DIY Dollar Tree Playhouse Flower Boxes

By Melissa Moyles

The playhouse refresh continues!

After we made these adorable scrapwood shutters (check out this blog post!), we knew some flowers were needed. This is also a playhouse so I wanted to keep it affordable. Enter Dollar Tree!

It took about 20 minutes of ambling but I found the perfect items: metal wide planters, hooks, fake flowers, floral foam, and potting soil.

The hooks came with screws and were super easy to attach to the thin metal planters. Ideally next you would insert the floral foam but I realized this a few days later and had to reassemble. Whoops!

With the floral foam in, fill halfway with the soil. Next, measure the height you need for the flowers and snip with wire clippers. I repeat snip with wire clippers – scissors will not work! Once you get the flowers looking good and full in the foam, top off with more soil.

And that is it! This took 10 minutes to do and added such a fun color pop to the now white playhouse.

If you try this DIY, tag me on instagram at 3daughtersDIY.

Best, Melissa and Girls

DIY Playhouse Shutters

By Melissa Moyles

Hello! How is it already the end of July? This summer has FLOWN. June was all about fun trips: Boston, Steinhatchee, and Bar Harbor Maine (blog posts to come one day…) But July was dedicated to flipping the girls old dirty playhouse.

We bought this playhouse from Sam’s Club in 2017 and it has been well loved. It also could use some love (and paint).

After 3 solid weeks of painting (I wish I was joking), I was finally ready to add some fun finishes. The first incredibly easy addition was pink shutters. These were so easy to make the girls did most of the work. And since I used scrap wood, they cost me basically nothing.

Here’s how we made them:

  1. I had cheap 1 inch pine boards on hand but anything similar is fine – use what you have. Cut 3 to the window height and 2 to the width of the shutter.
  2. Dry fit the boards. I put the horizontal boards 2 inches from the top and bottom. Little helpers are great here!
  3. Using 1 inch brads, I attached the horizontal boards to vertical boards. This was all 3 girls first time using a brad nailer and I was excited to show them the proper and safe way to use it.
  4. Paint any fun color! We used Behr Bedazzled in an Outdoor Satin finish.
  5. Attach to the playset using 1 inch brads.

I love how it adds a pop of color to my now all white playset. And it was one small win in a long list of fun additions to the playhouse!

Tag me on instagram @3daughtersdiy if you try to make shutters of your own!

Best, Melissa and Girls

Sconce Puck Light Hack

By Melissa Moyles

Happy April! We are still working in the homework loft. Will this project ever end?!

I really wanted to add some sconce lighting but did not want to deal with electrical. Enter puck lights! This trick has been all over instagram for the past few years and I knew it would work perfectly in this space.

I bought these remote control lights at Home Depot. To get them to act like light bulbs, I superglued them to to socket adapters. Easy peasy!

I just drilled the lights into the drywall and shoved all the wiring behind them. This project took 10 minutes per light and makes such an impact in my girls space!

If you try this hack, tag @3daughtersdiy on instagram and comment below!

Best, Melissa and Girls

IKEA Alex Glow Up

By Melissa Moyles

A few weeks backed I shared with you the girls new homework loft. They have been loving it for coloring, and Lego building, and of course homework.

But I knew I wanted to add something special to my ikea project. An Alex Drawer Glow Up! I hunted Pinterest and fell in love with this version from the Hardins but decided to add a few of my own twists.

Here’s what I did.

First I had to remove the drawer fronts. I’m hindsight, I could have waited to build the drawers.

Next, I added 1/8 inch hardboard to front with wood glue. I got a huge sheet at Home Depot for $20 and had them rip it down to the correct height. For length, I used my miter saw at home.

Then came the showstopper – Cane! I bought a 4ft roll of cane from Amazon. But I made 4 units so you can expect a foot per Alex unit. I soaked the cane for an hour in the bathtub and then let it dry thoroughly. I don’t know why this is important but apparently it is! I used a basic staple gun to attach it to the fronts; Pulling tight and making sure it’s straight. I then used a kitchen scissor to trim a 1 inch border the whole way around.

Next I used that same 1/8 inch hardboard to add a 3/4 inch trim around the edges. The large cutter at Home Depot couldn’t cut that thin so I was lucky to have awesome neighbors to help me with their table saw. I used my miter saw again to cut to length with 45 degree angled corners before flying and Brad nailing to the fronts.

Probably the most important step came next: Caulking the edges and sanding. It’s messy and time consuming but it makes your project go from looking DIY to custom!

Finally was time to paint. I hunted Pinterest for an ikea white paint match and came across this. I took it to Richard’s Paint and had them color match. It worked great!

Finally the last step: hardware. The Hardins used gold edge pulls but with so much black hardware in my loft it made more sense to continue with black knobs. I found these at Home Depot.

And that is it! I allotted a full day for each unit in between client calls and mom duty. If you were focused, you could probably do the whole thing in 4 hours.

