DIY Simple Wood Slab Coffee Table

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Hey there Remodelaholics! Nina from Everyday Enchanting here to share our latest furniture build- a DIY Wood Slab Coffee Table! We have many projects in the works in our 1980s fixer upper (some days I feel like too many!) but one side project is our family room. It was one of the only rooms in the house where the changes are mostly cosmetic/decor-related rather than structural, with the exception of our fireplace remodel. We have been chipping away at filling the room with furniture and decor we actually like, while on an extremely tight budget. Last time I posted here I shared our Ikea Hack/Pottery Barn Knock-Off Apothecary Cabinet, and today is following the same theme- my Pottery Barn taste on a DIY Budget!

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via Pottery Barn

This is a lovely reclaimed wood slab coffee table with metal legs. I loved the industrial-meets-rustic style, which was needed in our space to offset the relative femininity of the fireplace and the tufted slipper chairs that are on the way. I loved the way the black legs played off of the black hardware on the apothecary cabinet. I also loved that I could vacuum under it! (This is a big thing since our golden retriever Lucy sheds a lot!) So, What didn’t I love? The $699 price tag.

I know a lot of the reason for the price is undoubtedly the reclaimed pine slab and the metal legs. So I began to brainstorm how we could get the look for less, using more modest materials. We recently had great success building my mom a farmhouse table using 2x8s. I thought we may be able to achieve similar results to this table using a combination of 2x8s, 4x4s, and 2x4s. Here’s what we did!

DIY Simple Wood Slab Coffee Table

Dimensions: 51″ w x 32″ d x 19″ h

Cost: Approximately $50


2 – 2 x 8 x 8′
1 – 4 x 4 x 8′
3 – 2 x 4 x 8′

Time: 1 1/2 hour build time and 24 hours before stain and poly dry


Step 1: The Tabletop

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We cut the 2x8s down to 4 pieces at 48″. We then glued and clamped the planks together before attaching them with two 2x4s cut down to 32″. We have received questions in the past about whether we experience the tabletop cracking with this method (since there isn’t a lot of room for expansion and contraction)- the short answer is that we haven’t experienced cracking, even though we have a 5 year old table built with this method. Even if we did- we like rustic furniture. If you feel comfortable with biscuit joinery, go right ahead and substitute it in for this step- but for the sake of keeping this tutorial “beginner friendly”, we will stick with our method… ;)

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After that, Mack (my husband) had the great idea to add the illusion of thickness by wrapping the tabletop in 2x4s. It would give a similar look to the reclaimed wood slab, and also effectively hide where we attached the legs! We mitered the corners and ran the 2x4s through the table saw to give them a straight edge. We then glued, clamped, and nailed the 2x4s onto the perimeter of the tabletop, taking care to make sure they were flush.

Step 2: The Legs

DIY Simple Coffee Table | Learn how to build a DIY Simple Coffee Table by Everyday Enchanting for RemodelaholicWe opted to use 4x4s cut down to 17″ for the “faux metal” legs. We joined them at the top using a piece of scrap plywood cut down to 3.5 x 26″. We then cut two 2x4s to 19″ and attached them at 4.5″ from the ground. We used long rustic black screws to attach them, and then nailed in at an angle from the opposite side to prevent spinning.

Step 3: Stain

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I sanded all of the parts with 60 grit sandpaper, since the wood was pretty rough. Then I went back with 120 to give a silky smooth finish. We did two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain, following the manufacturers directions. Once that was dry, we did two coats of polyurethane in satin.

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On the legs we used an all-in-one stain and poly called Polyshades in ebony. It had really great coverage and only took two coats!

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After the requisite drying time, Mack brought the table upstairs and attached the legs to the table using basic wood screws. Then I had fun styling it! It is so nice to have a coffee table, and especially one that will hold up to the wear and tear it’s sure to get from our kids. Overall, this was a simple and quick project, and it fits with the style of the room perfectly. Of course, the fact that it was only $50 doesn’t hurt either!

