Which Drill Machine is Best for DIY

When you are planning to the household task for yourself, then you should get some tools that can help you in making it more professionally. Fixing wall frames, work on the field, and other reasons. You can decorate your house the way you want it to be until you think that the frame is in the right spot. For this to work out, you need a toolbox called Drill Drivers.

Drill drivers are one of the traditional tools, which has been used by several household and professionals to fulfill the needs. What is important is that finding the right Drill Driver’s hard when you have hundreds of models who are providing the Drills Drivers, which cost you above $100 and yet you cannot even expect the quality is poor.

However, there are few brands who manufacturer quality of Drill Driver for the users and the quality is A level. Let’s look at the incredible Drills which you use it by yourself.

Which Drill Machine is Best for DIY?

NEW DEWALT DRILL/DRIVER DCD771 20V 20 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless 2 Speed Drill Drill Driver / Cordless

DEWALT DCD771 is a cordless drill, and the cost of the Drill machine is only $44 + Taxes.

  • The DEWALT DCD771 is very compact, and it fits even in the tight areas.
  • DEWALT DCD771 is budget friendly and also coming from a branded manufacturer.
  • The two-speed motor will allow you to dig faster and drill better at this price point.
  • DEWALT DCD771 has very comfortable while in hands.

PORTER-CABLE PCCK600LB 20-volt 1/2-Inch Lithium Ion Drill/Driver Kit

PORTER-CABLE PCCK600LB is very convenient drill driver for extreme usage, and its market value of the product is $130 + Taxes.

  • It can handle both small applications and large applications smoothly.
  • It does prevent stress in your hands and wrist.
  • What you get in the box is Two batteries, one charger and ended tip including kit box.
  • If you plan to wrap things up sooner, then you should be getting this model as it does things faster because of the incredible motor installed into it.
  • Battery fuel gauge displays charge remaining in the battery. The fuel gauge is present so that you can check the remaining battery left in the PORTER-CABLE PCCK600LB.
  • If you are working in darker areas, then you can use LED in it.
  • The weight of the tool does not become a burden to you as it fits and also weights only 3 pounds.

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DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit

  • The DEWALT DC970K-2 is very popular among the users because of the performance and lightweight product.
  • The design of the DEWALT DC970K-2 is minimal which allows you to store it comfortable and also to make sure that you will be stressed while using it.
  • What you will get in the box is Drill driver, One-hour Charger, Two Batteries, Screwdriver double ended and kit box.
  • The weight of the product is only 5.2 pounds so that it won’t be heavy in your hand.
  • As I have mentioned that the weight does have any effect in hand, so stress will be less.
  • A high-performance motor output is 380 Units, which is the highest and you can finish the task within a matter of minutes.

Conclusion

Drill drivers are very useful especially when you have the right drill derivers supporting you in your creativity ideas. The suggestions is that you go for local store check out some of the best drills and makes sure to test them as p[er your requirements. If your requirements for indoor or household usage then make sure that you are not spending above $100.

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DIY Farmhouse Industrial Shelves

You know those annoying home characteristics that could be unique and gorgeous if you could just find the right thing to do with it?

This is the story of one such characteristic….

We have a HUGE, white wall in our dining room. Even though I’m known for being a little over-dramatic, I swear I’m not doing that right now! Seriously! This wall is about 8 feet wide and is more than 15 feet tall. It’s a white, cold monstrosity sitting in the middle of our home.

The big white monstrosity in the flesh drywall?

Find a DIY project to warm that baby up, of course! And that’s just what I did with these DIY Farmhouse Industrial Shelves!

You’ve likely seen these shelves before…unless you live under a rock and/or have a strict no-Pinterest policy. But this was my first crack at them. And it wasn’t all smooth sailing!

A Bumpy Process
We purchased the wood, black iron pipes, caps, and flanges at a big home improvement store near us.

