DIY Spindle Sign Holder

Here is the story of how Sarah from Sidetracked Sarah turned this old spindle…

Into this beautiful handmade wedding present:

She started by sanding the spindle down really well, getting the old stain off.

Next, cut wood for the tops and bottoms. All ready to paint.  After that, she primed and painted each board and spindle.  Once the paint was dried, she screwed the bottom board and top board into place.  

After she screwed the bottom piece and top piece into place, she used wood glued on the top board then screwed the hook into place. 
So pretty!

She also made a “Welcome” sign by printing out the size and font she wanted onto card stock and cut out a template.  She spray painted the board black and after it had dried, attached her homemade stencil and began spraying it with white. 
Her husband drilled two holes into the corners of the sign and put baling wire through the holes so it  can hang from the hook.  You could easily change out the sign for something more season specific. 

See more creativity and DIY from Sarah at …
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DIY Project Parade, Refinishing Furniture Video Tutorial and Wagner Paint Sprayer Giveaway!

Well, that’s a long post title but I wanted to get it all up there! I’d hate for you to miss anything! I’ve finally finished up the guest room completely (I’m writing this ahead of time but at the time of this post, guests will be calling this their room for a few days).  This week, I’m seriously thinking of making it my winter master bedroom. It’s so pretty now and it sits directly above the wood burner.  Cozy! Spy something new in the photo below? 
buffet turned dresser

As you’ll maybe recall, the old furniture fairy gave me a visit.  I recently scored a bunch of old furniture from my brother when he cleaned out his basement and I offered to “store” everything.  Did you know that our barn accepts donations?  Yep.  I rescued the buffet and turned it into a guest room dresser.  (We do have a dresser that serves as a buffet in our dining room, so why not?!) I needed something for the long stretch of wall, the buffet was the perfect size. 

Ever wonder how easy it is to paint things using a paint sprayer?  Well, Wagner asked me to review the Power Painter Max. I was so excited, I couldn’t say yes fast enough especially when they generously offered up 2 for DIY Show Off readers! You know what? It does make painting super fast. The EZ Tilt unique flex tube draws paint from any angle. What does that mean? It means that when you tilt the paint sprayer, if the paint is running low, it won’t sputter because it follows the paint in reserve. There’s a bit of a learning curve and I think with practice, I’ll definitely get better but honestly, the results were gorgeous for a first time furniture rescue. I used the left over True Value Easy Care paint (color is “ticker tape”) I had from painting the floor.  I love that color, a pretty bird’s egg blue. Take a look at the process to see the Wagner Power Paint Max in action (me in action too),  stenciling, how to glaze and updating hardware in this short video I put together (warning – I had YouTube add music since the sprayer is noisy!):
Tips for the Power Paint Max:  
  • Have a brush on hand. With first time use, I did experience some sputtering/spitting because I didn’t know the paint reserve was empty. Just brush out imperfections and resume smooth spraying finish.
  • Stand back! Standing too close will mean a very thick coat of paint that might drip – coverage is amazing!  
Clean up was super easy – just involves taking apart the sprayer and cleaning it with water. 
I‘m looking forward to my next furniture painting project. I have a lot to choose from in the barn but my spray paint booth (just plastic drop clothes is set up in the barn and it’s weather permitting – it’s cold out there right now!).  The power of paint is just so “magical”! The before and after transformation amazes me. The Power Painter Max makes it an easy and quick DIY project.
Now onto the giveaways x 2! You can see more about the Wagner Power Painter Max (MSRP $159.99) at 
How to Enter Both Giveaways:
(open to U.S. residents only)

Wagner Power Painter Max Giveaway #1 
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me about your paint projects and why a Wagner Power Painter Max is on your wish list. 1 ENTRY.
  • Share the giveaway via Facebook, twitter or blog post and comment here that you’ve done so. Remind friends to tell me you sent them! 1 ENTRY.
  • Subscribe to the DIY Show Off.  Let me know in a comment. 1 ENTRY.
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, November 6th at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen via and announced shortly after. 
Wagner Power Painter Max Giveaway #2
  • Like the DIY Show Off at Comment that you “like” the DIY Show Off  on Facebook here. 1 ENTRY
  • Go snap a picture of that pile of furniture in the garage or damaged scratched up furniture you’d love to transform – Upload a picture to the DIY Show Off Facebook wall showing your next DIY project in desperate need of a Wagner Power Painter Max. 1 ENTRY 
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, November 6th at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen from the wall photos submitted by me according to most creative picture, request and most sad project in need of desperate DIY lovin’. Show off your ugly project!
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ou’ve been up to this past week!
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So much furniture inspiration at Cassie’s

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Thrifty Treasure!

