Category: How To’s & Quick Tips


Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to DIY Your Next Calendar

It's a busy time of year, and while there's much to recommend digital schedule-keeping, many of us prefer something we can actually touch. Here are five creative twists on the the traditional calendar.

It used to be that people relied on the seasons to measure the passage of time, but once the calendar came into common use—well, it stuck around. In recent years, though, many have chosen to go digital, transferring schedule-keeping to the online realm. But perhaps an equal number of us have chosen to stick with our traditional, tangible calendars. You can always buy a new one at the bookshop or stationery store, but since the appeal of a real calendar is that you can actually hold it in your hands, there’s poetic justice to the idea of making your own. Scroll down to see five DIY calendar projects to mimic or to inspire your very own design.

 

1. STICK IT

DIY Calendar - Washi Tape

Photo: modishandmain.com

DIY decorators have made a darling out of washi tape, which is Japanese adhesive paper that not only goes on and peels off easily, but also comes in an endless array of designs. Use the tape to create a border for your DIY calendar, then fill the grid with colored post-it notes, one for each day, as Modish and Main cleverly did here.

 

2. PAINT IT

DIY Calendar - Chalkboard Window

Photo: housebyhoff.com

Plenty of non-energy-efficient vintage windows are homeless and looking for a second life. House by Hoff figure out that for a weekly calendar, a paned window lends itself extraordinary well to use in a DIY calendar. Simply chalkboard-paint the glazed portions of the window and use vinyl letters to define the different days.

 

3. SNAP IT

Photo Calendar

Photo: photojojo.com

From Photojojo, here’s a DIY calendar perfect for any amateur photographers in the crowd. To get started, head outside and start snapping pictures of letters and numbers in your neighborhood. You’ll need 49 total: the numbers 1 through 31, a set of letters or words to represent the different days of the week, and 11 fillers.

 

4. CLIP IT

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Paint a regular clipboard and hang it from a nail in your entry hall or home office. Swap in patterned paper and simple print-out calendar templates for each passing month. It’s a quick way to see your month at a glance. For details on the (readily available) materials needed to make your own, head on over to Jenna Rose Journal.

 

5. BOX IT

Daily Calendar in a Box

Photo: witandwhistle.com

Some people use calendars to organize and plan; others use calendars to remember dates and reflect. Designed for the latter, a DIY calendar journal provides space to record your daily activities so that you can revisit them fondly year after year. Wit and WhistleWit and Whistle shows how to create one using only index cards and a recipe box.

, all you need to get started are a stack of index cards (365 of them) and an embellished recipe box for storage.


Genius! DIY Trash Can Shed

A repurposing pro makes her own trash enclosure for $30—and you can too.

Who hasn’t admired a great product in-store before balking at the price tag? When daring DIYer Anne Davis saw a $300 plastic trash can shed, she was determined to build her own on the cheap. And she succeeded in doing just that—spending only $30! Now, that’s Genius!

This project is par for the course with Anne. “I love the challenge of building and creating things that I see and would like to have,” she says. But there’s a limit to her DIY prowess—when it comes to upholstery, she’d rather buy than DIY.

We often hear from readers who love the idea of DIY but have a power saw phobia. And believe it or not, Anne used to be one of those folks too. “I was terrified to use power tools in the beginning, but after watching YouTube videos on how to use the different power tools, I felt more comfortable trying them out. I bought a small circular saw to start—it was a cordless 6 1/2″ circular saw that was lightweight and easy to maneuver. It was the best tool I ever bought!” 

For readers looking to get their feet wet with power tools, she recommends a shelving unit for the garage. “If you mess up on the project, it isn’t front and center in your home!” she points out.

For pointers on making your own DIY garbage shed, read on.

DIY Garbage Shed

 MATERIALS
- (6) 2x4s
- (25) 3′ fence boards
- OSB board pieces
- (6) 10′ tongue-and-groove pine boards
- #30 tarpaper
- (6) roofing shingles
- Wood pallet
- Hinges
- Clasp
- Handles
- Paint
- Modified wood shed plans
- Circular saw
- Cardboard

STEP 1

DIY Garbage Shed Frame

I found a plan online for a garbage container and wood shed that looked fairly easy to build. I modified the plan to suit my needs and began cutting the wood. All I have is a circular saw, so that’s what I used. I used a cardboard template for the angled roof rafters so I could cut the two pieces with the same angle.

STEP 2

DIY Garbage Shed Walls

Then I built the very basic frame and began attaching the fence boards as siding.

STEP 3

DIY Garbage Shed Build

I used a pallet as the base.

Anne was able to create this project for $30 by using repurposed items she or her neighbors had on hand. Here’s the breakdown.

Here is the list of scrounged items:

- (25) 3-foot fence boards (didn’t use them all)
- Used OSB pieces I found while cleaning out my crawlspace as sheathing for the roof. (I had to add one more rafter in the centre because the OSB kinda sagged, the short piece of 2×4 was left over from the wood I had bought.)
- #30 tarpaper from my neighbor
- 6 roofing shingles found in my shed
- Tongue-and-groove pine boards for the doors (a little warped but serviceable!)
- (3) 2x4s

Bought new:
- (3) 2x4s
- Hinges
- Clasp
- Handles

There are still a few finishing touches that are needed—some lattice, paint and trim and the hinges need adjusting, but this is what it looks like now:

DIY Garbage Shed Brown

Total out of pocket cost: $30.00—a far cry from $299 plus tax!! Now I can have my garbage in my front yard, neatly hidden away. And it’s quick and easy to chuck it out to the curb on garbage day. I need to paint the underside of the roof and attach a couple of pieces of lattice over the triangular openings on both sides. But it looks not half bad, even if I do say so myself!

A year later, Anne gave her DIY garage shed an upgrade with new paint and hardware. It’s certainly held up to the elements and looks great.

DIY Garbage Shed Finished

Thanks to our Genius blogger Anne Davis for sharing with us!

To read more about her first repurposing project a mini greenhouse made from old windows, or check out her successful bathroom remodel, find Anne on her blog


How To: Fix Cracks in Concrete

They are not only a tripping hazard, but cracks in your concrete patio, driveway, or walkway can really compromise the curb appeal of your home. You've left these imperfections linger long enough. Here's how to fix them—easily!

How to Fix Cracks in Concrete

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Installations of concrete can last hundreds of years, but sooner of later, most end up developing small cracks and gaps, holes and crevices. If your concrete path, patio, or driveway has begun to show its age, make the necessary repairs sooner rather than later. After all, what’s a small problem today is only going to get bigger and more difficult (or expensive) to fix. While in some cases it takes a pro to work successfully with concrete, almost anyone can fix cracks in concrete. Here’s how it’s done.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Concrete repair mix
- Hammer
- Chisel
- Wire brush
- Mason’s trowel (or putty knife)
- Protective gear

How to Fix Cracks in Concrete - Putty Knife

Photo: shutterstock.com

STEP 1
Concrete surfaces cannot be repaired with concrete. Instead, use a concrete repair mix; these are readily available at most home improvement retail chain stores. Options include epoxy compounds, latex patching material, and mortar mixes. This last option works best to fill large cracks (or chipped edges), while the other products are suitable for cracks in concrete that are 1/8 inch wide or narrower.

STEP 2
It’s important to prepare the cracked area for patching. First, use a small hammer and chisel in combination to knock away any cracked, crumbling, or loose concrete. Chip to a depth of about one inch below the surface plane. Then, rinse the area thoroughly, scrubbing with a wire brush to dislodge any loose, lingering particles. Bear in mind that this is dusty work. To facilitate cleanup, you may wish to spread a tarp beneath the work area. Most important, be sure to wear the proper protective gear.

STEP 3
Epoxy or latex. To cracks 1/8 inch wide or narrower, apply an epoxy or latex patching product, mixed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. The material goes on either with a mason’s trowel or a putty knife. Force it all the way into the crack, then smooth the product level with the surrounding concrete. Different mixes cure differently; again, consult the directions listed on your chosen product.

Mortar mix. For larger imperfections in concrete, use a mortar mix. Creating your own mix is as simple as combining one part Portland cement, three parts masonry sand, and just enough water to form a thick paste. Moisten (but do not drench) the problem area, then apply the mortar mix with either a mason’s trowel or a putty knife. As you work, take pains to eliminate air pockets by pressing down firmly on the applied product. Finally, smooth the patch so that it’s level with the surrounding concrete. Let it cure for about two hours, then cover the area with plastic sheeting to keep it moist. Sprinkle water under the plastic every day for a few days or until the surface has hardened up.


5 Things to Do with… Shoeboxes


Take a few old shoeboxes from the dusty stack in your closet and with a little creativity, transform them into stylish yet functional everyday objects for the home.

There’s something about the size, durability, and versatility of shoeboxes that compels us to keep them long after our footwear has done its walking. If you’ve still got a shoebox (or four) lying around, your hoarding instincts were right-on—that box retains plenty of potential. Many simple and quick projects can breathe new life into your old shoe storage, whether you’re looking for pure function or something more fun. Here are five favorite shoebox crafts to help get you started.

 

1. STORE SPOOLS

Shoebox Crafts - Spools

Photo: justcraftyenough.com

The one pitfall of having a large inventory of ribbon for wrapping and embellishing? The inevitable tangle that occurs when your ribbons aren’t in use. But with a shoebox and some basic crafting tools, you can keep your trimmings tidy. To make an organizer of your own, follow the step-by-step at Just Crafty Enough.

 

2. WAKE UP YOUR WALLS

Shoebox Crafts - Canvas

Photo: cremedelacraft.com

For budget-friendly decor, try these trendy color-blocked “canvases” with a twist: Instead of using pricier pulled canvas, create the same dimensional effect using a covered shoebox lid. Grab some painter’s tape and a few spray paints in your favorite colors, and follow these easy instructions from Creme de la Craft.

 

3. START A PUPPET THEATER

Shoebox Crafts - Puppet Theater

Photo: handmadecharlotte.com

Create a charming shoebox puppet theater guaranteed to make little ones smile. While an adult should take care of the handiwork (involving an X-acto knife), smaller children can help with the puppets—and, of course, run the show. Miniature LED lights adds a final magical touch. Handmade Charlotte has the tutorial.

 

4. CORRAL CORDS

Shoebox Crafts - Organizer

Photo: tashachawner.com

Cord clutter? Put a shoebox to work as a charging station, which keeps tangled cables out of sight. This one, shared by Tasha Chawner on her lifestyle blog, took just 30 minutes to build. Tasha simply cut holes for the cords to poke through, painted the box red for a pop of color, and framed the slots with metal bookplates.

 

5. MAKE A PLANTER

Shoebox Crafts - Planter

Photo: magilkey.com

Take a tip from Laura Gilkey at Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. and upcycle your extra shoeboxes into a container garden. This project is a snap, requiring only a little potting soil and your choice of small plants, flowers, or herbs. The best part? You can plant the whole box, if you choose, as cardboard is often biodegradable!


DIY Barn Door Headboard

New and salvaged materials come together in a rustic-inspired DIY headboard.

We’ve seen a resurgence in barn door decor over the years but when we spotted this project from Beth at Home Stories A to Z—a barn-inspired DIY headboard, we fell head over heels, so to speak. What’s more, because she and her husband, Matt, had antique side doors on hand, the project only cost them $90.57. We think their hard work speaks for itself in this one-of-a-kind headboard. Read on to see how they pulled it off.

DIY Barn Door Headboard

MATERIALS

- (7) 1x4x8 pine boards
- (1) 4×8 beadboard panel
- (6) mending plates
- (3) T-plates
- screws
- drill
- mitre saw
- nails
- hammer or nail gun
- milk paint
- sandpaper
- gate hardware

The hardest part for us was figuring out the measurements. Matt and I stink at math and the brainiacs who decided to make dimensional lumber measure differently than the actual size stated didn’t help matters! FYI: a 1″x4″x 8′ is really a 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ x 8′.

The height of our doors and the width of the sheet of beadboard we used to back the headboard frame helped determine the dimensions.

STEP 1

DIY Barn Door Headboard Frame

Once we had the pieces cut, we screwed them all together using mending plates.

