Monday, August 24, 2015

Wood Salt and Pepper Shakers

How to make modern wood salt and pepper shakers

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So we are in the process of moving to a new house. A new house is fun and exciting, moving on the other hand is not. My husband has already informed me that my scrap pile will not be coming with us, so that means I need to use it before I lose it. I don't remember where it came from, but I had a length of 2" wood dowel sitting on a shelf. I decided I could makes some pretty sweet salt and pepper shakers, so that's what I did. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

5 Tips for Better Sprayed Paint Results

h5 Tips for Better Sprayed Paint Results

As time goes on, I find myself using a paintbrush much less, and spraying just about everything through a spray gun. I love the coverage and have decided you can beat a sprayed finish appearance wise. Although spraying requires more set-up and clean-up, most of the time the process is actually faster than brushing or rolling. On rare occasion I will be looking for a heavily textured, rustic look and I'll bust out a brush. For some looks (like high gloss lacquer), spraying is a requirement, but I have found I can achieve almost any style with a sprayer.  

Whether you have a paint/finish sprayer, are looking to buy one, or just find yourself using a shaker can from time to time, these 5 tips will improve you sprayed paint and finish results. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Homework and Backpack Center Building Plans

DIY homework and backpack center free building plans

Last year my twins started kindergarten and we quickly discovered the avalanche of papers that get sent home. My organizational style is "stuff it and stack it". I call it tidy as long as all the junk is stacked up into general groups. I also was about to loose my mind with backpacks being thrown on the floor as soon as we walked in the door. So, I built a DIY Backpack and Homework Center and shared the process in this tutorial

Friday, July 17, 2015

Modern 3 Leg End Table: One Board Challenge

single 1 x 8 modern end table

One of the best things about being a blogger are the awesome relationships you form. A few weeks backs, my friend Jen Woodhouse issued a One Board Challenge to me and 15 of our builder blog besties. Here are the rules: The project can be anything you want, but must be built from one, 1 x 8 x 8' board. Other materials can be added, but the only lumber used must come from the board. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DIY Tapered-X Lamp

How to build trestle x table lamp
So my story started months ago when I saw this lamp at World Market. I absolutely loved how "architectural" it looked and figured it couldn't be too hard to build myself. Since I was at it, I might as well make it a little larger to fit my space better. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chewy Lemon Cookies

Chewy lemon cookies recipe

I love me some chewy cookies. I also love me some lemon. Naturally, the two should go together. Don't you think?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

DIY Arrow Print Pillow + Giveaway

How to make a DIY arrow print pillow

I struggle with patterns. It's not that I don't love the detail and texture a piece of patterned fabric can bring to a room, I just struggle to commit.