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Seriously simple, modern end table


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This is a seriously simple end table project made from a 2×12 piece of wood and we added cute little feet to it. This would be a great first project…hint hint 😉     


I’ve had my eye on an outdoor table that is an odd height. Its taller than a standard coffee table (so you would still feel comfortable eating a meal there) but lower than a dinner table (so you still feel like you are lounging). So of course we wanted to build it ourselves. 
We picked up a 3×5 sheet of cement board (the stuff behind the tile in your shower so it wont rot like plywood) and we already had some 4×4 legs from a failed bathroom vanity (we’ll share that later in a ‘DIY Duds’ post that is in the works). In order to hide the cement board, we decided to make a form out of 1x4s we had laying around and pour a slab on top. We also picked up (3) 12″x12″ sheets of green glass at Hobby Lobby to inlay into the top (wouldn’t be exciting enough if we didn’t include some type of experimental factor!).  Here’s a pic of its current state:

Outdoor concrete table form


 Check back soon for the results! 

We will be pouring the slab today then it needs to set (we are usually too anxious to wait longer than 1 day to remove the molds), then we’ll probably need to fill any edges that didn’t turn out perfect, followed by the final step of staining the concrete and paint/poly the legs. So I’m sure it will be complete later this week! Wish us luck (sure hope this project doesn’t end as a DIY Dud). 

UPDATE: Well, it looks pretty good (I better put a picture up soon)…BUT (and that’s a BIG but!) It took WAY more bags of concrete than we were expecting so it weighs about 360 lbs. How are we going to move that around?! Ugh! Not sure if we will reinforce its base and keep it or scrap it (use it as the foundtion the outdoor fireplace we want?!) hmmm…

Our baby dancing at the new table

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I began a search for barstool plans that looked nice and wouldn’t be too difficult to make since we are no experts at furniture building.  So, once again we looked to (obviously my new favorite website) for some ideas. We decided to make ours with 1x4s rather than 1x3s to make it a little more sturdy and added a low back to it. Here’s how ours turned out:

My barstool painted gloss black

This is how we built the bar stool: What do you need to buy?

1 – 12 ft 1×2
1-10 ft 1×4
1-8 ft 1×4

How to cut?

Step 1&2)

Make the seat frame then attach the seat boards from the underside with 2″ screws

Underside of seat

 View from the top side 

Seat attached from underside

Step 3) front and back legs go on next

Attach front and back legs to frame

Step 4)  Attach back rest. We just glued and clamped ours until it was dry so there wouldn’t be any brackets or screws in the way.

back rest

 Step 5) Attach the footrests

foot rests

sand and stain/paint

Hope that makes sense and that someone else will build a few of these for their outdoor bar or kitchen island bartop! hint hint.

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Twin bed with headboard


We love our most recent furniture project (KING size platform bed and headboard) SO much and think it would make a great kids bed too. Might even have to make this one in a toddler size too next year when Rory graduates from his crib. I’m just learning to use SketchUp design program so bear with me…here are the plans for a twin platform bed:

Twin bed with headboard

What to buy?? (this is for bedframe only): See this link for headboard plan.
-(5) 1×4 (8ft long) – VERY straight boards
-(1) 3/4″ thick sheet 4x8ft plywood
-(1) 2×4 (8 ft long) – to cut up for the legs (or any other scraps you have around
How to cut the boards:
Cut plywood to 78 1/2″ long x 45″ wide
(2) 1×4 cut to 75 3/4″ – top boards
(2) 1×4 cut to 78 1/2″ – side rails
(2) 1×4 cut to 46 1/2″ – end boards
Cut 2×4 every 3 1/2″  to make (20) pieces (if you want to make the legs like we did from scraps)
STEP 1: Attach legs to plywood
STEP 2: Attach side rails (countersink and screw)
STEP 3: Countersink and drill top 3 boards to plywood
STEP4: Use wood filler on holes ,lightly sand and then paint
STEP 5: Add your twin mattress and sweet dreams
(STEP 6): Build headboard

Underside of bed. Attach legs to plywood base.


Attaching the side rail boards

 Anyone want to make this bed for your stylish kids?
Our bed that we recently built is now complete. This headboard was so simple that my hubby even let me play with the power tools and build it myself. Here’s how it turned out:


Here’s how it was made:

We used (5) 1×6 boards and cut them to the width of the bed (which was 86 inches in our case). Attached those to some 1x4s we had on hand.

