Modestly Handmade Blog

Tip: Mulch in the Spring!

Spring is the perfect time to declutter your landscaping and make your place look neat and clean. Mulch is a very inexpensive way to bring the landscaping to life. It also makes mowing the...

DIY Rustic Night Stand

Preview on a DIY night stand thanks once again to Kreg Jig! We got the hardware from Lowes and painted it a Kona Brown with a red oak undertone.  We used poplar wood, making...

Bathroom Sign Ideas

The bathroom can be the toughest room in the house to decorate.  Aside from paint, a great way to spice up the bathroom is with some custom handmade signs, which are actually pretty easy...

TIP: Use Rustoleum to make outdoor door hardware new!

TIP: Use Rustoleum to make outdoor door hardware new!

This was one of the most simple things I’ve done!  We hated our brass hardware on our front door.  We wanted to simply paint it black – and did!  Just take it apart, lay...

FAQ: How Long Does Wood Stain Take to Dry?

FAQ: How Long Does Wood Stain Take to Dry?

Long story short:  it varies.  Depending on how much stain you put on, it can be anywhere between 2 and 24 hours.  We stained our counter height kitchen table before putting a coat of...

TIP: Use latex gloves and a rag to apply stain or polyurethane

TIP: Use latex gloves and a rag to apply stain or polyurethane

Applying stain or polyurethane can be a messy job.  After scrubbing my hands for hours, I found that using latex gloves (the same ones doctors or nurses use) and a rag to apply stain...

FAQ: What is the clear coat that goes on furniture and woodworking?

FAQ: What is the clear coat that goes on furniture and woodworking?

You’re probably talking about Polyurethane.  It’s what we use to put a clear coat over most of our furniture.  This coat will allow you to wipe down the piece of furniture with a wet washcloth, and use...

TIP: Wear a Mask When Sanding

TIP: Wear a Mask When Sanding

It’s a simple tip, but when you sand – wear a mask!  You can get a mask that will deflect debris and sawdust from getting into your lungs from Lowe’s or Home Depot for...

FAQ: Can I use pretreated or pressure treated lumber inside my house?

FAQ: Can I use pretreated or pressure treated lumber inside my house?

Simply put:  NO! Not on the inside.  Pressure treated wood has had a ton of chemicals immersed into it and is then put in a pressure treated chamber.  These chemicals have been found to...

TIP: Get a Kreg Jig to Build Furniture

TIP: Get a Kreg Jig to Build Furniture

Building furniture?  You need a Kreg Jig.  It is seriously a wood working game changer.  With a Kreg Jig, you can easily build joints in minutes – without messy glue (if you want to...