Category: Woodworking

DIY monkey bars

Three summers ago, we added a slide to our back deck. Two summers ago, we built a wooden teeter totter. Last summer, we bought a secondhand play structure and the kids enjoyed the novelty of having their own swings. But every time we went…

DIY Canada Day wooden art

Today I’m excited to be pairing up with some of my East Coast Mom Media Influencer friends for a #Canada150 blog hop.  What the heck is a blog hop, as my neighbour asked when I was chattering away about it? It’s a bunch of…

Epic laundry room makeover

Thanks to Kent Building Supplies for providing us with the laundry cabinet for this room makeover. As always, all opinions and bumpy drywall jobs are my own. We gained an entire room in our house without building an addition (or kicking out one of…

DIY blanket ladder for $10

DIY blanket ladder for $10 {Heather's Handmade Life}

You might think this is an odd time of year to write about building a blanket ladder. But if that’s the case, you probably aren’t from Nova Scotia. Blankets are kind of a year-round thing — at least in our (chilly) house where we…

DIY signpost deck decor

It’s not often that I come across a Pinterest project I haven’t seen before. So when my friend texted a picture of a brightly-coloured signpost — each sign pointing to different north, south, east and west destinations — I was intrigued. This friend moved…

Easy DIY card holders for kids

We’ve been playing a lot of UNO lately, and I’ve been meaning to share the DIY contraption that’s been making it soooo much easier: a wooden card-holder. Before I made these, let’s just say people were leaning their cards against anything they could find…

Playmobil storage shelves

Disclosure: We received a Playmobil set to play with and review, but all opinions (and strange tableaus) are our own. It’s one thing to keep your kids’ toys organized, but it’s another thing to find a system that also looks good. We had great…

Build + paint a custom wooden sign

Everyone’s making pallet signs these days, and you’ve probably seen them all over Pinterest. The idea is to take rustic barnboard-style wood and paint a word or phrase on it, and then hang it on the wall. A lot of people are selling these…

Easy DIY sofa tables

Easy DIY sofa tables {Heather's Handmade Life}

So after having the same boring beige couch for what felt like forever … (literally since we were 20 and 22 years old!) … we splurged during a Boxing Day sale and bought the grey sectional I’d wanted for ages. We’ve spent the last…

DIY cutlery divider from scrap wood

I’d tried to organize our cutlery drawer with white plastic dividers of different sizes, but it wasn’t anything special. Everything still slid around and it was hard to reach the items at the back. (Have I lost you yet? Is it just the people…

DIY floating makeup table, revamped chair

When we were planning our daughter’s bedroom makeover, most of the discussions centred around the huge loft bed we were building. But our daughter was even more excited about adding something else: a ‘real’ makeup table. Did I mention she’s four years old!? She’s…

DIY loft bed, playhouse and reading nook

DIY loft bed, play area + reading nook {Heather's Handmade Life}

When we built our daughter’s canopy bed, we never thought we’d be trading it for a loft bed. We loved her cheerful rainbow bedroom, but it was utterly chaotic, cramped and cluttered. It also had barely changed since I was pregnant with her, so she…