When we got home, I got busy sanding. I used a 100 grit sandpaper at first, then I took some big chains my husband had in the garage and further distressed the wood {along with my knuckles}. After hurting my hand for the umpteenth time, I recruited my son to help finish up the distressing. He did a great job and only hit himself once.

I then sanded again with a 220 grit sandpaper. Just a quick sanding to smooth everything out and not undo all of the distressing we’d just done.

I wiped down the boards thoroughly to remove all of the sanding dust, then got set up to start staining.

I know I’ve used wood stain in the past, but I don’t remember loving the effect so much! The stain brought out the natural characteristics in the wood and our distressing so beautifully. Since then, I’ve been staining everything I can get my hands on {my Fall Tables cape post is one example}!

After going on a serious staining binge, I came back to my shelves and gave them another two coats of stain, being careful to wipe off any extra stain that the wood didn’t absorb. Then I let them sit for several days.

We decided not to do any kind of a top coat. Yes, I will probably end up regretting this, but I loved the wood so much at this stage that I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything else to it.

Next came the fun part…the installation of the hardware {did you catch the subtle sarcasm there?}.

We measured everything and got the first flange hung without a single snag. I was ecstatic! Usually, my big home improvement experiences end up being a disturbing cross between a Stephen King novel and a Charlie Chaplin movie. #ScaryandComical #SeriouslyBadCombo

I did call in the expert for measuring….Hubs!

To double check the height of our first shelf, I attached the pipe to the first flange, then rested one side of the shelf on the pipe while Hubs held the other side.

Roadblock #1

Wait! *screeching sound*

The pipe was several inches longer than the shelf, which left a huge gap between the shelf and the wall!

After a bit of thought, we realized that we had assumed the pipe would screw all the way into the flange and that the cap would screw all the way onto the pipe, which would account for the extra couple of inches.

We tried to trim the pipe down ourselves with a hacksaw but realized that the professional tool for trimming the pipe actually bevels the ends, so that it can be screwed into the flange and the cap.

The next option was to go back to the hardware store. We actually went to our neighborhood hardware store this time and had them cut the pipes for a small fee. While we were waiting for the pipes to be cut and threaded, we realized our neighborhood store actually stocks the pipe size that we needed.

Once the pipes were {properly} cut and threaded, we headed home, checked the height of the first shelf, finished the rest of our measurements, hung the flanges, attached everything, and voila! Our shelves were done!

 

Victory? Or defeat?
Did the shelves actually warm up the big white wall and make it feel like less of a monstrosity? This was our next possible roadblock….

I’d say problem solved!

I love these DIY Farmhouse Industrial Shelves! They make the dining room feel like an actual room, instead of a big, empty open space.

I probably should have styled them first, but I was just so excited to share them with you guys! Stay tuned for the styling portion next week!

What home improvement projects have you been working on? Are they going smoothly?…

DIY Home Office Command Center

You, guys! I’m getting SO close to finishing my home office redo! I’m so excited to see the finish line. And not just because my office is spread out across the entire main floor of our house {and we have company arriving in a few weeks}. Seriously! It’s like an obstacle course in here. I’m ready to move my work {and all of my stuff} back into my home office.

This week I tackled a big organization problem in my home office…

We all wear multiple hats with many to-do’s and appointments for each of our roles. Throw in a business run out of my home, and I’ve got a crazy and chaotic mess. I knew I needed a visual way to remind myself of my appointments and to-do’s. It had to be eye-catching, or I wouldn’t look at it. This chippy old window frame was just what I needed to create a DIY Home Office Command Center! #fancyshmancy

I love this old frame that I used for my DIY Home Office Command Center! It totally makes the project! From thehousedownthelane.com.

I found this window frame at my local rustic & primitives store. It looked close to how it does now–minus the chicken wire and a lot of dust and cobwebs. It didn’t have any glass, which worked out well for this project. Although, with a few small changes, you could use a window with the glass still intact.

