Novice to Insanity: Wood Projects

On a job site this past week the builder announced that there was going to be left over materials that he and my client did not need if anyone was interested. My Friday Find is a pile of wood that I was thrilled to take off their hands, mainly 2 x 4′s and pieces of reclaimed lumber. My goal was to come up with four projects from novice to insanity and then figure out which one to tackle. Here is the round up, wow this is exciting…


As some of you know we are renovating our family beach bungalow after Hurricane Sandy and trying to do so on a budget. With so many big ticket items to purchase for our renovation the idea of making a headboard or two sounds like a good idea. I came across this tutorial from Farm House 38 and thought this idea would be perfect done in a nautical theme, I already found metal anchors I can use for the rivets at the top, how fun.


I really like the idea of having colorful stools that can be used in my sons playroom, in the garden or even for extra places to park-it at a barbecue. Found at  Beyond The Picket Fence this project is manageable and can be created using scraps and left over smaller pieces which is awesome. Love the vibrant colors and crisp white paint combo.


Farmhouse tables are so popular because they combine rustic charm and functionality, the more you use them the better they look. The inspiration for this table came from a $3,000 version at Restoration Hardware that was out of budget. Country Living featured the DIY version where only screws and glue were needed because the couple in the article scored free wood as well LOL. I love this table and could use it just about anywhere.


We have graduated to a higher level of difficulty with the farmhouse table and now this whimsical DIY cooler from Birds and Soap, the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Just check out all the features and design details in this baby, honestly more than I can handle right now but maybe next year Dad. My practical side tells me DIY headboards are in my near future.


  • jenny

    Thank you for featuring my Cooler Stand! I wish Idaho had an ocean, I am so drawn to the beach cottage look!

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Hi Jenny you took this project to a whole different level and I just love it. We have a pool and I would love to surprise my husband with this for his bday in October. I better get started soon LOL.

  • Susan

    Wow that cooler stand is great, but I think I could only handle making the stools and I just love them.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      That project is a real home run, I am starting out with the headboard :)