How to Make a Simple Industrial Metal Snowflake

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
How to make a simple, industrial metal snowflake. Easy DIY holiday door hanger.

*This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie ® and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and are uninfluenced. 

Happy Holidays everyone! Did you all eat enough turkey last week? I'm currently sitting on the couch eating pie and working on my winter bod. Speaking of winter, I guess it's time to start busting out the holiday decorations. I have a whole page of DIY Holiday ideas, like my 3D Plywood Trees. Today I'm sharing a SUPER easy tutorial anyone can make in a single afternoon. A HUGE industrial metal snowflake door hanger, no special tools required!

DIY Changeable Light Box - Building Plans

Friday, November 11, 2016 -
How to build a wood light box with changeable signs - FREE building plans!

Happy Friday guys! Today's project kills two birds with one stone. Well, actually more like 4 or 5 birds. 

I've been working on making over my twin boys' bedroom. It started with the Shoe Storage Nightstand and a couple weeks ago I shared the Modern Bunk Beds that I built for them. I wanted to come up with a cool nightlight that I could hang on the wall, and as everyone knows, the holidays are creeping up faster than a starving cheetah. Lately, I seem to struggle to find Holiday decor that matches the modern-ish style of my house and I'm also kinda lazy when it comes to holiday decorating.

6 FREE Minimalist Mountain Art Prints

Monday, October 31, 2016 -

Happy Halloween everyone! I want to thank you all for the fantastic response to my boys' Modern Bunk Beds that I shared last week! I'm thrilled with how they turned out and I'm glad you guys liked them too. 

My twin boys' bedroom is getting a full makeover. I'm still putting together the rest of the furniture and design elements, but wanted to share my latest project with you. I want to give the room a very subtle, mountain/wilderness theme while still keeping the modern style that runs through the rest of the house. I sketched up a set of 6 minimalist, printable art prints to hang on the wall. 

How to Build Modern Bunk Beds

Monday, October 24, 2016 -
How to build modern bunk beds. Use FREE building plans to make a set of bunk beds with minimalist design.

*This post is sponsored by PureBond Hardwood Plywood and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and remain uninfluenced. 

I am a twin mama. I have 7-year old identical boys. I kinda sorta decorated their room when I built their first "big boy" beds four years ago. Needless to say, their space is in MAJOR need of a makeover! I've started working on a new bedroom design and the first step was to build new bunk beds. 

How to Build a Leather Director's Bench

Friday, October 21, 2016 -
How to build a designer inspired, leather director's bench with FREE building plans

New building plans today! A few months back I fell in love with the Director's Bench from CB2, but wasn't about to spend $450 plus shipping. 

How to Make a Faux Stone Column

Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
how to make a faux stone column tutorial

A couple weeks ago I shared with you my front porch all decked out for Halloween. My boys were begging to make our house "creepy" this year, so I went with a graveyard theme. As soon as I saw a massive, faux stone gargoyle in the holiday section at Home Depot, I decided to make a column for him to sit on. 

Easy Skull Halloween Door Hanger

Friday, October 14, 2016 -
easy halloween skull door hanger tutorial

Last week I shared my spooky Halloween front porch with you guys and told you I would start sharing tutorials. I've got a really easy one for you today! Scroll down and find out how to make this easy, skull Halloween door hanger.


Spooky Graveyard Themed Halloween Front Porch

Monday, October 3, 2016 -
How to create a DIY spooky graveyard themed Halloween front porch.

Last month, I was invited to Participate in The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge this year and we officially became the first house on the street to have our decorations up. I guess we're "those" people now : )

How to Build an Outdoor Tiered Display Shelf

Friday, September 30, 2016 -
tiered outdoor display shelf free building plans

It's officially fall and its finally starting to feel like it here in Arizona! Halloween is a big deal in our house. Last week we became the weirdos on the street who already have their decorations up in September. 

Interior French Door with DIY Transom Window

Thursday, September 29, 2016 -
how to build DIY transom window and black interior french doors

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are mine own and are uninfluenced. 

I'm so excited to share today's project with you guys! If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen some sneak peaks. I share my latest and greatest on Instagram, along with tips and what inspires me. 
Last week, I asked what you all think of black interior doors. 

How to Build a Decorative Wood Wheelbarrow

Monday, September 12, 2016 -
Learn how to build a decorative wood wheelbarrow, just in time for fall

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions remain my own and uninfluenced. 

Remember way back to last week when I told you guys about the cute wheelbarrow you can learn to build at your local Home Depot this month? 

How to Make a Roman Numeral Wedding Date Sign

Friday, September 9, 2016 -

Happy friday everyone! Last month you all did me a major solid and took part of my blog survey. Thank you, thank you! You guys are literally my boss and finding out what you're into helps me create better content. One common request you made was for me to share more simple projects, so that's exactly what I have for you today! 

Rustic Wheelbarrow Workshop

Monday, September 5, 2016 -
Attend a Do-It-Herself Workshop at your local Home Depot this September and learn to make a rustic wood wheelbarrow.

*This post was sponsored by The Home Depot.

Holy cow, how is it September already!? Its time to bust out the fall decorations. Remember in June when I built my Tabletop Football Toss Game for the Father's Day DIY workshop? Well, this month I'm partnering with The Home Depot to share a new, fun project and tell you about an upcoming Do-It-Herself Workshop


How To Stain Furniture Like a Pro - Video Tutorial

Friday, August 26, 2016 -
Video Tutorial Learn how to stain furniture like a pro at home!

*This post is sponsored by RPM Wood Finishes Group and contains affiliate links. All opinions are uninfluenced and my own.

Last week I shared building plans with you guys so you can make your own Mid Century Nightstand with Hidden Shoe Storage. Today, I'm back and showing you how I achieved a professional looking stained finish on that piece. 


How to Make a Cement Tile Doormat

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 -
how to make a cement tile doormat tutprial

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are uninfluenced are remain my own. 

So I'm absolutely in love with the current patterned, cement tile trend! I've seen them used for backsplashes and fireplace surrounds, but I secretly long to have a patterned tile bathroom floor. There are two problems though.

Mid Century Nightstand with Hidden Shoe Storage

Friday, August 19, 2016 -
Mid-century modern nightstand with shoe storage building plans

When my boys were babies, we started using a basket to hold their shoes. Well, now they are growing bigger and their shoes are getting larger too. We need a better solution for shoe storage. I decided I could incorporate divided cubbies in a nightstand, and it gave me a chance to try a new idea for a cabinet door that I had been brainstorming. 

60 Modern Decor Projects to Build

Friday, August 12, 2016 -
60 DIY tutorials modern decor

If you have followed my blog for a while (I want to give you a big kiss!), you may have noticed my design style slowly changing. Yours probably has too! It seems like the design trend is leaning towards modern and retro styles. 

Funny enough, if you would have handed me a dresser with tapered cone feet four years ago, I would have gagged. Nowadays, I want to screw them onto everything! Whether you dig tapered feet or not, I've put together a massive list of 60 Modern decor projects you can build yourself. 

Pneumatic Addict Survey

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 -

Hi friends! I am busy working on new projects and improving the website. Since we are all friends here, I think it's time we had an honest talk. 


Three Way Nesting Coffee Tables Building Plans

Friday, August 5, 2016 -
how to build three way modern nesting coffee table

*This post contains affiliate links

We've been in the "new" house for about 9 months now. I've changed my design style over the last couple years, so chose to take very few furniture pieces with me when we moved. One piece dear to my heart is my Industrial Coffee Table I built a while back. It's the project I learned to weld on and remains one of my favorite projects I've ever built. 


Times are a changing and the dark, industrial style no longer fit my living room. I talked to my husband and asked what he'd like to see in a replacement. We have a long, shallow living room and unless I took up half the space with one massive unit, it's hard to actually use a coffee table in the space. A normal coffee table is purely decorative and looks a bit small in the space. I decided a set of nesting tables would be the perfect solution. We can pull the smaller tables out and use them anywhere we want, and when we're done, I can push them back in place and we don't have table-zilla taking over the place.

Easy DIY Industrial Bench or Ottoman

Friday, July 29, 2016 -

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. 

Make an Easy Picture Frame With Glass

Friday, July 15, 2016 -
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. 

Make Your Own Tall Concrete Planter

Saturday, July 9, 2016 -
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.


