Have a Favourite DIY Project? Link to it!

It’s done.

The 2nd largest project I’ve ever tackled is finished.

And I couldn’t be happier.

As any DIYer knows, the two best days of any huge project are the first day and the last day.

The first day because you’re all starry eyed and full of hope.   Like the first day of school when you religiously double underline all your titles in red.  With a ruler.

And then the last day is equally great not only because your project is done, but because you made it through this stupid, asshead project without murdering someone with a ruler.  Or a tape measure. Or any tool that’s within arm’s reach.  Having to deal with a murder charge really messes up with the completion of a project.

The funny thing is, as much as I love my chicken coop (and I do, I really, really do) there are other smaller projects I’ve done that give me just as much happiness.  Something doesn’t have to be big and over the top to be great.  It just has to make you happy when you look at it or use it.

Like my dishsoap dispensers.  I smile (mostly on the inside) every time I use them.  And they didn’t take 3 months to make.  They took 3 minutes.

So my question to you, this lovely weekend is … what is your most favourite project?  Not of mine … of YOURS.

What have you made that you’re most proud of?  That makes you smile.  On the inside or the outside.  Or maybe it was the most difficult!  Show me!  I’m curious.  That’s my nature.

So welcome to … my very first LINK PARTY!!  I’m not even sure what the hell that is, but I’ve seen other bloggers use the term successfully.  Basically … if you have a website, and you have a link to a DIY project you’re especially happy with … link away. I’ll see it, other people will see it, then we’ll get drunk. I’m assuming anyway. How else would it be a party?

And since I don’t want you to feel left out .. if you don’t have a link, don’t worry!  Just leave a comment telling me about your brilliance.  I’ll believe you … even without photos.  Keep in mind if I find out you’re lieing, I might beat you with a ruler.

Have a good weekend, and happy linking!


  1. Oh, well, I put my name instead of the DIY name! LOL. Can you tell I need a couple days off?!! Happy almost Friday!

    • Karen says:

      Rosa! I’ve seen your fantastic DIY all around the blogosphere. (always linking back to you!) I absolutely LOVE it. Glad it’s the first link! ~ karen

  2. If this is a party, let’s toast to your tee shirt and my chest. Not the sisters, the bamboo chest. Just linked my friend, now direct me to the bar.


  3. Bethany says:

    I don’t have a website, because I’m technologically impaired, but my most frustrating and best project was a whole house that my husband and I rehabbed. We bought the place ridiculously cheap, and then spent three long, terrible months renovating what was basically the neighborhood crackhouse into the best on the street. I wish I could show you the pics, it looks amazing, and we did it all on a tiny budget. I really thought that project would be the death of me. You should be my friend on facebook, then you could see the album I have. 🙂

  4. Valentina says:

    Hi Karen! This is my favourite DIY project so far, I have painted and decorated some old wooden window shutters into kanji-japanese style: http://www.paintitblack.it/prima-e-dopo-finestre-dipinte/
    now they are in my living room and I really love them.
    and this is where they are located (more or less. I’ll take better pictures someday!): http://www.flickr.com/photos/sinestesie/5401566492/in/photostream

    valentina from italy

  5. mimi says:

    oh, thanks so much for the party invite and linky opportunity. I’ll fill my glass in a few hours when I finish painting my door!

  6. Chanele, Design Bliss Inc. says:

    Karen! I love all your DIY projects and inspiration. A long time ago I stumbled on your page when searching for Dollarstore DIY’s 🙂 – I have definitely made the mirrored flower pot!
    Thanks again.

  7. Alicia says:

    I built an Ana White Kitchen for my little girls’ 2nd birthday! I’d post them… but my blog is more dedicated to my weightloss journey haha.. random photos of a play kitchen might look weird. Or fit in? Maybe we could all lose more weight by fake eating.. hmm.. yes.

  8. ira says:

    well, my project is all written in hebrew, but i think the pictures are pretty much self explanatory 🙂


  9. ginger says:

    Most of my most recent DIYs are on the Epic Renovation Level –

    My favorite DIY project I did was our kitchen:
    Before – http://mycanadianabode.blogspot.com/2009/10/our-planned-kitchen-renovation.html
    After – http://mycanadianabode.blogspot.com/2011/02/current-kitchen-situation.html

    A close second is our office:
    Before: http://projects.rejuvenation.com/2010/07/22/office_builtin_project/
    After: http://projects.rejuvenation.com/2010/11/07/whatever-happened-to-the-office/

    Doing a complete overhaul of a house has been a blast, it’s coming to an end soon…

  10. Jules says:

    great idea Karen…cannot wait to see all the comments and links!! I would say (most recently) my 2 favorite DIY’s are the Sun Jars (http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/homemadesunjar/) but I changed it up and did them with Old Glass Top Ball Jars- they make great gifts and people LOVE THEM (and CHEAP!)- and then my firepit made out of the inside of a washing machine…I took the drum off and painted it with high heat paint..right now I have it just sitting on a large bucket bc I am on the hunt for the perfect base (im thinking with wheels?) ..but the holes look awesome when it glows…and I love the “re-use aspect! thanks for your inspiration..as always 🙂

    • Ali says:

      I’m excited, I can totally do these sun jars. My wife decided it’d be great to put those solar lights right up against the driveway and over a period of about 2 months I succeeded in running over them with the car or tripping over them. This broke the stick part and sometimes the plastic part, but not the light itself, so I saved them thinking I’d find something to do with them. o/ yay!

