DIY Tabletop Tutorial

Table, Farmhouse, DIY,

Hello DIY enthusiasts. Today I’m going to take you into a little more detail on my tabletop that we built for my DIY Farmhouse Table. I’ve had a question or two on how we managed to assemble a single piece 4′ by 8′ table top out of lumber. Since this is after creation the pictures aren’t amazing but I’ll do my best to talk you through it! As always any questions can be posted in the comments or you can reach me through the contact form on my about page. Continue reading


DIY Headboard Frame

This is part 2 of a series of posts on creating my DIY bed. Find the home post here, and the first post on the footboard creation here. Now we start the headboard frame:
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DIY Bed & Upholstered Headboard

bed, headboard, upolstery, linen, DIY

Photo credit to Katie Marie at KMB Photography.

I have always loved the look of an upholstered headboard, to me it looks and feels like an adult bed. This was a big project, the only furniture I built this summer. This post will link to to several others as it was quite a process and really breaks down into several steps. That way you can see take the whole process of each separate element of the bed.

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DIY Starfish Framed Mirrors $20 CAD

Starfish, Pallet wood, DIY, Mirror, frame, pallet frame, wall artThis summer while I was learning how to use my Kreg Jig I made several frames out of some scrap pallets that were lying around. I knew I wanted to DIY some wall art. I originally wanted to put the starfish inside the frame but my centre hole was too small (poor planning on my part). However, I really like how they turned out! Find my Kreg Jig Tutorial here.

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DIY Farmhouse Bench Tutorial 55$ CAD

Table, Farmhouse, DIY,Today I am going to talk you for a walk through all of my furniture building. It’s long over due and hopefully really helpful. Please send me any questions in the comments or through my contact form on my About page, I am happy to help. This tutorial is specifically for the bench, but its all the same. You can modify my instructions below and make the Farmhouse Coffee Table, Farmhouse Console Table, or even my masterpiece the Farmhouse Dining Table. I apologize if I’m not using the proper carpentry terms – remember I just started!

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DIY End Table Out of Scraps $0 CAD


DIY End Table Out of Scraps $0 CAD | leave it to JoyIn our living room we have a cute little chair that sits too far away from the coffee table. Which means if you sat in that chair you had no where to put your glass. Well – not any more!

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DIY Tutorial: Using a Kreg Jig

DIY Tutorial: Using a Kreg Jig | leave it to Joy

Why would I use a jig? The intentions of using a jig is to pre-drill holes into your materials to completely hide all fasteners.

Some carpenters and handy-men will build their own jig with scrap wood. You can do this, but you will need to build a new one for each material thickness and screw length you need. The Kreg Jig is adjustable, easy to use, easy to set up and as long as you are paying attention, fool proof. If you are going to do what I’ve done and build lots of your own furniture then the Kreg is worth every penny. If you are just planning on doing one or two small projects, it may not be worth it. I have used this Jig on my Farmhouse Console Table, Farmhouse Coffee TableEnd Table, Farmhouse Dining Table and I have many plans for it in the near future too!

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