Stephanie K

DIY Leather Wallet / Clutch

DIY Leather Clutch

Happy Fourth of July! We had quite a rainy Fourth of July weekend so we had to spent much of it inside – boo. The rain gave me a good opportunity to post this DIY Leather Clutch that I’ve been wanting to post for awhile.

This DIY Leather Clutch (or wallet – multipurpose!) makes for a perfect gift. It’s super simple and you can make multiples for less than $10!

I found a bag of assorted leather remnants from Hobby Lobby on sale for about $6. If you choose your bag right, there are several large scraps of leather from which you can make these great wallets. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or just don’t have time to go, you can an check out these options on Amazon.  Read More

DIY Wooden Jewelry / Accessories Box

DIY Wooden Jewelry Box
I’m not naturally organized. I love to be organized but staying in an organized state? Just not in my nature. When my husband and I first got married, the one thing we bickered about what keeping the house tidy. He was a “neat freak” and I had a habit of leaving things out. The roles have reversed a bit but still, it’s a struggle.
I made this little accessories box to hold some of my excess jewelry. I loooove my Pottery Barn antler jewelry stand that the hubs happened to get me for Christmas a couple years ago, but it was a bit overloaded.  This box measures 8″ x 8″ so it’s the perfect size for a nightstand. And of course, it was super easy to make!

Supplies:

One common 1″ x 3″ x 8′
A piece of 2″ slat
3″ door hinge + screws
Wood Stain
Gold Paint (or color of choice)

Instructions:

Cut the 1″ x 3″ x 8′ into eight 8″ pieces + two 6″ pieces.
Cut two 6″ pieces from the slat board.
Stain the wood (this can also be done once the box is built but I find that the coverage is better when I stain before assembling).
Once the stain is dry, glue and nail two of the 8″ boards to form a 90 degree angle as shown below.

 

A 6″ board will wedge into the angle; glue & nail.
Repeat these steps with two more 8″ boards and the remaining 6″ board.

 

Next, attach the frame, gluing and nailing into place.

 

Glue & nail another 8″ board into the above pictured space to complete the bottom of the box.

 

You should have three 8″ boards remaining as well as the slats. These will come together as the lid.
Glue together the edges of the three 8″ boards. Glue the slats perpendicular to those edges to act as a brace.

 

Clamp the slats to the lid until these are thoroughly dried.

 

Beckham was helping me this project and decided to take his first ever selfie, so I figured I’d share 🙂

 

The last step in assembling the box is attaching the hinge.
Screw the hinge onto the top back edge of the box.

 

Once the glue has dried on the lid, screw in the remaining holes into the back, bottom of the lid *Be sure the screws will not cut through the 1″ width of the lid*

 

I finished my box by painting “pretty little things” in gold on the lid.
It’s now the perfect little accessory for my nightstand!
DIY Wooden Jewelry Box

 

DIY Wooden Jewelry Box

 

 

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Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

 Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle

This recipe is quite the cheat but makes for a great dessert when you’re in a time crunch… and you can’t really go wrong when we’re talking about chocolate and cheesecake… Yes, it starts with a boxed brownie mix, but if you get a good box like Ghirardelli and take an extra minute to whip up homemade frosting, no one will be able to tell the difference.

Ingredients
 
1 Box Brownie mix, preferably Ghirardelli Triple Fudge + ingredients to prepare per the box instructions
Cheesecake Batter:
2, 8oz. pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
2 eggs
Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 2/3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. milk
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13″ baking pan.
Prepare the brownie batter according to the box directions. *Note: if given the option for cakey vs. fudgy, prepare the fudgy version. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan, reserving approximately 1/3 of the batter.
Prepare the cheesecake batter by beating the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add the flour, vanilla, milk, and two eggs, beating until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the brownie batter. Spoon the remaining brownie batter on top of the cheesecake batter and cut through the batter of both to create swirls or a marbleized look.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
While the brownies are baking, prepare the frosting. To prepare, cream the butter until smooth. Beat in the cocoa. With the hand mixer set to medium, add the powdered sugar and milk, alternating between the two. Finally, add the vanilla.
Once the brownies have cooled, frost, cut, and indulge.
Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle
 Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle
If you came here for the cheesecake, also check out the below recipes:

 

Super Simple Kid’s DIY 2×4 Wooden Step Stool

DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
Our bathrooms step stools up to this point have been either lime green or Mickey Mouse themed, both plastic of course, and both eye sores.
I made this little wooden step stool out of a 2×4 and a 1×4- so quick and easy – and much better looking.
*Thanks for those that called out that a 1″ x 4″ was used for the top of the steps! Sorry for the original misprint!*
I cut my wood into 9 pieces, measuring as below:
1, 2 x 4 x 12″
2, 2 x 4 x 13 1/2″
2, 2 x 4 x 6 5/8″
4, 1 x 4 x 15″
*2 x 4 x 12″ not pictured in below photo*
Measure and cut as you go for accuracy. 
 
I used wood glue, a nail gun, and a couple of wood screws to assemble and had a step stool within minutes!
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
The two 2 x 4 x 13 1/2″ will be the base of stool.
Glue and attach two of the 1 x 4 x 15″ boards at one end of the parallel 4 x 13 1/2″ boards as shown below.
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
Next, insert the 4 x 12″ board halfway between the baseboards. Glue & drill wood screws in to attach.
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
Stack the 4 x 6 5/8″ boards at either end of the bases, again glueing and using a wood screw to attach – this is the height of the next “step”.
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s! Line up the balance two 1 x 4 x 15″ boards, and nail to the top step.
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
 Finish the stool with stain (I used Rust-oleum Kona Stain)…
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
 And stencil (using a Silhouette machine and vinyl) for added character :).
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
IMG_1015_edited-1 DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s! DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!