  11. jamie says:

    thanks for throwing the party! I hope you don’t mind I linked 2… one ridiculously easy and the other ridiculously time consuming and frustrating. You’re right: funny that I’m equally proud of them

  12. Jules says:

    yeah so I have not had coffee yet- I put the link above..Im a dork

  13. Though I managed a DIY a cat fence that actually works, this project
    is one that will make everyone else extra proud of their DIY stuff.
    I needed an outdoor place that stays above 10 Celsius for a few hours to do my hypertufa work. Last November I decided to insulate an area around my work bench. It took about 6 hours mostly because I worked with what I had on hand.
    Cheers everyone! Oh and I love the tree bark vases.

  14. KarenJ says:

    Are you making us wait until Monday to see photos of the coop?!?!!!

    • Karen says:

      Karen J – It could be longer than that! It’s gonna take a while to take all the pictures and fix em up and write the post. Next week or possibly the week after that. ~ karen

  15. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    Linking to other’s DIY projects is awesome… but not sharing yours TODAY is equivalent to Jeff Foxworthy sending us off to commercial when the tension is building over the correct answer to “4th grade math” and if Contestant #1 is Smarter Than a 5th Grader. I’ll try to be patient.

  16. Mindy says:

    Okay, as with my children, I found it impossible to pick ONE favorite project. So I threw in a couple. I’m a little irritated that there were no photos of the coop in this post. But I shall forgive you this time. ;o] Here’s to another weekend!

  17. Jan Smith says:

    So your new hat is Social Convener–as if you need more hats. Do you look good in hats? I don’t. Which is why I have a burn line down the part in my hair.

    I am the sort to collect UFOs (UnFinished Objects). Cleaning my sewing room has exposed UFOs dating back 25 years. Sigh. BUT, I did have a done DIY (in two parts) which I have linked to and now I am able to par-teh with the big girls. See me with a mint julep lounging on my patio.

    I am patting my own back. But that makes me sore. So I will stop now.

    Seconding the request for the coop pictures.

  18. I just found you through Pinterest (that underwear mask photo rocked my world ten times to Sunday) and instantly had to add you to my list of must reads. You are hilarious and I love it. Had to link up too, of course! Looking forward to much more awesomeness and squirrel taming.

  19. Valerie says:

    When we purchsed our log home 15 years ago, I was originally impressed with the high ceiling and exposed beams on the second floor. At the peek it is an elevation of approximatelty 35 feet. The previous owner had utilized what I considered to be unattractive wood panelling (yuk) from where the walls meet for the commencement of the slope of the ceiling I was not prepared to replace the panelling with gyproc or continue to exist on a day to day level with all the dust that this job entails. So… two years ago I hired a handy man to cover the joints where the many, many pieces of panelling met. He used simple lengths of 1 inch by 2 inch lumber and his handy power nailer to secure the wood lengths in place over the panelling joints. This project took 2 days for him to complete the work. His portion required that he put together some scaffolding which I requested he leave in place. I then began the process of painting the ceiling, walls and floor white. I chose Zinsser cover stain (water based) knowing that I would have quite the challenge to cover the wood beams competely without brown stain bleeding through. I am employed outside the home so did this painting task in the evenings and on the weekends. The entire project was completed in 9 months and is a spectacular difference – bright, sparkling and welcoming. It is a lovely contrast to the main floor which is rather dark because of the log walls and ceiling. This was a time consuming but worthwhile project. The change is dramatic! It took ten gallons of paint…5 of the cover stain and then 5 of the perma white. Trying to cover wood stain would have been difficult without the Zinsser product.

    • Karen says:

      Valerie – I used the same Stain sealant by Zinsser on a few spots on the coop! I can’t believe you spent 9 months painting! That’s dedication. Did you have scaffolding up in your house the whole time? Eek. ~ karen

  20. Susan says:

    I paint furniture and totally feel such a sense of accomplishment once an ugly piece of furniture is re-born. I feel like prof Higgins. It is amazing what a little mending and paint can do. I linked my blog but the Furniture page is really where my pics are of what I have done. I love your blog. Not only are you funny on your posts but you aren’t afraid to tackle DIY projects. I have been using power tools for years but my friends think I’m nuts.

