DIY Modern Shim Side Table

By Ashley Basnight
on January 27, 2018

DIY Modern Shim Side Table

Who knew shims could look so good on a side table?

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. 

When I first came up with the idea to use shims for this side table I was nervous it wouldn't turn out as I envisioned, but Im so glad I took the risk because I am absolutely in love!

DIY Modern Shim Side Table for the home living room using cedar shims and oak

The cedar shims I used look so good together and to my surprise I didn't even need to stain them like I originally had planned. Even better it took less than an hour and under $50 to make. I think I know a deal when I see one and this was a steal!

DIY Side Table featuring cedar shims for the home living room

Materials Used

2x4 1/2 sheet of MDF

3 packs of Cedar Shims

Wood Glue

1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws

1/4" Oak Plywood

Tools Used

Milwaukee Hex Impact Driver 

Dremel 3- Tool Combo Kit

Milwaukee Pin Nailer

Ridgid 12" Sliding Miter Saw

Kreg Jig

Lets Get into it!

One exciting thing about this project was trying out this Milwaukee Cordless Compact Brushless Hex Impact Driver and kit. This impact driver delivers over 50% more run time than drivers with brushed motors and provides great control, and is perfect for work in tight spaces, which came in handy on this project. I also like that for only $99 you can buy the kit which includes the impact driver, charger and battery. Not a bad deal for a tool I think I will get a lot of use out of.

Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Cordless Compact Brushless 1/4 in. Hex Impact Driver Kit

Step 1: Assemble the Box

I used my Milwaukee Impact driver to assemble the box. I drilled 6 holes on each side using my Kreg jig and then screwed the sides together with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. I cut the box sides to an even 12" for all four side from the 2"x4" mdf sheet.

DIY Modern Shim Side Table for the home living room

Step 2: Add Top and Bottom

Using my brad nailer and wood glue, I attached two 1/4" pieces to the top and bottom. It should cover the whole top of the box. (Measure and cut ass necessary)

I must say this next step was my favorite and most anticipated part. Not only was I anxious to see how the shims would look but I also wanted to try out this Dremel 3-Tool Combo Kit., because whats better than 1 tool? THREE! This combo kit comes with the Multi-Max, Saw-Max and Rotary Tool; everything you'll need to restore, repair, remodel, cut, sand and much more.

Dremel Corded 3-Tool Combo Kit

What I really love about this kit is that with the assortment of different attachments and accesories you can use them in a variety of jobs around the home, workshop or job site; including your new side table. (wink wink...see what I did there)

Step 3: Adding Shims

Dremel Saw=Max cutting cedar shims

First I had to cut the shims down so that two lines of shims could fit on the sides of the assembled box. I measured the height of the box, divided by two and cut the shims down to size using my saw max. Being that the shims are small and delicate this was the perfect tool for the job.

Makita Pin Nailer to nail cedar shims to side table

Next I started adding the shims to the box using wood glue and my Makita Pin Nailer. If you don't have a pin nailer and you do a lot of projects with trim and moulding, I would highly recommend one.

The pin nailer leaves much smaller holes and with using the pin nailer I actually didn't feel the need to fill the holes on this project, whereas with a brad nailer I probably would have, because the nail holes are significantly bigger. 

Dremel Rotary Tool

I made sure to add the shims to the opposite sides first ,so that the corners wouldn't have gaps. Once I applied all the shims, I used my Dremel rotary tool to sand out the rough spots. The shims aren't perfect, which in my opinion gives it character but there where a few rough spots I felt needed sanding. These shims are really delicate so using the Dremel rotary made it easy to sand without damaging the shims.

and WAAAAAA-LAAAAAH! I love how it turned out. I think I might have to make a matching coffee table.

DIY Modern Shim Side Table

 Thanks for reading guys!

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I acknowledge that the Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the The Home Depot Pro-Spective Campaign. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purposes of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own. My post complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Industrial Console Cart

By Ashley Basnight
on January 20, 2018

DIY Industrial Console Cart on Caster Wheels perfect for the home entryway. Free Woodworking plans and step by step how to

A DIY industrial cart that will make your entryway the talk of the town!

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. 

