DIY Antique Wine Bar

DIY Antique Wine Bar

Here’s a fun and simple DIY idea for those awkward antiques that you don’t know what to do with – add some cork handles, slap on some chalkboard paint and create your very own antique wine bar! Don’t you just love new uses for old furniture? It seemed like a  crime to paint a perfectly good antique so we decided to forgo the refinishing for a less intense/expensive furniture flip. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before. Not very different from the after is it? However I must say that the chalkboard really does update this piece of furniture without distracting from its’ antique charm. And the cork handles for a wine bar are so apropos, no?   Thanks to my cork hoarding antics, generous neighbors and good friends at Plaid – this project was entirely free. Now we finally have a wine bar worthy of weekly Wine Wednesdays! Who is coming? Craft On....
Ultra Sleek And Simple DIY Guitar Hanger

Ultra Sleek And Simple DIY Guitar Hanger

In my younger years I dreamt of being an 80’s hair band rock star with the Hollywood studio, flying V guitar, and a neon yellow Lamborghini.  See that silver spandex, blonde wig wearing guy below? That was me (circa 2002) living my dream in a college talent show. Not much has changed since then except the fact that now I usually choose cotton over spandex and prefer acoustic over electric guitars.  I know it’s hard but you’re gonna have to stop laughing at this 80’s train wreck at some point and start looking at the whole reason for this blog post; this cool sleek acoustic guitar hanger! I built this red oak mount to fit nicely between two wall supports in my office so I can admire my Taylor guitar while working away at my desk. That’s it! may the 80’s photo laughter...
Upcycled Book Computer Cable Organizer

Upcycled Book Computer Cable Organizer

Gadgets and I have a love hate relationship. I love to  spend my days tinkering with my gadgets but hate fighting with their accompanying USB and power cables. Just recently (after the 80th time my cables slipped behind my desk) I almost broke down and bought one of those plastic cable management systems from Best Buy but instead (in fear of being blasted for not going the handmade route) crafted up a this unique cord organizer with vintage book, some c02 cartridges and a test tube! The pop of the vintage red book combined with the industrial shine of the co2 cartridges (donated by Lisa Fulmer) create my favorite vintage military look!  I also stole one of Andrea’s hot chocolate test tubes for pencil and pen storage ;) Hooray for up-cycling and not buying yet another accessory to manage my gadget obsession! Happy Friday...
Burlap Button and Beaded Headbands

Burlap Button and Beaded Headbands

When Andrea has an idea for a headband nothing and nobody can stop her from making it, not even a nasty cold or a concerned husband. So it came as no surprise that my sleep deprived zombie of a wife dragged herself to the studio this weekend to craft up some neat burlap bead and button head pieces. They turned out beautiful but sadly rendered my craft-tastic gal useless as a headband model….  I’m pretty sure this makes me the ultimate team player and #1 best husband. Unfortunately my lack of hair just wasn’t doing these headbands any justice, so we went for plan C – no models! Having worn both of these headbands I’d have to say my favorite is the burlap and button headband since is has nice overall color and is much lighter than the beaded headband. However you won’t see me wearing these in public anytime soon ;) Once Andrea feels better we’ll update this post of her rocking these headbands the way they were meant to...
Up-Cycled Bird Feeder For The Destefani Family

Up-Cycled Bird Feeder For The Destefani Family

We’ve had our fair share of Blah to Bling stumpers this holiday season but I believe the it’s the package of baby hangers, a plastic bag and some ribbon (sent by loving Destefani family) that takes the proverbial Blah to Bling cake! Initially we toyed with a few “decent” ideas but eventually landed on concept that the whole family would enjoy: A bird feeder! Totally Andrea’s idea but I was the one that actually created it ;) The only thing I really added to this Jetson like bird feeder was some scrap wood for the top and bottom. I have enough leftover materials to up-cycle into a few more bird feeders too! This bird feeder marks our 3rd and final Blah to Bling transformation! Thank you to our friends that took the time to participate in our little up-cycling lesson. Each “Blah” item was so unique and pushed our creative boundaries in so many directions (See c02 cartridges and burlap). For those that couldn’t participate this year we ‘re hoping  that you are inspired enough to participate next year!...
Most Memorable DIY and Craft Projects of 2011

Most Memorable DIY and Craft Projects of 2011

It seems like just yesterday we were steadily producing our once weekly internet show (Craft-Tastic LIVE) and then BLAM out of nowhere we’re buying a home, laying down laminate, setting up a dedicated craft studio and starting a new blog…. Just 6ish months later Hand MAKE My Day has already racked up 125 blog posts and over 100 unique DIY /craft projects! Don’t worry we’ve whittled it down to our top ten most memorable projects with plenty of visual candy for you ADD creative people (photos have links to corresponding blog posts). 1) The back breaker award. Floating stairs refinish! Cliff spent weeks tediously pulling out hundreds of carpet nails, sanding and sanding and more sanding, then staining. The hard work really paid off! Now we just need a bannister….. 2) The most unlikely popular craft. Paint chip address cards. WOW….. Who knew the entire internet would weigh in on the controversy of paint chip crafting and polarize me as the evil paint chip craft ring leader? 3) Project that made people go “Huh?” Our indoor swing. My mom is still asking what possessed us to hang a swing inside. Our answer; “Because it’s rad!” 4) Favorite craft. Giant Paint Chip Lite Brite Christmas Tree. There’s something about playing with giant Lite Brite that just makes Christmas better. 5) Best up-cycle. The stereo cabinet turned mini shoe closet. Maybe it’s because I scored the stereo cabinet for free and proved to Cliff that it would be put to good use. 6) Favorite creative technique. Ok, I’m patting myself on the back for figuring out how to make the perfect...