Monday, December 21, 2015

Frameless Floating Art Tutorial

How to make your own frameless, floating, acrylic art frame.

The new house is. done people! Well, done enough for now. I kinda doubt we will ever stop working on it to tell the truth. No worries, photos coming soon I promise! 

So, now that the remodeling is done, its time to start decorating! I've decided I love the look of white walls. Something I've discovered is, if you are going to have white walls, you've got to have some amazing art hanging on them. I've had an idea for a floating frame swimming around in my head for a while. Combine that with a gorgeous art print I spotted on the Minted website, and I'm one step closer to filling my walls. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Floating Top Console Table Building Plans

How to build a floating top console table with free building plans.

Have you noticed the live edge slab trend that's going on? A live edge slab is a board of wood that has only been milled on two sides, leaving the the natural curves and imperfections from the outside of the tree. I freaking love them!

Monday, December 7, 2015

What to Buy a DIYer for Christmas + Giveaway!

A comprehensive gift giving guide for a DIYer of every skill level.


Keep scrolling for a chance to win a Simpson Strong-Tie Workbench and Shelving kit for yourself or someone else!

Holy cow! How did this year go by so fast?! I get asked about tools a lot, so I decided to put together a few lists of my favorite, essential tools, breaking them into skill categories. All the links below are affiliate links, which means I make a very small commission if you buy the product. Although I may make a little money from selling these tools, I can honestly say I use EVERY SINGLE ONE of them on a regular basis. I am recommending them because I honestly love them! If you or someone you know is a "do-it-yourself" kind of person, these tools are essential. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Faux Shiplap Headboard Tutorial

Learn how to build your own shiplap style headboard

Hey everyone! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you would have seen that we recently bought a new house and I've been up to my eyeballs with projects. Walls have been built, walls have been torn down, and I have lots of tutorials coming at you soon! 

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. 

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

*This post contains affiliate links.

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.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Where to Find FREE Furniture Building Plans

Where to find hundreds and hundreds of FREE furniture building plans

Hi creative friends. If you happen to be looking for some project inspiration, there are a billion blogs and websites out there. Don't believe me, just ask Pinterest. What if you need a little more than just inspiration? When tackling DIY furniture, just about everyone could use the help of a free set of building plans. I put together a list of lots of awesome blogs and website where you can find hundreds of free project plans, and you may see some familiar names

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #39

Happy Tuesday everyone! Another week to strut your stuff. Link up your best DIY, craft, or home decor project. 


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Brandy | BD Design

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Counter-top Storage Drawer Building Plans

Build your own set of small, rustic drawers to store bathroom supplies or almost anything.

Several months ago, I upgraded my bathroom vanity (I stained the cabinets in this post, and DIYed a concrete countertop in this post), and needed a new place to store my make up.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #38

It's that time of the week again. Party time! I want to see your latest DIY, craft, or home decor project. I'm kinda in love with this week's features. Make sure to check them out, and please remember to link from the original source.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #37


Happy Tuesday everyone! Have you ever noticed the end of May is almost as busy as the holidays? Graduations, end of school parties, vacations, and lot of other fun stuff have kept me busy lately. What have you been up to? 

Show my your latest DIY, craft or home decor project! 

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Brandy | BD Design

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #36

Yikes! Sorry for the late start tonight guys. Make sure to check out this week's features. You guys are killing it! Share your latest project and share the love.

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Brandy | BD Design

Monday, May 18, 2015

"In My Former Life..."

I bet you can't guess what your favorite DIY bloggers did for work before the blog. Learn why anyone can overcome their fears and become a DIYer.

Did you know that bloggers are actual people? We are. Shocking, I know. 

Although a few of us in the DIY blog world come from a career in carpentry or construction, most of us were everyday Joes like you. I die a little inside every time I read a comment about one of my projects saying something like "I love this, but it looks too hard." or "I wish". 

Guess what guys? There was a time in my life when I didn't know how to weld, or even drill a pocket hole. That stuff can all be learned. Don't think just because you don't have the experience, you can't create beautiful things. Clark Kent worked in a newsroom by day, but just remember what he did at night! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #35

Welcome pack to the party! If you take a look at the features this week, you may notice a graduation themed craft. Well, after 7 years, my husband graduates from college this week! We could not be happier, and that little project spoke to me. 

Make sure to check out the rest of the features and links, and as always, please remember to pin from the original source. Party on friends!

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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tapered Leg Bachelors Chest

Free building plans for modern bachelor's chest nightstand

Last month I shared with you guys my Tall Tapered Leg dresser, that I had built for our bedroom. I wanted to build a pair of large nightstands that coordinated, but weren't too "matchy matchy". If you follow me of Instagram, you probably have seen the sneak peaks. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Outside [The Box} Link Party #34

Happy Tuesday everyone! Another party and another chance to share what you've been up to. Link up your best DIY, craft or home decor project. Make sure to check out this week's features and browse through the other links.


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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tone on Tone Wall Stencil

How to create a tone on tone pattern on a wall using a stencil

Remember last week when I shared my hairpin leg vanity? Did you notice the beautiful brunette modeling? Well, that's my best friend Nicki. She and I have been like peas and carrots since High School. Nicki recently bought a gorgeous new house and we have been working bit by bit to make it a home. Anyone remember the DIY entertainment center we built? 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #33

Hey friends! I'm back from Utah and back in the shop. I've got a few awesome projects up my sleeves, but right now I want to see what you've been up to! Link up your best DIY, craft, or home decor project.