I cleaned it up, then used a staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the back of the frame. If I had been paying more attention, I could have probably hidden the seam between the two widths of chicken wire behind the middle brace. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry to get this baby done and hung! #CraftFail #HappensAlltheTime

Once the chicken wire was attached, Hubs put a thick layer of duct tape around the protruding wire edges to protect the wall. Then he hung it for me. #YeahHubs

Hubs helping me with my DIY Home Office Command Center. Isn't he the best?! From thehousedownthelane.com.

The final piece of this project was to create a system for managing my appointments, to-do’s, reminders, and ongoing projects.

A few months ago, I picked up several packages of tags that were on sale at my local craft store. I used a stamp set and matching inks that coordinated with my inspiration scrapbook paper (you can read all about it and see photos here: A New Look for My Home Office ~ The Plan and here, Home Office Redo: Paint Color Sneak Peek). Then I got started stamping and embellishing. I used a package of mini clothespins that I had lying around to attach the tags. I “prettied” them up with scrapbook paper and added priority numbers.

I love checking in with my to-do's now that I have my DIY Home Office Command Center! From thehousedownthelane.com.

I really enjoyed personalizing the days of the week tags. And I LOVE how they look! I actually want to look at my appointments and to-do’s for the day.

 

Finally, I created a cover image for my ongoing projects. There’s a space to label it with the project’s name, then I clip it together with all of my other paperwork for the project. I attach it to the command center with a numbered clothespin based on where the project falls in that week’s prioritizing.…

A New Look for My Home Office ~ The Plan

The Paint Color, Eh Gads!

Okay, seriously, what was I thinking when I went with this color?! It’s a mix between baby diaper yellow (Gross, I know. Sorry!) and 1970’s Harvest Gold. Might work for someone with a different style, but definitely doesn’t work for me.

I bought this paint because it was super cheap. Someone else originally had it mixed, then decided that they didn’t want it.  But I bought it, so I felt like I needed to use it somewhere.

I even mixed it with a bunch of leftover white paint in an effort to brighten it up.

A New Look for My Home Office ~ The Plan via thehousedownthelane.com.

Triple Duty Does Not Do a Room Good

Another HUGE problem with this room is that it’s doing triple duty:

  • Guest Room
  • Office
  • Craft Room

This room is always a mess, because there’s just too much going on.

Too Much Stuff and Not Enough Space. Or Storage.

I simply have too much stuff in this room!

There are craft supplies shoved into every nook and cranny of this room. I have paper punches and ongoing projects stored under the bed. Sewing supplies are by the window in #1 of 2 desks. I have an entire shelf of stamp sets. I have more supplies on the bookshelves AND in the closet. I have more scrapbook paper than I know what to do with. The closet is almost bursting with household papers. No piles, though. They’re all in the file box…  (Of course I don’t have piles, because I just finished a series of posts on dealing with paper piles and papers… Did you catch the subtle sarcasm? :0) If you’re interested in checking those posts out, links are at the bottom of this post.)

This Room is the Drop Zone.

You know how it goes…

It has been a busy week and when you get home Friday night, all you want to do is grab a beverage, put your feet up, and relax. On your way to the couch, you glance at the calendar. Oh {insert favorite expletive here}, Joanie and Chachi are coming over for Friday night “Happy Hour” and the house is trashed! #iwishiwasfriendswithjoanieandchachi

Come Monday morning you can’t even open the door of the office.

Unfortunately, this problem stems from other issues, like not picking up after ourselves, lack of an evening routine, and kids who aren’t doing any chores. So it’s not likely to get fixed by a good room redo. #ohwell

The Good Stuff:

Okay, enough griping. On to the good stuff!

