Frameless Floating Art Tutorial

Monday, December 21, 2015 -
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. 
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Floating Top Console Table Building Plans

Thursday, December 10, 2015 -
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!
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What to Buy a DIYer for Christmas + Giveaway!

Monday, December 7, 2015 -
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. 
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Faux Shiplap Headboard Tutorial

Friday, October 23, 2015 -
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! 
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One Board Challenge - Your Turn to Win!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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. 
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Gold Hexagon End Table

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 -
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. 
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Wood Salt and Pepper Shakers

Monday, August 24, 2015 -
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. 
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5 Tips for Better Sprayed Paint Results

Thursday, August 13, 2015 -
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. 
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Homework and Backpack Center Building Plans

Friday, July 24, 2015 -
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
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Modern 3 Leg End Table: One Board Challenge

Friday, July 17, 2015 -
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. 
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DIY Tapered-X Lamp

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 -
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. 
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Chewy Lemon Cookies

Thursday, June 25, 2015
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?
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DIY Arrow Print Pillow + Giveaway

Thursday, June 18, 2015 -
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.
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Where to Find FREE Furniture Building Plans

Monday, June 15, 2015 -
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
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Counter-top Storage Drawer Building Plans

Thursday, June 4, 2015 -
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.
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"In My Former Life..."

Monday, May 18, 2015
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! 
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Tapered Leg Bachelors Chest

Friday, May 8, 2015 -
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. 
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Tone on Tone Wall Stencil

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 -
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? 
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Hairpin Make-up Vanity [Building Plans and GIVEAWAY!!]

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -
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. 
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What I'm Watching on YouTube

Monday, April 20, 2015 -
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.
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How to Get an Even Finish When Staining Pine

Friday, April 10, 2015 -

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.
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Tall Tapered Leg Dresser

Thursday, April 2, 2015 -

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. 
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"Consider the Lilies" Printable

Monday, March 30, 2015 -
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. 
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Box Train Bookshelf Knock-off

Thursday, March 19, 2015 -
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. 
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Gorgeous Ranch Style Remodel

Monday, March 16, 2015

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

Friday, March 6, 2015
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. 
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Pudding or Jello Box Dispenser

Friday, February 27, 2015 -
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. 
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Dumpster Bike Make-Over

Monday, February 23, 2015 -
DIY black and cream bike make-over

Most of the country is apparently covered in snow right now, or so the news tells me. Here is Arizona, we are flirting with Spring. Indulge me for a minute; this is the time of the year we get to brag to the rest of the country. The temperatures have been in the high 70's and it could not be more beautiful outside. Trees are blooming, birds are singing, and the sidewalks are filled with bicycles, scooters, skates, you name it. With this beautiful weather, I've been begging hinting to my husband that I want a bicycle.
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How to Get a Textured, Raised Grain on Wood

Friday, February 13, 2015
Detailed tutorial how to achieve a textured, raised grain finish on wood. Perfect with grey toned stains.

Last week I shared my Jordan dresser knock-off with you, and I promised to show you how I got the textured, raised grain look on the drawer fronts. If you like the texture of old weathered wood, but don't have any of the real stuff laying around. no worries. I made my drawer faces from off the shelf 1 x 8's. A few simple steps make a big difference. 
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DIY Foam Chandelier + Giveaway

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 -
Make your own DIY chandelier using inexpensive craft foam

I'm a great boy mom. Despite the fact that I am a licensed hairstylist and have been known to sport 6" heels from time to time, I'm really not a girly-girl. When it comes to raising kids, I do much better with mudpies and monsters than glitter and emotions.
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Jordan Dresser Knock-off

Friday, February 6, 2015 -
DIY Pottery Barn Kids "Jordan" dresser knock-off

I've had the building itch lately. When I came across the Jordan Dresser from Pottery Barn Kids, I knew I had to build one for myself.
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Concrete Kitchen Platform

Monday, January 26, 2015 -
DIY concrete kitchen platform

Are kitchen canisters still cool? Whether they are or not, I have a hand-me-down set we received seven years ago, when we got married. I decided my kitchen might look a little cooler if I introduced some concrete to the mix.
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12 (Free) DIY Dresser Plans

Monday, January 19, 2015 -

If you have been stalking my Pinterest boards (like I'm sure many of you are) you may have notice a sudden surge of DIY dresser plans. I actually started a new board enterirly dedicated to free DIY dresser plans. I can tell you this much, I've got some pretty sweet projects in the works and have been pinning inspiration. Since I started to amass a pretty good collection of awesome links, I thought I'd share my favorites with you.
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Studded Plate Chargers

Friday, January 9, 2015 -

Last month I showed you guys my idea of a Modern Christmas Tablescape. Well, its a new month and a new year. Christmas is quickly becoming a distant memory, but today I'm sharing a tutorial from my tablescape that would be great year-round. 

Easy, studded plate chargers you can make yourself. 
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A Year of DIY (2014 Recap)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Years everyone! How cow! Where did this year go?! The holiday craziness is just about over, and new-year craziness is about to begin. Like any good blogger, I've put together a list of my 10 most popular blog posts of 2014. Thank you so much for reading, pinning and sharing these projects! I hope my information can help you all be brave and give DIY a shot. So without further adieu... 
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