About Pink Toes

Hello, I am so glad you are here!  My name is Kristen and I am the blogger behind Pink Toes and Power Tools.

Pink Toes and Power Tools came into being when I wanted a little push to get going on the many projects I had dreamed up for our home over the years.  I have always been a DIY girl, but I wasn’t accomplishing all I felt I could in the time I had.  As a nice side benefit, this blog has been a great way to document the changes I’ve made–there’s nothing like a good “before and after” photo!

What you get by visiting this blog:

As a Pink Toes and Power Tools reader, you will get DIY instruction and inspiration in home remodeling and decorating, with an emphasis on woodworking.  The projects on this blog are all done by me, myself, and I.  I’m 5’2″ tall and 115 pounds.  In short (pun intended), if I can do it then you  can too.  This blog will show you how.

I was a seasoned DIYer in sewing and painting prior to beginning this blog, but I was a complete newbie in woodworking.  Learn along with me as I tackled my first project, a Storage Closet Organizer,   which gave me the confidence to build some Leaning Wall Shelves, which eventually led to an entirely new room for my daughter:

Most of the projects on this blog have quite detailed tutorials to help you in your own projects.  There are even tutorials that span many posts, from the planning stage to the final reveal, because big woodworking projects cannot effectively be shown in one post.  I include the mistakes I make, for you to learn from and avoid in your own work.  Ana White, the very popular woodworking blogger, even referenced my board and batten tutorial when she used that wall treatment in her bathroom.

And This Old House featured my DIY bench on their blog.

If you are no stranger to the sewing machine, you may enjoy the Pink Toe tutorials like the one on making your own teepee.  Because some power tools require a needle and thread.

Power tools not your thing?  You can still learn  how to paint a dining room table.  And maybe a thing or two more than that…

I’m a DIY girl with a blog.  I hope you will join me on my DIY adventures!

While engaged in DIY adventure blogging, I may mention My Man (whom I have been married to for 17 years) or possibly Pip.  Pip is my daughter and youngest child who got her nickname on the blog from the posts about her room with Pretty In Pink in their titles.  I also have 2 boys who have escaped nicknames as of yet, but I will be blogging about their rooms in 2012, so it probably won’t last long.

Thanks for all of you who read the blog, you are what inspires me to keep hitting “Add new post”!

Kristen “Pink Toes”

…now back to the blog!

11 responses to “About Pink Toes”

  1. Trish says :

    Love your blog and site! My new husband doesn’t quite understand why I have to go to thrift shops and paint everything I buy, but I think you get it!! Working on my 3rd repurposed chandelier right now!!!! Keep blogging & posting! Trish aka Thrift Shop Diva…starting my blog soon!


  2. Jae says :

    I love your blog, thanks for sharing. I always plan to do this but never seem to get the time to finish the poject never mind share the process :)


  3. Donna says :

    I came across your blog on Ana White’s site and I love it! Your finished projects are simply amazing! I recently started my blog in the hopes of finishing all of my unfinished projects…we’ll see how that works out.

    Anyway, keep up the good work!


  4. Laurie says :

    Wow! You are a girl after my own heart! I am writing a post on board and batten and wanted to ask if I can include some of the stuff you did. Love your blog! I will be checking back often!

    Laurie @ House of 34


  5. Jessica Baker says :

    I love finding other DIYers. Nice to know there are like-minded ladies out there!


  6. Sarah T` says :

    I love the results of your DIY efforts – and all the ideas, I’ll definitely be pinning some shortly! What motivates you to keep on doing DIY projects? I changed jobs recently and am now surrounded by tools and research tools all day (this is how I came across your blog) but still can’t bring myself to get motivated to pick up tools and get these little projects going.

    I think maybe one reason is my husbands “we don’t need to spend money there” attitude stops me! How does our husband ract to new projects?


  7. Kristen Van Loon says :

    Hi Kristen (name twin!) I just wanted to tell you that I’ve nominated you for the Inspirational Blog Award. SERIOUSLY! It’s obvious you know what you’re doing and you love to do it (Closet organizer? So cool!) Here are the award details http://letsspace-lift.com/2013/03/02/circle-of-inspiration/ Honestly, it’s so good to see a woman do these projects and not hand the “hard parts” over to her husband, I respect you so much for truly doing it yourself.


  8. Moses says :

    Admiring the dedication you put into your website and in depth information you provide.
    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted
    rehashed information. Great read! I’ve saved your site and
    I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.


  9. Michele says :

    Wow! Very impressed. You do really good work. I just started blogging about my woodworking but it’s nothing compared to yours! I better get busy! :) Michele


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