Level: Beginner Time: 30 minutes, plus drying time Materials: Wood, Drill, Natural Wood Stain, Oil Paint I loved the idea of having a little balance beam in our backyard for Leo to practice her balancing on! She always loves to walk on curbs or logs or anything other than the ground, so it seemed like a backyard toy she might enjoy. And with the weather starting to get so nice, I want to encourage as much outside time as possible! I figured a balance beam would be pretty easy
Level: Beginner Time: 2 hours (+ time for paint/stain to dry) Materials: Wood, paint or stain, saw, drill We've been updating our basement lately and one thing we really wanted were some shelves for our DVDs. Ben and I have a ridiculous amount of movies considering we never actually watch any of them. We thought maybe if they were visible we'd be more inclined to watch them (spoiler alert: we still haven't haha but maybe soon!). Right at the bottom of the stairs we had this w
Level: Intermediate Time: 2 hours-ish Materials: Wood, paint or stain, jigsaw, kreg jig, drill, pocket screws, wood glue Leo has been climbing on EVERYTHING lately. I've seen these floating around the internet and thought Leo would love it, but they're so expensive! So I thought I'd give it a try on my own. Normally when I start a project I find some plans online to help, but in this case there just weren't any! I found a couple but they wanted me to pay $10 for them and let'
Level: Easy Time: 6-8 hours (more or less depending on drying time of paint/stain) Materials: Sandpaper, stain, polyurethane/polyacrylic, fabric, staple gun, drill For the last few years we've only had 3 dining room chairs. It normally isn't a huge deal, but we'd like to be able to have more than 1 person over at a time so we thought we should get some more. Turns out, chairs are crazy expensive! Even cheap or used ones are way more than I'm willing to pay. I spent months loo
I'm not going to add difficulty levels and time expectations for this one because it will differ SO much depending on what type of furniture you're transforming! I've been wanting to get a play kitchen for Leo for awhile. She really loves to open and close cabinet doors so I thought this might be a nice distraction. The only problem was that play kitchens are insanely expensive! I had no desire to spend hundreds of dollars on something she will probably destroy in a year or t
Doing laundry is awful. But doing it in a room that makes you sad is even worse. When we had to get a new washer and dryer recently I decided it was time to get a new laundry room, too. I mean, have you ever seen a sadder laundry room? STEP 1 Undo the ugliness. For me that meant removing all the junk, shelves, and old cabinets. STEP 2 Fix the walls! I've always wanted to try wallpaper but I've never felt confident in it. It seems hard (spoiler alert, it is) but our laundry ro
As much as I love mediocre woodworking and projects that require power tools, our garage workspace did not reflect that. This has been my workshop setup for the past year. Ugh. I really want to build a dining room table soon, and I knew I'd need a good workspace for that to happen. So I decided it was time to fix it. Because this was just embarrassing. STEP 1 Build a workbench. "Umm, what?" I can hear you asking. "Just build a whole workbench? That's step 1? This is wildly un