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Modern Coffee + End Table Set

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Bucket Coffee Table

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Kitchen Nook Makeover | Adding a Banquette Bench

Make over a kitchen nook by adding a banquette bench! Built it with Oh Everything Handmade @Remodelaholic #kitchen #dining #DIY

Hi there, my name is Bettina from OhEverythingHandmade and I am a new contributor here at Remodelaholic! I love to DIY, and hopefully I will inspire some of you out there with my tutorials.

My first tutorial is about our kitchen nook makeover, we have always been short on chairs. So, we (my husband and I) build a bench from scratch, which extended the kitchen visually, and gave us more seating options.

This is what we our kitchen nook looked before:

OHEverythingHandmade Kitchen nook before

Only 1 guest was allowed to sit with us. Oh wait, that explains it all!


How to Build a Banquette Bench Step 1. 

Build the frame for your bench. I’d love to give you the exact measurements, however I am pretty sure we all have different kitchen layouts. So, I’ll skip the measurements, but I will add the material we used.

12- 2×4’s is all you need to build the frame for a 12’x6′ bench.

measure the area where your bench is going to be installed make sure you choose a comfortable hight for your bench cut your 2×4’s, and use a kreg jig to make vertical holes for your screws


Step 2. 

We thought about cutting out the base board, but something told me not to. We simply attached a 3/4-inch thick board onto the wall, to close the gap. This board was also used to secure the bench to the wall.

If you leave your baseboard on the wall, make sure to have some boards available to fill in the gap. Should you not have a baseboard, continue with securing the bench frame to the wall. I recommend using good screw hooks!


Step 3.

Now, we give the frame a nice look, by attaching 3/4-inch plywood (your home improvement store will cut the wood for you) to the front.

Measure the front, and the sides of your bench frame Our baseboard was sticking out, so I cut the shape for it out with a table saw (leftover base board always comes in handy) We used 1 sheet of 3/4-inch plywood, and I had some scrap wood for the sides You also need some trim to give the bench a finished look I used white 3/4″x3″ trim



Step 4.

I used the trim to hide the ends. Cutting the trip at 45 degree did the trick.

Gorilla glue Nail gun Miter saw Electric sander


Step 5.

Ready to be painted!


First coat of three.


Step 6. 

Attach the bench to your wall now, and measure the top. It is always important to measure again once the bench is installed. Our wall was slightly uneven, which through off some of our previous numbers.

1 sheet of 3/4-inch plywood 3/4-inch paintable, Iron-on wood veneer Veneer cutter Iron Electric sander (sand the plywood before painting) Wood filler



Step 7.

I attached the plywood with screws to the frame and filled in the holes with wood filler.


Let wood filler dry 2-8h depending on the size and depth Sand Paint Add trim along the wall to hide gaps



All done! I am working on the cushions which will be added shortly!



Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, should you have any questions please post them below.


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Some Assembly Required

First things first: I’m the realest before sharing details about my New York trip (and an outdoor project… and a giveaway coming up!), I wanted to share a sneak peek of some of the dining room accessories making themselves at home.

As soon as the paint was dry on the last wall, I could hardly wait to sweep off the floor again before throwing a few things together (I actually did sweep up, but my flip flops were dirty from another project and tracked things back in before snapping pics… dammit). I was desperate to see if everything would look as good in person as they did when I first drafted my mood board.

I’ve been hanging on to some of these items for a long time in anticipation of having the walls finished, so even if something didn’t work, I’d be disappointed, but thrilled that things are finally at this stage. The chairs were shoved into each corner as a way to move them back into the room without taking up space; the rugs need to be sprayed down with some Scotch Guard before moving the table back in (to prevent puppy paw prints – and apparently my project-laden flip flops – from ruining them).