STEP 2

DIY Barn Door Headboard notes

You can see that we wrote notes to ourselves in pencil which piece was to go where. Doing this saved us a ton of time in reassembly after the boards were all cut!

 STEP 3

DIY Barn Door Headboard Frame

Once the frame was finished and painted, I nailed the beadboard into place by hand. (My dog chewed through my nailgun cord!) Then Matt screwed the frame into the two windowed-side panels using more mending plates.

STEP 4

To paint the headboard, I used General Finishes milk paint in Snow White. I didn’t use a primer on the wood first; I just went for it with the milk paint.

STEP 5

DIY Barn Door Headboard Painted Sanded

I sanded a few spots on the headboard to create a worn look and used the burnt umber glaze over the top.

STEP 6

DIY Barn Door Headboard Detail

I bought cheap gate hardware in silver and spray painted them ORB. I just hot-glued them in place because I was tired of drilling :) . Yes, we might get hit in the head by a random piece of flying hardware in the middle of the night, but that’s the risk of laziness that I’m just willing to take right now!

Here’s the most recent update to this headboard:

DIY Barn Door Headboard Update

 

Thanks for sharing, Beth! To see more pictures from her master bedroom makeover click here or check out her site, Home Stories A to Z, for more inspiring tutorials.


DIY Wood Headboard

This bedroom gets a beach-inspired look with the help of a new headboard.

We love it when home DIYers aren’t afraid to work with wood and stains. So when we saw this project from Mandy at The Hankful House, we knew we wanted to give it a spot in the Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition. The transformation from before to after was so incredible, we didn’t even recognize the room—always a good sign. And for us, it all starts with this headboard, which anchors the space. Read on to see how Mandy did it.

DIY Wood Headboard

MATERIALS 

- wood planks
- dark wood stain
- 2 x 4 boards
- screws
- drill

I have never had a headboard. I have always been a box spring and mattress kind of gal. Not that I had anything against headboards it was more of a money issue. But it’s like being able to purchase that amazing and beautiful yet really expensive accessory. That was the headboard. I knew we needed it to finish off our bedroom so we made it.

I wanted some rustic-ness to come in to match our beachy but not really beachy themed room. Does that make sense? There is something so elegant about natural materials.

It cost me about $70.00 or so, which wasn’t that bad. We had to buy the longer planks because our bed is so large.

STEP 1

We had the Home Depot guy cut the wood to our length there so I wouldn’t have to listen to my husband complain. Seriously it worth hanging out at the store for a few more minutes.

STEP 2

DIY Wood Headboard Stain

I brought them home and stained them. I did want them pretty dark to match our furniture so I gave them 2 heavy coats and didn’t rub any off. I will tell you it did take a few days for them to dry completely. If I had done this in August, the boards would have been dry in 5 minutes.

STEP 3

Once they were dry we placed them together and Mike screwed in 2×4′s to the back for support. We attached those to the wall for extra support and that was it. It is beautiful and I am in awe!

BEFORE

This was our before picture—the colors were just all wrong! Nothing relaxing about this room at all. Plus I still can’t believe Mike and I slept under 100 ton rod iron candlestick holders, what was I thinking?

Bedroom Before DIY Wood Headboard

AFTER

Bedroom After DIY Wood Headboard

What a difference our bedroom has now! I am so happy with our transformation and I got to cross off a few more projects for this room! Yeah! It’s almost done!

Thanks for sharing, Mandy! To take a tour of the whole master bedroom and bath, or see even more incredible DIY projects, visit The Hankful House.


DIY Wingback Upholstered Headboard

A DIY take on the classic wingback gives this bedroom a whole new look.

There’s something transporting about wingback furniture. And private. When it comes to wingback headboards, that little extra bit of material marks the borders of your own personal sanctuary. So we were thrilled by Sarah M. Dorsey’s fantastic DIY wingback headboard. From the tufted look to the nailhead edging, all the details came together to make this project a visual success. Read on to see how she created the high-end look for under $150.

