DIY Neon Lights
I have been on a mission to get my home organized. We have remodeled almost every room in the house, and now I am going through one room at a time to organize and decorate. First stop was my kitchen where I have already built a new kitchen table and created some vintage over sized wall art, now I am trying to get my office back in order. I hate having clutter on my desk, and my cell phone and tablet are clutter in my eyes. So, I decided to get them up off of the desk and make this DIY Charging Station/Tablet Stand.
Now I can watch videos on my tablet while working at my desk! Plus the charging cables are neatly tucked behind it so they are not hanging all over. The best part? It only cost around $5 to make! This would make a great homemade gift for that techie in your life too!
Check out the video below on how to make it!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am a HUGE Star Wars fan… I mean HUGE, like I would decorate my entire house in a Star Wars theme if my husband would let me. But, of course, he reminds me that we are adults, not kids, and need to show some restraint. I opted for some vintage farm prints for my dinning area, but I am in the middle of building a coffee bar and was bound and determined to get something Star Wars in my kitchen. I can’t wait to show you the finished project, but I am not completely done with the bar, so it won’t be until next week. But, I am excited and impatient, so I am sharing some of the Star Wars printables that I have come up with.
I mean, how stinking’ awesome are these? Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Yoda, Admiral Ackbar… and of course, my all time favorite, Bobba Fett! So, be sure to grab some of these awesome free Star Wars Printables to hang in your coffee area!
To download, right click and save them to your desktop. Each Star Wars Printable is sized for an 8×10 frame.
I have finally finished the bulk of our Home Renovation and I can move on to the fun part….DECORATING! I decided that I am going to go one room at a time and do any finishing work (like touching up paint) and decorate. I have been working on my kitchen first, since it is the most used room in the house. I have already built a new kitchen table and a long side table, and decided that I needed some wall art…BAD! The problem is that they are large walls and large walls require large art, which is expensive! So I opted to make my own DIY Giant Wall Art. The total cost for the prints and frames was around $20, which is amazing!
Because the prints were so cheap (under $4 each) I can change them out as my mode changes! I was inspired by these prints, but they were a little to plain and small for what I needed. So, I went to making my own. I found the Silhouettes that I needed from Vector Stock and added my own touch to them using Photoshop (You can use PicMonkey to create your own as well), and I absolutely LOVE THEM!
Here is how I made my prints:
Now, after I decided on the size I needed and had them printed the problem was the cost of frames. Cheap plastic poster frames cost around $20 each, which is crazy, and since I needed a few of them I opted to make my own!
I used my handy dandy Kreg Jig again for this project, but if you do not have one, you can always use brackets or screw the frames together from the edges.
Check out how I pulled it all together in the video:
Do you love the prints? You can download them below to use! Just right click and save as to your desktop!
I had no actual plans of blogging about this project. It was my test project for something I want to build, that is MUCH larger than this. I figured I would start off on a small scale and see if it was doable for me before I spent money on the supplies needed. Turns, out this DIY Table was super easy to make, so much so that I want to make a few more! With the right tools, a table this size only took me about 2 hours to build…crazy easy!
Since I had no plans on blogging it, I didn’t start taking pictures of the process until I was almost done. But, don’t worry, it is still easy to follow along. I am not going to give exact measurements simply because this DIY table can be built to fit your space. Need a long narrow table? Cut longer front boards and shorter side boards. Need a wide, short table? measure your length, width and height and go.
I used 1x1x6’s for the top, 1x1x2 for the skirting on the shelves, 2×2’s for the legs and 1/4inch aspen plywood for the bottom two shelves. You can use a thicker wood, just make sure you use the right size screws to secure it all.
Other tools needed:
I measured my space and cut 6 long pieces (length) of 1x1x2 and 4 short pieces (width). I also determined how long and wide I wanted the top to be and took into account how much overhang I wanted. If you are not sure, wait until the base is build and then determine the size you want for the top.
I then proceeded to drill my pocket holes with my Kreg Jig. This was the most time consuming part, because there are a lot of holes to drill.
I drilled two holes into the ends of each 1x1x2 and then upper holes on 2 of the long boards and 2 of the short boards. These will be used to secure the top to the base. Here is an example of how the holes should be drilled all around the table.
After everything was cut and drilled it was time to assemble. I marked the legs where I wanted the two shelves to be. I wanted a 1/2 inch inset for the skirt so I used a piece of scrap wood and some clamps to ensure the gapping was right.
After all of the supports (skirting) were in place I got to work on the plywood. I opted for a thinner plywood because they were easier for me to transport. I measured the size I needed and cut them to size. I found a chalk line to my best friend for this. If you have a table saw…I hate you….just kidding. But, a table saw would be ideal to ensure a straight cut.
