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!

Guest Bedroom Makeover - Before & After

Let me paint you a picture of the before…. We moved into our current house about 3 1/2 years ago. We downsized from a 2500 square foot home to a 1800 square foot home. I kept a lot of the decor and furniture from that home not knowing if it would work in our new place. But I also knew I wasn’t doing to have a ton of money to decorate the new place considering my husband and I were starting brand new career fields. So it all got put into the guest bedroom or like I called it the spare bedroom, because it housed all the spare stuff that didn't quite have a home. Also, since my new job (building) involved taking over the entire garage space all our camping and backpacking gear was in this room as well. Oh, plus a queen sized bed. So to say the least, no guests were sleeping in there.

DIY Modern Twin Bed

My guest bedroom used to be more of a spare bedroom… it had a queen bed in it and the room was a catch-all of stuff decor stuff (from when we downsized) and camping stuff (my shop took over the entire garage)! So it was definitely time for a makeover. As part of my Guest Bedroom Makeover I got to build new beds! I have never built a bed before, but have been wanting to for a long time. So when my friends at Kreg asked me to partner on a project for BuildSomething.com I knew the perfect project! You can read more about the entire room makeover at Guest Bedroom Makeover - Before & After, but the real star of the makeover are the beds!!! At least IMHO, so lets get to them!

DIY Keepsake Gift Box

Its that time of year where everyone is thinking about gift giving. To me giving someone a gift shouldn’t be done out of obligation for a date on the calendar, but because you want to. And I think the best way to show that you want to is by taking a little time and effort along with some thought and creating a handmade gift for the special people in your life. So I teamed up with Kreg to participate in their Holiday Campaign and created a plan to build a DIY Keepsake Gift Box.