It’s a good feeling typing this post from one of my favorite DIY pieces ever. After I conquered my first substantial wood working project, I felt confident enough to tackle a patio table for our covered outdoor space.I truly believe that designing and planning is the most difficult part of woodworking – at least for the skill level I’m at. To get started, I got my inspiration from West Elm’s simple yet beautiful Portside Patio table (which happens to retail for about $800). I sketched out some plans and headed to […]
A California King bed is something we have wanted for a long time. However once we realized how expensive a frame was going to be, I decided to get building. Of course I found this project to be the perfect excuse to finally get a Kreg Jig! As I mentioned in my previous post, a California King bed is something we had wanted for a long time. But once we realized how expensive a frame would be, it was time to get building. Of course I found this project to be the perfect excuse to finally get a Kreg Jig! In terms of building materials, here was my supplies list: set of 4 tapered […]
Finding barstools for our kitchen’s tiny eat-in area was a bit of a challenge. My goal was to have two stools, that when tucked under the overhang, wouldn’t stick out too much. But that only left us with with less than 30″ in width. As petite as some barstools looked, they measurements proved otherwise. Finally I came across a barstool at Target that was 14″ x 14″ at it’s widest. While the measurements were perfect, the overall appearance was quite underwhelming. Fortunately the seat attached pretty simply to the base, and we realized we could replace it with a simple […]
I feel like I’m cheating a bit with this one. Because it’s not DIY at all. I know I’m all about ‘BUILD’ what you love, but sometimes you just have to ‘BUY’ what you love. And that’s exactly what I did when I decided to turn the odd living room bump-out into a focal point. There are TONS of awesome DIY faux mantles (everything from simple shelves to full-size fireplace frames) on Pinterest, but when I came across a […]
Gosh I love our kitchen. When I purchased the house, I wanted to immediately remodel the cabinet-lacking, pink-floor-tile, formica-covered, non-opening-window, excessive-bump-out, lack-of-counter-space kitchen. However a co-worker had strongly suggested to me that we wait it out, live in the house, get to know it, and then take on the kitchen. Ultimately, I headed her advice, and we waited over 2 years before tackling the project. And I’m very glad we did, because […]
1. Measure twice, buy once. Make sure the room template where you designed your space is accurate – make sure all your room measurements are correct, and you’ve accounted for any obstacles. If you are going to be changing any walls, make sure to account for the thickness of studs, drywall, etc.
2. Count twice, buy once. Make sure you have the types of cabinets you really need. Do you have a space for utensils, for pots and pans, for pantry items, etc.? I initially got carried away and later realized […]
After the ceiling and floor of our basement laundry room were painted, we moved on to adding MUCH NEEDED storage to the space. However the only open wall to use was covered with HVAC, sewage, and various other pipes; so we couldn’t exactly put a free-standing shelving unit up against the wall. And then I found out a great wall-mounted shelving option. Which meant we were off to IKEA…! Well actually we first took measurements and did some research into what our ALGOT options were. The ALGOT wall storage system is pretty simple, fortunately. There are […]