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Building a “Milk Crate” coffee table


An easy “Do-It-Yourself” project is this coffee table. This is not a new idea and it has been done over and over again by others.

My Minnesota daughter found the idea on Pinterest and promptly let me know that this was something that she would like me to make for her. I pinned it to my Pinterest board for a time when I could make it. Her 9th Anniversary was this month and I thought this would be the perfect time.


Home Depot had a sale going a few months back on wooden crates, so I bought them, and set them aside. They were a bit heavier in construction than the ones I saw at Michaels. Better for a coffee table!


I had the conversation of “if” and “when” I would make it … would she like it painted or stained? And what color paint or stain? She decided she wanted a dark stain which was perfect, as I had Jacobean by Minwax, on hand.  This is the first project that my mother has seen me work on so I had company while I was making it.


I have plywood of all shapes and sizes left over from various projects so I didn’t have to buy a special piece to use as a base and I purchased swivel casters to make it easier for my daughter to move when she was vacuuming or exercising.


Stagger the milk crates and screw them onto your 1/2 inch plywood.


Hide said gift around the corner, in the downstairs, so that the surprise is not found.

This child of mine finds everything before she is supposed to see it!


I added 4 “L” brackets, for a piece of plywood to sit on in the middle, and then decorated it with rocks and a candle that is battery operated.

No burns for my grand daughter!


Finished and ready to be delivered.


The little one has already deemed this a fire pit for her toys. Hahahahahaha.


Hope this finds you having a GREAT day!


Making a beer caddy


Boss’ birthday … quick, what do you get them?

EVERY year it is the same “hard to come up with a great idea that he will like.”

That’s right. He. is. a . guy.

Girls are easy peasy, men not so much.


Word has it, he likes a good beer every once in awhile.

Don’t you just love the internet?

Evidently, there is a Beer of the month club.


You could just give the person the gift card but I am all about the presentation.


Back to the internet I went.

No time to remake the wheel so to speak.

I found a pattern HERE and headed out to get this thing made!


I made a few changes from the pattern.

Mine has 3 pieces of wood on each side, a square handle, and I hung a bottle opener to the side.

Tied, so he wouldn’t lose it.


I stained it my favorite stain color ever.



A piece of drawer liner was added.

(Just in case the bottles were cold and had condensation)


I personalized it and added the “Beer of the Month” gift card.

Easy one day project completed in the nick of time.

Have a great Monday,


Easy DIY End Table Tutorial


I am creating a small space  (a corner)  in my bedroom to read, so I removed the armoire from the corner of the room. (It made it as far as the hallway as it is so heavy, I am having to take it apart in order to get it downstairs! Ugh!!!) Mr Man helped me, by hanging the TV on the wall, and I started looking for a side end table for the chair I was going to use.

While looking for an end table I came across a pouf and pillow that will look great in the room with the new color of paint that I have selected.

I searched everywhere! Is it me? or is furniture way, way, way overpriced?! While I was in #Target I thought I would see what they had. I was thinking affordable. Oh my! They had one made with a tray table on top and it cost $59.99. REALLY?!


Yup, it irritated me.

Certainly, I can make one for a lot less money and have it look nicer.

(Sorry #Target! I love you but not your end tables)

I found a tray and set about figuring out plan.


I took the measurement of the tray (2 inches in height) and deducted it from the height I wanted to make the table.

That means I needed, 4 – 2×2’s at 19 inches high.


 I used 8 – 1″ x 1/4″ for the sides.

I attached them around the sides with 1 inch screws.

(4 At the top and 4 a couple inches from the bottom)


Sometimes, I like to work down stairs watching a movie on TV while I work.

I get to hang out by the Playhouse too 😉

One coat of primer, one coat of white glossy paint, and it is ready to attach to the tray.


I used a small amount of Power Grab to the top of the 2×2’s before setting the tray on top.


Just a quick comparison …


Really, a quick and easy project! and now I can enjoy it, right next to my chair!


I think I am going to kick back, and enjoy reading my book.

Have a great Monday!



DIY Sunday Showcase

Wooden Window Planter Up-Cycle



Before the snow started to fly, it was this past summer LOL, I went to garage sales with my daughter.

I found a wooden window planter that was only $5.00.

That’s right! Just $5.00!!!

I have wanted to white wash something for a long time and I thought this would be a perfect piece to try it on.


It was weathered and needed a good sanding.

Even though I wanted it to be smoother, I wanted it to keep its slight rugged look.


I mixed 1/2 white paint and 1/2 water and gave it one coat.


I bought styrofoam, ivy, red and yellow flowers to compliment the color on the wall, and used a couple of decorator balls that I had left over from another project.


but …

I didn’t want the wall color to show through so Mr Man went to #Goodwill and bought a mirror for $3.00.

I attached the mirror with standard mirror holders and hung it on the wall.

I love a project that comes together without breaking the bank, don’t you?!


Hugs and make it a great day!







