We love the look of reclaimed wood, but we often don't love the price, the lead paint, or the process of de-nailing or fumigating a piece of old lumber. That's where Timeline comes in: a modern alternative to reclaimed wood.
Laminated veneer lumber and glued laminated timber are two materials used for structural beams in place of solid wood. LVLs (for short) and glulam are more dimensionally stable than solid wood, and their spanning capabilities are a bit higher, too. Plus, they're cheaper and more eco-friendly than traditional heavy timber (or steel, for that matter!). What's really cool is when you spot LVLs or glulam beams exposed on the interior of a home. Here, we've collected a few examples to share:
How useful would it be to have an outlet in the bathroom or kitchen for a drawer where small appliances like rechargeable flashlights, smartphone, hair dryers, curling irons, and other occasional use plug-in items could easily access and plug-in? GardenWeb user, beaglesdoitbetter, had an outlet professionally installed inside her master bath vanity and I'm left wondering why this isn't more common...
An inexpensive alternative to tile, beadboard is a great choice for bathrooms because it is relatively durable, can be painted any color, and can be installed at any height. While you often see it in traditional or rustic bathrooms, bead board does not have to impart a cutesy country feel. It can be positively sleek and cool. And best of all, beadboard can add a new visual contrast to any remotely blah bathroom.
I am writing this post not because I love the way this crib looks, although I think it is a very handsome piece of work. Nor am I writing this post as a standard nod to a DIY tutorial, because it is a pretty advanced piece of carpentry not particularly well-suited for amateurs. I am writing this post to talk about the process that went into this crib's construction, because a look at how this came together can teach us all a thing or two about how we approach challenging projects, and offer a little insight into new ways to meet them.
Just like suitcases with wheels, recessed power outlets are one of those "I can't believe it wasn't around 'til now" inventions. But even if you know they exist, you might not know how to use them. Here are five places around any home, apartment or loft where you should install this space-saving electrical hardware.
Of the many Before and Afters we have featured, this one may take the prize for the biggest blindside, meaning when you click through, you will in no way have figured out what was coming and the 'After' photo just may knock you flat. While you can sometimes predict how a thrift store dresser or end table will be saved and transformed, just try it with this box spring. You'll be wrong. Trust us. Just go look.
A few months back I submitted a Good Question to the Apartment Therapy community asking if you knew where to find a swag light similar to Don Draper's. The answer, it seems, is that half of you remember seeing one in your grandmother's house decades ago, the other half of you just threw one away, and the only two similar lights in the world were just snagged by Emily Henderson at an L.A. thrift store. Well, it's a few days before the season finale, and I'm finally done making my own.
Quick, name the first three playground structures that pop into your head--a slide, swings, and a see-saw, right? Well, slides and swings can still be found everywhere but see-saws are teetering on the edge of extinction. Safety issues and liability concerns have made them pretty rare. But for those of us who grew up with see-saws it is hard to imagine a childhood without them. If you want one these days you'll have to build it yourself. Luckily, that prospect just got a bit easier.