Modern black and white bathroom

Modern Bathroom Inspiration + a Renovation Update

Things are getting real in the Lovely household! The renovation has been underway for a good few months now, and we’re probably nearing the halfway point. I’m a little weary…

Modern black and white bathroom

Things are getting real in the Lovely household! The renovation has been underway for a good few months now, and we’re probably nearing the halfway point. I’m a little weary of living inside a dust cloud, but every so often a big exciting thing gets built or finished and it helps us to see the light at the end of the tunnel. These days, we’re picking finishings for the new studio bathroom and sheesh there are about a zillion tiny decisions to make. It’s kind of tricky to design a home when you work on the internet because there is SO MUCH gorgeous inspiration out there, so I’m trying to clear the clutter in my head and keep our vision of a bright, black and white bathroom with modern touches. I rounded up a few of my faves so I can pretend our bathroom didn’t look like this about a week ago:

Bathroom under construction

Yup. Can’t even tell what that is, can ya? That’s standing in the new studio, looking into the new bathroom. But a lot can happen in a week, and we’ve got walls and everything now like a couple of fancy folks. So here are a few of my wildest dreams of what it’ll look like in a few weeks more.

We won’t have a tub in this bathroom, but that white subway tile with the black grout down below designed by Ali Cayne is just so good. (And while we’re at it, how gorgeous is the bathroom at the very top of this post?! Erin Williamson nailed it.)

Modern black and white bathroom

Love the juxtaposition of the tile on the bathroom floor and the shower floor in this design by Emily Henderson!
Modern black and white bathroom

I’m thinking we’re going with gold fixtures on the sink and shower, like this pretty little number from Kristen Marie Interiors.Modern black and white bathroom

I’m really digging the wood color on the vanity and the double mirrors in this room by Royale Roulotte!Modern black and white bathroom

And this space styled by 100 Layer Cake (and photographed by our pal Jeff Mindell!) has such a dreamy countertop and beautiful light I can’t get it out of my head. Modern black and white bathroom

So you get the point, right? We know what we want, now it’s just a matter of making it happen. It’s easier said than done, I swear! Sometimes looking at tile my eyes will just cross and I want to close my eyes and point at one and call it good. But it’s also secretly really fun. 😉 More updates to come! xoxo

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY IKEA Desk Hack

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these…

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these desks together from a few different IKEA parts for a total steal, and they’ve been one of our best ideas ever. We each have one, and because they’re somewhat modular we can use them totally differently but they’re both incredibly functional. And best of all, they’re sleek and clean so they don’t take up a lot of bulk in a room — no eyesores here. And how ’bout those sexy desk legs? Sometimes you have to hunt around but IKEA seriously has some lovely little hidden gems.

Materials

Make Time: 2-3 Hours

Step 1: Assemble your drawer unit according to the instructions. Do not install the casters to the bottom of the unit.

Step 2: Attach the two table legs to the underside of one end of the table.

Step 3: Apply a few strips of velcro to the top of the set of drawers. Keep both sides of the velcro together and remove one side’s cover so that the sticky portion is exposed. Place this face down on the drawers. Repeat with a few other strips.

Step 4: Remove the cover of the top pieces of all velcro strips so that the top sticky portion is exposed.

Step 5: Decide which end of the desk you’d like the drawers to be on. Arrange your table so that the legs are on the opposite side, and position the blank end of the table top over the drawers. Be sure that it’s aligned on the front and outer edges. Set the table top down and press firmly (I leaned on ours with all of my body weight for a couple of minutes!) to make sure the velcro adheres. Tip! It’s best to assemble the desk in the area where it will ultimately be placed and just shift it slightly, rather than assemble elsewhere and try to pick it up and move it.

That’s it! These desks have been total workhorses for us for the last 5 years. They’re still in great shape, they clean super easily with some countertop spray and a rag, and they’re nice and sturdy. It’s been the perfect size for me, and the drawers are so nice to have to hide all my junk. This would be a perfect DIY for a college student, or someone moving into a new office or studio space! Long live the IKEA hack! xoxo

P.S. Remember our striped midcentury shell chair? Also, another pretty little IKEA hack for your bedroom!

