All posts by Aubri

Dining Set: DIY Modern Makeover

Every piece of furniture has a story.  My dining set was adopted into our family when we first moved to Minnesota. Now remember, while in graduate school you can’t just buy a dining set like you can an ice cream cone, hence my search for the ultimate deal. After some required patience and eating from… Read More


Reupholster Tip: Stretch Like Canvas

This tip is very helpful when starting on a reupholster project. It saves time and helps give the finished product a professional clean, look. With any shape, be sure to stretch and staple the fabric on opposite ends of all the sides before putting more staples throughout. For example, put your first staple at the… Read More


Make Any Mirror Reflect You for $5

Integrating the perfect mirror into your design theme is easier than you think. And you can do it for $5! The first step is finding your mirror. For me, finding the right mirror means patiently shopping for a bargain. Because you’ll be changing it anyway, don’t worry about getting a mirror that already fits into… Read More


For Smoother Results: Get the Right Sandpaper Grit Size

Here is sandpaper grit size in a nutshell. Sandpaper comes in all grits and sizes. Sandpaper sheets are covered in bumpy material that helps smooth or roughen hard surfaces or to remove a surface coating. This bumpy material is known as grit. The smaller the grit size, the coarser the sandpaper. Less grit means more space between… Read More


DIY Hack: Get Paint for Free

Needing to paint a dresser or picture frame? Chances are, you might be able to get at least some of your paint for free! Recycling and hazardous waste facilities within your county collect unused common household toxins (including paint and primer). Lucky for us, the items are then typically offered to the public at no cost. Now,… Read More


Coastal Décor is Trending: Boat Bookshelf Makeover

  As you may have noticed, coastal décor is trending. So, it was basically love at first sight when I first laid eyes on this old wooden boat posted to Craigslist.  A mere $15 later, he was all mine! Beneath the nasty green and gold paint job, I could tell he had loads of potential… Read More



Sofa Table Gone Rustic

Rustic is back. And one way to get an old, rustic feel into your living space is to heavily distress a piece of furniture. Distressed furniture doesn’t just look amazing, it creates a warm, homey feeling because the furniture piece looks loved and used. What went into my project: Entry/sofa Table Sandpaper Drawer knobs Spray… Read More


Chalkboard Desk & Dandelion Wall Art

We are all about creativity here at The DIY Lighthouse, and a chalkboard surface provides the perfect opportunity to create even after your DIY project is complete! And thanks to some genius human, you can now paint a chalkboard onto practically anything, hence this fun chalkboard desk. The dreamy dandelion wall art I made perfectly… Read More