When I originally saw these rugs on display (FERLE, from Ikea), they were being used for a kid’s room, but I saw them as the perfect navy to help ground the brighter blue wall paint. I needed something much larger to fill out the space than the 4×6 size it comes in, so I bought two and will join them together with some strong tape on the back to create one large rug (it’s a great trick for creating a large area rug when you can’t afford to buy them in a custom size; and since they will join under the table, most of the seam will be hidden from view).

The room’s design is monochromatic (you can also spy a small bundle on top of one of the chairs with another blue pattern, which are the curtains I’ve yet to hang). While most of these photos seem on the bright side, the only window in the room faces a shaded back yard, so things stay somewhat dim in here most of the time – letting me go a little bolder with color choices. There’s one additional element I’m contemplating to mix things up a little too:

I flat-out LOVE this mirror. There’s just something about its peacocky pattern and copper hue that immediately grabbed me (not to mention, it’s BIG, and I love statement art pieces). I picked it up from Homegoods clearance at least a year ago, but didn’t really take it into consideration for the room until now. I like the color contrast against the blue, but it’s also a contender against one of the more neutral walls in the living room. I’m letting it hang out in here until I’ve made up my mind.


Sure, my dining room is still missing the mark in terms of actual function, but as each piece finds a home, I’m getting more and more excited about the part of these DIY projects that I so seldom seem to reach:

Pretty soon, this room is going to be finished enough to enjoy.

I’m even going to sit at a table in this room.

With other people.

With things I’ve cooked (or if I burn the meal – a likely scenario – something I’ve conveniently purchased and placed on dishes to make people think I’ve cooked).

Huh. Weird.

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The Ultimate Crafter’s Dream Giveaway

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The holiday season is fast approaching and we want the celebrations to start TODAY!!!! We’ve partnered with 11 of our favorite blogging friends on Google+ to bring you an AMAZING giveaway- take a look at this:

Enter to WIN all of this! $1400 in prizes! @Remodelaholic #giveaway

One LUCKY Reader Will Win the ULTIMATE creative package of craft goodies!

If you don’t have your hands on the new Cricut Explore, you are missing out! This machine is a design-and-cut system that makes amazing DIY and craft projects. Our friends at Cricut are going to give one lucky person a Cricut Explore AND the accessories, tools, mats, and materials you need to get started!

And if that weren’t enough, the winner will also receive a HUGE a selection of Plaid products including: Mod Podge formulas, Mod Podge tools and accessories, decoupage papers, Mod Molds and Melts, Collage Clay, FolkArt paints, FolkArt stencils, FolkArt tools, Martha Stewart paints, Martha Stewart glass paints, Martha Stewart stencils and adhesive stencils, Martha Stewart adhesive silkscreens, Martha Stewart gold leafing tools and accessories, and much more!

…. OH, and we decided we’re also going to throw in a $200 gift card to Michaels. You know, ’cause we’re cool like that.

**That’s just about $1,400 in Prizes**


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Before you enter, check out all our favorite blogger friends…

Click on the name of each site to check ‘em out…

Mod Podge Rocks- Mod Podge Rocks is a collection of tutorials and how-tos featuring the world’s greatest decoupage medium. Come visit Amy for tons of inspiration.
Somewhat Simple- Somewhat Simple is THE PLACE for creative inspiration. Get inspired by thousands of simple projects, recipes, crafts, and more!
Living Well, Spending Less- Living Well, Spending Less is all about the adventure of finding the Good Life on a budget… because a life well lived is not so much about what we have as who we are.
Kids Activities Blog- Kids Activities Blog is overflowing with fun crafts, art projects, games and activities for kids- most with contents from your kitchen junk drawer!
The Dating Divas-Each Monday, the Divas offer a fabulous date idea already completely planned out for your upcoming weekend. Throughout the rest of the week, they offer FREE flirty tips, tricks, tutorials, & darling printables to keep the romance alive and the sparks flying’.
The 36th Avenue- The 36th Avenue is your number one destination for easy DIY projects, free printables, adorable handmade gifts and holiday ideas, delicious recipes and everything EXTRAORDINARY!
Kara’s Party Ideas -Kara Allen is the party designer, author, dessert stylist & creator behind THE place for ALL things PARTY- Kara’s Party Ideas holds millions of party ideas you can search, party recipes, a party supply shop, a fab party book, fun worldwide party workshops, an app & more!
One Good Thing by Jillee- One Good Thing by Jillee is dedicated to sharing one good thing a day that makes life a little more simple, affordable, wholesome, and joyful! Millions of people look to “Jillee” each month for tips on living a more frugal and healthy life. Learn how to enrich your life while conserving time, money, and resources.
Remodelaholic – If your goal is to make your house a home, then come to They will teach you the best ways to update your house and design and decorate your home on a budget. Go from builder grade to beautiful with their help.
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25 Ways to Use Food as Decor