DIY Wingback Headboard

MATERIALS*

- plywood (62.5-inch x 48.5 inch)
- 1x4s
- 1x6s
- 2x6s
- fabric (4 yards)
- (28) buttons
- foam (62.5-inch x 48.5 inch)
- batting
- nailheads (about 500)
- drill and screws
- staple gun
- gorilla glue
- upholstery thread and needle
- hammer

*measurements are for queen-size bed

STEP 1

DIY Wingback Headboard Step 1

The plywood was cut to size, holes drilled in plywood for tufting, 1x4s were cut to build a support around the entire back. 1-inch foam was attached with adhesive to avoid it slipping while tufting.

STEP 2

DIY Wingback Headboard Batting

Batting was attached with staple gun, fabric on top (attached after tufting).

STEP 3

DIY Wingback Headboard Buttons

Buttons were covered with fabric (I also applied a small amount of gorilla glue on the interior of the button since I wasn’t using heavy duty button covers, to avoid them popping off). I doubled up upholstery thread and used a long needle to tuft. Like the ottoman we made, I pushed to button from the top—pulling the fabric tight as I went and David stapled from the bottom. Fabric was pulled tight and stapled underneath on all sides.

STEP 4

Next the arms were attached. A 2×6 and 1×6 were attached together with screws.

How to Attach DIY Wingback Headboard

STEP 5

Arms for DIY Wingback Headboard

Fabric and batting were cut to cover the arm. Fabric and batting were placed in between headboard and arm then the arm was attached to the headboard.

STEP 6

DIY Wingback Headboard Fabric Fold

Fabric was pulled tight around the arm and stapled to the back.

The fold for the fabric on the top of the wing was created by first pulling the fabric over the top, stapling on the outer side, wrapping the fabric around the front and side of the wing, folding the top edge to create the crease (excess fabric and batting were cut off at this point too), and then stapling in the back.

STEP 7

Nailhead DIY Wingback Headboard

Nailhead was applied on the edges of the arm. I found it pretty easy to eyeball it with the edge, but you could use a pencil or fabric pen to draw a guide line. I used about half the box of nail head, so about 500 in total.
Final DIY Wingback Headboard
Thanks, Sarah! To see the plan she designed and get the exact measurements for her queen-sized headboard, or to tour her house, visit Sarah’s blog.

 

 


DIY Door Upcycled Headboard

An inexpensive thrift store find gets a classy upgrade.

French doors are one of those charming classics that we think never goes out of style. And so that’s why we thought this French door DIY headboard was such an amazing idea. Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.—along with her family—changed this $20 Goodwill find into a brand new focal point in her master bedroom. Because Lindsay is a professional home stylist, it’s no wonder that her matching bedding and complementary drapes made this old door looks right at home at the head of her bed. Want to see how she transformed an ordinary door into a one-of-a-kind headboard? Read on.

DIY Door Upcycled Headboard

MATERIALS

- old French door
- saw (depends on size of bed)
- (4) 2×4 wood pieces
- power drill and screws
- clamps
- palm sander
- sand paper
- paint

STEP 1

DIY Door Headboard Goodwill Door 

I found this old french door at Goodwill for $20. I will admit, my first thought when I saw it was not “Oh a headboard!”. But it was just too good of a deal to pass up. I paid for it, brought my sweet husband back with me to lift it into the car (it was seriously that heavy), and brought it home to decide how to use it. Chris had the great idea of somehow turning this door into a headboard! I had the vision for how to finish it out. Chris and my dad had the know-how to build the frame and make it happen.

 

STEP 2

DIY Door Headboard Sawed Ends

 

First, we had to saw a little off of each side. It was so much wider than our Queen bed!

STEP 3

Then, they started building the frame.

DIY Door Headboard Frame

They put a 2×4 on each side and then two running horizontally to connect them.

STEP 4

DIY Door Headboard Measuring

Here they are checking to make sure the frame fits the bed. Once we knew it fit, we lugged it back downstairs for painting and finishing.

STEP 5

Sanding DIY Door Headboard

Next, we sanded off the old stained finish with our handy palm sander.

STEP 6

Painted DIY Door Headboard

Then, it was time for the paint. I thought it would need at least two coats, but since I wanted a more rustic feel and was planning to sand some paint off anyway, one coat did the trick!

