The trouble with school pictures

The trouble with school pictures {Heather's Handmade Life}

Photographers who take school pictures, why do you hate us? Parents, I mean.

I understand taking school pictures probably isn’t easy — and that you have a lot of sticky children to usher through your lineup, probably on a tight timeline in between lunch and gym. But if a child has a big juicy drop of milk at the corner of their smile, would it be so hard to ask them to wipe it away? (Apparently, yes.)

I’m sure all those little forced smiles — full of missing teeth and awkward half-grown-in teeth with sawed edges — start to look the same after a while, and you just keep snapping away without fully noticing.

Also, do you . . . do you even try to make them smile?

Judging from the slew of uncomfortable half-smiles and flat-out grimaces staring out at me this year, in the school pictures I’ve seen, I think you may be freaking them out. Are you using disturbing finger puppets? Showing them YouTube clips of the scary clown from Stephen King movie, It? Read More

Easy nightstand makeover

Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

We’ve done a lot of nightstand makeovers over the years — this one, this one, and this one for starters — and this one’s been the fastest. Pop off hardware + paint — no messing around.

Here’s what we started with: a simple pedestal side table with a little drawer.

Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

Thanks, Mom, for this great secondhand find. She’d texted me to ask if I wanted it, and it was EXACTLY the right size to fit next to the armoire I’d just finished painting.

FULL TUTORIAL: Laminate furniture makeover

So where is this nightstand going? Our new guest room! 

(If you’re new here, what’s happening here in our Handmade Home is that we shifted my home office to the main part of the basement, and are in the process of turning my old office into a tiny-but-cute guest room.)

OK, back to the nightstand makeover! It couldn’t be easier, really. Read More

Replace broken drawers with shelves

Replace broken drawers with shelves

Broken drawers? Missing drawers? Not a problem!

We’ve all had a cheap dresser at some point, and we all know what that means: The broken drawers suck and they eventually fall apart.

That was certainly the case with this one. Remember, a couple of weeks ago, how I made over a laminate armoire I picked up on Kijiji?

Lazy laminate furniture makeover
Lazy laminate furniture makeover

Well, this is its mate — an extra-long dresser with the same ’80s curves, chunky wooden hardware … and broken drawers.

Easy fix for broken drawers {Heather's Handmade Life}
Yikes! (“Bikes!” #namethatmovie)

The drawers were falling apart before we’d even dragged it out of the person’s house. I was already scrunching my face about the fact that the furniture was laminate — not the real wood I’d thought it was — so carrying armfuls of drawer pieces did nothing to improve my mood.



Once we’d gotten the furniture into our basement (the site of my brand-new home office), I assessed the pile of drawers from all three pieces (armoire, dresser and nightstand) to see which fit where. It turned out that all of the broken drawers were coming from Ye Olde Long Dresser — only one was intact.

What did I do next? Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 

Replace broken drawers with shelves {Heather's Handmade Life}
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Replace broken drawers with shelves {Heather's Handmade Life} Replace broken drawers with shelves {Heather's Handmade Life} Replace broken drawers with shelves {Heather's Handmade Life}

What did I do next? Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …