Contact form was broken – Sorry!

For all of you who sent questions via the contact form — I apologize. I just realized the form must have been broken by a WordPress update somewhere along the way. I’ve been traveling and had no idea. It makes me sick that I have ignored all these emails — I thought people had just stopped emailing… I am going to work on responding to all the emails so be patient.

Gone Camping

For a while my blog is going to take a completely different slant. Several months ago I made the decision to travel full-time as a volunteer at different parks across the country so all projects at home came to a halt as I prepared the house to sell. The house is sold, the travel trailer ordered, and starting in mid June I will be on the road for (hopefully) the next few years. This is a big change so no telling how I’m going to feel about it until I am deeply into it. I will still be posting to the … Read more…

PVC Dog Cot Giveaway – with a catch TAKEN

Okay, there’s a catch… Let me explain. I am in the middle of massive downsizing and have 2 small and 1 medium sets of slings, corner fittings, and end caps for the legs from the test samples I made. I would love to see these go to good homes where puppies can enjoy them. The color is dark brown in the top and middle cots pictured above. The 2 small sets and medium set have been claimed. Actually, I have the PVC for the sides and legs too, but after checking boxes and shipping it’s cheaper for you to buy the … Read more…

Testing spray paints on resin furniture

I’ve had six good quality resin Adirondack chairs for quite some time. I bought them for my house in Texas that was a soft moss-green with snow-white trim and the original forest green color of the chairs was perfect for the white decks on that house. I also had three forest green tables and one white table. They all held up really well on the west-facing decks that baked in 110 degree Texas summers, but I did freshen up the color on them three years ago with a coat of forest green paint. The problem in 2015 was they were … Read more…

Stop loss bags for clear finish storage

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Just a quick post about a product I’m trying — I am not sponsored by these folks are anyone else. I read about StopLossBags in The Family Handyman magazine and wanted to try them since I’ve had to throw away a considerable amount of varnish and polyurethane over the years. Storing polyurethane and varnish is a matter of protecting it from air and these bags look like they will solve that issue. I used a small funnel to store about half a quart of leftover oil-based polyurethane and was able to easily push the product up to the top of the bag forcing … Read more…

Applying polyurethane with a foam brush

Applying polyurethane with a foam brush - The DIY Girl

In retrospect I suspect I have been studiously avoiding any use of varnish or polyurethane for fear of failure. I used polyurethane years ago, but don’t recall it being a total fail. Maybe it’s my constant battle with floating yellow lab hair. I’ve used a variety of hand applied rubbed finishes to get around using a more difficult finish. When I made the large ottoman tray I opted for water based polyurethane to avoid mineral spirits clean up. I watched a video showing how to dilute the finish with 50% water and applying with a cloth and I loved the … Read more…

DIY ledge shelf Headboard

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I’ve been wanting to change my bedroom for months and have gone through so many iterations of headboard designs that it was getting ridiculous. I wanted it to be coastal. I wanted to be able to build it alone and get the materials home in my Xterra and most importantly I didn’t want it to cost all that much. I really should have name my site the FRUGAL DIY Girl… Plan Once I had arrived at the plan for the bedside tables I could move forward with the headboard. The open style of the tables meant I could have a large, … Read more…

DIY Industrial adjustable bedside tables

DIY Industrial adjustable bedside tables - The DIY Girl

I’ve done a lot of searching for ideas for a new headboard and side tables and ran across this image on Better Homes and Gardens: Let me count the ways: I loved the pedestal open bedside tables instead of something closed and solid. I loved that the headboard was rustic and wider than the bed so it served as a frame. I really loved the lights mounted on the headboard but that’s a whole other issue to be tackled later. The table base I did a little looking around the internet and found these at Beekman 1802: Oh my. They even … Read more…

Bed legs alternative to bed frame

The DIY Girl - universal bed legs

After spending months researching alternatives to a bed frame I stumbled across universal Bede’s at us-mattress.com. With all my research, how had I never seen them before? Here’s their description: Are you tired of metal bed frames limiting the space underneath your bed? I don’t blame you! Here’s a tip – get rid of that metal frame and experience the new generation of mattress support! These bed legs are made from 100% recycled plastic and are available in four different heights so you can customize the amount of storage space under your bed. The Universal Bedlegs System easily attaches to … Read more…

DIY rustic living room table

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I have planned on making a living room table following the same design as bench I made for the entry. You can see the details on the bench here. I think it’s only fair to point out the reason I make “rustic” pieces — it’s because I don’t have the tools or the know-how to produce a finely crafted piece of furniture. Rustic fits me and my style better anyway. In designing it I had to start with the top and then back into the measurements for everything else. I wanted the top to be between 32-34” square. I decided … Read more…