25 Ways to Use Food as Decor

Hey folks, it’s Cecily from Ceci Bean, back with some more fun decor ideas! We’re about to head into the thick of the holiday season and if you’re anything like me, you’re preparing to host a gathering or two for friends and family. Besides the cooking and cleaning, I often find myself running to the grocery store for flowers so I can do some last minute decorating. I don’t know about you, but my local grocery store has some pretty dismal floral options. Roses and carnations are in abundance but often end up looking pretty blah to me. So what’s a hostess to do?

Head to the produce department! That’s right, you can make some spectacular arrangements using fruits and veggies. The pumpkin isn’t the only edible that can dress up your home. Check out the following examples of great decor using edibles and get inspired for your next gathering. And if you’d like to keep your masterpiece around a little longer, faux food can be used too!

cranberry hurricanes1. Cranberry Hurricanes | I Heart Organizing

apple wheat wreath2. Apple wheat wreath | That’s My Letter

grapes and gourds centerpiece3. Grapes and Gourds Centerpiece | Decoist

Corn and squash centerpiece4. Corn and Squash Centerpiece | Martha Stewart

Pumpkins and greens centerpiece5. Pumpkins and Greens Centerpiece | The Daily Basics

Asparagus artichoke and bean candles6. Beans, Asparagus, and Artichoke Candles | Shelterness

dried orange wreath7. Dried Orange Wreath | BHG

persimmon and succulents8. Persimmons and Succulents Centerpiece | Happy Wedd

garlic wreath9. Garlic Wreath | Examiner

apple candles10. Apple Candles | Matthew Mead Style

Kale and artichoke centerpiece11. Artichoke, Kale, and Seed Pod Centerpiece | Ceci Bean

Pear centerpiece12. Pear Centerpiece | Undefined Photography

See 13 more ways to use food as decor on the next page –>

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Build a Divided Chalkboard Calendar

Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back again with another build project.  If you missed it, you’ll want to check out last weeks House Frame Bed.  As my kids are getting older, I find it harder to remember everything we are suppose to do between school, activities, work and church.  I love the big family calendar idea, to keep everyone in the loop.  I like the twist on the standard calendar with this divided chalkboard calendar that was available from Rockett St. George in the UK.  This calendar is the inspiration for this weeks plan.

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How to Build a Divided Chalkboard Calendar

Organize your family with a divided chalkboard calendar with hooks.  Free DIY plans and tutorial on #remodelaholic #organization


4′ x 4′ x 3/16″ plywood or MDF
2 – 1″ x 4″ x 96″ board (actual 3/4″ x 3 1/2″)
Chalkboard paint
1 1/2″ – 2″ brad nails
3/4″ brad nails
5 coat and hat hooks
picture hangers
wood glue
wood filler
sand paper
stain/top coat

Cut List


32 1/2″
35 1/4″
Plywood or MDF

35 3/4″

2 1/2″


32 1/2″

25 1/4″


Step 1

Cut the 3/16″ plywood to 32 1/2″ x 35 1/4″.  Paint the plywood with chalkboard paint according to the directions on the container.  Allow the paint to dry.