What Needs to Happen First

I absolutely must declutter and clear out this room! I’ll take it in sips (#nobiggulps), but this room is going to get cleared out and de-junked. #notlookingforwardtoit #butitmustbedone

Paint to the Rescue

I probably don’t have to explain this one to you. No more Baby Diaper Yellow/70’s Harvest Gold! #cantcomesoonenough

This item alone will probably be all the motivation I need to get the room de-junked and decluttered.

Less Furniture. Better Storage.

The guest room is being nixed. Sorry to those of you who were hoping to come for a visit. There’s no longer room for you here. #justkidding #thecouchisopen

Here’s the thing. We don’t have that many overnight guests. Robb’s folks were our most frequent visitors, but they moved to Ohio and plan to bring the RV with them when they come for visits. So, removing the queen-sized bed from the room will open up some much-needed space. Plus, Not So Little Man no longer fits in his twin bed. #timeforanupgradebigboy

Moving the bed will open up some floor space, then I’ll bring in better storage pieces and remove the sewing desk. I’m also going to add a “real” desk. With drawers and everything!

The Plan 

Here’s my vision board for this room:

A New Look for My Office ~ The Plan from thehousedownthelane.com.

I’m super excited about this part of the project!

I spend a ton of time in this office, so I really want an energized space with lots of crafty touches. Those crafty touches will also help me keep the costs of this project low.

I’m so looking forward to sharing this room redo with you! I’ll be sharing bits and pieces over the next few weeks, and hopefully, soon, I’ll have a big reveal party!

What rooms in your house cause you problems? Do you have a plan for them?…

How to Add DIY Shelves In A Closet

Hello, friends, and welcome to another installment in my Hall Closet Makeover series! I’m SO ready to have this project done, but this is our busiest time of year with kids’ stuff, so I’ll have to take a deep breath and find my happy place.

One caveat before we get into the post…this closet is in a narrow hall, and I’m having a heck of a time getting good pictures, so please bear with me!

If you’ve been following along with this makeover, you know that I wanted to add some shelves along the right side of this closet for additional storage and organization.

This is a really easy project, but you’ll want at least one person to help you out with holding things like cleats, the measuring tape, etc.

Supplies

Before we begin, you’ll need supplies:

  • Melamine Shelves or a Large Sheet of Melamine {We had leftovers from another project and just made them work; You could also use MDF or 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood}
  • Iron-On Melamine Edging {Our shelves were 3/4″ thick; you’ll want to get edging in the corresponding thickness of your shelves}
  • 2″ x 3″s  for Cleats
  • Screws
  • Cordless Drill (We have this one, and it works great!}
  • Measuring Tape
  • Level

What was great for me was that I already had my baskets and bins, so after sorting and purging, I filled the baskets with the items I knew would end up going in there and measured height based on those babies!

We knew the lengths of cleats we needed, so Hubs headed out to the garage to cut those while I finished off my plan and measurements. He also cut the Melamine to the proper width.

After the cleats were cut, I painted the sides that would show.

The Steps

  • The first thing I did was lay out my plan for the shelves: height, width {this will be determined by the width of your closet or the side of your closet, in my case}, what I’m planning to store on each shelf {which helped me to determine height}.
  • Then we started by measuring 16″ from the floor and marking the height several times on each of the three walls. I held two cleats while my husband made sure they were level, the he screwed them into the wall. We leveled again, just to make sure.
  • You know the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once?” My husband takes this to new levels {sorry, bad pun} when measuring, attaching things to the wall, and leveling.
  • We measured up from the already existing shelf, leveled and attached, and leveled again. Then we repeated the process with each shelf.
  • Here are the unfinished shelves in the closet.
  • To finish them off, I added Melamine Iron-On Edging on the front face. It’s really easy to use!
  • First, we measured the amount we needed to cover the front of the shelves, plus a little to wrap around the sides.
  • Then we “ironed” it to attach it to the shelf.
  • Make sure to use a piece of aluminum foil or kraft paper between your iron and the edging to protect your iron.

And that’s How to Add DIY Shelves in a Closet!

