Category: DIY

DIY photo board from a door grille

DIY photo board from door grille {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was leaning in the corner of my client’s basement, and I recognized it immediately as one of those wooden grilles you’d see in a French door. “Oooh! Can we use that?” — one of my favourite questions when I’m decorating a room for…

Sneaky DIY secret of dry-brushing

The sneaky DIY secret of dry-brushing furniture and accessories {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s not that I’m lazy. I’m actually one of those people who is always doing something. I can’t even watch TV without also loom-knitting or quilting or embroidering or something. But … I admit to being a little lazy (and sloppy) when it comes…

DIY tall outdoor planter

DIY super-tall outdoor planter {Heather's Handmade Life}

Let me start by saying that I originally wanted two matching planters, one for either side of our front door. The fact that there is one lonely planter in the photo should tell you that this project did not go according to plan —…

Organized teen bedroom

Organized teen bedroom {Heather's Handmade Life}

Framed photos. Loose photos. Clay Cafe figurines. Medals. Buttons. Programs. Notes. Ticket stubs. Drawings. Posters. Lanyards. Stuffed animals. Jewellery. Tchotchkes. These are just a few of the items that might be cluttering up a teen’s bedroom near you. I was in the process of…

Filing cabinet makeover

Filing cabinet makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

You know I love nothing more than snooping around somebody’s house and rescuing something old so I can give it a new life. So when I spotted an old beige two-drawer filing cabinet in a client’s basement, I suggested we dress it up to…

Nice ‘n’ navy nightstands

A magician always has a favourite trick, and I’ve decided decorators do, too. Mine is a simple one that never fails to amaze my audiences: sawing an end table in half to transform it into two nightstands. How do I love this DIY? Let…

Kitchen chair turned desk chair

Kitchen chair to desk chair {Heather's Handmade Life}

Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to see the things you’ve stopped noticing in your own home. I was recently standing in a client’s foyer, discussing what to pick up for the bedroom I was decorating for her daughter. We needed a…

No-sew pennant banner

Back when my friend was pregnant, she’d mentioned wanting a burlap pennant banner to hang over the baby’s crib (which you might remember from this sweet little makeover). I insisted I’d made one, but then I found myself procrastinating the project. Burlap is pain…

Our epic DIY fail

Our epic DIY fail {Heather's Handmade Life}

When we had our driveway paved, I was thrilled to see the grey gravel banished forever. Our driveway had been lumpy and uneven, with a rocky hill leading up to the stairs of our porch — which sat perched on a heap of gravel…

DIY patio cushion covers

DIY patio cushion covers {Heather's Handmade Life}

Longtime readers may remember that a few years back, I was complaining about wrestling patio cushions into submission on a sweaty summer’s day. Well, much like childbirth, I forgot the pain and agreed to do it all over again. Recovering patio cushions is a…

DIY rainbow doormat

Remember when I shared how I made a $20 wooden doormat using 2×2 boards and a bit of rope? Well, it was so much fun that I made a second one! Except this time, I grabbed whatever wood (heh) I had on hand, which…

DIY barn quilt (without the barn)

DIY barn quilt (without the barn) {Heather's Handmade Life}

Have you ever spotted a barn quilt? They’re huge wooden squares painted in simple patterns to look like an actual quilt. I haven’t seen many in person — despite living in rural Nova Scotia — but I immediately flipped for the idea. I mean, hello!…