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...]

DIY Simple Farmhouse Dinning Table

Hey Guys, welcome back! I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. The really warm weather has settled in here in Michigan, so LMB and myself have been planning our first Lake Michigan outing. We haven't been to the Lake since this winter, so we are so very excited. With summer so jam packed, finding ways to build  quality projects in a short period of time has become a necessity. So, this build I really wanted to share with you guys. This DIY simple farmhouse dinning table took me all of 1/2 of a day to build and 1/4 of a day to stain and paint. It is so very simple, it may actually take longer to drive to the store get your materials, than the actual build itself. First, take a look at how it turned out. The Plan. Our piece was to be built to replace the current one we had because of some design characteristics we did not like about it, and to fit our space better. So we measured how much larger we would like this table to be and we had an idea of the pre-fabricated … [Read more...]

Basket Caddy Stand

Hey Guys, welcome back. Summer has officially kicked off, and it is a little damp in our neck of the woods so far, but LMB and myself are so excited for the much missed and loved Michigan summer. While we lived in North Carolina, we dreamed of moving back and enjoying the High 80 's and moderate humidity, compared to the blistering 100 degrees and nearly 100% humidity we felt in NC all summer. There is nothing like hitting the beaches during the day, and having to throw on a sweatshirt at night around a campfire. Although we may not see those sunny days quite yet, we do know it is summertime because of all the family and friends graduation parties. I don't think we have mentioned this before, but my mom is 1 of 13, and all but one of my aunt/uncles has kids, and their kids have kids and so on. So needless to say about 10 years ago we added up all the people in the family and back then we were about 60 cousins, so graduation time is a very busy time of the year for us . This year was an … [Read more...]

DIY Window Bookshelf

Hey Guys, welcome back readers and welcome back sunshine. As the weather begins to climb the ladder towards summer, LMB and myself are becoming much more inspired to create some fun and exciting projects for both inside an outside the home, that breaks from the trend of tables and benches. When I build I tend to focus a lot of attention on perfection. The perfect cut, the perfect angle, the perfect wood...ect. This build really challenged me, because I was using older and weather wooden windows that were missing pieces and not planed or straight on all sides, but the idea of this bookshelf was to create something of use and decorative, out of windows with broken glass panes or non-existent glass all together. This week we created a window bookshelf from some old antique windows and added chicken wire to fill our void. Here is how it turned out.  Now if you are like LMB and myself, and purchase or find old windows along multiple junkin' outings, you most likely have a variety of … [Read more...]

DIY Buffet Server

HELLO! Craftsman Drive has finally come out of the hibernation, and is ready for spring. I have had a few projects in the works over the past weeks, but settling into our new home, finding all my tools, and enjoying a Michigan winter again, have put a couple posts on the back burner. I apologize for the lengthy hiatus, but I am back, and get ready for some fun and easy DIY's to hit the site. As you probably know from following LMB we have moved into a smaller home, with some unique spaces. The house has challenged us to get really creative to build and design some ascetically pleasing pieces, but get the most out of them as far as storage and practicality with a minimal footprint. I really like making buffets and tables, so here is what I came up with for a smaller DIY buffet server for our nook area. The top, is a rough 2 x 8 @ 8ft piece of fir from The Home Depot, that I cut in half for each side of the top. The actual measurement for the lumber was 8' 1/4'', so it was … [Read more...]

Grand Haven Day Trip

Hey Guys, I was going through the blog and realized I have done a lot of tutorials over the past few months and nothing else; so I wanted to chime in and share a fun trip LMB and I went on this past weekend. Since we have moved back to the lovely state of MI, and have truly enjoyed rediscovering our home state. We have been talking about a winter day trip to Grand Haven, MI for years, and finally we did it. Grand Haven is home to childhood memories, a huge Coast Guard festival, but more importantly it is home to where Mr. and Mrs. LMB got engaged. Grand Haven usually offers up some pretty cool shots during the winter with ice formation along the lighthouse and pier, helps you forget how cold it is outside and it allows you to soak in all of the beauty. A trip to Grand Haven wouldn't be complete without a stop at Pronto Pups, a world famous corndog stand, today was the last day it was open until summer and this weekends' proceeds went to the Hospice Residence of … [Read more...]

DIY Window Cabinet

Welcome back to Craftsman Drive, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and the New Year is going well. LMB and myself finally had a chance to fully enjoy the Christmas time without the rush of coming into town on vacation and squeezing four families in a week before heading back. We got to take our time and it was really nice not worrying about the trip back to NC. Now that we are rooted in MI and slowly getting settled in, I finally had an opportunity to build a DIY window cabinet, and here it is. How To. 1. Measure the dimensions for your window. You will be building a box around the perimeter of this window with an 1/16th gap all the way around. The size of the boards I used for the bottom, sides, and top were 1x8. I left a half of an inch overhang on the top board just for esthetic appeal. 2. Fit in the shelves. All I did was place the shelf at the level where the horizontal muntin, or strip of wood that separates the window panes met. The shelves are 1x8 as well but … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Jar Hold

Hey Guys! Welcome back to Craftsman Drive. The past two months have been very busy and chaotic in the LMB household, as I am sure you already know... leaving NC, departing the military, and coming home to the good ole MI, not to mention the holidays. Well I am happy to say, we are finally close to being settled in, and projects are in the works. LMB wanted to revisit an old project we did a while ago, way before Craftsman Drive, the DIY Mason Jar Holder. She has been receiving some inquires about some tips and tricks to building the DIY Mason Jar Holder, and so we built a few new ones, and here is the tutorial revamped. The Material. 4 - 4 inch diameter Pipe Clamps 4 - Wide mouth Mason Jars 1 - 1 x 4 Board (Pine) 4 - 1/2 inch self tapping metal screws Picture hanger Paint of choice The Tools. Drill Center Punch Hammer Tape measure Pencil Locate where you want to fasten the pipe clamp to the board, pace a mason jar in the pipe clamp and tighten it down. Rest the … [Read more...]

DIY Sanding Block

This weekend LMB was distressing a card catalog and all we had in the house with used sanding block that was as rough as a piece of paper. I was scrounging around my tools and supplies and found a new 80 grit sheet of sandpaper. LMB really enjoys using sanding blocks on pieces of furniture rather than sandpaper, so I threw together some scrap pieces of  left over projects and this is what I came up with. The Material. Sandpaper (grit of your choice) Nails Scrap Wood Spray Adhesive The Tools. Hammer I found a scrap piece of wood that the entire sheet would wrap around. I sprayed a light coat of 3M all-purpose adhesive to the piece of wood, lay the sheet of sandpaper on top and press it down for a few minutes. Next wrap the sheet around to the backside of the board. To get some leverage, and keep the paper in place I made a little handle from a smaller piece of left over trim. I placed it on top of the wrapped piece of wood and nailed it down. Obviously the sheet of … [Read more...]

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