DIY Remnant Wood Crate

So, yesterday I posted about staining/creating a center piece out of a store bought, pre made crate. Well, I liked it so much that today I decided to borrow some of my handy hubby’s tools and attempt to build my own. I have watched my husband create many things out of wood, so my thinking was……how hard can it be? I know you need to make pilot holes for the wood screws and while I will not attempt to use his skill saw or table saw (without him here to coach me), I figured I could just use a traditional saw to cut some of the wood to size. Luckily, the remnant wood I used is from an old low fence that was in part of our yard when we bought this house. My husband tore down the fence long ago and we stacked and saved the wood.


The bonus was having many like sized pieces to choose from. So, I only had to make 2 cuts for the end pieces. Clearly, I am not a professional at construction. I’m all about ‘guesstimating’ lengths and eyeballing the cut. If my husband were here, it would have been incredibly precise. That’s just how he rolls. For this crate however, the crude and rustic look is totally me. Cost for this shabby chic and rustic gem……..FREE!!! My favorite word. Now, where to put it and what to place inside of it…….maybe I’ll stain it???? Not sure yet! Ladies, you can sooooo do this. Start to finish it took me 30 minutes.


For now, this is where the crate will live.




Skateboard Shelving

Several years ago, I painted and sort of, recreated a theme in our youngest sons room. He loves ‘board sports’; skateboards, snow boards, scooter/rip-sticks…..etc. I decided that it would be fun to create some shelving out of skateboards. So, we purchased a couple of skateboards for about $9 a piece from Wal-mart and some brackets from Home Depot. My husband attached the brackets and then mounted them on the walls for some books and things. Super cheap, colorful and easy DIY. Sadly, the coloring in the photos is not the best…..sorry!




Hanging wall mural is from PB Teen online, wall decals are from Target, and the old vintage lockers were a craigslist find years ago. They were purchased for use in our laundry room until handy hubby and I built a large mud room wall/cubby/storage unit. So I spray painted he lockers blue and moved them into our sons room. Works perfectly in his room. Slalom ski was an antique store find and the old snow board above the closet was given to our son by my brother. Always adding a little something.




The Big ‘Frame Up’ for Our Flat Screen

For years we have wanted to frame out the flat screen in our main family/tv room. We had a friend, and licensed contractor, frame out our 55 inch flat screen in our basement. We have always loved this finished look.

Lately, my most amazing and handy hubby has been busting a move with all of his tools. I’ve put him to work on a few simple things and he decided it was time to tackle not only our master bedroom flat screen, but also the big one in our family room.

Because the center of our ‘built in’ (where we had the tv sitting) is hollow….. No studs behind the wall, my husband built a wood frame with 2 x4’s so that we could mount the tv in the center of that area.

We knew that we needed very large trim to create the frame, as we wanted to cover the entire hole. So we ended up purchasing 5 13/16 inch, pre primed trim that is actually ‘macked out’ baseboard trim. My husband miter cut the corners beautifully to create the frame and hung it up like you would a picture.

End result………..FAB U LOUSSSSS!!!!!!

This is how it use to look……

Here is the tv mounted to the wood framing……


Here is the amazing frame in place. All I need to do is paint it. LOVE IT! Below is the one in the master.



Pallet Couch/Daybed for under a lofted Bed

Our 13 yr old daughter was ready for a ‘teen’ feeling bedroom. Ideally, we wanted a lofted bed to create a good
‘Hang out’ space for she and her friends below it. I was so tickled when we found the IKEA bed that we wanted much cheaper (barely used and partially assembled) on Craigslist. Now, if you are familiar with IKEA, you know that there are like a bazillion pieces to all things requiring assembly. So the ‘partially assembled’ thing was a huge blessing. When we got it home, handy hubby measured the ceiling height and cut down each post a few inches. Them came the couch/ Daybed part. What to do??? I wasn’t really feeling a futon look. I’ve seen pallets used before to create a seating area. My husband thought I was nuts, until I drew out my vision. Using 1 full pallet and about half of another one, I had my husband bolt them together. I wanted little legs on it to lift it up off of the floor, much like a couch would be. So we purchased small block like legs from Home Depot, and bolted them to the bottom, using 8 total. I then sanded and painted it all black to match the loft bed. We bought a single mattress, covered it with a fitted sheet, made some throw pillows ( and purchased a few) and waaa-laaa……comfy, cool and cute hang out area. And because we used a single sized mattress it works wonderfully for overnight guests as well. Wish I had been rockin’ a room like this at 13. So fun!


Pallet Shelves

Pallet Shelves

I have seen these created before, so I decided it was time to go pallet shopping……….yes, behind a large store next to the oh so wonderful dumpster. My handy hubby ripped them apart and cut down a piece to create the bottom portion of the shelf, which he mounted/ screwed into the bottom. I sanded those puppies down (pallets are not smooth wood, usually), coated them liberally with some stain and then my husband used huge heavy duty bolts to mount them onto our dining room wall. I love how the elegance of my precious Mothers china plays off of the rustic charm of the pallet shelves.