Nautical Beverage Tray

I’ve been dying to do a DIY beverage tray for a long time now. I’ve seen some really cute stenciled trays but none were quite right.

Now that summer is here, what better time to bust out the beverage tray and pass out some yummy adult beverages?

And because I love all things nautical, I put a nautical spin on it…

Check out my DIY Nautical Beverage Tray

DIY Nautical Beverage Tray

This DIY is super easy and I was able to whip it up in just an afternoon including paint drying time.

Supplies Needed: 

A wood round

Spray Paint


Drawer Pulls

Nautical Beverage Tray Tutorial

I sanded down the 15″ wood round that I picked up from the hardware store (I think it was about $10).

Painted Beverage Tray Tutorial

Next, I spray painted the entire piece white. This required a few coats for full coverage.

Anchor Stenciled Beverage Tray_edited-1

Then, I used my Silhouette to create a vinyl stencil for the anchors. You could also use a purchased stencil or print and cut your desired design and use that as a stencil. This project would be great for stamping as well!

After the stencil was firmly in place, I spray painted the anchors navy blue.

Anchor Beverage Tray Tutorial

After the anchors were dry, I drilled holes for the handles. The handles are just drawer pulls that I spray painted gold. Super easy and cheap trick!

Nautical Beverage Tray

This DIY makes the perfect beverage tray for entertaining this summer! Can’t you see this on your summer table? Whether relaxing or entertaining, it’s perfect for both!

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Here’s some more summer projects you might enjoy:
Summer Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

DIY Nautical Coasters Making Home Base5

Nautical Coasters

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

5 Minute Summer Garland


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DIY Accent Table

I’ve been searching for the perfect accent table to go alongside my big comfy chair for the longest time now. I’ve seen several at Target and Home Goods that catch my eye but the price tags always make me cringe; and it’s been slow at my favorite thrift shops lately. Last week when I headed into Target for one thing (isn’t that how every story starts?) I spotted a wire laundry basket that a unique design. I immediately knew it was going to be my new accent table.DIY Accent Table from a wire basketCreating the accent table was really very simple and only required a few supplies. After purchasing the basket for only $9 I headed straight to Lowes to grab some flat black spray paint and a round wood top (additional $15). The wood round was located in the lumber section of the store with the other precut pieces.

Target Laundry Basket Side Table

I’m so glad that I have such a good relationship with spray paint. If not, I wouldn’t have been able to see past the blue color of this basket and this whole project would have never came to be. Friends, don’t be afraid to pick up a can of spray paint. It can change everything!

DIY Wood Top Side Table

First step here was to spray the basket black. I used this Rustoleum flat black. I didn’t want any gloss so the flat black was the perfect choice here.

DIY Side Table

It took several coats of paint to get every space of the basket black. I allowed it to try for several hours (it was a rainy day).

I didn’t take a picture of the wood round (blogger fail) but I just quickly sanded it and stained it with my favorite special walnut stain.

Rustic Side Table

To secure the table to the wire we used these little fasteners. My hubs had taken them off some other piece of furniture that we had thrifted and they ended up being a perfect fit for this.

Industrial Side Table

I used two fasteners with two screws each and that was plenty to keep the table top nice and snug.

Here’s a look at the finished accent table:

Laundry Basket End Table

It’s the perfect height and I love lounging in my chair and resting my coffee on my new table.

Basket End Table

Thanks for visiting with me today!

If you like this project you might want to check out my project gallery to find more inspiration.

Ps if you want to learn more about those yellow chair legs you can check that post out here.

I’m sharing this project to Savvy Southern Style.


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DIY Hanging Chalkboard

We’ve been doing a lot of little projects around our home to make it more us. Painting alone helped a lot; now it’s all about accessorizing. There was a blank space on the same wall as the media stand and I thought a custom chalkboard would be perfect for that space. Ever since doing our custom framed map, I’m sort of obsessed with making frames. This one is a little different because of the hanging element. The space I had to play with was a bit tall and narrow so instead of making a super long chalkboard, I made a semi long hanging chalkboard. Adding the chain gives a little more length to fill the space perfectly.

Remember last week when I used a chalkboard in my centerpiece, this is that chalkboard! Today, I’m sharing the tutorial for how it’s made.

Disclaimer: I’m not sure if this is the proper way as we aren’t professionals just a couple of DIY wannabes who like to play with wood and stain :)

DIY Custom Hanging Chalkboard

DIY Hanging Chalkboard Materials Needed:

Wood boards (.375 x 1.5)

Project Plywood Panel (cut to fit frame)

Wood stain

Chalkboard Paint (spray paint is super easy and quick for this)


We purchased three 36 in long .375 x 1.5 in boards and cut four pieces (2 pieces at 35 in. and 2 pieces at 13.5 in.) with 45 degree angle.

