw it out?  Guilty party here so I'm always looking for ways to combine wood and fabric and today I'm showing you how to make this diy wood quilt.

diy wood quilt using scrap fabric

I went with a simple diagonal pattern changing up the fabric for each row, the pattern possibilities are endless because we're working with squares.  Search online for 'quilt patterns using squares' and you'll find a bazillion combinations.

diy wood quilt

I made this wall decor wood quilt for my mother-in-law for her birthday and she happens to like purple and lilac colors so I pulled all different shades from my scrap fabric stash for this project.  

Using the fabrics I had on hand I altered the lights and darks as well as large patterns versus smaller scale patterns to keep the final piece interesting.

scrap wood and fabric wall quilt

All of the wood squares are attached to a plywood backing and then framed out in natural pine to complete the piece.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DIY Mudroom Bins

Since everyone is getting organized it's the perfect time to post these DIY mudroom bins I just finished for a friend.  Her mudroom space is over the top gorgeous I must say and now with the monogrammed mudroom bins in their new homes it's completely beautiful!

diy monogrammed mudroom bins

I think as long as I have friends with mudrooms I'll be building mudroom bins.  Baskets work too but sometimes it can be difficult to find just the right size.  Building your own bins insures a custom fit and there is something special about having the individual monogram for each cubby.

diy monogrammed mudroom bins

These bins are rather large but they are meant for off season storage and rarely used items that can be put up and out of the way.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

DIY Mini State Pennants

Scroll saw wood cutting seems to be quite the trend these days so when I was planning my husband's 40th surprise birthday party I decided to make these mini state pennants as favors. 

diy mini state pennants

To be honest the party was in early December and I'm actually only just now sending out these favors  as part of a thank you card package because I was too sick to finish them in time for the party.

diy mini state pennants

You may recall I posted a sneak peek over on Instagram a few weeks back:

diy state pennants instagram

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

I Did It: Better Homes & Gardens Special Issue

It's not everyday my projects make it into a magazine so I just have to share the news!
Better Homes and Gardens has a new special issue called I Did It! full of real life projects from DIYers and my master bathroom renovation is featured!!!!!

All photos used with permission from Better Homes and Gardens® magazine. © 2016 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Flip to page 68 and you'll find a four page spread featuring my master bathroom renovation:

It's hard to imagine that beautiful wall mounted sink was once sitting curbside headed for the trash.  I documented the day I found the sink on Instagram:

I saved it (and it's sister) on a whim and had my then 8 year-old son help me load them into our minivan.  This sink weighs a ton and the original plumbing trap was still attached full of the worst smelling gunk you ever did see!  I drove home thinking I would love to use these sinks someday when the time is right.

That time came last spring when we finally renovated the master bathroom.  Dreams do come true and I'm so honored to be in the premier issue of I Did It! magazine.  A special thank you to everyone who contributed to this space and made this article possible.

Be sure to pick up your copy of I Did It! magazine January 2017 issue, it's filled with projects you can do and lots of my DIY blog friends too!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Top 10 Builds (with free plans)

Every year I scroll back through the build category on this little old blog of mine and pick out the top projects, the ones I loved building and the ones that had the most reader love.

top 10 builds for 2016

In no specific order I present my top 10 builds from 2016:

1. Replica Vintage Shelving

diy replica vintage shelving free plans

Struck by a beautiful vintage piece posted by Miss Mustard Seed Marian on her Instagram feed we collaborated and I made a replica with free plans here.

diy vanity desk free plans

A desk for my girls with lots and lots of drawers and fun hardware pulls.  Get the plans here and I will be posting another version of this desk with larger drawers on the bottom soon.

diy recycling and storage tower

Making use of vertical space with this recycling and storage tower.  A link to the plans and more details are posted here.

diy modular sofa and ottoman free plans

This sofa and ottoman build uses hardware connectors for a strong and secure frame that's also easy to assemble.  Build to fit your cushions and space, free plans are here.

diy sink vanity free plans

Part of my Master Bathroom renovation, I found this wall mounted sink curbside and knew I wanted it in the bathroom however I also wanted and needed counterspace, storage and a way to conceal the pipes.  The free plans are here and easy to adjust to your needs.

diy 16 drawer dresser free plans

Drawers, drawers and more drawers!  I love having a spot to store all the craft papers and little bits.  This would also be great for socks and undies, hair accessories, etc.  Free plans here.

diy entryway bench free plans

A very simple bench that makes a great addition to an entry, dining room or anywhere you need extra seating.  Free plans are posted here along with more photos.

diy small dining room sideboard

A small sideboard for those of us with small spaces to decorate.  Small but mighty purposeful with three drawers for linen storage and plenty of counterspace.  Plans here using standard lumber.

diy outdoor cabana lounge

A big fun build for outdoors, last summer I made this outdoor cabana lounge structure.  I teamed up with Ana White on this beast to make free plans available.

diy cedar fence picket planter free plans

Planters can get pricey especially tall big ones but not when you DIY!  I built this cedar fence picket planter for about $10 and you can too with free plans here.

I hope you've had a productive building year too, it's fun to look back at all the things we've made, produced and accomplished over the year.  Stay with me for 2017, I have high hopes it will only get better!


Friday, December 23, 2016

DIY Tabletop Ice Cream Parlor

Happy Friday before Christmas and yes there is still time to make gifts!  Today Ana White and I are sharing this tabletop ice cream parlor that takes about 30 minutes to build.

diy tabletop ice cream parlor

I made the ice cream cones from precut wood shapes from the craft store, easy peasy and you have the cutest gift for that ice cream lover on your list!

handbuilt holiday gift plans

It's been so much fun bringing you all the Handbuilt Holiday gift plans this year.  Today is the last post for the 2016 series and I'm always a bit sad because I truly love making and sharing the plans for all these amazing projects.

handbuilt holiday gift plans

Ana White and I collaborate on each and every project to make the plans available to all our readers and we are very proud of all the gift ideas we have put out over the past three years.

