Every year I endeavor to keep costs down and seasonal spirits high by making a few gifts rather than pulling out the credit card. I have the best of intentions but often find myself (somewhere around the 23rd) with not enough time. This year will likely be no different, but while I am still in the good intentions stage (it is Dec 4, after all — last minute panic shopping is still weeks away) I have my eye on a really sweet garden project.
Although Christopher loved his new queen-sized platform bed, he had an epiphany one morning while brushing his teeth. It dawned on him that there was a lot of valuable dead air under that bed. If he could just find a way to get under the mattress, it would open up tons of room for storing sweaters and sheets...
If you're stuck with a non-functioning fireplace, forgo the stacked books and candles in favor of rustic logs that give your room a nice warm feeling. Before you start imagining all the spiders that might be crawling in and out of your living room, we're going to let you in on something: they're not real!
Repurposing pallets is something of a cottage industry these days; all you need to do is open your Pinterest feed to see myriad ideas both for reusing them and acquiring them. This project, though, is by far the most aesthetically pleasing one I've seen.
I’ve seen lots of upholstered headboard projects over the years, so my eyes often glaze over when they cross my desktop. Not so with this recent one from Mandy at Fabric Paper Glue. There’s something about the vertical tufting — and that green — that really appeals to me. It’s also wider than most headboards, making it more statement piece than furniture.
This is the second in John Gleeson Connolly's series on handmade toys. The same technique can be applied to make any number of objects with plywood - magic wands, swords, treasure coins. Happy woodworking!
What do you do when you love to entertain, but have a small space, and no room for permanent solutions? Consider an easy-to-assemble sawhorse table that can be set up and taken down quickly, stores flat, and seats six.
The outside air's getting colder, and chances are good that you're packing up all your tank tops and now have sweaters on the brain. Smart storage strategies and these DIY projects can help you make the seamless switch between seasons, especially in small spaces.