I love me a good DIY, not just because I love being creating and making things, but because it saves me a ton of money! After my husband and I moved into a larger place (from 670 sq. ft to 1100 sq. ft), we needed to get more furniture. But furniture is soooo expensiveeeee. Luckily, my husband is extremely handy and knew how to help me create all these different things I had in mind. And once we started making our first items, we couldn’t stop! So without further ado, here are my 5 favorite DIYs!
1. Steel + Oak Coat Rack & Shoe Rack
Our very first DIY together (if I remember correctly) was the steel + oak coat rack. This is not our own design, I actually got the design from a fashion blogger I follow, Jean Wang. I loved it so much, so I showed my husband a pic and we got to work! There was no detailed tutorial for us to follow, so we literally just looked at the picture and tried to get a lot of the same materials. The main thing we did differently was put four legs on the bottom, using floor flanges. To make your own, start with staining the oak boards. Then twist all the iron pieces together (this will take a ton of muscle to make sure the pieces are tight). Once the frames are built, spray paint all the pieces black first and then once dry, go over it with hammered copper (do the same for the screw heads). After the pieces are all dry, screw everything together. You will need to pre-drill holes for the screws though.
Coat rack materials: (everything for the coat rack costed roughly $250.00-$275.00 (the iron pipes are pricey….):
- 2 Oak stair treads (Lowes)
- Iron piping, 3/4″ size (14 floor flanges, 2 caps, 2 Tee connectors, pipes: 2 x 48″, 1 x 42″, 2 x 12″, 2 x 2.5″, 2 x 2″) (Lowes)
- Jacobean stain by Minwax
- Flat Black primer spray paint & Hammered copper spray paint
The shoe rack is built essentially the same way, except with three oak boards, and instead of 12″ pipes in between each oak board, I used 10″ pipes. The shoe rack ended up costing about the same amount as the wardrobe.
2. Maple Live Edge Coffee Table
Our coffee table is typically the star of our living room. And for good reason! The shape of the table is beautiful, and live edge pieces are always one-of-a-kind. This table for sure was a labor of love, especially considering it was the very first time either of us made anything like it. We got the slab from a family friend who had a warehouse full of live edge slabs of all sorts. We weren’t really looking for any specific type of wood, but when we saw the shape of this guy, we were sold. Maple is also a more affordable wood as well (as opposed to walnut or a darker wood). The piece was actually 7′ long, but we asked to have it cut down to a 4′ piece, and a 30″ piece. The remainder of the 6″ we just used to test out staining and sanding.
The very first thing we did was get rid of the bark on the sides of the table. We used a power drill and a strip wire brush to remove the bark. Then to get the table smooth, it required hours upon hours of sanding. We started with a belt sander and went through 3 level of grit, starting with 80 and working our way up. After belt sanding both sides, we moved on to the palm sander and continued working our way up in grit. The final level of grit we used was 220. Once the table was sanded down, we filled any holes and cracks with resin. Once the resin hardened, we sanded it down then applied 2-3 coats of polyurethane (each layer of polyurethane is followed by a quick palm sanding of 220 grit). After the polyurethane was done, we attached the legs and boom! Done. Oh, and we also turned the 30″ slab into a matching side table!
- Live edge board (sourced locally, $150)
- 4 x 16″ hairpin legs (Amazon, $25)
- Clear Satin Polyurethane (Minwax)
For the side table, we used 40″ hairpin legs instead.
3. Dog Food Bowl Stands + Plant Stands
My big puppy here is is a tall one. And we couldn’t really find any dog food bowl stands that were cute or were tall enough. I had seen some dog food stands like this online, but like most things, husband and I decided to just make them. These are super easy. Just some pine boards, wood stain and a nail gun!
Tip: If you already have the plant pots or dog bowls, use the diameter to measure the exact size you’ll need for the center of the stands.
- 2 x 1″ Pine board (about $4)
- English chestnut wood stain (Minwax)
After making the dog food bowl stands, of course, I had to make some plant stands too!
Okay so I’m listing three different types of shelves we’ve made. But it was so hard to choose just one!
The first set of shelves here are made with a cognac/reddish colored leather strap. I actually would not recommend this leather again though. So far from what I’ve found and used, Tandy Leather is a good option! They just don’t have this exact color, however there are dyes you can use.
Making these were pretty easy as well. All you need is some pine board, leather straps, screws and wall anchors.
- Pine board (about 7.5″ wide) — you can cut these to whatever length works best for you (about $9.00 for a 8 ft board)
- 1″ leather strap cut into 2 x 32″ pieces (Tandy Leather, $25-$30)
- Screws + wall anchors
I’ve mentioned this shelf before in my Bedroom Makeover post, but if you haven’t read it, this shelf was made using Erin Conway’s tutorial (here). We used the English Chestnut stain, and made ours 7 feet long.
These shelves are actually going on sale in the shop soon! Instead of the typical pine wood I use for shelves/stands, these shelves are made with Hemlock wood. Hemlock is pricier than pine, but cheaper than oak, but has more of an oak resemblance (color-wise). The straps are made of leather, and the leather tassels are made by hand and hand-sewn together. I haven’t quite figured out an easier way to make the tassels… so if anyone has tips… let a girl know!
- Hemlock board (cut however you want), about $24.00 for a 8 ft board
- Leather cord, approx 6 yards ($4.00 for 2 yards)
- 4 cup hooks, and 4 wall anchors
5. Ruffle Bed Skirt
The last and most recent (and probably new top favorite) DIY is this bedskirt made out of $6.00 fabric ($1 per yard!!). I wish I knew the exact material… but it is a thinner, silky-feeling fabric (close to chiffon). I actually was about to buy a ruffle bed skirt online, but decided to attempt making it myself.
I got it at the LA Fabric District and I don’t even remember where! To make this guy, I cut the fabric into 3 x 14″ strips that were basically the length of 6 yards long. I don’t even really remember… I just knew that the end result had to fit on a queen bed (60 x 80 inches) after ruffling. I actually had never sewn anything with ruffles before, so I basically just guessed at how to make it. I did start first with sewing all the seams in, and then to make the ruffle, I just kept sewing along the seam, but folding the fabric as I stitched the seam. Kind of like folding a fan out of paper. Except pretend the paper keeps moving backwards… I hope that helps.. lol.
Finally, once the panels were done, I took a queen bedskirt I got from a thrift store (that was in good condition) and cut off the existing panels and was left with just the center piece. I then just stitched each of the panels onto the bedskirt center piece starting with the bottom corners. So the corners on the bedskirt actually open, which make it easy for accessing underneath the bed. Sewing the bed skirt panels and then putting it together took a couple of hours, but it was tons of fun and so rewarding to finally see it all together with the bed!
- Mystery fabric, 6 yards, $6.00 (similar chiffon like fabrics go for probably $8.00 a $12.00 per yard)
- Bedskirt (to use as the center piece), $5.00
Which DIY was your favorite? Let me know if you have any requests for details on other DIYs I’ve showcased on my IG! And if you’re looking for any of these items custom made, shoot me an email!
Thanks for reading!