In-cupboard hair dryer holder

February 22nd, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY, ORGANIZE|

Are you sick of my bathroom yet?

Can you hang in there for one last post on how I organized it by making an in-cupboard hair dryer holder?

Prior to my bathroom makeover the other day, I was using a store-bought hair dryer holder that just hung over my bathroom cupboard door – and it worked perfectly – except that over time it scuffed and scratched up my cabinetry.  While painting my bathroom cabinets wasn’t a ton of work, it’s certainly […]

Painting bathroom cabinets

February 16th, 2018|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, DIY|

I was provided with Rust-Oleum Krud Kutter and Bullseye 1-2-3 primer for this “Painting bathroom cabinets” post.

My bathroom has bugged me for a little while now.  Our cabinets are 13 years old and are showing the wear and tear of the years everywhere.  Hubby doesn’t seem to notice, but they are glaring to me.

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Come on!  How can you NOT notice?!  (On the upside, if […]

DIY – Free-Standing Pet Gate

February 8th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY, REPURPOSE|

Do you have a dog?
Do you want to keep that dog contained somehow – like off of your carpet with their muddy little paws?

We did.
We had two BIG dogs.
With BIG muddy feet.
AND they liked to greet people at the door… but not everyone was thrilled at the prospect of 200 lbs of dog […]

Painted Vases for Home Decor

February 4th, 2018|DECOR, DIY, REPURPOSE|

Do you have a cupboard or a shelf somewhere that is holding a plethora of glass vases?  Perhaps from birthdays over the years?

I do – or rather I did until I saw this image from the cover of FrontGate Magazine (Feb.2017 issue)

Frontgate Magazine, cover February 2017

I hang on to pages from magazines and keep them tucked away in a binder – I call it my “I can do that” stash.

Those […]

10 DIY Furniture Projects for Beginners

February 3rd, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|

If you’re looking to add some new pieces to your current decor, but don’t have the budget for big-box stores, make your own with these 10 DIY furniture projects for beginners.

My formal carpentry training consists of wood shop in grades 7 and 8 – and while that is two years of pretty intensive hands-on experience (amounting to about 1 hour per week), I’d hardly say it puts me in anything more than a beginner class when it comes to building.

One […]

Classroom Coat Rack

January 20th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|

*This post contains affiliate links and sponsored materials.

Are your (or have your) kids ever been in a portable?  Those boxes that make up classrooms outside of the school building?

Miss Madison was in a portable last year, and this year it’s Chloë’s turn to enjoy the cozy atmosphere (find a silver lining folks) – but given the small square footage and the lack of access to a major hallway for coat hooks and shelves, the winter coat/boot/snowpants situation was becoming a […]

Caring for your bar stools

January 17th, 2018|DIY|

[*I was provided with Varathane® Triple Thick One Coat Clear Finish to complete this project.]

Weird title?

I know – but I didn’t know what else to call this post except bar stool care.  It’s not a build, but there is some DIY involved.

This is one of those “face palm” kind of posts – where it’s so easy and so obvious and yet I guarantee that 95% of us don’t do it.

Let me start with the “why?”  It’s always easier to make […]

Simple, rustic wood frames

January 6th, 2018|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY|

One of my Christmas gifts this year (or last year I guess) were some laser-cut wood letters from a small company called Details 2 Enjoy.

I wanted to purchase their pre-made signs, but shipping from the US to Canada ended up being more than the signs themselves, so I opted for a smaller shipping package, and charge, and decided I would make my own, simple, rustic wood frames myself.

I started out by setting my letters out on a wood board […]

DIY wood lanterns

November 30th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, HOLIDAYS|

Looking for an easy tutorial on making DIY wood lanterns?

You can check out my blog post on rustic lanterns here;

or you can follow the tutorial from The Stonybrook House and make these adorable white ones from scrap wood.

I won’t steal her thunder any more than to say I made these DIY wood lanterns entirely from scrap wood.

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Laundry drying rack

November 26th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, ORGANIZE|

As a continuation of my laundry battles, dilemmas and infatuations I decided that I would build myself a laundry drying rack for those items that need to “lay flat to dry”.

I don’t wear a lot of delicates being a DIYer, but my ENJO cloths cannot be dried in the dryer, so each week I spread them out here and there to dry.  We’re talking on top of the dryer, over the back of the couches and chairs – perhaps I […]