DIY Wood Porch Planters

May 1, 2020

I made these Ana White planters with some leftover scrap wood from a project that I'll post about next week. But these planters were SOOO fast and easy. No kreg jig required. Just glue and brad nails. With no distractions you can easily bang these out in a day. Really makes the porch POP! Ana White says if you use picket fence panels you can make this for under $20! Get the plans here. I altered the tops of mine from her plan but it required little effort.

Plus don't you love the hello mat on top of the buffalo check mat? My new favorite front porch detail.

Window Alcove to Daybed Makeover

March 4, 2020

Since we moved into our new house I've been promising the girls that I would add daybeds to their matching alcove windows. It's a perfect space for beds. It's only 22 shorter than a twin bed and only 2 inches wider. But others projects came up and it just never happened. Everytime I'd look at the space I'd lament the possibilities. Every so often one of them would say "Weren't you going to make beds here? What ever happened to that?" I'd sigh and say "Yeah. I know. I WANT to." Then this summer we weren't sure if relatives were going to spend the night and I decided once and for all that I was going to make those beds. (The room has matching alcoves so the "before" photo is the right version. The "after" is the left but they're basically the same space.)

DIY Farmhouse Headboards for only $25

February 22, 2020

A few months ago I wanted to revamp Eloise and Henri's room. They had these broken toddler beds that were different colors that I intended to paint to match and then never did. Plus they were getting bigger so I decided to rearrange their room and give them some new twin sized beds.
I priced headboards and bed frames at all the cheapest places I could think of,, CRAIGSLIST! But came up with nothing I liked in my price range. So I decided to just try and make them myself. I found this very simple Ana White Brookstone twin headboard plan and got to work. Each bed took only two hours to assemble once all the wood was pre-cut at Lowe's.

DIY Wingback Tufted Headboard

January 1, 2020

I bought the materials to make this headboard months ago. So I guess it's only fitting that when I actually put my mind to do it that it only took me a day. 
I did work for about 7 hours with a lunch break in between which seems like a marathon project but part of the reason it took that long was because I took apart our old headboard to recycle the foam.

Recessed Lights DIY

October 27, 2019

I am a Do-It-Yourselfer but honestly there are some projects that are too intimidating to me- tearing down a wall for example, repositioning plumbing. I WOULD have included installing recessed lighting on that list but not anymore. With the drop ceiling that I currently had installed in my basement I didn't have to even screw anything in. It was beyond simple and easy. I will admit it was tedious at times but I didn't struggle with the complexity of the project.

Wild Flower Pinwheel Shorts Free Pattern

October 1, 2019

I'll probably be making more of these throughout the month in different patterns and alterations. I'm even thinking of maybe doing a mini one in spandex as a cute swim bottom. Get the tutorial and pattern below.

Like I said with the Colbalt Damask version, I love how comfy these are. Though before I used a softer material and it feels more comfy. I used this quilting weight fabric for the Wild Flowers version and it's not as cozy.

Honeycomb Ombre Hexagon Accent Wall

September 25, 2019

Last fall I worked on a honeycomb ombre hexagon accent wall with a friend and never got around to posting the pics. We used this tutorial from Thistlewood Farms to do it! Definitely took a little math and planning but anyone can pull it off with a little patience

Ikea Hack Tarva Drawers and Desk

July 18, 2019

Henri and Eloise's room is pretty small. Really it's only meant for one person but both of them have to make it work. It's been hard to fit necessary things in like a desk for homework and dresser drawers along with twin sized beds, especially considering I need two of everything. Finally finished this IKEA hack yesterday. I hacked them to match the farmhouse beds I made earlier.

It's basically just the Tarva dresser with some extra moulding embellishments on the front face and new pulls. The desk portion is two pieces of wood laid flat and connected between the two dressers with L brackets screwed into the studs in the wall. I also white-washed it like I did with the headboards. It works for the room because it's not too deep but deep enough for a desk. I plan on buying two orange stools for the set up the next time I pop over to Ikea.
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