DIY shelf follow-up makes me smile!


 Nothing makes me happier, than seeing someone able to enjoy something I made!

Do you remember this?

{An easy DIY Shelf}

I made it for a friend, with her new last name,  for her wedding.


I got a follow-up photo yesterday from the bride as a thank you.

It is so fun to see the shelf being used!


Happy Monday!







Personalizing and making a simple DIY shelf



Most of the time,

I see things that I store in my mind for future use.

Something that I like,

and I say to myself … “I can make that!”.


It comes in handy when I need an idea for an upcoming wedding.

One for a co worker who loves Pinterest and making things herself.

Who doesn’t love something with your new last name on it?!


Ideas in my head get written down on whatever is handy.

In this case it was a scrap piece of paper.

List of supplies

2 ft 1×4 (top of shelf)

2 ft 1×6 (back of shelf)

2 – 2 ft 1×1 (for spacer pieces)

2 ft trim piece

2 ft molding

‘Power Grab’ (to adhere each piece before nailing)

Thin hardboard that I cut into squares for name





Ok, this seems like quite a list, but for DIYers most of these things, you have on hand around the house anyway!


I first tried two 1x4s but knew that wouldn’t work. It would not give me enough room to make the letters big enough.

Hence, a 1×6 for the back piece.


Next I cut the 1×1’s and laid them on the top and bottom of the 1×6.

(I did not permanently adhere them yet)


Next, I cut and placed the wood trim on top, of the top spacer.

(This is what will hold the letters in place)


The only thing left, to finish the shelf, is to pick the molding.

I happened to have 2 types left over from previous projects.


The first one I tried … looked to ornate for the look I am going for.

Her wedding is a bit country and she likes the whitewashed look.


The next one was just right!


Now the fun part of putting it all together!

Have you noticed my work space is once again outside?

Ok, focus! 😉

I used a small amount of Power Grab on each piece and then used my finishing nail gun to put it all together.

It goes together VERY quickly!!!

I sanded all the rough edges and sprayed a coat of primer on it.


Paint a coat of whatever shade of paint you want to use.

In my case, I used white so the Bride could use it in any room she chose.

I also knew I was going to stain the wood letters and the contrast would really help it stand out!


While the shelf was drying, I did math.

Mr Man and I did math.

Mr Man did the math. 🙂

I needed to make my letters 4×4 since I had 2 ft and 6 letters to make.

If I had to make a name with a long last name I would have made it on one long piece.

If it was short, I would have made it with a design or blank spaces on the ends. 


Sand everything smooth and stain in the shade you like.


Here is where you get to laugh at me …

I thought I would just run downstairs and use my Silhouette to make letters and stick them on.

Easy peasy.


They didn’t stick to the wood as the stain had not thoroughly dried.

Seriously? I am on a roll and now this!

I really wish I had a branding iron. Now that would look cool and very country!

I checked around to make sure I could dumpster dive without the neighbors or Mr Man thinking I had lost my mind.

You see … the silhouette cut out that I used, could still be used to stencil on letters.


I went back and forth making the letters and putting on an extra coat of paint on the shelf, and by the time the letters were finished, the paint was dry!

Let’s put it all together!


A fun and easy project that is personalized.

I could see making a piece of wood that said “Happy Thanksgiving”,  “Merry Christmas”,

or in the event of a new addition to the family … well, you get the idea!

I hope you have a great Monday!




The Tale of Refinishing a Glider

Some projects take hours from start to finish.

Some take weeks.


A month or three can go by before it is finally completed!


It all started one day, when ‘Adorable daughter’ decided she did not want her Glider anymore.

You know the one …

The one that sat on the patio area that I made for her and her ‘adorable family’.


You can read about it {here}

Anyway, after years of sitting out in Minnesota seasons …

It looked like this.


Actually, in all fairness, it did have a top piece.

I just forgot to take a ‘before’ picture, because I was so excited to redo this beauty!


Demolition is always the easy part because the  creative juices are flowing with endless possibilities!


I have a creative mind that just doesn’t want to wait until a project is completed before I am dreaming about the next one I want to do.


Removing slats and sanding them down, does not take a lot of brain power …

THAT, my friends, is when I get myself into trouble!

I start dreaming of the next project I want to do.


Case in Point?

This was my view in my make shift workspace …


My view got me started thinking about the area around my mailbox and the unsightly utility boxes.



And then …

A new camper was bought and camping trips happened.

Thunderstorms, work, grand daughter fun, and holidays took my mind and time away from this project.


Miscommunication is what finished this project!

Yup, You heard that right.

I wanted to work on a cute little bench, that I bought at a garage sale for $3, and asked Mr Man to get it out of the garage for me.

He thought I meant the bench I had been working on … and,

put the glider out on the driveway for me.


I am so glad he did!

I dedicated this to my dad who passed away last September.

He is gone on this earth, but forever in my heart and memories I have of him.


With any project, it starts out one way but at any point can change and become something unexpected.

