No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana

No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana DIY

Hi friends! I know its been over two weeks since I've posted, its been crazy because last week we had to evacuate our home due to Hurricane Matthew (we live in Charleston, SC). We were out of town for nearly a week and it threw me way off track with my project and to-do list. But I am back this week with a fun, easy DIY craft project: No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana DIY.

I love all things flannel in the fall and I really wanted our dog, Chance, to have his very own flannel bandana to wear this fall and winter. It turned out pretty cute and I plan on making some more in more fall-ish colors! It was also really inexpensive to make!

Here are the supplies and steps you will need to make this No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana:


  • Flannel Fabric - at least 25" x 25" (you can do a few inches less or more if your dog is really big or small)
  • 3/4" Hemming tape (I used Heat 'n Bond Super strength)
  • Iron
  • Fabric cutting scissors

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana DIY

1. Wash and dry your flannel fabric

Note, your fabric may shrink an inch or two all the way around after it goes through the washer/dryer, but I've included extra fabric in the measurements above to account for this possibility.

2. Iron the flannel fabric and cut to size

Iron your fabric and cut off any loose fabric strings on the ends. Then, cut it to 20" x 20". Again you can do a few inches less or more if you have a smaller/larger dog. Chance is medium sized and a regular size bandana fits him great, so that's what I based these measurements off of. A standard bandana measures 18.5" x 18.5" and we need 1.5" extra fabric on all sides for the hemming tape, which is 20" x 20" total.


3. Add the hemming tape to all sides of the flannel fabric

Place a piece of hemming tape on one side of the flannel fabric about 3/4" in from the edge. Fold the edge over the tape and iron over it with a medium high heat set iron. Hold the iron for about 3 seconds, lift up and hold down again for several more seconds. Flip the fabric over and iron from the other side over the edge. Now you have your first edge seam! Repeat on the remaining edges.

No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana DIY
No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana DIY
No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana DIY

4. Fold one corner to the opposite corner to create a triangle

Fold one corner of your flannel bandana to the next to create a triangle. Iron the crease. Then, fold the longest side of the triangle over 1 - 2 times and iron the creases down again. Your No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana is complete! Tie around/over your pup's collar and enjoy!

No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana DIY
No Sew Flannel Dog Bandana DIY

Chance loves his new flannel bandana! What do you think about his no sew flannel dog bandana?! Do you like dressing up your pets for the different seasons or Halloween?! I'd love to hear! Follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

My Favorite DIY Woodworking Tools

When I started woodworking and DIY furniture building I had to make an investment in woodworking tools. My goal when purchasing tools is always to find the best quality tool for a reasonable price. Further, I try to ensure it's going to be a tool I know I will use a lot and it will be very helpful. Below I've rounded up my favorite DIY woodworking tools that I love using all the time for my building projects and recommend for most woodworking projects!

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

My Favorite DIY Woodworking Tools

1.  Compound Miter Saw

Sometimes referred to as a chop saw, my miter saw makes my building and woodworking life so much easier! You can cut wood with an old fashioned saw but if you are going to do any kind of woodworking, a miter saw is essential for making accurate, quick, and clean wood cuts. I use my miter saw for pretty much every woodworking project and it's definitely one of the best tools to purchase. This miter saw is great because I can do everything from basic straight cuts to fancy, angled, crown molding cuts and it easily cuts through many depths of wood, including 4x4s, and the laser works great too.

I do recommend replacing the standard blade that comes with any miter saw with a finer tooth blade like this since it will make your cuts even smoother and finer!

2. Mini Compound Miter Saw

I know I just listed a miter saw in tool #1 above, but I also invested in this mini miter saw by Ryobi when we moved into our apartment because I needed a miter saw that was easy to move around (since I currently don't have a backyard or garage) and would easily fit in our little patio shed. I highly recommend starting with this mini saw if you don't have much space, your on a tight budget, just do light woodworking projects, or any other reason that a mini, less expensive miter saw would provide. It cuts wood up to 2x4 in size, so it's still super handy for many of my smaller projects.

3. Circular Saw

Whenever I'm building something that requires ripping (cutting) down plywood or making any kind of longer cut that is too wide for my miter saw, I get my circular saw out to take care of the job.

4. Drill

A power drill is another essential tool to have for most DIY projects. I've used this drill for several years now and it has provided me with the power I need for all my drilling and screwing needs. It's actually the first drill I learned how to use! I love the handy bag it comes with too!

5. Kreg Jig

I can't even begin to tell you how awesome a Kreg Jig is for woodworking (unless you already know)! It's one of my favorite tools ever! There are lots of ways to build furniture and join pieces of wood together, but a kreg jig allows you to do so super easily and creates a strong joint too through the use of pocket holes. It has allowed me to build really simple to really complex pieces and I have used it on most of my building projects.

6. Router

Routers are really cool tools! You may not need it as often as some other tools on this list, but they can do everything from cut custom molding, cut edges and grooves in wood, carve designs, create wood joinery, and more. Routers are very versatile tools and you can do some fun, advanced woodworking techniques with them and they really aren't hard to learn how to use.

7. Rip Cut Straight Edge Guide

When Brandon and I first started woodworking, we had to make large rip cuts with our circular saw for several projects where cutting across long pieces of wood or plywood was necessary. Of course they needed to be perfectly straight cuts! We didn't have the room or budget for a table saw, so we actually created our own DIY straight-edge guide out of wood. However, I later discovered this Kreg Rip Cut which is a super handy and simple tool for ensuring accurate rip cuts (and it's less than $30). We still use our DIY straight edge guide since it works great too, but had I known about the Kreg Rip Cut at the time, I would have bought it immediately and saved us the hassle of DIYing it which took a lot of time and effort.

8. Clamps

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to build something and your project or work piece keeps moving out of place. The solution: clamps! The Irwin quick-grip clamps work great and make DIY life much easier. I recommend starting out at least with a few smaller sizes and eventually building up a collection with larger sizes.

9. Corner Cat Sander

Whenever I need to do some quick, light sanding, I grab my cordeless corner cat sander. It also is really useful for quickly distressing the edges when I'm finishing my woodworking projects.

10. Brad Nailer

A brad nailer is another functional tool I use often for attaching small pieces of wood trim or moldings to finish off my projects. I also use it whenever I need to attach a lighter piece of wood to my project (for example the 1/4" thick plywood backings). This cordless brad nailer by Ryobi is great because I don't have to worry about any cords or connecting it to a noisy air compressor.

11. Light Spackle/Wood Filler

Ok so I know spackle and wood filler aren't really tools, but they are a wonderful solution for hiding any imperfections in my woodworking project builds. If there are any nail holes, wood cracks, or molding gaps I don't want to show, I fill them with light spackle if I'm painting the project or stainable wood filler if I'm staining the piece.

I hope this list was helpful and I will continue to update it as needed! Do you have a favorite woodworking tool that isn't on this list? Feel free to share in the comments below! You can follow along on my latest projects and behind the scenes on Instagram and Pinterest!

