Upcycled Stool from a Chair

Upcycled Stool from a Chair

I love this upcyled project from Jessica! Today’s Rockstar is probably familiar to you because she performs as a monthly contributor on Pretty Handy Girl. Jessica is here with the tutorial to Upcycle a Stool from a Chair.


When Jessica isn’t performing here on Pretty Handy Girl or playing with her adorable new baby, she is blogging at Decor Adventures. Jessica and her husband have been renovating their old home since they bought it in 2010. Jessica is right at home behind the power tools and can create the most amazing transformations! I can honestly say that Jessica and I have been blogging friends since we both started blogging in 2010. Rockstar DIY Series

I hear the sound of a reciprocating saw! Jessica is storming the stage now!


We all have unused furniture around our house right? Whether it’s a table that no longer fits in your room; or a chair you’ve grown tired of; or maybe something that’s broken and you can’t bring yourself to throw it out. Well now you don’t have to, you can turn some of those old pieces into something new with just a few supplies and some DIY skills.

Turn a Chair into a Stool

For the longest time we had a set of these wooden chairs in our house. Although three of them are in great shape, one was broken and couldn’t be used anymore. Instead of getting rid of it, I decided to turn it into a fun and functional stool. Here is a quick tutorial on how to turn a broken chair into a stool.


  • Broken chair
  • Pencil
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block
  • Spray paint
  • 1-inch foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


For this project, you’re going to cut off the back of the chair to reuse the seat and legs. All chairs are different, so you can cut or even dis-assemble the chair to your liking. Mark the chair with a pencil where you will cut it.

Upcycled Stool fro a Chair

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PB Teen Inspired Jewelry Organizer

How to build a DIY Pottery Barn Teen-inspired Monogram Jewelry Storage

Today, I’m super excited to have Jen Woodhouse here to present the tutorial to make this Pottery Barn Teen Inspired Jewelry Organizer.

Jen is the creative muscle behind The House of Wood. She recently knocked my socks off with this West Elm Inspired Queen Bed.

And let me tell you, besides being a kick ass builder and crafter, she can sign! Whoa, can she sing. But, today we’ll find out if she can sing and build at the same time!

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So, put your hands together and let’s hear it for our next Rockstar to take the stage! Take it away Jen.


Hi Pretty Handy Friends! Jen Woodhouse from The House of Wood here, thrilled to be hanging out with y’all today, sharing my PB Teen-inspired monogram wall jewelry storage. While flipping through the PB Teen catalog, I spied this pretty jewelry organizer and instantly thought, “I bet I could make that!”

So I did.
The End.

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Only kidding. I’ve got you covered with free plans and a tutorial so you can build it yourself!

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How to build a DIY PB Teen-inspired Monogram Jewelry Wall Organizer
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I’ve gotten pretty handy (see what I did there?) at using a jigsaw because I sell these custom wood name signs in my Etsy shop, so I knew cutting out the monogram wouldn’t be too difficult. It was a bit time-consuming, especially because I had to break out the scroll saw for those teeny tiny spaces, where my jigsaw blade wouldn’t fit. As you can see, I am less adept at using a scroll saw.

Then I dug through my scrap wood pile and found a few 1×2 boards, which I planed down to 1/2″ thickness, to match the thickness of the plywood. I used only wood glue to construct this entire thing – no screws or nails! Cut, join, glue, clamp, and dry.

Then I picked up a couple packages of wooden pegs, round wooden balls, and a 3/8″ wooden dowel at the home improvement store. I found it in the hardware section, where all the different types of screws and fasteners are kept in those long metal drawers.

Next, I made a drilling template out of a piece of scrap wood, so that my drill holes would be evenly spaced and perfectly aligned. I used a 3/32″ drill bit for the small earring holes and a 13/64″ drill bit for the wooden pegs then hammered the pegs into place. [Continue reading…]

How to Caulk Like a Pro

How to Caulk Like a Pro

Knowing how to caulk is a valuable DIY skill. A good looking caulk bead can turn a mediocre trim job into one that looks like a professional installed it. Replacing caulking around your home can also help you save money on heating and cooling. Replacing cracked and worn caulk in your bathroom and kitchen will help protect your home from mold, mildew and water damage.


Today is your day to learn How to Caulk Like a Pro! I worked with GE Sealants to create two posts that will help you bring your “A” game next time you need to spread a clean bead of caulk.


That’s it, just two simple tutorials to help you Caulk Like a Pro. See you over there!


Disclosure: I partnered with GE Caulk to bring you this post. I have been compensated for my tutorials written for the CaulkYourHome.com website.

DIY Courage Chat with Special Guest Carley Eisenberg


What DIY project really causes you to stop and doubt yourself? Is it working with a power tool? Or maybe working with FIRE? Oh yes, that is one DIY skill I haven’t mastered yet. Well guess what? We have the red hot designer and blacksmith Carley Eisenberg joining us for tomorrow night’s #DIYCourage Twitter chat! […]

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State Pride Magnetic Key Holder

Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Brad! Brad is our first guy rocker to join the tour. He has an amazing creative brain and woodworking skills that will blow your mind. Brad has created this State Pride Magnetic Key Holder for you to build. And if you look close you’ll notice that it’s magic […]

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DIY Spider Stool

spider stool 1

Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Jaime and she’s back with an encore performance. Today she’ll be showing us how make this adorable DIY Spider Stool.   I have a spooky little spider project today being that Halloween is on the horizon.  I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter and I’ll show you how to build […]

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How to Build a Scalloped Planter Box Centerpiece

Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Amy, with the tutorial to make this perfectly rustic Scalloped Planter Box Centerpiece. Amy is the creative artist and builder behind Her Tool Belt! You may remember her amazing rustic chevron twin bed that crashed Pinterest (well, not really, but it should have.) Well, the very talented Amy […]

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Pottery Barn Blue Textile Knockoff Art

Roxanne from The Honeycomb Home

Today we have Roxanne taking over the Rockstar DIY stage! Roxanne is the knock off queen. She will be showing us how to create these beautiful knock off Pottery Barn Blue Textile prints for much less. If Roxanne sees something from a high end store, she has the super power to create a knock off for 1/10th […]

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DIY Rustic Wood Lanterns

DIY Rustic Wood Lanterns

Lanterns are the perfect way to add warmth into your decorating. Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Katie, with the tutorial to create these beautiful DIY Rustic Wood Lanterns. You probably already know this Rockstar, because Katie is part of the Pretty Handy Girl rockin’ group. She is also the phenomenal DIY creator at Addicted […]

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Refinishing a Mid-Century Sideboard


Have you ever turned down a piece of furniture that looks ruined? Aha, today’s rocker is Emily and she has the superpower to make furniture look brand new again!  On the Rockstar DIY stage today is a performance you won’t forget. Emily will single-handedly take you through the steps of Refinishing a Mid-Century Sideboard. If you haven’t met […]

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24 Fabulously Creative Fall Wreaths

24 Creative Fall Wreaths | Pretty Handy Girl

Hi Pretty Handy readers, it’s Colleen with Just Paint It. Although my focus is on painting now, I spent many years as a floral designer. With Fall right around the corner I thought you’d love to see this collection of 24 Creative Fall Wreaths. Fall Floral Wreaths This wreath lives up to its name as the […]

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West Elm Inspired Wood Framed Mirror

Kim Six

Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Kim, with the tutorial to make this beautiful money saving West Elm Inspired Framed Mirror! Kim is the power DIY blogger behind The Kim Six Fix. She shares the belief that there isn’t any project big or small that she can’t tackle. Currently Kim lives in California with her husband and […]

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Framed Wall Quilt

wall quilt layout

Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Jaime, with the tutorial to make this drop dead gorgeous Framed Wall Quilt. If you can sew a straight line I promise you can make this framed wall quilt.  You all are familiar with Jaime from That’s My Letter, I’m sure! She’s one of the regular band members […]

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DIY Pallet Slat Bin

A DIY Pallet Slat Bin makes a hanging display box or centerpiece. Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Karah, with the tutorial to make this beautiful pallet bin. If you haven’t met Karah yet, I know you’ll be fast friends. Karah blogs at the space between. Both Karah & I love serious DIY. We both grew up in houses that […]

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Rockstar DIY Series

Rockstar DIY Series

I’m sending PrettyHandyGirl.com on tour! We will be traveling the country and beyond to gather DIY tutorials from a selection of the most talented DIY Bloggers on earth. I am super excited to introduce to you these 15 Rockstar DIY bloggers who will be sharing their talents with you! Are you ready for the awesomeness? Well, get your ear […]

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Upcycled Magnetic Chalkboard Frame

Upcycled Magnetic Chalkboard Frame | Pretty Handy Girl

Earlier in the week, I showed you the changes I made in my oldest son’s bedroom. One of the switches I made was to replace his bedroom door (tutorial to come) because the old one had cracked after one too many slammings. Ugh, cheap hollow door. In an effort to keep my son from taping all types of […]

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Raleigh Home Show Announcement

Downtown Raleigh Home Show

I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the Downtown Raleigh Home Show this coming weekend! If you live in the Raleigh-Durham area, come on out and learn 15 Things You Can DIY to Increase Your Home Value! I’ll be speaking on the main stage at 1pm on Friday, 4pm on Saturday and […]

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Dress Up Standard Door Mirror with READYFrame + Giveaway

Install a ReadyMade Mirror Frame on Door | Pretty Handy Girl

You guys, I can’t believe I have a middle schooler. I know, I know, I’ve been having a pity party for myself for two weeks. But, I’m finally coming to terms with it. This past week, I helped Handy Boy #1 de-clutter his room and carve out a space for him to do his homework […]

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La-Z-Boy celebrates the #MomFail with a One Day Giveaway

#MomFail Giveaway | PrettyHandyGirl

Have you ever have a mom fail? (Of course you have!) You know. Like the time you served delivery pizza every night for a week… …or the time the laundry room looked like it was waiting for the hoarders TV crew? Sure, I’ve had my own #MomFails! Like the time my son opened his lunchbox at […]

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Easy Clipboard Stand

Easy Clipboard Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Today’s project is so easy, I named it the Easy Clipboard Stand (catchy name, no?) This is a great way to upcycle an old clipboard and a scrap 2×4. This clipboard stand is super versatile. It can be used as a traditional stand for announcements; a copy stand; a recipe holder; an art frame or anything […]

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