Finally, I’m back with an easy but high impact DIY project for you! This is actually one that I made over two months ago but life has been so hectic that I’m finally getting around to sharing it with you!

It all started with the idea of carving out more space on the back porch for people to grab a seat when there was a party or cookout. Looking around, I saw the space behind the sun room offered the perfect space – but it was  little narrow. The perfect solution was a bench! Since I wanted a very specific size, I knew that I could cook something up myself (especially when I saw this tutorial on The Apron Blog).

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

It’s amazing how simple making a bench really is. It requires only limited supplies and a few easy power tools. And boom, bench made. Here’s how I made this easy DIY outdoor bench!

Supplies:

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Directions:

1. Gather all your supplies. While shopping, make sure to have your board cut to the length you want. This makes your job easier and transportation a whole lot easier too.

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

2. Sand down the board. I like to really pay attention to the edges, smoothing and rounding them so no errant slivers make their way into my uber sensitive skin.

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

3. Pick which side you want as top and bottom. Flip the bottom up and measure where you want to have the legs. Using the heavy top plates (and screws that came with them), mark where you want the screws, drill a pilot hole and then screw in the top plates. Once all the top plates are screwed in, all you have to do is screw in the legs.

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

4. Flip it over and you have a great, customized bench! Now you just have to decide how you want to finish it, whether you stain or paint it. Mine is still unfinished now and I’m uncertain of its future but that’s the beauty of it. I can make it however I want to!

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

How to Make an Easy DIY Bench | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Don’t you just love a pretty quick and easy DIY that gives you a functional result with a high impact?! Plus, it makes me feel all cool and like I am a woodworker now. But let’s be real, I’ve got a long way to go and that’s okay with me.

Have you dabbled with any woodworking? I’d love to hear what you’ve made!

  • What a great way to add seating to your deck. I like the simplicity of this bench and the fact that it doesn’t take up much valuable floor space. I see a bright color for its future!ReplyCancel

Hurray and happy Friday! I am so excited for a weekend full of fun friends, a little sample sale shopping, and a heartbreaking, cry-your-eyes out movie. Yup, sounds like my kind of weekend (and yes, the movie I am referring to is of course the new Nicholas Sparks movie).

I am also so excited to share with you my latest Hometalk segment on TV. This time I went to a new station in Richmond. I was thrilled to be a part of Virginia This Morning on CBS.

My appearance on Virginia This Morning on CBS for Hometalk | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Let me tell you – these hosts are a BLAST. The host I did my segment with was hilarious – and adorable in his apron. We had a grand – and messy – seven minutes of live TV.

This segment was all about fall decor. I showed them these fun projects:

The host was all about getting messy, so we had fun making a Plaster of Paris mixture and dipping gourds. I also feel like I should apologize for my dull scissors I brought. Ha! You’ll see what I mean when you see him try to hack through the sweater.

With no further ado, enjoy my newest segment!

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If you’re interested in watching more of my Hometalk appearance and other videos, make sure to check out my YouTube page!

Hope you have a happy and fun-filled weekend!!

  • Congratulations on finding a new market for your content! I’m amazed that you traveled all the way to Richmond and I look forward to hearing more about it.

    Are you J. Crew shopping this weekend? We are hitting the chili festival in Sedalia.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much, Paula! It was so fun to spend some time in Richmond and spread the DIY love there (not that they don’t have a ton already)!

      Yes, my friend and I are hitting up the warehouse sample sale on Saturday. Have fun at the chili festival in Sedalia! I hear it is always a good time!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, my gosh, this was so much fun and I picked up some cool ideas for my own blog, Crafts a la Mode. Thanks so much, Megan!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Linda! Thank you for visiting – and love your blog!ReplyCancel

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing just dandy and are enjoying your week! Geesh, it seems like forever ago when we were in Hawaii but I still have so much to share with you. Don’t worry all you DIY loving people out there, home decor posts are coming soon. I have lots of surprises in store  as we go into November.

If you missed my first Hawaii post, you can read about all of our adventures at the zoo, North Shore, the Byodo-in Temple, and Waikiki.