Fall Dining Room Sideboard Decor

Fall Dining Room Sideboard Decor

Earlier this week I shared our entryway fall decor where I started decorating for fall. The next area that I have decorated is our sideboard table. Technically, we don't have a separate dining room area, our living room and dining room is pretty much one big open living space. I'm using our sideboard table to hold most of our dining room stuff and it's also a focal point in the large room.

I really thought this area would be easy to decorate, but it was a bit difficult, I couldn't quite get the look I was going for you'll notice in the photos below I was moving some of the pieces around and playing with different setups! I tried to keep it more simple, with lots of natural elements instead of having to buy a bunch of things. Although I did splurge on the real pumpkins because I just love them in the fall especially the more neutral color ones.

Fall Dining Room Sideboard Decor
Fall Dining Room Sideboard Decor

One of the main decor pieces of this setup is our new oversized wood sign. Long story short, I have been dreaming of adding wood signs with my calligraphy designs to the shop for a long time. This oversized, fall, wood sign is one of the first designs added! I love how it turned out and the quote, "Summer heat has faded, fall leaves created, autumn fills the air" was thought of by my lovely husband who I think is a great writer ;) You can find the listing for this sign here in the shop!

Fall Dining Room Sideboard Decor

What do you think of our fall dining room and sideboard decor? Have you started decorating for fall yet? Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks! Thanks for stopping by!

Fall Dining Room Sideboard Decor

Fall Entryway Farmhouse Decor

Fall Entryway Farmhouse Decor

With the fall season coming up I have slowly started to decorate a few areas of our apartment. One of my favorite spaces to decorate surprisingly is my entryway because of our hall tree bench.  Brandon and I built our DIY Hall Tree Bench earlier this summer and its been both practical for entryway storage as well as a pretty spot to add some decor!

For our fall decor, I really wanted to create a cozy, farmhouse vibe. I looked everywhere for real pumpkins! Luckily, I found a few larger ones at Lowe's and our local grocery store. I could not find mini white pumpkins anywhere though, so I improvised and used some faux pumpkins along the top shelf.


Fall Entryway Farmhouse Decor

In addition to pumpkins, I incorporated more natural elements like flowers as well as pine cones that I found outside. To add that cozy, fall feeling, I added flannel and plaid blankets, as well as a cute, plaid pillow from Jo-Ann Fabrics that I love!

Fall Entryway Farmhouse Decor

Finally, one of my favorite pieces of decor that I added to our hall tree that really helps give it a fall, farmhouse vibe is our new O' lovely Autumn wood sign which is part of the new fall line in the shop!

Fall Entryway Farmhouse Decor

What do you think of my fall entryway farmhouse decor? I'm working on adding some more fall decor to another area in our apartment now and hope to share it later this week! Follow along on Instagram or Facebook for my latest projects, as well as Pinterest!

Fall Entryway Farmhouse Decor

Happy Fall Y'all Printable

Free Happy Fall Y'all Printable

Is it really already September?! It seems like the summer just flew by and after September 1st everyone is ready for the fall season!  And this year I've never been more ready for fall, I think it's because this summer was super hot.

Anyways I haven't been on social media much the past few weeks as I have been busy planning the blog content for the rest of the year (with some exciting projects in the works). I've also been busy working on new products and designs for the shop! Next, week I am launching the fall collection with our new product line and I seriously can't wait! Follow along on Instagram for all of the fun fall updates!

With the fall line launching next week, in addition to some lovely fall blog posts coming up over the next several weeks, what better way to celebrate than a free fall printable?! Happy Fall Y'all! Click the button below for the free fall printable!

Free Happy Fall Y'all Printable

P.S. For tips on printing printables, check out my quick guide here!

3 DIY ideas to help customize your rental apartment

3 DIY ideas to help customize your rental apartment

Living in a rental or apartment can be tough when it comes to trying to personalize your space and make it exactly the way you want! It can be even harder if you are a DIY lover and have a ton of project ideas but you just don't have the space to do them or for obvious reasons you aren't allowed to do them because of your lease terms. Below I am sharing three ways you can use DIY projects to customize your rental and make it feel more personalized!

1. Refinish one of a kind furniture pieces for your space

Adding one of a kind furniture pieces that you have refinished to fit your aesthetic works great for adding personalization to a space in a big way! It's also very budget friendly if you can find the pieces for a good deal at a thrift shop, estate sale, Craigslist, etc. For example, I found this vintage buffet on Craigslist for a good deal, but the original black color was totally not my style. With a little bit of TLC and some chalk paint, I refinished it and now it makes a big statement in my apartment and helps the space feel like it has some more farmhouse style that I love. Here are the before and after photos of my vintage buffet:

3 DIY ideas to help customize your rental apartment
3 DIY ideas to help customize your rental apartment

2. Utilize large DIY wall decor

Since making any major changes to the walls in an apartment which involves lots of holes is usually not allowed, try adding large wall decor items instead that really make a statement and fit your style. Ideas can range from gallery walls to cool paintings or art prints. And if you can't make any holes to hang these pieces, use command hooks or strips which don't damage walls.

I'd love to add shiplap to all my walls in my apartment, but I'm not allowed to do that. Instead, I'm trying to add large, rustic type pieces to help give off the same rustic vibe. For example, in my most recent home office makeover, I added this DIY wood framed sign which helped to add some rustic character to my office.


3. Make custom storage that is pretty & functional

Most rentals and apartments are lacking on space and storage, however adding some DIY storage ideas can be a great solution, but go one step further with it and make it pretty storage too which can help customize the space and again make it more your style! For example, I built this DIY entryway hall tree bench, which fits perfectly in my apartment's entryway and it adds extra storage and is super cute too! Since I obviously couldn't have a custom mudroom with built in cabinets (that I love dreaming about haha), this little hall tree bench is a wonderful alternative!

3 DIY ideas to help customize your rental apartment

I hope these three DIY ideas for customizing your rental apartment have helped sparked some ideas for you if you live in a rental or even a small space! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

Farmhouse Table DIY with Removable Legs

Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs

Farmhouse tables are my absolute favorite piece of furniture and will always have a special meaning to me! Farmhouse tables are the reason I taught myself how to build furniture, they opened up the DIY world to me that I love, and they also made me realize I could have a blog too. I started my first creative small business by opening up a vintage rental company for weddings and farmhouse tables were the main rental item. Brandon and I built 20, eight foot, beautiful, cedar farmhouse tables. Here is a photo of one them with some other rentals I offered:

Kimberly Florence Photography and styling by Alyssa of Ginger & Blooms

Kimberly Florence Photography and styling by Alyssa of Ginger & Blooms

I no longer run the vintage rental business and I sold the farmhouse tables to another rental company, but my love of furniture building has continued and I am excited to finally share the farmhouse table build plans that we used to build 20+ farmhouse tables. What I love about these plans is that the table legs are easily removable! So, if you move a lot (or want to build them for your business too) and need them to be easily transportable, these plans work wonderfully! 

