Tuesday, September 15, 2015

One Board Challenge - Your Turn to Win!

I am so excited for this announcement! Back in July, 16 of my best builder buddies and I took part in a One Board Challenge, hatched up by my good friend Jen Woodhouse. The idea was for us to come up with the best project we could, utilizing a single eight foot, 1 x 8 board. 

My submission was a modern, three leg end table and remains one of my favorite projects I've ever built. 

We had some much fun with this challenge, we decided to open it up to you guys! I want to see what you can create. Want a little incentive? Our friends at RYOBI will be giving one grand prize winner $1,000 worth of RYOBI tools to outfit his/her workshop!

Here are the rules:
  • Build a project using only one 1×8 8-foot board.
  • Any wood species is permitted.
  • Fasteners, glue, paint, finish and any other design element (like leather, metal, etc.) are permitted, but please limit your lumber to just the single board.
How to enter:
  • Build your project according to the rules above, snap a photo, and post it to your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts and use the hashtag #OneBoardChallenge.
  • If your social media accounts are private, you can email me and I can submit on your behalf.
  • All submissions must be received by midnight October 15, 2015
  • Winner will be announced October 26th.
I had so much fun with this challenge. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with! If you need a little inspiration, check out the other awesome projects my friends came up with. Have fun, be safe, and good luck!

Katie, Addicted 2 DIY – Rustic Step Stool / Jaime, That’s My Letter – Bench

Amy, Her Toolbelt – Kids Step Stool / Sandra, Sawdust Girl – Three Tiered Display Shelf / Brittany, Pretty Handy Girl – Cubby Storage Box / Karah, the space between – Wood Shelves / Brad, Fix This Build That – Kids Bookshelf /Jenn, Build-Basic – Round Mirror / Mindi, My Love 2 Create – Floating Nightstand / Pauline, My Altered State – Indoor Planter / Bethany, Sawdust & Embryos – Geometric Art
Kim, The Kim Six Fix – Flower Box / Sarah, The Ugly Duckling House – Modern Step Stool
Jessica, Decor Adventures – Hexagon Plant Stand / Emily, Merrypad – Floating Corner Shelf

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Gold Hexagon End Table

modern gold hexagon end table building plans

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that we are in the process of buying a new house, which means I'm in the process of building new furniture to fill the new house. A few months back, I stumbled across this freaking awesome side table and decided I needed to make one myself. 

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.