Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Anthropologie Inspired Hanging Letter Holder

We all love a little retail therapy but maybe not the prices that sometimes go along with our favorite shops.  Never fear I've joined forces with four amazing bloggers who will show us how to create a knock off version of some retail favorites.

diy anthropologie knock offs

Today we're sharing knock off projects for the kitchen and they are all so Springy and fresh!  Please be sure to visit each of my friends to see just how they made their project:



diy hanging letter holder

I choose to recreate this hanging letter holder in all its gold glory.  The retail version is made of metal but I opted to use wood because it's much easier to work with and I happen to have quite a few wood scraps on hand.

Monday, March 27, 2017

DIY Wood Cut Out Name Plaque

Given a little advance warning you can easily make a personalized gift for any occassion.  I recently went to a dinner party and rather than bring the typical bottle of wine I made a wood cut out name plaque for the family.  Of course I'd be happy to receive a bottle wine, that's perfectly acceptable, but I prefer to make a unique gift.

diy wood cut out name plaque

I used scrap wood to put together this last name plaque and cut out the letters from 1/2" plywood but you could easily purchase premade letters and achieve a similar look.

plywood cut out letters

I just love seeing the plywood sandwich layers under the stain and all the grainy bits poking through.

diy wood cut out last name plaque

Down below I'll show you how to cut out the letters and assemble this name plaque.

Monday, March 20, 2017

DIY Freestanding Kitchen Pantry Cabinet

We can always use more storage and more counterspace right?  How about building a dedicated pantry cabinet that doubles as more serving space?  Today I'm sharing this freestanding kitchen pantry cabinet with free plans.

diy freestanding kitchen pantry cabinet

I've partnered with Build Something to bring you step by step plans so you can build this kitchen pantry cabinet.  Build Something is full of project plans by space and type so you can find inspiration for nearly any room in your home.  Before you head over there to check out the plans for this pantry cabinet be sure to read through my building tips below.

diy freestanding kitchen pantry cabinet

With the doors closed you would hardly suspect this cabinet is full of food storage!  And it's not meant for just the kitchen, you could use it in your office, craft room or work space too.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

DIY Cedar Scrap Wood Planter

What to do with all those short wood off cuts cluttering up your scrap bin?  Make a beautiful cedar scrap wood planter of course!  If you're like me then you can never let off cuts go to waste.

diy cedar scrap wood planter

I had a huge pile of short cedar wood scraps and two potted ferns that needed a home to cover that ugly plastic pot.  So I whipped up these slatted cedar planters and plopped my ferns in place.  I think they like their new home!

diy cedar scrap wood planter

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I choose to use cabinet screws in a decorative manner but they also serve a purpose holding the long sides to the short sides.  You could opt for finish nails which would be less obvious but they don't have the holding power of screws. 

diy cedar scrap wood planter

And bonus because this is cedar wood I can move these planters outdoors when the weather is warmer!  (Link to plans for the blue sideboard here.) Scroll down for free plans to make your own cedar planters.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DIY Open Media Shelf Free Plans

diy open media shelf

Truth be told I previously shared this open media shelf way back when.  This was before I figured out how to make proper plans so today I'm reposting this build with step by step instructions including detailed plans and cut lists.

Monday, March 13, 2017

How to: Large Gingham Painting

How to make a large gingham painting is as easy as coloring in the lines.  If you're looking to make a large statement piece, backdrop or wall panel this gingham pattern might just be the answer.  Pick the color best for your space and I'll show you how down below.

large gingham painting tutorial

In case you missed it last week I shared my Spring home tour along with 24 other bloggers and I included our Master Bedroom mantel in the tour.  Rarely do I dress up this mantel but this Spring seemed the perfect occassion and I'm so happy with the results.

large gingham painting tutorial

I had envisioned this large gingham painting for awhile and finally made it come to life.  It's a very easy process that results in a visually eye catching piece.

Scroll down below for the step by step instructions to make your own large gingham painting.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

DIY Giant Pot of Gold

Fitting for the season I'm sharing this giant pot of gold project today because sometimes you just need an enormous pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

diy giant pot of gold

I actually made this giant pot of gold for the Spring auction for my kids school.  We had a shamrock 'race' whereby each class was raising money to move across the rainbow and get to the pot of gold in first place.  We had large 24" shamrocks the kids decorated and hung them in the school, this pot of gold was at the actual auction for decoration purposes only.

diy giant gold coins

The gold coins are my favorite part and a super simple craft project for you hot glue gun lovers.

diy giant pot of gold party decoration

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Touch of Spring 2017 Farmhouse Tour

A special hello to you readers coming from Cheryl's place at Tidy Mom.  Her family room is Spring time perfection if I do say so myself!  If you haven't visited please check it out, I'll be right here waiting.

Back in the Northeast we're in anticipation mode, it's an itch I want to get after and Spring always seems to slowly crawl it's way into town.  In hopes of coaxing the season along I've teamed up with 24 bloggers to share our Spring home tours, there's so much yummy inspiration and styles you can achieve so let's dive in.

spring family room giant wood planked wall quilt

I'm starting in the Family Room with few fresh and colorful touches to our normal neutral farmhouse style.