Step 2

Cut the rest of the wood according to the cut list.  We need to cut a couple of dados for the chalkboard to sit in.  On the board that is 3/4″ x 15/16″ x 32″, cut a dado 1/4″ deep and 3/16″ wide.

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On the 2 boards that are 3/4″ x 15/16″ x 35 3/4″, cut a dado 1/4″ deep and 3/16″ wide.

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Step 3

Grab the 3 boards that were dado’d and the 2 1/2″ wide board.  Now we’ll assemble the outer frame.  The 32″ boards are the top and bottom, and the 35 3/4″ boards are the sides.  Arrange the boards, so the dados are in the back and the chalkboard will fit into the groove.  Glue each joint and secure the frame together with 1 1/2″ – 2″ brad nails.  Make sure the frame is square and the front edges are all flush.

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Place the chalkboard in the back dado grooves.  Secure into place with glue and 3/4″ brad nails.

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 Step 4

Next to add the dividers.  We will glue these, you may need to clamp them in place until the glue is dry.  Measure over 6″ from the left inside edge.  Glue the 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 32 1/2″ divider into place, add nails at the top if you want.

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Measure every 4″ down and glue the horizontal dividers into place.  Add nails if you want.

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If desired, add coat/hat hangers to the bottom.  Secure 1 or 2 picture hangers to the back of the chalkboard.

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 Step 5

Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to nail holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry.  Sand the wood filler and wood frame until smooth, finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper.  You may want to mask the chalkboard before painting or staining.  Stain or paint and prime as you like.

Enjoy your new Divided Chalkboard Calendar!

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Organize your family even more with a dry erase board like this:

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or a bulletin board like this:

burlap linen bulletin board

And put them all together in a great command center like these!

organized family command centers at Remodelaholic

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Simple Sewn Back Tab Curtains

Finding just the right draperies without breaking the bank is a DIYers dream. But when presented with a simple sewing task vs. paying sticker price for the perfect curtains, many of us go running to the bank because we’d rather put those hard-earned pennies to work than break out a needle and thread. Well, no more! Our guest today has a super simple tutorial to show how even YOU can create these chic back tab curtains:

Easy Back Tab Curtain Tutorial from Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic #drapes #sewing #diy

Read below for the tutorial, and if the back tab curtain isn’t your style, you might try these other easy DIY styles (plus find more window tutorials here and explore #AllThingsWindows). You can use inexpensive drop cloth material and clip rings to get this look:

DIY Drop cloth curtains How to make curtains

Or you can paint those drop cloth curtains or other curtain panels to get this confetti drapes style that I love in my daughter’s room:

Remodelaholic - confetti polka dot curtains tutorial

Try a faux roman shade on for size:

faux roman 2

or create your own fully functional roman blind:

functional roman blind 33 shades of green

Here’s Tanya to show you how simple it is to make your own tab-back curtains (and don’t they look fabulous in her master bedroom!)

How to Make Back Tab Curtains

by Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse

My name is Tanya and I blog over at Dans le Lakehouse, where I’m transforming a cute bungalow on the shores of Lake Superior.  One of my recent projects is sewing a set of sleek back tab curtains with my Mom.  My bedroom is still very much a work in progress, but I was so blown away by how easy these curtains were to make – and how sophisticated and professional they look – that I had to share the tutorial.

simple sewn back tab curtain tutorial, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic

retro modern bedroom with diy back tab curtains, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic
diy curtains tab back tutorial, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic

To get started, we just hemmed the sides and bottom of the curtain panels as usual – turning over twice and sewing, for a tidy seam.  For the tabs, we cut out 4.5″ x 6″ rectangles of fabric, which were sewn into tubes (right side facing), flipped right side out and then ironed flat with the seam in the middle.  The finished tabs are approximately 2″ wide.  Once the tubes were turned into flat tabs, we folded and ironed each end of the tabs under.  These tabs were then hooked under, pinned onto and sewn into the top seam of the curtain panel, which is around 5″ wide.

