Bedroom Makeover

My family moved into our new home about 2 1/2 years ago, and since that time we have been surrounded by cream colored walls.¬† “Bunny Cake” is the official paint name, which I find hilarious and a lot more fun than the color actually is.¬† Who comes up with this stuff anyway?¬† I digress…

Recently, my 6 year old son started sleeping in the guest room across the hall from his room.¬† It’s quieter because it doesn’t share a wall with the TV in our living room.¬† He’s been asking if he could switch rooms and just happened to be spending this week with my parents – perfect time for a bedroom transformation! Continue reading

Wall Shelf with Hooks

Years ago I swore off ironing and bought a garment steamer.¬† I think it’s my lack of patience and general clumsiness that lead me to dislike ironing so much.¬† Somehow I always managed to iron wrinkles in while simultaneously trying to get them out.¬† Ugghh…

Anyway, the steamer we got for our wedding (over 8 years ago) finally quit on us.¬† It had a handy telescoping pole that held our clothes while we steamed them.¬† In an effort to save some money and increase portability, we replaced our original steamer with a travel sized model.¬† We have taken it with us on a few trips (which saved me from having to struggle with a hotel iron ūüėČ ) and so far we’re pretty happy with it-minus one issue.¬† Without the telescoping pole,¬†we don’t have anything¬†to hold our clothes while we steam them. Continue reading

Parquet Coffee Table

I’m a confident person.¬† I don’t often admit to being scared or nervous about things and I don’t usually shy away from a challenge.¬† I first saw the plans for this parquet table top over a year ago and thought “Wow! That’s beautiful”¬† followed immediately by “Yikes!¬† All those angle cuts¬†look terrifying.”¬† I was scared.¬† I didn’t want to invest time and money into a project that I wasn’t confident in completing to a level of precision that¬†would¬†allow me¬†to proudly¬†place the finished piece in my living room for all to see.

Fast forward 12+ months and several other successful builds.¬† Rogue Engineer posted plans for¬†the Lybrook coffee table that featured a trestle design with an exposed tenon look.¬† It was the perfect base for that parquet top.¬† It was time to let go of fear and worry and give this project everything I’ve got.

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Spring is Coming – Building a Potting Bench

One of the many things I admire about my Mom is her green thumb.¬† Her front porch is beautifully dressed with flowers that she pots each Spring.¬† This winter, I had the idea to build her a potting bench so that she could stand comfortably¬†while she¬†plants her flowers instead of¬†spending hours bent over her pots.¬† I searched online for a great design but couldn’t find quite what I was looking for so I contacted the talented Rogue Engineer, Jamison Rantz to convert my vision into plans. Find them here: http://rogueengineer.com/diy-potting-bench-plans/. Continue reading

Rustic Media Center

Last Christmas I built my husband’s parents a coffee table for Christmas.¬† It was the first real piece of furniture I had ever built.¬† This year, I decided to make them a media center that would coordinate with the coffee table¬†and came across an inspiration piece (click to view the original post and download a printable PDF) from Rogue Engineer.¬† The original plan dimensions made the piece 35″ tall, which was a bit too tall for their space, so I decided to eliminate the upper shelf and use 2×8’s for the top instead of 1×8’s for a thicker, more substantial look.

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Finishing my first project

Driving the last finish nails through the MDF platform on my bench was an amazing feeling.¬† I built this.¬† It’s done and it even looks good. I never doubted that I could do it, but actually finishing my miter saw bench was awesome.¬† Getting the main bench together was pretty quick and painless.¬† Well, all except for the 6 or 7 screws I stripped out with my impact driver and had to twist back out with a pair of pliers.¬† Not so fun.¬† Next time I’ll drill pilot holes or get self tapping screws.¬† Lesson learned.

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Becoming a Carpenter

My dad was an amazing woodworker.¬† He could dream up anything and make it a reality.¬† He was meticulously precise with his work – a true perfectionist.¬† I don’t think I realized how particular he was about getting everything right down to the smallest detail when I was a kid.¬† I guess I just assumed that everyone took that much pride in their work.¬† I see now that my dad is the reason that I am so nit-picky about doing things the right way (although my mom also has incredibly high standards as well).¬† Anyway, the point is that I recently decided that I need hobby and my boys got me the greatest birthday gift – a Craftsman compound miter saw.¬† I wish my dad was around to give me some pointers and advice, but I’m determined to learn some carpentry skills and start building! Continue reading