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Peg Board Is Genius (And That’s That)

We had a lot of fun with this DIY, once it finally warmed up enough for the spray paint to dry. Peg Board has been a garage staple forever and with good reason. It’s versatile, holds a ton, and gives your space an air of organization  that isn’t achieved with simple shelves. Even if you don’t have spool organization issues, we hope you adapt this for your home office.

Being forgetful, as we are, we forgot to take a picture of the peg board as purchased.  So here is our attempt to make up for that via late picture taken after it had been safely stored behind some bike tires. Chad cut out the shape by tracing it onto the peg board and then cutting it with a rotary tool.

The other players included a picture frame we snagged for $9.00 at the rink (the price of the frame really drives the cost of this project), spray paint, picture hook kit, sandpaper, and double pronged straight hooks. *not pictured acrylic paint we had on hand for the peg board.

You will want to sandpaper the frame before you spray paint, so the paint will stick better.

We painted the peg board yellow with some acrylic paint we happened to have. You could always use a different color or leave it white.

After spray painting the frame we noticed some undesirable bubbles in our paint. So we spray painted it again, sanded it a little bit, then gave it one more coat. Worked like a charm!

If you buy a frame with hooks you might be able to skip this step. If not it’s very easy and you can get a kit with more hanging stuff than you could ever use for around $3.00. We hung wire both ways so we could use the frame as we wished.

When you are finished you’ll have a great way to store spools, pliers, etc- it just depends on your needs. It would also be fun to fill other picture frames with cork board or a magnetic board to create a mural.

What are some of your storage solutions?



A few months ago we were in the market for some new furniture. It can be awkward for four adults to sit on one couch, never mind having a party, and so we started a search for more seating. Which is around the time that I found this chair from Urban.

As fate would have it we went to the rink and found an awesome yellow leather love seat  to cushion guests bottoms. So, instead the indigo slipper chair served as inspiration for some much needed couch adornments. One McCall’s pattern, one Thursday night, and some orange cording later and I am one happy girl.

What’s your favorite piece of furniture?

Evergreen DIY

I’m completely in love with this Evergreen DIY! Check out the tutorial over at The iDesignBox.

And an equally awesome Evergreen DIY post for the men, over at Poppytalk.

Martha and Adventures in Bows

You’d think after buying one or two(or countless) Martha Stewart magazines I would have learned not to try to do the projects; at the very least to be a little more flexible with my expectation of the desired outcome. So, there I was on Monday at Michael’s with my list of necessities and the completely unrealistic goal of an after work dash and successful project completion in one night. After the great bow chase(over three days), the wreath was super easy to put together and I did learn some helpful hints along the way. I could only find the bows that you need for the exact project in Martha’s December mag at Hobby Lobby. A plus, was that they were on sale for 50% off. However, they only had the bows in red, green, blue, and silver. Not really what I was going for color scheme wise, but they are best for a full looking wreath. I found these bows at Target, which are good, but require more squashing for fullness…which means more bows, which means more moolah. I got these bows in a moment of weakness at Hallmark. What can I say? Lunch shopping makes people crazy and prone to buying shiny things! I somehow became convinced that my wreath form was going to show through and so I tried to spray paint it. It turned out to only be semi successful because the wood frame was just particle and very permeable. Thankfully it didn’t really matter because the bows gave full coverage so you can skip this step! Just peel off the backs, add glue and stick! I added a few Christmas ornaments from the dollar area at Target with a hot glue gun.

Have you started your holiday projects? What are they?

Man Stuff

Recently I was working on a bike build and had a light bulb go on in my head. I was on the ground with my frame upside down with the seat on the ground and thought, this just won’t do any longer. So the decision was made right then to buy a bike repair stand. But it turns out retail bike repair stands cost an arm and a leg, so that was no longer an option. When one door closes another door opens and behind the second door for me was an opportunity for a new project. I’ll take you through this build step-by-step, but if you want the official plans click here.


(1) 1″x2’x4′ piece of plywood

(1) 1″ threaded pipe flange

(4) 1″x1/4″ bolts, washers, and nuts

(1) 60″ section of 1″ diameter threaded pipe (galvanized or black)

(1) 1″x3/4″ 90 degree reducer pipe elbow

(1) 24″ section of 3/4″ diameter threaded pipe (galvanized or black)

(1) 5″ section of 4″x4″

(1) #50 Pony Clamp

(8) 1″ wood screws

Step #1:

Attach the pipe flange to one side of the plywood with the bolts, washers, and nuts (ABOVE). Countersink the holes for the bolts on the bottom side to insure that the base lays flat (BELOW).

Step #2:

Screw the 60″ threaded pipe into the flange on the base (ABOVE). Screw the 90 degree reducer pipe elbow on the top of the 60″ pipe with the leftover 3/4″ opening aligned with the front of the base (BELOW).

Step #3:

Drill a hole in the middle of the 4″x4″ block slightly larger than the bike’s seat post and then cut the block in half showing the long side of the drilled hole.

Step #4:

Drill four holes in each side of the Pony Clamp and attach the clamp with the eight wood screws to each half of the cut 4″x4″ (ABOVE). Then slide the Pony Clamp with wood blocks attached onto the 24″ threaded pipe (BELOW).

Step #5:

Screw the 24″ pipe with the Pony Clamp attached into the 90 degree 1″x3/4″ reducer pipe elbow that’s on top of the 60″ vertical pipe.

Last Step:

Add your bike. With the clamp in the open position, lift the bike frame and place the seat post in between the wooden clamp jaws and tighten the clamp. Then step back and admire your hard work!


Homemade Crates

We were recently inspired by these Pottery Barn crates and this woman’s belief that anything can be re-created. Armed with drawn out plans and a cut-list we headed to Home Depot and got started.

You’ll need:


11- 1/2″ x 4″ x 15″

4- 1/2″ x 2″ x 8″


11- 1/2″ x 3″ x 9″

4 – 1/2″ x 2″ x 7″

You’ll also want: a square, nails, hammer, and wood glue. Don’t forget your favorite stain or paint. We used ACE brand, white, flat spray paint after it was recommended by one of our craftier friends; it didn’t disappoint!

Sand all of the boards.

Get the nails started and line two boards up on your square. Repeat with the other two boards. And Connect.

Do this step again, then connect the two boxes on the four ends with the smaller boards.

Add bottom boards and sand the box again.

Finish with the stain or paint of your choice.

*We used white board, rather than pine so it would be more cost effective. If the wood started to look like it split, we’d fill in the split with wood glue – thus the final sanding.

If you have any confusion over the construction, the drawings will help to clarify! Happy Building!

New Shade for Our New Life

A month or so ago, we found the perfect lamp while thrifting. Okay, I thought it was perfect because it has a tulip base and that just so happens to be my favorite flower; Chad was pretty neutral. After a fresh coat of high-gloss white paint the lamp was worth lots of leg kicks and fist pumps, but desperately needed a shade. We found this one at Ross for $5 and already had some fabric purchased on Etsy for no project in particular. The trick for this project is to find a shade with the wire frame, a lot of them now are just cardboard. You’ll have some fraying, but you can trim most of it when you are finished tying. Voile’!

Thanks for forgiving the poor photography and the sweet plastic furniture, which currently holds the lamp. And incidentally makes it impossible to take a straight photo.

I also loved this other lamp lift!