DIY industrial console cart for the home entryway featuring caster wheels

I am beginning to learn more and more just how much I love industrial touches. This console was so exciting to build because I am slowly trying to fill my house with more and more of that industrial feel; and this build just made me one step closer. I'm loving how it turned out!

There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

DIY industrial console cart for the home entryway featuring caster wheelsBut it wouldn't be right unless I shared the plans with you guys so you can build it too! YAYY. This project was super easy and I built it in one day. So if you need an easy weekend DIY project for your home entryway you have come to the right place!

Dimensions:
DIY Industrial cart for the home entryway featuring caster wheels
 
Materials List:
7- 2x2s @ 6ft
1- 1x12 @ 6ft
1 - 1x12 @ 6ft
1- 1x3 @ 6ft
Cut List:
4 - 2x2s @ 35"
6 - 2x2s @ 36"
3 - 1x12s @ 36"
2 - 1x3s @ 14.25"
1- 1x3s @ 39"
4 - 2x2s - cut as needed

Note: The console pictured was built 3.5" thinner than the plans to fit a particular space.

Step 1: 
Attach the 2x2 stretchers (11.25") to the 2x2s (35") using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 1 1/2" setting, with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. Repeat step for the other side of the cart.
Attach the 2x4 brace (17") to the 4x4s (16") using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 1 1/2" setting, with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. There should be a 2" spacing from the 2x4 brace and the floor. Repeat step for the other side of the coffee table base.
The other exciting part about building this cart was using this Ryobi Impact driver for the first time! I've been using the Ryobi Hammer Drill for a few months now and absolutely love it, and this impact driver definitely didn't disappoint me. Made drilling a breeze and for $99 its not a bad deal. 

DIY industrial console cart for the home entryway featuring caster wheelsThe brushless motor provides more runtime, more power and longer motor life and the 3-speed switch is great for switching between slow, medium and fast speeds. I foresee me using this tool a lot in the near future. On to Step 2!

Step 2: 

Attach the six 2x2 stretchers (36") to the assembled sides using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 1 1/2" setting, with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue.

DIY Industrial console cart for the home entryway featuring caster wheels

If you're wondering how I got my 2x2s to look so slick , let me confess now...it was nothing I did, I used select pine for this build. It's a little bit more expensive than regular pine but its worth the extra $ in my opinion. You can find it at your local Home Depot.

DIY Industrial console cart for the home entryway featuring caster wheels

Step 3: 

Attach the three 1x12s to the assembled console using a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System on a 3/4" setting, with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue.

DIY Industrial cart for the home entryway

The 1x12s should be flush with the top of the 2x2s for each row.

DIY industrial console cart for the home entryway featuring caster wheels

Step 4:

Attach the 1x3 top pieces to the console using a brad nailer and 2" brad nails,

DIY Industrial cart for the home entryway

Step 5: 

Attach the four cross braces  to the assembled console using a brad nailer and 2" brad nails.

Diy industrial cart for the home entryway

Measure the 2x2 up against the console for best fit of the braces.

DIY industrial console cart for the home entryway

Step 6:

Paint casters (if needed) and attach Casters with screws and washers once dry.

DIY industrial console cart for the home entryway featuring caster wheels

I used Rustoleum Stops Rust spray paint in black to paint these casters I got from Northern Tool. I had these from a previous project but if you would rather have them pre-painted Home Depot sells some black Liberty Swivel Plate casters online.

Rustoleum stops rust black

This is my first project using casters; I have been seeing them on other blogger projects and have been wanting to use them and I finally got my chance!. Lets take another look at the finished product.

DIY Industrial console cart for the living room entryway featuring black caster wheels

I stained the console in Minwax Early American and I think it was a fine choice.

DIY Industrial console cart for the home entryway

if you enjoyed this project, don't forget to pin it for later!

 DIY Industrial Cart Console for the Home entryway featuring caster wheels

 Thanks for reading guys!

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I acknowledge that the Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the The Home Depot Pro-Spective Campaign. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purposes of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own. My post complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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DIY Tin Envelope using Ryobi Shears

By Ashley Basnight
on December 21, 2017

Tin Envelope using Ryobi 18-Volt 18 Gauge Offset Shears and sheet metal

"Put your sheet metal to use with the 18-Volt ONE+ Ryobi Shears and create some tin envelope decor"

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. 