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Spring Cleaning Hacks

I admit it, okay?! I’m neither June Cleaver nor Martha Stewart when it comes to keeping my house spotless. Sometimes juggling a job, a toddler, and a baby on the…

Spring Cleaning Hacks

I admit it, okay?! I’m neither June Cleaver nor Martha Stewart when it comes to keeping my house spotless. Sometimes juggling a job, a toddler, and a baby on the way makes it so that I can barely get food in my mouth, let alone have a pristine house. But the problem is that I feel best when the house is clean and tidy. It’s just better for my brain. So I’ve been trying to streamline my cleaning routine, especially now that spring is rolling around and I have a major craving for a clean space. My darling mother would probably be shocked to know that I haven’t actually vacuumed in weeks and sometimes instead of scrubbing a sink I use one of my secret weapons (which we’ll get into in a sec). But you know what? It’s all good, because we have to make the most of the time that we have. So! If you’re in the same boat, read on for my favorite cleaning hacks and get your space clean in a jiffy.

Start with the Grime If it’s gross, don’t ignore it. Sinks and toilets need cleaning, bottom line. So do the marks on my midcentury shell chair from the first time Henry used crayons, along with a zillion other little nooks and crannies around the house. This, friends, is a job for my secret weapon – a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. No joke, if you haven’t tried them you need to get ON it! You can use them to scrub sinks, clean your shoes, wipe down appliances, and a whole bunch more. (They also happen to be the only thing that will clean my ceramic. salt and pepper shakers.) They somehow clean and lift dirt with little micro-scrubbers but have zero harsh chemicals. When I’m trying to speed-clean the house, I get a few Magic Erasers and just do a quick once-over of everything. Grime = gone.

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Tidy it Up If you don’t have time to really get in there and do the kind of deep spring cleaning where you empty out all the drawers and closets, I’m here to tell you: It’s okay. Just keep it tidy. Make sure that everything has a place and put it away. It does wonders for your sanity when you’re in a tidy space. We’re in the midst of toddlerville, where no matter what you do the toys are strewn all over the house in about 5 minutes flat. But if you can at least start each day with your space cleaned up, you’re already ahead of the game.

Make it Smell Good Ever walk into a house that just smells impossibly fresh? I love that! And I always want that to be my house. There’s something about a fresh scent that just makes things feel… cleaner. My favorite trick is to toss some fresh lemon slices down the garbage disposal and run it for a few seconds. Boom! The kitchen smells lemony fresh and it’s all natural.

Add Something Pretty Maybe it’s cheating, but a bouquet of pretty flowers goes a long way to make a room look so fresh and so clean-clean. Take a tidy room, put some fresh blooms on the table, and BAM you’ve upped your June Cleaver game by a mile. It doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive, either — scour your yard for some pretty florals or foliage, pop it in a container, and you’re good to go.

So give it to me straight — are you a true spring cleaner, or will you be using a few of our secret tricks? If you’re knee-deep in sorting clothes and cleaning out closets, I salute you! And for the rest of us, here are even more simple little tricks for getting your house clean in a snap. We’ll just call them our dirty little secrets! 😉 xoxo

Spring Cleaning Hacks

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How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

Soooooo we bit the bullet and painted our fireplace white! Remember when I was hemming and hawing about whether to do it? Well, one night a few weeks back I…

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

Soooooo we bit the bullet and painted our fireplace white! Remember when I was hemming and hawing about whether to do it? Well, one night a few weeks back I just got an itch and literally within two days that sucker was fresh as a daisy. I have to admit, though, it’s not as brave as it sounds — we’re starting a renovation that will most likely mean we have to tear out the fireplace and move it. So with that in mind, I knew that if I hated it we’d only have to live with it for a short while. But the good/bad news is I LOVE IT and now I’m so sad that it’s going to be gone soon! Annnnnyway…

So here’s the deal. Sometimes when I’m doing a project around the house and not specifically for the blog, I totally forget to photograph the steps. The whole IRL DIY thing just takes over and I forget that I’m a blogger and that people might want to see photos of how you actually did the thing. So. I don’t actually have process photos but I’m’a break it down for you realllll good. What I do have, however, is this nasty before photo:

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

Looking at that gives me hives. It’s from when we were moving in and I was 8 months pregnant and positive that our house would never be put together. Eesh. Let’s move on!