diy back tab curtains 01, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic

6″ between the tabs is often recommended for a nice drape and gather.  Each of my finished panels are about 53″ wide and we did a total of 7 tabs per panel.  In case anyone is curious, the curtain rod has an overall length of 8 feet.  Ultimately, we could have done as many as we like; more tabs would have created a fuller, more pleated look.  (The one thing to pay attention to is to make sure that the overall width of the curtain isn’t shortened too much by the addition of more tabs and thus more gathers).

diy back tab curtains 02, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic

Here is what the back looks like when the tabs have been completed:

diy back tab curtains 03, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic

Then we just slid the curtain rods through the tabs.  I worried back tab curtains would stick and not open smoothly, but my fears were unfounded.  These curtains function just as smoothly as curtains on rings, plus they look much more polished.  The tabs result in soft pleats which control the drape of the fabric.  I used to spend forever fussing with the office curtains in the townhouse, which Hubby would close nightly and fling open with wild abandon every morning.  I would adjust the drape, pulling and fluffing the top so it would drape just so. When Hubby flings these open they fall perfectly.  I wonder how many hours I’ll save annually, thanks to these curtains? It’s embarrassing to think about it.

how to make simple back tab curtains in a modern retro pattern, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic

There are many different tutorials for back tab curtains, some of which propose a different construction or placement of the tabs.  We sewed the

tabs very close to the top of the curtain which I think creates a cleaner, more modern look than when the tabs are placed lower, which creates a soft ruffling at the top.

geometric patterned curtains with diy back tab loops, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic
make your own back tab curtains, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic

In some of my photos, the fabric reads as more blue/teal than it is in real life.  In real life it’s a bit greener than what is depicted here and – more importantly – a perfect match to the 1960s Hungarian posters hanging across from the bed.

modern retro bedroom with diy tab back curtains, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic
simple sewn back tab curtain tutorial, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic
retro modern bedroom with diy back tab curtains, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic
easy back tab curtain tutorial, Dans le Lakehouse on @Remodelaholic

A note about lining curtains: you might have gleaned that Hubby and I have conflicting attitudes toward the use of curtains.  I like to keep them open at night and wake up to the sunlight (hence my love of sheers), while Hubby prefers a total blackout curtain.  The fabric I chose is fairly opaque and lined it would have been very opaque.  Keeping it unlined lets a tiny bit of sunshine filter through in the morning, so I don’t feel like I’m waking up in a coffin, but Hubby gets enough of what he calls “actual curtain-curtains”.  Lining would help prevent fading and other damage to the fabric and is a simple step to add should you choose.


Lovely curtains, Tanya — and so simple to make, too! Thank you for sharing with us!

 Tanya has been a regular visitor here at Remodelaholic — check out her fireplace here, the desk here, and a great upcycled play kitchen here — and then head over to Dans le Lakehouse to check out her latest endeavors, like a $100 bathroom makeover and a fabulous turquoise kitchen (and get some info about her awesome headboard here!)

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Media Cabinet into a Locker

 Hey all!  It’s Corey again from Sawdust2Stitches.  Now that kids are back in the routine of  school, and parents have had their parties,  it is time to get back into the swing of things. One thing I have noticed is that the “drop zone” has become a hazard area.

*Drop Zone  n. – Area at which any, and all things are dropped, or discarded  in the front entry way*

I kid you not,  my 5 year old is down to his underwear before I even shut the garage door. (Where is that speed when we are picking up Legos ?! )

Moving on… The drop zone can  become an unsightly danger zone at an impressive rate. I present to you a solution for the mayhem, enjoy!

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Turn a Media Cabinet into a Mudroom Locker
 Unfortunately this is not a tutorial with detailed blueprints.  The purpose  of this post  is meant to help spur ideas,  help you think outside the box,   and RETHINK THE POSSIBILITIES!… and all the jazz.

A good friend of mine picked this up at a garage sale for $10!  For an all wood cabinet that was a good buy!  What  you can’t tell from the picture is that the original owner had  given a good attempt at trying to  give it a face lift.  They  had tried…  and kind of failed.  There were several layers of  paint.  No problem.  We can work with that!

