DIY Giant Shelves for the Basement

*denotes affiliate link I feel a little…slow motiony about house stuff lately. Like, for example, these shelves. I posted a picture of the almost finished shelves on Instagram like two weeks ago, and then it just took forever to get them all the way finished. (And then actually writing the post is taking me ANOTHER forever). Incidentally, the same sort … Continue reading

DIY Modern Birch Table from One Sheet of Plywood

post contains affiliate links Update, 11/1/2015: A couple of people have contacted me to let me know that the link to Popular Mechanics isn’t working anymore (at least as I’m writing this). Someone was able to find the plans at this site, though, luckily! If the PM link doesn’t work, check it out here: ….we’re hoping to eventually draw … Continue reading

Squirrel Chairs!

Just an FYI before I get to the squirrel chairs: this will be my last post of 2014. I decided to take my first ever break from blogging (I mean, since I started this blog anyway) while Dave’s out for winter break. (I looked back at the week after Abe was born, and I posted FIVE times in those seven … Continue reading

DIY Projector Screen for less than $20

Today I present easy to follow instructions for making your own DIY projector screen! I have to say, the whole process of buying and setting up a projector is, for me, very mysterious and difficult to comprehend. I feel like the more I read about it the less I understand. So I came across a lot of tutorials out there … Continue reading

How to Remove a Frameless Mirror Like a Nervous Grandma

Things are HAPPENING in our master bathroom! Woot! Specifically, instead of a mirror, we now have a big empty wall with ugly 80’s wallpaper and black patches of some kind of adhesive. Hooray for progress! So this is what our bathroom looked like very, very recently: An absolutely enormous frameless, builder grade mirror (to go with the ridiculously long vanity, … Continue reading

DIY Toddler Water Table from Recycled Wood: The Backyard Just Keeps Getting FUNNER

It is not lost on me that this has kind of been the summer of kid stuff here on the ol’ blog. I feel like maybe I need to apologize to readers without kids for being so relentlessly child-focused. We painted grown-up friendly chairs just last week to appease you! And, honestly, I might have more kid stuff coming up … Continue reading

Painting and Re-upholstering our Mismatched Kitchen Chairs… long last!

This project has been on our list for nearly as long as I can remember. Or at least for a long time. Back when we made the farmhouse table for the kitchen, almost exactly a year ago, I starting rounding up mismatched chairs from thrift stores, with┬áthe plan that eventually they’d all be painted the same color. And, look, now … Continue reading

DIY Honeycomb Hexagon Shelves

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I know hexagon shelves are a dime a dozen these days, but I wanted to make some for Milo and August’s room because they’re awesome. We have a special affection for hexagons around here because two of our bathrooms came with hex tile. Our house had hexagons before hexagons were cool. … Continue reading

DIY Swing Set: Wrapping Things Up

The last of the swing set posts! Here we have the long promised cost breakdown, links back to all the posts in the series and a quick tour of the finished swing set, and some final thoughts about the whole big project. First off, here’s a quick rundown on what we built. The tower is six by six feet square … Continue reading

DIY Window Plant Shelf

shelves with plants

Thanks to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this post.   I am a lot like Laura Ingalls. Let me explain. We used to live in a (relatively) little house in the middle of (relatively) big woods. Now we live on our own very tiny prairie. At least when we moved in it was like a prairie, because it had been empty for … Continue reading