This post is going to focus more on the historical yet still really neat things that you can do on the island of Oahu.

First off, Pearl Harbor was the highlight of the island for me. Really. I’m a person who appreciates history but am in no way a buff. You definitely don’t have to be a history buff at Pearl Harbor. It is a place to remember, a place that is filled with sadness and hope and memories.

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Obviously, we first went to the USS Arizona Memorial. You watch a short video about the event, and it was so well done that I cried during it. It was heart breaking and beautiful in its own way. Oh, and did I mention that we went on September 11th? It was a very poignant day.

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

After the USS Arizona Memorial we went onto the naval base and toured the USS Missouri. It was so neat to see the ship where WWII ended. Plus the symbolism of having the place where WWII started and ended for the US was pretty powerful. The ship was so fun to see too. It really is like a traveling town – it has a library, post office, barber shop and so much more! Oh yes, and teeny tiny living quarters.

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Oh man, my outfit totally matches my hat. #plannedit

We also toured the Bowfin submarine and if I thought people on the Missouri had it hard, whew, the Bowfin was ridiculous. Seriously, your bunk is over a torpedo. I couldn’t do it whatsoever. Yowsers. But it was actually really pretty inside with all its gleaming metallics.

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Moving on from Pearl Harbor, we spent an afternoon at the Bishop Museum. It had a lot of history about Hawaii, a planetarium, and a sweet volcano/science building where they actually made simulated lava. Awesome. It was definitely worth going to.

Bishop Mueum Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Bishop Mueum Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Bishop Mueum Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

A blacklight hall that is supposed to be under the sea. Awesome!

Bishop Mueum Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Now, this wouldn’t be a Hawaii post without giving you some eye candy. Hanawa Bay is a gorgeous spot on the Eastern Shore that also has great snorkeling (I hear). The view was enough for me.

Hanawa Bay Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

That wraps up the Hawaii recap. Please ask if you have any questions – whether you are curious or are planning a trip yourself! I highly recommend staying on Oahu but don’t make that your only island. Island hop! I’m dreaming of Maui now….

    On a delightfully crisp and unfortunately windy Saturday morning my alarm jarred me awake at 5:30am.

    Not your ideal Saturday morning? Well, I may convince you differently in just a couple of minutes!

    The jarring alarm was a result of an intense purging that caused a mountain of items I didn’t need in the house anyway. Hurray me!

    However, having already hosted a yard sale earlier this summer (you can read all about my 2014 yard sale and 2013 yard sale) and it being late – or even past – yard sale season I thought my luck would be pretty low if I threw up signs and put my stuff out in the yard a la yard sale style.

    Then a friend suggested I go to the local flea market.

    Now, I’m a total flea market convert.

    Do you think I would have made a $169 profit if I had held it in my yard. I would put a month’s salary into definitely NOT!

    Since I am now a big proponent of the flea market, while also being quite the newbie at it, I thought I would pass along my newly acquired flea market wisdom for you.

    5 Flea Market Selling Tips

    5 Flea Market Selling Tips | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    1. Suck it up and get there early.

    Our flea market started at 6am. Sunrise was at 7:12am. I thought for sure that no one would be there before the sun rose. Boy was I wrong! It was hopping when I pulled in around 6:15! As soon as I pulled my boxes out of the car people swarmed me with flashlights, ready to buy.

    I sold more between 6am and 7am than I did between noon and 1pm. Almost no one bought in the afternoon but I had sold quite a few things even before the sun rose that morning.

     2. 10 Cents is Better Than No Cents

    If your items are really valuable (like the Longaberger dessert stand, wrought iron antique candlestick holder) than hold firm at a price. If they aren’t valuable (aka not worth the time to list it on Craigslist, or DSLR camera) than any money is better than none. If they are going to Goodwill anyways, one penny is a profit on them. So negotiate so you can sell as high as possible but if you know the person wants to buy it, eventually cave and let them have it at their price. It’s still money in your pocket and one less thing to put back in the car.