A few weeks ago I found this little ladder at a huge garage sale for $5.00. I love it in the guest room displaying my favorite latest magazine issues and throw…

What do you think?

Tomorrow:  The thrifty free furniture before and after transformation. That will end the guest bedroom makeover AND an awesome giveaway that you do not want to miss!  See you at the regular DIY Project Parade tomorrow! 

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DIY Fall Festival Friday!

I’ve actually been spring cleaning in the fall (a car full of junk donated and more space feels soooo good) and preparing for guests but Bri and I did manage to decoupage some pumpkins. Have to fit a fun craft project in there somewhere to break up the work, right? It’s not an original project but results are always original.
After seeing the beautiful scrapbook paper from Canvas Corp
I chose to give my black pumpkin a new look to make my craft room a little more festive (I still have to do a reveal of my craft room ,don’t I? Enjoy the sneak peek!)…

Deco Art’s Decoupage is so much fun to work with and results are a beautiful gloss or matte finish. See my  decoupage pumpkin tutorial at the DIY Club.

Here’s the pumpkin I decoupaged a few years ago…completely different.

Bri’s decoupaged pumpkins:

Have you given this a shot?

Speaking of pumpkins!  Check out Pumpkins and Power Tools – a  great TV segment that aired this week featuring Ken Collier from RDA’s The Family Handyman. The segment was inspired by the October issue of TFH and touches on DIYers and using power tools to spice up your pumpkins for Halloween.

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DIY Star – Issue No. 1

I don’t always get a chance to visit everyone as much as I’d like and even though I don’t always have time to comment (between my real job and projects, I really try to!).  If you comment, I do click your profile and visit you back as often as possible. You might not even know I was there but I try to comment when I can.  I notice you. You push away the ‘discouragement’ monster (and I want to make you feel the same way). I appreciate that you’re here. I appreciate your feedback, encouragement, support and help when requested. DIY Show Off readers are all DIY Stars! 

So, once in a while, I’m going to surprise a reader with a show off feature and share my recent blog crush, someone who has made blogging fun, someone who made me smile big or swell with pride, brought tears of happiness to my small slice of the www, someone who made me feel good about myself.  Because I think you’re all amazing and inspiring and hasn’t blogging introduced you to a whole world wide web full of inspiration? My favorite part of blogging is making new friends, getting to know those who share my DIY passion and simply encouraging you to be brave, just DIY. This feature (weekly?) will showcase who I feel is an exceptional blogger and DIY’er – helpful to others, non-competitive and just plain friendly and sweet – someone you’ll want to know too! If there was a show called DIY Star (maybe someday?!) and I could choose the talent, the friends I feature in this series are the DIY divas I’d love to have on my team.  
This week, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Rayan (also known as ‘Ry’) from 
A fellow DIY Club gal and not only does Rayan share my giveaways on Facebook and participate and give me thumbs up and make me feel like I’m doing a great job, she’s a DIY Star! She’s a furniture designer! She creates the plans and shares them. She showcases readers’ projects when they build from one of her amazing designs. I want to be Rayan when I grow up (don’t remind me that I’m already grown up – I know. I know!). 
I love that plans can be searched by Type, Collection, Cost, Tools and/or Skill Level. You must check out the Plan Index – you’re going to be so motivated to add building something to your DIY list. Love something you’ve seen at Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Ballard Designs, Ikea (and more!) but the price has adding it to your “things I’ll buy when I win the lottery”?  Search for the retailer and build it at a fraction of the cost!  Much more rewarding too with money left over for decorating accessories! (See Carbon Copy.) Don’t think you can do it?  Rayan is your cheerleader.  She’s accessible and there every step of the way, ready to answer your questions and offer tips, tricks and advice.  It’s almost like she’s right there teaching you. Learning as you go is a part of the DIY experience. 
You won’t find furniture only at The Design Confidential.  It doesn’t stop there.  Oh no! You’ll enjoy reading about DIY holiday, decor, home improvement and even kid and family friendly DIY projects and much, much more fun…

Here are some of my recent favorite posts at The Design Confidential…
Free DIY Plans Reclaimed Weathered Wood Standing Floor Mirror
Love the stencil!
Project Image
seriously super easy too!
Cheap Chic Striped Candles
tons of inspiration!
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So, what are you waiting for? Go visit Rayan. Introduce yourself. She isn’t aware of this post being written – I hope it brightens her day, out of the blue. I love planning surprises. Do you do know (e-know) her?  Leave a comment telling me about it.  Let’s discuss this DIY Blog Star…
Who’s next?  It might just be you! Thanks for stopping by! 
This post/series is NOT a paid advertisement.  It’s just a ::HIGH FIVE:: highlight that I’m writing to showcase amazing DIY friends – real people with amazing DIY projects IN ADDITION TO making blogging a pleasant, more personal, successful experience. Virtual friends in most cases, but every bit as real. 

