My First “Brag Post” on!

Okay, I know this seems kind of silly, but I’m stoked right now — I just joined Ana-White’s website (officially) and posted my first brag post! 🙂 Yesss!! Go check it out right here! It might not be anything spectacular, but it feels like a milestone in the journey of this blog. The more we build, the more we appreciate the community of builders. Sharing plans and inspiration is priceless!

More new posts will be coming here soon .. I have two more fantastic projects I want to share with you (also built and modified versions from Ana-White plans).

Stay tuned – and in the meantime, get some woodworking inspiration by checking out my brag! 🙂

~ The Woodworker’s Wife


How to use crates – Inspiration for home organization

I have a stack of TEN wooden crates in my living room right now. Is this a problem? No. Do I know exactly how I want to use them? Not yet! I know, don’t get me wrong… I’m not ungrateful, I just want to make the very best use of them that I can. They are a beautiful, blank canvas –> and I have SO many ideas for how to decorate them/with them.

Here are some great ideas for using crates … everything from bookcases to to shadow boxes and mudroom storage. Pinspiration!

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger,

I love how she used a few crates to add storage to a small entry way. Great tutorial, too! Read it right here.

DIY Vintage Crate Boot Rack~Tutorial

Another cute use of crates for a mudroom – although I have to admit that I feel like using pre-made (purchased) crates is cheating. Making them is so much more rewarding. 🙂 Anyway, you can see how she hooked them together here! 

Painted Crates for Shelving

This little beauty is from flikr – I love all the bright colors!! It might be a little too elaborate and busy for our home, but the idea of painting just the inside of the crates for a splash of color is brilliant, and easy. 🙂

More bookshelves...

And finally, a simple idea for storing extra books. This is what most of my crates will be used for, no doubt. {Library book sale, anyone?} I love the dark stain – it can add age to crates that are really “new.” What could be better?

There are hundreds of other great ideas for crates out there {coffee tables, entertainment centers, toy storage for the kiddos, rolling crates for blankets and living room odds and ends…}  and I have pinned a LOT of them. Yep, it’s true. If you want to check out my boards, be my guest. 🙂 

What would you do with crates in your home??

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Snow Day Inspiration

The snow is dancing to the ground outside my giant window right now. It’s cold out there! My Woodworker had to put in some extra time at the Fire Station yesterday, so I have had some extra time on my hands to plot our next few projects.  We are working on opening a “shop” of sorts as well, so stay tuned for that! As soon as we have items ready to go (and listed) then I will be sharing that with you here on the blog! 

For today, here are some things that I have been adding to my “we could make that!” list… 🙂 Enjoy! 

Gray colored chalk board.

     Shaped chalkboards! How cute are these? Not to mention the fact that I can make these all by myself since they don’t require a frame or any kind of joinery. I would love to have a few more of these around the house … and they would make great gifts, too! 

This is such a lovely way to bring the outdoors in. I think I'd use drift wood or something worn instead.

This little beauty is from urbanplusforest on Etsy. I love the mixture of the organic branch inside of a more standard shadow box. I think it would be even better with raw, untamed wood for the frame like driftwood or even old barn wood. 

Ike and the Wall Buttons

And then there’s this. That little dog might be even cuter than the buttons… it’s really a close call. 🙂 I would love to have a few of these down in my sewing room for whimsy and color! Every room in our home is beige – which is a great place to start, but it does get rather drab and boring. There is a pretty good tutorial for making these buttons right here, on her blog. 

There you have it, some inspiration for your snow day. You’re welcome. 🙂 


~ The Woodworker’s Wife 

LOVE door-hanger pattern

LOVE pattern

I created this pattern based on a door hanger that I saw on pinterest. 🙂 It’s just a standard font, enlarged so that there is only one letter per page. Then I taped them together so that they all end up being one piece when cut out (of plywood, naturally).  I cut out two of them, and one is already finished! Can’t wait to share the final result with you tomorrow …

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Workshop Inspiration

Workshop Inspiration

I’m working on a few posts about the renovating and re-doing that’s happening in the shop downstairs. In honor of that theme, here’s a link to my pinterest board on dream shop stuff. 🙂 It can’t hurt to dream, right? 

The room we have to work with is small, so we grew into using most of the basement for shop space. It works. But I keep inspiration at hand for when we can make things better, easier to use, neater to store, etc. One thing that I love in particular is peg-board. Cheap, visible organization. Here’s some more inspiration for you…

Pegboard Storage

What upgrades and organization would you like to see in your work space? 


~ The Woodworker’s Wife