Give Your DIY Lovin’ Dad The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

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Father’s Day is going to be here before we know it!!

Mark your calendars – it’s June 18th

This year, get good ol’ Dad something that will fulfill his DIY dreams — I have just the list to get you started.

I can’t say enough good things about the Ryobi products that I own, so I wouldn’t hesitate to buy them as gifts.

Take a look at these Ryobi products that are great for the dad who loves to spend time in the yard or is always looking to tackle a new DIY project around the house.


1.      18V ONE+ 10″ Sliding Dual Bevel Brushless Mitre Saw



Brushless motor provides longer runtime and longer life

Extended miter ranges from 45° left to 50° right to accommodate a wide variety of cuts

Miter stops located at the most common crown molding angles 0o, 15o, 22.5o, 31.6o, and 45o left and right for quick cut settings

Miter detent override provides quick action lever by-passes miter detent index points with one simple motion

Electric brake stops the blade in seconds

2.        40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Attachment Capable String Trimmer


Attachment capable: accepts Ryobi Expand-It attachments and other universal gas attachments to save time, money and space

40V lithium-ion high capacity battery and 90-minute charger included

Premium 0.080-inch twisted dual line

REEL-EASY bump-feed string head for fast and easy reloading

13 to 15-inch adjustable cutting width for longer run time or wider cutting path

3.      18V ONE+ Lithium+ Brushless String Trimmer


Brushless motor for maximum power and run time

Variable speed & 2-speed trigger

Reel easy with speed winder bump feed head for fast reloads

4.      18V ONE+ Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver Kit



Brushless motor for longer runtime and life

750+ in-lbs Torque

2-speed gear box

5.      18V ONE+™ Brushless Belt Sander


Brushless motor for corded performance with cordless convenience

Tool-free, 5-position adjustable pommel handle

So get out there and get Dad something he really wants!!

You can find Ryobi products at your nearest Home Depot!

You can also check out the Ryobi Facebook pages for Canada and the U.S – these pages are great for keeping you in the loop on new products and amazing deals!

If you have any other great gift ideas for Dad, share them in the comments below!!

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Keep on makin' stuff!


Old Spool Upgrade


For a while now I have been hoping to get my hands on an old electrical spool.

One of the really nice ones, though. You know the ones that are all wood — not the ones with the cardboard in the middle.

As luck would have it, I just so happened to find one that someone was tossing away. They had put it out by the side of the road with all their junk on spring clean up day.

I almost didn’t believe it when I saw it! How could someone throw out something soooo cool! Oh well, their loss is my gain.

Take a look and see what I did with this baby!

Here it is, as I found it.


Not bad, right? It’s in great shape.

I wiped it down, just to clean off the cob webs and then I gave it a good sanding.


I used my palm sander and some 60 grit sandpaper.

After I sanded it, I wiped off all the dust and stained it with Minwax Penetrating Stain in Cherry finish.


This is my NEW favorite color of stain! I love it!

I gave the stain a couple hours to dry.

There are nuts and bolts on the top and bottom of the spool and I didn’t want to risk it scrapping up my floors, so I attached some small caster wheels I had to the bottom of the spool.




Easy peasy!

This was a quick and easy project and a perfect example of how to beautify someone else’s junk!


I have it all set up in its new home! I just need to get some chairs to set on either side.

I’m gonna keep my eye out for some that I can repurpose!


What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below!

Feel free to pin this image to your Pinterest boards, too!

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See you next time!!

Keep on makin' stuff!

My Fireplace Makeover That Cost Me Next To Nothing


So, I’m pleased to say that we have been making great headway on the house! With every nice weekend we get, we get a ton of stuff done.

There’s just something about nice weather that inspires you to get up off your hiney and get stuff done!

This week, I was able to finally tackle our fireplace — ahhh, that just sounds so wonderful, “our” fireplace.

When we were looking for a home, one thing that I was hoping for but wasn’t an absolute was a fireplace and our home has a great one — that is of course, after I got my hands on it!

Take a look at the beast before…


I mean not the worst thing in the world, but definitely could use a little TLC!

I have always wanted a white fireplace so I got to work painting the brick.


If you have never painted brick before, you’re lucky.

It’s not easy and it really hurts your hand. I suggest using a paint brush that you don’t care if it gets ruined because it helps if you dab the brick to fill in all the little crevices.