DIY Chalkboard Tutorial

Using stainable wood glue attach the corners of one long piece to one short piece. Do both sides so you’ll have two L shape pieces. Use clamps to hold the pieces together while they dry. I allowed them to dry overnight. Once they are dry remove the clamps and glue together the other two corners (so now you’ll have a complete frame). Again, use clamps to hold it while the glue dries.

Hanging ChalkboardWhile your frame is drying you can get your chalkboard ready. I used a large piece of project plywood. I had Home Depot cut the board down for me so that it was slightly smaller than my frame. They cut it to 33 x 11.5. I lightly sanded the board, and wiped it down to remove any remaining dust. Then, I sprayed it with chalkboard paint. I sprayed three coats allowing it to dry completely between coats.

chalkboard tutorial After your frame is dry and the pieces are all attached you can add some stapes to the edges if you’d like but it should be secure enough with the wood glue. Next, stain your frame with your stain of choice. I love this stain, it’s Mixwax dark walnut.Hanging Chalkboard TutorialTo attach the chalkboard to the frame I used some heavy duty staples and my staple gun and ran staples all around the edges every few inches.

Hanging Chalkboard Tutorial DIYFor the hanging portion: I bought a chain from the hardware store. (Sorry I don’t have a photo) It was bluehawk brand and came with about 50 feet or so of chain. I snipped off about a foot and a half to use for this project. To attach the chain I used a couple of cup hook screws. I first spray painted them black so they would match the black chain I used. I screwed into the top of the frame and hung the chain from them.

Hanging Chalkboard DIY Tutorial And that’s it. I think I’m going to have so much fun on different holidays with this chalkboard. For now it has a bunch of numbers that are special to our family (our wedding date and our daughter’s birthday) but I love that it looks like it could be anything from a passcode to a scoreboard.

If you like this project be sure to check out my other chalkboard projects!

Oh and if you’re on Instagram be sure to hop over and say hello!

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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

Are you loving fall? I am. Even though it was in the 80s this weekend, we took our daughter to the pumpkin patch. It was so fun! She loved all the pumpkins and the animals and Matt and enjoyed lemon shake ups and kettle corn (that stuff is so addicting). After a fall filled day I was ready to get going on some more fall decorating. It was a really busy week for us last week so it was great to finally dive into some projects this weekend. One thing I’m really loving this season is GOLD. I can’t get enough of the shiny metallics. If you are looking for some fun pumpkin decorating ideas, let me show you my latest obsession, these gold confetti pumpkins!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

Aren’t they GLAM?

You guys know how much I love cheap and easy, and these pumpkins totally are! $1 for each pumpkin, the spray paint and paint had on hand. Even if you have to go out and buy a can of gold spray paint, you won’t regret it – you’ll want to spray everything you own gold, it’s that fun!
Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

The Dollar Tree has some great cheapie fall/Halloween decorations. These foam pumpkins are the perfect canvas for all sorts of fun pumpkin decorating ideas!
Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins

I spray painted them with gold metallic paint, then painted white confetti dots, with the eraser tip of a pencil. It was so easy and took less than 10 minutes to complete both pumpkins! Aren’t they such a fun addition? Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti PumpkinsThese little babies are hanging out on my newly made over end table, and of course I tossed in my favorite mini white pumpkins. I wish I could have a gazillion of those little white pumpkins. And I know my little one agrees, I catch her at least a few times a day trying to sneak away with them. :)
Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Gold Confetti Pumpkins I’m always looking for cute pumpkin ideas – this one totally fits the bill, don’t you think? Do you have any unique pumpkin decorating ideas?

More Fall Projects you may love:

Chalkboard Pumpkin PlantersChalkboard Pumpkin Planters

Fall Decorating A Fall VignetteFall Vignette

makinghomebase fall wreathBurlap Fall Wreath

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Instagram Photo Display from a Cabinet Door

Can we talk about my love for Instagram? I’m obsessed. I love going through my old Instagram feed and seeing pictures of when my baby was a tiny baby, holidays past, and fun finds. A few weeks ago, I had some of my favorite Instagram photos printed via Printstagram. I had about 40 mini square printed and I couldn’t wait to display them somehow. So I decided this would be the perfect time to repurpose one of the cabinet doors I scooped up recently, and created an Instagram photo display.Repurposed Cabinet Instagram Photo Display

Please forgive me, this isn’t going to be a full on tutorial. I neglected to take a before picture, and well there are really one two steps.

Repurposed Cabinet Instagram Photo Display

I grabbed a few old cabinet doors from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore a few months ago.

One of them was perfect for my Instagram Photo Display.

I painted one of them a shade of mint. A shade lighter than the color I used for my mint nightstand. Then I spray painted the hinges gold, quick and easy! Lastly, I hot glued these adorable shabby chic style clothes pins to the cabinet. (I got the clothes pins from Michaels a few months back.)Repurposed Cabinet Instagram Photo Display

You all know how much I love a quick project, this one is about as quick and easy as them come (after the painting of course). I love the way my Instagram photos look now. Much better than having them in a little pile on my desk :) Repurposed Cabinet Instagram Photo DisplayI’ve got my new Instagram photo display on top of my dresser. Since the photos I printed are mostly of my little lady, it makes waking up in the morning such a joy, looking at her in these little photos makes me smile.

Are you on Instagram? I love connecting with my readers on there, you can find me here. And I’d love to know, have you printed your Instagram prints yet? How are you displaying them in your home?


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GLAM Spray Painted Watering Can Vase

Do you ever just want to “glam up” stuff? I bought gold spray paint a while ago for my painted flower pots and ever since I’ve been going around my house picking out things that could use a little glamming up! Because you know, a coat of gold automatically gives anything a more glamorous look. I tried it out with this spray painted watering can vase and it’s true, instant glam! Let’s take a look.


This vase is easy to transform! It’s a perfect addition to home decor but even better, how fun would this be fore fresh cut flowers for Mother’s Day?!! (I’ve got you covered. You’re welcome!)

spray painted water can

If you come around often then you know I love love love a pretty project that is easy and inexpensive!

 You also know that I frequent the target dollar section.

Which by the way is no longer only $1 – What’s up with that Target? 

I picked up this watering can from Target for a couple bucks. I wasn’t crazy about the bright red color so from the beginning I had planned to spray paint it.

watering tin

As well as I said before, I’m kind of on a gold kick so after two coats this became my gold spray painted watering can.

gold watering tin

It makes such a lovely vase! I placed a bunch of faux flowers in the vase but I can see a big bunch of fresh hydrangeas for mom in here too! Wouldn’t that be so lovely?

I seriously love what paint can do. Don’t you?

Linking up to some of these parties and Inspire Me Please Link Party, Lolly Jane, Twelve O Eight


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Spring Has Sprung: Painted Flower Pots

It’s true. Spring has sprung! And flowers are blooming everywhere I turn. Literally, driving on the highway I’m seeing gorgeous purple flowers in bloom. It’s my favorite part about Spring, that and sundresses :)

Over the weekend, I spent some time potting flowers for my front steps. It was so lovely to be outside in the sunshine. My mom and my little lady supervised while I did the dirty work. It was great quality time – the perfect way to spend beautiful weekend days…

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Color Block Recipe Box Recycle

Hi ya friends! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I have a long list of projects to complete (anyone else?). I was sluggish getting back to my routine but I’m so glad to be chipping away at my project “to do” list.
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Spring Floral Door Hanging

Hey there friends – I hope you are having a great week so far!

Now, I am not sure if it was the 80 degree weather or the fact that Punxsutawney Phil declared there would be an early spring but, I thought it was time to put together a spring door hanging.
Spring Floral Door Hanging

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Washi Tape Crafts: Covered Heart Boxes

Hi friends! All recovered from Super Bowl Sunday? I have to admit I didn’t watch the whole game (or very intently anyway). We are a baseball family. Come Spring time it will be all baseball all the time I’m sure! And about Spring, I’m happy to report that the ground hog didn’t see his shadow so yay for an early Spring! Until then we still have some fun things to look forward to. One of them being Valentine’s Day! I’ve been sharing lots of Valentine’s Day projects with you this these last few weeks. I just can’t get enough of all the “heart day” inspired projects!

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DIY Canvas Entry Table Sign [Tutorial]

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you guys had a great weekend. Mine was a doozy! My little one thinks sleep is overrated. Silly girl.

So, I’ve been working on my little entry way the last couple of weeks and I am putting the finishing touches on it now (I can’t wait to show you the whole thing). For now, I want to show you this little sign I made for the entry table.

I needed a little sign on the entry table as a reminder of how good we have it. We really do, I woke up this morning and my family is healthy. I sometimes catch myself dwelling on the negative (shame shame). And too often, I’m rushing us out the door without even remembering how blessed we are to have another beautiful day. This little sign is my family’s reminder to be thankful for each day!

entry table sign making home base

Now, how it’s made! By now I’m sure you have figured out that I have tons of old picture frames lying around. Well here’s another use for one!

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