See? I told you it was really easy!

The last piece of this that I didn’t get done before photographing these shelves (in fact, I didn’t even notice it before taking the photos…ooops!) is filling and painting over those screw holes!

Otherwise, I’m thrilled with how these turned out! And look at all of that extra storage!…

Trash to Treasure: Rustic Tin Can Candle Holders

Have you ever asked your significant other to root through the trash can or the recycling bin for you?

I have.

He didn’t look me at me as if I had three heads. He didn’t ask me, “Why in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks I wanted to rescue trash. He didn’t even seem surprised by my request.

Clearly, we’ve been married long enough for him to know me and my…uh, odd hobbies.

Digging through the recycling bin yielded promising results. And the end product is even better!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Trash to Treasure: Rustic Tin Can Candle Holders!

Want a quick, easy, and FREE project to add to your fall decor? I give you Trash to Treasure: Rustic Tin Can Candle Holders! It's likely you have everything you need to make these on hand, so you can jump right in and get your craft on! | The House Down the Lane

And they took me all of forty minutes! #RockOn

Want the skinny on the how-to? Read on, dumpster divers and recyclable rescuers!

Supplies

  • Tin Cans
  • Patterned Scrapbook Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Embellishments
  • Heavy-duty adhesive
  • Sand, pebbles, or dried beans
  • Candles

Step #1

Enlist your darling significant other to do your dirty work for you…

Or put on your big girl pants and do it yourself.

Step #2

Clean your found tin cans with soap and hot water. LOTS of hot water!

Step #3

Once they’re dry on the inside and out, measure the height and the circumference of your tin cans.

Step #4

Find some patterned scrapbook paper that matches your style, the season, your colors, etc.

I chose this beautiful birch bark-esque scrapbook paper that I should have bought more of! It’s almost gone, and I’m feeling incredibly sad about it.

Want a quick, easy, and FREE project to add to your fall decor? I give you Trash to Treasure: Rustic Tin Can Candle Holders! It's likely you have everything you need to make these on hand, so you can jump right in and get your craft on! | The House Down the Lane

Using your measurements from Step #3, cut the scrapbook paper so that it will wrap around your tin cans.

Step #5

Add adhesive to each end of the scrapbook paper {make sure you put the adhesive on the correct ends…why do you think I’m running so low on that lovely birch bark scrapbook paper?!}

Carefully line up the scrapbook paper with your can, attach, wrap around, and attach again. Easy peasy, right?!

Step #6

Add some ribbon, more scrapbook paper, or any other details that you want. Let your creativity soar!

Want a quick, easy, and FREE project to add to your fall decor? I give you Trash to Treasure: Rustic Tin Can Candle Holders! It's likely you have everything you need to make these on hand, so you can jump right in and get your craft on! | The House Down the Lane

I added a wide burlap ribbon, a narrow crocheted ribbon, and linen thread. I also added a couple of small twigs from the Red Twig Dogwoods in our backyard. I love those shrubs and use the twigs all the time in my projects!

Step #7

Decide how much of your candles you want to show above the top of the can, then fill the cans with sand, pebbles, or dried beans to the proper height.

Want a quick, easy, and FREE project to add to your fall decor? I give you Trash to Treasure: Rustic Tin Can Candle Holders! It's likely you have everything you need to make these on hand, so you can jump right in and get your craft on! | The House Down the Lane

Step #8

Add your candles and incorporate your gorgeous Trash to Treasure: Rustic Tin Can Candle Holders into your decor!

Want a quick, easy, and FREE project to add to your fall decor? I give you Trash to Treasure: Rustic Tin Can Candle Holders! It's likely you have everything you need to make these on hand, so you can jump right in and get your craft on! | The House Down the Lane

 

Seriously easy, right? And there’s SO much room for individual interpretation. That’s one of the reasons why I love this project! I love the free part, too!

What trash to treasure projects have you completed lately?…