  21. Valerie says:

    I am the one who painted the walls, ceiling and cupboards with the Zinsser white paint in the second storey of our log home. To answer your question Karen, the scaffolding was in place for 4 months as it took that long to completely cover the panelling; one coat of stain cover and one final one of Perma White. I finally took it down when my partner began to use the scaffolding as a clothes and towel rack. I should add if any readers doubt that you can paint panelling – you can, do not be deterred. Like Susan, another DIY reader and enthusiast, I paint everything that I think needs to be “reborn.” The rest of the remaining time was spent in a painstaking effort to paint the insides of the clothes cupboard, and the window frames – 14 (all sizes and shapes) in all to include their sashes. During window clean up this is where the razor scraper you Karen highlighted in one of your previous posts was invaluable. As a final touch I got my partner to nail white 12 by 2 inch planks on the now white beams and put all my houseplants there. My Christmas present that year was a four step stepladder so that I could water them. (Not really exciting but we exchange useful items each year!)

  22. Pam says:

    Okay…I’ve been workin’ on stuff, but these links are a tad bit intimidatin’!!! (I’ll be working on casing a few of these this next week!) You are amazing. Your followers are amazing. And I’m working on it! I’ll catch you next time – there will be a next time right? Thanks for the constant inspiration and humor. Your blog makes it all worthwhile…

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Pam. And don’t be intimidated! Honestly … one of my faves is my soap dish in a pop bottle! A blind monkey could do it. 🙂 ~ karen

  23. Love the linky parties! Thanks for hosting!!


  24. Angie says:

    Kara Paslay and her husband really knocked the ball out of the park with this DIY mason jar chandelier. I am in LOVE with this idea and hope you all find it just as amazing as I do! It’s the weekend and you know what that means…..let’s get creating!!


  25. Lily says:

    The closest I have come to DIY is using the small orangina bottles as vases around the house. I think they look adorable.
    Also, not mine, but a lovely DIY is the table made out of metal pipes.

  26. AnthroPop says:

    Here is my absolute favorite project to date! Just a little time and elbow grease made this bathroom vanity much nicer. I redid this piece for my parents (they didn’t want to bother replacing it). It was also an inexpensive project. The stain and varnish were from leftovers in my dad’s shop, the new cabinet hardware was inexpensive, the granite was left over from another project, and the sink/faucet were on sale. All in all, a very satisfying project!


  27. kelliblue says:

    Yay DIY! Doing DIY stuff is great because A) I’m flippin’ cheap; and B) I think I can do them better than *they* can. Unfortunately, living in an apartment makes it difficult, as I have no basement or garage in which to do said projects! 🙁 So mine are not anything big and fancy, but I’m proud of them just the same. Hey, I’ve even brought the booze for the party! 🙂 See it here: http://imageshack.us/g/3/slide6y.jpg/

  28. Kira says:

    I linked to my wooden pallet coffee table – it’s the first furniture building project I’ve ever done! But I’m actually most proud of my kitchen remodel – a project that the boyfriend and I basically googled our way through – hey, it works!

  29. Nancy says:

    This is one of my favorite DIYs. I used nail polish to fancy up some wire dragonfly lights.

  30. Sheri says:

    I may have to put myself on TAODS restriction. This is way too overstimulating for me. My gratitude to all of you talented people. Beautiful projects and terrific ideas. 🙂

  31. Well… i’m just a DIY amateur but i managed to build a chair with just magazines, a pillow, a old pallet and 2 old belts 🙂
    My friends loved it


  32. Joanne says:

    Hi Karen, What a great idea to share DIYs! My latest creation is a twig chandelier for my cottage. The base is an Ikea cheapie and the twigs are very bendable alder found in a local swamp. I don’t have a website or blog, but here’s my Pinterest link (I’m addicted!). http://pinterest.com/pin/209628557626597521/

  33. Kat says:

    Was looking at this page looking for something to pin and got lost at looking at all the links and next thing I knew it was 11:55PM Damn near forgot to pin for the contest. LOL!

  34. Mel says:

    Love, love, love everyone’s projects. And yes I am creeping all of the old posts. My favourite/most difficult project was to install beadboard paneling/wainscotting wtih chair rail and new higher baseboards in my spare bedroom (all by myself) and then to install hardwood flooring on my entire second level (with helpers). I taught myself how to use a jigsaw, table saw, compound mitre saw among other tools. It gave me a great sense of accomplishment.

  35. Parker says:

    My favorite DIY project is building my own Tiny Home. Plan to get it to a liveable state by the end of this year. 🙂

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  37. Diane says:

    Great posts…the link to my favorite DIY project is found here:


    And this gets better every year!

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