Projects

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 […]

Father’s Day Projects for Non-Dads

Father’s Day Projects for Non-Dads

Everyone has a father but clearly not everyone is a dad. We’ve rounded up some projects that non-dads will enjoy that are best achieved sans kids. Weed Burning – Break out the torch! Moving Appliances – Heavy and awkward appliances like refrigerators and ranges are tough to maneuver and you’ll […]

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

Our friend Janis was recently blessed with the birth of a baby boy who is only one month older than our son which means we’ve already got the perfect playmate. She lives down the street from us in a one-bedroom condo and shares her apartment with her dog Sake. Janis […]

The Art of Hand Pinstriping a Classic Car

The Art of Hand Pinstriping a Classic Car

Last year after a lengthy search we acquired a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbo diesel. We found the color combination we wanted with low miles and great interior. Even though the car is a bold red, Laura felt it needed something a bit more so we opted to add a pink […]

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 […]

Love Incandescent Light? How to Make Your Own Light Bulbs

Love Incandescent Light? How to Make Your Own Light Bulbs

With all of the recent talk of the government regulating the sale of incandescent bulbs, we got to thinking, why not make our own light bulbs. A friend of ours makes it sound like it’s not too difficult but to really make a functioning bulb that works in your home […]

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, […]

Cool Kitchen Find: A Cheese Grater Chandelier

Cool Kitchen Find: A Cheese Grater Chandelier

Restaurants are great places in which to get bursts of inspiration for your own kitchen. You may not necessarily replicate the inventive idea, but maybe it sparks another project that adds a similar functionality or aesthetic to your own kitchen space. When we saw the cheese grater chandelier featured on […]

How To Store Your Mower For The Season

How To Store Your Mower For The Season

If you haven’t already stored your lawnmower for the season, you’re likely preparing to say farewell to this weekly chore until warmer temperatures return. Before you stash your mower, there are several things you can do to help keep the machine in prime condition during its off months — and […]

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 […]

Update Your Kitchen In Time For The Holidays

Update Your Kitchen In Time For The Holidays

During colder months, and especially throughout the holidays, your kitchen will likely see much more traffic and activity as you prepare meals and host guests. If your kitchen is in need of a little pre-holiday update, don’t worry — you have plenty of time to make changes. We’ve compiled a […]

Your Pre-Holiday DIY Checklist

Your Pre-Holiday DIY Checklist

You’re probably scowling at me because I mentioned the holidays, but the truth is that they’ll be here before we know it. And if you’re expecting family and friends to drop by, now is the time to tackle DIY projects so that you can impress your guests with your handiwork. […]

Make Your Own Haunted House Silhouettes

Make Your Own Haunted House Silhouettes

***We did our own version of this project over on Built by Kids. See our Witch and Grim Reaper Silhouettes*** Even if you (like me) are too old for trick-or-treating, you can celebrate Halloween by decorating your house and lawn. Want to make your home the spookiest on the block? […]

Searching For Inventive Wall Art? Try Ixxi!

Searching For Inventive Wall Art? Try Ixxi!

It’s confession time, C&H readers. When I was younger, I used to unabashedly decorate my bedroom walls using posters pulled from magazines and Scotch tape. Lots and lots of tape. I may or may not have drawn a few designs on my wall using puff paint, too. As you can […]

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 […]

Introducing Built by Kids – The ABC’s of DIY

Introducing Built by Kids – The ABC’s of DIY

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here, but we’re finally ready to pull the cover off our new project, Built by Kids! We launched the site on Labor Day and the next day my wife Laura went into labor! Our son came a week early, so instead of […]