DIY Above ground pool ladder / stairs

July 16th, 2017|BUILD IT|

I can look back on this DIY and laugh…

now.

At the time it was a total shit show and entirely my fault.  I thought I could “build off the cuff” without plans or even a vision of what I wanted.

Don’t do that folks.  At least have a vision.

The problem I was trying to solve was that my derriere is too large for the manufacturer’s pool ladder that comes with the Intex pool.

Considerably larger.

Yes, I could have shimmied myself sideways through it […]

Make your own charcuterie board

July 12th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|

This post is what I would call serendipitous.

There were two bits of fate that aligned at the same time that insisted I make my own charcuterie board.

The first was that a FAVOURITE blogger of mine – Kelly Nan – showed a gorgeous patio tablescape the other day that included a scrumptious looking cheese board from Pottery Barn.

The second bit of fate was that it was about that same time that I came across a contest for Ryobi North where […]

DIY Chalkboard – part of our treehouse upgrades

June 21st, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|

Chalkboards seem to be all-the-rage now – people are trimming anything and everything with chalkboard paint to create message boards, labels, jar lids, gift tags – you name it and it’s probably had a coating of chalkboard paint to make it better.

Our backyard playground / treehouse is no exception – but where do you find a 3′ x 4′ chalkboard to fit this tall expanse of wall?

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DIY Mini Golf – as designed by 6 and 9 year-olds

May 12th, 2017|BUILD IT, KIDS|

I think this is so cute, I had to share.

As you may know I was left with an astronomical amount of pvc pipe after a failed spray paint tent project the other week, so I have racked my brain to come up with ideas to put it to good use.

Last weekend some of my daughter’s friends came over and we made the pvc jewelry stands from this post.  While the girls and I were working, some of the neighbourhood […]

DIY Nesting Tables – My ReStore Build

April 9th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|

Nesting tables seem to be a rarity at thrift stores and garage sales?  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an old set available for refinishing?

My search began because I found this picture on BirchLane.com

Birch Lane nesting tables

I love the detailing in the ironwork, but at $230 US (down from $420), they are a tad out of my price range.

A week or so after saving this photo to drool over, […]

American Girl Doll – Dollhouse / Treehouse / Beach house

March 11th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, GAMES / FUN, KIDS|

Build an American Girl Doll (or other 18″ doll) DIY dollhouse / DIY treehouse to keep the imagination going outside.

I don’t have plans for this build.  I can make plans, but first I’d like to gauge how many of you would like them before I go to the effort to draw them up.  If you want plans for this DIY American Girl Doll treehouse, leave me a comment at the bottom of this post and if enough are interested, I’ll […]

Birdhouse Display – National DIY Day

March 7th, 2017|BUILD IT, CRAFTS, DECOR|

National DIY Day Logo 2017

Mark your calendars for April 2nd, 2017 – National (ahem, INTERnational) DIY Day!

I and several other crafty-amazing bloggers have partnered with Craft Box Girls to bring you some of the best DIY and craft projects on the internet.

Click over every day from now until National DIY Day on April 2nd to see what all of the DIY and craft bloggers have to share with you!

To […]

Garage Organization – Easy Garage Shelving

March 5th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, ORGANIZE|

Low on space, but high on “stuff” – try this easy garage shelving to increase your storage capacity and organize your space.

My garage is my workshop.

When I say “my” garage I mean the half of our two-car garage that I’ve filled with tools, wood, furniture and paint.

The other half is “his garage” – the half that he parks his car in.

As much as I try to push the boundaries and spread my stuff across the line (the seam in the concrete that […]

Headboard Turned Garden Bench with Rust-Oleum

March 3rd, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

Turn a damaged, dated and dirty headboard into a gorgeous garden bench with Rust-Oleum® Canada.

This project is limited only by your imagination – you can pick up any headboard and footboard (matching or otherwise), in any size from crib to king and paint it in any colour under the rainbow (or paint it like a rainbow if you like) to create a gorgeous upcycled headboard garden bench!

First up, scour your basement, your parents’ basement, garage sales and thrift […]

DIY Bird Feeder – $4 and 20 minutes to make

February 4th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|

It seems every February I get the ‘feels’ for the poor birds.  Last year I showed you how to make a super-simple bird house to help keep our feathered friends warm, this year I’m adding to my garden with this easy ($4) DIY bird feeder.

DIY Bird Feeder

Supplies:

  • 1 x 6 cedar board at 6′ long
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • mitre saw
  • drill
  • rope for hanging
  • bird seed
  • optional:  all-weather caulking

A six-foot 1×6 cedar board will run you about […]