Nate and Michelle’s Greenpoint roof deck had a gorgeous view — but not much else going for it. They wanted to turn this bleak space into an outdoor room, one that would feel like an extension of the rest of their home.
Piping (or welting if you prefer) adds a nice detail to DIY upholstery projects, and gives added tailoring to cushions and headboards. Choose the same color as your main upholstery fabric, or a fun contrasting color for more zip. It's also easy and quick to make. Here's how:
While in the process of diy-ing a bathroom renovation, I discovered a key process "secret" worth learning. Laying the perfect bead of caulk might not sound very exciting, but is an essential process to know for any home owner.
We've certainly seen our share of entertainment centers turned into play kitchens. But what if your child doesn't want to play domestic goddess? What if she just wants to be a goddess? Then you might want to follow Mandi's lead and turn an old entertainment center into a dress up station.
Maybe it's her name, but April certainly seems to love springtime. She tells us that she recently expanded her porch so she could spend more time outdoors, but needed to furnish it on the cheap. Luckily, a friend found this free glider which just needed a little spruce up in order to become official new porch furniture.
Alyssa's 325 square foot apartment in New Haven is a pretty typical studio. But the way she's arranged it to distinguish different living spaces is what made it stand out when I was looking back through the 2011 Small Cool contest entries. Take a look at a few favorite moves she made to give her studio the feeling of distinct spaces:
Living in a compact (read: tiny) one bedroom with my fiancé and our two dogs sometimes resembles a giant game of Tetris. When it comes to cramming our lives, complete with hobbies, home cooking and my photography business, into 450 square feet organization is key. Here are a few of the ways that we manage.
Beth tells us that, before she got her hands on this piece, it had been used as an ironing board. That's not good wood care! Luckily, Beth also says, "I love me a good challenge when it comes to wood refinishing." She sure got one.
I’ve moved into my temporary apartment, two buildings away. This temporary unit was just renovated, so everything in the kitchen is brand new, making me even more excited to have my own new kitchen finished! I’ve used the dishwasher about six times since I got here and feel I will never get over the excitement of having one. Moving to a new place temporarily is expensive and inconvenient (mattress on the floor, forgot my winter coat, no internet, phone or cable service for 1.5 months), but it simply wasn’t possible to live in my tiny apartment during the renovation. Besides, my two cats would have lived in terror of the noise even if there was space for us to stay. So we remain cozy in this temporary place while living close enough to check in on the renovation work daily.
Repairing small cracks and holes in your walls is an essential home improvement skill. It's quick and easy to do on your own, once you know how. We've gathered together a few good tips and photos to show you how its done; check it out, gather your supplies and give it a try...you can do it!