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Kids Modern Activity Coffee Table: A How-To

painted toddler activity table tutorial

¬†Every holiday, I feel a strong urge to build something for my girls. Typically, this urge hits within five days of said holiday. Any holiday. This time it was Valentines Day, because, well, why not? I had some leftover Purebond in the garage from Christmas, and it happened to be the perfect size for a …

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Handmade Holiday 2015: Tiny Tot Tool Bench How-To


Are you ready for a fun, easy, affordable project that will blow your kids (and parents, and friends) away?! Well, today I have one for you! This Tiny Tot Tool Bench is the perfect gift for that little one in your life, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make it. …

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DIY Wood Couch Sleeves from Scraps: A How-To


I think anyone with small children or a home full of animals can attest that furniture always pays the price. My poor couch has seen much better days. We adopted a second kitten this summer, and he likes to hop up on the couch by the armrest. Which meant tiny little tears in the “pleather”. …

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Chunky X Base Table: A How-To


  There’s something about 4×4 lumber that makes furniture look amazing. Maybe it’s the sturdiness, maybe it’s the shape. Whatever it is, I love it! A friend of mine recently asked me to build her a new dining table, and I was happy to oblige. She liked the X-Base Pedestal table I built my sister, …

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Scrap Pile Presents for a Zero Waste Birthday

pig and deer critter chairs

  Both of my girls have a birthday at harvest season, and I had such a great time making presents for them this year. To challenge myself even further, I decided to focus on using materials I already had to make really fun, useful gifts. One of the basic “rules” of Zero Waste is to …

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Knocked Off: Restoration Hardware Durant Twin Bed for $180


¬†Update: Find the plans HERE One aspect of my early childhood that I look back fondly on is sharing a room with my big sister. We didn’t “officially” share one, but we slept in the same bed until I was 10. Now that Charlie will be three (THREE!) next week, and Caroline is edging closer …

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Saving Alaska with Ana White on HGTV


Have you heard the news? Ana White, homemaker extraordinaire, has a new show on HGTV! It premiered last week with two pilot episodes. I finally got a chance to head over to my mom’s house to watch the recorded shows (we cut the cable cord 18 months ago, so I’ve been sadly lacking in HGTV). …

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Toddler Animal Stool Painting Ideas


Welcome to new readers from Domino Magazine! I feel ridiculously honored to be featured in their article today with the “big dogs” in the DIY blogging world. I’m still pinching myself. Anyway, back to business. Remember these DIY Toddler Animal Stools I built last year?   I’ve had a flurry of “orders” from friends requesting …

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Floating Cedar Nightstand


  Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year! I kept myself busy working on a few projects, and now have a chance to share one with you. It’s been just over a year since we closed on our home, and we’ve done so much to it already. I’m trying my …

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Cedar Play Teepee: A How-To


With only a few days left until Christmas, we finished up our biggest present just in time! I knew for a while that I wanted to build a playhouse for my girls, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it should be. At first it was a traditional playhouse, then I decided on a teepee. But, …

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Toddler Sized Animal Stools: A How-To

animal stools

  Are you ready for a crazy adorable, super cute project today? I hope so! Last week I saw an image online that inspired me to make some sweet little stools for Charlie. They’re just her size, and just so darn cute. And again, the best part? They’re made from REAL wood! Scrap wood! The …

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Modern End Play Table and Stools: A How-To


  I love building. I love being able to express my creativity in a functional way. The best part is when I can combine multiple functions into one piece of furniture. And this one? This one is amazing in its simplicity.     We recently needed to pass on the trundle daybed that my parents …

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Knocked Off: Schoolhouse Desk Bases with D Lawless Hardware

d lawless copper label bin pull

Hey guys! Now that I’ve settled more into new parenthood of two (little Caroline arrived late September to join big sister Charlie) I’ve been filling in those rare double nap times with some building. One thing in particular? Updating our desk bases! See, I started out with these vintage end tables:     I really …

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Knocked Off: Tall Rustic Secretary

chicken nesting box shelves

My laundry room may hold the record for most changes in a year. The last time I talked about it, it looked like this: I had just finished my pedestals and built a quickie shelf to stash my laundry soaps and hide the litterbox. We had our chest freezer shoved into the space left over. …

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Barn Wood Accent Wall for the Fireplace


  What is it when one area of your home is seeing improvement that makes you feel the urge to spruce up everything else? With our landscaping already looking so fabulous, I was staring at the plain drywall on the upper half of the fireplace dreaming of something better.   See what I mean? Just …

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Caroline’s Closet Organization for $50


  One of the very last projects we needed to complete before baby Caroline comes (I’m full term today! Yay!) was to build her closet organizers. I had been putting it off for far too long, and with a $50 Home Depot gift card burning a hole in my pocket I knew it was time …

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San Bernard Pantry: Cedar and Vintage


  A comment recently reminded me that I’ve never shared the pantry portion of our kitchen! When I posted about our Hand Built Vintage Country Kitchen, I left out the pantry as we hadn’t started on it yet. For an idea of the floorplan (we reversed ours, but the layout is the same) we have …

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Flip Top Storage Coffee Table: A How-To


  I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I don’t keep to a blogging schedule. I post when I get a project finished or have something interesting to share. So wouldn’t you know that after a week of not posting I finally have a really exciting plan to show you, and there’s a 24 …

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Laundry Shelf Unit from Stud 2×4’s


  The last laundry project I posted left an awkward gap between the washer/dryer and the freezer with a hideous litterbox in full view.   We have a long-term goal for the laundry room, but for now I needed something there to hide that litterbox and give me a bit of storage for soaps and …

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Simple 5 Room Dollhouse for $25 : A How-To


  Wow, is it Friday already? This week flew by. I’ve been on a light posting schedule lately (even more than usual) since I’ve had a few minor complications with this pregnancy and have been told to take it easy for a few weeks. That’s no easy feat with a busy toddler and a serious …

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