Category Archives: DIwYatt

Basement Cabinet Toe Kick Quick Fix – Ikea Hack

We gave our review of our Ikea cabinets that we added to the basement, HERE, and hinted at a little problem that required us to brainstorm up our own little Ikea hack to fix the way the toe kick looked. As background for the issue we’re talking about… the toe kicks from IKEA come with two […]

Quick Pre-Spring Project: Replacing Weber Grill Parts

It may be winter, but now is the perfect time to do a little preparation for spring and summer. I spent an evening replacing Weber grill parts the other day and decided to share it here with you all. We got this Weber grill from a garage sale five years ago for $5. The owner […]

Fixing the Flooring after the Flood: How to Patch Damaged Wood Floors

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How to Replace a Double Door – Starting the Basement Project

Recently we tackled a big job to kick off the basement renovation, so I thought I’d share a few tips for how to replace a double door, DIwYatt style. One of the biggest issues with replacing a door is to make sure you get a good tight seal, so it doesn’t leak. Not only does […]

DIwYatt: DIY Stadium Seat Tutorial

Melissa asked me to share the tutorial and plans behind our DIY stadium seat she debuted on our blog’s instagram. Here’s the backstory: over the weekend, we met up with some friends for Shakespeare in the Park, a “free” (donations accepted) show held each summer near the Plaza in Kansas City. #kansascitydatenight with good friends and […]

When The Dryer Makes a Funny Noise…

On Saturday night, I was home by myself with Will and trying to get one last load of laundry done while I nursed him before bedtime. The dryer started to make a really loud rattling sound and I knew something wasn’t right so I quickly laid Will in his crib and went in there to check […]

DIwYatt: Installing a Garbage Disposal

We’ve only been completely finished with the kitchen for a few months and we already made a change. That was a trick photo, as the update isn’t visible in the photo. Also, to be fair, it was a change we knew we might want to make–adding a garbage disposal back underneath the sink. We had […]

DIY Honeycomb Shelves

Be sure to follow all our other projects, here! We hope you enjoy our little corner of Blog Land and stop to look around a few other pages, like our DIY Foam Cooler Ottoman, Ruler Growth Chart, our Kitchen Renovation, and my free printables. Enough with the sneak peeks, it’s time to show you our awesome new […]

Side Table Success

I searched and searched for the perfect side table for the nursery, without much luck. Everything I liked was way too expensive. Everything cheap was way too ugly. But, Wyatt presented me with the offer of building one using some table legs he found at our local thrift store. I’ll admit I wasn’t sold when […]

DIwYatt: Outlet Upgrades

I think we mentioned in the post about the new doors for the basement guest room that there are a few house upgrades we’re making in every room in the house, slowly but surely, as we make our way through each room. One of those upgrades is switching out the damaged hollow core doors with […]

DIwYatt: Building Nursery Book Ledges

A couple weekends ago, I put together the book ledge shelves for Beanie’s nursery. Since then, we’ve been working on getting them painted and hung on the wall. Melissa is pretty excited about this project being checked off the list. We considered just buying pre-made ledges, since this idea is certainly not original to us, […]

Hanging Up The Headboard: DIY Wooden Cleat

Now that we had the headboard made, it was time to figure out how to hang it on the wall. Go back and read this post for ow we built and upholstered this giant headboard for only $25. We considered several options for this, including building legs for the headboard and attaching them to the […]

DIwYatt: Installing a Pre-Hung Door Frame

Sorry we’ve been a little silent this week. We’ve been busy with a lot of non-house project stuff this week so not a whole lot is going on. I figured I’d go back and recap a project I did last week, though, in case it would be helpful to anyone. We are continuing the project […]

DIwYatt: Pipe Clamps

When you need long clamps for a project, you head to your local home improvement store. When you get to the clamp section you might find yourself in sticker shock. The truth is, long clamps are kind of an expensive thing. Here is a 48 inch bar clamp from the Home Depot. Instead of spending […]

Trimming Out the Nook

When we left off talking about the nook shelving, things were already starting to look a lot better, but we were also anxious to add the trim at the top and really complete the whole area. There’s clearly something missing in these photos. Those dark shadows at the top aren’t so great, huh? Not to […]

