I was recently asked in an interview what my favorite thing about blogging was and I didn’t even hesitate. Hands down it is the relationships I have formed with my readers and with other bloggers. I think that is why I love this new series so much. I like introducing bloggers I know with my readers.
And just like in the past weeks, I have an awesome blogger to share with you today! She is a total kick butt DIYer from Atlanta. Sarah not only DIYs projects for her home, but she develops and designs websites. She is so talented! You are going to love her :)
Hey there! I’m Sarah from Ugly Duckling House, and I am so glad to be here on Stacy’s blog. I’ve had the privilege of meeting Stacy several times in real life, and it’s kind of a shame I don’t get to see her as much as I’d like to. Stacy is one of those kinds of DIYers who not only creates beautiful things in her home, but she is genuinely the kind of person you’re glad to see whenever you cross paths.
As for me, I’m basically a dabbler in all things DIY. Just like Stacy, I get into a few woodworking projects on a regular basis. Here are a few of my recent favorites.
I once had a scenario of inviting someone over to my house, but having no coffee table in my living room. It would have been embarrassing, but in about 15-20 minutes. I cut all the pieces for this 2×4 coffee table. I still use it today!
When I considered floating shelves for my laundry room, there was one thing I was sure about: I did NOT want “chunky” floating shelves. But when I went looking online for ideas on how to make them both thin, and long, and sturdy, I came up short-handed. So, I figured out my own way, and I created a tutorial to help those who ran into the same issue.
One of the biggest projects I’ve taken on this summer has been building a new floating deck for the back yard. And despite its complexities and installing the decking on a 45-degree angle, one of my goals has been to provide both extensive DIY tutorials and videos of the process so that beginners can learn from my progress (and mistakes, of course — always the case with learning new skills!).
With the scraps from the deck, I put together a simple garden bench. The plan, ultimately, is to make several more of these to circle around my fire pit, but in the meantime, I have plans in my woodworking library for how to build it!
With little more than plywood and some square dowels, I created a piece of art for my dining room that also serves as a spot to hold wine bottles and glasses for when guests come over. Even when there’s nothing actually mounted in it, it still serves as a great piece of dimensional art for the room.
But with all of the new purpose-driven stuff, there’s always room for a little fun, right? If you’re in the mood for something a little outside-the-box, you might enjoy this carved wood wall art I created. It’s one of my most favorite, unique pieces for my home, and it serves as an everyday reminder that leaning into my creative instincts can lead to unexpected (but totally worth it) results!
Thank you, Stacy, for having me! There are plenty more woodworking ideas where that came from, but I would love it if you checked out my site or followed me on social, such as Instagram and YouTube. I am about to launch two huge DIY projects soon, too: one for my “pub shed” (aka, building a shed from the ground up!) and one for the vintage trailer I’m about to restore. I’d love to get your input on design decisions (I collaborate with readers a lot on that!) and follow along!