Category: DIY

No, you’re not a monster for painting old wood

There are plenty of people who think it’s sacrilegious when I paint old wood furniture. I know this because they email me about it. 😉 It’s a personal preference and I get it. I really do. Their argument is that natural wood is beautiful,…

Trimming furniture to make it fit perfectly

Sometimes the perfect piece for a room is already lurking somewhere in your house, but you look right past it. That’s what I discovered recently when I was helping a client convert an office into a guest bedroom. She wanted a small desk where…

DIY pallet headboards

DIY pallet-style headboards {Heather's Handmade Life}

I recently made a housecall — yes, I do those — to visit a client who wanted help turning a former home office into a cosy guest room. She had two twin bed frames and I knew immediately I wanted to try building pallet-style…

LED bulbs versus an LED fixture

Our finished basement had the world’s worst light fixtures. They were curvy metal track lights with halogen bulbs that were constantly burning out, leaving the basement darker and dingier than it already was. While I was converting our basement playroom into my new home…

My DIY dreamcatchers were a nightmare

It all started, as most DIY disasters do, with the prettiest Pinterest image. Whimsical DIY dreamcatchers with gold beads, rustic twine, and pastel-coloured feathers. Surely I could make that! DIY dreamcatchers would be an easy project and look great in our daughter’s bedroom. I…

Cheap and easy DIY floating shelves

Cheap and easy DIY floating shelves {Heather's Handmade Life}

There once was a time when we’d buy cheap laminate bookcases if we needed more storage in a room. Now we just build our own wooden shelves, and there’s no going back. If we no longer need the shelves in a particular room, we…

Pink ikat recycled lockers

Pink ikat recycled lockers {Heather's Handmade Life}

When we built our daughter’s custom loft bed last January, I really reined myself in with the colours in her room. Muted mauve. Soft pink. Pale grey. Touches of gold, and a tiny bit of dusty rose. I loved the finished look and decided…

Upcycled wood and metal lockers

A few weeks ago I shared how I turned old sticker-covered lockers into cool toy storage for our seven-year-old son’s bedroom. Now I’m showing you how I took more of those same grungy lockers and gave them a completely different look for my new…

Converting an awkward space to a cozy reading nook

Converting an awkward nook to a cozy reading space {Heather's Handmade Life}

Some of the split-level houses on our street share the same cool feature: a strange nook set into the walls of one of the bedrooms. I’ve noticed it in a few friends’ houses and I’m always intrigued by it. (Our house has a disappointing…

Easy folding chair makeover

Easy folding chair makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

I did a little victory dance when I came across not one but two folding chairs in the thrift shop last month. Actually, that’s not true — I quickly collapsed them and dragged them around the store with me so no one else snapped…

Upcycled lockers for toy storage

Upcycled lockers for toy storage {Heather's Handmade Life}

When my husband texted me a photo of dirty, rusted lockers and asked if we wanted them — for free — of course I replied with “Yes! How many can you take???” His lunchroom at work was about to be renovated, and employees were…

Upcycled DIY headboard

Upcycled DIY headboard {Heather's Handmade Life}

We spent $0 making a DIY headboard by reusing what we had Our guests have always slept in our basement playroom, which was possibly the least restful spot in the entire house. I mean, how can you truly feel relaxed when you have dozens…