Category Archives: DIY Projects

All DIY projects (furniture, home decor, holidays, parties & events, and crafts) are shown here.

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


Should I Use Real or Fake Wedding Flowers?

The dress, the bridesmaids, the invitation, the cake, the venue… the flowers…. There are a zillion decisions to make as a bride-to-be and hopefully this post will make the following question easier: Should you use real or artificial flowers at your wedding? Take this short personality test to find out! Personality Test for Choosing Real vs. Fake… Read More


How to Make an Easy and Cheap DIY Wedding Bouquet

(Condensed Version) DIY Wedding Bouquet Short on time? On a tight budget? No problem! Here is a short 5 step tutorial on how to make an easy and cheap DIY wedding bouquet. (This page contains affiliate links that we may be compensated for. Your clicks and purchases help support The DIY Lighthouse at no extra charge to you.… 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


Owl Themed Baby Shower Inspiration

Whooo is looking for some owl themed baby shower or party inspiration? Read on and owl give you some great ideas! *This post contains affiliate links which means we may be compensated for purchases made. However, it does not influence our opinion in what we recommend for cute owl themed baby shower ideas and inspiration. Color Scheme My… 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


DIY Old Page Wall: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

My mom wanted her walls covered in old pages for a while. (She got her inspiration from Marisa, a talented lady in her neighborhood.) So, I took on the project to cover her music room walls in old hymn book pages. My mom loves her music room now! The walls add so much character to… Read More