Category: DIY

5 Dog DIYs that will save you money

Five Dog DIYs that will save you money {Heather's Handmade Life}

We love DIY around here, so of course it was only natural that I’d start dreaming up ways to DIY for our sweet dog, Annabelle. Here’s a quick link-up to my Top 5 Dog DIYs … If you liked these ideas, don’t forget to…

Oversized fabric wall art

Oversized fabric wall art {Heather's Handmade Life}

When you work in a home office that doubles as your sewing room/craft room and general hang-out zone on evenings and weekends, I think it’s natural to get bored of your surroundings and to enjoy changing things up. So while I was recovering from…

Easy fix for cracked leather stools

One of the greatest benefits of knowing how to sew is being able to repair things that would otherwise need to be thrown away and replaced. Often this means mending a hole in someone’s jacket or stitching up a rip in someone’s heirloom quilt,…

Upgrade doors with a quick hardware swap

*** Schlage provided me with the hardware for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. *** Sometimes it’s hard to believe we moved into our builder-basic house in the fall of 2011 — about seven-and-a-half years ago. We’ve changed so much since…

DIY computer desk

Our eight-and-a-half year old son had been begging for a computer for Christmas. We eventually decided we’d “gift” him with my desktop computer since I was due for an upgrade. (He would get the brand-new keyboard, mouse, speakers and headphones, but I’d get the…

Bright and organized bedroom

I’m always amazed by how much you can change a room in just a couple of hours — no painting walls or replacing linens required. When my friend Lisa asked us to take a look at the bedroom of her eight-year-old daughter, Katie, I…

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…