The day I saw the Ryobi One+ 18-Volt 18 Gauge Offset Shears in action was the day I knew I wanted this tool. Lucky for me, I finally got them! (Thanks Home Depot) I already had a list a mile long of what I wanted to do with them, but this project wasn't on the list. 

DIY Tin envelope using sheet metal and Ryobi Shears

There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

When I first got these babies I tried them out on a piece of leftover sheet metal I had and eventually I came up with this DIY envelope idea.

Tin EnvelopeI've seen tin envelopes around like this cute one from target and thought this sheet metal tin envelope would make a cool rendition of my own. I look forward to making all different kinds of tin envelopes. Home Depot has all sorts of designs that I'm sure would look just as cool as this one does.

Materials Needed:

Ryobi 18-Volt 18 Gauge Offset Shears - Aluminum sheet metal

I love fun projects you can do in less than an hour and this project was no different. If you're more of a visual person luckily for you I video'd my process so check it out.

Step 1: The envelope design seems to work best with a square. First, I counted 20 lines on all four sides and then made markings on were to cut, after making markings I cut out the square with the Ryobi Shears.

Step 2: After I cut out the square from the aluminum sheet, I made markings for the four triangles on each side and cut them out.

Step 3: After cutting out the triangles, I cut off the tips on the top and bottom, folded the tin envelope and cut the remaining side tips.

USING THE SHEARS

I was really curious of how well I could handle these Ryobi Shears and to my surprise it was really easy to work with. My favorite feature on the shears is the variable speed trigger, it really helped with this particular project, especially with cutting out the corners.

DIY Tin envelope using Ryobi shears and sheet metal

I also noticed the rotating head for versatile cutting. It is supposed to be capable of cutting over 1,000 ft. of sheet metal and I look forward to putting it to the test and as always its always good that the Ryobi Tools use the same ONE+ batteries. 

I have done projects with sheet metal previously and used regular shear scissors and I will defintely take these battery powered Ryobi shears over the regular shear scissors any day! 

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I acknowledge that the Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the The Home Depot Pro-Spective Campaign. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purposes of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own. My post complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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Floating Deck: Final Reveal

By Ashley Basnight
on December 04, 2017

DIY Floating Deck featuring a Chevron Privacy wall and NewTechWood Composite decking for the backyard"

A new backyard DIY floating deck that has all the neighbors talking.

"This post is sponsored by The Home Depot"

I am super excited to finally be revealing my backyard floating deck to you guys! It has been a looooooong time coming, but after some long days/nights, some bruised knees and some unexpected failures I can finally say that I pulled it off and I'm ready for the world to see.

Don't forget to check out Part One, Part Two and Part Three of the floating deck project to see how it came together.

If you haven't seen post 1, you missed that Home Depot provided me with $3,000 to create my floating deck and I totally pulled it off. So let's take a look at what my backyard looked like before the floating deck! Blah

Backyard Floating DeckI'm not sure how I ever thought I was going to entertain with my backyard looking like that! It was pretty sad and has been ever since I purchased the house, but "look at her now"

There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

DIY Floating Deck featuring a Chevron Privacy wall and NewTechWood Composite decking for the backyardDefinitely a big improvement from what was there before. When I first built this deck, I wanted to go for a Bohemian/Morrocon feel so I had lot's of fun playing with neutral colors and some pops of color with these fun outdoor pillows.

diy floating Deck featuring a Chevron Privacy wall and NewTechWood Composite decking for the backyardI originally wanted to use a neutral color palette for the end tables but I couldn't resist this garden stool in chalk. The design is right up my alley and the contrast that it brings beside the Beverly Sectional made it a perfect fit!

diy Floating Deck featuring a Chevron Privacy wall and NewTechWood Composite decking for the backyard

I especially love this Hampton Bay Umbrella I picked up from the Home Depot. But better than that I am in love with this New TechWood Composite Decking. It wasn't my original plan, but I am so glad I decided to go with it. It makes the deck look like a real getaway oasis and I can't get enough.

