Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall Home Tour

Fall has arrived and a special hello to you readers coming from Jen's place at The House of Wood.  She sure knows how to pull it altogether no matter what season and her Fall table does not disappoint!

living room fall mantle

Today I'm sharing my Fall home tour as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Home Tour organized by April at House of Hoff and Krista at The Happy Housie.  Thank you ladies for pulling together so much amazing inspiration!

seasonal simplicity fall home tours

Each day this week bloggers will be sharing their Fall home tours and you don't want to miss any!

Let's start in my Living Room because this is where I spend a ton of time working.  

fall living room antique farmhouse

Our living room is actually more of a work room and office space but we get this amazing fireplace and mantle so I added a few simple decorations hinting that Fall has arrived.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Truss Beam Side Table Free Plans

Fall is practically knocking on our door so I wanted to get these plans up before the outdoor season ends.  For you year round warm weather folks timing isn't such an issue and yes I'm very jealous that you get that extended outdoor season.  I shared the truss beam coffee table awhile back and today I have the truss beam side table to complete the set.

diy truss beam side table

To be totally honest I only built this side table because my kids were asking for another surface to put drinks and things on and I had the wood scraps on hand.  

But it turned out to be so handy and cute so I thought I'd share.

truss beam side table

I drew up the plans with detailed step by step instructions down below.  It's a very simple and fast build and if you don't like the chunky 4x4 legs you could easily swap out for 2x4s.

truss beam side table free plans

Monday, September 18, 2017

DIY Harvest Yard Sign Virtual Party

It's a virtual party today with ten diy bloggers sharing their custom versions of the harvest yard sign.  We have teamed up with The Home Depot for their DIH Workshops program to make our own harvest yard signs.  You don't want to miss all the amazing creative ideas to get your yard ready for the Fall season! 

diy halloween yard sign

My harvest yard sign went the way of Halloween with a bug theme.  It's fun and creepy and actually a little bit true because Fall always seems to be high spider season in our house.

harvest yard sign DIH Workshop at The Home Depot

You can learn to make the harvest yard sign at your local Home Depot location as part of the DIH Workshops program.  Click here and type in your zip code to register for this workshop.


Also if you have previously attended any workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide feedback please use this form here.  Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make improvements.

specimen collector yard sign


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DIY Mini Tool Tree Ornaments

What's not to love about tools?  Everyone loves tools so I thought it would be fun to make miniature tool ornaments for holiday gifts and I'm sharing the tutorials down below.  All of the mini tool tree ornaments are here in one succinct post with tutorials for each ornament.  

diy mini tool tree ornaments


mini paint brush
mini paint brush
mini extension cord
mini extension cord
mini tape measure
mini tape measure

mini paint can
mini paint can
mini toolbox
mini toolbox
mini saw blade
mini saw blade

mini spray paint
mini spray paint
mini homer bucket
mini homer bucket
mini paint roller
mini paint roller

It's quite a collection when they are altogether but I ended up giving them as holiday gifts last Christmas to all my DIY blogging friends.

Monday, September 11, 2017

DIH Workshop: Harvest Yard Sign

This Monday bears a heavy weight on many with the anniversary of 9/11 and the recent hurricanes plowing through our precious lands.  To be honest it makes focusing on the little things seem irrevelvant but we must carry on because the human spirit thrives on normalcy so with that I invite you to join us for a Do-It Herself Workshop where you can learn to make this harvest yard sign:

DIH Workshop harvest yard sign

Be sure to register for this DIH Workshop at The Home Depot here.


The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

You can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

DIH Workshops at The Home Depot

My fellow bloggers and myself will be making our own custom versions of this harvest yard sign and sharing our projects next Monday, be sure to check back for lots of inspiration and ideas!
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And if you want to follow along as I build my harvest yard I'll be sharing sneak peeks over on Instagram here.
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Lastly if you have previously attended any Workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide Feedback please feel free to use this form here.  Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make improvements and changes.

Workshops Feedback Form

* I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program.  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.  My post complies with the WOMMA Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

DIY Halloween Vase & Giveaway

 *This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

Fall is unofficially here and with that comes decorating for Halloween.  I made this not so spooky Halloween urn style vase from plastic containers and scrap wood and I'm sharing all the details so you can make it too.

diy Halloween urn style vase

The complete tutorial is over at the DecoArt blog here but before you click away be sure to enter the giveaway down below.

The nice folks at DecoArt are giving one lucky reader 6 pots of Americana Decor Outdoor Living exterior / interior paint.  This is the same paint I used on the Halloween vase, it's great for plastic, wood, metal, concrete, masonry, terra cotta and more.  Plus no need to prime or sand before using.

decoart paint giveaway

Be sure to stop by the DecoArt blog for lots of project inspiration and ideas using Outdoor Living paint.  It leaves a beautiful eggshell finish great for both interior and exterior projects:

black Halloween vases

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DIY Outdoor Toy Storage Bin

*This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie and includes affiliate links.

Please tell me I'm not the only one with a messy yard full of toys strewn about?  Well that's about to change because I just built this outdoor toy storage bin with plenty of space for all the toys.  No more excuses now all the toys have a home and it's easy access for play.

diy outdoor toy storage bin

I partnered with Simpson Strong-Tie to make this outdoor toy storage bin a cinch to construct.  By using their workbench and shelving kit I was able to build the frame portion with no extra hardware or connectors.

