Build-It-Yourself

DIY Backyard Smoker

DIY Backyard Smoker

There are a lot of plans available for building backyard BBQ grills but this is this is the first do-it-yourself smoker we’ve seen and it’s courtesy of Popular Mechanics. They’ve provided a great step-by-step tutorial that requires a few tools such as a drill and cutter but otherwise it’s really […]

How to Install Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops

How to Install Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops

Installing new countertops is an ambitious do-it-yourself project no matter what type of material you choose. These homeowners shared their journey to install stainless steel countertops which look great and are a huge upgrade to their previous formica. They used plywood as a base and purchased the stainless steel from […]

Build a DIY Beer Case for those BYOB Parties

Build a DIY Beer Case for those BYOB Parties

We’ve got the perfect woodworking project that you can build in time for your Super Bowl parties. A reader submitted this project and you know he arrives at BYOB parties in style with this DIY beer case he made. It looks like some basic plywood and glue to pull this […]

How To Build Your Own Record Crates

How To Build Your Own Record Crates

We are big time fans of Wood & Faulk (we’re really partial with anyone who uses an ampersand in their name) and his camping stool is still one of our all-time favorites. His latest masterpiece is a basic woodworking project for building record crates. As always his photos are amazing […]

Build the Ultimate Home Workout Space

Build the Ultimate Home Workout Space

Gyms are expensive and if you’ve got the space at home, why not invest a bit in building and setting up a home workout space. Not just a home gym with some weights and a Soloflex but a real place to do your favorite workout whether that’s lifting weights, running, […]

Need A Weekend Project? Create A Desktop Chalkboard Panel

Need A Weekend Project? Create A Desktop Chalkboard Panel

Creating a perfectly functional workspace can take some time. It all starts with the desk, which provides the surface and space you need to be productive and/or creative. If you’re like me, you might keep a notepad nearby to jot ideas, reminders and the occasional doodle. Instead of paper, however, […]

DIY Projects That Require A Permit

DIY Projects That Require A Permit

You’ve assembled your tools and materials and are ready to get started on your latest DIY project. Here’s the catch — do you need a permit? Having one not only ensures you’ve gone through the proper channels–it also provides necessary documentation that you’ll need to provide when selling your house, […]

Our Halloween Hall Of Fame: Best Seasonal Projects

Our Halloween Hall Of Fame: Best Seasonal Projects

As we head into the weekend for Halloween, now’s the time to make sure your house is fully decked out for any spooky festivities. And for those of you on the East Coast, you’ll likely want to find some fun indoor projects to tackle as the first snowstorm of the […]

Need A Weekend Project? Try Installing Landscape Lighting!

Need A Weekend Project? Try Installing Landscape Lighting!

It’s sad, but true — the days are quickly growing shorter. In mere weeks, we’ll fall back during Daylight Saving Time and lose a few hours of evening light. Now is a great time to make your home cozier and more welcoming, especially with cold weather and the holidays around […]

Create Your Own Giant Ruler Height Chart (For Free!)

Create Your Own Giant Ruler Height Chart (For Free!)

I’m sure we all have similar memories growing up of standing with our backs straight against a wall while our parents marked our height with our names and the date, creating a timeline of childhood growth. While these places were often doorways or other out-of-sight locales, there was a slight […]

Create Your Own Invisible Floating Shelves

Create Your Own Invisible Floating Shelves

I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but here in Kansas City, we’re in for a chilly and rainy weekend – the perfect time to knock out a few DIY projects! The newest one I’ve added to my list? These awesome invisible floating shelves! They’d look great […]

Take A Peek Inside The Columbus Idea Foundry

Take A Peek Inside The Columbus Idea Foundry

Last month while enjoying the exploits of the Tool Race we also had a chance to tour through the Columbus Idea Foundry, the host of not only the race, but the birthplace of many of the modified tools that careened towards victory. On display were a bevy of awesome artworks, […]

Get Stuff Done During A DIYcation

Get Stuff Done During A DIYcation

It’s been awhile since we checked in with our good friend, the fabulous DIY Diva. And when we did, she gave us a brilliant idea: the DIYcation. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? If you have a lot of things to check off your DIY list or want to make time […]

DIY With Disabilities

DIY With Disabilities

We’ve often talked here at Charles & Hudson about things like universal design, how to DIY with temporary medical conditions (read: pregnancy), and what to do if you’re mid-project and injure yourself. But something we haven’t touched much upon is the concept of DIY while being disabled. Sometimes the unexpected […]

Create Storage & Intrigue With A Secret Door

Create Storage & Intrigue With A Secret Door

We all have those whimsical childhood dreams of what our dream house would be like. Whether it be turrets, underground tunnels, tiny elevators, or hidden passageways, we all smile with delight at the thought of finding a real-life home with even one of these attributes. But what if it were […]

Concrete Lego Blocks Are The Real Deal

Concrete Lego Blocks Are The Real Deal

Growing up, I was quite the tomboy. And looking back at my preferred toys, it’s no surprise that I now write about home improvement and DIY. Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, blocks and a pint-sized tool kit topped my list of beloved playthings. For creators young and old, there’s nothing quite […]

Paint Your Own Wall Mural

Paint Your Own Wall Mural

Our friend Nick has a passion for music and wanted to incorporate this into the design of his new home. You can take his same concept and create your own wall mural using a design of your choice and following the techniques he used to project the image on your […]

Build A $720 House In One Week!

Build A $720 House In One Week!

The pinnacle for any DIYer? Building a house! If you’re intimidated by the process, we’ve got a simpler version for you to try. The Tata Group has created a $720 flatpack home that can be built in a week – that’s right, 7 mere days! The 215-square-foot home “consists of […]

5 Stay at Home Projects to Avoid Carmageddon

5 Stay at Home Projects to Avoid Carmageddon

It’s here! The weekend that Angelenos have been dreading for months. CARMAGEDDON!!! Simply put, the 405 freeway will be closed for two days at 10-mile stretch between I-10 and the 101 to repair a damaged bridge. The run up to this event has been a bit Y2Kish with everyone planning […]

Build Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

Build Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

There’s nothing we love more than a quick DIY project that serves a practical purpose. Summer is a prime time to gather fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden or area farmers markets, but the downside is that the produce can often attract fruit flies while being stored in your […]

Build Your Own Container Garden

Build Your Own Container Garden

One of the disadvantages to living in a loft, apartment or condo is the lack of outdoor space. As a Kansas City loft dweller, I find myself lamenting my lack of balcony or patio on a daily basis, especially now that gardening season is in full swing and I crave […]