The plans I am providing are for a 6 ft. long x 40 in. wide farmhouse table using 2x thick wood, but they can be modified for any size table and with different wood thickness too. The farmhouse table in the photos below is the table Brandon and I built for my brother, sister in law, and nephew. I've also included a photo at the very end of our very FIRST farmhouse table that we still use today in our kitchen!

Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs

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  • (3) 2x10 @ 8ft (for table top)
  • (2) 2x8 @ 8ft (for table top)
  • (4) 2x4 @ 8ft (for side aprons, end aprons & middle supports)
  • (2) 4x4 @ 8ft (Not pressure treated, for legs)
  • 1" Wood Screws
  • 2 1/2" Kreg screws
  • (8) 5/16-18 x 2.5" hanger bolts
  • Surface Mount Corner Brackets for Table Aprons
  • 5/16" flat washers and hex nuts
  • Wood Glue

1. Gather all materials and supplies. Make your table top, legs, and side apron cuts

It's important to pick the straightest boards you can find as this will help when you are assembling your table. Make the cuts below. Note, for the table top we are starting with an extra inch on each side which will be trimmed off later.

  • Table top - (3) 2x10 @ 74"
  • Table top -(2) 2x8 @ 74"
  • Side Aprons - (2) 2x4 @ 57"
  • Legs - (4) 4x4 @ 29"

2. Trim side edges off table top boards

To get a snug fit for your table top boards, use a circular saw and trim 1/4" off the side edges of all the boards, except for the two outside edges of the table top. We used a straight edge guide we made to do this, but you can use a table saw guide or buy a straight edge cutting guide as well. In the 2nd photo below you can see the difference straight edges on the right side make compared to the rounded edges on the left side. Note, typically for 1x thick wood the boards are already square/straight on the edges and you don't need this step.

3. Lay out table top and and mark pocket hole locations

Lay out your table top board in the correct order (make sure two rounded outside edges are on the ends) and mark with a marker the order # on the board ends. Then, flip the boards over and mark where you are going to drill pocket holes. It's best to space them 8" - 12" apart and alternate on each board. Also, make sure to stay a few inches in from the sides. I wish I had a better photo of the kreg hole markings, but I've added arrows on the photo below to give you an idea of the placement.

Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs

4. Drill pocket holes and assemble table top

Use your Kreg Jig and drill the pocket holes as marked on your table top boards. Then, using wood glue and kreg screws, attach each board together one at a time (making sure each board is assembled in the correct order). 48" long clamps definitely help with this part.

Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs

5. Trim the ends of the table top

Use a circular saw and trim 1" off of both table top ends in order to get perfectly straight ends. The photo below is a bad pic but it gives you an idea of what this step looks like!

Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs

6. Drill pocket holes on side aprons and attach to table top

Use your Kreg Jig and drill three pocket holes spread out on both side aprons. On the bottom of the table top, mark the halfway point (36") along the side, then mark 3 inches above that point. This is where the center point of your side apron should be attached. Next, mark the center point of your side apron (28.5"). Line up the center point of your side apron with the center point you marked along the side of your table top. Attach with kreg screws and wood glue (make sure your side apron is being attached perfectly parallel and 3" in from the edge). Repeat on the other side.

7. Prepare the table legs

On one of the the square edges of each table leg, use the chamfer bit and route a chamfer at least 3 inches long.

8. Prepare corner brackets

Line up your legs and corner brackets to the side aprons as shown in the photo below. Then, measure the distance from the bracket back to the table end (should be about 6.5"). Repeat on the other side and make sure the distance from the bracket back to the table end is the same so both of your corner brackets line up at the same distance from the table end. Attach brackets to table top using 1" wood screws drilled into the the two, bottom, corner bracket holes. Repeat on the opposite side.

9. Prepare and attach end aprons

Line your table legs back up against the side aprons and corner brackets. Then measure the inside distance from one table leg to the other to get the exact end apron measurement. Repeat on the opposite table end. Next, cut your 2x4 end aprons to size, drill three pocket holes on them, and then attach to your table top with wood glue and kreg screws. Note, as shown in the 2nd photo below, it helps to line up your end aprons and mark where you'd like your three pocket holes to go so you avoid drilling them into a crack or other pocket hole on the table top.

10. Drill screws into remaining corner bracket holes

Add screws to the remaining corner bracket holes to secure the corner brackets to the side aprons and end aprons.

farmhouse table diy with removable legs

11. Prepare and attach middle support braces

Measure the exact distance in between the side aprons and cut three 2x4 middle support braces to size. Add two pocket holes to each end of the braces and attach to the side aprons on the bottom of the table top with wood glue and kreg screws. I forgot to take a photo of attaching the support braces...

 farmhouse table diy with removable legs

12. Finish making table legs

Use a small pencil and mark where the corner bracket holes lines up on the table leg chamfer. It also helps to label the table leg and end apron it matches perfectly with A, B, C, D if you want.

Use a drill press and drill 90 degree holes into the chamfer where you made your hole markings. It's really important the hole is drilled at 90 degrees or else the leg may go on crooked. Next, the attach hanger bolts into the holes with a hanger bolt driver.

Finally, attach your removable legs to your farmhouse table with 5/16 flat washers and hex nuts!

Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs

Flip your farmhouse table over and it's all ready for sanding, staining, and finishing! Here is the final result:

Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs
Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs

And here is a photo of our very first farmhouse table that's still in our kitchen today and was our test build to figure out the best way to build a farmhouse table with removable legs:

Farmhouse table DIY with removable legs

I hope these build plans explaining how to build a farmhouse table with removable legs has been helpful! For a tutorial on how I stained and finished all of the farmhouse tables we've built, you can check out my post How to Stain Wood. We used Minwax Dark Walnut for this table.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

Office Chalkboard Makeover with Milk Paint

Office Chalkboard with Milk Paint

For the longest time I have been wanting to try milk paint. I typically use latex paint or chalk paint, but I've seen many awesome projects where milk paint was used and I really wanted to try it out to achieve a chippy finish! I had a chalkboard in my office that had a stained frame which I knew would look really cool if it had a distressed, white, paint finish to contrast with the black chalkboard. Here is the before photo of the chalkboard:

Office Chalkboard with Milk Paint

I decided to add some trim to the chalkboard to give it more definition and edges for distressing. I used Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in Farmhouse White (loveeee this color). After using the milk paint, I didn't quite get the chippy finish I anticipated at first. I sanded and distressed the chalkboard edges to get more of a rustic look, which resulted in this finish:

Office Chalkboard with Milk Paint

 It didn't chip quite like I imagined due to a preparation mistake I made. If you want a chippy finish, do not sand off all of the top coat or finish on your piece, only a little light sanding is necessary. A top coat will definitely help provide the resistance needed for chipping to occur. The original chalkboard frame I used had two coats of polyurethane and I sanded most of it off, which caused the milk paint to absorb in the wood instead of resisting it. However, if you do want the milk paint to be absorbed and not flake, raw wood or raw wood with stain is a great surface to start with! Either way you can sand your piece after painting, like I did with my chalkboard makeover, if you want to achieve a distressed finish.

Office Chalkboard with Milk Paint

Office Chalkboard with Milk Paint


After using milk paint for the first time in my chalkboard makeover, I am excited to use it again, especially on a vintage piece of furniture! Have you used milk paint before? What are your thoughts on it? Feel free to share in the comments below or on Instagram or Facebook.

You can check out the chalkboard in my full office makeover reveal here! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

Office Chalkboard with Milk Paint

Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal

Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal

Wow! I am really excited to finally be writing this post! It seems like my office makeover has been in the works forever! When I started spending a lot more time in my home office about two years ago, I realized the space was cluttered and uninspiring, it was pretty much just a mismatch of stuff. I wish I had a before photo of my office, but it was so long ago that I never did take one and I slowly began implementing all of my ideas. Of course there are still some small things I'd like to add or change, but I am so excited to share the reveal with you all now that the major projects are complete!!!

Almost all of the furniture and wall decor was either a DIY build or a refinishing project! It saved me a tonnnn of money and I was also able to customize a lot of the decor, furniture, and storage to exactly how I wanted it. The overall decorating style I was going for was rustic chic because I love a cozy, rustic home, yet it's my home office, so I needed some feminine touches mixed with lots of functionality and organization.

I've included a full source list at the bottom of the post!

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal

The large craft desk was my very first office project that I built with Brandon and it has been super functional for all my DIY needs. The floating shelf was a more recent build, the building steps can be found here

Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal

The Office Storage Bookcase is one of my favorite pieces I've ever built. I designed it to maximize storage space in a smaller room by making it nearly 8 feet tall and it has 9 cubby shelves, a huge drawer, and base cabinets for more hidden storage. It holds most of my crafting supplies and papers! I think it really is the focal point of my home office!

Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal

The Wood Framed Calligraphy Sign was another DIY project, you can find the tutorial here, and you can also download a free printable of the calligraphy design on the sign! For my computer and writing desk I took a break from building, but I did refinish it to match the rest of the office!

Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal
Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal
Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal

My IKEA Hack Magazine Files have been really functional as well for providing pretty storage! Originally, the white ones were pink, but I painted them white to be more neutral. The Oh So Beautiful print can be found in the Angela Marie Made Shop.

Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal

Finally, this chalkboard was a DIY project too and also a special paint job...but that's another story I will be sharing soon! I do use it for my daily to do lists all the time, so it's really useful and cute!

Rustic Chic Home Office Reveal


What do you think of my rustic chic home office reveal? Feel free to share in the comments or on Instagram or Facebook! This was my very first full room reveal on my blog and I am looking forward to the next room...which will most likely be the living room! Follow along on Instagram and Facebook for updates and behind the scenes photos! Thanks for checking out my home office reveal!

Home Office Source List:

  • Office Storage Bookcase - DIY build you can find here
  • Desk - Wayfair and refinished here
  • Craft Desk - DIY build
  • Bentwood chair - thrift store find
  • Magazine files - IKEA hack, tutorial here
  • Desk lamp - IKEA
  • Wall File Organizer - Pottery Barn
  • Wood Framed Calligraphy Sign - DIY build, tutorial here
  • But first coffee printable - Angela Marie Made Shop
  • Wood Floating Shelf - DIY project, info here
  • Grey Shelf Cubby Bins - Target
  • Baskets on floating shelf - World Market and Home Goods
  • Oh So Beautiful printable - Angela Marie Made Shop

How to Stain Wood

How to stain wood

When I first started learning how to build furniture, I really didn't know how to properly finish a piece and how to stain the wood. I remember my very first build, a 4ft. chalkboard, I was so excited about it that I didn't even sand the wood before I stained it! Fortunately, with stain, it hides a lot of imperfections!

As I continued with my DIY furniture building, I learned a lot through trial and error as well as some research on the best way to stain wood. Today I am sharing my process on how I stain wood and what I have found works best. I hope it helps if you are wanting to easily learn how to stain wood!

1. Sand the wood

The key to a beautiful finish is all in preparation of the wood, mainly the sanding! Now I will admit, I really don't like sanding! Getting covered in saw dust is no fun, but it is one of the most important preparation steps to creating a beautiful finish, so I deal with it!

Always wear goggles because sawdust in the eyes is annoying as I have experienced first hand. You can also wear a face mask/sanding respirator too if you desire. For most projects, I recommend an orbital palm sander. For really light projects, a sanding block will work and when extreme amounts of sanding are needed, a belt sander will be most helpful to start with on the project.

How to Stain Wood

It's best to start with 80 grit sand paper to sand your whole project and this usually takes the longest amount of time as it really gets all the rough stuff off of the wood. As you move up in the grit number of sand paper, the smoother the finish will be on your project piece, and the less material is removed. I usually start with 80 grit, then use 120 or 150 grit, and finish sanding with 220 grit for a very smooth finish on the wood. I really like these hook and loop sanding discs for my orbital sander, they stick right on the sander and remove very easily. Just make sure to line up the holes correctly to avoid extra scratches!

In the photo below, you can see the difference sanding makes in the finish of the wood!

How to Stain Wood

2. Prepare the Wood

The final preparation step is to remove the saw dust from your wood. There are many ways to do this like using a shop vac, a damp cloth, etc. My favorite way is to use a soft bristled brush or broom and sweep off the saw dust, then to remove the rest of it I always wipe down my wood with tack cloth. It's sticky so I like to wear latex or rubber gloves when cutting/handling it, but it works wonderfully for removing the saw dust and you don't need to use a lot of it, so it lasts awhile!

After all the saw dust is removed, the next key step is using a pre-stain wood conditioner (when you are going to be using an oil based stain). This can easily be applied to the wood with a lint free rag. Follow the directions on the can, but basically you apply this to your clean wood surface and let it sit 5 - 10 minutes before applying your stain.

How to Stain Wood
How to Stain Wood

This wood conditioner makes a HUGE difference in the final look of my furniture finishes! It prevents blotching and streaking on the wood surface. Here is a photo showing the difference after just one coat of stain has been applied. The wood piece with no wood conditioner is much more blotchy.

How to Stain Wood

3. Apply your stain!

Time for the stain! It's important to note that all wood takes stain differently, therefore it's best to test some different stains on a scrap piece of wood (that is the same kind of wood as your project) in order to make the best decision about what stain color you want to use!

how to stain wood

Wood Stains used in photo: Minwax English Chestnut, Provincial, Dark Walnut, Special Walnut, Mix of Weathered Oak & Provincial

When using oil-based stain, the most common type, always apply it outside or in a well ventilated area because it is smelly and make sure to put some plastic or cardboard down to protect your work surface! Wear gloves (chemical resistant ones work best) and make sure to stir the stain in the can before using (don't shake it). I prefer applying my stain with a lint free rag or cloth because I find that it's easiest to control how much is applied and it can be thrown away after use. You can also use a foam brush, but it goes on heavier, however they do work well for getting in tiny crevices. Another option is to use a natural bristle brush, but the brush can't just be cleaned with soap and water, it has to be cleaned with mineral spirits, which then have to be properly disposed, and this adds lots of extra time and effort. That's why I stick with the rag/cloth!

