How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

Here’s a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

modern house numbers diy project
Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism’s iconic artists. He’s best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Continue Reading

Tool School: Makita Impact Driver

Sponsored by The Home Depot

This week I got to try out Makita's 18-Volt Lithium-Ion sub-compact impact driver. I'm no stranger to the world of impact drivers, and I'm on the record in my belief that it's one of the most basic, versatile tools anyone can own (yes, you probably need one). But this is definitely the smallest and lightest model I've ever gotten my hands on, so I was curious how it would perform, and whether it would earn a permanent spot on my workbench. Continue Reading

48 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Aren’t At All Tacky

48 DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that are totally not tacky, and look like you got the at a store!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and you know what’s better than a mom? Nothing! If you want to show your momma you care for her in a special and unique way, then handmade is the way to go. We’ve rounded up 48 doable Mother’s Day ideas you could craft for your mom, or for the other mothers in your life. Maybe you’re a mom too, and you want to treat yourself – go wild. Continue Reading

Do Any of These 10 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks Actually Work?

Do These 10 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks Actually Work?

Cleaning hacks. They’re everywhere on Pinterest, and they all claim to be the answer to your toughest, messiest dilemmas. But are they really?  I tested 10 hacks in my own house and here’s what I found out.   

 

1. Vinegar Microwave Cleaner

I’m going to start on a positive note… this was my absolute favorite. It worked like a charm! All you have to do is combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a glass bowl and add a toothpick. Continue Reading

Doing My Spring Yard Care Like a Superhero (and you can too)

Spring yard care tools roundup
Sponsored by The Home Depot

“I'm so excited for yard care season to begin!”

– Nobody, never

That is, until me, today! I got to try out Milwaukee's M18 cordless string trimmer kit (which is waaaay more than just a weed whacker – read on for that), and it has me itching to go out and get my yard whipped into shape. In fact, I got so carried away testing out these new tools, that I've been putting off writing up this blog post all morning! Continue Reading

Make It: Printable Garden Planner

Printable garden planner

While I like to dream about becoming a skilled gardener someday, the reality is I have a terrible brown thumb and I kill most plants I touch. I think a lot of my garden woes have to do with inattentiveness though – I forget to water my leafy friends, fertilise them, or do anything that might come close to caring for them. Terrible right?

 

So I decided to make up a planner to track my plant care, watch seedling growth, monitor pests and plan out my garden beds. Continue Reading

Tool School Spring Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Spring is in the air, and that means all of you will be crawling out of hibernation and looking for some DIY projects to tackle! With that in mind, we've got a really great Home Depot #toolschool giveaway for you this week.

It's always fun to share some free tools with you guys, so scroll down for the details on how to enter to win:

 

 

HUSKY 10 in. 19-Compartment Canvas Small Parts Organizer Bag

 

  • Perfect for storing small parts

  • Six divided sections for easy organizing

  • Designed to stack 3-4 in a 5 Gal.

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How To: Make Natural, Chemical-Free Wood Cleaner

How to: Make lemon-scented chemical-free wood cleaner

More and more I find myself opting for greener products in my home. Call me a hippie (you’re a hippie!), but I just don’t want all that toxic chemical junk around me. I’ve successfully transitioned all my cleaning products to eco-friendly versions, and I’m now dipping my toes in the realm of homemade cleaners. If you’ve made your own cleansing sprays before, you know the main ingredient is almost always vinegar. I love the cleaning power of vinegar, but hate the smell. Continue Reading

How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

In this post, you’ll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways …

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it’s still very strong and holding up wonderfully. Continue Reading

Make This!: Customized Vinyl Wall Decal

DIY This!: Vinyl wall decal

For some reason or another I’m obsessed with contact paper. Maybe it’s because it’s an easy way to transform objects, walls, anything really. It might be because shelf liner is cheap, or maybe it’s the renter in me that loves how temporary it is. Whatever the case, it’s a fact that I love vinyl. And it’s a fact that I love to DIY, which is how this customized vinyl wall decal came to be.        

 

There are lots of resources online and in stores where you can buy vinyl wall decals, but for the picky people out there (ahem, me) who like a challenge, it’s easy to make your own. Continue Reading