4 Behind the scenes moments of finishing a DIY Project! #Bendtherules

by Melissa



A #bendtherules moment, created in partnership with HP. All opinions are my own.

Wow!! February is the shortest month out of all 12 but I felt like it was the longest month. I think that probably had a lot to do with my regular schedule being off kilter for 2 weeks because of all this snow we got. Plus school being out for nearly 2 full weeks straight. Needless to say, I had some time to start on a new woodworking project. My favorite of all DIY projects of course. While I was deep into building our new farmhouse table I thought I would take a few shots, #bendtherules and share a few behind the scenes of how we get projects done start to finish.

Getting a DIY project done from start to finish.

When we are building woodworking projects, especially large ones that require power tools and lots of time, we have 4 main behind the scene moments that happen.  They are figuring out what to build, build it, entertain our daughter while building and then ultimately back here to put it down on the blog.What I love even more is that the HP x360 can take me through all 4 of the behind the scenes steps without fail. Why? Because the HP x360 has 4 modes that are perfect for each step of getting started to finishing up.

When we are deciding on a new woodworking project I spend tons of time on different sites just getting ideas on what I want to build. I love that the HP x360 has the tablet mode because it makes browsing and hunting for those plans on the go, super easy. I can have it in my living room and searching project plans while watching tv with the family or I can bring it outside and have the instructions right at our disposal. That almost makes the tablet mode my favorite of all 4, almost.

Get creative and bend the rules with HP's x360 4 in 1 laptop.

In this project we were working on our new farmhouse table. In the picture above you can see I was hard at work (you know, such hard work, ha) searching for all the best ideas on how to do the legs, stain, etc. Once we got all the design ideas down we were ready to get started on the project. We have a 7 year old daughter and working with power tools and hyper 7 year olds just doesn’t work out. Which means now we have to come up with a way to keep her entertained while we are chopping and hammering away. Never fear, that is what the tent mode is for, hello movie watching to the rescue. I said that tablet mode was almost my favorite but I’m thinking tent mode is probably my most favorite of all. Vampire Diaries binge watching anyone?

Get creative and bend the rules with HP's x360 4 in 1 laptop.

My daughter would definitely say no on the Vampire Diaries but instead we just hooked her up with a few ways she can watch her own favorite cartoons. She loves My Little Pony so needless to say she was entertained for awhile. It took a few days to finish this project so she also discovered that the stand mode was perfect for playing games.

Get creative and bend the rules with HP's x360 4 in 1 laptop.

We finally got the project done and guess what comes next. Yep, blogging about it. It is quite funny. Everything we do most days is “let me get my blog picture first.” My daughter and husband have come to expect that if we are having a out of the ordinary meal it means that I will be taking pictures before we can set down and eat. They are pretty good sports about it.

This brings me to the last mode of the HP x360, the laptop mode. So very convenient for me to get my blogging done anywhere I need to get it done. Whether that means I have it at my desk or packing it with me during car pick up for my daughter’s school, which is an hour wait every school day. Yep!

Get creative and bend the rules with HP's x360 4 in 1 laptop.

The HP X360 makes everything convenient and easy when it comes to the behind the scenes of DIY building and blogging. It bends the rules of technology and because of this HP has partnered with Meghan Trainor to document her first-ever tour with “All About That Tour.” It’s a six episode documentary of the tour and in each episode you will get a glimpse of Meghan’s behind the scenes.

Get creative and bend the rules with HP's x360 4 in 1 laptop.

If you have loved reading about the behind the scenes of blogging a DIY project then maybe you would like to see the finished results. Come back later in the week and check out the finished project of our new farmhouse table. I love it and I love this HP x360. My old laptop was on the fritz so I am super excited to be mobile again with my blogging.


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Robin (Masshole Mommy) March 3, 2015 - 1:18 PM

I have about 30 DIY projects around my house that I want to complete and hopefully I will get to them one of these days. Or I will just not do them…..

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Melissa Coleman March 11, 2015 - 4:19 PM

I always have a running list of things I want to do. Sometimes by the time I get to them on the list I have already changed my mind. lol

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Lauren (@pinkonthecheek) March 3, 2015 - 1:33 PM

I just got my mom hooked on Pinterest for her home remodel. I think I unleashed the beast!!

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Melissa Coleman March 4, 2015 - 6:46 PM

Haha!!… My signed my mom up and she has been on a few times but hasn’t done much with it yet. I’m sure she would be hooked like the rest of us otherwise.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle March 3, 2015 - 2:18 PM

My house is where DIY projects go to die. I really should finish all of them.

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Melissa Coleman March 4, 2015 - 6:44 PM

lol… sometimes it takes us awhile to finish them. It took a month to finish our dresser. I was over it by that point.

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Pam March 3, 2015 - 6:14 PM

I love the laptop tablet crossovers that can fold so many ways. They’re perfect for projects or for travel. No need to carry a bulky laptop around.

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Marcie W. March 3, 2015 - 8:32 PM

You definitely can’t go wrong with such a versatile device. I know our tablets are used by everyone in the family, and we all have different needs, so something like this is perfect!

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Jeanine March 3, 2015 - 8:47 PM

I wish we owned our house I would put way more effort into it but for now I just love DIY simple things around the house. I love that tablet case!

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Melissa Coleman March 4, 2015 - 6:43 PM

Jeanine….. We don’t own our house right now. My husband is military so we are moving nearly every 3 years. The reason why we started doing woodworking diy projects is because everything else cheap breaks too easily in moves.

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Candy O March 3, 2015 - 9:13 PM

Wow what a device! That case is pretty awesome too!

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vanessa: BriteandBubbly March 3, 2015 - 9:14 PM

I look forward to the day that we have a house that I can do DIY projects on. But a tablet does come in handy for inspiration for those.

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Lori Gunn March 3, 2015 - 10:39 PM

I can’t wait to see the finished product later this week. It’s nice to have a portable HP product so you can do research and write blogs regardless of where you’re at.

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Crystal March 3, 2015 - 11:37 PM

My DIY projects are more like start it yourself…and then abandon it for a month. I can’t wait to see your finished product.

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Debbie Denny March 4, 2015 - 12:43 AM

Love HP. Such great products.

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Rosey March 4, 2015 - 2:17 AM

My favorite mode is the traditional laptop, but I do love all the different ways it bends! I’ll be back to see your project!

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Christie March 4, 2015 - 3:10 PM

I love your behind the scenes posts. People don’t realize how much goes into a blog post!

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Colleen March 4, 2015 - 9:09 PM

LOL I love Stacie’s comment that is so me. We don’t do a lot of DIY I’m not patient enough to finish.

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Latoicha March 4, 2015 - 10:51 PM

This seems like the perfect tech product. I love how small it is and that it works so seamlessly. Thanks for sharing.

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Beth@FrugalFroggie March 5, 2015 - 12:24 AM

It looks like a great laptop/tablet/computer. It looks like to can do it all.

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Kristin Lesney March 5, 2015 - 2:06 PM

Tech is so great because it makes doing things so much easier. My husband and I were talking and discussed how people can build awesome things with the help of the internet!

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Camesha March 5, 2015 - 4:49 PM

I love how versatile it is. I’m also really jealous of your woodworking skills

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Amy Desrosiers March 5, 2015 - 8:03 PM

I love technology that makes my life easier. This looks like a device that would work well for my needs.

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