Category: DIY

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!…

Bedroom decorating on a budget

I recently helped a client redecorate her master bedroom and we made a pretty spectacular impact with very little cash. I love how it’s now a space that expresses her fun, loving personality. It all started with a dresser makeover. Since we redid her…

DIY hanging bars

DIY playground hanging bars {Heather's Handmade Life}

Three summers ago we built a simple wooden teeter-totter for $60 and the kids still love it today. It opened our eyes to the genius of building your own playground equipment from solid wood, rather than spending hundreds or thousands on dinky metal and…

DIY pergola picnic table

DIY pergola picnic table {Heather's Handmade Life}

When you’re a certified indoor person and avoid the sun like a vampire, it’s a challenge to have children who love (and need) to play outside. Even with my collection of oversized hats, sunglasses and tubes of fancy sunscreen, I’m all about sitting in…

Free coffee table makeover

Free coffee table makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

I was starting to worry that my favourite week of the year was going to be a bust. Clean-Up Week was almost over and I had yet to pick up a single curbside treasure. Luckily, I scored a few great pieces on the last…

DIY pet door in a screen door

DIY pet door in our screen door {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our Boston Terrier, Annabelle, loves going outside during the warmer months, and it was kind of a pain. She’d scratch at a door to be let out, and then two minutes later she’d decide it was too cold/hot/rainy/windy and want back inside. When she…

Paint the damn dresser, already!

Paint the damn dresser, already! {Heather's Handmade Life}

You’ve probably been thinking about it for a while, if you read my newspaper column from time to time. Maybe you’ve even gone so far as to look at colour options and even bought the paint. But still, you’ve hesitated. Is painting a dresser…

New home office reveal!

This past fall I decided it was time for a major change in our house. I work from home, so I was spending 40-plus hours a week crammed into a tiny nine-by-nine home office in the basement. I’d organized it as well as I could,…

DIY $20 wooden doormat

Sometimes I’ll get an idea for a project and tackle it the very same day, and other times it’ll take me years to actually get around to completing it. I came across the idea for a wooden doormat at least a year or two…

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps ... and turn one table into two nightstands! {Heather's Handmade Life}

When it comes to decorating around a bed, I know three things to be true … If you have different nightstands, they should at least be the same height. If you have different bedside lamps, they should be the same height and have the…

Makeup table gets a makeover

As much as I love decorating living rooms and kitchens and even bathrooms, my favourite room to decorate is a child’s room — specifically a really girly room. Pink is my favourite colour, I love glitter, and it’s so much fun to choose fabrics…