How to Make a Modern Cactus Jewelry Stand

Friday, July 8, 2016 -
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

How to Make an Ombre Concrete Lamp

Friday, July 1, 2016 -
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!

Summer Home Tour

Friday, June 24, 2016 -

It's freaking summer already people! This year is flying by so fast! My house was actually clean the other day, so I decided it was time to finally show you guys a little more of my house. 

How to Make a Rice Knife Block - Building Plans

Friday, June 17, 2016 -
How to make a rice knife block with free building plans

*This post contains affiliate links.

I've been wanting to build this project for a long while. We're not too fancy in our house. We don't have a full set of matching knives in a beautiful, custom knife block. We have a random assortment of hand-me-downs and Ikea specials. I'd seen knives stored in rice before and thought making a custom box would be the perfect solution. 

Father's Day Workbench/Shelving Kit Giveaway

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 -
Enter for chances to win a Simpson Strong-Tie® Workbench or Shelving Kit.

*This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie®.

You guys know I'm friends with Simpson Strong-Tie®. I teamed up with them to build my Tall Printer's Cabinet and my Rolling Outdoor Island. In fact, I have the privilege of being named one of the 2016 Simpson Strong-Tie Brand Ambassadors. 

Desktop Football Toss Game - Building Plans

Monday, June 13, 2016 -
Make a desktop sized Father's Day Football Toss game with free building plans

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot and contains affiliate links.

I've got a fun Father's day idea for you today that you can build in one afternoon and will cost less than $10 to make! Last Monday I told you about the Football Toss DIY Workshop, hosted at your local Home Depot store on Saturday, June 18th, at 10 A.M. 

Father's Day Football Toss DIY Workshop

Monday, June 6, 2016 -

*This posts has been sponsored by The Home Depot.

I've got an important announcement people! Your dad does not want another tie for Father's Day. What the dad in your life really wants for Father's Day is a way to relax and have some fun. Luckily, The Home Depot is hosting a DIY Workshop at your local store, where you can build Dad one of these awesome DIY Football Toss Games. Click the link below to register at the location nearest you. 

60 Outdoor Project You Can Build Yourself

Thursday, May 19, 2016 -
I've rounded up 60 of the best DIY outdoor projects that you can build yourself!

The weather is gorgeous here in the Southwest and we are soaking it up! We are spending more time outside and I've been motivated to spruce up out outdoor space. After searching the web, I've rounded up 60 of the best DIY outdoor projects to share with you. 

Check them out and make sure to pin from the original source!

How to Make a Solar Mobile Chandelier

Friday, May 6, 2016 -
How to make a solar powered, West Elm inspired mobile chandelier

I've been in love with the Mobile Chandelier from West Elm for a long while. I've been scheming of a way to make my own for months. I was walking through the garden center of Walmart last week and I discovered  these. 

So, if my idea worked, not only would I have my West Elm knock off, but I could hang a chandelier over my patio without having to run new electrical. 

Good news. It totally worked! I love it and if you scroll down, you can learn how to make your own solar powered mobile chandelier.

DIY Industrial Style Tiki Torch

Friday, April 29, 2016 -
Industrial style tiki torch DIY tutorial

*This post contains affiliate links

How's the weather where you are? It's been absolutely gorgeous here lately. We've been trying to spend as much time outside as possible. Although the days are getting longer, our backyard can get pretty dark. Bamboo tiki torches aren't my style, and steel torches can run upwards of $40 each. I came up with a DIY solution that costs only around $13 per torch, including fuel.


Rolling Outdoor Island Building Plans

Friday, April 15, 2016 -
Learn how to build your own rolling outdoor grill island.

*This post contains affiliate links and sponsored content paid for by Simpson Strong-Tie®. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced. 

Is the weather gorgeous where you live too? In Arizona, this is the time of year we have to run outdoors and take advantage of the nice temperatures while we still have them. 120 degrees are right around the corner.

Wood and Metal Planter Box Building Plans

Friday, April 1, 2016 -
Free building plans!  DIY Wood and metal planter boxes

*This post contains affiliate links.

Happy spring everyone! I don't know about where you are, but the weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in Arizona and it has me feeling all outdoorsy. 

Modern Curtain Rod and Finial Tutorial

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 -
Easy to follow tutorial for making your own modern curtain rods and finals.