I used a circular saw to cut the board to length and width, then I measured how much I would have to notch out of each corner so that it would fit. I used a jig saw for the corners, they are not perfect, but nothing a a little wood filler can’t fix.
After the shelves were in place I placed the top on and secured it from under neath. It was at this time I decided to use some of the scrap 1x1x2’s to put some supports under the two lower shelves. I opted to tac them into place with brad nails instead of pocket screws. If you are using a thinner plywood, I would highly recommend adding some supports.
For the top I used pockets screws to secure all of the boards together (see diagram above). They pulled the boards nice and tight with no gaps.
Then, it was just a matter of sanding everything and staining. I added 3 coats of polyurethane, sanding lightly in between coats to protect it.
I love how it turned out! It is now one of my favorite pieces in our home. I plan on using it as a homework station, so I picked up some tin containers for storage. The great thing about this DIY table though is how customizable it is! I plan on making another one just like it, but it will be longer and narrower to fit the space I need it for. I also plan on using this same technique to build a new kitchen table!
I used the same process to build my new DIY Kitchen table too! I just love how it turned out!
We are still at it, a home renovation that was suppose to last a month is going into month 5. There is really nothing blame, except lack of time. I started my Bachelors degree program and hubby had to go back to work, but we have been weekend warriors trying to get everything done. We really only have a few things that need to be touched up and we can finally say that this renovation is a wrap!
One thing that was high on my priority list was a new kitchen island. I had one of those small store bought ones, and it was just not doing the job. Not enough storage, counter space, and it looked tiny in our large kitchen. So, I opted to build my own! These DIY Concrete Countertops Using Self Leveling Cement was a fairly simple process, but time consuming. I did it all on my own while the kids were at school and hubby was at work, so please excuse the lack luster photos. Hopefully you will get the idea.
I still need to do a little more sanding and one more coat of sealer, but so far I am extremely happy with them! I used to stock cabinets as my base and left over wood from when we raised the floors as my base countertop and the frame.
I cut the main piece of wood to size and then processed to build a frame so that I could pour the cement in place. I wasn’t able to get a good photo of the frame, but below is a diagram of how I built it. I used brad nails to tack everything together.
I then proceeded to caulk the inside of the frame. This helps with removal because the cement will not stick to it and it fills any seams to prevent the cement from leaking out.
I primed the main countertop board with cement primer. I would suggest you do some research and find one that works for you. I used a basic primer I picked up at Lowes and it worked great.
While the primer was drying I went around the entire frame and duct tapped all of the seams. This is a secondary fail safe to prevent leaking. I also recommend keeping some extra on hand just in case, I missed a small area after I poured and ended up having to rush to another room to grab the tape to fix the leak.
Once the primer was dry I cut down cement ladders to fit the area. I placed them about 1/2 inch from the edge to help support the cement and prevent cracking.
Because I had to work pretty fast I was unable to get photos of the pouring process. But, I poured a layer in and then placed my support ladders into the wet cement. I used a trowel to push the cement into the corners and edges. If you can, I recommend trying to get all of your cement poured at once or there will be extra steps.
If the first layer dries before you can pour more, you will want to prime that first layer or when you pour the next batch the dry stuff will suck all of the water out of your fresh cement. It is a pain, but worth it.
After everything was poured and dried it was time to remove the frame and get sanding….and sanding….and sanding.
There were a few areas that I didn’t like and it looked a little flat to me so I ended up using a feather finish cement over the top to give it texture and fill in any low spots. After I was happy with the final results I sealed it with a concrete sealer. There are a ton of different sealers available on the market. If you are going to be using the countertop for food prep, I would recommend a food safe sealer.
I am thrilled with the way this DIY Concrete Countertops Using Self Leveling Cement turned out! I even ended up doing the same thing in my pantry/laundry room, but that revel will be another post!
All in all, I would say that this process was easier than other methods that I have seen for concrete counters. I would say though, if you can get help with doing it, it will be a lot easier!
It is officially Autumn and even though I have been working on a TON of Halloween crafts, I feel like I can now display them around the house without getting a funny look for having them out. This week we worked on Potion Bottles! These were a ton of fun and the kiddos had a blast making them look spooky. I must say though, I have a favorite, which is the black bottle filled with Bat Droppings. I love how the texture turned out, and now I want to do this to all of my empty glass containers in the house!
Each bottle has its own personality and I can not wait to display them and probably make a few for some friends! Be sure to grab the printable at the bottom of the post so that you can make your own as well! If you decide to try out any of our Halloween How – To’s be sure to post and tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! We love seeing your projects! If you are not already, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel! We do things there that are not always posted on the blog!
To learn how to make these awesome Halloween Potion Bottles, be sure to scroll down to the video below!
To grab the printables, simple right click and save the image to your computer to print out!
I love anything and everything when it comes to vintage games. I have done some perler bead projects in the past, but wanted to go BIG! So that is exactly what I did with this DIY 8 Bit Wall Art!
It started off simple, I seen the trailer for the new Pixels movie coming out and had decided on doing Blinky the ghost from Pac-man… and then it just kind of escalated from there. I had small 1/2 -inch blocks and larger 1 inch blocks so I decided to also do one of my all time favorite characters, Bobba Fett, in the larger blocks (I am a bit of a Star Wars fan)! I ran out of smaller blocks, but ordered more so that I can make all of the Pac-man characters to hang above my door in my office.
He looks great hanging under my DIY Donkey Kong shelves! Hubby has already stated that once his office is completed he will be stealing him from me. I won’t let that happen though, he is all mine! The kids are even going to be making some of there own for their room remodels and I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
I ordered the blocks online in bulk, and was surprisingly cheap! Plus, they arrived pretty fast, so I could get crafting! There is nothing worse than wanting to make something and then have to wait for supplies, but thankfully I only had to wait about 3 days.
Wood Glue (I like Gorilla Glue)
Hanger for the back ( I used Sawtooth mounts that I found at my local hardware store)
Since I did not have a template to use, I have created a few of my favorite characters so that you can use them!
I am a bit of a Star Wars fan… okay I am a BIG Star Wars fan! This past week we have been watching the entire Star Wars Saga because our kiddos have never seen the movies. I am happy to say that they love the movies as much as Hubby and I do! So, because I can’t deck out my entire kitchen in Star Wars, I decided to do a Star Wars Themed Kitchen Aid Mixer!
It is not perfect, but I absolutely LOVE IT! If you do not have a cutting machine like a Silhouette, you can always check out Ebay for small decals as well! If you do have a machine, I just goggled Star Wars Silhouttes to find what I wanted and transferred the images to my software to cut.
My Kitchen Aid has seen some better days, it does get a work out after all. It is actually the only appliance that I keep out on my counter top all the time. My other kitchen appliances only get pulled out from the deep dark caverns of the cabinets when I need them and then right back they go when I am done using them. So, the first step in making this Star Wars Themed Kitchen Aid Mixer is to make sure you mixer is clean! Scrub it down to make sure there are no oils or crumbs to be found.
I then mapped out where I wanted my decals to be and measured the areas so I knew what sizes I needed to cut. I did this before deciding on what I was actually going to put on the mixer, so things changed a little.
I decided to put Bobba Fett as the main decal because he is one of our favorite characters from the movie. Before I cut anything though, I printed everything in the sizes I measured to make sure they would fit.
Then, it was time to cut and weed. You will notice a blank area on one side of my mixer, that is because I wanted to put R2D2 there, but ummm…. He is not an easy thing to weed with all of the details and such a small size. I plan on going back in and putting C3PO there when I get more black vinyl.
After I was happy with the vinyl cut outs, I placed them on my mixer. There are a few bubbles in Bobba Fetts helmet, but I am okay with that. If there are an excessive amount of bubbles you can smooth them out with a burnishing tool.
For the quotes I downloaded a font from DaFont.com called Star Jedi. They are actually one of my favorite parts of this project.
As you can see, I am fond of the Dark Side of the Force, Darth Vader really does get a bad rap. But, I had to include the X Wing in because it is a pretty awesome ship!
Of course, my mixer was not the only thing that got a make over. I had to give my crock pot a taste of the dark side too!
These DIY Mario Shelves are the perfect nerdy craft for that geek or gamer in your life!
If you have been around for a while, chances are you already know that I am a big nerd. I love classic video games and comic books and have started to slowly transform my boring old office into a geek and gamer paradise. It is still my office and still functional, but I figure if I have to be stuck in here most of the day, I might as well have fun things that I love around me.
It all started with this Goomba… I found him and knew he had to be mine! My Donkey Kong shelves that I made a few weeks ago where already full, so I figured I would make him a new home where he felt comfortable!
So, of course I needed to bring in Mario and Princess Peach to keep him company! These shelves were really inexpensive to make, since I already had the paint on hand all I needed to do was figure out what to build them out of.
I chose to use cardboard boxes that I found at my local craft store, they were cheap and the prefect square shape for this nerdy craft! Check out the video below for a full list of items and to see how I made them!
Here is a copy of the Question mark you will need for this project! Just make sure to adjust the size to your boxes!