Raising chickens has grown in popularity in recent years, and a lot of folks are looking for instructions on how to build a chicken coop. This coop, designed and built by Natalie Dalpais of The Creative Mom has to be one of the best we’ve ever seen. It’s practical, with several features to make cleaning and egg gathering easier. And perhaps best of all, it actually looks attractive! It looks like a classic barn with a raised center aisle roof.
We have the instructions here, along with plenty of helpful photos. Plus, we have the chicken coop plans and building instructions in downloadable form so you can print them out. (You’ll see a link in the Supplies Needed section below.)
My family and I live in a little farm town. We are not farmers, not even close, but sometimes we like to pretend that we are. Like when we got baby chicks a few years ago when we were totally unprepared to raise chickens and built a very humble chicken coop (more like lean-to). I’ve been slightly embarrassed by our lean-to coop for some time now, so I decided to take matters into my own hands (and my dad’s very capable hands too) and build a chicken coop we can be proud of. This coop is no lean-to! It’s SUPER sturdy (sturdy enough that my kids thought it was a fun playhouse to play in until we put the chickens in).
It’s also pretty large. It’s about 32 square feet, and can easily fit up to 12 chickens.
We’ve been raising chickens in our lean-to coop for a few years now, so we’ve learned a thing or two about what a good chicken coop should be like.
Jamie Dorobek , the mastermind of the blog C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things), masterminded a way to make her laundry routine a lot better. She needed a way to stack her mismatched washer and dryer and bring a little order to her laundry space. She and her husband came up with this terrific garage laundry nook.
Raise your hand if you love laundry! How about doing laundry in your cold garage with your washer and dryer seven feet apart from each other. My hand is not up. But, that’s how we did laundry in Casa de Dorobek for almost two years. Over the last few months (we have a new baby, so DIY takes a lot longer these days), we made our garage laundry room corner more useful, cute, and organized. Check it out above.
DIY blogger Chelsey Andrews and her husband built the cutest mini pantry you’ve ever seen. It’s a very clever storage solution for their small kitchen. It’s not only quite functional, though. With its hand stamped wall pattern and sliding door, the pantry adds to the kitchen’s visual appeal, too. Here’s how she built her mini pantry, including a clever solution for building shelves in a house with uneven floors. (And look at the end of the article for the free downloadable kitchen poster you see in Chelsey’s kitchen.)
Our little 950 sq. ft. house was built in 1920 and came with exactly one closet, in my daughter’s room (that doesn’t really help with everyday storage). Since adding more space to our home is not currently in our budget, we need to get creative with what we have.
Laura Putnam and her husband Dana make their living crafting maple syrup in New York’s Hudson Valley. Their garage is very important to them– it’s their workshop, storage space and… their garage. But a garage organization makeover was long overdue. Take a look at the amazing job Laura and Dana did taming the clutter in their garage, turning it into a tidy, well organized and pleasant place to work on projects and park their vehicles.
Do you have an area in your home that is an absolute mess and out of control? For us, it has long been our garage. Last winter did us in, and our garage was out of hand. We finally had enough and teamed up with The Home Depot not only to get our garage organization skills in gear, but also to set up the perfect DIY workshop.
If you have been thinking about doing this for a long time, do it! Don’t wait any longer. I can not believe how good it feels to have the space in order and so usable. We can find everything we need and we are excited to start tackling some new DIY projects now that we have the perfect space to work on them.
Can you spot the gorgeous DIY here? Squint for a glimpse of the awesome acrylic frame in the background. It’s a DIY by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design.
Here’s her tutorial so you can create one for your artwork.
I’ve long loved acrylic frames. With their clean lines and bold stand-offs they are artwork in themselves. That said, they cost a pretty penny, especially if you want to make a ginormous one, which is what I was after! After perusing blogs and gathering tips and tricks, I felt pretty comfortable taking this challenge on. I’m so thrilled that Home Depot partnered with me to make it happen. This is by far the coolest DIY I’ve done, and I’m excited to share it with you!
Giving new life to an old piece of wooden furniture is as easy as adding a new coat of paint and new cabinet hardware. It might be hard to believe the gorgeous wooden chest you see above started off as the neglected trunk you see below, but the furniture makeover was really quite simple. Though this furniture makeover is for an old chest, it’s pretty much the same as what you’d do to renew an old wooden table, bookshelf or buffet. Bookmark this tutorial for the next time you have a thrift store find that just needs a little TLC.
When it comes to Christmas, I tend to get a little carried away….think Clark Griswald meets Elf. Well, maybe minus all the lights. My first step in decorating for the holidays is to pop a wreath on the door; it’s instant festive, and puts me in the spirit! It’s also the only spot we can have the feel and smell of real greenery (thank you, allergies!).
I love the fresh wreaths from The Home Depot (such a great deal, too!), but this year I wanted to jazz mine up a bit, so I came up with this DIY wreath made from pinecones and greenery. The secret ingredient, though, is a tiny bit of spray paint.
Christmas cards can be one of the best parts of decorating for the holidays. The trick is finding a way to display them that keeps them out of the way and easy to see. This upcycled wheel frame Christmas card holder is a great solution. That’s what I use. But I wanted to add some glam to it for the holidays.
Here’s what I did.
No Mantel? No Problem!
In all of the homes we’ve lived in in the last eight years none of them have had a mantel. That’s totally fine with me about 330 days out of the year, except around the holidays. No mantel to decorate for Christmas… it’s a travesty.
Kidding! But seriously, where do you put the Christmas stockings? I’ve gotten creative over the years with stockings but this one is my best one yet, I think.