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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are my own.

I recently showed you my mini backyard makeover, but I thought I would take a minute to share how I prepped our yard for the garden bed we created. I had a general idea of the dimensions I wanted the garden bed to be, but I really needed to visualize the space (particularly the width) and also mark where I wanted to dig with my tiller. Luckily, my Milwaukee 100 ft extra bold large capacity chalk reel came in super handy for this particular task. I just snapped chalk lines to mark where I wanted the garden bed to be located.

I had a little helper who wanted to assist me, so we tested the chalk reel out in other locations too.

I love that this chalk reel has an extra bold line, which makes it perfect for outdoor projects. I did find that it was a little tricky in spots where we hadn’t mowed in a while (totally our fault), but it worked perfectly on the shorter parts of the lawn. It has a planetary gear system which provides the longest gear life, plus a 4:1 retraction ratio which allows you to quickly mark multiple lines. The extra bold line works well in the grass, so it was perfect for this particular use. I love simple tools that make my projects easier, and this one definitely did.

It’s also very easy to refill the chalk, which I liked too. Thanks to the extra large quick turn opening, I didn’t make a huge mess like I was expecting to. There’s an 18 oz capacity which means you can get a lot of use out of it before needing to refill it.

After I marked off where I wanted to dig, I used my tiller and created the garden bed in front of the deck. (You can see the whole project here.)

Here’s a before and after of our garden bed area:

We really wanted to add some plants so that people didn’t see directly under the deck when looking at the back of our house. It was a bit of an eye sore, and this project made a big difference! I am pretty clueless when it comes to landscaping or plants or anything involving the yard, so this was new territory for me, but I’m so glad I did it. It motivated me to do more, which I’m sure our neighbors will appreciate since our yard is looking pretty sad at the moment!

As for the plants, when we planned this project I knew we would have to choose something that would do well in direct sunlight, so we opted for boxwoods and sunshine ligustrum, both of which are similar in size. I like the color contrast between them and so far they’ve done really well in this spot.

We have some other landscaping projects we want to take on within the next year so I’m sure this chalk reel will come in handy for those too. If you want to add one to your arsenal, you can pick one up at Home Depot. I think it would be really useful for visualizing while space planning outdoors too, like marking off where we might want a shed or a playhouse to go, or even planning a patio. What would you use it for? Let me know in the comments!

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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I am so excited to announce that I will be coming back to Haven Conference as a mentor again this year! For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Haven is a blogging conference for the home decor and DIY niche, and it was a game changer for me 7 years ago. The first year of Haven happened to also be my first year of blogging, so I opted to attend since it was here in Atlanta. My mind was blown! I came away with so many actionable items and a massive amount of information about the business of blogging, I didn’t even know where to begin. It was overwhelming in the best possible way. I started implementing as much as I could and turned this blog into a business fairly quickly. Now, 7 years later I am honored to be a mentor at the same blogging conference that changed the course of my career.

As a mentor, I will be facilitating discussions with a small group of bloggers assigned as my mentees, and we will be sharing tips and resources as well as chatting about all things blogging related. I look forward to this conference every year and I can’t stress enough what an amazing resource it is if you are interested in blogging or taking your blog to the next level.

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite thing about Haven is, I always say that I love the fact that you can go and meet friends who are passionate about the same things while learning a ton at the same time. I have made lifelong friends at Haven. They truly are “my people,” and if you attend Haven, then I hope the same will be true for you. I know that sometimes it can be intimidating coming into a large group of people and trying to make connections, but I have found that we are all in the same boat and everyone is truly nice and welcoming.

Charlotte and I have a podcast episode all about reasons why we feel like it is important to attend conferences (episode 47), and you can find it on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify. Just search “North South Makers.” We also chatted about our experience at Haven Conference last year (episode 44) and the importance of networking in general (episode 39).

To learn more about all of the mentors at this year’s Haven Conference, you can check out the mentor page here.

Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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I recently made over our guest bedroom for the FrogTape Paintover Challenge (if you missed it, check out the reveal here!), and one of the projects for the room was this powder blue nightstand makeover.

I thought I would share a little before and after with you as well as what products I used. First of all, I scored this nightstand at a thrift store a few years ago and it had been sitting in our garage collecting dust ever since. When I bought it, it had a bonsai tree painted on the front. Not exactly my style, but I knew this piece could be transformed into something beautiful.

Product List:

(Affiliate links included in this post.)

This was a quick and easy makeover, for the most part. First, I taped off the hardware with FrogTape since it was permanently attached to the piece and couldn’t be easily removed. I sanded down the bonsai tree since there was texture to it. I ended up having to use a belt sander because whatever gilding they used for the gold part was not coming off. The belt sander did the trick though.

Then, I primed the entire thing with a coat of Kilz primer.

Finally, I applied 3 thin coats of Behr “Winterscape” paint, allowing each coat to fully dry in between. For my technique, favorite products, and tips, you can check out my furniture painting tutorial here.

I peeled off the tape while the last coat of paint was just a little bit damp.

I finished it off by applying paste wax through a couple of layers of cheese cloth and then buffing it with a cotton cloth afterwards.

I love how it turned out and it was the perfect piece for this space. See? Being a furniture hoarder comes in handy sometimes. (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)

Do you love giving old pieces of furniture new life too?

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Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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I recently had some fun playing around with my new Dremel Stylo+ craft tool, which is definitely one of my favorites. I experimented with some wood carving and dying with India ink, and created this little carved tree art. You can check out the tutorial below.

DIY CARVED TREE ART DYED WITH INDIA INK

SUPPLY LIST:
  • Dremel Stylo+ Craft Tool (I used one of the high speed cutter accessories and one of the engraving cutter accessories.)
  • Scrap Wood (I used a small piece of 1″ thick pine. Pine is a good option for this project since it’s soft wood and easy to carve.)
  • India Ink
  • Rag
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Printed tree graphic (I found a free download online and printed it out. If you go this route as opposed to designing your own, just check the copyright specs and make sure it’s ok for personal use, or commercial use if you plan on selling what you make.)
Step 1

Select (or design) your graphic and print. Then tape it down to your wooden canvas and trace the outline with a pencil, being sure to press down hard enough to create an indentation in the wood.

Step 2

I used my Dremel Stylo+, starting with the high speed cutter, to follow the outline left behind after tracing the tree with my pencil.

Let’s talk about this tool for a minute. I love it! It comes with 15 accessories for etching, engraving, polishing, and sanding.

It’s lightweight and has a quiet compact motor which makes it perfect for in home use. (I used it in my dining room.) It has a comfortable grip and its slim size allows for maximum control, which is key when doing precision work. It has variable speeds which can be adjusted based on the application and material, and it is just so versatile in general. I’m a fan. I used a speed level 5 per the manual based on which accessories I was using and what material I was carving (soft pine).

Step 3

I traced over my outline again with a small engraving cutter accessory to add a little bit of additional depth.

Step 4

I went back over it again with the high speed cutter just to make sure there was plenty of definition, and I added some detail to the tree with it too.

Step 5

Next, I dyed the entire thing with India ink. I applied it with a rag, and wore rubber gloves since this stuff is quite messy. The goal was for the carved part to remain natural and the rest of the wood to be dyed. I ended up touching up a few spots later with my high speed cutter attachment.

Step 6

I plan on sealing my art with some polycrylic, but you can use the topcoat of your choice. You can mount picture hanging hardware on the back or just use velcro picture hanging strips, which is what I usually do.

Overall, I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with this little tool. And this project could certainly be customized in a lot of different ways. What would you make with your Dremel Stylo+? Let me know in the comments!

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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We are feeling the heat down here in Georgia, and the kids are officially out for summer break. With all of that comes plenty of summer outdoor projects, but do you know what the worst part of that is? The bugs! Call me crazy, but personally I’m not a fan of them. We’ve had ant issues for years, despite regular pest control treatments, and same with mosquitoes. Before starting my latest outdoor project, I headed to the Home Depot to pick up some OFF!® products to get rid of pesky bugs and prevent bites while my family and I are in the yard, and I decided to grab some Raid® for indoor use too.

Here are the items I picked up:

One of the projects I’m working on is prepping to plant a garden bed in front of the deck. I doused myself in Off!® Deep Woods because the mosquitoes are out in full force right now and I’ve already gotten a few bites. If I’m going to be spending hours in the yard, I definitely need to be protected. This stuff provides long lasting protection that won’t stain and is non-greasy, and protects against ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, and fleas.

I decided since I was buying bug spray for outdoor use, I might as well go ahead and grab some to get rid of ants indoors too. We do occasionally have issues with them by our back door and by our dining room window. I used Raid® Ant & Roach spray to kill a few of them on contact. This spray eliminates roaches, ants, spiders, silverfish and more. Don’t even get me started on spiders. I can handle snakes, but spiders? HARD PASS.

While our main problem is ants, I do see the occasional roach (we live in the South so we have those huge extra nasty looking ones). Fun fact: my oldest son used to call them “goaches” and it stuck and that’s how we refer to them at our house. Makes me laugh every time.

It’s easy to forget about insect repellant when you’re planning an outdoor DIY project and gathering supplies, and there have been plenty of times when I got all set up to start my project and THEN realized it was a problem and I had to go back out to the store to pick up some bug spray. Same goes for having indoor bug spray on hand. I’m trying to work on being more proactive about it and just grabbing some whenever I pick up my project supplies so I will be good to go when I’m ready to start working.

I worked outdoors for quite a while and didn’t have any new bites when I came inside, and I haven’t seen any more ants in the house, but if I do I’ll be ready. The products definitely did their job. You can find both Raid® and OFF!® products at The Home Depot.

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”).
As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the
purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.
My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and
applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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Since I recently learned how to weld, I’ve been experimenting with different methods of cutting metal. I typically use an angle grinder, but with so many different tools on the market I thought I would start experimenting with other options. Today I’m going to show you how I cut tube steel using my new Makita Portable Compact Band Saw.

To be totally honest with you, I have to admit that when I first got this saw, I was a bit skeptical about its ability to cut through tube steel. I wondered how something so lightweight with such a thin blade could cut through steel without a problem. But I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. This little saw cut through tube steel like butter! It was effortless. Now that I’m getting into more metalworking, I definitely think this tool will be a major part of my arsenal.

First, I assembled the saw, and I found that the blade was extremely easy to install. One convenient feature is the tool-less blade change lever for fast installation and removal of the blade. I’m always a fan of any feature that helps save me time. There’s also a built in LED light that illuminates your work area.

This saw runs on a Makita 18 volt lithium ion battery. The wheel cover encloses the blade outside the cutting area which makes it safe for one-handed operation, and the motor delivers 630 ft./min. blade speed for faster cutting. I love that it’s cordless, portable, and versatile, with the ability to cut a variety of metal materials. This saw would be super convenient if you had to travel to different job sites, but I love it just for using it around my workshop. It has 2 1/2″ cutting capacity which is ideal for cutting things like conduit, Unistrut®, copper pipe, threaded rod, angle iron, and channel. I think whether you are a professional contractor or just a hobbyist, this tool would come in handy for anyone who works with metal.

So let’s talk about my experience testing it out. I clamped my 3/4″ square tube steel with my vice to make sure it was secured and wouldn’t wiggle around when cutting.

I marked where I needed to cut, and then started the blade before making contact with the steel. Once the blade was at full speed, I started cutting without applying force. The blade did all the work and I just guided it straight down.

Worked like a charm!

It was surprisingly easy to use, and like I said, I was thoroughly impressed with its performance. It cut through the steel significantly faster than my angle grinder, and is lighter weight too.Plus, unlike my angle grinder, since it’s cordless I can use it anywhere on our property. I did buy some Makita cutting wax which you can use to protect the blade and lubricate it for cutting, but I haven’t tried it out yet.

Overall, I can say without a doubt that this tool will be in heavy rotation in my workshop. What would you use this compact band saw for? Let me know in the comments!

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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If you missed it the other day, I recently completed a little landscaping project in our back yard, and I used a large garden tiller for the job. Since it was a piece of equipment that we had to partially assemble, tightening bolts was a task that was involved. While I was using the tiller I noticed that some of the bolts had loosened a bit and needed tightening, and luckily I had the perfect tools for the job. I used the Milwaukee 56 piece 3/8″ Drive Ratchet and Socket Set, and it came in so handy!

This is such a nice set and has a wide variety of socket sizes, and the sizes are stamped onto each socket, which I like. I chose the appropriate size socket and connected it to my ratchet, then fixed the loose bolts quickly and easily. Oh, and ignore the yard full of weeds. That’s on the project to do list too!

These tools have a 90 tooth design with 4 degrees of arc swing for tight work spaces, which is a great feature. I also love that the parallel flat sides on the sockets keep them from rolling away. The portable carrying case is super durable and has a removable inner storage tray. Plus, this set has a lifetime guarantee.

These sockets also have a wrench compatible design, so they really are very versatile. It comes with standard sized sockets as well as 3 inch and 6 inch extensions and a universal swivel 90 tooth ratchet.

I’ve actually never owned a socket set and now I’m wondering why on earth I didn’t have one before. I’ve always just used a wrench but I could never get the bolts as tight as I wanted them, plus there are plenty of times when the wrench just wouldn’t fit into a tight space. This solves that problem.

My sweet little helper LOVED playing with this set while I worked and he enjoyed “helping” me attach the sockets to the ratchet. And I love that this is a job he can easily and safely help with. He’s always hanging around in my workshop and there are so many tasks that are just too dangerous for him to help me with or even be nearby while I’m doing them, so it was nice having him around to be my assistant for this.

Another thing I’ll be using this set for is to tighten the nuts and bolts on my welding table, as those often come loose. (It’s a cheap table.) I also think this set would make a great gift for any DIYer. (Or really any homeowner, because let’s face it, eventually you’re going to need to tighten a bolt.) I’ve been brainstorming all of the different things I can use it for, and I’m searching the house for anything that might have a loose bolt. I never really realized how much more convenient a ratchet is than a regular wrench, particularly for tight and narrow spaces. You can find this Milwaukee ratchet and socket set at Home Depot. What would you use it for? Let me know in the comments!

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Troy-Bilt. All opinions are my own.

Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Cleveland, Ohio, for a kick-off event with Troy-Bilt. A group of other bloggers and YouTubers and I are taking part in a fun “Flip the Yard” challenge, where were tasked with completing an outdoor project that the average person could easily finish in a weekend. I’ll show you the mini makeover we did in our back yard in a moment, but first I want to tell you about Cleveland.

I had a great time visiting the Troy-Bilt headquarters and learning about the history of the company, as well as playing around with some of their outdoor power equipment. They also took us on a trolley tour of the city, and out to some really nice dinners. The highlight of the trip, however, was a community service project we took part in. We restored the gardens at a crisis nursery called Providence House. Providence House is a shelter for children ages newborn through 12 years old who are in situations that put them at risk for neglect and abuse. What I love about it though is that they provide respite care without parents having to give up custody of their children. Parents can voluntarily bring their children there for up to 60 days, which is a godsend for folks who may be fleeing an abusive situation or seeking treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, for example. Providence House will take care of all of the childrens’ needs, including transporting them to school, allowing them to stay in their existing school district. It’s such an amazing organization and I was so happy to be a part of such an awesome project.

TROY-BILT FLIP THE YARD CHALLENGE

As for my “Flip the Yard” project, I decided to tend to an eye sore that we’ve been meaning to do something about for quite some time. Our entire yard is in serious need of attention, but we focused on the small area in front of our deck. Standing in the yard facing the house, you could see directly under the deck and it just wasn’t pretty. Here’s what it looked like before:

We opted to plant a garden bed along the entire length of the deck. As I mentioned, the challenge was to complete an outdoor project in a single weekend. The kicker: we had $250 to spend at Home Depot and had to fit everything in one cart. (In addition, Troy-Bilt provided the equipment.)

Troy-Bilt provided the Mustang Dual-Direction Rear Tine Tiller which was a beast! I loved using it. It allows you to till in counter-rotating mode for hard soil when first breaking ground, and then forward-rotating mode for softer soil once beds are established. This was perfect for us since we needed to do both.

I am clueless when it comes to landscaping and gardening, but I found the equipment easy enough to use. I was able to figure out how to use it, and if I can do it, anyone can. It also has an adjustable depth stake that allows you to achieve an even tilling depth. The power reverse is helpful for backing out of corners or tight spaces too.

Step 1:

Step 1 of the “Flip the Yard” project was to till a strip of land in front of the deck.

Step 2: Add topsoil.

After tilling the soil, we smoothed it a bit with a rake and then added in a bit of topsoil with fertilizer that we picked up from Home Depot. We raked it through, mixing it with the existing soil.

I recruited a cute helper for this part.

Step 3: Dig holes & plant.

Then we dug holes for our plants. We decided to alternate Boxwoods with Sunshine Ligustrum, and used 9 plants total. They should both fill in the space nicely as they grow, and I liked the contrast of the different shades of green.

Step 4: Add mulch.

We planted them and then added black mulch, also from Home Depot. We ended up using 9 bags of mulch total.

I decided to add some flower boxes to the deck for a little bit of added color, so I built them out of scrap wood and I will post a tutorial soon. (It’s super easy.) I just added some petunias.

I am so happy with how this project turned out, especially since we were able to complete it in one day. We could’ve spread it out over multiple days if we were short on time each day, but we knocked it out in a matter of a few hours. It made a much bigger impact than I was expecting, and I definitely regret not doing it sooner!

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before:

And here it is now:

Thank you Troy-Bilt for allowing me to participate in such a fun challenge! Be sure to check out the other Troy-Bilt content creators’ projects here:

Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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I am so thrilled to be finished with our (desperately needed) guest bedroom makeover! If you missed my previous updates on this challenge, you can find those here: Week 1 / Week 2

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. All opinions are my own.

I mentioned before that I am participating in the FrogTape® Paintover Challenge™ where 5 bloggers go head to head making over a space in our homes. I made over our guest room which hadn’t been touched since we moved into our home 5 years ago. Now, you all will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite space and the blogger who wins will receive $10,000 for their favorite charity. (Mine is Dwell with Dignity.) The theme that I was assigned for this room was “feminine and free,” so my goal was to give the room a feminine feel without making it seem too “girly.” I opted to bring in a soft powder blue since it’s my favorite color, and paired it with neutrals like white, off white, and gold. Are you ready for some before and after pics?

Here is a pic of the space before (and you can see more sad before pics here).

And here it is now!


I used FrogTape® Multi-Surface to get sharp paint lines when I painted the walls a pretty powder blue color, and I used FrogTape® Delicate tape to get crisp lines on the floating desk I built. I opted to paint a geometric design on top, and you can see the entire tutorial here. (This technique could also be used on an existing desk if you don’t want to build one from scratch.)

I added gold removable wallpaper on the back accent wall behind the bed, and I love it. I actually first saw this wallpaper in a home that Dwell with Dignity made over and I knew right then that I had to use it in my home someday, so I’m excited that I finally got the opportunity! (P.S. I will share a detailed source list for everything in the room in a separate blog post soon!)

I picked up this night stand at a thrift store a few years ago and it had been sitting in our garage collecting dust ever since. I gave it a makeover and painted it a pretty powder blue, and I’ll share more details about it in another post since the before and after was quite dramatic.

I built a coordinating nightstand for the other side of the bed. Since they weren’t going to match perfectly, I did want them to complement each other by being similar in scale and painted the same color. I welded the base out of square tube steel and spray painted it bronze, and then built the top out of a combo of spruce and scrap pine. Unfortunately it’s super wobbly so I’m going to have to weld more support onto the base. (I tried to do it with the least amount of steel possible to save money but that was a bit of a fail. Ha!) I’ll share a tutorial after I fix it.

I added trim and to our existing IKEA curtain panels to dress them up while saving money by not buying new ones. (I did a “no sew” method and just used hem tape.) I also hung a large tassle on each curtain.

I tried to “shop our house” and incorporate as many things we already had into the room as possible since I did have a budget to stick to.

FrogTape® provided a $1000 budget for this room makeover. Here’s a budget breakdown for the room:

  • Headboard – $150
  • Light fixture – $100
  • Wallpaper – $250
  • Rug – $200
  • Window Shades – $80
  • Lamps – $80
  • Bedding – $50
  • Accessories – $40
  • Paint – $50

I am so glad to have this room done and I love that it feels so much more welcoming for our guests. Now I need your help! Please head over to FrogTape® and vote for me! You can vote daily and if I win, I will get $10,000 to donate to Dwell with Dignity. And tell a friend! I can use all the help I can get.

Thanks for visiting! -Erin

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I am having so much fun participating in this year’s FrogTape® Paintover Challenge™. If you missed Week 1, you can find that post here where I explained what the challenge is and what my plans are. I’m making over our guest bedroom, and today I’m sharing the DIY floating desk I built for the room. (P.S. The winner of the challenge will be awarded $10,000 toward their favorite charity, and you’ll have an opportunity to vote for your favorite very soon!)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. All opinions are my own.

First, let’s check out the progress I’ve made. I painted the walls a pretty powder blue, using FrogTape® to get crisp, sharp lines. I can’t wait to share the entire room with you soon!

One thing that I knew I wanted to incorporate into the space was a desk, so I decided to build a floating desk and paint a geometric design on top using FrogTape®. I opted to use the Delicate Surface tape since the surface was freshly stained. This technique could be used on an existing desk if you don’t want to build one from scratch.

Project Materials:
  • FrogTape® Delicate Surface
  • (2) – 15.75″ x 4′ project panels  (I opted for these since I don’t have a planer or a jointer to get my boards smooth and flat if I laminated them myself, plus this is a major time saver. I picked these up at the Home Depot.)
  • (2) – 1×4 boards cut to 15.75″ long
  • (2) – 1×4 boards cut to 13.75″ long
  • 1 – 2×4 cut to fit vertically along the back of the desk (optional, used for added support)
  • 2 shelf brackets
  • Wood Stain (I used Varathane Special Walnut)
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • White paint
  • Paint Roller
  • Saw
  • X-Acto knife
DIY Floating Desk Tutorial Step 1

First, cut your boards to the dimensions listed above (or customize the size to your preference), and sand.

Step 2

Choose the board that you want to use for the desktop and lay it on the ground upside down, then attach your 1×4 pieces using pocket holes. Your two longer pieces will be the sides, and the two shorter pieces will be the inside dividers. I opted to have a long cubby in the middle with two smaller ones on each side, but you can configure yours however you choose. I simply measured to the halfway point, marked it and then measured halfway between that to the end and marked those, and those two spots are where I attached my inner divider boards. I made the inner boards shorter so that I could hang the desk on a 2×4 attached to the wall studs (similar to a french cleat) for added support, and the desk would still attach flush against the wall.

Step 3

Lay what will be your desk bottom on top (so the desk is upside down at this point) and screw it on using regular screws, and then flip the whole thing over. I opted to use pocket holes for the other side so the screws wouldn’t be visible from the top.

Step 4

Stain your desk. I opted to use Varathane Special Walnut. Let it dry completely.

Step 5

Now for the fun part! I used FrogTape® Delicate Surface to tape off a geometric design on top of the desk. To create this design, I measured the halfway point of each side and marked it, and then I measured 8″ from each end and marked that too. Then, I stuck my FrogTape® on, using the marks to line up the tape. This created an angle on each end, and from there I kept taping and following this design, using the previous strip of tape as a guide, until I got to the middle. I wanted the marks to be equally spaced, so I attached each piece of tape next to the the one right before it, and marked an “X” on every other strip so that I could easily keep track of which ones to peel off before painting.

Step 6

I went ahead and removed every other strip, using an X-Acto knife to cut the excess tape away as I went along, creating crisp angles. Then, I added a couple of strips on each side that ran the opposite direction from the rest, creating a bit of a criss-cross.

Step 7

Next, I painted over the entire surface of the desktop. I applied two coats (I used Behr Ultra White 52), allowing the first coat to dry thoroughly before adding the second.

Step 8

While the second coat was damp, I peeled away the tape. SO satisfying seeing those crisp lines! I added a Polycrylic topcoat to protect the finish.

Step 9

Hanging the desk required some trial and error. First, I attached a 2×4 to the studs in the wall, hoping that I could then attach the desk to that. However, the desk was too wide and drooped a bit. I opted to use some..

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