Materials

  • an ugly old brick fireplace
  • cleaning materials (stiff-bristled brush, bucket of soapy water, sponges, rags, etc)
  • wide painter’s tape
  • bristle paintbrushes (we used a 3″ flat brush and a 2″ angled brush)
  • Zinsser Bullseye Primer OR a paint formulated for masonry like this one
  • an interior paint in your preferred finish (we used Behr’s Polar Bear #75 in an eggshell finish)
  • dropcloths

Make Time: 10 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

Step 1: You’ve gotta clean that thing. Ours had about 60 years of soot on the front, along with some marker drawings from the little girl who lived here before we did. So get some warm soapy water and a brush and brush off all the dirt and grime that you can. Soak up excess water and gunk with a sponge and let it all dry completely.

Step 2: Tape it all off. Use the wide painter’s tape to mask the edges by the walls, the floor or carpet, and the mantle (if you have one). Lay down dropcloths too.

Step 3: Prime it. We tried two different types of primers and I ended up liking the Zinsser Bullseye better than the masonry paint. This is especially crucial if your brick is stained in any way, because the primer traps all of those stains and won’t let them seep through to the paint layers. As far as a painting technique, I used what is probably the least professional method I could find; I like to call it the “Glop It On” method. Our brick has lots of nooks and crannies, and the only way we could get coverage for it all is to really load the brushes up with way too much paint, smush it around the cracks, and then brush away the excess. Note: We tested using paint rollers on this job but they just didn’t get the coverage that we were able to get with the bristle brushes. 

Step 3: Prime it again. I hate to tell you, but we did two coats of primer. Just turn on a movie and be okay with the fact that when the movie ends you’ll probably be almost done with another coat. This takes time.

Step 4: Add a coat of your regular paint. If you’re lucky, this will be your last coat. We ended up doing two coats of regular paint because it was a bit uneven in some places, and because we wanted a little more of the sheen from the eggshell finish to show, as opposed to the really flat finish of the primer. Once you finish this third coat, let it dry, stand back, and assess. If you need a fourth coat, hitch up your britches and go for it.

Step 5: Once it’s all dry, carefully pull away all the painter’s tape and jump for joy that you did it! You might also want to hire someone to give you a hand massage because your hands are cramped from holding a paintbrush for the last two days.

Now. A couple more tips. Did you know that in the middle of a paint project you don’t have to keep washing out your brushes when you’re taking a break? Just wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and stick them in the fridge. They’ll stay wet and you can just pick them up and keep going!

Also, really make sure you let your brick dry before you sit/stand on it, build a fire, or decorate. You want to make sure it fully cures.

And I think that’s it! All my words of wisdom. We were painting ours around Christmastime and I kid you not, I watched Elf four times over the course of painting it. Plus once through Love Actually. I’m not gonna lie — it’s a lengthy process but so worth it if you’re looking for something to brighten up your house. Give it a try and tell me how it goes! xoxo

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace White

How to Write Your Name In Cement Without Making a Mess

How to Write Your Name In Cement Without Making a Mess

When we were pouring the cement slab for the new garage, the number one thing I was excited about was writing our names in it. I mean, a new garage is exciting and…

How to Write Your Name In Cement Without Making a Mess

When we were pouring the cement slab for the new garage, the number one thing I was excited about was writing our names in it. I mean, a new garage is exciting and everything but give me a slab of wet cement and I am PUMPED. We were literally hovering over the cement guys as they were smoothing out, like, “Now is it time? What about now? How about now?” And finally it was time and we got to test our plan and it worked! The coolest way to write your name in cement EVER.

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes

This one is totally simple! Just plan what you want to say and get your cookie cutters ready. Line up as many as you can by placing them gently on the cement. The cement should be mostly dry. If you have repeat letters, leave a blank space and move the repeat letter to the new space as you finish with it. Once you have your letters spaced the way you like them, gently tap the first letter on all sides with a hammer to sink the cookie cutter into the cement. The letter only needs to sink in about 1/4″ or so. Gently remove by pulling them directly upward. Repeat with all of your letters or numbers and that’s it!

