Monday, April 28, 2014

DIY Furniture and Wall Accessories

I recently moved into a new apartment.
When I went furniture shopping, I couldn't find EXACTLY what I was looking for.
So, I enlisted the help of my awesome dad.

He recently started his own woodworking business, 
and was more than happy to help.

Here are a few of the items we made together!

I wanted something unique and rustic that could also act as a book shelf. 
My dad and I came up with this rustic design, featuring "X's" on the sides. 

I searched high and low for a coffee table I liked.  
But, everything in the store either looked "cheap" or was WAYYYY out of my price range.
So, my dad decided to make one to match the TV stand.

It has an upholstered top which I LOVE.
The fabric is nice and sturdy.

The "X" pattern is featured on the sides too. 

I use a tray to set my drinks on. 

I was looking for a BIG piece of artwork for the living room.
When I couldn't find anything I liked, I decided to make my own.
The wood is from old fence posts that my dad found on Craigslist.

I did a "white wash" technique (but with gray paint) on the the boards.
Then, I used roofing nails and white string to make the heart.

I have soooo many photos, and I like to change them out. 
This photo display lets me do just that!

I cleaned three fence posts, then painted them gray.

I attached eyebolts to the ends of each board, then strung twine between each eyebolt.
The photos were hung with tiny clothespins that I bought at Hobby Lobby. 

My dad had some extra scraps of fence post, so we decided to build a BIG picture frame.
I painted the boards gray.
Then, I stapled cream-colored burlap to the back of the frame. 

I also put this yellow/flower fabric INSIDE the white picture frame.

I love how rustic the frame turned out. 

I wanted an easy (yet decorative) way to display my jewelry.
We built a frame, painted the boards gray, then added roofing nails and string. 
The decorative knobs (for the necklaces) are from Hobby Lobby. 

I always like to have a space for my purse and keys.
This does the trick!
Plus, the vase on the end is adorable. 
My dad used a hose clamp to secure the Ball jar onto the board. 

If you've followed my blog, you know that I LOVE making my own headboards.
Example #1 - Master bedroom
Example #2 - Guest bedroom

My bed is a queen, so I used 2.5 yards of fabric. 
I bought 4 yards of batting (because I do two layers.)

When I was looking for a mirror, I couldn't find anything I liked.
The mirrors were either cheap, plastic ones... or they cost a lot of money.
So, my dad and I built our own!
I decided to do a "white wash" technique with yellow paint, 
(since yellow is the accent color in my living room.) 


The space above the toilet is so long and narrow.
I hung another fence post on the wall, then hung a picture frame on the board.
The "heart photo" inside the frame was taken at my parents' old farm. 

Thanks for all your hard work, Dad!
I love everything about my new space.
And, it means even more that we built everything together.

If you're interested in having my dad build you something,
send me a message! 


  1. Hey Jenny -
    I am LOOOOOOVING all of these things that you and Uncle Duane have built. Luke and I have a project that we would be interesting in him doing - I will send you a text so we can talk about it.

  2. What are the dimensions of your queen sized headboard?