DIY Projects:

Build the Ultimate DIY Grilling Gift Crate

Posted by: on May 22nd, 2015 | Make A Comment

DIY Grilling Gift Crate

Nothing says warm weather more than kicking up your bare feet and lounging around your patio with family and friends. And, of course, no backyard gathering would be complete without a piping hot grill filled with smoking meats and sizzling veggies.

Make sure your outdoor cook has everything they need to keep the party going by giving the gift of high-quality grilling accessories. This season, however, ditch the gift bag and make a statement with a DIY grilling gift crate.

The beauty of a gift crate lies in its simplicity: no tissue paper, no bows, no fluff. All you need to open it is a crowbar and a little elbow grease, which makes it the perfect gift for Dad or any other grilling enthusiast in your life. Plus, opening a gift with a crowbar? Now that’s just plain cool.

To build your own DIY grilling gift crate, follow the simple step-by-step instructions below.

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Chalkboard Paint Project: Party Tray with a Message

Posted by: on May 19th, 2015 | One Comment

Chalkboard Paint Project: Party Tray with a Messag

Here’s a fun chalkboard paint project. This chalkboard party tray is a fun way to serve snacks at a party, barbecue or any type of gathering. Write a party greeting to your guests on this chalkboard party tray, label what’s being served, or draw a holiday doodle on it.

It’s an easy DIY project that requires only a few materials and tools. Make your party tray as large or small as you like.

Just follow our simple step-by-step tutorial to make your own chalkboard party tray.

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Mirror Paint Project: Flower Vase with a Mirror Finish

Posted by: on May 15th, 2015 | Make A Comment

Mirror Paint Project: Flower Vase with a Mirror Finish

It’s amazing the things you can do with mirror paint. Specifically, we’re talking about Mirror Effect Spray Paint from Rust-Oleum, which gives a super shiny, mirror-like surface to glass and acrylic glass.

We’re going to show you how to take an ordinary glass vase and turn it into an elegant and glamorous mirrored vase. We’ll also show you how to give the finish a more distressed look, similar to mercury glass. 

Once you’ve completed this project, you’ll see how the sky’s practically the limit when it comes to using mirror paint make ordinary objects shine.

Just follow our step-by-step tutorial.

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DIY Dresser Makeover with a Stenciled Top

Posted by: on May 8th, 2015 | Make A Comment

DIY Dresser Makeover with a Stenciled Top


This dresser makeover is an easy DIY project that uses paint and decorative cabinet hardware to make an old chest of drawers look better than new. For even more visual appeal, we’ll be using a stencil to paint a colorful pattern on top of the dresser and on the drawer liners. Chose your colors and cabinet hardware to make your refinished dresser fit your own style.

Just follow our step-by-step instructions.

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Build a Paver Patio for a Backyard Upgrade

Posted by: on May 8th, 2015 | One Comment

Build a Paver Patio for a Backyard Upgrade

In her previous, renter-friendly backyard upgrade, Caitlin Kruse of Style Within Reach made excellent use of a couple of under appreciated materials: gravel and pavers. She’s back for another backyard project in our Patio Style Challenge series, and this time she puts pavers and gravel to use in building a paver patio.

To be sure, you’ll also see plenty of Caitlin’s talent for outdoor decorating. But the gravel and paver patio is the star of this show. It’s was a very cost effective way for Caitlin to expand her outdoor living space, plus she solved some annoying drainage problems in her backyard.

And best of all, it looks terrific.

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DIY Front Porch Personalized Welcome Sign

Posted by: on May 1st, 2015 | 2 Comments


Adding a personalized welcome sign was a great way to add character to our front porch area. We recently did just that by repurposing an old window a friend gave us. The window had been left outside for years, so the frame was a little damaged, but it was full of character.

Here’s how I made my personalized welcome sign. 

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DIY Painted Rug with a Colorful Kilim Style Pattern

Posted by: on May 1st, 2015 | 7 Comments

How to Make a Kilim Style Painted Rug

I am currently obsessed with Turkish kilim rugs. If you have ever checked them out, you know they can be super expensive, and they come in nontraditional sizes. I really wanted a small rug for my entry, but they don’t usually come as small as 2 x 3. I decided to create a painted rug to look similar to a kilim rug!

I bought an inexpensive cotton rug and then headed to The Home Depot to get the supplies for my DIY painted rug.

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DIY Floating Shelves

Posted by: on April 30th, 2015 | 16 Comments

DIY Floating Shelves


When moving into a new home it’s great to add small, familiar touches such as photographs, mementos, etc. to make it feel like “home”.

What better way to display those items then on stylish floating shelves? I built these DIY floating shelves in my bathroom. But they would look great in your living room, den, or just about any room of the house. This easy tutorial will show you how to build these DIY floating shelves in your home. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. 

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DIY Hanging Rope Shelf and a Funny Story about a Magic Eraser

Posted by: on April 30th, 2015 | 10 Comments

DIY Hanging Rope Shelf

DIY Hanging Rope Shelf

We’ve moved 14 times (in 20 years of being married) and the first two things I want to do when we are in a new place is to feel somewhat organized and to have something pretty that makes a new place feel like home. But before I get to the fun stuff, I always start with some cleaning because isn’t that what we all do when we are in a new home? At the end of this post I’ve got some hard-earned cleaning tips, but first, let’s talk about this super simple DIY!

This super simple DIY hanging rope shelf functions as a great little catch-all right next to our porch door. It looks great. I used reclaimed wood for the shelf, which I think really adds to the rustic look. Plus, it was one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve ever done–I want one of these hanging shelves in every room of my house now!

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DIY Hanging Planter (and Three Cleaning Tips) to Freshen Your Home

Posted by: on April 30th, 2015 | 6 Comments

DIY Hanging Planter

I’m sharing a few of my favorite cleaning tips and a simple DIY hanging planter project to make your home feel a little more homey.

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