How to Write Your Name In Cement Without Making a Mess

How to Write Your Name In Cement Without Making a Mess

Cool, right? And it’s totally clean and clear, so you don’t have to tear up your cement by dragging a stick across it or something. Hey, how about that glamorous hammer, huh? That old girl has seen a thing or two in her day. Also — I just love that picture of Ryan. He was so stoked and it was just such a good day full of possibilities and excitement. Not to get too deep in a post about cement, but the fact that he gets genuinely jazzed about stuff like this is why I married the guy. And that smile. Duh.

So there you go! Our little fam, engraved forever in a slab of cement. What would you write? xoxo

How to Write Your Name In Cement Without Making a Mess

Two Minute Spring Decor Refresh

A Super-Quick Spring Decor Idea

I can feeeeeeel it! Spring is coming! It might not be exactly warm yet, but we put away our space heaters and for that I am truly thankful. I love…

Two Minute Spring Decor Refresh

Two Minute Spring Decor Refresh

I can feeeeeeel it! Spring is coming! It might not be exactly warm yet, but we put away our space heaters and for that I am truly thankful. I love the thaw of spring when you can start to see things budding and little green dots poking up from under the ground. It means that warmer things are coming and always puts me in the brightest mood. I invariably jump the gun and want to take out all of my shorts and tank tops and get into full summer mode, but this year I’m practicing patience. The house needed a tiny decor refresh just to lighten things up a bit, so if yours needs the same, just tackle this two-minute-or-less idea and you’ll be feeling all kinds of springy.

Two Minute Spring Decor Refresh

I grabbed a couple of cool little glass containers from Michaels — you should check their home decor aisles right now because they have some really fun stuff that I haven’t ever seen there before! I marched out to the alley behind our house and found the first flowering tree I could, and cut off a couple of small branches (luckily it was our tree, but you should probably ask first if you decide to go stealing your neighbor’s blossoms). I popped those branches in these geometric glass and gold containers and yayyyyyy instant spring! Right now they’re on our little traveling yellow bench, brightening things up for us. I think I’ll have to put them up higher sometime soon, though, because Henry has discovered them and is fascinated with the flowers, which he confidently calls “fha-yas.” He’s pretty positive he’s saying it right.

I never used to be into flowering branches instead of actual flowers, but these days I actually love it! It’s easy, fast, and free if you’ve got a tree (which is maybe the best part). Hope you try this one out and that spring is making its way to your neck of the woods! To see lots more spring decor ideas, check out what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to right here! xoxo

Two Minute Spring Decor Refresh

Two Minute Spring Decor Refresh

Free Printable Wall Art

Printable Wall Art

You know when you move into a new place and you have trouble finding the perfect thing to decorate a certain wall and so eventually you just give up the…

Free Printable Wall Art

Free Printable Wall Art

You know when you move into a new place and you have trouble finding the perfect thing to decorate a certain wall and so eventually you just give up the fight and the wall stays blank for years? Yeah, that. We’ve had these two sad spots in our master bedroom since we moved in, and we couldn’t for the life of us figure out what to put there! I just couldn’t find the right photo or art, and I’m notoriously fickle when it comes to decorating so I didn’t just want to go punching a bunch of holes in our walls to hang art that I only half liked. So I finally, finally came up with a solution — make our own art! And we partnered with Command to hang them using Command™ Picture Hanging Strips so that even if I change my mind, our walls will still be perfectly clean.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Free Printable Wall Art

Free Printable Wall Art

Step 1: Download one or both of our printable posters (Always Weekending, size 16×20″ or Everything is Awesome, size 18×24″). Take the file to your local print shop and have them create your color prints. Insert the printed posters into your frames.

Step 2: As described on the Command packaging, clean the surfaces where you’d like to adhere your picture hanging strips.

Step 3: Separate the strips.

Step 4: Press strips together.

