Repurposed Metal Fireplace Screen


I had SO MUCH FUN this week creating this DIY wood frame with a metal insert made out of a fireplace screen that I repurposed.  I've had this old fireplace screen for years.  I've moved it from house to house even though we didn't need a fireplace screen because I knew that someday, I would cut off t Continue Reading

Barn Door Installation

Barn Door

This barn door has been months in the making.  It is made up of 10 planks glued together which I glued up in sections.  While glue was setting on each section I worked on other projects and we got a new puppy so the glue-up took a really long time. Then I finished one side and let the finish cure Continue Reading

Little paint sprayer that packs a punch

Small paint sprayer that packs a punch

I get asked about paint sprayers-- a lot!  I've written a post about paint sprayers including the large capacity airless sprayer I purchased to paint my library wainscoting.  I love the finish I get with my sprayer but it's a large capacity sprayer with a long hose and is not a great choice for smal Continue Reading

How to install a Plank Wall – tongue and groove

How to install a Plank Wall - tongue and groove

Every time I install a plank wall or ceiling, I get asked tons of questions.  I've done a couple tutorials on plank walls already but I'm doing another one including a video to answer all the questions -- in detail.  I'm going to "show and tell" you everything I know about plank walls.  You ready fo Continue Reading

How to Install Floating Shelves

How to istall floating shelves

  If you just read my tutorial on Building Floating Shelves, you are ready to install.  If not, you might want to read that one.  ;-)  There are quite a few ways to secure floating shelves, I'm using one of the easiest ways which is to simply build a hollow box that slides onto a cleat th Continue Reading

How to Build Floating Shelves

How to Build and Install Floating Shelves in a Kitchen Backsplash

I've been sharing my kitchen progress on facebook and lots of you wanted to know how I was going to attach my shelves to the wall.  This method is nothing like what I showed you in my recent U shaped floating shelves that I put in my hall closet.  When floating shelves are only supported on one wal Continue Reading

Spring Decorating with Moss

Spring Decorating with Moss

Moss is such a great item to use in DIY projects for Spring decorating because it's abundant, colorful -- and cheap.  I can't wait for my house to be finished to the point that I can start decorating.  Honestly, I don't know why I torture myself by even checking in on Facebook (where I follow all t Continue Reading

15 Awesome DIY Storage Ideas


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How to remove nails – the easy way

Sawdust Girl Tip: nail pulling pliers

How to remove nails - the easy way I've pulled my share of nails in my life.  I've pulled nails out of trim moulding that I've removed and wanted to reuse.  I've pulled them out of subfloors after ripping out the flooring.  Popped nails, broken nails, miss nails, fail nails... No matter the reason Continue Reading

Built-in Locker Bench


Remember Malisa's mudroom lockers?  How would you like to build your own?  You're in luck because I'm sharing the plans.  Today I'm sharing the bench plan. You can use my basic cabinet building tutorials for more help with the basics. Continue Reading

DIY Drying Rack

DIY Drying Rack3

I know it may not seem very romantic, but this is what I gave my love for Valentines day. Before you get all sad for him, thinking he has the least romantic wife in the world, let me just say that my husband is the Mac Daddy of laundry—I kid you not! When he does the laundry everything looks like it Continue Reading

Madison Avenue Collection – Office Furniture Plans

Madison Avenue Desk

I'm pretty edited about all the things you can do with the three simple plans in the Madison Avenue Collection.  With just the large desk cabinet and bookcase plan you can build all the configurations shown above and you can use a combination of the large desk cabinet and the small desk cabinet or Continue Reading