We Finally Have A Finished Nook: Mounting the Custom Shelves

When we planned the nook, we wanted to continue the open shelving concept from the other side of the kitchen. This meant we could either buy an outside corner shelf and a shelf between two cabinets or build it ourselves. Unfortunately, while buying is easier, it’s also more expensive. For the shelves between the two […]

DIwYatt: Installing a Can Light

We’re slowly checking off the list of remaining kitchen projects and one of those was reusing the can light we removed from the soffit above the sink in the entryway to the garage. There had been a regular flush mount lighting fixture in that location. Although for awhile, it has looked like this, a dark […]

DIwYatt: Building Custom Shelving Between Cabinets

The kitchen is moving along nicely. We are getting so close we can both finally see the finish line. Last weekend, I tackled the last building project we have to do. If you remember, we needed to build two different shapes of shelves for the nook project, outside corner shelves and shelves between two cabinets. […]

DIwYatt: Kansas City Antique Mall Map!

I DIwYatt-ed this Antique Mall map using a mapping website called BatchGeo.com and data from Google Maps. I post about some of this stuff on my tech blog BizIntelSolutions, but thought this would be a good place to share this on since we know a lot of you all enjoy thrifting and finding bargain or […]

Creating the Kitchen Nook Area

Before getting started on the drywall, I wanted to get started on the nook area. This would allow us to know how far down the wall to drywall. I started by building the sides of the nook area that would be the structure for the drawer cabinet. This will also be what the counter top […]

DIwYatt: Installing Pantry Drawers

After I finished building the pantry drawers, details in this post, it was time to get them installed. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an easy process. The first step in installing the pantry drawers was to make rails for the drawer slides to attach to. If you’ll remember, I build the pantry with a face frame that […]

DIwYatt: Building Pull Out Pantry Drawers

Melissa talked about the plan for the pantry, here. After sharing some pretty revealing photos of the mess we had been living with. To build the pantry drawers, I first needed to come up for a design and plans. For starters, I worked out the plan for how I’d arrange my cuts to use only […]

Shelf Stable: Mounting the Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Today is part 2 in the kitchen shelves recap. We’re slowly and surely making progress on the kitchen, and in telling you all about it. 🙂 When it came time to hang the shelves (which we talked about building yesterday, here), Wyatt was careful to find and use the wall studs to mount the brackets. […]

DIY Open Shelves for the Kitchen

We’ve taken a break from talking about the kitchen DIY project, or working on the kitchen, but it’s time to get back in the swing of things and get this never-ending project finished up completely. So, today, we’re going to take a bit of step back and catch up talking about building our open shelves […]

A Custom Vent Cover

Yesterday, I shared our list of remaining kitchen tasks. The first one we tackled was the vent cover for the vent over the stove. We had to move this vent in order to accommodate the range hood. And, since it was only moved the minimum amount, we didn’t *quite* leave enough room for a standard […]

DIwYatt: A Handy Cord Hideaway

Yesterday, Melissa shared our new TV stand. See how neat and tidy the inside of the box looks? So much nicer than if there were cords and cables and such running everywhere. I made a small cord hideaway for the new entertainment center with leftover wood from the kitchen project and the floor. The basic […]

DIwYatt: From Rickety Railing to Built-in Bookcase

As part of the kitchen/floor/never-ending remodeling project, we wanted to replace the stair railing with something a little more sturdy and functional. Melissa had the idea to turn the area into built-in bookshelves with a railing on the back. I was a little skeptical at first, but she convinced me it would work, and I […]

What We Learned About Laying Hardwood Flooring Part 1

It’s been a long journey to this point in the remodeling process. Melissa already shared some preview photos of the new floor, here. But we also wanted to share some of the tips for laying flooring that we picked up along the way. First of all, we want to say it’s important to fully research and completely […]

Trimming and Final Touches

Since finishing the floors, we’ve been tackling jobs that will help us get back to a “normal” state of living around here. Unfortunately, these “finishing touches” take a LONG time. But, with Christmas coming up QUICK, we have no choice but to keep going. Thanks for sticking with us as posts have been fewer and […]

Weekend Rewind: Door Draft Distraction Edition

As we’ve found time and time and time again through this entire year of remodeling, projects beget projects. So, after spending the majority of the last few weeks on the floor, literally, while we put down our new flooring, we noticed a few drafts coming in from various places. Namely, the front door wasn’t sealing […]