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I'm feeling a surge of DIY spirit lately, so I think I'm going to begin tackling building my own headboard this weekend — stay tuned! It should be one of the bigger DIYs I've completed, seeing that it's a piece of furniture! But still, not very complicated. The hard part is picking up all the supplies. Some of my most time-intensive projects have been my garden box, and I suppose some of my sewing projects like my panel curtains and my bound-edge cloth napkins, but even those I completed in a day. How about you? What was the biggest thing you've built? What was your most time-intensive DIY project? Have you ever built or made something that's taken weeks or even months? A deck? A quilt? Tell me by commenting below!

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Home Home 6 years
These all sound like FABULOUS DIYs! Please share your photos in the Su Casa group.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 6 years
My dad and I installed hardwood floors in my house (with my bf's help) - it took about 27 hours of work over 2.5 days, and my back was in knots for about a week, but I am SO happy they were a DIY project. Next I'm going to tackle staining my (unfinished pine) platform bed and side table, then possibly going to make curtains for my bedroom.
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
We've had a couple big ones.. we installed floor to ceiling shelves in a closet.. it's a historic home, and the shelves were mdf & 2' deep.. so it was a project.. but our BIGGEST project was putting in our patio. We dug a hole that was 12' long by 14' wide and 8" deep by HAND. Then we put in recycled concrete base, tamped that in, put on a layer of paver sand, and then put in 16"x16" pavers.. and they were about 25-30 pounds each. It took us about a months of working non-stop.. but we LOVE it!
Bromeliad Bromeliad 6 years
My ruffled rose pillow made from a skirt. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-11495-NY-HowTo-Home-Design-Examiner~y2010m2d2-Make-a-DIY-A-Detacher-inspired-rose-pillow-from-an-old-skirt
winkartisans winkartisans 6 years
At my place, we have adopted a DIY mentality. My husband made a bench with wood we found. I made the shower curtain since I could not find one I liked, the bedroom drapes with blackout lining where also a DYI project. All the presents we give are handmade. Our next project is upholstering the love seat... I can hardly wait for that one.
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
I feel like 2010 is *the* year of DIY for me. So far this year I've made curtains for my family room, dyed sheers, added trim to sheers, recovered an ottoman, made pillows for the bedroom, and built raised garden beds in the backyard. Still on the list is to rebuild the porch on the side of my house, flower beds on the back deck, and a bookcase in the living room. This weekend will be devoted to painting lots of furniture for indoors and out.
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
I feel like 2010 is *the* year of DIY for me. So far this year I've made curtains for my family room, dyed sheers, added trim to sheers, recovered an ottoman, made pillows for the bedroom, and built raised garden beds in the backyard. Still on the list is to rebuild the porch on the side of my house, flower beds on the back deck, and a bookcase in the living room. This weekend will be devoted to painting lots of furniture for indoors and out.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
Our biggest DIY was a headboard and also to refinish 2 dressers and 2 nightstands. They were white lacquer finish and we sanded them down and painted them a beautiful burgundy and switched out the knobs/handles. We weren't sure how it would turn out due to the lacquer finish but they really turned out quite nice!! Oh we also cut off a peninsula that was in a kitchen and moved it to be a sideboard in the kitchen. That was a big project as we had to be careful not to damage the laminate countertop, and when we removed the cabinets there was nothing underneath but concrete. So we ended up putting in a wood floor in the kitchen and we did eventually get quartz countertops. I also removed a wall between two small rooms in the first house I owned and made one big living room. Wow, ok we've done some pretty big DIY's lol I'd forogtten about several of them until I had to think about it for this post :-)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
Our biggest DIY was a headboard and also to refinish 2 dressers and 2 nightstands. They were white lacquer finish and we sanded them down and painted them a beautiful burgundy and switched out the knobs/handles. We weren't sure how it would turn out due to the lacquer finish but they really turned out quite nice!! Oh we also cut off a peninsula that was in a kitchen and moved it to be a sideboard in the kitchen. That was a big project as we had to be careful not to damage the laminate countertop, and when we removed the cabinets there was nothing underneath but concrete. So we ended up putting in a wood floor in the kitchen and we did eventually get quartz countertops. I also removed a wall between two small rooms in the first house I owned and made one big living room. Wow, ok we've done some pretty big DIY's lol I'd forogtten about several of them until I had to think about it for this post :-)
ndchristine ndchristine 6 years
Ditto nikkeeb on the Ikea furniture! I've been trying to strip and stain doors in our house. It's just rediculous. 8 layers of paint to remove. I've been working on them for 2 months and am nowhere near done. Ugh!
ndchristine ndchristine 6 years
Ditto nikkeeb on the Ikea furniture! I've been trying to strip and stain doors in our house. It's just rediculous. 8 layers of paint to remove. I've been working on them for 2 months and am nowhere near done. Ugh!
nikkeeb nikkeeb 6 years
haha, i feel like putting together ikea furniture is more intense than actually doing a DIY!! i've been contemplating designing my own duvet cover (because I can't find one i really really love for the guest room), and the way i'm picturing it sounds a little intimidating. good luck with the headboard!! i think it's fun, and the sheer size of the piece will make you even more proud of it in the end for some illogical reason. :-p
nikkeeb nikkeeb 6 years
haha, i feel like putting together ikea furniture is more intense than actually doing a DIY!!i've been contemplating designing my own duvet cover (because I can't find one i really really love for the guest room), and the way i'm picturing it sounds a little intimidating.good luck with the headboard!! i think it's fun, and the sheer size of the piece will make you even more proud of it in the end for some illogical reason. :-p
Home Home 6 years
Thanks, Asche! I totally know what you mean. I've seen that before.
sunkissis sunkissis 6 years
My husband spent the weekend removing the *hideous* popcorn on our ceiling in our soon-to-be nursery. We had it tested for asbestos first, of course. Next we are painting. I can't stand popcorn ceilings, we thought it was used to cover cracks but there weren't any. Now the room looks so much more modern and brighter. Can't wait until the nursery is finished! http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b12/sunkissis/NurseryRemodel11.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b12/sunkissis/NurseryRemodel8.jpg
sunkissis sunkissis 6 years
My husband spent the weekend removing the *hideous* popcorn on our ceiling in our soon-to-be nursery. We had it tested for asbestos first, of course. Next we are painting. I can't stand popcorn ceilings, we thought it was used to cover cracks but there weren't any. Now the room looks so much more modern and brighter. Can't wait until the nursery is finished!http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b12/sunkissis/NurseryRemodel11.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b12/sunkissis/NurseryRemodel8.jpg
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I'm considering re-finishing my tub.
Asche Asche 6 years
DIY headboards are easy peasy. Just make sure to not buy batting/foam that is <i>too</i> thick. Sure, a super-padded headboard is lovely, but the thickness makes it a total nightmare when you have to staple everything together in the back. If you run into a problem with seeing thick, bunches of material stapled around the corner, it might be worth buying some nice molding a constructing a frame for the headboard. It looks nicer AND disguises the DIY-ness of the project. p.s: This might not make any sense, but you'll know what I mean when you finish :)
Asche Asche 6 years
DIY headboards are easy peasy. Just make sure to not buy batting/foam that is too thick. Sure, a super-padded headboard is lovely, but the thickness makes it a total nightmare when you have to staple everything together in the back. If you run into a problem with seeing thick, bunches of material stapled around the corner, it might be worth buying some nice molding a constructing a frame for the headboard. It looks nicer AND disguises the DIY-ness of the project. p.s: This might not make any sense, but you'll know what I mean when you finish :)
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