My plan is to stick with simple white walls in the new house, so I decided I need to introduce some color. I fell in love with the Sanela velvet curtains from Ikea in the color "dark turquoise". Our house has 9ft ceilings, so the fact that the Sanela panels comes in extra long lengths sealed the deal. 

With my curtains picked out, I started brainstorming ideas for modern looking curtain rods and finials that I could make myself. I've gotta say, I'm really happy with the simple, inexpensive design I came up with! Once again, I partnered with my friends at Rockler to show you how its done.

DIY Hourglass

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 -
Make your own DIY hourglass from supplies found at the craft store.

I've always had a love for hourglasses. My dream thrift store find would be an antique hourglass, but I'm not holding my breath till that day comes. In the meantime, I created my own DIY hourglass from a couple empty soap bottles and a few supplies from the craft store. 

14 DIY Kitchen Remodels to Inspire

Friday, February 26, 2016 -

First of all, I have to thank you all for the overwhelming response to my Stacked Cabinet Kitchen Reveal. You guys leave the nicest comments! Remodeling our new house has been a lot of work and its so nice to know my efforts are appreciated. 

With kitchen remodels on the brain, I've come across some pretty amazing makeovers by my fellow bloggers. If you are contemplating a DIY renovation, or you just like looking at amazing "before and after" pictures, scroll down. Check out these kitchen remodels and remember to give these awesome ladies their due and please pin from the original source. 

How to Install an Apron Sink in a Stock Cabinet

Friday, February 19, 2016 -
Learn how to modify a cabinet to accomidate an apron front sink

When we first started to plan the new kitchen design, one essential element I knew I wanted to include was an apron front sink. I also knew it was going to be a hard sell to my husband. He's not a big fan of the farmhouse style, and has openly expressed his dislike for apron sinks. 

I was planning more of a modern look for the kitchen, and when I showed my husband this stainless steel apron sink from Moen, he could see the vision and agreed. Success! We chose the STo faucet and a modern soap pump, and we were ready to get to work. 

Stacked Cabinet Kitchen Makeover

Friday, February 12, 2016 -
Gorgeous white kitchen with DIY stacked upper cabinets and stainless steel accents

Finally!!! I can show you part of my house remodel. We spent the largest amount of time and money on updating the kitchen, but I think it was worth all of it! The kitchen is the heart of the home right? And supposedly kitchens and bathrooms give the best return on investment. 

DIY Industrial Storage Cubbies

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 -

Our new house, like many houses, is full of stuff. Some good stuff, some junky stuff. Stuff that needs to find a home. Inspired by vintage metal locker systems I have seen, I decided to build a cubby storage system to hide all the crap we have laying around. 

Wood and Acrylic Bathroom Shelf

Thursday, January 28, 2016 -
How to build a DIY bathroom shelf from wood and acrylic sheets

I have been waiting impatiently to share my latest project with you guys! I have a group of some amazing DIY blogging buddies and we like to get together for monthly building challenges. Remember when I built my 3 leg table side table? That was my contribution to the One Board Challenge. 

Tall Printer's Cabinet

Friday, January 15, 2016 -
Learn how to build a large, printmaker's style cabinet with free building plans.

I have some super exciting things going on right now. First, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that we moved into a new house a few months ago. In addition to remodeling the kitchen, the floors, and workshop area, I have been busy building furniture to fill the rooms. 

This year also brings some new collaborations. I have the privilege of being one of the 2016 Brand Ambassadors, representing *Simpson Strong-Tie®. Strong-Tie products are the industry standard in construction. The odds are very good that the home you live in was built using *Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors and fasteners. Anyone who has read this blog knows that I can be a bit of a perfectionist with my builds. I absolutely love the idea of working with a company who also doesn't settle for "good enough". I can't wait to show you the projects I have come up with, utilizing *Simpson Strong-Tie® quality products! Today, I'll share the first. 

LARGE Hairpin Dining Table

Friday, January 1, 2016 -
Learn how to build a LARGE hairpin dining table.

You guys know I have a love for hairpin legs. I've used them on my Mid-Century Industrial storage unit, on my Hairpin Leg Vanity, and I've even shared a tutorial how to make your own DIY hairpin legs
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