STEP 7

After the paint was dry, I sanded all of the edges by hand to let a little of the natural wood shine through.  And here she sits today:

Finished DIY Door Headboard

Thanks, Lindsay! To see even more home DIY projects or check out Lindsay’s home styling services, visit her site.

 

 

 

 


DIY Reclaimed Barn Door Headboard

Using reclaimed barn doors in the bedroom is well worth the effort.

At BobVila.com we like resourcefulness. And we love reclaimed wood. So when we saw this salvaged barn door headboard from Sabrina at Sweet French Toast, we wanted it to give it a big Bob Vila Thumbs Up. What started out as a fortuitous Craigslist find was transformed into an incredible DIY headboard. And for anyone afraid of the potential pests, dirt, or splinters that could come from using reclaimed wood, read on to see how Sabrina breaks down the process of making perfectly good materials look perfectly at home in a bedroom.

DIY Reclaimed Barn Door Headboard

MATERIALS

- two barn doors, reclaimed
- (2) 5-gallon buckets
- 20-inch gong brush
- soapy water
- Borax and water mixture
- sponge
- latex gloves
- plastic drop cloth
- face mask
- stain (optional)

STEP 1

After communicating with the listing owner, RH and I made the trek out to what I would call “the country” in Gainesville, north of the metro Atlanta area. The barn was an honest-to-goodness barn, complete with the charming stench of horse manure.

DIY Barn Headboard Picking Up Wood

If you’re crazy to try this yourself, remember to determine how many doors you need, wear proper shoes, make sure the doors will fit in your car, and bring a friend—these doors are frequently solid wood, so they can be very heavy!

STEP 2

DIY Barn Headboard Cleaning

I waited to clean the doors so I could work outside during daylight. Because I live in a loft-condo, I’m very limited in the options I have for cleaning large items like these doors. Some of the info I read suggested using a pressure washer to wash barn wood clean. That might have worked, but I would have been worried about damaging the wood and metal hinges. I didn’t even access to a hose, much less a pressure washer. Instead, I used two 5-gallon buckets and a 20″ gong brush out on my little patio. I would have preferred to have had a hose and nozzle sprayer to wash down the doors. I’m sure the people walking by my place that day wondered what the heck I was up to!

I filled the first bucket with warm water and a mild detergent and the second bucket with clean warm water. I dipped the brush into the soapy water and began scrubbing the doors down, alternating every now and then with clean water to rinse off the soap and dirt. It took me a couple of hours to scrub down the barn wood board and both doors, front and back. I replaced the water in both buckets halfway through when it became too dirty.

Then, I propped them up outside to let them dry. After a few hours of drying, I brought them inside overnight.

STEP 3

Treating DIY Barn Door Headboard Wood

While I’m sure Timmy Termite and Paul the Powder Post Beetle would love to join us for dinner sometime, I knew I had to do something to make sure a host of creepy crawlies didn’t infiltrate our place. This is the subject that I spent the most time reading about.

There are many options for treating unfinished wood, including commercial products like Boracare and Timbor, but I didn’t feel comfortable using them on a headboard—which would be very close to our heads every night—especially since the homebrew version of Boracare contains antifreeze. Besides that, Boracare is pretty pricey.

The day after scrubbing the doors and board clean, I decided to treat the wood using a Borax solution.

I mixed 3 cups of Borax into 1 gallon of warm water and stirred to dissolve as much of it as possible. Using latex gloves and a sponge, I coated the surface of the wood, making sure to cover every exposed piece of the doors I could reach—front, back, top and bottom. Theoretically, any pests in the wood will either dry out or eat the borate in the wood and die. I am counting on this working!

STEP 4

After treating the wood with the Borax solution, I let the doors and board dry all day outside and then for another six days inside since I had to wait for another weekend to continue the process. I figured this was plenty of time for the wood to dry thoroughly and also to acclimate to the temperature/humidity inside our place.

