Power Tool Challenge: Frightful Edition!

DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs

For this month’s awesome Power Tool Challenge, my fellow bloggers and I are making something “frightful”. Halloween is my absolute favorite day of the year and I decided to make DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs using a scrap board, a jigsaw (or a bandsaw), and spray paint. The design is created by using a reverse stencil technique where a vinyl design is positioned over the base coat of paint before the final coat of paint is applied. Plus, the design glows in the dark! These gravestones are so super simple, you can turn your yard into a cemetery in no time!

DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs


  • 1×10 board at 4′
  • White paint
  • Glow in the Dark Paint
  • Textured metallic spray paint
  • Sawtooth hanger or soda can tab with a screw and a washer

DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs-Trick or Treat

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Cut the board into 18″ lengths. Draw an arc on the top, then cut with a jigsaw. I used a circle cutting jig on my bandsaw and cut the arc.

DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs-Unfinished

Paint the front of the board with the white paint. The white paint is necessary to create a base for the glow in the dark paint and also so that the design will be visible. Once the white paint is dry, apply the glow in the dark paint. I used three coats but only because my paint was fairly old.

Once the glow in the dark paint is dry, apply the vinyl design. I cut the designs using my vinyl and paper cutter. If you do not have one of these machines, skip this step and keep reading for an alternative!

DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs-Vinyl Design

Spray the boards with the textured metallic paint. The textured paint adds dimension so that the boards feel more like gravestones. I used three light coats. While the final coat is still wet, remove the vinyl pieces, then let the paint fully dry.

DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs-Paint Before

Now, if you do not have a machine that cuts vinyl designs, I have an easy alternative… Paint the boards with the textured metallic paint and let it dry. Then stencil (or freehand) any design desired using white paint first and finishing with a few coats of glow in the dark paint. Super-easy, right?

Add the hanger to the back. Expose the gravestone to bright light in order to activate the glow paint. I tried to photograph this step but it couldn’t pick it up – it really does work!

DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs-Wet Paint

Here are the inspiring projects from my fellow bloggers:

The DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs can also be placed in a flower bed or along a walkway making it extra frightful for visitors! Have any questions? Leave a comment below!

An Awesome Wall Frame with a Vintage Look

Decorative Window Frame to Build

When I saw this plan by Amy from Her Tool Belt on the Remodelaholic site, I was in love!  I frequently stalk other blogs and always find something I want to make, build, or do. This decorative window frame is easy to build and I made one modification by adding narrow trim around the front.

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The plans can be found here and include the material list, cut list, and all of the instructions to build the frame. I made the frame using scrap wood. The plans call for ripping narrow strips (1/4″ and 1/2″) of a 2×4 or 1×3 to use as the stops and dividers. If you are not comfortable ripping narrow pieces on a table saw, craft boards (carried by most major home improvement retailers) come in 1/2″ and 1/4″ thicknesses and can be easily substituted in this plan.

When I cut the horizontal pieces for the dividers, I cut them too short (the story of my life!). This left a small gap where the horizontal dividers meet the vertical dividers.

Decorative Window Frame to Build_Gap

Since I really wasn’t too interested in filling the gaps with wood filler or Dry-Dex, I used narrow trim to cover the dividers and also used it around the opening on the outer frame. I mitered the corners on the outer trim and just used regular straight cuts for the pieces on the dividers.

Decorative Window Frame to Build_Trim

I really wanted to give this frame an old, paint layered look. As I was painting, I didn’t bother to wipe off any drips or thick spots, which I think adds to the vintage charm.

Instead of adding a handle to the lower part of the frame, I drilled three holes for knobs in a coral color – my new favorite!

Decorative Window Frame to Build_Holes for Knobs

I cut pieces of Plexiglas for the openings and used pieces from an old Marilyn Monroe calendar I’ve been hoarding (for several years!) in the openings. I added corrugated board to the back side of the calendar sheets, and used picture framing tabs to hold everything in place.

