Build-It-Yourself

Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

For the last several years, I’ve been keeping a list of features I want in my dream house. They include a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves, a giant kitchen and maybe even a secret passageway. Another thing to add to that list? A hammock, which I’d install in my perfectly manicured […]

How To Create A Year-Round Outdoor Space

How To Create A Year-Round Outdoor Space

Grilling, dining al fresco, relaxing in a hammock with a good book–it’s no wonder that spending time outdoors is one of the top activities during the summer. And if your home has a leisure-inducing outdoor space, then you know the joy of having your own mini outdoor retreat just a […]

Functionality, Security And Style: Add Exterior Shutters To Your Home

Functionality, Security And Style: Add Exterior Shutters To Your Home

One of our favorite types of project is the weekend project. In just a couple of days, you can feel that rush of productivity and accomplishment after surveying a completed project that improves your home–and maybe even your lifestyle. Eager to tackle your next weekend project? We’ve got just the […]

Install Deer Fencing To Protect Your Landscaping

Install Deer Fencing To Protect Your Landscaping

There are few things more frustrating than your beautiful, carefully planned and tended landscaping being destroyed by an inquisitive visitor of the animal variety. If you find yourself in this situation, we suggest installing some protective fencing to help keep animals out. Take deer fencing, for example. It comes in […]

Can You DIY An Irrigation System?

Can You DIY An Irrigation System?

As temperatures heat up, now is the perfect time to think about your yard’s irrigation. If you don’t already have a sprinkler system, you may want to consider one, especially if you plan on traveling. By having an automatic watering source, you can help preserve the life of your plants […]

How To Create A Gallery Wall

How To Create A Gallery Wall

If you have a lot of artwork or framed photos to display, creating an in-home gallery wall is a striking way to exhibit your prized mementos. It’s a relatively easy project, too, and can be budget-friendly depending on the frames and prints you need. First up? Deciding which look is […]

Tiling 101: Start With The Basics

Tiling 101: Start With The Basics

Whether you’re needing a new backsplash, wall or floor, tiling is often consider a DIY project. And with some experience, tiling can be relatively easy to get the hang of. But if you’re just starting out, there are some tips to keep in mind to help ensure your project’s success–and […]

How To Build A Picnic Table

How To Build A Picnic Table

There’s nothing like dining al fresco during the summer–or spring, fall, or even winter, if you live in the right part of the country! Eating outside seems to take even the most ordinary of meals to something special, and your backyard is a great place for entertaining, too. Of course, […]

Seeking An Inventive Room Divider? Try A Rope Wall!

Seeking An Inventive Room Divider? Try A Rope Wall!

If you live or work in a large, open space like a loft, one of the biggest obstacles is creating walls and different areas (trust me–I speak from firsthand experience!) And if you’re renting the space, the issue becomes even more challenging because you probably don’t want to invest a […]

What A Borders Bookshelf Taught Me About DIY

What A Borders Bookshelf Taught Me About DIY

It’s been an interesting weekend at our household. A few weeks back, we had purchased a large, double-sided bookcase from one of the Borders close-out sales. After we quickly realized our current loft configuration wouldn’t accommodate the shelving behemoth, we embarked on a plan to completely rearrange and declutter our […]

Build Your Own Window Boxes

Build Your Own Window Boxes

My grandma, an avid gardener, has plant beds all around her home. Yet one of my favorite memories is of her window boxes, which were perched on her home’s front windows and spilled over with brightly colored flowers, usually geraniums. Window boxes are ideal for flowers, herbs and other smaller […]

Need An Alternative To Hardwoods? Try Plywood!

Need An Alternative To Hardwoods? Try Plywood!

Although carpet still makes up the majority of flooring sales, you can’t deny the popularity–and prevalence–of hardwood floors. The durable material makes it great for a variety of rooms, and with woods available in a wide range of colors and textures, you can typically find what you need to complete […]

Fence Installation Tips

Fence Installation Tips

Adding a fence to your property–or swapping out an old fence for a new one–is not only a good idea for your home’s security, but also adds aesthetic appeal to your yard. If you have pets, adding a fence is a great way to keep your furry friends from running […]

We’re a ReadyMade 100 Finalist

We’re a ReadyMade 100 Finalist

Remember the stackable and sturdy sawhorse project we built a few months ago? We painted them gold and entered it into the ReadyMade 100 contest. We just got word a couple days ago that our project was selected as a finalist and we’re delighted to see it print in the […]

Best Way To Build Custom Window Screens

Best Way To Build Custom Window Screens

C&H universe, I’m in desperate need of your help. My dilemma? The gorgeous windows in our loft are without screens. We can’t open them wide enough to get a decent breeze for fear that our two adorable cats will escape and plunge three stories to the street (insert very sad […]

Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

Our friend Antonella’s up to her old tricks again…making her beautiful house even more beautiful. When we last visited her, she was transforming her office space. Now she has moved onto the dining room and re-covered six dining table chairs with a bold new print. This nifty little intervention cost […]

Give Your Home’s Hallways Some Attention

Give Your Home’s Hallways Some Attention

We’ve noticed a lot of talk in the DIY blogosphere this week about hallways. Although these long, narrow corridors can often be challenging when it comes to function and decor, hallways are typically neglected when it comes to their appearance and use. Because hallways are usually small, these are great […]

Try Galvanized Steel For A Cheap Bathroom Renovation

Try Galvanized Steel For A Cheap Bathroom Renovation

One of the best things about DIY is that by tackling projects yourself, you can typically save a lot of money as opposed to calling in a contractor. Of course, sometimes you need a professional to finish the job, but if you can manage something on your own, you’ll definitely […]

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

Watching home improvement or real estate shows with my boyfriend really irks me. He laughs when couples get excited over crown molding in a house. I finally had to ask him why it annoyed him so much – and he said that anyone can install crown molding in their home. […]

Need A Weekend Project? Transform A Closet!

Need A Weekend Project? Transform A Closet!

Closets are magic places. They hold lots (and LOTS) of treasures, make great hiding places and are a necessary part of any shopping-obsessed person’s lifestyle. Because they tend to be overfull, a closet’s appearance is sometimes neglected. If you’ve decided it’s time to rescue your closet from a non-descript life, […]

DIY Inspiration: Pine Plank Ceilings

DIY Inspiration: Pine Plank Ceilings

We follow several DIY bloggers who are all in varying stages of basement renovations. Whether your lower level needs an update or a complete finish, putting some DIY muscle into your basement can do wonders for your home’s square footage. Traditionally, basements have a bad rap–dark, damp and kinda scary. […]