Drop Leaf Carts

Drop Leaf Carts

The reason I decided to go with the drop-leaf idea was because for most of the time, we want the garbage cans in a convenient place. But they aren’t pretty so I move them outside for my Chics With Tools workshops, which leaves a massive, also unattractive, gap. So now in normal mode, the leaves are down but when I want things prettier, I move the cans and raise the leaves, filling the wall while adding counter space for merchandise.

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Silent Night Themed Christmas Decor

Silent Night Themed Christmas Decor

We entertain a lot of people during the Christmas holiday. The whole house is decorated (19 trees and counting). Each year, some things are tweaked a little but the dining room and foyer are always reflective of that year’s theme, which is always a Christmas Carole. A theme, you ask? Yes! Absolutely. It is my starting point and framework for colors and motifs. This year was Silent Night.

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Seussian Gingerbread Houses

Seussian Gingerbread Houses

Being inspired by live-action version of The Grinch and the incredible setting of Whoville, I decided that the best thing to do would be to “embrace the imperfect”, intentionally making everything wonky and crooked. The process takes a fraction of the time. Hardly any measuring is required and there is no need for trimming to be sure everything fits perfectly. Read on to find out how to make these fun confections.

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Pillows & Cocoa Wrap-Up

Pillows & Cocoa Wrap-Up

In preparation for the holidays, we used Christmas trees as the motif. Ahead of time, everyone chose between three background colors: red, green, or black. That way I could have the fabric pre-shrunk and cut for them. Then once they arrived, they chose the material for their trees, which I had already ironed Wonder Under onto.

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Pipe Shelving

Pipe Shelving

Pipe fittings can be expensive when you need several. I discovered three-piece versions at Home Depot for significantly less that if I were to buy everything separately. The down side is that they come in one size. But for my needs in this area, where paint cans and supplies will be stored, they were perfect.

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The Garage Shed Part 3- Storage

The Garage Shed Part 3- Storage

For those just joining us, we have been transforming our garage into the Chics With Tools Makery. The most recent project was building a shed inside the garage. Okay, some people may call it a closet but since it is about 40 square feet, I am sticking with “shed”. You may ask why we are doing this. Well there is a lot of ugly that goes into most garages, such as lawn mowers, dirty tools, and blowers.

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