So even though my hand felt like it was going to fall off, I just kept painting away.


It was about here that I thought I had done soooo much and then I stepped back to snap a pic and was like… “really??? that’s it??”

I thought that maybe I would just do the top half of the fireplace and finish the rest another day, but once I started I just wanted to see it finished so I kept on truckin’!!


If I never have to paint another set of bricks in my life, I will be ok. LOL


OH! I almost forgot to tell you? Do you know what type of paint I used?

Just a regular old tub of white flat primer paint. Yup. That’s it!


I had the primer left over from when we had to prime the walls back that we painted before we moved out of our rental townhouse. It was one of the stipulations if you chose to paint their walls. So we just bought this big bucket and I barely used any of it, so I thought why not use it here!?

It worked great.

I’m not concerned about the heat from the fireplace since we can’t actually use our fireplace due to insurance reasons… bummer, right? But the insurance cost would be just too high.

For the base of the fireplace I wanted something that would stand out a bit so I used this greeny-grey color.

Again, more left over paint that I just had kickin’ around.

Once all the paint had dried, I couldn’t wait to decorate!!

Lucky for me the weekend that I finished was spring cleaning day in Thamesford!!! You know what that means — free junk by the side of the road fa la la la la la la!!!

(Yes, this day is like Christmas to me)

My mother and I did three full car loads and her SUV is huge! I scored so many cool things! I can’t believe the stuff that people throw away.

I made a gorgeous clock for my mantle — I made it out of an old table top.

Take a look at this!


I painted it with the same paint that I used for the base of the fireplace.


Next I cut out some roman numerals using my Cricut.


To make sure I apply my vinyl straight I use contact paper from Dollar Tree. This is a super easy technique and the contact paper is super cheap!


Place the contact paper over your cut vinyl and then use a flat scrapper to smooth out any air bubbles.


Once you have all the air bubbles removed, pull up the contact paper and your vinyl will be stuck to it.

Lay it on your surface, and then use your scrapper again to smooth out any air bubbles. Peel up the contact paper and your vinyl will remain on your project.


To make sure I had them evenly spaced, I laid them all out before actually sticking the numbers down.

Ok, back to the fireplace because I am sure you all want to see it!!


What do you think?

I’m pretty proud of this baby!


I love that the majority of the decor accents were either found by the side of the road or scored super cheap at a garage sale!

I scored that wicker basket for 75 cents and I added the tiny wreath. I just whipped it up with random artificial stems we had kickin’ around.


These hand crafted wooden blocks I scored for $5 for all three at a garage sale! They are soooo unique, I love them!


This fireplace makeover is the perfect example of how you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a great look! Just work with what you got and keep hunting for great bargains or freebies — ie: junk by the side of the road LOL


If you love my makeover, feel free to share it with your friends!

Keep this look for later by pinning this image to your design boards, too!


If you have any questions, fire away in the comments below!!

Keep on makin' stuff!

Time For A Table Makeover



Happy Sunday, everyone!! I am so excited to share this table makeover with you! This makeover has quite the little backstory.

So as you know, if you keep up with my blog, we recently bought our first home. In our rental, we had this little breakfast area where our pub height table fit perfectly.


I have wanted to makeover this table for awhile now, but didn’t want to until we bought a house and even knew if we were going to keep it.

When we bought our home, I was elated to find out that there was indeed a spot to put our pub height table! In preparation and anxiously waiting to move, I started making over the chairs.


I wanted a fresh new look for these old worn out chairs, so I painted them with Lazy Linen from Country Chic Paint.



I dismantled the seats so that I could get to all angles of the chair.



I know you have heard me talk about this stuff before, but I am going to show you again because I just love it so much!

I went over the edges of the chairs with Grey Wax — also from Country Chic Paint. This stuff is so easy to use! You might remember seeing me use it on my Makeup Vanity Makeover. 

My mother helped me pick out the new fabric for my chairs and at first I was a little hesitant because I normally don’t like yellow, but there’s just something about this fabric that I love.


Take a look at the finished chairs!


Lovely, right?

Now, I didn’t have time to make over the table before we moved and I am so glad that I didn’t!

Lo and behold, we moved in, I moved the table into the space and it was just way too big!