Yep, that's me cutting our boards down to the width of the bed

Then we sand 'em smooth

Square it up and start drilling

 I pre-drilled the holes and put 2 screws into each board. Also left 9″ legs on the bottom since this is the height of our bed and I wanted the headboard to sit on the floor.

Here's what the back looks like completed

 Next it’s time to paint the front so I picked up 2 cans of Kona Brown color paint to match the bed frame.

Here's how far 1 can of paint got me...

 The second can was plenty to finish this job and touch up any light spots. After patiently waiting for it to dry so I could carry it in…here’s the final result:

Voila! Bed is now complete. Time to work on those walls and new curtains.

 Can you believe how much they sell headboards for at the store? I think this project came in around $25 total including the paint…and a DIY ego boost (you don’t get that anyplace else!)

We gutted the Master Bathroom to the studs and it’s had an amazing transformation including tan linen texture tiles on the floor and shower and a beautiful double vanity with vessel sinks that we scored online for a GREAT price. We decided on a single mirror over the entire vanity with lighting fixtures above each vessel sink but the mirror needed to be exactly 6ft wide including the frame so we opted to buy a 3ftx6ft mirror to attach to the wall.

Here is how we attached everything:
We used mirror brackets to hold it in place while the TONS of mirror adhesive dried (I learned how to do this on DIY Network…where we learned almost everything we’ve been doing!) Then we cut and spray painted 4 boards to frame the mirror and glued those on as well. We started with the bottom board using painters tape to keep it in place and a level to get it straight. After that dried we attached the other 3 boards still using tape and level to ensure perfection. The room  seems twice as large now! Here is our final result:

DIY Mirror Frame

What do you think??

Our Floating Platform Bed…I think I’m in love


Voila! Bed is now complete. Time to work on those walls and new curtains.

We have been wanting to upgrade to a King bed since and I added a second body pillow to our bed…that made the Queen bed just TOO small.

We shopped around and decided we wanted a low platform bed to accomodate our little guy. He LOVES to climb around on our bed and do ‘surprise trust falls’ (randomly free falling backward and loving it). I of course have to watch him like a hawk and have go-go-gadget arms to catch him every time and make sure he doesn’t fall off the bed (which was quite high off the ground before).

Dave really wanted to break out his new mitre saw and put it to use…so there was no option better than building it… (You could easily make this without mitering the corners too) We both really like the ‘floating’ look so we made a platform out of scrap plywood we had leftover from other projects, attached hidden legs to the height we wanted (8″)and hid the plywood with painted 1×4 boards. We assembled it in our room after spray painting the boards. Here’s a peek at the assembly:

platform with edges going on

Attached top boards to hide plywood

After it was assembled Rory was excited play before we even finished with the floating nightstands.


Then we filled and painted the holes, attached the super sweet nightstands. Made from 1×4 boards.

Floating attached nightstand (& peek at the leg)

Nightstand hidden compartment

underside of nightstand top

We topped it with this foam mattress from for $318 and clearance sheets and blanket totaling $85 at our local Bed Bath and Beyond.

Here’s a link to the $25 headboardand a soft rug. Time to finish the rest of the room with a dresser, new curtains, etc…

Here’s an even simpler project we made using the same 1×4 boards and paint in the Master Bathroom.(mirror)

Anyone else inspired by this $26 bed frame project? What do you think?

I got really excited when we were about to move into our new home and sold pretty much all of our furniture. I figured that our round dining table just wouldn’t work in the new long and narrow space. I wanted a long rectangular table this time with a bench. But as we looked around at tables I couldn’t find anything that was the size we wanted at an affordable price. That’s when I stumbled across my new favorite blog: A brilliant website full of FREE furniture plans all in terms I could understand 🙂 The dining table we ended up building is a knockoff of the Modern Farmhouse West Elm table that sells for $599 and benches are $299ea. We build our 8ft long version w/ 2 benches for a total of $150 in lumber and a couple nights of work 🙂 Plus we learned some new skills along the way and had fun working together while the baby was asleep.

I would recommend sanding and staining the boards BEFORE assembling though which we learned after we already had finished our table and couldnt’ get the stain in the cracks. This table might just get a few more coats of poly and head outside to be our patio table instead or maybe we should sell it on Craigslist and make another one.

Here is a picture of the final product (I’ll have to include pictures of the process with our next piece of furniture). What do you think? Anyone else inspired to build something?

Table and Benches that we built