Sunday, September 30, 2012

31 Days of 2x4 Projects - Day 1



Happy October! Let's just cut right to the chase today. Last year I participated in a huge link-up at The Nesting Place by hosting a series called 31 Days of Hidden Potential  and this year I'm joining in again with a whole new series!


My most popular post ever (by far!) is the outdoor sectional we built entirely of 2x4s for a fraction of the cost of buying one - only $130. It has been pinned on Pinterest over 250,000 times! The popularity of that post was my inspiration for this series. I'm devoting the next 31 days to projects made almost entirely of 2x4s! If you can't wait to dig into the 2x4 goodies, go ahead and check out my outdoor sectional! There's still time to get it built and enjoy some nice cool nights on the patio before winter hits. :) But for the rest of today's intro we're just going to cover a few details for the series.


  • I'll be introducing one new project per day. Some will be heavier building projects and some will be more crafty. Some I have actually built samples of, some are just plans. But either way, get ready for a whole lot of 2x4 fun! 
  • Each post will have everything you need to complete the project on your own - shopping list, instructions, even a cost estimate. 
  • I'll keep a running list of my series projects at the bottom of this post so you have a quick reference to the whole roundup. 
  • Start stocking up on 2x4s and Kreg Jig screws!
I guess that's everything. I'm especially excited about this series because I haven't been doing as much building lately and because this gets back to the roots from when I first started my blog. So stayed tuned for lots of DIY projects on the cheap!


See giveaway winners here.


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52 comments:

  1. This looks like it will be a fantastic series, and I'm always up for a good giveaway!

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  2. Wow! This looks impressive, and I'm looking forward to reading the details of your projects. 2 by 4s. Great idea!

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  3. Love this sectional! A great idea for when I have my own house.

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  4. Wow, how awesome is this! LOVE the photos for each day. You guys must have invested so much creativity energy. Just fantastic!

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  5. Wow! What a clever idea.

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  6. Once I got past the Facebook permission part, the giveaway is actually really cool...it tells me how many entries I have, and I don't have to leave my email address in a comment for the whole world to see. I hope I win!

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    1. Thank you! We really were trying to make it user friendly. It's the best way we could think of to keep track of all the entries! :)

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  7. love your blog and the sectional project this giveaway is just awesome

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  8. I know this is going to be good!

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  9. What a great series Georgia! I'm all for anything I can do a) myself, and b) for as little $$$'s as possible!

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  10. looking forward to the 31 day series....I love your sectional

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  11. Very interesting Georgie, such fun.

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  12. I love my grandson, baby B! MooMah

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  13. I'm definitely making the sectional. Hopefully I'll be inspired to make more as the month goes on.

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  14. Making projects with 2 x 4's seems very doable!

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  15. Oh fun, 2 X 4, I can manage those. Too bad the car (?) comes so late in the month, it looks like it'd be fun to do with my grandsons. I'll just have to save the post for next visit. :)

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    1. Oh, sorry! It is a fun little project. I hope you get a chance to do it with your grandsons! :)

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  16. This is so fun! Even before Pinterest was popular I had this sectional bookmarked! Now I just have to find the time to build it!

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  17. This looks incredible!!
    http://thelearnerobserver.wordpress.com

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  18. Really excited about this series, Georgia! Also, maybe it's new, or maybe I just haven't noticed yet, but I really love what you've done with the header!

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  19. Wow! What a fantastic 31 Day writing topic! I'll be sending my hubby to get some 2X4s!

    Maria, another 31 Dayer ;)

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  20. I found your blog through the 31 Days Series and I'm so excited! I love the idea of making things myself & your Outdoor Sectional is fantastic! Thanks so much!

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  21. Great idea; can't wait to see all the projects! belauvibes (at) yahoo [dot] com

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  22. I am so excited by this series! I can't wait to see what you have in store!

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  23. Just jumping in here but I love this idea and your blog!

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  24. I've been wanting an outdoor couch for sooo long, and your version looks so easy, I'm going to give it a try!! Thank you!

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  25. love idea! I just bought some 2x4s. excited to get started.

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  26. Just found your site, what a neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. I can't wait to look at all these ideas.

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  28. We finally have a house with a nice outdoor space...but NOTHING adult-sized for seating! This would be a great project for us in the spring.

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  29. i've loved seeing all your posts! thanks for all the great ideas.

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  30. I've enjoyed seeing all the projects and gives me many ideas for things to do!

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  31. I absolutely love the desk from Day 2. It is a style I have always wanted for an office, if I had an office. To buy something sleek and simple would cost so much more. Maybe someday I will make it!

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  32. Is there any way I could get the measurements for the word art EAT. I can't seem to get the link to work for me.. Thanks. I love all of these ideas!

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    1. Ahhhh, thank you for pointing that out! The link didn't work for me either but I think I have it fixed now. Here is a link to the post with all the measurements and directions. :)
      http://www.morelikehome.net/2012/10/day-20-build-eat-word-art.html

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  33. Thank you so much.thank you for all the wonderful ideas as well. already have the hubby planning what we are going to do this summer.

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    1. You're welcome! We're already making our summer to-do list too! :)

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  34. Do you have any suggestions for a finishing for the wood used in the bed project? I was planning on using the #2 pine from Lowes or Home Depot to make the bed frame and headboard. I love the coloring in the picture that goes with the project but can't find a listing for what type of wood, paint or stain that was used. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    1. That picture is actually a computer rendering, but we have used pine for all our projects and been happy with it. As far as the stain, stores will usually have some kind of sample cards to show you what the different stains look like so you could try to find something similar. Sorry I don't have more help!

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  35. Oh my gosh! Just found this on Pinterest and I love it. My husband and I are always looking for projects especially the outdoor sectional. I'm starting this one right away. Thank you so much for posting this - thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    1. You're welcome! I love to see pics if you make anything. :) Happy building!

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  36. Just found your site...I now have a winter project (s)

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    1. Have fun! You're brave, we usually call it quits in the winter! ;)

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  37. What no saw horse!

    Lots of fun ideas, Paul

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    1. Ha ha, not this time. :) Thanks for visiting, Paul!

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  38. That's almost a month of fun. Actually, it is a month of fun, if the weekends are taken out. Thanks for sharing all of these fun projects with us. Hopefully I will be able to perfect some of the techniques used here.

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