Step 5: Remove the green liner from one side of the strip and apply it to the back of your frame.

Step 6: Remove the green liner from the other side of the strip and press firmly onto the wall, holding as directed on the packaging.

Free Printable Wall Art

Free Printable Wall Art

Free Printable Wall Art

Hey, I love these! They’re just the fresh pop of color I wanted for the master bedroom walls, with some sayings that we absolutely love and try to live by (yes, I truly believe that everything is, in fact, awesome). And my darling husband loves the fact that our walls are safe and sound with no extra holes thanks to the hanging strips, because invariably in about 6 months I’ll decide that it’s time to rearrange all the art. A perfect solution for my total lack of decor decisiveness! So I gotta know — which would you hang, and where? xoxo

Free Printable Wall Art

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

DIY Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

Hold the phone, kids! We found a new favorite material for projects and I am prrrrretty excited about it. Have you ever worked with acrylic?! It’s such an interesting material….

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

Hold the phone, kids! We found a new favorite material for projects and I am prrrrretty excited about it. Have you ever worked with acrylic?! It’s such an interesting material. I love that it comes in so many colors, both opaque and translucent. For a long time I was daydreaming of laser cut projects, but who among us has a laser cutter in their craft room? Not I. So we’re dreaming up some awesome acrylic projects that you can make with the tools you have at home, starting with this DIY gold bar acrylic tray!

Materials

  • 12″ x 12″ acrylic sheet
  • 9″ or 10″ bar drawer pulls (we used these!)
  • drill
  • screws
  • optional: gold spray paint
  • painter’s tape
  • wood block
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • craft knife
  • tweezers

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

Step 1: Start by measuring where you’d like your bars along the edge of the tray. It will depend on how long your bars are. These are 9 5/8″, and we placed them about 1/2″ in from the edges of the sides. Leaving the protective paper cover on the acrylic, use a pencil and ruler to measure and mark where the holes are on your handles and where you’ll need to drill on the acrylic.

Step 2: At this point, if you’re not spray painting your bars, remove the protective covering. If you plan on painting them, leave the covering in place. Place the acrylic sheet over a wood block on a work bench. Pushing straight downward, drill through the acrylic on each marked point with a drill bit just large enough to accommodate your screws.

Step 3: Using screws that are just long enough to screw through your handles and the acrylic without any excess length, attach all four bar pulls through the drilled holes.

Step 4: Optional: Mask any exposed acrylic with painter’s tape. If you’d like to change the colors of your bars, mist with a light coat of spray paint. We painted our silver ones gold. Repeat with light coats until you have your desired coverage; we used about 4 coats. Tip: Be careful not to spray from too close or with too heavy a hand, or the paint may pool and drip. 

Step 5: If your protective covering is still in place, remove the masking and the covering from the tray. You may need to use a craft knife and tweezers to remove any remaining bits around the base of the handles.

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

Fill that baby up with anything you like! Right now it’s housing a bunch of my office supplies, but it would look equally fun on a coffee table, or in a bathroom filled with girly goodies. I could see it eventually landing in my bedroom to organize jewelry or trinkets, too! Where would you put yours?! xoxo

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

How to Make a Gold Bar Acrylic Tray

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Waffles for Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now…

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

 

Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now have an extra mini-Valentine who will probably throw his peas at you while you’re trying to have a civilized dinner. It’s probably a good thing that Ryan and I have never been huge Valentine fanatics because our dreams would be dashed. But even so, you’ve gotta at least try to do a little something special to celebrate, so this year we did an early Valentine’s date at home, since we’ll be traveling on the actual day. I got all inspired when Wayfair came to us and asked what our ideal Valentine’s Day at home would be, because obviously it includes waffles. Waffles, and something to distract Henry while we try to eat them in peace and sip some bubbly, which is why we snagged a teepee for him. Bribing a kid with heart waffles and a teepee apparently works like a charm.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

The heart waffles are as simple as it gets!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your favorite waffles!

Step 2: Slice a bunch of fruit in thin slices. Bonus points if you use lots of different colors!

Step 3: Use various sizes of heart cookie cutters to cut out the waffles and fruit.

