Friday, July 29, 2016

Easy DIY Industrial Bench or Ottoman

Happy Friday everyone! I've been super busy lately, building and getting ready to attend Haven Conference in Atlanta next week. Representing Simpson Strong-Tie, I'll be there with my good friend Jen Woodhouse, showing you how to build a cool outdoor ottoman which Jen designed. 

As a brand ambassador, I've had the chance to build some pretty cool things using Simpson Strong-Tie® products (like my Tall Printers Cabinet and my Rolling Outdoor Island). Today, I want to share an easy furniture building project even a beginner builder could master. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Make an Easy Picture Frame With Glass

Easy picture frame with glass tutorial

A few months ago I got a couple of gorgeous art prints from Minted. The first one I created a frameless, floating mount for and hung it in my bedroom. The second print, is massive! (30" x 40") And sat under my bed until I came up with an equally huge frame. There was no way I was going to pay the money for a custom frame, so I decided to make a real, high quality frame myself. 

I found a few different tutorials for making a large picture frame, but I wasn't satisfied with any of them. Either they were built too flimsy, required special tools (like a router), or didn't accommodate a sheet of real glass. I'm really happy with the solution I came up with. It was easy to build, sturdy, and is a full fledged frame, with a groove for a heavy sheet of glass. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Make Your Own Tall Concrete Planter

Lean how to make your own tall, decorative concrete planter.

I've got a big announcement today! I am new contributor over at What does that mean? I'll be sharing new project plans over there periodically. Today, I'm sharing how to make a Tall Concrete Planter. Go check it out and make your own stained concrete planters to spruce up your outdoor space.

Friday, July 8, 2016

How to Make a Modern Cactus Jewelry Stand

modern cactus jewelry stand tutorial

I remember shortly after the 90's ended being totally disgusted by southwest decor. I couldn't understand why pastels and tribal prints were ever popular. Here I am, 16 years later totally crushing on a few southwest looks. As a tribute to my Sonoran desert home, I came up with a fun little cactus jewelry stand to keep on my dresser

Friday, July 1, 2016

How to Make an Ombre Concrete Lamp

how to make an ombre concrete lamp with video tutorial

I love making lamps! Honestly, I could have a whole blog on making lamps, but I'd run out of places to put them pretty soon. Last summer I shared my Tapered X lamps, which still sit happily on my custom nightstands, and today I'm showing you how to make an ombre, dyed concrete lamp. 

I'm no stranger to concrete. I poured my own bathroom vanity top, made a little kitchen platform and used concrete again when I built my Rolling Outdoor Island. If you are a newbie to the world of concrete and are looking for a first project to get your feet wet, this is the perfect lamp for you!