STEP 5

DIY Barn Door Headboard Plastic Tarp

As the wood dried, little crystals of Borax began to form on the surface. My plan was to lay out a huge plastic drop cloth on my patio, move the doors back outside, and brush the crystals off. This weekend was insanely windy though, and I was worried about the crystals flying into my hair and my eyes, even though I am a safety nerd and wear the oh-so-stylish safety goggles and dust mask while I work.

So, I covered the guest bathroom with the plastic drop cloth and brushed down the wood board in the tub. Then I realized that there was no way the barn doors were going to make it into the guest bath tub gracefully, so I moved the drop cloth and set up a little work area in the living room. I don’t have any photos of that, but it seriously looked like a HazMat area with everything covered in plastic and me waving around my gong brush while decked out in goggles and a face mask.

I brushed down the doors, with the key word being brushed down. Downward strokes ensured that the crystals and any remaining dirt fell down onto the drop cloth instead of flying through the air. I vacuumed the drop cloth with my DustBuster a few times while I was working, and when every surface of the doors had been brushed, I rolled up the drop cloth and stuffed it into a garbage bag.

STEP 6

If I wanted to stain the wood, I would have done that after thoroughly cleaning the wood from the Borax treatment. I decided to leave the wood natural and unfinished though.

With the doors in good shape, it was time to assemble the headboard! I tried various configurations (the “Z” facing the wall, facing out, hinges open, hinges closed) before RH helped me find the winning look. The doors are a little crooked, so I placed a single barn wood board behind the middle of the headboard, where the two doors should meet and instead leave a rather large gap.

STEP 7 

DIY Barn Door Headboard with Pillow

The true test came when I moved the decorative pillows that were leaning up against the doors. Since they are white, I honestly expected them to show at least a little red dirt, but they were spotless!
Thanks, Sabrina! To see even more details from her DIY barn door headboard, or check out her other DIY projects, visit Sweet French Toast.

Weekend Projects: 5 Easy Ways to Build an Outdoor Movie Screen

Turn your backyard into the neighborhood drive-in this weekend with inspiration from five easy-to-make outdoor projector screens.

Like fireflies and fireworks, movies under the stars make for magically memorable summer nights. But if your town or city doesn’t already host nighttime screenings, you can bring the drive-in to your own backyard—minus the Hollywood budget. To inspire your DIY outdoor movie screen, scroll down to see five of our favorite designs, any of which you can build in one weekend. Get the popcorn ready, lay a blanket on the grass, and enjoy the double feature!

 

1. SLEEP UNDER THE STARS

photo: welivedhappilyeverafter.com

“And the Oscar goes to” white bed sheets for being the least demanding of all DIY outdoor movie screen materials. If you’ve got spare linens, follow the lead of We Lived Happily Ever After. Hannah can show you how she simply clipped a queen-sized, ironed-flat sheet to sturdy bamboo sticks set in the ground.

 

2. POST YOUR SCREENING HERE

photo: instructables.com

For a larger, sturdier screen, build a pair of wooden posts with help from the step-by-step directions available at Instructables. To stabilize the posts, secure each one with ropes and stakes. Finally, stretch a white tarp (or a blackout cloth) between the two, before locking the material in position with either staples or nails.

 

3. LEARN THE ROPES

photo: the2seasons.com

In a woodsy backyard, use the trees to create a wonderfully whimsical DIY outdoor movie screen. First, suspend a rope from one tree to its most conveniently positioned neighbor. Next, hang the “screen” from the rope. The 2 Seasons then took it step further, framing the projection area between wine-colored drapes.

 

4. PIN UP

photo: mybarefootfarm.blogspot.ca

Structural elements of your home may provide all the support needed for a DIY outdoor movie screen. Here’s a look at what Sam (from My Barefoot Farm) managed to build in her backyard. She attached her screen (a 10′ x 20′ tarp with steel pipe framing) to the vertical supports beneath the second-story deck.

 

5. PAINT A BIG PICTURE SHOW 

photo: backyardtheater.com

Avid movie-goers, take note: A DIY outdoor movie screen like this one would last long beyond this summer. Just paint one side of a plywood panel and support it from behind with a framework of pipe (galvanized steel or PVC). At the end of the season, disassemble it and store the parts in your basement, garage, or shed.