How to Stain Wood

Apply one coat of stain with the grain of the wood and use the rag to wipe any excess stain off. If you want a richer or deeper color, apply a second coat after the first coat has dried (usually around 4 hours).

How to stain wood

4. All Finished Staining! Decide on a top coat.

Yay! That's it for staining! You can either leave your project as is or add a top coat or sealant for the best durability finish and enhancing of the wood finish. There are many types of top coats/sealants you can use including polyurethane (water or oil based), furniture wax, oils, lacquers, shellac, etc. There are pros and cons of each, but what I've used most often is a fast drying oil-based polyurethane in a satin finish because it provides strong durability and really brings out the beauty and grain of the wood. For application, I use a foam brush (for easy disposal) and apply it very lightly in long strokes to avoid foam brush strokes. I know it looks like I used a lot in this photo below but it's just the glare! These foam brushes work great and hold up well with the poly in my experience.

After your first poly coat is applied and has dried, the wood grain may rise some, simply use a 220 grit sand block and lightly hand sand over the piece. Then, use tack cloth to wipe away the saw dust. Apply a second coat with a new foam brush and let dry. You can apply a 3rd coat if necessary.

How to Stain Wood

Once your top coat has been applied, let your newly finished piece sit for at least a day with no use (preferably 3 days) which allows the top coat to cure to a hard, durable finish. Then, you can enjoy! I hope this how to stain guide has been helpful! For building projects, where you can implement these staining steps, check out my building projects!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

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Floating Shelf DIY for the Office

floating shelf diy for office

When brainstorming ideas for my office wall decor, a floating wood shelf came to mind for my frames and other decor. It would also work well for adding some rustic charm which I love. I definitely had to have one!

Originally, I was thinking of buying one, because a shelf shouldn't be that expensive right? But, of course they were more $ than I wanted to spend and the less expensive ones all looked like fake wood. After lots of research on the best way to build a floating shelf, I decided to go with these build plans from Shanty-2-Chic, but modify them some so they'd be more apartment wall friendly and also not as thick/big.

Here are the wood sizes and cuts I started with in order to make a floating shelf that measures 49.5" long x 2.5" high x 7.25" wide:

  • One 2x2 @ 48" long and three 2x2 @ 5.75"
  • One 1x8 @ 48" long
  • One 1/4" thick plywood sheet @ 48" long x 7.25" wide
  • One 1x3 @ 49.5" long and two 1x3 @ 7.25"
Floating shelf DIY for the office
Floating shelf DIY for the office

First, using my kreg jig, I drilled two pocket holes into my three 2x2 @5.75" pieces. Then, I attached them to my 2x2 @48" to create the floating shelf support brace.


The shelf support brace was added to wall with 3" long screws (we drilled pilot holes first through the wood).

Floating shelf DIY for the office

Before assembling all of the remaining wood, I stained the parts of the wood that would show on the shelf. I didn't want to risk getting any stain on the walls since we are renting! I used Minwax Weathered Oak and then Provincial for the stain finish and sealed it with a satin poly finish.

I attached the bottom plywood piece first with screws. I used screws instead of nailing it because I want to easily be able to remove the shelf when we move.


After adding the bottom, I attached the top pieces and then the side and front pieces with 1.25" brad nails and my brad nailer.

Floating shelf DIY for the office
Floating shelf DIY for the office

Overall, it was a pretty simple build and I love the end result!

floating shelf diy for office
floating shelf diy for office
But first Coffee chalkboard Printable available in the shop here!

But first Coffee chalkboard Printable available in the shop here!


What do you think of my floating shelf DIY for the office?! If you want to see more office wall decor DIY ideas, you can check out my DIY wood sign (with a free printable too).

My full office makeover reveal is coming soon, stay tuned!!! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy Quote

DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy quote

I've been working on my office makeover for what seems like forever! Finally, I'm nearing the end of the process trying to determine my wall art. I knew I wanted a simple, rustic, wood sign for above my desk with an inspiring quote that incorporated my calligraphy. Picking the right quote was incredibly difficult for me, especially because I can be so indecisive and I changed my mind at least three times haha!

I decided on the quote "Create the things you wish existed," although I'm not sure of the source of it. I liked this quote because it can relate to all things creative/art/DIY or it can be applied to really any goals in life you wish to achieve! 

DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy quote

This is one of my most simple building projects yet and it can be done with just a hammer and finishing nails! Or if you really like the calligraphy quote design and don't want to DIY the wood sign, I've included a free printable art print of the design below:

Here are the supplies and steps on how to build and how to paint this DIY wood sign with the calligraphy quote:





  • 1/2" or 3/4" thick plywood panel at 2ft x 2ft
  • (2) 1x2 @ 8ft.
  • 1 1/4" brad nails or finish nails
  • Paint for the the sign background (latex, chalk paint, any kind you want!)
  • Paint for the lettering (any kind, I used acrylic craft paint)
  • Paint roller and small paint brush (for lettering)
  • Wood Stain

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

1. Cut your 1x2s to the following sizes: Two pieces @ 24" and Two pieces at 25 1/2"  OR if you have a custom size sign do two at the exact length of the top and bottom sides and two at 1 1/2" plus the length of the left and right sides.

DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy quote

2. Stain all sides (except the back), of your 1x2 frame pieces. Then, use a paint roller and paint the front side of your 2ft x 2ft plywood piece.

DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy quote

3. Now it's time to attach the framing to the sign! There are two simple ways you can do this. You can flip the sign over and lay your frame pieces against it, so everything is flat on your surface (shown in the first photo below). Or you can put some scrap 1x thick wood under your sign, leave it face up, and line up your frame pieces (middle photo below). I chose to do the second method so I could see exactly how my frame pieces were going to look when attached. Line up one of your shorter frame pieces on the bottom of the sign (use clamps if desired, it does make it easier).

4. Use a brad nailer or hammer and attach frame to sign with brad nails or finish nails. Repeat for the top frame piece on the top of the sign. You can use extra nails on the top and bottom pieces since they won't really show when hung on the wall.

DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy quote

5. After your top and bottom frame pieces are attached, repeat steps 3 and 4 for the left and right side frame pieces to complete your sign build!

6. Time for the lettering! There are many ways to transfer a print design on paper to a wood sign. And if you have a favorite way I'd love to hear in the comments! I'm going to share two methods here.

The first method is what I used, where I printed the calligraphy quote out with my vinyl machine as a vinyl decal and used it as a stencil (shown in below three photos). Then, I painted two coats of black acrylic paint with a small, art, paint brush, making sure I didn't put the paint on too heavy to prevent it from seeping under the vinyl. So, if you have a Cricut, Silhouette Cameo, or other vinyl machine and know how to make decals, this is a good method. A free printable for tracing the design is available below!

If you don't have a vinyl cutting machine, the second method works just as good! Have the design enlarged at your local copy store, I think Staples engineering 24" x 36" prints for $3.59 work especially great for this project. And I've included a free, 24" x 36" download of the design (in addition to the 8x10 printable) below which you can use! Then, once you have the enlarged print, use the pencil tracing method, where you flip the print over, rub pencil on the back of the letters, then flip the print back over and tape it down on your sign. Then, you trace over the outline of the letters on the front, pushing down hard. Remove the print and you have an outline of the lettering. Proceed with painting in your letters. Here is a good tutorial I found searching on Google that explains this method well with pictures!

Also, although I used a small paint brush for filling in the letters, a paint pen/marker may work really well too!

Once you've painted on your letters, your DIY wood sign with calligraphy quote is complete!

DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy quote
DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy quote
DIY Wood Sign with Calligraphy quote

I will be sharing some more office projects in the upcoming weeks as well as my full office makeover reveal!!! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

Update: You can see the full office makeover reveal with this sign here!

Quick Guide: How to Print Printables

how to print printables quick guide

When I tell people I create printables I often get a confused look as to what is a printable?! I also have a lot of new customers in my Etsy shop who are purchasing printables for the very first time! So, I thought putting together a quick guide explaining what printables are and how to print printables would be helpful!

What is a printable?

A printable is a graphic design or text that is in the form of a digital download. Examples include art prints, worksheets, calendars, stickers, quotes, and more. Two of my favorite things about printables are that they are inexpensive (and sometimes free) and you can print them out yourself! I love using printables to update my home decor with fun, new designs and seasonal designs, as well as using them for party decor!

how to print printables quick guide

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

How to print printables?

All Angela Marie Made printables are a high resolution, 300 dpi (dots per inch). It's important to note that the actual print quality can vary depending on where and how you actually print the printable. Actual print colors may vary due to monitor settings and the printer/printing service used. Also, print quality may vary due to the quality of paper, ink, and printer/printer settings used. With all that being said, here are my printable printing tips to help achieve a high quality print!

1. Print at Home

This is the easiest, cheapest, and fastest method!

You can use an inkjet or laser color printer (although I prefer inkjet). It is best to print on a high quality paper such as a premium matte cardstock for best results. I bought a 250 pack of this cardstock paper for $10 and it has lasted me a really long time and works great for printables and other kinds of projects. You can always just print on regular printer paper too if you are in a hurry!

Since most readily available cardstock and printer paper is 8.5" x 11", you will need to trim the paper if your printable is 8" x 10" (all of our art print printables are this size so they fit in a picture frame). I find it's easiest to trim the paper to 8" x 10" before printing. This paper trimmer is my favorite, inexpensive tool for quality paper trimming. It's available on Amazon and also at many local craft stores like Michaels and Jo Anne Fabrics. Scissors and a ruler is always an option too for trimming.

Finally, before printing, make sure your printer settings are set up for high quality printing, high quality paper (if using it), and for the right 8" x 10" size under printer properties. The exact settings will vary on printers, but I use: Borderless Photo Printing, Borderless 8x10in., Premium Matte Paper, BEST print quality, and landscape or portrait orientation. Also, you can test out any other settings, such as color printer settings. For example, on black and white only designs, I chose high quality grayscale (instead of print in color).

That's it! Print, place in a picture frame if you want, and enjoy!

Here is a photo of our "but" printable that I printed at home from my inkjet printer on cardstock paper:

how to print printables

2. Online Printing Services

There are many online printing services, many of which can offer a quick and high quality print of your printable that is shipped directly to you. My favorite online printer that I have tried is Persnickety Prints. They offer high quality, affordable prints, fast shipping, and several paper choices. The great part about Persnickety is that you can select the 8x10 press print size, so no cutting or trimming is necessary! They are also great for printing our chalkboard printables since they are high quality and you don't have to use a lot of your own black ink!

3. Local Print Shop or Office Supply Store

You can use a local print shop or office supply store and take the file on a USB flash drive and go speak directly with someone about what you need printed, how you'd like it printed, and what type of paper you'd like to be used. Of all the office stores, I prefer Fedex Office (Kinkos). I'd avoid using supercenters and photo kiosks as they are intended for actual photo printing on photo paper not art prints on cardstock or specialty paper, so their quality is going to be lower for design/art printables.

And that's my quick guide to how to print printables! Besides the printables I offer in the shop, I am going to be offering some free printables soon on an on going basis! Freebies are always exciting! For new designs, updates, and more be sure to follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!


Entryway Hall Tree Bench DIY

Entryway Tree Hall Bench DIY

Since we moved into our apartment, I really wanted to build a cute hall tree bench for a little corner by our front door where we desperately needed some organization and a place to put keys, dog leashes, shoes, jackets and more. I want to keep it real with you guys, so here is an embarrassing photo of what the area looked like before and as you can see we really needed something more functional (and pretty):


Talk about a hot mess, right?! Finally, I decided to build a custom entryway hall tree bench! With Brandon's help we were able to get it built and painted within two afternoons, it was definitely a more simple/easy project build!

We live in a small apartment right now and this hall tree bench is perfect for providing organization for small spaces! And I'm obsessed with it now! Every time I walk by it, it's just so cute to look at it and it provides so much needed function to our entryway! And Brandon loves it too! Win-Win!

Total build cost for this Entryway Hall Tree Bench DIY was about $92! Other hall trees this size retail around $250-$500, definitely a huge cost savings by building one. The final size of the Entryway Hall Tree Bench is 31" wide x 76" tall.

The full tutorial on how to build this Entryway Hall Tree Bench can be found on my post on, where you can find more great DIY building project plans too!!

As a reference here are the materials and tools you will need:


  • (2) 2x8 @ 8ft
  • (1) 1 x8 @ 6ft
  • (1) 1x4 @ 8ft
  • (1) 1x4 @ 10ft
  • (1) 1x16 @ 48" Laminated Panel Board
  • (1) 1/4" thick, 4ft x 8ft Plywood board
  • 2 Wood Corbels
  • 3 Coat Hooks
  • 2", 1 1/2", & 3/4" Wood Screws
  • 2 1/2" and 1 1/4″ Kreg screws
  • 3/4" and 1" Brad Nails
  • Wood Glue


Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

Again you can find the full tutorial and free build plans over at!

What do you think of my Entryway Hall Tree Bench DIY?! I think it would also work great in mudrooms, hallways, laundry rooms and more! Would you be able to use an organizer like this in your entryway? Feel free to share in the comments or on Instagram or Facebook! You can also follow along with my latest projects on Pinterest!

Lastly, you can find this new "so good to be home" printable in the shop!

Entryway Tree Hall Bench DIY
Entryway Tree Hall Bench DIY
Entryway Tree Hall Bench

4th of July Mini Pie Favors

4th of july mini pie favors

I really wanted to make some vintage, patriotic 4th of July decor this year, but its been a crazy, busy month! Instead, I am sharing these quick and easy 4th of July mini pie favors! So, if you are feeling crunched for time, but still want to make something festive too, these mini pie favors are perfect! You can bring them as a favor to a 4th of July celebration or just eat them all yourself (and maybe share some too)!

