Build Basic DIY Kitchen Island by Ron C - Reader Project

Reader Project DIY Kitchen Island   You guys are seriously taking these reader projects to a whole new level. Getting an email from Dawn and Ron in Knoxville, Tennessee with these photos of their BEAUTIFUL DIY Kitchen Island almost made me tear up. I just pictured their family and friends gathering around the island, and felt so honored to have played some tiny part in that. Scroll down to see more amazing photos of their build, and to get the free plans for… Read more »

Build Basic DIY Round Mirror Frame by Katie K - Reader Project

Reader Project DIY Round Mirror Frame   Remember waaaay back when I participated in the One Board Challenge and built a DIY Round Mirror Frame using just ONE 1 x 6 board? Well, it looks like the free plans went to great use by Katie K. because her mirrors—she built TWO—turned out absolutely BEAUTIFUL!   Katie writes: “I actually ended up making it twice; the first time around I used poplar wood and it was a bit of a struggle cutting… Read more »

DIY Paintstick Basket by Gayle M. - Build Basic Reader Project Photo Credit: Brooks Scribner Photography

Reader Project DIY Paint Stick Basket     The DIY Paint Stick Basket is notoriously one of my most favorite projects here on Build Basic because of how easily it comes together to create a rustic, elegant impact in any space. When I created the project, it was my dream that I would someday see it used in a setting as beautiful as Bailey and Matt’s wedding. A huge thank you to the mother of the bride, Gayle, M. for sharing… Read more »

Build Basic Reader Project - DIY Four-in-a-Row Yard Game by Missy W. -

Reader Project DIY Four-in-a-Row Yard Game (*This post contains affiliate links)     Missy W. from Florida knocked it out of the park when she used our DIY Four-in-a-Row Yard Game building plans to create hours of fun at a family party. Missy writes;   “This was my first shot at cutting so many holes. I love using my Ryobi Drill and purchased a few of the Milwaukee Hole Dozer’s and dove right into the hole cutting!  After my first 3, I had caught on to the… Read more »

Build Basic Reader Project - DIY Kitchen Island by Vince and Liz

Reader Project DIY Kitchen Island   Check out the BEAUTIFUL Kitchen Island made by Build Basic readers Vince and Liz using our free plans for the DIY Kitchen Island project!   I especially love the look of the white cabinets with the warm granite, and the addition of an outlet on the side of the island! P.S. I’m obsessed with the pendant lights…just saying… Thanks for sharing, Vince and Liz. Fantastic work!   Have you completed a project using building plans from Build Basic?… Read more »

DIY Workshops Announcement by Build Basic @BuildBasic

Home Depot DIY Workshops Announcement The post is sponsored by The Home Depot   It’s OFFICIAL!!!! (Because cookies make things official, amiright?) I’ve been selected by The Home Depot to be a 2016 DIY Workshops Ambassador! Whaaaat! Excitement doesn’t even begin to describe!   If you’ve never attended a Home Depot Workshop, just imagine hanging out with great people who show you how to use tools, fix things around your house, and even build projects from scratch…for free. Seriously. If… Read more »

DIY Pet Bed - Building Plans by Build Basic @BuildBasic

DIY Pet Bed by Build Basic The post is sponsored by BuildSomething and Kreg   Today I’m so excited to be teaming up with my friends at BuildSomething to bring you free building plans for this DIY Pet Bed! If you haven’t checked out, it’s a fantastic resource for free building plans, and has a great community atmosphere for readers to request projects, post plans, and share projects! Sounds right up our ally, right?   So for this project, I wanted… Read more »

DIY Quiz by Build Basic - Fasteners @BuildBasic

   Conquer the your fear of the fastener aisle by identifying the hallmarks of these commonly used bolts and screws.     Answers   1. Sheet Metal Screw Often confused with wood screws because of their similarly pointed tip and wide threads, the thread on these screws rise from the tip all the way to the head. Likewise, because of their thread type, they can also be used in soft materials like wood, fiberglass, and plastic. 2. Carriage Bolt The domed head on… Read more »

Build Basic - DIY Coffee Table by reader Marlin Dart -

Reader Project DIY Coffee Table Marlin Dart, from Casselton, ND used our DIY Coffee Table Plans to create this beautiful addition to his living room! To get the rich finish, he used two coats Minwax stain in Dark Walnut, followed by Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane in a satin finish. Thanks for sharing, Marlin. Awesome build!   Have you completed a project using building plans from Build Basic? Tag me in a photo on Facebook or Instagram, or email photos to for a chance to be featured! And in case you missed… Read more »

Build Basic Reader Project - DIY Beadboard Bed by @BuildBasic

Reader Project DIY Beadboard Bed     Build Basic reader, Rob Hintz, liked the DIY Beadboard Bed Building Plans so much, he decided he couldn’t build just one! He modified our design to include a beefier 2x cap on both the headboard and footboard, and an additional 2x board below as a nice visual step-down from the cap to the panel.     And those finishes…wow! Thanks for sharing, Rob. Fantastic work!   Have you completed a project using building plans from Build Basic?… Read more »