Locker makeover  Cabinet  remodelaholic First step  I took in the process, was ripping it completely apart!   I took on this project as if I were taking it apart to use it for scraps.

locker dismantle remodelaholicRemove doorslocker  deconstruct Remodelaholic While I had everything in pieces I sanded EVERYTHING.  It is so much easier to do it  when it is in pieces then when it has funky  angles and corners the sander won’t fit.

locker  cut up 2 remodelaholic  The last thing I wanted, was for this to look like a cabinet someone repainted, and stuck hooks it.  In order to give it that “Locker” look  I wanted,   I  needed to give it a seating space. So, I cut out part of the frame to make it recessed.

suuport locker remodelaholicWhen I started putting it back together I started with  front and back supports and went from there.

beef up base Locker Remodelaholic The cabinet seemed really short to me.  No problem. I  added a  little bit of height to the base of it.

add trim locker remodelaholic I  then proceeded to trim it out.  Basically,  covering any ugly spots.  When in doubt,   just cover it with trim.  It will look pretty. I also added the center divider at this point as well.

construct  top editedAlthough I had added a little bit of height to the base,  it was still too short for my taste.  That and so many lockers  i had looked at,  had overhead storage.  Extra storage it always a bonus!  So  I constructed a frame and fastened it to the locker.

 If I had simply set crates on top for storage it would have looked like an after thought.  By adding the frame it looks like storage belongs and gives it height! All accomplished with using the wood I already  had.

  I also added the bench seating area.

backing remodelaholic  Adding paneling to the back was the last step before priming!

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   I  primed the unit and decided to  go with a little two-tone action and stained the bench slats.

 Once the primer dried I painted it Ultra Pure White by Behr.


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  I  made a few custom crates,  and stained them  (Jacobean  by Minwax)  to match the bench seating.

The last thing I did was added some the  hooks, handles, and knobs!  Ta-Da!


Turn a small media cabinet into an organized mudroom locker system @Remodelaholic #beforeandafter #makeover #repurpose


So pretty.

Turn a small media cabinet into an organized mudroom locker system @Remodelaholic #beforeandafter #makeover #repurpose

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So, before you  toss that dated cabinet out on the curb,  or walk past one sitting on the curb.  Take a second to rethink it’s potential !  (At the risk of sounding like a motivational poster.)  The possibilities are limitless!

Take Luck,



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Dark & Moody Decor

Dark & Moody Room Decorating

Click here to see all the sources for this Olioboard Mood Board.

Hello again! I’m Dawn, from, back this month with another mood-board for your decoration inspiration. If you’ve missed any of my previous inspiration posts here on Remodelaholic, you can always check those out here.

I have to confess that Halloween is one of my very favorite times of the year. Besides the beautiful early fall weather of October, it’s fun and spooky and I have an excuse to buy candy. It’s hardly my fault if I overbuy every year. :)

Anyway, as soon as the weather changes, my mind starts wandering to costumes, and pumpkins, and all things haunted. Which is why, this month, my moodboard reflects my dark and moody state of mind. You know… in a pretty way.

Check out some of the gorgeous inspiration shots below to see how deep dark hues can create a definite atmosphere in a room, Halloween or not!

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Seriously!? I tend toward the light and bright when it comes to decorating, but these photos make me crave dark and moody. They just look so cozy and inviting don’t they? With all that inspiration, I got to work on a living room moodboard with a deep color palette:

Dark & Moody Room Inspiration @Remodelaholic #moodboard

Click here to see all the sources for this Olioboard Mood Board.

How to Design a  Dark and Moody Room

As with any decorating style, there are some make or break elements in all these dark rooms. So I’ve rounded up some tips on decorating dark:

• Take advantage of natural light. Something to notice about all of the inspiration shots above is that there is tons natural light flooding into each one. To pull off a room this dark, you have to start with a space that has good lighting, or you’ll end up feeling like you’re in a cave.

