Top Taps

September Top Taps

This months requested links and things.

Here are all of the most requested links and things posted on my instagram. If you saw something you don’t see here, just shoot me a message!!

#1 – DIY Beginner Basics – LEARN to DIY with Tools! This course goes over everything YOU need to start DIYing today!!
#2 – DIY Kitchen and Bath Basics – PRESALE is LIVE. Course will start Oct. 1st. Teaches you how to tile, lay floors, basic plumbing, planning and installing cabinetry and more!

BOTH courses are pre-recorded, go at your own pace video lessons! visit to learn more!

Built in BBQ

Full tutorial on how to lay brick can be found here! All the supplies are listed there!

Bricks – Old Mill Brick Cafe Mocha is the color (one of my top requested links)
Mortar – Spec Mix N
Stainless Beverage Sink – we dont have running water to the BBQ we plan to use this sink for drinks and ice!
Little Back door – to access the drain and electrical outlet
Stainless Pullout Garbage – a must have with lots of dogs and little kids
Double Access Doors – we will store our wood pellets under here.
Dremel – almost like a nail salon tool to get off the grout
Angle Grinder -more powerful tool to cut bricks, cement board, and remove the grout
Concrete Patio Table – seats 6-8 people
Black Chairs – these are pretty, but get dirty really quick.
Woven Black Chairs with Teak Legs – discontinued Article
Pergola Yardistry from Costco

Perk Energy

Perk Do Work BCAA’s – if you aren’t much of a water drinker and need some flavor from time to time AND/OR you work out hard and have super sore muscles, BCAA’s help you recover from your hard workouts! I drink some most days and absolutely love all 3 of Perk Energy’s flavors. This has NO caffeine. Use code: HONEYBUILTHOME for 10% off!

 Do work 2 carbs and fat from coconut milk — great for keto programs
• 6g of BCAAs to support intra-workout energy and post workout muscular recovery
• Coconut water and electrolytes to support hydration
• Finally, BCAAs that you actually crave

Rub n Buff

Rub n Buff your frame, door knobs, metal beds and more!! I’ve been on a slight rub n buff kick lately, from updating my babysitters new bed to changing these picture frames to a gold that matches the rest of my office. The process is extremely simple, you apply a small amount of rub n buff to a sponge, make up brush, or cotton rag and you simply, rub it on, and buff it in! One small tube goes a long way. You can find it at your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or pick up some from amazon. I like the color Antique Gold and Gold leaf.

Frames 16×20 | Prints – Disneyland | Wallpaper | Paint Color: SW Urbane Bronze

Rub N Buff Gold Test + DIY Tutorial
Image from @jennasuedesigns

PIVOT – The Banquette Bench

I still cannot believe this leather banquette had that difficult of a time fitting down the stairs (and that it took us hours to figure out the base was detachable). A good moment to laugh at ourselves. I found this corner leather banquette at a Shabundy’s a local consignment store and because it’s been used and the 2 back legs are split I ended up getting it for $1600 off. The original version is from Pottery Barn and they sell a variety of different sizes and shapes so I quickly hopped online and purchased a straight 50″ bench to fill the void in our dining nook. It is customizable with a few different colors of leather and 3 different leg colors.

Hayworth Leather Modular Banquette

Sources: Leather Banquette | Milk Glass Chandelier | Brick | Luxury Vinyl Floors

The floors are Luxury Vinyl in Camden Oak and the light is super inexpensive from Amazon.

Guest Bedroom

I spent Labor Day tidying up our guest bedroom. Last fall I build the Rio leather woven bed from Crate and Barrel. Here’s the link directly to the bed, but if you want the budget friendly tutorial be sure to check it out here.

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One of my favorite rugs ended up in this bedroom it is the Cuckfield rug from Boutique rugs. Use code: HONEYBUILT60 for 60% off site wide! TIP: if you have a king size bed opt for a 6×9′ rug or an 8×10′ rug.

Favorite Shirts

Lately I’ve gotten a handful of DM’s requesting links to shirts I love and am caught wearing! I’m flattered that ya’ll want fashion advice from a gal who is always covered in sawdust. These CRZ Pima Cotton shirts from amazon are my go to Tee for doing projects. They are stretchy, light weight, and fit very flattering even on a post-partum body.


If you are looking for an amazing white tee that isn’t see through, I love this tee from Zyia. It is stretchy, the arm length is extremely flattering and it can be dressed up or down. You’ll catch me wearing this white tee all throughout the DIY Kitchen and Bath Basics Course. I wear a medium and I’ve had this shirt for over 2 years and its still white and I still love it!

Dressy white Tee, I own this in both colors because I’m slightly obsessed with the sleeve, and it fits so so so well. This is a great date night tee. I did end up sizing up to a Large in most things from Down East Basics.

Sunday Crepes

Every Sunday we enjoy simple old fashion crepes with butter and sugar. So many of you make crepes too sometimes filling it with lemon and sugar or cinnamon sugar. Can’t forget the more gourmet option of filling them with custards, yogurts, fruit spreads and nutella! We got this crepe maker a few years ago and it’s so simple to use my kids have now taken over as the designated crepe flippers.

CucinaPro™ Cordless Crepe Maker. View a larger version of this product image.
Be sure to tune into stories on Instagram @honeybuilthome for all the fun behind the scenes!


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Meet Christine Gummersall, a mother of 4, coach's wife, former Labor and Delivery nurse, and self taught DIYer who decided to take a sledge hammer to her 1950's bathroom over a decade ago and hasn't stopped tackling her honey-do list since.  Folow along as christine breaks down the pretty afters, by showing the whole how to process and empowers you to STOP waiting, and START creating a home you love, with your own two hands! 

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