     3. Create an Emotional Tie

    When someone shows interest in an item, help them make an emotional connection. Sometimes I would tell them a story about an item. Or setup a vignette on a way they would possibly use it. Or ask them if they had someone/someplace special in mind for the item. Help them connect to the object and they are more likely to buy it. #usedcarsaleswomanmegan

    4. Park Near a Bathroom

    Laugh all you want but if you’re by yourself you’ll thank me later. I love people but I’ve had many people swipe things from yard sales so I didn’t want anything valuable walking away at the flea market. Picture me sprinting towards the Porta Potty. Next time I’ll plan strategically for my bathroom breaks.

    5. Pack Snacks and Water

    You won’t really have time to go out and get food but you will definitely need it to keep your energy going all day! I brought lots of little snack foods, a sandwich, and not nearly enough water. I found the snacks helpful to keep me energized throughout the hours. It is pretty intensive with all the moving of stuff and talking to people all day so it is very important to stay hydrated!

    I hope you found these tips helpful and will be able to rake in the cash when you give the flea market a whirl! And here’s a fun before and after of when I started (when the sun was just rising) and when I ended.

    5 Flea Market Selling Tips | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Oh wait – don’t think your town has a flea market? I would give it a quick Google search before you just breeze by the idea. I never thought our smaller town had one but then I found out that every Saturday AND Sunday there is quite the bustling flea market. So don’t give up hope and try to find a flea market next time you do a house purge!

    • Great job on getting rid of stuff and making money at the same time. I’ve been to that flea market and it was a hopping spot!ReplyCancel

      • Thanks Paula! Yeah — why did it take me so long to find that place?!ReplyCancel

    If you tuned in last week you saw that we vacationed in Hawaii for two weeks in September (hence some radio silence on the blog). I teased with a few pictures but now I am back with so many, many more. Photos can’t even begin to show how stunning Hawaii is in person, but they do give you a sense for sure!

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    We spent our whole time on the island of Oahu, but if I were to go back I would definitely island hop. I loved Oahu but the Honolulu traffic was killer (and so was parking).

    We stayed in a studio apartment in Waikiki right by the ocean, zoo, and main strip where all the fancy stores were (but where did I shop? Forever 21 and H&M!). Pardon our we’ve been traveling for 13 plus hours and need to explode mess.

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our view was so fabulous I spent hours morning, noon, and night looking at Diamond Head on the left, the park and zoo in front of us, and the ocean to the right (okay – that’s where I looked the most).

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    One of my favorite things was that you could see the zoo from our balcony. The flamingoes kept us company most of the day, but in the evening when sitting on the sun deck I would sometimes hear the animals getting feisty. A lion’s roar or an elephant’s trumpet would interrupt my reading for a while and bring a smile to my face.

    Pardon our we

    We also spent some time in the zoo visiting with the vast array (for an island) of animals.

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    My favorite time of the day was definitely twilight (not a book reference, I promise). We were there during an unusually hot spell, so as that sun was setting and the temperatures were dropping (to the 70’s) I loved to walk around the beach or sit on the sun deck.

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    When we did leave Waikiki, one of our favorite things to do was just drive around the island. The highway takes you along the coast and beyond every curve seems to be an even more beautiful sight. We drove along the North Shore and the East Shore quite a few times just because of the awe-inspiring views.

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    I also just loved sitting and watching the surfers. The waves were really high, especially two days when there was a high surf warning, and the surfers were so talented.

    While we were trolling around the North Shore we stopped at a few fun touristy stops.

    One was the Dole Plantation where we took a ride on the Pineapple Train, got lost in a pineapple maze, and best of all – ate pineapple ice cream!

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    We also stopped at the Byodo-in Temple. This temple was built to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. It was so beautiful and peaceful – and we were able to have fun ringing a bell.

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    I think that is a long enough post as it is. Stay tuned for part two of our Hawaii trip (including spending 9/11 at Pearl Harbor and more beautiful views!).

    • Your pictures are stunning and I know you so much enjoyed relaxing in beautiful Hawaii. If I ever go back I want to see Maui.ReplyCancel

      • Thank you Paula! I was amazed at how beautiful it was! And I agree – I would want to go to Maui too!ReplyCancel