Epoxy Inlay Sunshine Art

Epoxy, resin, epoxy resin, river tables, ocean art… it is all the rage over social media and the diy maker scene. I have only ever used epoxy to fill knots on table tops, but I thought it would be fun to see what the fuss was all about and try a piece of art. And in true Sadie style I of course wanted to do it different than everyone else, hence make it harder. My first thought was to carve something into a piece of wood, fill it with black epoxy (an inlay) and then cover it with translucent colorful epoxy. Here is how that went and what I learned along the way.

Building A Covered Patio With a 30ft Span!

So let’s start from the beginning with the design. My husband wanted the biggest deepest patio we could get with unobstructed views. Our current patio was 30’ long and that length was good so that we didn’t cover the windows to two of our bedrooms. Our house is already on the darker side and we wanted to keep as much natural light inside as possible. So we knew 30’ long, but how were we going to that big of a span without posts in the middle? I didn’t think it was possible, but my husband wouldn’t give up on it. So I went and talked to an architect friend and he said it would be possible with an 18” glulam.

How To Decorate An Odd Corner Space

So I have a very odd shaped living room… long and narrow with two openings and a big picture window. It has been a challenge to figure out how to arrange the furniture in the space, especially because my husband will not give up his giant speakers and giant tv! But I have settled on a layout that works for us and have lots of plans to completely makeover the space. I want all sorts of built-ins to hide speakers and get stuff up off the floor so it is easier to clean up all of Oscar’s hair and dirt. But until the time comes to do all that I wanted to something that would spice up the room, its totally boring right now, and give me something pretty to look at. Plus, I have been acquiring lots of plants lately in hopes of becoming a “crazy plant lady” , so I decided to makeover this odd corner space because it gets good light for my plants.

DIY Simple Outdoor Dining Table

If you have been following along with me on Instagram you know I have recently been completed making over my patio and when we demo’d the old patio I saved the wood in hopes of repurposing it one day. Well, once the new patio was finished I knew that I wanted to have a dining table out their for dinner parties once the the weather gets a little nicer… so that is what I set out to do.

AWESOME Bots - DIY Scrap Wood Art

Have you ever seen a project and been like, I wanna make that? Well that is exactly what I said when I saw my friend make some wooden robots. I of course bought one and knew one day I would build some with my own little twist. So when Krazy Glue wanted team up for me to try their new Krazy Glue Fast Dry Wood Glue, I knew exactly what I wanted to use it on….. AWESOME Bots!

DIY Guest Room Snack Box

I’ve recently been making over my guest bedroom, I even named it the “Mustache Motel” because of some of its decor. My goal is to try to make it a place where guests are comfortable and have everything they need or want… kinda like a retreat. AND then hopefully they don’t wake me up too early in the morning looking for water… or a snack! So that is where I came up with the DIY Guest Room Snack Box idea… just like staying in a hotel, but these goodies are complimentary!

Workshop Gadgets and Organization

Welcome to my shop! If you have been following along for a while now you know that my workshop has changed drastically over the years and that I have made some pretty big improvements recently with the addition of my Modular Miter Station. I think the whole shop improvements thing is going to be a never-ending process as I am always looking at ways to improve my workflow and get more organized. So when Nite Ize offered to send me their DIY Life’s Adventure Kit I was excited to see what I could do with it.

DIY Outdoor Cooler Deck Box

I’ve teamed up with a group of other blogger for another challenge this month. This time the theme is DIY Outdoor…. so of course I wanted to make something else for my soon-to-be new patio!!! This time I choose a DIY Outdoor Cooler Deck Box. Within the last year I had to retire my first build ever, see it here…. so I needed some place for hidden storage. Someplace to maybe hide a cooler? or some pillows? or charcoal? However I end up using it most all I know is that it has to look cute.