I believe every room possible is represented in the home tours so you'll want to stay awhile and browse around at all the homes.  A special thank you to April at House by Hoff and Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing this tour.

spring home tours seasonal simplicity

Judging by the little photos above I'm seeing a trend of floral and green for this Spring!
After you take a quick look below be sure to stop over at Jen's blog at House of Wood.  She lives in Texas where it's already Spring temps and her place is so gorgeous you'll want to move in!

diy giant wood planked wall quilt

I added this bright floral wreath to my wood planked wall quilt and wham we have a winner!  It's a match made in heaven between the wood tones and pretty little pale yellow flowers.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Vintage Cabinet Makeover

A vintage serving cabinet makeover.

vintage cabinet hardware latch detail

My friend asked if I would refinish this painted cabinet:

vintage storage cabinet before

Always eager for a good makeover I said 'yes' and after lots of muscle (and stripper) the cabinet is new again:

DIY Clubhouse Bed for Kids

A DIY clubhouse bed for kids!

diy clubhouse kids loft bed


diy clubhouse kids loft bed

DIY Ottoman Tray

diy parquet ottoman tray

Build your own parquet patterned ottoman tray with handles using my free plans down below.

diy parquet tray

DIY Bunny Place Cards

Tutorial to make bunny place card holders

A simple bunny place card project for your Easter table today.  Gather up your scrap wood and make these super cute place card holders just in time for the holiday.

And surprise!  The backs of the bunnies have fun fabric, you could even use cardstock or decoupage any bright colored paper:

diy bunny place cards with fabric

I attached mini clothespins to the painted side and then inserted the names printed on cardstock:

diy bunny head place cards

Below are the step by step instructions to make these bunny place cards.  Be sure to read through all steps before beginning and always follow all safety precautions.

DIY Kids Art Center Worktable with Storage Shelves

diy kids art center workspace and storage

It's Friday and that means another new gift build for the Handmade Holiday series from Ana White and me!

handmade holiday gift plans

Today it's an art center.  And this build is awesome.
** Updated 11/10 link to stool plans here. **

diy kids art table with storage and chairs

DIY Wood Bead Necklace

diy wood bead necklace

Easy kids craft: painted wooden beads strung onto leather cording makes a great teacher appreciation gift or Mother's Day gift too!

painted wood beads for necklace

I borrowed this idea from Laura Parke at A Girl Who Makes and did the craft with my son's Montessori class.  

His class has kids ranging in age from 3 to 6 and all the kids were able to complete the necklace with little or no help.
If you don't mind painting the beads ahead of time this project is great for a school class.

And it's even one necklace you just might be able to actually wear out in public!

wood bead necklace for Mother's Day

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Pencil Holder

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

Make a teacher appreciation gift that's useful for both teachers and the students.

A wood pencil holder filled with pencils for students to borrow:

diy pencil holder teacher appreciation gift

DIY Loft Bed with Lego Storage & Work Space

diy loft bed with lego storage and work space

A giant build to share with you today thank you to my fellow buildy blogger Jen at House of Wood, she put together the plans for this awesome loft bed with lego storage and work space!

loft bed with lego storage and work space

My son was begging for a loft bed and I wanted to make the most use of the space below by designing the bed to fit 2 Ikea Trofast storage towers underneath for legos.  Plus a lego workspace where he can leave out his incomplete projects without cluttering up our Family Room.

loft bed with storage and work table

The work space is very generous (the table here measures 32"w x 48"l),  Jen's plans make use of the whole width under the bed.  Our table is slightly narrower because I used a scrap piece of plywood and also it does leave a bit of space on the ladder side for feet to poke through.

I put felt on the bottom of the table legs so it easily slides out into the room for more maneuverability.

Bathroom Makeover

antique saltbox bathroom makeover

Hallelujah!  Isn't that how we all feel when you finally complete a long awaited room makeover?  I'm kicking myself for waiting two years to tackle this bathroom but life happened.  At any rate it's done and my whole family is loving it! 

The true testament - the before and after:

antique saltbox bathroom makeover before and after

A little bit about this bathroom, we live in a 1740 saltbox farmhouse and this room is original to the home although I believe the doorway was originally where the mirror is leading directly to the living room.  

DIY Birch Log Votives

diy birch log votive holders

Create a simple, natural looking votive candle holder using birch logs and prefilled votives.

Or make 50:

diy birch log votive holders

Ceiling Makeover: How to Expose Wood Beams

How to expose wood beams.

exposed wood beams primitive home

The ceiling makeover in the dining room is complete.
There was a drop ceiling hiding all these beautiful, mostly original, rustic wood beams:

primitive antique home with exposed wood beam ceilings

I ripped down the drop ceiling, had two electrical lines rerouted, then turned to my contractor and had his guys install blocking, sheetrock and plaster.

The finishing touch is a colonial style wrought iron chandelier.

primitive home with exposed wood beam ceilings

The view above is from the master bedroom doorway.
(To see how I stripped the back stairway door click here.)