Step 4: Stack them up, hold together with a skewer, and enjoy!

We had a blast hanging out and getting our waffle on, and Henry thought it was hysterical that he could eat in his little tent instead of at the table. We’re walking on the wild side over here, people.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

A couple other Wayfair faves that made our V-Day so fun? That yellow couch!!! OMG. That baby is going in the new studio and I’m sure you’ll be seeing it around these parts all the dang time. It’s perfect with the little gold side table, too. See below for all of our Wayfair picks!

Mid-Century Sofa
Fur Throw Pillow
Canvas Teepee
Moroccan Shag Rug
Round End Table
Ice Bucket
Black and Gold Shaker
Black Flatware Set
Pink Dishes
Striped Blanket
Mrs. Throw Pillow

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

What about you? Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Or a favorite thing to do? If you have kids, do you celebrate with them? I cannot WAIT until Henry’s old enough that he and I can secretly DIY a Valentine for Ryan together. Oh man that’s gonna be fun. I’m just picturing me trying to force him to use glitter on everything and him wanted to draw a tractor with hearts on it. In any case, hope these little heart waffles make their way to your Valentine’s table! Big thanks to Wayfair for helping us celebrate in style. xoxo

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

This post is presented in partnership with Wayfair. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

DIY Pegboard Words

Whenever I look at this sign I hear this in my head and so I’ve been singing getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgirl over and over for the last two weeks. And honestly, there are worse songs…

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Whenever I look at this sign I hear this in my head and so I’ve been singing getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgirl over and over for the last two weeks. And honestly, there are worse songs to have stuck in your head so I don’t mind too terribly much. But whatever. I love this project! Michaels came out with these pegboard letters recently and I was stoked because I saw them and immediately this project popped into my head. And it turned out exactly how I wanted it, which definitely isn’t always the case. It’s super simple and comes together pretty quickly — one of those instant gratification-type projects that we love so much around here.

Materials

  • pegboard letters from Michaels (I looked online and it seems like for now they’re in-store only)
  • 1/2″ thick plywood long enough for your desired word
  • #8 1 1/4″ screws (enough so that you have about 4 for each letter; some letters will take fewer)
  • 1/2″ nylon spacers
  • #8 flat washers
  • drill
  • pencil
  • white pegboard hooks
  • tools for hanging (screws, nails, etc)
  • optional: white paint and small paintbrush

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Step 1: Pick out your letters and know what you’d like to spell. Lay it out and measure the length of all the letters together; add a couple of inches on either side. This is how long you’ll need your wood to be. You can usually talk someone into cutting it for you at the hardware store!

Step 2: Lay your letters out on the wood. Plan where you’ll have your screws and trace the inside of those holes onto the wood.

Step 3: On each tracing, drill a little pilot hole.

Step 4: Stack two washers and then a spacer onto a screw. Insert the screw through the hole you planned to use in your first letter. Repeat with all of the screws you plan to use on the letter. Find the corresponding places on the wood and slot the screws into the pilot holes. Use the drill to tighten each screw.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 with the remaining letters on your wood.

Optional: If you want a cleaner look, paint the heads of your screws white.

Step 6: Hang it on the wall in your preferred method! You can screw all four corners in, or hang it like a picture with wire across the back.

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Insert your pegboard hooks and hang up your prettiest tools! I decided that I needed a place for all of my scissors to live so they’ll finally all be in one place. So now when I need a tool fast, I can just go Get It. Get it? Good. xoxo
How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

P.S. See what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to this month with the new Make Market line!

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

DIY Yellow Velvet + Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we’re furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it’s so easy you can make it even if you’ve never touched…

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we’re furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it’s so easy you can make it even if you’ve never touched a drill before. And it’s the perfect little piece for a whole bunch of different spots in your house – we have it at the foot of the bed now but I think I might move it to the entry way. Or maybe bestow upon it the responsibility of being our new coffee table.

So get to it! You can find the full tutorial right here. It’s a low-pressure project with a high-five payoff. At least, we’ve been high fiving ourselves since we made it. But we tend to really love high fives around here so maybe it’s just an excuse. Whatever. Go make one for yourself! Xoxo

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench