DIY Porch Planters

Hello-Hello! Day 3 of 13 Days of a Woodworker Christmas is here, an I hope I can keep up with the first two awesome projects. If you missed them, check out the projects My Love 2 Create and The Handyman's Daughter shared on Day 1 and Day 2. Here is my project... a pair of vintage storage inspired DIY Porch Planters for Christmas trees. The build is very easy as there are only a few different measurements, after that its repeated and before you know it the build is over. The Materials (Per Box) (4) 1" x 4" x 6' Common Board (5) 5/8" x 5-1/2" x 6' Pine Dog Ear Fence Picket (1 B0x) 1-1/4" 18 gauge brad nail for pneumatic nails Paint: Masion Blanche - A La Mode Minwax Dark Walnut Wood Filler The Cuts All of the pine dog ear fence picket boards - 16 1/2 inches. Front face and back face of planter 4 cuts of 1" x 4" at 24 inches (legs) 2 cuts of 1" x 4" at 20 inches (top cross member) 2 cuts of 1" x 4" at 13 inches (lower cross member)   Side faces of … [Read more...]

Project teaser and upcoming GIVEAWAY!!!

Hell All! I hope everyone out there had a great Thanksgiving, and a safe holiday shopping weekend, that stuff is not for the weakhearted. Outside of the crazy Black Friday Sales and now Cyber Monday... I have even more very exciting news...  A little over a month ago I jumped onboard with a very talented group of DIY woodworker bloggers, and they put together this 13 day event of projects... and getting the inside scoop, I think everyone will be putting them on their to-do list. On top of all that, PaintWIZ and my go to brand, Ryobi threw in a pair of tools to giveaway!!! Below you will find the details of the event, that will include when I'll post my write up, and how to participate in the giveaway. But first, how about a sneak peek.... Find me, and all of these awsome bloggers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to get updates and other sneak peeks at the projects. Thanks.     13 Days of a Woodworker Christmas! 13 Bloggers 13 Days 13 Projects We have … [Read more...]

DIY Rustic TV Stand

Hello Hello. What a crazy past few weeks for us here at home, for America, and for the World. With all this craziness bombarding us, it is sometimes very therapeutic to hop into the garage or workshop and pump out a DIY project, listening to tunes, and if your lucky enjoying the sunshine. Today is a very-very important day to the LMB household, Veterans Day or Armistice Day. We look to this day beyond my service, but to those others who have served, and are so thankful for the freedoms from the sacrifices. I am so thankful for my experiences, and miss my beloved Marine Corps so very much, but looking back and reflecting on all of the good and positive impact the branches do for this world, and to all those whom have set the positive examples across the globe, I thank you. The Veterans that I now stand with, not only endured countless sacrifices, but did their very best to uphold and embody an image of America where ever they went, interacting with the people of whatever country we are … [Read more...]

DIY Nesting Boxes

Hello-Hello. Back again with a very easy and very functional DIY Nesting Box tutorial. Before we jump in wanted to share some of what has been going on in the LMB household over the past few weeks, if you missed it from LMB or our social media. Well we finished up the front room shiplap, and what a job that was. I felt like I was cutting shiplap for days on days. I decided not to post about it, because not only have we posted about it before, I am sure how-to's are out there enough with how big the trend is right now. I really love the texture and character it brings to our home, and enjoy all the tedious work it takes to put up. I know there are some people out there starting to dislike this trend, but for our home I think it just belongs, and will always fit right in. As you already have read and witnessed over social media, LMB finally got her trip to Magnolia, and while I really-really wished I could have been there with her for all of her happy moments, I was very busy at home. If … [Read more...]

Re-purposed Card Catalog

Welcome-Welcome! LMB and myself have been scheming this past weekend with new projects for the house, and yes we haven't really finished any of the ones we have started, but that'll come one day...I hope. Here is a little recap of our adventures on top of our re-purposed card catalog. Weekend Recap Let's see... we painted a bunch of end tables with our new Graco Paint Sprayer, oh and a cement rabbit lawn ornament, and a rickety rocking chair ...  I've come to realize, Left Over paint + Trigger happy LMB, everything and anything was up to be painted. I will be doing a post on it, hopefully sometime this week. We hung a barn door slider in the dining room, it turned out great, check out LMB's Instagram (here), for a, "before the post," sneak peak. Grand Rapids, had a tough weekend with a tornado, which is a rare scene for us up here. Started in on our front living room, and found some really cool stuff. Which got me thinking, what new tools do I need to finish that room … [Read more...]

4 Reasons You Should be happy when your wife asks you to do a DIY project

DIY DIY DIY! In recent years, the DIY market has really grown back into its original form. People are trying to get high dollar looks for pennies, and the number one way you can do that is by doing it yourself. To those husbands, whose wife thinks so highly of them, and they can do anything... This one is for you. 4 Reasons You Should Be happy When Your Wife asks to do a DIY project. 1. Add to the collection I have collected many tools over the years. I can turn wood with my Delta lathe, bend it with my Rockler Steam Bending Box, cut, drill, and route anything with my Ryobi arsenal. This is all due to a good sales pitch. There is great opportunity to add a new tool to the family with the help of a good sales pitch. If you need help or a place to start these have pretty high success rates with LMB: Yes, I would love to you, but I think i'm going to need...[New Tool]. Yeah I should be able to do that job with what I have... may take me a bit longer since I don't have a [New … [Read more...]

Shiplap Dining Room Makeover – Enjoying the ride

Hello! Last week over at LMB, she shared our Dining Room Makeover. It is taking us much longer than expected. I'll key you in to some of the areas I found to be a DIY pain when hanging shiplap, but we figured it out. We are excited to announce that is officially ready for painting. We are enjoying the ride on our first bigger project in this forever home. Enjoying The Ride If your like me, you put everything on the clock. Years back, a road trip from NC to Grand Rapids comes to mind. It would start off with me stressing to get to GR in the quickest amount of time possible. I had LMB  prepared miles ahead of the next rest area, to shoot into the bathroom and get back in the car so we can get back on the road. And food consisted of fast food and granola bars. Any lost time would have to be made back up. While in the car, we enjoyed a good tune and laughed, but I was not truly enjoying the ride as an experience to be remembered. Slow down and Make Mistakes There is a ride to … [Read more...]

DIY Window Greenhouse

In the LMB household, one of our favorite things to do is going to flea markets and antique shows. The vendors we meet, the friends we run into, and the atmosphere of the whole experience has us addicted. Countless times we come across standalone windows, stacked up in the corner at a great deal. As you have seen in my previous post, DIY Window Cabinet and DIY Floor Window Cabinet, I like taking old windows and bringing them into the house to be used. For this DIY I decided to build something for the outdoors, and since the warm weather has finally arrived in Michigan, I decided to build a DIY Window Greenhouse. Here is how it turned out. This has to be the easiest DIY build yet. The hardest part about this project is finding the windows, but once you have a set, the entire project can be done in less than 15 minutes. First screw three of the window together at 90 degree angles, ultimately makes a "U". I ripped a 1 x 4 (really 1 x 3 1/2) right in half making it … [Read more...]

DIY Spindle Bench

When decorating and staging a room, finding that perfect piece for the particular spot can quickly become a wild goose chase. You may have an idea in your head, or had to have an inspirational piece of furniture that would anchor the room that you would later decorate around. Countless searches on the internet or trips to the local boutique or antique store does not have what you want, what do you do? You build it. The best way to fit something into that last spot in a room, may take a little brainstorming to get exactly what you want, but with a couple tricks you will get exactly what you want, and save some cash while doing it. Here is how our DIY Spindle Bench. Before we get into the build and materials, let me share some tricks to building a piece for a specific room. Tip 1: Use something in the room and build it into your piece. (We took this literally on this build, don't ruin one of a kinds, find something similar to that special piece). Visually strip away any … [Read more...]

DIY Window Floor Cabinet

Hello everyone! I hope everyone has shaken off the winter weather, and is ready to dive right into summer. While we are just past our first full year back in Michigan, I tried a few times to sell LMB on moving back to the NC, especially when the forecast had flurries and inches of accumulation in April. Well needless to say, no plans on moving, at least back to NC, but we are definitely looking forward to the warmer months ahead. We have a few projects in the on-deck circle getting ready to hit the blog, and the one I am going to share today is very similar to my previous post, DIY Window Cabinet, but this one is much larger and is meant to fit in those little nooks or that small walls that transitions between rooms. Here is how it turned out.   In order to build this DIY, you will need a much larger window to be used as a door. We found this one on one of our picking trips last fall, and couldn't really find a good place for it by itself, so we decided to use it for … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Rolling Bookshelf

Hello All! I am back again, to share a really easy DIY project the LMB household took on this weekend. One of these years I'll figure out a way to maintain a regular post schedule. Anyway, this Easy DIY Rolling Bookshelf is one of the easiest projects I have done, at very little cost, I could not help but share. As many of you know LMB has been very busy with the opening of The Found Cottage, running the blog, and everything in between. She mentioned a bookshelf on wheels and this is what I came up with. The Materials. 2) 1 x12 @ 8ft 2) 1 x 4 @ 8ft 4) Casters Wood Filler 3 inch Wood Screws 16) 1 1/2 inch countersink bolts and nut The Tools. I had Home Depot cut the wood, so no saws were used Drill Drill Bits Builder Square Tape Measure The How. Determine the placement of the shelves and the gaps between the top and bottom of each, measure out each 1 x 4 and draw a line across at each measurement. This line is going to be the center of the shelf. I marked out 3/4 of … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Sled

Welcome-Welcome! I want to start out by saying Happy Birthday to all my Marines, it was their birthday yesterday, November 10. Also, Thank you to all Veterans, I know today is their (our) day, but I am truly thankful each and everyday, and try to show it as best I can. It has been a long time since the last post, LMB and myself have been a lot of running around and staying very busy. If you don't keep up with the weekly projects at the LMB house, make sure you check out Liz's Periscope -LizMarieBlog, we have been staying pretty frequent with the weekly posting every Friday night, and we will do our best to continue that. We have a very fun and exciting weekend ahead of us this weekend; we are going to be participating at The Black Sheep Holiday Pop Up and Barn Sale hosted by Binks and the Bad House Wife, if you live in Michigan or even northern Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, come swing by and check it out, we will have some really good vendors joining us, just in time for the unique … [Read more...]

Scrap Wood Project: DIY Mini Pie Safe

Welcome back! Football season is here and fall is knocking on the door, at least here in Michigan anyway. As sad as saying bye to summer sunshine and boat rides can be, we can look forward to the wonderful foods that usually accompany the cooler weather, especially the desserts. This weeks build is inspired by the upcoming pumpkin season which so happens to be my favorite kind of pie, so I built a Mini Pie Safe from scrap pieces of wood from previous projects. The only thing I had to purchase was the screen, which puts a price tag of 8 dollars on this build. Here is how it turned out... The Build. I started with measuring the typical size of a pie pan which is 9 inches in diameter. From there I took a piece of 1 x 12 for the base and 1 x 12 for the top. I ripped a piece of 2x4 to (4) 1 inch by 1 inch at a length of 33 1/2 inches. I nailed them to the side of both 1 x 12's, flush with each corner. I then fit in two more 1 x 12's for each shelf and nailed it in to the sides, … [Read more...]

DIY Primitive Dinning Room Table

Hi guys, welcome back. If you keep up with LMB's Instagram, she posted a sneak peek of a primitive dinning room table last week, and well here it is. The DIY primitive dinning room table was a real fun build and actually inspired by last months magazine from  Anthropologie. I tried to find a digital copy of the magazine with the picture in it, however I could not, so I tried my best to take a picture of the inspiration. The items about the table that inspired me was the simplicity and elagnance of the table with the tapered edges and slim line table top. The legs I really took appreciation for because of the chunk and scrapes along the edges. The Build. I purchased the same materials as my previous DIY Farmhouse Table, with the exception of the legs. I purchased 4 2x4. The top was the first step of this build, and I used the pre-fabricated tongue in groove pine. I used Gorilla Glue for the joints, following the instructions, damp the mating surface with a wet rag and … [Read more...]

DIY Kitchen BookShelf

Welcome back, I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer time, making memories and catching rays. LMB and I have enjoyed the wonderful Michigan summer that we have been longing for, high 80's during the day and mid 60's at night, we love it. As you know, from LMB, we have recently renovated our house with new kitchen cabinets and counters, along with updated flooring and interior doors. One of our favorite, modest upgrades to our home was the five pane doors that you can see throughout the entire home, it really accents our desire to make this house reflect our cottage style and we truly love them. The doors that were replaced have been put to use for the most part, they have been bolted to the walls in the garage for added storage for tools and wood. I had a few scrap pieces that were taking up some space in the corner and decided that they either had to go, or be used for something, and with that I created these DIY Kitchen Bookshelf The DIY Kitchen Bookshelf has sides … [Read more...]

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