Decorative Window Frame to Build_Framing Tabs

This decorative window frame to build is so easy and you can truly make it your own by adding trim (like I did) or by adding special photos in each pane.

Decorative Window Frame to Build_Knob

Decorative Window Frame to Build_Completed

I’m looking forward to building another – this time, the horizontal dividers will be long enough!

Make an Industrial Chic Candleholder

Use Black Pipe to Create an Industrial Chic Decor Candleholder

Have you ever stopped to think about all of the cool accent pieces and furniture that can be constructed out of plain black pipe? This piece is the epitome of industrial chic decor – a candleholder well suited for an industrialized space! While it isn’t exactly a cheap project, it is ultra cool! Plus, the metal can also be painted to suit your decorating tastes.

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  • 4 – 3/8″ floor flanges
  • 4 – 3-1/2″ long 3/8″ pipe nipples
  • 6 – 3″ long 3/8″ pipe nipples
  • 2 – 2-1/2″ long 3/8″ pipe nipples
  • 2 – 1-1/2″ long 3/8″ pipe nipples
  • 8 – 3/8″ 3-way couplers
  • 4 – 3/8″ 90 degree elbows
  • 2 – 3/8″ plugs

Step One

Start by connecting the four of the three-way connectors to the 3-1/2″ pipe nipples. Connect the floor flanges to the other end of these pieces.

 industrial chic decor candleholder SANY2691

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Step Two

Use a  3″ pipe nipples to connect two of the assemblies to each other, then insert a plug into one end of the three-way connector. You will have two sets.

 industrial chic decor candleholder SANY2693

Step Three

Insert a 1-1/2″ pipe nipple into each end of a three-way connector, then connect the two assemblies.

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Step Four

Connect both of the 2-1/2″ pipe nipples to a three-way connector. Add a 3″ pipe nipple to the top of the connector.

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Step Five

Connect the two assemblies together, making one perpendicular to the other.

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Step Six

Add a three-way connector to the end of each 2-1/2″ pipe nipple.

 industrial chic decor candleholder SANY2704

Step Seven

Add a 3″ pipe nipple to each end of the three-way connectors. These will make the legs of the candleholder…

 industrial chic decor candleholder SANY2705

Step Eight

Add a 90 degree elbow to the end of each 3″ pipe nipple. These will create the feet…

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Step Nine

The pipe can be spray painted or left as is. It is a good idea to wipe the entire candleholder down with mineral spirits to remove the oil from the pipe or your hands will look like mine!

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 Add the candles and display as desired!


Who would have thought that plain old back pipe from the hardware store could create an industrial chic candleholder? It may not be the cheapest project but it is certainly cool! Other sizes of pipe (1/2″, 3/4″ or even 1″) can be used to create a larger scale candleholder.

Stay tuned because I have more ideas for other hardware store projects!


How to Build Decorative Wood Pedestals

I saw these pedestals online and instantly fell in love with them… They could be made so quickly and easily, plus be customized to match any decor. The best part is that I could tap into my constantly-growing scrap pile and they cost me basically nothing but a little time!



  • Scrap pieces of 2x4s or 3×3 posts
  • Scrap pieces of 1x4s or 1x6s
  • Router with a fancy bit
  • Scrapbooking paper and/or paint


For the body of the pedestals, I used pieces of posts I’d made from 2x4s (they actually measure 3″ x 3″). See my post on How to Build Table Legs or Posts from 2x4s for instructions on this method. Otherwise, a regular 3×3 post can be used. 


Determine the finished height of the pedestals and subtract 1-1/2″ for the top and bottom. Cut the post to this length. 


