DIY Deck Repair/Rebuild: Before and After Pics

I’m going to do a big post with lots of details about the deck building process, things we learned along the way, and whether we’d go the DIY route if we had it to do over again….but for today I’m just going to show you the pretty pictures. The back of our house has a screen porch (well, it used … Continue reading

DIY Chalkboard for Abe’s National Parks Room

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I was always planning to make a bear shaped chalkboard for Abe’s room. Right up until the very day when we were all ready to make a chalkboard. And then I sat down to try to sketch out a bear profile for Dave to cut out, and….I couldn’t get it how … Continue reading

DIY No-sew Canvas Play Tent: Abe’s National Parks Room

post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! You know, I don’t think I ever put it together before that we’ll be finishing Abe’s National Parks room (knock wood) the same year as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. We’re real good at planning that way. Back when I put together the mood board for Abe’s room, … Continue reading

Ikea Hack: Sheet Music Storage from Trones Cabinets

  Do you know how long we’ve been working on this seemingly tiny and simple project? I’ll tell you how long. ONE MILLION YEARS Or maybe like two months. But, at any rate, an absolutely ridiculous amount of time. And I’m not going to give you a step by step tutorial for two contradictory reasons: 1. It’s so simple you … Continue reading

Control Any Plug-in Light with a Wall Switch: A Quick Ikea Light Tweak

Post contains an affiliate link. If you go buy the awesome thing I am about to tell you about, I’ll get like 10 cents or something. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I’m not sure I’ve ever been as excited to see a long weekend as I am right now. This whole school year promises to be extra crazy, between Dave … Continue reading

DIY Custom Shelving for a Small Closet: Toddler Toys….Tamed!

One of the most bittersweet experiences a DIY blogger can have is completing a project, having it turn out really well, and knowing that the pictures of it are going to suck. Because it’s a small, dark closet. Sigh. It’s like I’ll have to derive satisfaction and fulfillment just from having done something in my house that will be attractive … Continue reading

Copper Shelves: The Tutorial!

We’ve been planning to make these shelves since…..last fall? A long time. And then we finally got around to the buying the copper back in the beginning of March, and STILL we did not make shelves. Because we were afraid. Also because our original plans were thwarted and we had to regroup. The shelves were supposed to be floating shelves … Continue reading

DIY Copper Shelves for the Kitchen

  post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Update: the tutorial for making the shelves is here. Hey! We finally finished these shelves! When we last left the kitchen–nearly a month ago!–I talked about how we finally took down the weird and terrible corner cabinet that was hanging out smack in the middle of our kitchen: ….and I … Continue reading

A Fence for the Garden: Sorry, Dogs!

This week was supposed to be the amazing reveal of our new kitchen shelves. But. Problems. And not even with the part where we were expecting problems, so that was too bad. Anyway, there’s some regrouping happening there, but we’re hoping for progress this weekend. So we worked on the garden last weekend instead. It’s more time sensitive anyway, so … Continue reading

Taking Down the Awkward and Loathesome Kitchen Cabinet

So here’s what our kitchen used to look like: I’ve talked before about my hatred for that cabinet on the end there.  Whoever remodeled our kitchen made the very odd decision to use a corner cabinet in that space, even though it’s not, well….in the corner. The result is that it looks weird and juts out too far so that … Continue reading