Let me know what you think in the comments and please tag @3daughtersdiy on instagram if you try this ikea hack!

Best, Melissa and Girls

Playroom Refresh: Homework Loft and Kiddie Wet bar

By Melissa Moyles

Happy Spring! The weather here in Florida has been so beautiful and indoor projects have taken a little more time than usual. Oh well!

Last week I finally finished the wetbar upgrade and this week the playroom got a major glow up to transform into a homework loft!

Here’s a look at the wetbar in January…

And here she is now!

Wet Bar Upgrades Included:

  • Fresh Paint
  • Peel and Stick Backsplash
  • New Bookcase With added feet
  • Neon Light
  • Gold Painted Faucet
  • New Cabinet Hardware

All of these wet bar upgrades deserve their own post and in due time they will get one. For now, the links will have to suffice 😊

Obviously to make this huge transition, a major purge was also required. I now love grabbing a drink at the wet bar every time I’m upstairs!

The 2nd major transformation was the playroom loft. My girls are now 6, 7, and 9 and the toys go mainly untouched. It’s the end of an era but a change was needed.

The playroom loft before… toys and baby dolls and gymnastics equipment and tons of dress up clothes.

And the homework loft now! Desks x3!

Homework Loft Upgrades Included:

  • White Paint
  • 4 IKEA Alex drawers
  • 2 IKEA countertops
  • 3 amazon chairs (although I bought a 4 pack)
  • 3 Amazon pinboards
  • 3 amazon sconces using Remote control Puck light and Lightbulb socket adapters

It was absolute serendipity for me that the 2 countertops together were the exact length I needed! However if you need them shorter, try can easily cut using a table saw.

To anchor the counter tops together, I simply used metal brackets. For the tops to the bases, I used L brackets from Home Depot.

For the sconces, I didn’t want to hassle with hardwiring so I super glued a puck light to a socket adapter. Shhh it’s our secret!

Now, the girls each have a dedicated space to do their homework or color or build Legos. They also each have their own drawer to use as she pleases. They love it!

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and tag me on instagram if you try any of these tricks!

Best, Melissa and Girls

$10 Tape Mirror Hack

By Melissa Moyles

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Has a design moment ever followed you? Instagram, design magazines, TV. For me, it has been black metal grids. On windows, on mirrors, on furniture. I wanted in on this style but the price was just too steep. How beautiful is this loft wall by The Honest Home!

Enter electrical tape. Angela Rose has been using it for years for window grids. Most recently, she created these Harry Potter Windows. So cool right?!

I had the perfect spot for this hack. These mirrored slider doors are in my office and just scream 2008. Replacement doors are crazy expensive so I’ve been wanting to DIY for a while.

This project took me in all about 4 hours or a weeks worth of zoom calls. All I used was:

  • 8 rolls of 3m electrical tape
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Ladder

Firstly, I measured where I wanted the grids to go. My first try I messed up and only did 6 squares. It looked fine but when using as an actual mirror, a black line went straight across my face. Whoops!The second time around I switched to an 8 grid.

Next, I learned that going vertical first left the cleanest look. I didn’t use a level but marked on both sides the height and then just covered with the tape.

Another tip is to not pull the tape. It will stretch but then you won’t get an even straight line. Just keep taping with a loose pull.

Using basic 3/4 inch tape, I liked the double look. So for this project, my grid lines are 1- 1 1/2 inch wide. If you can find wider tape, it will make for less double work.

I also decided to wrap the sides so it looked more like thick black metal. If you look close of course you can see the tape but I think it looks great!

I absolutely love how this cheap hack turned out! Would you try electrical tape on your mirrors? Tag me on Instagram if you do!

Best, Melissa and Girls

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$200 DIY Board and Batten Mudroom

By Melissa Moyles

Happy New Year! Wow December was a whirlwind! I am So happy to get back to routines and good habits this January. One of my goals for 2022 is a monthly DIY home project and I’m kicking off the year with my “mudroom”.

I say “mudroom” because it’s really only a 4ft by 6ft hallway off my garage. For the past 3 years, I’ve hung this handmade hook sign made by a friend. It did the job but I wanted something a bit more permanent.

A cordless Ryobi brad nailer Christmas present from the hubs was enough reason to give board and batten a try! If you’ve been around a while, you may remember when I did B&B in my daughters room. For that project, my dad helped but this time I wanted to go solo!

What you’ll need:

  • 1×3 board
  • 1×2 board
  • Brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Caulk
  • White paint
  • Decorative Hooks
  • Brad nailer
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Level

For this project, I wanted the look of cubbies so went with higher battens with cross boards. Lumber is crazy expensive so I chose to use PVC boards from Home Depot. They were already white so also helped as a paint base. I first added wood glue to the horizontal boards running across the baseboards and then nailed them on with the Brad nailer. matching sized horizontal battens cut super quick on the miter saw and were spaced using a 14 inch wood template. Make sure you use a level while your nailing!