The top and bottom pieces will be 1″ larger on all sides than the post measurement. I used a 3″ x 3″ scrap piece (actually measuring 3″ x 3″) so I cut my top and bottom pieces at 4″ square. I found that the easiest way to rout the decorative edge was to use a board at least 18″ long and rout the edge all the way around. Then, I cut the pieces into 4″ squares and routed the remaining edges. This kept me from having to rout all four sides of four 4″ squares (ha!). I only had to rout one edge on two of the squares and two edges on the remaining two!


Sand each piece thoroughly before assembly. To me, this makes things so much easier! Attach the top and bottom to the posts using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, then fill any holes.

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They can be finished however  you desire – I chose to paint the top and bottom of mine then wrap the center with scrapbooking paper. 


What do you think?

Share your fabulous work with me… Send photos to cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to feature your work on DbSC!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!

How to Make a Wall Hook Organizer with Scrap Plywood

The folks at Purebond Plywood posted a picture of a wall hook organizer made with scrap plywood on their Facebook page. They asked if anyone wanted to create instructions on how to make it and I jumped at the chance – probably jumped a little too high… I’m a Purebond stalker, what can I say?

I have tons and tons of Purebond plywood scraps laying around. Yes, I’ve been compared to a “hoarder” but only in the creative sense. I’m always saying I might need that small scrap of wood! Anyhoo, Purebond is the best plywood with its gorgeous grain and the best part being that it is formaldehyde free! The plywood is available in a wide variety of species at your local Home Depot. Yay!

Scrap Wood Wall Organizer

Scrap Wood Wall Organizer

Today, I’ll share the steps I used to create this awesome wall organizer!


Scraps of plywood –

  • One for the base (mine measures 17-1/4″ square)
  • Three squares for the hooks (mine measure 5-1/2″ square and are actually scraps of pine 1×6)
  • Assorted species of plywood (I used Birch, Oak, and Walnut)
  • Three metal hooks

Secure the hook base pieces to the plywood base using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Sand the entire base assembly (especially the edges). I used 60 grit sandpaper, then 100 grit, then 220 grit in order to make everything as smooth as possible.


Cut the strips to fit above the hook bases. I got lucky and was able to cut my pieces to length without having to rip them on the tablesaw. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I numbered the bottom of each piece so I could put them back in order!

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Stain the entire base assembly and let dry. (I used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona.)


Position the strips using glue to secure, then place a board over the top and clamp them down. This will make sure the strips make contact with the surface so the glue can dry.


Once the glue was dry, I sealed everything with three coats of polyurethane then attached the hooks. I did not stain the strips – I liked the “natural” look!

Beautiful!! I think this would look fabulous in the bathroom holding towels… Or maybe by the door for backpacks and coats… Or maybe…?

How to Make Tic-Tac-Toe Pieces for the UO Inspired Organizer

Last week, I posted plans for the Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Organizer. Matt commented that it would be really cool to use it for tic-tac-toe…

Of course that got the wheels turning and I created the game pieces for the organizer. These would be cute with pictures of the kiddos in place of X and O, or even used as a “memory” game. Or why not mount family photos to each piece for display?



  • Scrap pieces of plywood (I used Purebond plywood)
  • Scrap piece of a 1×3 or 1×4
  • Brad nails or screws
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Assorted pictures or stencils and craft paint

Cut List:

  • 10 – 4-1/2″ x 5″ pieces of plywood
  • 5 – 1×3 or 1×4 pieces at 5″ cut into two triangles


1. Cut the pieces of plywood and the triangles. Thoroughly sand the edges of the plywood so they are smooth.


2. Attach a triangle to one of the plywood pieces using brad nails through the front of the plywood into the triangle. Make sure the bottom of the triangle is flush with the bottom of the plywood piece.


3. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the front of the plywood and position the scrapbooking paper. When dry, trim the excess paper away using a craft knife.

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I cut the X and O from vinyl and applied it to the front of the plywood piece over the scrapbooking paper. If you are using a stencil and paint, position the stencil and apply the paint using a paint dauber. 


Enjoy your new game!


Until next time,

Happy Creating!