4th of july mini pie favors

Supplies needed:

  • Mini pie baking pan (I found mine at Williams-Sonoma a few years ago and love it)
  • Star cookie cutter
  • Refrigerated pie crust dough
  • Your favorite pie filling recipe (I used a cherry filling recipe from Food Network)
  • Kraft cupcake boxes
  • Festive ribbon and gift tags
  1. First, roll out your pie dough and add to your mini pie baking pan. Then, add the pie filling.
4th of July Mini Pie Favors

2. Use your star cookie cutter and cut out star shapes in the pie dough and add on top of the mini pies. Sprinkle with some sugar and dollop some butter on top of the mini pies.

4th of July Mini Pie Favors

3. Bake according to the pie recipe (you may have to adjust the timing due to the smaller size of the pies if you are using a regular pie size recipe). After baking, allow the mini pies to cool.

4th of July Mini Pie Favors

4. Add the mini pies to your cupcake boxes and decorate them with red/white/blue ribbon and gift tags! Super simple, yet cute and festive!

4th of July Mini Pie Favors

What do you think of these 4th of July mini pie favors? Do you have any favorite 4th of July projects?! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

4th of July Mini Pie Favors

4 Ways to figure out your Home Decor Style

 Ways to figure out your Home Decor Style

Narrowing down your home decor style can be tough! I feel like I am constantly evolving my home decor style to figure out what I absolutely love. And since starting this blog, I have really been trying to narrow down my exact decor niche in order to be consistent with what type of style content that I post. But, it is has been really challenging because I am still at the early stages of this process and I have found I like a lot of different styles! Haha! Do you ever feel that way? That you are just drawn to so many styles that you like?!

In order to really start narrowing down my focus, I've been using 4 key ways to help myself figure out my home decorating style and I thought it would be useful to share them since others probably feel this way at times or all the time!

Here are 4 ways to help figure out your home decor style:

1. Create a mood board or Pinterest board

Start saving images of decor styles that you just love and feel like they could be part of your dream home. Don't bother saving images that you like, but only ones that really speak to you. Once you have several of these images gathered, see if you can find some kind of cohesive theme to all of them. When I did this I noticed I was really drawn to whites, greys, neutral textures, and some rustic touches with pops of color. In addition, I noticed I really love wood mixed with white. This was interesting to me because I love the color pink, but I've realized I don't want to decorate everywhere with it, but just try to incorporate it in natural ways, like fresh pink flowers!

I found the photo below on Pinterest and it is one of my favorite photos on my mood board. I love the natural wood, refreshing whites, marble counter top, and the stunning chandelier! The comfy couch and fireplace in the background are lovely too since they incorporate the coziness elements that I love! The only thing I'd change in this photo is maybe some of the fireplace decor and I'd have a fire actually going in the fireplace haha :)

2. Make a list of words that describe how you want your home to feel.

What is the overall vibe you want someone to feel instantly when walking into your home? And if they were to describe it what would they say it felt like and looked like? The words I chose for my home are:

  • Light and airy
  • Cozy
  • Happy
  • Simplicity
  • Classic
  • Natural
  • Rustic Chic
  • Bits of farmhouse styles

Now when you go to make a decor decision you can look at your list and see if your decor idea or product you want to buy fits this vision!

3. Practice decorating with some styles you have been drawn to and that your mood board conveys. Then, take photos of the decor and assess what you like and don't like.

I am still in the process of practicing A LOT! And it's hard. But, it should get easier in time with more practicing and editing. When I take photos of my decor styling, it really helps me to step back and visually assess what I like and don't like about what I created. I think this is a good way to learn and help develop your decor style. It's also fun when you do this over time because you can see how much your style has changed and improved!

4. Figure out what styles you don't like.

This one probably seems like a no brainer, but knowing what to stay clear of really helps. For example, I know that I don't like anything mid-century or really modern. Some people have created really cool spaces with these styles and I like admiring how they have done that, but I personally don't prefer it for my own home. Therefore, I know to stay clear of furniture and decor that has that kind of look since it would not look right in my home.

I hope these 4 ways of figuring out your home decor style have been helpful in some way! Now the next biggest challenge after figuring out your home decor style is how to create this style without spending a bunch of money, unless of course you can go ahead and do that! I'll be sharing some tips I've used for decorating on a budget in the near future!

Are there any special ways you have used to help figure out your home decor style? Feel free to share in the comments or on Instagram or Facebook! I love hearing others tips on this subject!

DIY Hanging Table

DIY Hanging Table

Today I am excited to share a very fun DIY project, it was a totally last minute idea that I put together pretty fast: a DIY hanging table for the patio! Or should I call it a floating table?! Either way its been a simple, yet really functional addition to our small patio.

Brandon and I didn't have a table for our patio and it was kind of annoying whenever we'd be having drinks or reading out on the patio because we had nowhere to place our drinks, book, phones, etc. We really needed a table, but space was super limited because our patio is very small and our chairs take up a lot of room, plus Chance, our pup, likes to lay down on the patio too while we are out there. I decided a hanging table would be a fun and useful addition!

When designing our DIY hanging table, I wanted it to have a farmhouse style look to it, so I added some breadboard ends. But, if you want to keep this project really simple you can just do four pieces of wood together at longer lengths instead of adding the breadboard ends.

DIY Hanging Table

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

In case you are wondering, the total project cost for this DIY Hanging Table was just about $17 in material! And the final size is approx. 19" x 14".

Here are the steps on how to make this DIY Hanging Table:

1. Gather your supplies and tools:

  • 3/8" thick sisal rope
  • Two Screw Eyes
  • Two Spring Links
  • One 1x4 @ 8ft
  • Kreg Jig
  • 1 1/4″ Kreg Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw (or have your home improvement store make the cuts)

Here is a photo of the screw eyes and spring links that I used. I made sure my hardware and rope all had a weight capacity of at least 100 lbs (to be on the safe side)!

DIY Hanging Table

2. Cut four 12" wood pieces from your 1x4.

3. Lay out your four 12" pieces side by side and mark (on the pieces you want to be the backside) where your pocket holes will go. I wanted this table to be really sturdy so I did several pocket holes. After marking where to add pocket holes, drill your pocket holes using a Kreg Jig.

DIY Hanging Table - IMG_7016.jpg

4. Next, attach your four wood pieces with kreg screws and wood glue. It's easiest to attach one piece at a time using clamps.

DIY Hanging Table

5. After attaching all four pieces, measure the exact length of the four attached pieces. It should be around 14" long. Then, cut your two breadboard end pieces and mark on the back of them where your pocket holes will go. Drill your pocket holes and attach your two breadboard ends to the four pieces with pocket holes and Kreg screws. After everything is attached, your table build is complete!

Tip: If you want your breadboard ends to line up perfectly to the center boards with no gaps you can use a circular saw and trim a tiny bit off the attached center boards to create a perfectly straight edge. I was going for a rustic look, so the minor gaps didn't bother me!

6. Mark 1.5" in from the side corners of the table. Then, drill a hole on all four corners for your rope. I used a 1/2" drill bit so that my rope would fit easily.

7. Sand and stain (or paint) your table. I used Minwax Provincial. I also used a polyurethane top coat to finish it off.

8. Determine how low you want your table to hang from the ceiling or wherever you are going to hang it from and then measure that distance to determine how much rope you will need. Once you know the amount of rope you will need, add an extra foot to that measurement so you have some extra rope to work with when hanging. Then, cut your two pieces of rope to the final measurement needed.