The dedicating it to my father was not in the plan but evolved as an idea toward the end.


I say … some things are worth the wait!

(Another way of saying the same thing … Some things get put on the back burner!)

I had all my supplies on hand, so except for time, this project cost me $0.

Gotta LOVE that!

Before and After


Don’t you just love it when a project is completed?

I know I do!!!

Hugs and make it a great Monday,



A garden gate in 5 EASY steps!


I am not sure when or where I learned to make gates but … they are so very easy!

This gate literally took me a half hour from start to finish … once I assembled my materials. 🙂

Step 1


Measure the width of your opening and subtract an inch.

Figure out how tall you want your gate to be. Subtract a foot.

* I wanted mine to be 4 feet tall to match the height of the fence so I subtracted a foot and made my frame 3 feet tall.

Assemble your materials …

2 X 4’s to make the frame

1 X 4’s for the gate slats

My work space is outside where I have plenty of room to move around!

Step 2


In order to make your frame SQUARE you need to make sure that your diagonal measurements are the same.

ie. 45 inches both ways (whatever your measurement is)

* If you don’t have your diagonal measurements the same … your gate will be lopsided and not fit in the opening.

Seriously, this is the step that takes the most time, as this is the MOST important.

Step 3


The diagonal board is a 2X4 but for this gate I did not have a left over 2X4.

I used 2 – 2X2’s.

(I was using left over wood that I had on hand … making this gate … FREE!)

I lay the diagonal wood under the frame to mark it with a pencil , but for teaching purposes, I took the photo this way to show you.


Step 4


My gate is going to be 4 feet high so I cut 1X4X8 boards in half.

Cut off 1 inch diagonal on each top corner (just to make it pretty) and use a piece of wood for a spacer between slats for easy measurement.

I like to place the slats a bit higher toward the top of the frame than the bottom.


Add your hinges and latch according to how you want your  gate to open.

(It helps to have another person to hold the gate while you attach the gate to the posts!)


That is all there is …

Easy Peasy!


You can find the rest of making the garden {HERE}

I am thinking I want to paint the gate a whimsical color but as of this post there has not been a dry day to paint.

If you have any questions … please comment or email me.






G … Home Gym completed!


I needed a place to work out … so I made the corner of my lower level into a Home Gym.


Let me show you where I started …

The color of my walls definitely had to go!



You know Mr Man loves to come home and see me into another project!

This time he came home to “Writing on the wall” 🙂



All sweet things come to an end …

at least I have the photo!


I have a shelf of dry wall but wanted to make it a place where beverages could be placed without worry. I purchased MDF and painted it black to match the color of the TV and Treadmills.


Finished and ready to use!! 🙂

It is also set up for Video/DVD and Wii (hence the seating area)

A fun space to play!


I finished the craft area next to it and hung blinds in the window.

There will be changes on this wall but until then … it is finished for NOW. 🙂





Between Naps on the Porch

C … My DIY Craft table


I saw a fun idea about making a craft table … it was a seemingly easy idea.

I thought, “I can make that!” and I set about making one for myself with a few changes!


This was so incredibly easy to put together!!! Here is how …

1. Buy Chair of your liking and assemble.





I love this bar stool … just the right height and so comfy!


2. Buy 2 bookshelves and assemble



3. Buy table top of your choice.

(I chose to buy one that was already white and shiny with no work required! I wanted to keep this EASY! I cut the piece to be just as wide as the shelving I chose and the length that I wanted my work space to be. My table is 3′ X 6′)

I want a nice BIG space to create!!!


 4. Buy accessories of your choice

You can see in the picture above that I chose black cubby boxes. I also purchased wall protectors to adhere to the sides of the table to keep from me or little ones from hurting themselves if they bumped into it.


Let the fun begin!!!

I painted the sides white, to cover where I cut and the wood was exposed, added Washi tape to the sides to add some detail …

I also added a yard stick to the top to help me measure items as I work.

(It is adhered permanently with screws so it doesn’t walk off)


I wanted to personalize it with something that had meaning for me. I chose three works that would describe what I would be doing in this space.

1. Dream

2. Imagine

3. Create

I got to use my #Silhouette and cut the words out of vinyl to attach to my table. This is when you get to go into creative mode … and think about how you might put them into something more than just three words. I attached them where the letters were the same.


I wanted an image of something that was personal to me … and after thinking and thinking for days … I came up with the idea to use my blog name in a thought bubble since it is something that was created in my mind about a year ago.

Sappy? Maybe, but still cute and just right for me!




*** side note: The table top is screwed into the bookshelf tops to keep secure! ***


I accessorized with a lamp that Mr Man bought me at Ikea as a crafting gift to go with my new crafting work space, My #Silhouette, a pretty cup to hold pens and pencils, and an organizer to keep things picked up completed my space.


Maybe you can use this idea … it is totally doable and easy to put together!

Let the creating begin!!! 🙂