DIY Floating Deck featuring a Chevron Privacy wall and NewTechWood Composite decking for the backyard

My favorite part about the new deck is lighting up the solar lights and fire pit when the night sky starts peaking in. I can assure you many nights will be spent here! My Chevron privacy wall was a great choice as an additive to the deck and I'm am really glad I went with black for my color choice. The trim on my house is black so it fits right in. 

DIY Floating Deck featuring a Chevron Privacy wall and NewTechWood Composite decking for the backyard

Not having to worry about plugging in any electrical is a MAJOR plus. The LEDs on the Hampton Bay Umbrella definitely made the purchase worth it. With one day of sun the umbrella was fully lit and the power button on the side makes it easy to turn on/off when needed.

DIY Floating

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But I won't keep you waiting for too long. Head on over to the Home Depot Blog to see the Full Reveal!

Diy floating Deck featuring a Chevron Privacy wall and NewTechWood Composite decking for the backyard

Check out my FLOATING DECK REVEAL HERE !

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DIY Floating Deck Phase 3

By Ashley Basnight
on November 28, 2017

DIY Floating deck for the backyard

A DIY Floating Deck with a Moroccan feel right in the backyard!

The last and final phase before the big reveal. Man this project has been one to tackle by myself but I haven’t given up! In this post, I’m going to be covering both how I painted the deck and how I laid down the decking boards. Enjoy!

This post is sponsored by the Home Depot. 

If you missed Phase 1 or Phase 2 of this project be sure to check it out! 

and just for fun here's a quick look of what my backyard looked like before building the deck.

Diy FLoating Deck

Painting the Deck

Materials Used

  • Solid Color Behr Waterproofing Stain and Sealer - Slate
  • Graco Magnum X5
  • Paint Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint Strainer
  • 2 Buckets 
  •  There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

    This was one of the more enjoyable parts of the projects. Mainly because I got to try out the Magnum X5 sprayer that Graco sent over! This baby is a beast.

    Painting a DIy floating deck with the Graco X5 Magnum

    I used Behr Premium Solid Color Waterproofing Stain and Sealer in the color Slate to paint. I went back and forth one what color to use. I knew I wanted black but I was nervous of how it would turn out but I’m glad I went with my gut because I absolutely love it!

    Behr Waterproofing Stain and Sealer Slate I painted two light coats over the deck and used two gallons, it provided excellent coverage and cut my paint time in half. I would recommend this sprayer for any big paint projects. I usually don’t like using sprayers because of the cleanup but I was able to get this thing cleaned in 5 minutes and it didn’t take too much effort so A+ from me.

    DIY floating deck for the backyard

     The only issues I had was keeping prime, which I realized was happening because I didn’t have enough paint in the bucket. So word of advice; make sure you have a good amount of paint to where the hose is fully immersed and you should have no problems.

    Check out the video below to see how I used the Graco X5 to paint my deck!

    Laying Down the Decking Boards

    Materials Used

    Tools Used

    Originally I had planned on using Douglas fir for the top decking boards but after talking to a buddy he convinced me to go with composite decking and I’m soooooooo glad I listened. I ended up going with the UltraShield Composite Decking in Roman Antique.

    I knew it would look nice but when I actually saw the boards in person I knew I had made the right choice. It did take a while for them to come in so I would suggest ordering them way ahead of time if you plan on tackling a project like this but the boards were WELL worth the wait!

    NewTechWood Composite Decking Installation with T clips

    The process of putting the boards down were really simple. I used the T clips to install the boards. They come with screws and each box covers about 50 sq. ft. My deck is 16' x 21' and I used a little more than 6 boxes.

    You place one board down and screw down the T clips  halfway down into each joist and then slide the next board under the T clip and screw the clip all the way down. That’s it! Easy peezy…just a little time consuming!

    My only advice would be to screw slowly to make sure you don’t mess up the screw. Other than that…its really simple…literally anyone can do it!

    I finished it up in about 6 hours…this included carrying the boards to the back; with two people it would have gone way faster!

    DIY Floating Deck for the Backyard using Composite Decking

    Once the boards were installed, the deck was finished! and I'm so excited to share the reveal with you guys! But for now here's the little sneak peak!

    DIY Floating Deck for the backyard

    Check out the final reveal here!

    Metal Christmas Snowflake Ornaments

    By Ashley Basnight
    on November 22, 2017

    Snowflake Christmas Ornaments made out of metal for your holiday Christmas tree.

    Metal Christmas Ornaments that will give you the chills!

    The more I get into DIY, the more I fall in love with metal, so these metal christmas snowflake ornaments were a no brainer! Even better, it took less than 30 minutes!

    metal Christmas ornaments for the holiday christmas tree

    If you are anything like me, you like to change things up a bit. These metal snowflake Christmas ornaments are an easy way to bring some new flavor to the Christmas tree. So LETS GET TO IT!

    Materials Used

    M-D Building Products 57208 3-Feet by 3-Feet .020-Inch Thick Union Jack Aluminum Sheet

    Wiss W10TM 10" Titanium Coated Full Metal Scissor,

    Black Aluminum Craft Wire 18 Gauge 39 Feet SILVER

    Christmas Ornament supplies

    This project was really simple. First step, was just cutting out the snowflake. I found it easier to cut out a bigger snowflake just to get it off of the sheet and then cut the snowflake down to the desired size. 

    Be sure to cut the snowflake so that the top has a hole to be able to wrap the aluminum wire.

    Metal Christmas Snowflake Ornaments

    The best part about this aluminum is that you can make them any size you want...I did 3 different sizes for my tree. Large, medium and small snowflakes.

    Metal Christmas Snowflake Ornaments

    After cutting them I took about 4 inches of the aluminum wire and wrapped one end around the top of the snowflake.

    and then I got to hang them! Eazy Peezy!

    Metal Christmas Snowflake Ornaments for the Holiday Tree These metal snowflakes really brought my tree out! and the fact that it took less than an hour was an extra plus! If you're looking to take up some room on the tree than this is the perfect quick project for you!

    Metal Christmas Snowflake Ornaments for the Holiday Tree

     Thanks for reading guys!

    DIY Shiplap Bed Frame

    By Ashley Basnight
    on November 17, 2017

    a DIY Farmhouse Shiplap bed frame for the home bedroom

    A DIY Shiplap Bed Frame that will knock your socks off!

    Ian with Black Timber Company is definitely one to watch out for! Building gives me great joy, but I love seeing other talented builders showcase their talents and Ian is giving me life right now! I mean just check out some of his other designs (love that concrete nightstand)..his talents speak for themselves! Soooooooooo good!!! Be sure to check him out on Instagram!

    Black Timber Company

    Today I am featuring one of his builds because I just love it sooooooo much! This king bed with a shiplap design is sure to have all of your family members talking! I mean just look at it! and with a couple sheets of plywood and some extra lumber you can create it too.

    DIY Shiplap Bed Frame

    Lucky for us, Ian recorded his entire process of creating this beauty so we can all make our version of it too! *inserts happy dance*

    If you want to build this bed frame for your home, check out Ian's video tutorial below!

    This is definitely a new addition to my long list of things I want to build! Ian killed it on this one!! If your debating whether to build this or not. You definitely should!

    DIY Shiplap Bed

    I am excited to see what Ian builds next! I will be sure to stalk his Instagram to see whats next to come! Thanks for reading guys and go give Ian a follow!

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    DIY Floating Deck Phase 2: Chevron Privacy Wall

    By Ashley Basnight
    on October 30, 2017

    Chevron Privacy Wall for my DIY Floating Deck

    Chevron + Privacy Wall = a Perfect Backyard Oasis

    Guys! I am SUPER excited to share this part of the floating deck because it is the BIGGEST and BADDEST project I think I've tackled thus far! A chevron privacy wall! If you missed my last post, don't forget to check out Part One of my Backyard Makeover

    This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

    Chevron Privacy Wall - DIY Floating Deck

    If you missed my first post, you missed that I am partnering with Home Depot to makeover my backyard, featuring a DIY Floating Deck and the best part is that they provided me with $3,000 to do it! Yes you read that correctly.

    Here's a quick before for you if you missed my first post...pretty BLAH I know!

    DIy Floating Deck

    This Chevron privacy wall is Part 2 of this project and I am here to show you my process. My inspiration for this project was found here on DIY Passion. I just loved this wall and had to do a rendition of my own.

    There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

    Materials Needed

      Tools Used

      Chevron Privacy Wall

      I started of with setting the 4x4 posts. I realized late in the game that it would have been better for me to leave the posts I set in the concrete blocks long to use for the privacy wall but this is where my inexperience messed me up! But luckily I found a way to put the wall up still.

      I built this wall section by section. I put up 4x4 posts and connected them together with 2x4 pressure treated lumber.

      Chevron Privacy Wall on a DIY Floating Deck

      In order to secure the posts, I first put it up against the 4x4 posts that were set in the concrete blocks and clamped them tight to hold it into place. Once they were secure I screwed in 4 5" screws into the sides to secure it a little more.

      chevron Privacy wall on a DIY floating deck

      After securing it with the 4 screws I drilled two holes in the post to put in two bolts to go through the 4x4 post and 2x8 lumber boards.

      To secure the 4x4 posts together, I put 2x4s on the top and bottom using the 2x4 connector brackets, 1 1/2" nails, and my palm nailer. The 2x4 should be placed near the end of where the 1x6 boards can be nailed into them.

      Chevron Privacy Wall

      At the end I also decided to add a 2x4 board down the middle for extra security and nailed the 1x6s straight down the middle into the extra 2x4.

      DIY Chevron Privacy Wall for a backyard floating deck

      Once the posts and 2x4s are were secured, putting on the 1x6s was a breeze. Just measure cut and nail. I used my Ridgid Palm nailer to nail in the 3" nails ( two per side) and it definitely made my life easier.

      When starting a new section I began with the board that touched the tip of the bottom of the deck and worked my way down and then back up. I cut the board so that both ends would meet at the middle of each 4x4 posts. It will make it easier for measuring to draw a line directly down the center of each 4x4 post.

      All cuts were made at 45 degrees on my 12" Sliding Miter Saw.

      Chevron Privacy Wall on a Floating Deck

      In order to get the boards perfectly spaced, I used a 1x3 board to place in between. This worked perfectly in making sure the spacing was on point.

      Chevron Privacy Wall

      I was super excited when this wall was finally finished, the rain was fighting me all the way. I did this project over a couple of days but with an extra hand and clear weather, you could definitely knock it out in a day or two.

      DIY Chevron Privacy Wall for a floating deck

      The wall cost me about $350 for all of the materials, but probably could have been a little cheaper with some better planning. But not bad for a 16 ft. privacy fence.

      DIy Privacy Wall

      I just love how it came out! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. I'm on to the next part of the project! Stay tuned for updates and thanks for checking out the post. Later guys and if you haven't check out Part 1 of this project go check it out now!

      Check out Phase 3 of my floating deck here!

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      Backyard Makeover: Floating Deck - Phase 1

      By Ashley Basnight
      on October 10, 2017

      DIY Floating Deck for a Backyard Makeover

      What's a backyard these days without a floating deck?

      I am super excited to announce that I am partnering with Home Depot to turn my backyard from drab to fab and the best part is they are providing me with $3,000 to do it! Yes you read that right. You may ask how I swung that; well read on to find out!

      This post is sponsored by the Home Depot. There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

      Orange Tank Pitch Session

      This year, I attended the Haven Conference in Atlanta and one of the coolest things that happened at Haven was being able to participate in the Home Depot Orange Tank Pitch Session. Before Haven, Home Depot created an opportunity for attendees to submit a project for them to sponsor. There were three budget tiers: $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000. I entered my project for a backyard makeover for $3,000.

      I was presently surprised when I was notified by email that I was chosen as one of the 12 finalist to present at Haven. I was super excited. The pitch session was an awesome experience. We had 2 minutes to pitch our project and 2 minutes to answer questions.

      Here is the mock up of what I pitched, a floating deck; which is phase 1 of my backyard makeover. Massive deck! a whopping 16.5'x21'!

      Honestly, after the pitch session I didn’t think I was going to get picked. There was an attendee who pitched a service project to help an older lady in need and I thought for sure she probably deserved it ha!

      But to my surprise at the closing ceremony, they called my name as the one chosen for the $3,000 budget tier! I was super excited! I even have a photo that captured my excitement! HA along with my new blog friends! (LaurynMoonInteriors and Cammie Malaga)

      and now the project is well underway! I am doing my best to document the process so you too can tackle a project like this. I must say it has been A LOT of work! but if one ole gal can make it happen I'm sure you can too.

      Let's check out the space!

      Backyard

      This looks so sad and boring; I know! I can't wait to get this deck complete. This is the space where the floating deck will go and I also plan on re-doing my covered patio space. I haven't quite got it all planned out because I'm waiting to see how the deck will turn out. But that part will be Phase 2 of my project. Goodbye Pallet Sectional! Your time has come

      Backyard1

      Now let's get to it!

      First I would like to say, I am by no means a deck expert but I did my best to follow decking guidelines.

      Step 1: Check Local Codes and Permits

      This step is super important and its a step that I'm sure most people don't think of. Before I started my project I called the City of Norman to make sure I didn't need any required permits. Luckily, I didn't need any. The only thing they suggested was to watch out for water drainage lines, which is another thing I hadn't thought of. Every city is different, so make sure you check before building.

      Step 2 : Purchase Materials

      This is the step I didn't do all at once, I bought materials as I went a long and this was THE worst mistake!! I would need something and didn't have it and then would have to stop or wait to get it. Take it from me. Plan out everything you need and purchase it all at once.

      Materials (Part 1)

      Tools Needed (-->Tool Guide for Building a Deck)

       

        Step 3: Lay Deck Blocks

        This step was probably the most labor intensive. It is super important to make sure everything is level to ensure you get the best results for your deck.

        Dig Holes

        I used a good ole shovel to dig out these holes and I must say I don't want to see another shovel for a looooong time. Oklahoma clay is very hard to work with, so before digging I wet the ground a bit to help with the digging. It made it a little messy but definitely helped ease the labor of getting that clay out. My backyard is on a slope so some of my holes needed to be dug further down then others. Based on how low you want your deck to be, you may want to dig a little ways down to account for the paver base.

        Diggin holes for backyard floating deck project

        Add Paver Base and Lay Down Deck Blocks

        I added 6" of paver base to the bottom of the hole and then watered it just a little and tamped it down. I tried to make the paver base as level as I could before putting down the deck block to make it easier when leveling. I used about 2 bags of paver base per hole for under the deck block and filling the hole after the deck block was level.

        Backyard deck project

        Once the paver base was somewhat level I laid down the deck block and put a level on it. I added paver base as needed underneath to make sure it was level. I stepped on it a couple of times to make sure it was secure and then leveled it one last time to make sure it was exact. you want to be meticulous with this step. The more level the better in the long run.

        The deck blocks were 5' apart. Once the first deck block was all level I used that as a reference for the surrounding deck blocks. I leveled them and then used a longer level to make sure they were aligned with the other blocks.

        Laying deck blocks for backyard deck block

        Step 4: Lay Beams

        Once the deck blocks were in place, I laid the beams, line by line. I ended up with 5 lines in total. I first put the 4x4 posts in the deck blocks....no particular length, just long enough to surpass the 2x8. Then I laid a 2x8 board on the deck block right up against the 4x4 posts.

        Note: This process I used was what worked best for me being that this was a solo project.

        Leveling the Beams

        For the first beam, I placed a level on it to check if it was leveled and then made marking on the 4x4 posts where they should be cut and cut them down and screwed downt eh first beam,

        DIY Backyard Deck Project

        When putting down the second beam, in order to check to see if the beams where level, I place a spare board across the two beams and used scrap pieces of wood to make sure it was level. I placed this spare board at the back, middle and front to make sure each section was level. Once it was level on the x-axis, I placed the level on the beam.

        DIY Bacyard Floating deck Project

        If your deck blocks are deep enough, then your beams should come out level. If not then most likely your deck blocks aren't as deep as they should be.Once everything was all level, I used a marker to mark where I should cut the 4x4 post and cut them down to size.

        DIY Backyard Floating Deck

        Then I used 5 structural screws and washers on each post to lock it down into place.

