Category Archive: Video

DIY Distressed Wood Mantel – Get The Rustic Look For Less

I am a huge fan of DIY projects – especially DIY projects that save me money.  Brian from the The Wildman Project youtube channel created this awesome DIY Distressed Wood Mantel and it looks great.

He was able to create the look of distressed wood, with just a few tools and some lumber from a big-box store.  Awesome.

If you are interested in tackling a similar project, I have included links and a materials list below the video.

Brian uses a belt sander in the video.  I don’t have one of those – so I used a random orbital sander.  I simply held it at a slight angle to the surface of the wood, to create the dips that you see in the video.  If you have the patience – sandpaper wrapped around a piece of scrap wood would work just fine.

You can pick up the boards for this project at your local big-box store.  The top and front are glued together with simple butt joints and the corners are mitered.  There are no nails or screws used – so they won’t get in the way of sanding.

Here’s a list of other items you might need to complete this project – including wood glue, stain, a sander, and a file.

This distressing process would work for creating a variety of DIY projects.  

I recently used this technique to build a simple picture frame.  It turned out great and I’m thinking about using this technique to add some character to a head board I’m building for our bedroom.  Also, this might be a great technique for building one of those very popular rustic kitchen tables.

You can view more of Brian’s work over at his website – The Wildman Project and the Wildman Project Etsy Shop.

If you are new to DIY and woodworking – I recently shared my list of inexpensive, budget friendly tools.

Check out my new DIY projects board over at pintrest.  Blessings.


Continue Reading

Envelope System Video – Simple Cash Management

I created this video 7  years ago (wow!) to demonstrate my favorite cash management system – the envelope system.

I have been using the envelope system for nearly a decade and it really is a great system for managing cash and household expenses.

Watching this video always makes me smile. The quality is so cheesy-awesome – but the concept is so super-simple. My Dad says that the opening reminds him of Napoleon Dynamite!

Side note –

I’ll soon be making more videos – with improved graphics and audio! – so visit the NCNBlog channel and subscribe!

The channel will focus on money-saving ideas, tips, and strategies, as well as DIY projects, frugal living, and home maintenance. Be blessed.

Continue Reading

The Coolest DIY Youtube Channels

I love resources that encourage self-sufficiency – and help us save money.  I also love DIY projects – like my DIY rain barrel, the kids’ playhouse, and our compost bin made from old pallets.

Youtube is my “go to” site for DIY videos. It’s is an awesome resource for DIY information.  I have bookmarked my favorite DIY channels – the videos that help us save money, learn new skills, or just plain entertain.  Check them out:

Steve Ramsey (channel link) has several videos for the home woodworker. He keeps things simple – and uses readily available materials. Check out this inexpensive and awesome bench made from standard 2×4’s:

Do It On A Dime (channel link) will help you save money. Her channel focuses on frugal tips – like DIY jewelry cleaner – and organizing clutter – like organizing a baby’s nursery. My favorite recent video is about building a raised bed garden:

Wranglerstar (channel link) has one of the coolest Youtube channels.  He lives with his family on their homestead and has videos about everything from beekeeping to building a ram pump.  I really enjoyed his series about building a greenhouse for his family.  Here’s part 1:

Down To Earth Woodworks takes his time and goes into detail when describing his projects.  I always look forward to each of his new videos..  He goes into detail and takes his time.  Videos provide a balance of information with demonstration. Check out part 1 of building a miter saw stand:

Have a favorite DIY channel?  Leave a comment and let us know about it!  Be blessed.

Continue Reading

DIY Videos – Preparing To Build New Cabinets And Greenhouse

I am a big fan of DIY projects.  Over the past few months, I have built a picnic table, replaced our garbage disposal unit, and repaired our clothes dryer.  I tackled all of these projects using two sources of information – my Dad, who is an awesome handyman – and youtube.

I have a couple of projects planned for the coming months, so I thought I would share the videos I’ve bookmarked for both information and inspiration.  You can click on the links to view the individual videos or stream them from this site.

I plan to build a cabinet / desk unit for my son’s bedroom, which means I will be dealing with sheet goods.  First, I am going to build the awesome I-beam based work support system from the video below.  I love the fact that this system can be built using a single sheet of plywood and a few scraps.  This video is from the Down To Earth Woodworking youtube page.

My favorite new DIY tool is the SKIL 1830 120-Volt 2-1/4 HP Combo Base Router Set. It’s a great little router – especially for someone like me, who doesn’t need a super high-end power tool, but is looking for enough power to get the job done. Check it out, if you are looking for both a fixed-base router and plunge router, for less than $100.

I will be using both the router and a plate (biscuit) joiner to build face-frames for my son’s cabinets. I really learned a lot from the Beachside Hank youtube channel, including this video about the triangle marking system, which helps to organize stock.  I also learned a lot from Hank’s other videos, especially the ones about using the biscuit joiner.

I am also planning to build a greenhouse. When I do, this video from the Wranglerstar channel will come in handy. I love the fact that materials, both recycled and new, are used to create a functional AND attractive place to start a garden. The video below is part 1 of a series.

These are just a few of the videos that I have bookmarked. Over the coming weeks and months, as I work on various projects, I’ll share my progress – and the videos / websites which inspire. Be blessed.


Continue Reading
View My Stats