• Use bright tones sparingly. By bright, I mean bold. (Check out my color term chart for more on describing color.) When paired with dark tones, which are naturally devoid of light, bright colors seem to pop out even more than usual. This can be great to draw your eye to a feature of the room, but can also be tricky. The intensity of the dark room combined with too many intense bright colors can become overwhelming and quickly start to make the room feel cluttered rather than cozy. In the moodboard, I chose to sprinkle aquas and oranges in sparing pops throughout the room.

• Use metallics warm things up. Dark rooms can feel cold, so an easy way to counteract that, and bounce a little extra light around too, is to incorporate metallic accents. I prefer warm metals, like the brass lamps in my moodboard, with cool dark tones, like the charcoals and blues above, to keep the visual chill at bay. :)

• Texture and pattern go a long way. When decorating in a mostly monochromatic color scheme, texture and pattern step into the limelight as one of the main visual attractions in the space. In the moodboard above, the texture of the coffee table, pillows, blanket, books, and even the visual texture of the chalkboard wall, work together to create a space that feels layered and inviting, rather than flat and boring.

• Don’t forget the fun! Dark spaces can tend toward the serious, so adding in some personal and fun elements to lighten the mood (if not the color!) can balance out the feeling of the space and make it more welcoming. It could be something as crazy as a giant skull painting or pumpkins for the seasonal appeal, or something as simple as a bouquet of flowers, but whatever it is, make sure to bring in your own personality!

So there you have it! I hope you all have a fabulous and safe Halloween this year. As always, thank you to the Remodelaholic team for having me here each month. If you like what you see, be sure to visit me over on my blog, DesigningDawn, or follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. Have a great day, friends!




Check out these other posts to get you inspired to use dark colors:

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Let the Dining Room Decorating Begin!

This last dining room wall… what a jerk.

No, wait… I don’t think that accurately describes how I felt trying to finish this thing.

Thaaaaat’s more like it.

It took FOREVER to finish. Between losing steam, losing patience, and running out of beer, this damn wall refused to be conquered for the longest time. But, as most things happen in this house, with enough swearing and sanding, my dining room is now 100% painted. I’m taking some detailed step-by-step photos while I finish up the kitchen walls using the same bubble-limiting technique, so I’ll have a full tutorial ready for you in the next couple of weeks.

But finishing this wall also means that it’s finally time to move the furniture back in, and see if my original design plan will look as good in real life as it did in my head.

dining room mood board

First things first: I need to figure out what’s going to hang on this wall. (By the way, for paint and color details, see this post.)

At the start, I was thinking about something abstract, perhaps a little girly, watercolory, and bright, like this print (found on Pinterest, of course). Since everything else in the room is going to be somewhat monochromatic, I thought a big splash of color across the largest wall could break things up.


I eventually managed to track down the original source (tip: using this site helps you do a reverse image search), but don’t see that it’s available for sale. Even if it were, I doubt that I would have been able to get it in the size I need (this wall is begging for something BIG). So, I guess I’m going to have to figure out something myself, which is how this made its way downstairs:

This is a canvas I had in my office closet for a few years (I sometimes pick one up if there is a 50% off sale at one of the craft stores), but it was never painted. I think if I have two of them side by side, the proportions will be just right and eye-catching for the room (this wall is also the farthest corner still visible from my entryway, so I want something that will pull the eye all the way back to this point, consequently making the house appear a tad larger*…).

I am on the hunt for some new inspiration, but I haven’t yet felt that aha moment. One of the things that caught my eye though:

@AliceLaneHome on Instagram

For my dining room, I think this choice would be all wrong, but I’m definitely drawn to it. Open to any suggestions you have as well, of course (keep in mind that almost all of the other elements in the above mood board have stayed the same). Thanks!


*No earthly idea if that’s actually true. But I like to pretend I’m a designer sometimes. #fakeittilyoumakeit

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