        DIY Backyard Floating Deck Project

        NOTE: I made the mistake of not putting the 5th beam on the outside of the 4x4 post.

        Step 5: Lay Landscape Fabric

        I read a couple of tutorials just to see what kind of materiel they used for the grass underneath and I saw on many post that they used Landscape Fabric....I was thinking surely there must only be one type of fabric because I never found any links to anything but when I went to Home Depot there were like 6 different kinds and I stood there for like 20 minutes trying to figure out which one to get...so luckily for you I'm providing the link to the exact one I used! This Landscape Fabric was super easy to work with and seemed really durable.

        DIY Floating Deck project for my Backyard makeover

        I began laying the fabric line by line. In order to get the fabric underneath the wood by the deck blocks I just used a utility knife to cut slits in between. The material is easy to cut so any kind of blade/knife will work fine. I laid down the fabric little by little and then held it in place with some landscape staples. These things are a must or else your fabric will go flying.

        DIY Floating Deck Project for my Backyard Makeover

        Once the fabric was secure down with the staples I poured a bag of paver base over it for extra hold.

        Step 6 : Installing Joist Hangers

         This process took a while but it was pretty straight forward. Measure, Cut and Joist away! The joists were placed 16" apart from each other.

        DIY Floating Deck project for the backyard

        Check out this quick video of my process installing joist hangers.

        This by far was the hardest and longest process of my floating deck and I'm happy to move on to the next step.

        Backyard Floating Deck

        Check out Part 2 of my Floating deck! The Chevron Privacy Wall!

        Chevron Privacy Wall

         

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        By Ashley Basnight
        on October 02, 2017

        Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware using Liberty Hardware Geometric Pulls

        These liberty hardware kitchen cabinet pulls are giving me all the feels"

        "This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. The Home Depot provided me with product and compensation. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own."
          
        Who knew that doing something as simple as changing out your kitchen hardware could make such a difference. I had a couple of choices to choose from when picking out my hardware, these were the three choices I narrowed down to. I ended up going with the Modern Geometric Collection.
         
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        I  was pretty happy with my choice; but when I actually saw them in person I was sooooooooo happy with my choice. These Geometric Pulls shine like no other!
         
        There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.
         
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        This project was a fairly easy process and it doesn't take a lot of experience to tackle it. My process went a lot faster with the help from my Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig. Luckily, for you guys a made a quick video of my installing process. Check it out below!
         

        Step 1: Remove Old Hardware

        I first used my Ryobi Hammer Drill to remove all of my old hardware from my kitchen cabinets. This step went pretty quickly. This can also be done with a screwdriver but any excuse I can have to use my fancy power tools is good for me!

        Removing kitchen cabinet hardware with Ryobi Hammer Drill

        I made sure to put the drill on a low setting to make sure I didn't mess up the existing knobs, I'm sure I will be using these somewhere else.

        Step 2: Re-finish Cabinets and Fill Holes

        Once I removed all of the hardware I noticed the pulls left some spots on the cabinets so I used some Minwax stain just to refresh the cabinets. I also filled in the pull holes on the drawers with DAP wood filler, since I had to screw new holes.

        Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

        Putting the stain on the cabinets gave them a fresh new look; with the knobs off this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

        Refinishing cabinets with Minwax stain

        Step 3: Drilling New Holes

        With the help from my Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig Kreg sent over I was able to whip these holes out in no time. This jig has adjustable guides for accurate hole placement, it will make you feel like a cabinet wizard and its not super expensive.

        Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

        Step 4: Add New Knobs

        Now on to my favorite part of the process, adding these new knobs! I could tell after the first knob that these were going to give my kitchen a whole new look, and they didn't disappoint.

        Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

        I am in love with how these Liberty Hardware Cabinet pulls made my kitchen look after switching them out. Check out this before and after.
         
        Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware with Liberty Hardware Pulls
         
        I've already had a couple of people notice that I changed them out. I would say that's a hardware success. My previous knobs were a little dull in color so these knobs really made the wood pop!
         
        Installing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware with Liberty Hardware using Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig
         
        If you are interested in these knobs head on over to your local home depot or check them out online here! and a few more after shots doesn't hurt!
         
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