A big pop of yellow makes my repurposed old desk into a cheerful snack bar

MyFixitUpLife Krylon paint desk Habitat ReStore makeover yellow

After-school snack time is even better with a custom snack bar upgraded with fresh paint. I’m a lucky mom because I usually get an answer to the question we all ask: “How was your day?” And I know that when I can sit down for a snack after school, I’ll … see more

A Clockwork Clement: Make a clock with found items, including inspiration

bernzomatic

When I set out to make a clock, it also appears I set out to make every woodworking mistake imaginable. Come along on my journey of minor calamity and you too could have a clock of your own. I’ll edit out the mistakes.  Quick Note: We are Bernzomatic Torchbearers (I … see more

Thor’s croquet set. Thunderous DIY and woodworking suprisingly satisfying

croquet set

If Thor had a croquet set, he’d have this one. Big. Bad. Burned. And ready to bring the thunder. Want one of your own—YES—here’s how I made it. I started with the mallets and the straightest, tightest grain Douglas fir 4×4 I could find at Home Depot. After cutting the … see more

Leftover holiday greeting cards are now a little sparkling holiday village

The little holiday village is making me so super happy on our mantel MyFixitUpLife 2

Holiday greeting cards and envelopes can be recycled, but it’s more to fun to repurpose. It’s fun to make something out of something else, and I’m glad I had so many holiday greeting cards that had not yet made it into a recycling or compost bin. For this project, I wanted … see more

Pallet ideas: Awesome-ize a dingy dining table; perfect holiday project too

pallet ideas

The carpenter in me always has to do a gut-check when my designer-wife says, I have pallet ideas. Oh no, I say. Then three things happen… I love her, I trust her, and as a guy pretty much wandering around lost on the path less traveled, I swallow hard and … see more

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