DIY Faux Cowhide Rug [guest post]

I’m always amazed at how quickly a month flies by!  That means I’m over at Homecoming today sharing my latest DIY.  If you’re an animal lover, but fan of cowhide rugs then this project is right up your alley.

how to diy a faux cowhide rug


In less than 15 minutes, I made this vinyl faux cowhide rug.  Can’t you hear all the cows in the world breathing a collective sigh of relief?   Swing on by to check out the full tutorial.



Ugly Desk Makeover

Well hello!  My long absence is attributed to a week-long camping trip to our favorite spot 40 minutes away.  It might as well be 4 states away as it always feels like a different world.  The kiddos, hub and myself spent our days swimming, crafting, playing, bike riding and socializing with some amazing people.  We always meet the most wonderful people while camping and this time was no exception.  We returned Monday and I’ve been dragging the old rear end since.  Grocery shopping yesterday was quite the chore.

Before we took off, I snapped a few pictures of my most recent and fulfilling DIY.  Remember the post about my $20 craigslist desk?  It used to look like this

bringing beauty back to an old desk from craigslist



While the kids were in a week-long gymnastics camp a couple weeks ago I decided to tackle this guy and give him a makeover.  I will write my tutorial later this week, but in the meantime enjoy the after pics.

craigslist desk makeover


craigslist desk gets a major makeover


an ugly craigslist desk gets a makeover


choosing an ugly beat up desk from craigslist instead of buying new


Here is the BEFORE [dark, dark, dark]

an ugly desk gets a makeover


And the AFTER [much lighter and brighter]

how to makeover a craigslist desk


how to paint an ugly desk


how to makeover a craigslist desk


As hesitant as I was to paint a wood desk, I just couldn’t justify stripping, sanding then staining a desk that cost me $20.  Plus, I’ve seen a ton of these desks for sale on craigslist.  As it turned out, painting this desk and adding the maple veneer and edging took me 3 days.  It was so worth it though.

bringing beauty back to an old desk from craigslist


craigslist desk makeover


Want to know the most impressive part of this DIY?  The fact that I actually finished it and didn’t get distracted half way through!






Tutorial: DIY Pottery Barn Rustic Lantern

If you read my post last week, you know that I promised you a tutorial on how I made this rustic outdoor lantern.  The best part…it costs pennies and can be done in about an hour!

how to make a pottery barn rustic lanternHere are the supplies|tools you’ll need:

To start, you want to create the base of the lantern.  I grabbed 5 redwood stakes and cut off the pointy end to a length of 8.5″

make your own rustic lantern[yes, there are only 4 pictured here, the 5th one was camera-shy]

Slap some glue along the long edge and snuggle them together.

diy pottery barn rustic lanterndiy rustic pottery barn lanternNow squeeze the living daylights out of these poor things using a couple clamps.

knock-off pottery barn rustic lanternAnd wipe off any excess glue that oozed out.

rustic pottery barn lanterns diyTo make the little feet, I used the pointy tips that I cut off prior and cut 4 of them to 0.75″ x 1.5″

knock off pottery barn rustic lanternsAren’t they cute?  Now attach them onto the base with a little wood glue [still love the old Gorilla] and a couple finishing nails.  I attached the 4 legs 0.5″ in from either side.

rustic lanterns diyBecause the base is clamped together, I kept on plugging away building the sides.  Grab your redwood board and cut 4 pieces to 18″ long.

rustic outdoor lanterns diyWe are a carpet-crazy family!  Even the garage has the whole layered rug look thing going on.

Now attach each of these to the base using a little blob of glue and finishing nails.  By this time I removed the clamps [apx 25 minutes had passed] and had no problem with the base coming apart.

diy outdoor rustic lanternNow it’s time to add the support pieces.  Grab 8 more of those redwood stakes and cut down to these lengths:

  • 4 @ 5.5″
  • 4 @ 5″

Starting at the base, place 2 of each size in between the redwood board.  I simply used wood glue to hold these in place.

make a rustic outdoor lanternYou can also see that I laid these pieces on their sides to give the bottom some chunk.

Now use the remaining 4 pieces at the top, but this time flip them the other way and nail into place.  Be sure they are level with the tops of your side boards.

pottery barn knock-off rustic lanternAlmost done, I promise!

Grab 4 more of those redwood stakes and cut down to these dimensions:

6.25″, 2 @ 5.5, 6″

Create a “box” [I like the staggered seam look] and nail together.

knock off pottery barn lanternTo create a handle I used what I had on hand.  You can pick up heavy gauge wire at you-guessed-it Home Depot, or any hardware store.

You’re going to laugh when I tell you what I used.  Do you remember my Lego storage project?  Remember I removed the wire handles from the paint cans and replaced them with jute string?  Don’t ask me why I kept them, but I’m so glad I did.  These are paint can handles!!  Am I weird, or what??

knock-off pottery barn rustic lanternsTo attach your handle, drill 2 small holes on 2 sides and slip your wire/paint can handle in.

knock-off rustic outdoor lantern pottery barnI had to use pliers in order to straighten out this sucker.  Once through the hole, I simply curled it back up.

diy knock-off pottery barn rustic lanternNow simple attach this to the top your piece with some glue and you’re done!

I think all my blabbing was worth it, ‘cuz this is what I have to show for it!

how to make a rustic pottery barn lanternIsn’t she pretty?

pottery barn inspired diy rustic lanternI chose not to stain or seal my lantern because I want Mother Nature to distress it naturally for me.

diy rustic wood lanternbuild a pottery barn lanternI know I blabbed on and on, but trust me this is such an easy project.  I banged out one lantern in one hour [thank goodness for play dates!]

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