Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How to Install a Shelf in the Eaves

diy shelf in the eaves

How to install a shelf in the eaves.  Lots of homes have eaves in the upstairs rooms, a necessary but difficult-to-work-with architectural detail.  Some homes even have eaves with windows, like mine.

Now you have a space with a slanted, low ceiling AND windows.
Good luck finding a piece of furniture to work there!

shelf in the eaves


I came up with an inexpensive solution to making those eaves work in my son's bedroom.
A diy wall ledge installed just above the window moulding.

Now we have almost 14 feet of shelf space to hold tons and tons of lego builds, superheros, model boats, trucks and books:

ledge in the eaves

For this shelf I used two pieces of 1x10 pine board, the shelf extends 9 1/4" from the wall.

shelf for toys in the eaves

Monday, February 24, 2014

"C" is for Corduroy Sewing Projects

Sew: corduroy sewing projects


Fine wale corduroy is a favorite fabric of mine and today I'm sharing a few sewing projects you can make using corduroy.

Friday, February 21, 2014

DIY Pipe & Wood Slats Bed

diy pipe and wood slat bed

How to build a bed using pipes and wood slats.
Ana and I are up to our old tricks again except this time we've entered new territory by combining wood boards with galvanized steel pipes to make this twin bed.
It's a match made in heaven and Ana has the plans here so you can build this bed too.

diy galvanized steel pipe bed

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mudroom Makeover

farmhouse style mudroom makeover

I recently completed a makeover of our mudroom back entry area.

It all started with paint:

benjamin moore dune white  benjamin moore london fog

Benjamin Moore dune white on the walls and london fog for the trim.

wall of hooks in mudroom

(The exterior of our home is painted Benjamin Moore cottage red, you can see it peeking in every window.)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DIY Chalkboard with Ledge

Build: wall chalkboard with chalk ledge


Because what's a wall chalkboard if you don't have anywhere to put the chalk?


My kids prefer the chalk markers, either way this ledge can hold a lot and is super simple to attach.



Friday, February 14, 2014

"N" is for Numbered Wood Tags

Paint: numbered wood tags


Make these handpainted numbered wood tags.

NO STENCILS.
NO VINYL CUTTING MACHINE.

A simple word document and black craft paint is all you need.


I made these numbered wood tags to label the galvanized buckets in our new mudroom console.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DIY Neutral American Flag

** EDITED: It has been brought to my attention that the correct way to hang an American flag vertically is with the stars field on the left.  My apologies for hanging this version of the flag incorrectly however it was sewn this way therefore it will remain as is.

diy neutral American flag

Sew this neutral version of the American flag using drop cloth, white cotton and an old mens dresshirt.

neutral American flag

I've been working feverishly in my son's bedroom to make the space his own.
Today I'm sharing this neutral American flag wall hanging that will be behind his new bed.

diy American flag neutral decor

Monday, February 10, 2014

DIY Media Shelf

diy open media shelf

 As the saying goes necessity is the motherhood of all invention and I needed an organized shelving system to contain my kids xbox game system and all its pieces.

open media shelf before and after

All the details to build this shelf are here, dimensions and steps so you can build your own.


restoration hardware dutch shipyard media cabinet


This media shelf makes the perfect spot for the xbox system and all it's components plus the cable box and we still have an open shelf.

doy open media shelf tv component storage

Thursday, February 6, 2014

"H" is for Handpainted Dish Towels

 Paint: personalized dish towels


How to handpaint onto dish towels without using stencils or vinyl.

Any font, any size.


A single monogram or the full last name:

Monday, February 3, 2014

How to Install Mudroom Hooks

how to install mudroom hooks

How to install a row of hooks onto a wood board in your mudroom.

double row of hooks

I say the more hooks the better!  
When D.Lawless Hardware offered to partner with me on project I could not refuse and now you see why.  With 3 kids coming and going our back door gets tons of use and these hooks are the perfect spot for all their gear.

double hooks on mudroom wall