DIY Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Spring is in the air, well almost summer here in Arizona. But either way it is a nice time to be outside. So I thought I would build a something that would fit right in on my soon-to-be new patio. Something that would not only look pretty and match the look that I am going for, but something that is functional and entertaining. So I thought a tic-tac-toe game! Everybody loves tic-tac-toe and there aren’t any crazy rules to learn.

DIY Modern Bench with Back

It was inspired by a two-tone bench that I had made when I was first starting out. I loved that there are so many different ways you can finish it to fit your space or put your personality stamp on it. But did think it would be fun to add a little bit of an upgrade… or in this case a back rest. And not just a straight up and down back rest, but one that was tapered and would actually make the bench comfortable to be sat at.

DIY Twin Murphy Beds - Without Expensive Hardware

When my clients said okay to the price I had given her for the Murphy beds I kinda freaked out a little. Even though I had created plans and went thru the whole build process on paper and my head a couple hundred times I was still nervous I was forgetting something! But in the end I made some pretty awesome Murphy beds and learned a ton. Let me share with you what I learned.

The WORX Pegasus Folding Work Table Review

When the people over at Worx Tools reached out to me to do a review of The Pegasus folding work table I thought what in the heck will I do with it? I had just built all new workbenches in my shop. But I said yes and I am super glad I did. It is a great addition to any shop, but also for any homeowner to have around the house for all those DIY projects. Plus, I think it would be a great workbench for those doing install work. Lets get into the reasons why….

DIY Flip Top Workbench

Once I built my Modular Miter Station I knew I couldn’t stop there with my shop projects because I still had two major tools that didn’t have a home…. my Kreg Foreman and my Ridgid thickness planer. Both are pretty big tools and are a pain to have to move to a workbench when you need to use them so I came up with a plan to give them a permanent home and fit right in with my new shop furniture….. or Modular Miter Station. So this is de facto Phase 5!

Modular Miter Station - Phase 3 - Assembly Cart

Have you ever assembled something on the ground? Or been assembling something at your workbench, but the tool you need is across the shop hanging on the wall? So for Phase 3 of the Modular Miter Station series I knew that I wanted to make the ultimate “Assembly Cart”. A cart that would house everything in arms reach when I assembling my next project… clamps - all kinds of clamps, screws - and all kinds of fasteners, and anything else I can fit on it.

Modular Miter Station - Phase 2 - Air Cart

Have you ever walked around your shop and tripped? Well I have plenty of times and am I just fed up with it… plus it could potentially be dangerous. So for Phase 2 of the Modular Miter Station series I knew that I wanted to make an “Air Cart”. A cart dedicated to housing my heavy, hard to move around, super loud air compressor and all the tools, hoses, and accessories that go along with it.

Awesome Shop Overhaul - Garage Shop Makeover Series

Things tend to slow down for me in December as far as commissions. Most people are busy buying holiday presents and aren’t ready to think about that big furniture purchase. So this year I decide to dedicate basically the whole month of December to making over my workshop… aka garage shop! And I am so excited. Ever since I started building it has been so hard to make time to improve my work space… yeah I had made stuff here and there, but nothing with a real plan. Well this time I had a plan!

Modular Miter Station - Phase 1 - The Foundation

Workshop upgrades have never been fun. Usually because I am doing them at odd hours or on the weekends because they just had to be done. But since teaming up with Kreg Tool to create a series of workshop plans to put on their DIY project plan site BuildSomething.com, I have been having a blast with shop upgrades. I think its been so fun because I got to plan my workspace around what was going to work for me and something that I could grow into…. always want to be planning ahead!

How We Raised Our Ceilings

We have been in our house for about 3 1/2 years now and have slowly been remodeling as time and money allow… well over Thanksgiving weekend we were able to tackle one big job that I have been wanting done since we moved in. Raising the ceilings in our entryway!!! This project has been part of the overall plan since the beginning. It will give our 1970’s ranch house a much more updated and modern feel… plus it makes it feel bigger!