Harllee Design- Globe Coffee Table Tutorial

First things first, my name is Meagan from Harllee Design. I am new to blogland and I am honored to be guest posting on DIY Showoff! I recently started Harllee Design and also a blog where I share all my DIY adventures, tutorials and home improvement mistakes wisdom.

This is how I look in my mind’s eye, put together and welcoming.  

This is how I really look. Like a mad scientist that specializes in home decor. That frantic smile must mean it is 3:45pm and my husband will be home soon. I wonder where I will hide the shattered wine bottles.

I DON’T KNOW why it smells like nail polish remover in here. What is this, the inquisition?
Now that we have formalities out of the way I would love to share my latest tutorial with you. It was my most ambitious project yet and it came together pretty easily. 
I saw this table on Pinterest and knew it would look perfect in my family room.

Look closely at the base, it looks JUST like a globe. 
*wheels turning*
I then uttered the 6 words my husband dreads most:

“I think I can make that!”

1-13″ Globe – purchase one cardboard or another material you can cut. (I purchased my globe from Goodwill 1- 24″x 24″ x 1″ piece of wood

 1- 19″x 19″ x 1″ piece of wood
 1- 14″ x 14″ x 1″ piece of wood
 1- 10″ x 10″ x2″ piece of wood
 2- 24 x 2x 4 piece of wood
 2- 20″ x 2″ x 4″  piece of wood
 1- 4″ x 4″ x 14″ piece of wood
 1- 13″ in diameter circle of wood
 Wood for table top (I used a 42″ top of an old table)
 3″ wood screws
 Electric screw driver
 Drywall plaster
 Tape Measure
 Sand paper

1. Start with building the base. Predrill holes (I recently started predrilling, it makes things SO much easier)

2. Take the (2) 20” x 4″ x 1″ and (2) 24″ x 4″ x 1″ pieces and attach to form a box.  Congrats! You just made the foundation for the table.
3.  Center and attach the  19″ x 19″ square to the top off the foundation, place screws in the center so they are covered up by the next layer.

< div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">5. Attach the 14″ x 14″ to your base by screwing through the top of the piece as shown below. You can cover the screw up with filler later.


Optional Steps
  • Pour a glass of wine and think about what a badass you are.
  • Think about all those weaker people that BUY their furniture.
  • Remember the time you almost cut your finger off.
  • Wonder why no one told you that the miter saw SUCKS things into the saw.
  • Finish your glass of wine, humbled and get back to work.
6. Cut a hole in the top and bottom of your globe, each hole should be 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ so you can slip it over the 4″ x 4″ post. Don’t feel guilty about the globe, it is for the greater good. Use one that still has the USSR on it, that might help sooth the guilt. The globe is decorative only, the weight on the table is supported by the 4″ x 4″
Slip the globe over the 4″ x 4″ post.
7. Spread drywall plaster over the entire globe, fill in all screw holes and also fill  any gaps that might exist between the layers of the pedestal.
8. Once the plaster has dried use sandpaper to smooth the globe and all other patches.
Clean off ALL dust and prepare to paint.
Spray paint, feel smug and satisfied. Ahhh. This might actually turn into a table.( I used Rustoleum Espresso in Satin.)
This is where our steps may differ. You might cut your own table top, I used one from an old table. Often it is cheaper to use pieces from a salvaged piece of furniture than it is to buy new wood. Check your local thrift stores for something that might work or simply cut your own.
Here is a great tutorial on making a solid wood table top.

9. Attach the  14″ x 4″ x 4″ piece of wood to the center of the 14″ x 14″ square of wood. Drill up through the bottom of the 14″ x 14″ into the 4″ x 4″. I actually used an old cupboard door for this piece, the molding added a visual interest.

10. After your table top is made and finish is applied attach the 13″ circle of wood to the top of your base. Screw down through the top of the circle into your 4″ x 4″ post.
11. Finally, attach your table top to the 13″ circle of wood.

Optional Steps
  • Tell your husband you are painting the work area of the garage PINK as you are now the master craftsman
  • Kick your feet up and ask for a beer
  • Realize the beer is never coming.
  • Get your own beer, sit down and enjoy that gorgeous table


I hope you try this tutorial, it was fairly easy and turned out great. Make sure you show me pictures of the finished product, I would love to see one in a bright, funky color. 

It was great to meet you and I hope you visit me at Harllee Design. I have wine and cheese over there for everyone, honestly………
Remember, if at first you succeed try something harder!

Welcome to blogging, Meagan!  Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous coffee table tutorial!  I can’t wait to see more of your great DIY projects!