The table is 40″ x 40″ … just a bit to square and bulky for this slender space. So, I thought for a minute, “What are my options, here?”

Well, I thought I could get rid of the table, sell the chairs and start from scratch with a new table and chairs that fit the space.  I could try and find a junky smaller table to makeover, or I could just live with it just being bulky… not a great option.

Then, genius struck. I love this table AND I LOVE MY NEW CHAIRS… all I need is for this table to be 10″ smaller!

And I was determined to make that happen!

With the help of my hubby and father in law, we took 10 inches right out of the middle. These seemed like a bit of a daunting task, but it was actually quite easy!


We found the middle of the table which was the 20″ mark, and then measure 5″ on each side and ran the table through the table saw at the 5″ marks we made.

Perfect! 10″ take right out of the middle!

The table edge was a little higher than the saw blade, but my father in law finished off the cut with a hand saw.


This is our “new” table sans 10″!


Now we just had to put it back together! I bought these four mending plates.


Pretty easy to do! Just screw them on down the middle of the table.

There’s one thing that’s always great when you work on something with my father in law. First off, I think he has every tool known to man kind, also, he always shares some great and handy tips!

Like this little tool for instance… I am sure for those that dabble in this kind of work, this is a pretty basic tool, but I had no idea something like this existed.


Basically, before you are going to screw in your screw, you mark your hole with this thing. My father in law had a name for it and for the life of me, I can’t remember what he said.

Anyway, you put the plate down, put this poker thing in the hole and give it a couple taps with a hammer.


It pretty much starts the hole for the screw and to ease the screw going in. It also helps to prevent slipping.

A great little tool and another handy tip from my father in law!

So we plated the table back together.


When we flipped it back over, the table was a little wobbly so we added two more plates to the sides.


This added more stability to where the cut is.

I did a bit of sanding on the top of the table, because we have had it for sometime and it needed a bit of a buff.


Painted the top of the table with the same Lazy Linen from Country Chic Paint.


I did something a little different here, though. Because I wanted the top to still look like wood, I didn’t do a “full” coat. I left a bit of the wood exposed underneath the paint.

Then I went completely over the paint with the grey wax.


Pretty cool, eh?

Want to see the finished product!?


Let’s take a close up look


I’m still not done putting my whole kitchen look together, but as soon as it is, you’ll all be the first to see!


Let me know what you think about this table makeover by commenting below!

If you love it and want to save it make sure you Pin it!

Here is a great image for you to add to you Pinterest board


Til’ next time!!

Keep on makin' stuff!


Cape Cod Cutie – Door Makeover

Front Door Makeover

So I am going to take a break from sharing updates about my new home to share and update I did for my G-ma.

My grandma’s door was in dire need of a face lift. It hadn’t been painted in some time so I thought it was a little over due. Why not spruce it up with a bit of Cape Cod Mint. This new Curb Appeal paint from DecoArt was an absolute pleasure to work with. One coat and it’s done.

Not to mention it had to go over this orange.


eeek. See what I mean? This front door definitley needed a fresh new look. The shade Cape Cod Mint came just in time for spring, too. I can’t believe how fresh and springy her door looks now.

Keep reading so you can see this baby in her fresh new look.

I gathered my army and got to painting.

I have to say, I hate taping — but if you want to do a good job it’s worth the time to do it.


oooo… just look at this colour!



Ok, you guys want to see the door, don’t you??

Take a look at this!


I let the paint dry for a couple hours, but the one thing that is great about this paint is that it drys super quick!

Time to remove the tape! As much as I hate putting on painter’s tape… I love to peel it off.


What do you think? I still have to do something to spruce up the brick, but this is a HUGE improvement!

And don’t you just love this gorgeous spring wreath?


One more close up so you can fully appreciate this gorgeous colour.


So… if your front door needs a bit of a face lift, check out DecorArt and pick up some of this amazing paint. Curb Appeal is available in 21 intermixable colours and you can also use it to paint outdoor decor accents, too.

Check it out here.

Let me know in the comments what you think of this door makeover and if you like it, share it with your friends 🙂

Keep on makin' stuff!


Happy One Year Blogiversary To Me!!

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Hey, hey everybody!!! So it’s time to celebrate my one year blogiversary! That’s right — I hit the one year mark! I have to be honest with all of you, I am quite surprised because this is actually the third blog that I have started. I tried two before and they just didn’t quite pan out. I did a couple of posts, but then eventually just let them go.


