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

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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 😉 ) 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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