9. Insert each piece of rope into the holes from the bottom of the table. Adding a small piece of masking tape or duct tape on the rope ends makes it easier to insert the rope through the holes to avoid rope fraying. After inserting your rope through the holes, your rope should like this photo from the bottom view of the table:

DIY Hanging Table

10. On each rope piece, tie the two ends together in a knot around the spring hooks, leaving extra room at the end of the rope. Then, attach your screw eyes into the ceiling. Next, attach your spring links to the screw eyes. At this point you may need to adjust your rope knot in order to get the table hanging level and at the exact height you want it. Once you have the table hanging where you want, add another knot with the extra hanging rope and then cut any excess rope off.

DIY Hanging Table

All finished! Sit back and enjoy your new DIY Hanging Table!

DIY Hanging Table

What do you think of my DIY hanging table?! It can also be used indoors and it works really well for adding function to small spaces! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

DIY Hanging Table
DIY Hanging Table

How to Make a Magnolia Wreath

how to make a magnolia wreath DIY

Are you a Fixer Upper fan? Or maybe you just love the farmhouse style decor? Well there are some signature farmhouse styles that I love and the magnolia wreath is one of them! Since moving to Charleston, I see magnolia trees everywhere and it makes me happy every time I see one. I decided to make a magnolia wreath since there were plenty of fresh magnolia leaves around. One of the best things about this project is that it cost less than $1 to make! All I needed to buy was a wreath form, which was $0.99 and I had a coupon too which knocked it down a few more cents. Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to make this magnolia wreath DIY.

Tip: Because fresh leaves are used in this tutorial, the leaves begin to brown after several days, so if you want your magnolia wreath to last for several months, I recommend treating your magnolia leaves with glycerin, an organic emollient, to preserve them. Here is a tutorial from Martha Stewart on that process or you can search Google for other tutorials.

how to make a magnolia wreath DIY

Supply list:

  • Magnolia leaves
  • Grapevine wreath form (I got mine from Michael's craft store and bought the 5" size)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (already had these supplies on hand)
  • Scissors
How to make a magnolia wreath DIY

Here are the steps on how to make a magnolia wreath:

1. If using fresh magnolia leaves, I highly recommend sticking them in a bucket of warm, soapy water and rinsing them off with fresh water. This will eliminate any bugs/dirt that may be on them! P.S. you will notice my leaves are wet in some of the photos below, make sure you dry them before trying to hot glue them, otherwise it sizzles and doesn't work so great!

2. Cut the bottom of the magnolia leaves at an angle (this will help with sticking them into the wreath form) and then separate the leaves into large, medium, and small sizes.


    3. Start with your largest leaf pile and stick them in the back of the wreath form. Turn it over and secure the leaf with hot glue to the wreath form.


    4. Continue step #3 until you have completed the first layer and make sure to leave some space between each leaf.


    5. Start your next layer above the first, base layer. Place the leaves in this second layer over the gaps between the leaves of the first layer. Continue this process until the wreath form is almost complete (except for the last inside layer). I used large leaves for about two layers and medium sized leaves for one - two more layers. Also, around the middle layers it may be easier to hot glue the leaves from the front instead of the back, you just have to decide on a leaf by leaf basis!


    6. For the final, inside layer, use your smaller leaves, and stick them into the wreath form at an angle. Keep doing this all the way around. The key to this final step is to make sure each leaf covers the stem of the prior leaf before it, as well as the stems of the leaves on the layer below it. Secure each leaf with hot glue, but make sure the hot glue is going to be hidden by the next leaf! Also, if you have any abnormally long stems sticking out in the middle, just snip it with some scissors.

    how to make a magnolia wreath DIY

    And here is the final result:

    how to make a magnolia wreath DIY
    how to make a magnolia wreath DIY

    What do you think of my DIY magnolia wreath? I hope my how to make a magnolia wreath tutorial was easy to follow and inspires you to create your own fresh leaf wreath! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

    My New Etsy Shop!

    Oh so beautiful printable etsy

    I have exciting news to share today! I have officially started a new Etsy shop!!! Naturally, it's called Angela Marie Made. Here is the link for it:

    It's definitely still in the growing stages and there are a lot more listings I want to add, but I'm happy that I've started it. I've been wanting to start an online shop that was complementary to my blog and also that incorporated my love of calligraphy and home related decor. To start I am offering art prints as printables/instant downloads. I think these are great because they are an inexpensive way to spruce up any area of your home with a fun design or seasonal decor. All you have to do is print the design out and pop it in a cute frame or pin it up on the wall or display it some other fun way!

    In the near future I plan on adding physical products such as some fun mugs, signs, and other for the home items. But, starting a new shop is a lot of work and each design takes time to create, so it's not the fastest process! My first of these physical products should be released really soon and I'm simply loving it! Be sure to follow along on Instagram for the first sneak peak of it and possibly a special giveaway too! In the meantime, if you'd like to see when new products are listed, you can add my shop as a favorite to your Etsy favorites :)

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    Desk Makeover DIY

    Office Desk Makeover DIY

    In the process of revamping my office, a new desk was definitely needed. I had been using a flimsy computer desk that was at least 15 years was contributing to my office disorganization problem and was an eyesore, certainly not a place to sit and be inspired ;) I'd share a photo of it, but it fell apart when we had to move it out of the office lol!

    For my new desk, I wanted something classic, feminine, and of quality...after all I needed it to match my new DIY Office Storage Cabinet. Well, I had my eye on a beautiful Pottery Barn desk with pretty turned legs, but it just wasn't in the budget! I searched and searched for a similar, but more affordable desk and just couldn't find what I wanted. I came pretty close to building the desk, but if I bought four pretty, fancy, turned desk legs, it was again taking up my whole budget and I still needed a desk top and drawer! Finally, I came across this desk on Wayfair that was super on sale. It was nearly perfect as far as design, price, pretty turned legs, and size. Yet, it did not come in white and I wasn't a fan of the knobs. I decided to order it and give it a mini makeover.


    Office Desk Makeover DIY

    Here's a close up of one of the desk legs, I just love how the details help give it that classy, feminine look!

    Office Desk Makeover DIY

    For the paint color, I chose Ivory White by Benjamin Moore (love this color). Before I started painting, I tested a small area on the back of the desk to make sure there was no pink bleed through which can often happen when painting white over dark stained furniture.

    Office Desk Makeover DIY

    I painted the desk with primer and then two coats of paint. For the final finish, I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Tough Coat Sealer. For more durability, I used two to three coats of it. It's great for sealing white painted surfaces as it doesn't yellow, which is awesome because so many sealers and polys I have used in the past caused yellowing over white paint.

    Here is the final result!

    Office Desk Makeover DIY

    What do you think of my mini desk makeover? Soon I will be sharing my full office reveal with all the decor completed! I am super excited about it, but I have a few more projects to tackle before I can do that! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for my latest projects, fun updates, and sneak peeks!

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