Check out this week's features, click around, and make sure to pin from the original sources. Have fun!



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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hairpin Make-up Vanity [Building Plans and GIVEAWAY!!]

DIY Hairpin leg, make-up vanity. Free building plans and giveaway!

Hi everyone! I got a new set of furniture plans fresh and hot out of the oven for you. Seeing how Mother's day is right around the corner, I've been thinking about projects that a Mom might need. I happen to be a mom and I decided I would love a make-up vanity that I could sit at and get ready for the day, so that's what I came up with. Since I'm digging more modern, clean lines right now, my DIY vanity has just that. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party Week #32

Happy Tuesday everyone! My co-hosts and myself are all busy getting ready for SNAP conference this week. Even if you aren't a blogger, or can't make it to Salt Lake with us, you should be excited! Good things always come from attending conferences. Keep an eye out for some new collaborations and maybe a few giveaways!

In the meantime, let's party! Show me what DIY, craft, or home decor project you've been up to. As always, look around at the other links and please pin from the original source!


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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design


Monday, April 20, 2015

What I'm Watching on YouTube

My list of the best You Tube channels for a DIY lover to subscribe to.

Did you guys know that YouTube is the #2 search engine on the internet. Number 2 people. Second only to Google. Obviously we like our videos. There are tons of truly awesome woodworking, building, and refinishing channels on YouTube So, with that train of thought, I figured I'd share my subscription list with you guys.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #31

Welcome back to the party! A few days ago I got really brave and posted my first video tutorial. If you missed it, you can see it here.

Meanwhile, it's Tuesday, which means its time to link up your best DIY, craft, or home decor project! Scroll down to link up. Check out the awesome features, and please remember to pin from the original source. Can't wait to see what you've been up to!



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Carissa | Carissa Miss
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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design


Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Get an Even Finish When Staining Pine


Brave new waters for me people. You may have noticed my tutorials can get pretty lengthy. Partly because my techniques can be a little complicated, but mostly, I am anal and like to over explain. I've decided videos might be the way to go.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #30

Happy Tuesday everyone! Sorry for the party getting started late. I had a little technical difficulty. Scroll down, link up, and share the love! 




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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tall Tapered Leg Dresser


My poor bedroom has been neglected. We inherited a hand-me-down guest bedroom set of furniture 7 years ago when we got married, and while I greatly appreciated having somewhere to sleep, it probably wasn't what I would have picked out myself. I decided I should finally start building us a new set, and here is the first piece. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #29

Its Tuesday everyone! Time to show off your latest DIY, home decor, or craft project. Make sure to check out this week's awesome features and please remember to pin from the original source. Party on!




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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design

Monday, March 30, 2015

"Consider the Lilies" Printable

Free "Consider the Lilies" printable.

Happy Monday everyone. I think most of the country is starting to settle into spring, and in our house we are getting ready for Easter. 

This time of the year reminds me of my Grandma and her favorite song "Consider the Lilies" (you can listen to it here). A few nights ago, I had that beautiful song in my head, so I was prompted to open my bible and read the verses that inspired the song. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #28

Happy Spring everyone! Does the warmer weather make you feel motivated? I'm sure you all have been up to creating amazing projects lately. It's time to share! Remember, click around, pin, and share the love! 


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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Box Train Bookshelf Knock-off

Make all three shelves for $40. Box train bookshelf knock-off, with free building plans.

A few weeks ago, I was looking at the adorable, train themed boy's room at The Heathered Nest when I spotted a set of super cute box car bookshelves. After a little research, I discovered they were actually the Box Train Shelves from Pottery Barn Kids, and they've been discontinued.  So, I wrote down the dimension and started building. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Gorgeous Ranch Style Remodel


Everyone loves a good "before and after" right? Well, I've got an amazing remodel to share with you guys today. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #26

Can you feel it? It's almost spring! You guys have been linking up some seriously great Spring projects. So much talent! It's party time again, now show me you best, DIY, craft, or home decor project!
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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design

Friday, March 6, 2015

Double Lemon Tarts

So light and refreshing! Two layers of tangy and sweet lemon filling and a buttery crust.

I decided its been way too long since I shared a recipe with you all! Down here in Arizona, the trees have been loaded with citrus and everyone I know is dying to give it away. We don't have any citrus trees (or really much landscaping at all), so we are the happy recipients of whatever fruit people throw our way. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #25

It's that time again! The time of the week when you share your best DIY, craft, or home decor project! You guys have been killing it. It was really hard to narrow down the features last week. There are just too many awesome projects! So, lets's keep on a roll and as always, remember to click around and share the love. 

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Carissa | Carissa Miss
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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design
Megan | Splendid Design

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pudding or Jello Box Dispenser

diy pudding or jello box dispenser

There are organized people, and then there's me. It's okay. In general, I've excepted my disorganization, but every once in a while it wears on me. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #24

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far. I spent the weekend at Build Your Blog Conference in Utah and although it was great, I am still playing catch-up at home. As I currently write this, I am wearing sawdust covered sweatpants. Glamorous, I know. 

Anyways, I want to see what you've been up to! Link up your latest DIY, home decor, or craft project. While you're here, don't forget to click around and share some of the other links. Party on friends!


Outside [The Box] Link Party- come share your links at our weekly DIY, craft, and home decor party

Carissa | Carissa Miss
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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design
Megan | Splendid Design