Build-It-Yourself

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

My dad made this sofa when I was just a toddler. It sat in our living room for years, and at eight feet long, it was the centerpiece of everything from family photos to teenage sleepovers. I suspect my dad built it more out of necessity than desire. In the […]

Deck Designs that Make a Home for Your BBQ

Deck Designs that Make a Home for Your BBQ

People love to party on the patio. Whether it’s the whole gang or just your family, enjoying food under the warm sun is a popular pastime. And the BBQ is at center stage. So why not consider deck designs that give your BBQ pride of place? There are plenty of […]

Deck Designs Get Cozy With Privacy Screens

Deck Designs Get Cozy With Privacy Screens

As popular as outdoor living areas have become, there’s often one essential thing missing when lounging on your backyard deck. Privacy. Many suburbanites love their wood or composite decks and would hang out there all day. But sometimes tanning, having a romantic dinner or just chatting with friends on the […]

Delicious DIY Furniture

Delicious DIY Furniture

This do-it-yourself pallet bench from Casasugar caught our eye. The rest of this gallery is also amazing!

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 3: Different Kinds of Brick Walls & Mortar Joints

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 3: Different Kinds of Brick Walls & Mortar Joints

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

You heard it here first when we called this trend coming to the States! A Cup of Jo spotted San Francisco florist Flora Grubb’s vertical DIY panels. Here’s what they say: You can buy 20″x20″ trays that contains 45 slanted planting cells to support plants and soil once mounted on […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 2: Can (or should) Vinyl Siding Become Brick?

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 2: Can (or should) Vinyl Siding Become Brick?

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 1: Changing the Exterior of Your Home

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 1: Changing the Exterior of Your Home

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Build Your Own Patio Planter from Wood or Concrete

Build Your Own Patio Planter from Wood or Concrete

A perfect project for spring, building a planter box for your patio is simple and easy. Customize it to the shape and size you need and compliment your backyard landscape. Wooden Planter Boxes For a rustic or sleek look, use wood to build a planter. It’s possible to make almost […]

Pavestone Walkways Lead to Private Nooks

Pavestone Walkways Lead to Private Nooks

The beauty of a path is that it directs you (obviously). But a well built and properly designed path can do so much more for your home. Pavestone is the perfect material to use for your walkway. These handy, pre-formed cement pavers can give you the look of anything from […]

DIY Concrete Countertops Are Easier Than You Think

DIY Concrete Countertops Are Easier Than You Think

The beauty and strength of a concrete countertop can be yours with planning, some basic materials and a little patience. Create a beautiful, unique piece of art for your kitchen or bathroom with a DIY concrete countertop. Start With the Template A lot of the work in making concrete countertops […]

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

According to the Craft & Hobby Association, March is National Craft Month. And “crafting” is a great way to DIY some of the finer aspects of your home. Many different stores such as Joann, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby are hosting free events, classes, and workshops at their stores, and there […]

Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Spotted over at IKEA Hacker, I love Melanie’s bench-coffee table contraption. Melanie used an Ikea office bench (in zebra), a Flort remote control pocket and u-shaped tables made from plywood. Here’s how she did it: For the U-shaped red tables, I went to the hardware store with the measurements of […]

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

Sometimes ready-to-assemble furniture is a nightmare. And by sometimes, I mean most of the time. Even for a moderately experienced DIYer like myself, identifying parts, trying to understand diagrams and figuring out where the heck part “g” is can be a total hassle. After a recent battle with a Target […]

Create Easy Home Access with a Wooden Ramp

Create Easy Home Access with a Wooden Ramp

For whatever reason, you may find out that your home needs better accessibility. Stairs are difficult and dangerous when you’re in a wheelchair. Tackle the problem yourself by building a simple wooden ramp up to the entrance way. Wood is much cheaper and more convenient than a poured concrete ramp. […]

See Clearly with Tempered Glass Railings

See Clearly with Tempered Glass Railings

Even on a large deck or patio, railings can make you feel closed or boxed in. Think about the beauty and open-look of tempered glass railings and break out of that box. Installed in a wood or aluminum frame, tempered glass railings are the ultimate to provide safety and maintain […]

Build-It-Yourself Room Divider

Build-It-Yourself Room Divider

Here’s a great do-it-yourself room divider idea I spotted over at Remodelista from Australia design studio Alwill. The divider was made with rope, tied to two wooden dowels, one attached to the ceiling and one attached to the floor. For another twist, try using a thick ribbon or colored twine […]

Bamboozled? Turn Excess Cuttings into an Ornamental Border

Bamboozled? Turn Excess Cuttings into an Ornamental Border

Did you know that bamboo grows faster than any other plant on earth? The owners and tenders of this perennial evergreen understand this fact all too well. Not only can giant varieties reach heights upwards of 100 feet, but also bamboo has been known to surge two feet or more […]