It wasn’t until the other day that I figured out why the other two blogs didn’t pan out. There was no theme or structure and I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing. Plus, I wasn’t passionate about anything that I was writing about.

Yup, it’s true — By The Stand was meant to be.

So a year has come and gone and this is what I learned. First off, I learned so much about myself. I learned that I could do things that I hadn’t even dreamed of doing but even more than that, I have discovered this whole other side to myself that I didn’t know was there.


Before I started my blog, I was stuck in a job that I absolutely hated and had no idea that this whole DIY world even existed. By The Stand has opened so many doors and opportunities for me and I hope that it will continue to do so.

I have known for a while that I love to create and make things. I just didn’t know that I was actually good at it. When I started to make and create and people started complimenting me on it, I was completely taken back. The more I explored this side of myself, and the more I started to make stuff, my passion for DIY just grew and grew.

I honestly, don’t even really know how to describe it. To me, it’s kinda like when you are a kid and you finally get to have your most favorite candy in the world. You have been waiting for what seems like forever for you parents to give you the candy. You can’t wait to rip open that package and devour all that delicious candy. You gobble it up so fast and when the package is empty, you just can’t wait to have it again — and again and again.

So yah, to say that I love DIY is a total understatement… I am addicted.

I am so glad that I am able to share my passion and creativity with all of you!

So thank you to you all from the very bottom of my heart! I could not do this without all of your love and support and I look forward to many more years of DIY, blogging and good ol’ fashioned fun!

Can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans we can get into! 😀



Front Porch Makeover

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As we start to get into the swing of things in regards to being homeowners, there is one job that I have wanted to tackle ever since moving day — the front door.

Our front door isn’t the worst door in the world, but let’s just say it’s no Craftsman style which is my dream front door but just so happens to cost around 2 grand — and that’s for the base model. 😦 Maybe one day, I will have that door, but that day is not today… or tomorrow, well you get the idea.

Our front door is what you would call builder basic and pretty much EVERYWHERE. It is like the standard door around my city. It’s on almost every other house. The problem with ours is that it was (was being the key word here) white. I wanted a bright pop of color for our front door.

That’s exactly what I got!

I ventured far outside of my comfort zone with this one… really far. This is not something that I thought I would like but it turns out I love it!

Let’s talk paint… I went with Curb Appeal from DecoArt. I have used this paint before and it’s amazing. I used it for my Grandma’s door (I will be posting that one soon!) and the color was so vivid and it has held up really well.

For my door, I went with Cottage Moss.


This was my door before.


Notice the poor little 94 on the side on the brick… don’t worry I have a solution for that!

First things first, I started by taping off the door handle, lock and semi-circle window (which I later painted anyway because I didn’t like the trim left white)


Oh, and I removed the wizard knocker. My husband liked it but it kind of creeped me out.

This is one coat of the Curb Appeal


That’s pretty good for a first coat.

Second coat done.


And that’s all she needs! This paint comes in a 16oz container and I only used half of it. 2 full coats and I still have a  ton of the paint left! That’s pretty good!

My freshly painted door looked great! My mailbox not so much…


I mean it’s alright, but I have this thing about brass fixtures… and by “thing”, I mean I hate them.

So… time for a little mailbox makeover!

I got this Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint from Home Depot. I love this stuff.


You can use this on metal, plastic, wood — it works great!

First things first, I had to lightly go over the mailbox with a bit of 100 grit sandpaper. This is just to ensure that the spray paint would get the best coverage.


Then I did two light coats of spray paint. Remember, when you are working with spray paint, light and even coats are the way to go.


While the paint was drying, I headed down to my craft room to make a stencil with my Cricut.


I used the negative cut as a stencil to number my mailbox.


I wanted to make sure the numbers would really pop and be visible from the road so I went with a nice vivid white paint.


As you can see, you can still see the Oil Rubbed Bronze a bit so I did two coats of the white paint.

Once the white paint had dried, I removed my stencil and then I sealed the white paint with a clear coat spray.



Like it?? I sure do!!

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Like I said, this color is totally out of my comfort zone, but I ended up totally falling in love!!

You never know until you try, right?


Let me know what you think by commenting below!

If you love this color, make sure you pin this for later!

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