6 Useful Wood Carving Tips for Beginners

Wood carving is a rewarding hobby that can yield beautiful results. If you follow our six easy tips for beginners, you can become a pro in no time. Wood carving is a skill that anyone can start at any age or skill level, and the results are always satisfying. If you’re a beginner, you’re probably excited to jump straight into the actual carving. Similar to any other activity, however, you want to familiarize yourself with a few basic protocols before you move to the fun stuff. To help move the process along, we’ve made a list of six wood carving tips to …

Learn How to Install a Granite Counter Top

Small changes in your kitchen can transform it and make it a centerpiece of your home. Learn how to install a granite countertop and save some money. Granite, or any kind of stone countertop, can make any kitchen look like a million bucks. The size of your kitchen will determine how much it costs, but don’t let that scare you off. The right cut of stone, the right color of paint on the walls, and the right cabinets can transform your kitchen in a day. You can either hire a professional or learn how to install a granite countertop yourself. Prepare …

Add Joy to Spring Cleaning

While spring cleaning can be crucial in keeping your home in tip-top shape, especially for DIYers who find inspiration in the bright season for new home decor projects, the annual ritual can also feel overwhelming. To add color and whimsy, and make spring cleaning a more joyous event, consider these ideas from mom and designer Joy Cho, the founder and creative director of Oh Joy!—a lifestyle site focused on design, fashion, food, and life’s joyful moments. Frame homemade artwork. Once spring has arrived, you may have compiled lots of children’s artwork from time spent indoors. To keep it all organized, …

Shabby Chic Spring Burlap Table Runner

By Brandon Nunnally & Melissa Bowen, Co-Owners @ AR Workshop Nashville We are so ready for spring here at AR Workshop Nashville. Bring on the warmer weather, spring flowers, and baby bunnies just in time for Easter! In this issue we thought we would share one of our favorite DIY Home Décor projects, a “shabby-chic”-inspired bunny table runner. This project is so versatile and can be pulled back out year-after-year to bring a breath of spring to your home décor. Materials Needed 1. Burlap Table Runner (18-in. wide x 10-ft. long) 2. Craft Paint 3. Foam Brush (1-in.) 4. Paper …

Make Power Tool Safety Part of Your Remodeling Plan

(Family Features) When it’s time to take on a new project, both DIY-inclined homeowners and contractors alike must consider many components to successfully complete the task, from design plans and materials to the proper tools needed. For simple projects like installing new light fixtures as well as more complicated projects such as refurbishing an outdated bathroom, power tools can be helpful throughout the process. Once all the items on the checklist are accounted for and there’s a plan in place, the next step to consider is an important one: safety. While obvious concepts like electrical safety are typically followed without …

5 DIY Winter Home Repair Hacks

(Family Features) Even if you’re not terribly handy, there are many simple household repairs that you can easily do yourself to avoid unnecessary time and expense. This is especially true in the winter when little improvements can make a big difference in your comfort and energy consumption. If you’re like most people, your home is your single largest investment, so it’s common to be apprehensive about tackling home repairs if you have little experience. However, learning to do some basic home maintenance is a smart way to protect and maintain your home’s value without having to locate, schedule and supervise …

Hot Cocoa Bar DIY Tutorial

By Brandon Nunnally & Melissa Bowen @ AR Workshop Nashville Winter is here to stay—at least for a couple of months! We love winter time at AR Workshop Nashville & Franklin. It’s the perfect time to gather together around the workshop tables and make projects and memories you will keep forever. One of our favorite projects you can D.I.Y. at home is a Hot Cocoa Bar. This not only serves as a gathering spot all winter long but also serves as a beautiful winter display. Gather your supplies before starting the project. Materials Needed 1. Clear jars of varying heights …

‘Believe’ DIY Tutorial

We are so excited to share this fun project with all of you for the holidays! DIY wood signs are so trendy right now and they can make a big impact in any home’s décor. AR Workshop in Nashville and Franklin specializes in teaching customers to make stylish and custom décor pieces for their homes. At AR Workshop, supplies include large stencils, Sherwin Williams® paint, wood, laughter, and wine. But… you can also accomplish a similar project at home. Materials Needed 1. A piece of wood (any size you desire) 2. Print Out (or trace) of the word(s) you would …