I put together plans for this project and they are posted over on the DIY Done Right site here.

outdoor toy storage bin frame

Start with a 2x4 frame, add cleats and hardware cloth, then a base and bit of interior trim to finish it off.  Do you have toys that need to be corraled?  Perhaps this outdoor toy storage bin might just be the answer.

outdoor toy storage bin frame free plans

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Backyard Tools Making Work Easy

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

backyard tools making chores easy


Fall is nearly upon us and it's time to once again tackle those backyard chores before the weather turns.  Today I'm sharing three backyard tools that make those outdoor chores easy.  I would consider these tools 'must haves' in your tool arsenol, if you don't have them already be sure to add them to your list.

Backyard Chore #1: Trimming dead branches

trimming dead branches with reciprocating saw

For this task I used a Makita cordless reciprocating saw with a 9" Diablo pruning blade.  Look at the results in the after shot above!  

Monday, August 28, 2017

DIY Multipurpose Work Table

*This post is sponsored by Kreg Tool Company / Build Something.

Ever dream up a piece of furniture for a space in your home by making a complete wish list of all the features?  This multipurpose work table is one of those dream pieces.

diy work table with free plans

In my mind it had to have a large work surface, storage below, and space for seating in order to double as extra dining space during holidays and parties and most importantly power!

This table has power hidden in the surface.  You know like a fancy conference room table except we're in my 1740 antique home: 

work table with hidden power

There are many options for adding power but I went with the simple and easy route by using a power strip.  And it was all even easier because under those boards is a sheet of plywood!  No biscuits or pocket holes in the top boards, they are screwed to the plywood from below with the exception of the two pieces where the power is hiding.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Make a Difference: Pressure Washing

*This post is in partnership with Ryobi Outdoors.

pressure washing blue stone steps before after

I never even realized our exterior spaces were so dirty.  And I'm not referring to a little brown dirt, I'm talking about mold, slime, furry green moss things growing where they probably should not be growing.  I'm so embarrassed to even show these before and after comparison photos but they are proof that pressure washing makes a huge difference.

Just look at how green, slimy and moldy the left side of the step was in the photo above!!  I cannot even believe I let my home's exterior get so gross.  Today I'm sharing how I made a massive difference to our exterior spaces using a pressure washer.

pressure washing stucco using foam blaster
*This post contains affiliate links.

Let's start on the lower level exterior wall which is stucco.  Using the foam blaster attachment (which also would be great for washing your car) I pressure washed the stucco.

Friday, August 11, 2017

DIY Plant Stand with Free Plans

diy plant stand

A little housewarming gift for my sister I whipped up this plant stand super fast and I'm sharing the tutorial so you can make one too!  

For reference this pot is 12" diameter at the upper most portion and 8" diameter at the base.  The pot itself is 9 1/2" tall so you can make adjustments as needed based on your pot size.

diy indoor plant stand

I finished this plant stand in gloss white which is a nice contrast against wood floors and grey planter.  You can finish however you like - stain, paint, maybe a fun color or dip the legs - the possibilities are endless.

Friday, August 4, 2017

DIY Mini Paint Can Ornaments

diy mini paint can ornaments

The last miniature tool tree ornament tutorial is the mini paint can.  Can of paint or bucket of paint, whatever you call it, it's miniature and perfect for all those paint loving friends in your life.

diy mini tool tree

I shared all the mini tool tree ornaments during this past Christmas in July.  Such a fun little project idea or gift.

mini paint can ornaments

Below are the step by step instructions to make miniature paint can ornaments.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DIY Round Outdoor Dining Table with Outdoor Accents

*This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie.

diy round outdoor dining table

Finally a patio table that will accomodate my whole family with ease.  I built this round outdoor dining table with Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents and I'm sharing the free plans over on their blog DIY Done Right.

simpson strong tie outdoor accents on table base

This is one solid based with 4x4 legs and supports then I used the Outdoor Accents brackets to connect the pieces.  Simple and strong, you should check out all the details here.

building a round dining table

The top portion is actually deck boards.  I used a jigsaw to cut out the circle shape but a router would work too.  

This round outdoor dining table easily seats 7 adults with plenty of elbow room.  

top view outdoor round dining table

free plans round outdoor dining table

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DIY Chalkboard Wall Calendar

*This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

diy chalkboard wall calendar

It's that time of year - back to school - and I secretly happen to love back to school for so many reasons: structure, schedule and hooray for learning!  With that I decided we needed a large chalkboard wall calendar so my kids can see exactly what's happening in the upcoming days.

large chalkboard wall calendar

I used DecoArt Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating over the paint colors to make this fun, colorful chalkboard wall calendar.

You can make any painted surface into a chalkboard using this coating it's that simple.  I will say that darker painted surfaces are going to work better because you will be able to see the chalk.  However chalk does come in a huge variety of colors so if you want to mix it up an go with a light paint color, add the chalkboard coating and then use dark chalks I say go for it!

decoart satin enamel paints

I will share the complete tutorial down below to make this chalkboard wall calendar. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

DIY Mini Paint Roller Ornaments

mini paint roller ornaments

Christmas in July is nearly over but I still have a few mini tool ornaments left to share.  Today it's these mini paint rollers, cute on their own but even better when paired with the mini tool tree collection: 

mini tool tree

Scroll down below for links to all the mini tool tutorials and step by step instructions on how to make the paint roller ornaments.