Today is no exception and it's also a simple build that can be made using scrap 1x4 wood pieces.

diy tabletop ice cream parlor

Drill a few holes for the awning posts and ice cream cones and you are good to go.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kids Toolbox Workshop

When you love building and making things like I do you tend to want to share that passion with anyone who is interested.  I recently had the chance to teach a kids toolbox workshop for our school Christmas Fair and I thought I'd share the details with you! 

kids toolbox workshop

The organizers of the Christmas Fair asked if I could put together a 'Santa's Workshop' whereby the kids could build and make something to give as a gift or keep for themselves.  We used The Home Depot wooden toolbox kit for our project and the kids got busy hammering and painting.

santa's workshop kids build and paint a toolbox

I placed this sandwich board style sign out front along with a sample of the toolbox to entice kids to join us in Santa's Workshop.

The actual assembly of the wooden toolbox does require adult assistance but once it was ready the kids absolutely loved painting their toolboxes:

kids workshop toolbox

kids workshop wooden toolbox kit

Each attendee received the wooden toobox kit and I provided the hammers to borrow.

Santa's workshop build and paint a toolbox

We set up the workshop in a classroom adajcent to the cafeteria where all the kids games were located.  I painted this large sign above on kraft paper to help promote the workshop and guide attendees to the right spot.

kids workshop kits at The Home Depot

There are many options for kids workshop kits in addition to the toolbox:

Friday, December 16, 2016

DIY Kids Play Cash Register

Happy Friday and one week to go until Christmas!  It's Week 11 of the Handbuilt Holiday series and Ana White and I are bringing you a wood kids play cash register.

diy wood kids play cash register

Simply the cutest little thing and functional too!  My kids proceeded to ask me "What is a charge card?"  Am I that ancient?  I swear they used to be called charge cards back in the day.  

Anyhow if you missed any of the previous weeks gift builds be sure to see them all here.

We have 11 new gift builds up so far this year plus the 3 previous years so you are bound to find something perfect to build for that little someone.

diy wood kids play cash register

Ana designed this cash register with a hinged top perfect for storing all those coins, credit cards and other kid collectible weird stuff. 

DIY Holiday Tablescape Tour

It's a Christmas morning table today with a touch of gingerbread.

christmas morning table with gingerbread placecards

Hello to all you readers coming from Stacy Risenmany's tablescape with beautiful greenery!  Eight diy bloggers are sharing their holiday tables in a blog tour and you'll want to stop by each one for amazing inspiration and diy projects.

holiday tablescape tour diy bloggers

I went simple this year and somewhere along October decided that I needed more gingerbread men in my decorations so why not place cards?  The stained scrap plywood looks almost like gingerbread I could eat it!

diy gingerbread placecards

We've never had Christmas morning breakfast in the Living Room but this year will be different.  It's the most cozy room in our home, it wraps around you like a cabin with the cedar shutters and fireplace so it's the perfect spot for cinnamon rolls, eggs and bacon.

christmas tablescape living room

Thursday, December 15, 2016

DIY Gift Card Holder & Virtual Party

Friends we are inching closer to the holidays and I have the perfect gift for those remaining people on your list, how about a gift card and a diy gift card holder?

diy wood gift card holder

This gift card holder is part of a virtual party with 15 diy bloggers all presenting their own creative diy gift card holders for The Home Depot gift cards.

I made this simple wood gift card holder using two lath screws to hold the gift card in place.  A piece of scrap wood makes a nice frame for any of the plastic gift card options:

diy wood gift card holder

So many designs to choose from!  All of the gift cards are reloadable and available as a digital (eGift) version as well.  Visit to
learn more about The Home Depot gift cards.

diy wood gift card holder

I designed this gift card holder as an easy way to present your gift card using items you just might have on hand.  It's simple and functional and could be used any time.  Gift cards are great for friends, family, wedding gifts, house warming, etc., truly any time of the year.

The Home Depot gift card options

Once your gift card arrives or if you purchased a gift card at The Home Depot store then you're ready to make the gift card holder.

Below are step by step instructions, including a materials list, to make your own wood gift card holer:


diy gift card holder construction

Step 1: Cut a piece of 1x4 scrap wood to 5 1/2" long.  Sand edges smooth.

diy gift card holder stained

Step 2: Apply stain onto wood.  Let dry.

diy gift card holder construction

Step 3: Place gift card in center of wood and mark each edge at the middle point.

diy gift card holder construction

Step 4: Use a drill to insert 1/2" lath screw into wood.  Lath screws are self tapping so no need to predrill.  One screw on each short side of the gift card will do.

diy gift card holder construction

Once both screws are in place the gift card will be held firmly to the wood.

brown masking paper and electrical tape gift wrapping

To wrap the gift card I used brown masking paper and colored electrical tape.

electrical tape gift bows

To make the tape into a bow cut two pieces at equal length.  Stick those two pieces together leaving a 1/4" at either end of 'sticky' side exposed.  Taking those two exposed sticky ends you can make a loop and stick the ends together.  Repeat this process to make many loops.

brown paper gift wrapping and electrical tape gift bows

Wrap up the gift card holder using the brown paper and secure with electrical tape then apply the bow and your gift is ready!

Be sure to stop by a see all the creative and inspiring diy gift card holder projects from my fellow bloggers:
diy wood gift card holder

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