Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"T" is for Thompson's® WaterSeal® Giveaway

I've been busy building for our outdoor space by adding 3 adult size adirondack chairs using the plans found in Ana White's book The Handmade Home.  But no outdoor furniture is safe from the elements without some protection!

The folks at Thompson's® WaterSeal® sent me some transparent waterproofing stain in Maple Brown and they're giving away 4 gallons of stain and deck cleaner to one lucky reader!

I used the transparent waterproofing stain in Maple Brown on my new adirondack chairs.  It gives a hint of color and a definite seal without being too thick.

I must admit I had some young helpers with the stain on this project  They were a little overzealous with the application so there are a few imperfect areas.  But I prefer to encourage my kids to participate in my DIY projects rather than be concerned about perfection.

The waterproofing stain is available in transparent, semi-transparent and solid - all in 5 color options.

You can see the Maple Brown is a warm light brown with a slightly yellow hue.  I used all pine boards for these chairs so the color may vary depending on your wood species.

Thompson's® WaterSeal® is made for outdoor wood protection so you can use it on furniture as well as decks.  Below is a before shot of an untreated deck:

And after staining with semi-transparent Maple Brown waterproofing stain (the railing is Acorn Brown solid):

You can see how the waterproofing stain not only prevents water damage and resists mildew and UV damage but also provides a fade resistant color.  How beautiful is that deck now?  (Note that is not my deck nor did I .) 

Now the adults can join the kids for marshmallow roasting!

Enter below for your chance to win 4 gallons of deck cleaner and 4 gallons of waterproofing stain.
Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.

Disclaimer:  I was provided product for this project but all thoughts and opinions are mine own.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

"T" is for 3 Step Stool & Giveaway

New plans and a giveaway makes for a great Saturday!

We're in the kitchen today building a 3 step stool and I'm sharing the plans over at Ryobi Nation here.

And while you're there be sure to sign up (or sign in if you already have an account) in order to enter this awesome giveaway:

The generous folks at Ryobi Nation are giving away a 4 piece combo kit and the orbital jig saw to one lucky reader! 

I used the jig saw to make the stepped cuts and the arched cut out for the 3 step stool:

My preferred method to make straight cuts with the jig saw is to clamp down a straight edge making a fence for the saw to ride up against.  Above the wood has already been cut but you can see how having that straight edge clamped in place keeps control of the jig saw.

Happy Building!

I'm linking up to:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"P" is for Personalized Pillows

How to make simple personalized pillows.  A sewing project that makes a great gift and pretty decor too!

In case you're wondering I made these pillows for my friend Jen at The House of Wood as a thank you gift.  She has two little ones so I made one pillow for her daughter and one for her son.

Unknowingly her daughter's pillow fits right in on her cuter than cute diy toddler bed, look below!

Friday, April 24, 2015

"T" is for Three Legged Stool

My little desk stool is complete and you're in luck because my buildy friend Ana White has the plans for us!  I feel extremely blessed and fortunate to have Ana in my life because when you design a three legged stool with multiple angles she kindly agrees to make the plans!  Hurray!

Typically when we're doing a furniture piece Ana will make the plans first and then I build it. However, in this case it was the reverse.  Here's my inspiration:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"W" is for Work Apron to Zippered Pouch

Make a zippered pouch from a work apron.

It's no secret I like to build but equally I like to sew too.  Recently I made a quick trip to The Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta for the DIY Workshop kick off and amongst all the goodies they gave us was this work apron:

Super functional and lightweight, it's great for woodworking, gardening, etc but I got to thinking the canvas would make an awesome zippered pouch.  These work aprons are available at The Home Depot for an extremely economical .77 cents each so I bought a few more and made some pouches:

Friday, April 17, 2015

"B" is for Build Page

I'm definitely not one to brag but I am super proud of all that I've built for this little blog and I wanted to draw some attention my BUILD PAGE.  My buildy blogger friend Jen Woodhouse (House of Wood) and I were recently chatting about our past work and all the pieces we've built up until now and she thought "surely you must have well over 100".

So I counted.

140 different pieces on the build page.  I owe a huge nod to Ana White who designed a majority of the plans.  Simply click on the thumbnail image and the post should pop up.  All of the build posts include links to the plans or plans within the post.

Some of my favorites:

There are builds of all kinds: tables, beds, small gifts, consoles, planters, storage, and on and on.
Simply click the build page tab and you can scroll through all the thumbnail images.

Thank you to all my readers who consistently show support and interest, you keep me building!

I'm linking up to:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"C" is for Cut Out Tray

I'm over at Brittany's blog, Pretty Handy Girl, sharing how to make this cut out tray.  All you jig saw lovers will enjoy this project and for those who have yet to try the jig saw this is a simple starting point.

You can use any font or shape you choose because the tray surface is covered with plexiglass.

Check out the full tutorial here.

I'm linking up to:

"W" is for Wallpaper Wall Art & Giveaway

diy wallpaper wall art (and a giveaway too!)

Wallpaper makes an easy solution for adding pattern and texture to your wall and you don't have to wallpaper the whole wall either.  I was challenged by the folks at Porch.com to make something fun and creative using wallpaper for a pattern play project.  And I actually came up with two projects: wallpaper wall art and wallpaper flower bouquet.

If you're not familiar with Porch.com yet they are a home network with connections to accredited home improvement professionals.  It is a giant information source for all things home and DIY, definitely check it out!

Porch.com teamed up with Scout & Nimble to supply us with wallpaper and I choose this Graham & Brown Kensington English rose pattern:  

Originally I never planned on coloring the flowers however when the wallpaper arrived all the beautiful black and white hand-drawn details had me looking at this paper like a coloring book.

Monday, April 13, 2015

"B" is for Build Besties: Part 1

 Build Besties: Part One

A warm woody hello to all my buildy readers.  I'm feeling the need to share and acknowledge my DIY blogger community so today I present some of my build besties.  We all build furniture and share a love for making pieces out of wood for our homes and the people we love.  This is definitely not a complete list, there will be more to come I promise!

Below are brief snippets of these build besties which I guarantee does not do them justice - please go visit their blogs to see much more!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

"T" is for Triangle Wood Banner & Quilt

diy triangle wood banner and quilt
A new baby gift for my niece at her baptism.  I'm sharing how to make both the triangle wood banner and quilt in this post.

The triangle wood banner is a fairly simple project you could personalize for anyone or any occassion.

How to make a triangle wood banner:

Monday, April 6, 2015

"D" is for DIY Workshop: Vertical Planter

Let's get building for outdoors:

Today I'm sharing my version of the vertical planter we'll be building at The Home Depot DIY Workshop this Saturday, April 11th at 10am.  The workshop team and I will be demonstrating how to build a vertical planter and we want you to join us:

 I'll be at the New Rochelle Home Depot #1245:

The Home Depot
55 Weyman Avenue
New Rochelle, NY  10805

This DIY Workshop is being held throughout the country at many Home Depot store locations.  Click here and enter your zip code or city and state to find a workshop location.

The vertical planter for the workshop was designed by Ben Uyeda from Homemade Modern.  I made my own custom version to fit my space and I'm sharing the plans down below.

My version is self standing and requires no fence.  See my plans down below if you want to build your own.


4 – 2x10x8’ exterior grade boards
4 – 2x4x8’ exterior grade boards
9 – 1x4x8’ cedar boards
3” exterior screws
1 ½” exterior screws

Cut List:

4 – 2x10 @ 48” (vertical supports)
16 – 2x4 @ 21” (planter bases)
36 – 1x4 @ 24” (planter sides)