So this is where I made a mistake. I should have used one solid piece of wood at the mid horizontal level. This way it could be screwed into multiple studs prior to adding hooks. Since I didn’t do this. I had to add hunt for studs in each middle piece. Lesson learned!

After all the wood was up and the cross beams were anchored, time for wood filler, caulk, sanding. I am in no means an expert at this but I do have a few tricks. Firstly, I overfill my wood filler and then once it’s dry, wipe off the excess with a baby wipe. Then I use a circular sander and sand until I can’t feel the filler or seems in the wood. Lastly, caulking is a nightmare and you just have to grin and bear it!

Once the paneling was complete, time for paint! I used Richards bright white and it took 3 coats. While I was in paint mode, I put a fresh coat to the baseboards and door trim. at this point the room was looking too white so I painted the doors Richards Black Licorice. Don’t they look great?!

Last step is hooks! I used these Amazon hooks in my daughters room and I love their size. They’re also very sturdy and easy to install with just a drill.

This entire project with paint, boards, and hooks cost under $200. It would have easily cost $1000+ if I hired it out. I hope you try it too. If you do, tag @3daughtersdiy on Instagram.

Cheers to 2022! Melissa and girls

Delivery Driver Treats

By Melissa Moyles

Ho ho ho, Happy December! If you’re like me, you are deep into the season of holiday decorating and gift giving. This year I have done both almost exclusively online which has led to deliveries multiple times a day. My poor dogs!

But seriously the real hero this season are delivery drivers, ie Santa’s Helpers.

Many of my friends bless these drivers this time of year with treats and drinks. Here’s an example of my friends porch.

I just love this idea! However I live in the woods and the raccoons would enjoy the treat before Amazon ever could so I had to be a little lazy – er creative.

In came Starbucks gift cards to the rescue! At the beginning of December I grabbed 10 $5 gift cards. I printed out a cute sheet and had my girls tape it and the cards to our front door.

This is our 2nd year and it has been a fun way to teach giving to my girls as well as bless our hard working delivery drivers.

Let me know if you try this!

Happy Holidays! Melissa and Girld

DIY Fireplace Mantle

DIY Fireplace Mantle

By Melissa Moyles

 Happy November Y’all! Lot’s of home décor projects this fall and this is probably my favorite.


First off I love my fireplace. LOVE IT. It is stone and goes from floor to 20ft ceiling. Every few months I get a hankering to white wash it but have never pulled the trigger. I also have always wanted to make the mantle stand out a bit more and FINALLY took the leap.

I had seen a bunch of examples on Pinterest where homes with light fireplaces went with dark wood mantles.

But since I have natural stone I wanted a lighter wood mantle. I googled and pinterested (is that a word?) and decided a slide on mantle box was my best option.
A couple trips to Home Depot and $100 later, here is what I got:

Materials
3 pine planks
screws8 small L bracketswhite paint (I used Behr Clay Dust)clear matt spray paint
ToolsMiter Sawclampsdrillsander

As this was a little awkward to do solo, I brought in my favorite helper – My Dad! He was a rockstar with all the cuts as I notoriously cut too short.
After I measured the length and width, I put together a box using screws and clamps without the face to make sure it could slide on. Success!

 

To ensure there were no screws showing on the face, I used 8 L brackets connecting to the top and bottom from inside. Some wood filler over the screws and a lot of sanding and voila!

For color, I didn’t want to fully cover the beautiful wood grain of the box but also wanted to tie in the living room built ins and kitchen cabinets. So I grabbed the built-in paint I had in the garage, Behr Clay Dust, and created a white wash. After it dried, I sprayed on a coat of Rustoleum clear matte spray paint.

This project was super simple but made a huge impact to my living room. Let me know if you make your own!
Best,Melissa

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree Shelf

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree Shelf

By Melissa Moyles

Last month I bought a new Ryobi miter saw and have been itching to do all the wood working projects. With scrap wood in my garage and Christmas coming up, I thought I would give a tree shelf a try. Mine was loosely based on this inspiration: 

https://ecovibestyle.com/products/wood-shelf-tree?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&nbsp;

Like I said, it was my first try so I wanted to to work within my comfort zone which was common board, 45 degree angles and brad nails.

Materials:

  • common board
  • brad nails
  • white paint

Tools:

Board cuts:

  • 9in x 4: one side 45 angle
  • 9in x 2: both side 45 angle for top
  • 14in straight
  • 18in straight
  • 24 straight

I also cut a few Christmas trees using scrap wood and the same 45 degree angle. These were just nailed together with brads and I will definitely try to improve upon them. they were painted with leftover gold spray paint and pink paint from my daughters room to match my office decor.

I hope this was helpful! Tag me in your projects.

Best, Melissa and Girls