Super Easy DIY Wooden Entryway Console Table

DIY Entryway Console TableAlright now when I say that this is “super easy”, I mean it. If you’re newer to this wood-working game, but are ready to do a “big” project, this is the perfect one to get started on. I built this in a day… I doubt that’s record breaking but with three toddlers, I think it kinda is. All in, my DIY Entryway Console Table only cost about $30 to make. How awesome is that?!… Can you tell I love it??!
The “before” of this table was a six year old storage bench that was constantly cluttered with bags, coats, groceries, etc. Don’t judge. It was admittedly an eye sore. But this number turned out to be a beauty. And I love the usable shelf space!

Supplies

8, 1″x4″x8″ pine boards, cut to below

  • 28pcs x 12.25″
  • 4pcs x 49.25″
  • 4pcs x 33″
  • 2pcs x 23″ with miters at back diagonals
  • 4pcs x 3.5″

8, 1″x3″x8″ pine boards, cut to below

  • 4pcs x 33″
  • 8pcs x 10.5″
  • 6pcs x 48″
4 casters
Wood glue (I use Titebond)
Nails for electric nailer
Wood screws (to attach casters)
Wood stain (I used Minwax, Espresso)

Tools used

Mykita electric drill
Mykita electric sander
Royebi miter saw
Ryobi electric 18V Brad nailer (my favorite new toy!)

*My measurements are for a build that finishes 36″ (with casters) x 49.25″ x 15″. Always measure and cut as you go. These measurements are meant for guidance only.*

I started by building the bases for each of the three shelves. You will use the 1″ x 3″ boards for the bases. The middle and bottom shelf will be the same build.
Build two rectangles using two 1″x3″x10.5″ boards & two 1″x48″ boards. Glue every where you will nail for extra strength. You’ll want to sandwich the 10.5″ boards so the rectangle measures approx. 48″x12.25″.

DIY Entryway Console Table
The rectangular base for the top shelf will ultimately measure the same as the other shelves – 48″x12.25″ – however you need two additional 10.5″ sandwiched at the 1/3 & 2/3 mark as shown below. Again, glue and nail at all touch points.

DIY Entryway Console Table

DIY Entryway Console Table

Next, finish the middle and bottom shelves by side-stacking 14 of the 1″x4″x12.25″ boards, butting them up against each other and again gluing and nailing at each end of each board.
 DIY Entryway Console Table DIY Entryway Console Table
Moving onto the legs… Here you’ll use 8 boards total – 4, 1″x3″x33″ & 4, 1×4″x33″.  Apply glue to the 1″ edge of the 3″ width boards and attach to the face of the 4″ boards. Nail in several places to reinforce.

DIY Entryway Console Table DIY Entryway Console Table To attach the legs, start with the top shelf base. Ensure the base is flush with the ground and wedge each corner into the angle of the leg, gluing and nailing twice at each corner.

DIY Entryway Console Table

Note: you are now working with the shelf upside down.
Insert the middle shelf so the top is about 10″ from the bottom edge of the top shelf. Using a level, ensure the shelf is straight before nailing. *You may want to solicit an extra hand here to hold the shelf as you nail around the legs.*

DIY Entryway Console TableNext, insert the bottom shelf, again using a level to ensure it’s straight and flush with the bottom edges of the legs.

DIY Entryway Console Table I then added two supports for the middle shelf. Sorry, I failed to take detailed pictures here amid my attempts in getting these cuts right, which admittedly took me a couple tries, but ultimately measured 1″x3″x23″ with 45″ miters on back diagonals. Again, important to measure & cut as you go as this length will be determined by the distance in between shelves.

Before flipping your table upright, glue & nail the 3.5″ x 3.5″ squares to each corner, making sure the edges are flush with the sides of the legs.
 DIY Entryway Console Table DIY Entryway Console Table
Flip over the table. Almost done!

DIY Entryway Console Table Final step before the finishing steps (sanding, staining, and styling!).

Attach the top boards – four, 1″x4″x49.25″ – to the top base, glueing and nailing around the perimeter. (A couple of my boards had a very slight warp so I clamped after gluing and before nailing).

DIY Entryway Console Table

I used my electric sander to perfect and smooth edges and shelf tops.
How beautiful is this raw table?

DIY Entryway Console Table

 Wipe the table clean of any dust from sanding and stain with approx. 2 coats of wood stain depending on the brand and color of choosing. You may also want to apply a poly coat.
Allow the stain to dry thoroughly.
Once the stain has dried, you can flip the table to apply caters, should you choose to add this touch. I purchased casters with brakes since my table will sit on hardwood floors. Screw the casters into the 3.5″x3.5″ squares at each of the four corners, making sure to screw into the the bottom edges of the legs.

 

DIY Entryway Console Table DIY Entryway Console Table DIY Entryway Console Table This was seriously so simple guys. I’m in love with my table and receive compliments from anyone that walks in our door.
DIY Entryway Console Table DIY Entryway Console Table If you build our version of this console table or something similar, we’d love to see!
-Stephanie