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Easy Faux Iron Pipe Side Table

In my post about 30 ways to upgrade your shop, I talked about the saw horses I put new boards on and how I was going to use the old boards on a new project. I considered many different projects to use them on but ultimately decided on an industrial style side table.  I wanted to use iron pipe for the legs but have ya’ll seen the prices for iron pipe??  Even for a project this small, I was looking at a cost of at least $50 for pipe and fittings alone.  That was quite a bit more than I was wanting to spend so I came up with an alternate plan – PVC pipe!  All of my wood was reclaimed material or scrap I had on hand.  After a quick trip to the store to get the rest of my supplies and I was ready to go! I purchased [...]

October 18th, 2017|Categories: DIY Decor|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

30 Ways to Upgrade Your Shop – Part 2

In my last post, I shared with you the first half of projects from my 30 Day Shop Upgrade challenge.  You can check them out here.  Now we’re onto the second half and the after pictures! Day 16 How many times have you spilled something and needed to wipe it up quickly? It happens to me all the time and it wasn’t often that I had something handy to clean it up.  I remedied that by going to Wal-Mart and buying an $0.88 paper towel holder.  I installed it under one of my shelves where it would be easy to get to.  Now I always have something to wipe up my messes! (Provided I keep a roll of towels on it…) Day 17 I have always had trouble keeping my clamps in line because I never had a good place to put them, especially as my collection grew.  It wasn’t [...]

October 4th, 2017|Categories: Work Shop|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

30 Ways to Upgrade Your Shop – Part 1

I don’t know how it happens and even less how it happens so fast but it seems like just overnight my garage becomes a disaster.  It gets to the point that I can’t find anything or move through it without tripping over something.  I just cleaned up the garage at the beginning of the year and this is what it looks like again… It’s so cluttered on one side that you can’t even see the magnitude of the mess.  But you will. I knew I had to get this place cleaned up and make it more user friendly.  I kept putting it off because I just didn’t know where to start.  While I was contemplating this, I saw one of my friends on Instagram doing a 30 day shop upgrade.  Each day he would do one thing to make his shop better.  It could be buying something, building something, or [...]

September 20th, 2017|Categories: Work Shop|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

DIY Herringbone Brick Tile

In the last post, I showed you how I updated my small laundry room. The update with the biggest impact was by far my herringbone brick tile floor.  You guys, I’m absolutely in love with this floor!  I did this project 100% by myself and you can too.  Tiling can be very intimidating but it is generally fairly simple.  It is a lot of work, though. Let’s dive into my tiles.  During my many internet searches for the best deal, I came across the Colonial Collection from Old Mill Bricks. This is a thin brick system which makes them perfect for putting them on the floor or on your wall.  They are mainly marketed for walls but I have had them in place on my floor for about 4 months now and I have had zero problems.  The bricks are individually kiln fired and are about half an inch thick.  [...]

DIY Small Laundry Room Makeover

Pinterest is full of wonderful and amazing laundry room makeovers.  And I’ll be honest with you, I’m jealous!  I would love to have one of those huge laundry rooms with all of the storage and wall space for cute things.  Instead, I have a little pass through from the garage to the rest of the house that can barely be classified as a room.  This room not only holds my washer and dryer but has a closet that houses my heater.  I’ve updated it from a builder basic laundry room to something with a little more character and something I love. Here’s how it looked before I really started to change things up: Oh, that ugly builder basic golden oak!  I hate it so much! Some time ago I sewed that curtain above the cabinets to get me a little extra concealed storage.  The fabric was from a sheet I’ve [...]

DIY Rustic Brick World Map

I’ve been working on updating my master bedroom (check out the progress here, here, and here) and I needed a piece of art to hang above my dresser.  The overall theme of the room is rustic and industrial with elements of travel.  I’ve long wanted to add a world map somewhere in my home and decided that this would be the perfect spot to do so!  I searched for different printed maps but didn’t want one that was too new looking or had lots of color.  The ones I did find that I loved would have blended too much with my walls.  One day I had a light bulb moment and made a plan to make my own map! While looking for ideas on Pinterest, I came across a post by Classy Clutter where they did an entire wall with brick paneling and whitewashing.  I. Loved. It.  And I used it [...]

August 9th, 2017|Categories: DIY Decor|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments