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DIY or Buy: Layer, Stitch & Scatter Area Rugs to Cover Ugly Floors
A room with ugly flooring, whether it’s stained carpet or worn wood, can seem like a daunting challenge – especially for a renter. Take a tip from Riki & Allen’s Texas-Modern Remodel and layer mismatched area rugs to cover a large room.
Mar 20, 2012
Inexpensive Alternatives to Mini Blinds
Nothing screams “rental” like ecru, landlord-issue mini blinds. They’re hideous, but you’re stuck with them, right? Wrong! Here are 7 stylish upgrades that won’t cost you your security deposit.First, get rid of the offending blinds. Most all of them pop out of their mounts quite easily and can be stored in the basement/crawl space/style jail until it’s time to move out. All of the options below are under $30.
Mar 20, 2012
How To Make A Globe Pendant Light
Ubiquitous as they are around here, I can’t seem to shake globes from my affections. And don’t lie, your inner nerd knows deep down just how cool they are too. For all who emailed or commented on my house tour asking for a tutorial, this post’s for you.Before I totally get it from you all, I have to say that, yes, I know how stupid easy this project is. But stupid easy makes for a very satisfying DIY for those of us short on patience or low on funds, right?
Mar 13, 2012
How to Make Ceilings Look Higher: 10 Cool Tricks to Try
High ceilings come with many benefits, like lighter, brighter spaces and cooler rooms in the warm months. While you may not be able to enjoy some of these benefits if you live in a space with 8-foot-ceilings, don’t despair: with a few simple tricks, you can still make your home appear to have higher ceilings. Designers have plenty of tricks for making your ceiling look higher. Below, we’ve included ten key tips for how to make ceilings look higher.
Mar 13, 2012
Stylish Savings: 5 Ways to Improve a Room Without Spending a Dime
It’s not unusual to have to stick with the furnishings and various pieces you have in your space, despite feeling tired of them. Perhaps you’re saving up for a new sofa or know you’ll be moving soon. Maybe you’ve inherited pieces that aren’t exactly what you’d choose, but getting rid of them doesn’t seem right. It could simply be a matter of shopping just not being in the cards at the moment, budget-wise.
Mar 8, 2012
Unconventional Ways to Hang Curtains
I made the mistake of buying uninteresting, lackluster curtain hardware for my living room; a decision that I rushed to make after massive renovations and on a limited budget. This is an easy blunder to fix, but since I hate the thought of installing new hardware and making even more holes in the wall, I’ve been trying to come up with ways to rework what I already have.The brackets themselves are pretty tasteful, but the rod and finials leave little to be desired. Rope? Tension wire?
Mar 8, 2012
5 Affordable & Unusual DIY Window Treatments
Cheap, off white, vinyl blinds have been part of my life since I rented my first apartment in 1997. Only recently have I questioned why on earth I live with these horrible devices. They break, they get dirty easily and they are rarely installed level and plumb with the window. Here are five ideas for affordable, DIY window treatments for renters. Painted drop clothsare transformed in this DIY return to sender window treatment. Mrs.
Mar 6, 2012
DIY Printmaking: How to Make Your Own Linocut Print
image:c8d311ba7ad5355a925e26dd9cd5682f2c477829 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" With just a few relatively inexpensive items from your local craft shop, you can try your hand at printmaking — a fun process that begins with carving a design into linoleum, and then transferring the design onto paper. Channel your 11th grade art class and set up your own little printmaking studio at home; here’s a quick tutorial!1.
Feb 7, 2012
How To: Create a Gallery Wall
Ah, the gallery wall. So ubiquitous in shelter mags and on blogs, they’ve become a staple of modern home decor. I know several people who think the curated wall is on its way “out”, and feel that individual pieces of art never get to shine anymore. But for someone like me, who accumulates art like some people accumulate paperbacks, gallery walls aren’t just a necessity- they’re a way of life.This liking for art-stuffed walls seems to be a family trait.
Feb 3, 2012
Bedside Illumination: A Case for Task Lamps
In search of the perfect bedside fixture I’ve developed a minor obsession with task lights. Versatile and sleek, they are a great fit for the bedroom. For a little eye candy, check out this collection of bedrooms from our house tours.
Jan 24, 2012
Washi Makeover: 5 Ideas For Decorating with Washi Tape
If you are already familiar with washi tape then you know the instant gratification that comes from using it. I currently have many rolls of washi tape lying around from gift wrapping and holiday decorating, and have been thinking that I’m ready to take on a washi makeover project.This Japanese decorative masking tape is brilliant: tape here, tape there, tape everywhere, and quickly reap the benefits of a fresh new look.
Jan 12, 2012
How To Make a Hanging Lace Lamp
It’s hard to believe that this beautiful hanging lace lamp can be made at home with little more than some creativity, a few doilies, and a balloon. Want to learn more?While I haven’t done paper mâché since third grade, Isabelle from Dos Family created this amazing lace lamps using the basic paper mâché technique, doilies and balloons.
Dec 16, 2011
Disney’s Haunted Mansion on Your Porch for Halloween
Walt Disney World and Disneyland fans will recognize this scene right away; it’s the singing busts from the timelessly spooky ride, The Haunted Mansion. Only, they’re not flanked by animatronic ghosts. These singing busts were DIY’d for one clever hacker’s front porch. Here’s how he did it—and you can too!The ghosts in Disney’s Haunted Mansion are just illusions.
Oct 24, 2011
How To Paint a Room
We’ve been working on a small renovation project that provided the perfect opportunity to try out some of the newest low & no-VOC paints for walls, trim and ceilings. Some people are a little hesitant when it comes to using the eco-friendly paints, but trust us, it’s really easy (and fun!
Oct 20, 2011
Get The Look: Iron Man/Tony Stark’s Man Cave
You may have drooled along with us at Tony Stark’s dream garage and workshop. Turns out some of the tech is actually quite achievable. Unfortunately we don’t mean the fantastical suit of armor, fanciful interactive 3D user interface, the sports cars, or the kickass space. But there’s plenty of daily tech in use that is quite attainable. Come check out Iron Man’s man cave!Tony Stark’s workspace is a man’s dream realized for the movies.
Sep 27, 2011
Craft Conundrum: What to Do with Friendship Bracelets?
Typing all day, peeling nail polish, or fluttering while talking– my hands just can’t stay still. So it didn’t take much more than a few trend reports and a breeze through a fabric store before I restarted one of my favorite crafts from childhood: making friendship bracelets. Since I’m not trying to score an invite to a superfun co-ed sleepover birthday, help me: how can I decorate with friendship bracelets?
Sep 22, 2011
10 Worthwhile Reminders: Home is the Heart of Life
Last week, Sarah Rae Trover wrote a beautiful post entitled 5 Completely Free Ways Make your House a Home. It reminded me about a quote I read last year that really changed my perspective on my home, specifically on taking care of my home. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that cleaning is not something that I enjoy.I used to procrastinate all household chores until the last possible second. (As in, ten minutes before someone came over.
Sep 21, 2011
A 30-Second Organic Air Freshener… Made From Trash
We’ve all heard of the old real-estate trick of sticking a cookie dough log in the oven and waiting for it to magically sell your house (or burn it down). But this process seems wasteful of food, or at its very best—when you stuff down your over-baked cookie deodorizer—disrespectful to the privilege and pleasure of eating. Here’s a way to freshen your home with garbage, yes, garbage.
Sep 16, 2011
5 Ways To De-Stink and Un-Funk Vintage Collections
So you like to collect things that are often found in thrift stores, antique malls or auctions. There are great finds to be had, but when that old hat collection is excavated from Aunt Tildy’s basement, you don’t want it to smell like the 1950s (or whenever it was packed away). Here’s a few tips to lend a hand…1.
Sep 14, 2011
Classic Philly: The Rowhouse Revisited
According to the Philadelphia Rowhouse Manual, “the Philadelphia rowhouse, most simply, is a one to four-story house occupying a narrow street frontage and attached to adjacent houses on both sides.
Aug 26, 2011
Nickel Tile Floor! A DIY Bathroom Renovation
This project was completed by some regular readers from Seattle: “In March 2010, I came upon the ever-popular Penny Tile floor post on your site. At the time, we were in the process of renovating our 1950s rambler and I was unsuccessful in finding a contractor to complete a concrete overlay (thin-set concrete) design on our master bathroom floor.
Aug 24, 2011
5 Smart Studio Apartment Layouts
The hardest thing about setting up a studio apartment is figuring out the right layout. With so little available space, every decision makes a huge impact.
Aug 17, 2011
Walk Like a Ballerina: Your Neighbors Will Thank You
In response to our recent Reader Survey “I Would Never Rent An Apartment That….”, many people said they would never live with neighbors above them- top floor only! I am lucky enough to live on the top floor, but I try to put my years of ballet training to use and tread lightly, out of consideration for my neighbors below…Now, I enjoy clomping around in hiking boots and kitchen clogs as much as the next girl.
Aug 15, 2011
Using A Couch Instead Of A Rocker In The Nursery
So many things about this nursery are to die for. Standouts for us are the charcoal grey walls, the rug, and the window treatments. But the most interesting choice in the nursery is the use of a couch in place of a rocker or glider.I’m personally a fan of the glider for nursing but I can admit it’s not a necessity. Depending on the parent, you may prefer a larger piece of furniture like a plump couch that lets you sit or lay down during those late night feedings.
Aug 12, 2011
How To Make Tea-Stained Towels
Welcome to Rikkianne who’s trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!Tea dying is a natural dying process that leaves a beautifully subtle color wash onto fabric. Dip dying is becoming a popular trend with soft furnishings. It not only provides a natural, handmade look; it is actually very simple to do yourself. I have made a set of three towels in two shades of tea. Black and raspberry transform natural, unbleached tea towels into soft, warm, and functional accents.
Aug 4, 2011
Cinema Style: 20 Unforgettable American Movie Interiors
I love movies, all kinds of movies: historical, thought-provoking, independent, and even simply entertaining, films. But I especially love movies with great design! Some of these are fantastic, Oscar-nominated movies; some are quirky all-time favorites; and some are most significant for their style contribution.
Aug 3, 2011
How To Make a Cushion Cover From a Button-Up Shirt
Welcome to Jody Lee, who’s trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!My boyfriend’s closet is like my own little fabric store. When I’m in the mood for playing with a needle and thread, I let him know, and he throws me a ripped pair of jeans, an old T-shirt or a worn sweater. Today I inherited a button-up shirt with a torn sleeve and a lone red sock…The shirt was slightly wider than a square cushion (approx. 16″) — perfect for a new cushion cover.
Aug 2, 2011
Bless This Home: Rituals for New Homes
When I’ve moved into new homes, the closest thing to a ceremonial ritual I’ve practiced is a pizza dinner on the floor. But whether by custom or religious faith, many do something more to get their new place off to the best start. Here are a few ceremonies that are practiced: Jewish: Once moved in, a Chanukat Habayit is held to make the house into a home. This involves gathering everyone outside the door, where they meditate upon good blessings for the home.
Aug 1, 2011
Repurpose Broken Plates for Colorful Garden Ground Cover
Strolling around our verdant neighborhood enjoying the summer weather, I was surprised to spot a patch of bright rainbow colors standing out among the green and carefully manicured lawns.Upon closer look I was delighted to discover an array of pink polka dots, blue and white toile, and 50’s fashion girls. They were decorating the ceramic shards our neighbor used to bring an extra punch of color and personality to her front yard.
Jul 26, 2011
Inspiration: Displaying Travel Photos
Gone are the days of the simple photo album. Thanks to the rise of digital photography, we have many more creative ways for displaying our travel photographs. Check out these five inspirations for printing, framing, binding and blowing up your favorites photos.1. Instant-RetroThanks to the retro-style filters of Hipstamatic, now everybody with a smart phone may fancy themselves a photographer. Hey, they make for beautiful photos taken on the fly, so why not show them off?
Jul 19, 2011
DIY Rope Mirror: A Restoration Hardware Inspired IKEA Hack
When I planned my son’s nursery I had only one item on my wish list, Restoration Hardware’s Iron & Rope Mirror. The problem? It cost more than I budgeted for the entire room. However, with a quick trip to the hardware store and another one to the Swedish retail giant, I was in business.When I checked out the RH mirror in person and saw that the eye hook anchors and rope only played a decorative role, I began to think about how I could recreate the look using everyday materials.
Jul 18, 2011
James Mont: Bad Boy of American Design
It’s not often that you hear the words, “murderous,” “scandalous” and “nefarious” thrown around in the refined world of interior design, but when it comes to charismatic mid-century designer James Mont, those are exactly the words that apply…The Man –James Mont was a man shroud in mystery, one whose life details were often sketchy, at best. Presumably, he was born Demetrios Pecintoglu in Istanbul in 1904.
Jul 15, 2011
American Style Through the Decades: The Forties
The 1940s were a tumultuous time. It is impossible to understand those years outside of the context of WWII. The war not only defined the decade but from a design perspective, split it virtually in half. During the first half of the decade, new design was halted, as supply shortages and rationing demanded that all available resources — material and otherwise — be directed towards the war effort…Socially, the decade featured a similar split.
Jul 14, 2011
American Style Through the Decades: The Seventies
It is easy to dismiss the 1970s as “the decade that taste forgot”. But to do so would be to overlook the decade’s contributions in architecture, furniture design and interior decorating. After all, with the Bad and the Ugly there is usually some Good.
Jul 7, 2011
Do Red and Purple Go Together? These 6 Design Ideas Prove They Do!
If you’re looking to turn heads with your home’s interior decor, you won’t want to overlook using red and purple as design elements. When it feels like everything has been “done” before, this combo doesn’t disappoint. A color wheel will tell you that red and purple should not be combined, since the hallmark of interior design is the use of contrasting colors or monotone colors to create an interesting space.
Jul 6, 2011
Weekend Projects: 10 DIY Wall Art Ideas That Anyone Can Do
Art can be expensive, especially art large enough to fill up big blank walls. Luckily for those of us with much more time than money, it is very easy to create art yourself that looks great and won’t break the bank. Best of all, even if you think you don’t have an artistic bone if your body you can still create some pretty beautiful pieces with a little creativity and the some basic materials.
Jul 1, 2011
Swedish Furniture That’s Not IKEA
IKEA has given the masses an appreciation for beautiful Swedish design the world over. But we sure do see it a lot. But what about other Swedish furniture companies? Let’s look at a few here.
Jun 30, 2011
How To Upholster a Simple Stool
I was recently searching for a small, simple stool that was reasonably priced and was surprised that I wasn’t able to find many options. So I did what many of us do and decided to make one myself. The cost is pretty small and it comes together in no time, making this a great starter project for someone who is looking to dip their toes into the world of recovering furniture. I was thrilled with the results!
Jun 28, 2011
Bohemian Chic Furniture From Around the Web
Bohemian chic is an eclectic decorating style that is hard to define. A little bit hippie and a little bit hipster. A little bit retro and a little bit romantic. Boho chic may look haphazard and random but don’t be deceived. Eclectic styles are sometimes the most difficult to pull off. When done right, the effect is magnificent. Bohemian rooms have a dynamic, evolving movement to them; the design aesthetic does not feel overly engineered and planned.
Jun 21, 2011
Tin Can Luminaries
Cook-outs on warm summer evenings need to be lit by something so you’re not left sitting in the dark. How about making some very inexpensive metal lanterns out of recycled tin cans? They’re easy to make and require minimal materials (unless you want to get extra fancy).If you’ve ever used a pumpkin carving kit for Halloween, you already have the skills to create a tin can luminary.
Jun 17, 2011
How To: Cut & Install FLOR Carpet Tiles
After years of perusing FLOR’s catalog and website, I finally bit the bullet and ordered the carpet tiles for my entryway and kitchen. The Problem: I have gone through about five different rugs in my entryway. With one pitiful rug pad and two overly-welcoming dogs that rush the front door every time they hear a noise — I was forever straightening, fixing and flattening the front rug.
Jun 16, 2011
Open Book: Exposed Closets
It’s actually quite common to live in a space that lacks closet space, specifically in the bedroom. More often than not amazing apartments require getting extremely creative with hiding the majority of your possessions or organizing them in such a way that you don’t mind exposing them.If you asked the average person to expose the contents of their closet most would say no, but maybe that would change after seeing how beautiful, colorful and inspirational it can be.
Jun 8, 2011
Cabin Chic: A Contemporary Spin On Country Living
There are some gorgeous cabins out there that have thrown away the traditional cabin kitsch aesthetic and embraced a more modern look. They still emanate that warm, inviting, let’s snuggle up with a blanket, a book and go roast marshmallows kind of feel but with an updated, dashing flair. Here is a look at some inspirational cabin decorating ideas with styles that range from an all white dream-like fantasy cabin to an ultra modern take on country living.
Jun 3, 2011
Ultra-Bright: 10 Designers Working with Bold Color
Fearless decorators, this post is for you. If you’re tired of beige and greige, here are 10 inspiring talents — a loose blend of architects, product people, interior designers, and artists — who use color to full effect. Aimee Wilder: A wallpaper designer based in Brooklyn, Aimee makes bright patterns inspired by pop culture. Her style is fun, playful, and not-too-serious.
Jun 1, 2011
Dim or Block Annoying LED Lights With These Stickers
Hey electronics manufacturers, we’ve got some beef with you about all the LED lights you embed into every one of your designs these days. One bright light in a room is bad enough, but these days a home entertainment center can sometimes light up as bright as Times Square. Our own wireless HDMI receiver glows a distracting blue when turned on (it needs to be in line of sight of the transmitter, so it’s situated up front and center).
May 31, 2011
How To Make Homemade Reed Diffusers
Ban those plug-in air fresheners for good.
May 26, 2011
5 Qualities of Luxurious Bathrooms: Create One at Home
Maybe it’s because I started reading Cleopatra: A Life, but I have luxury on the brain. Though I haven’t come across any descriptions yet, I bet the Queen of the Nile’s bathroom had some, if not all, of these five qualities of a truly luxurious bathroom.Luxurious bathrooms have at least a few of the following:1. Space. A utilitarian room, most bathrooms are small to allow for more room in other areas of the home. So instantly, a larger bathroom is a luxury.
May 24, 2011
How to Turn Old Credit Cards into Earbud Holders
Credit cards are a great way to spend money without thinking. Well, instead of spending money, use this clever little do-it-yourself trick to help you credit card save you some coin. Like the contact lens earbud case we showed you in the past, this will also help you keep your earbuds a little more organized and detangled.This solution is great because it neatly coils everything up to fit right you your pocket or bag.
May 10, 2011
How To Make Your Own Book Planters for Succulents
I am a firm believer that it doesn’t take much to add a little charm to your home or office. During my recent visit to Poke Acupuncture, I noticed that Russell had added tons of new decorations. My favorites were his DIY homemade book planters. Here is a step by step lesson on how to create them yourself.Russell talks with us about his inspiration behind creating these fun book planters:I first saw these in my favorite geniusly-designed clothing store, TheWarehouse in Echo Park.
Apr 28, 2011
Creative New Uses for Plant Stands
As someone who has a tough time keeping indoor plants alive, I knew I would never use my antique plant stand for its intended purpose. Instead, it is used to hold an iron kettle (Image 10). Occasionally I shove some cut flowers in the kettle but that’s about as green as my plant stand gets. It seems I am not the only one who has found alternative uses for plant stands.
Apr 28, 2011
How Retailers Give Names to Furniture
Would the Billy by any other name be as sweet? What’s in a name when it comes to furniture? Obviously, our purchasing decisions are driven primarily by comfort, style, quality and (for some more than others) a retailer’s overall brand cache. But marketers and branding experts put a lot of stock in the value of product naming as a way to create an emotional connection with the potential buyer. A product’s name can conjure up a trendy era, style, or even mindset.
Apr 14, 2011
13 Super Secret Stair Storage Ideas
Underneath the stairs lies a great abyss known as unused space in most homes. Check out this list of 13 inspirational ideas to kick-start how to use your stairs, steps, and angles to your best small space advantage!In no particular order, here are our favorite 13 ways to efficiently use your staircase space: Stair Drawers: When you think about it, directly underneath your steps are layers of unused space. So why not add functionality to those common rectangles by transforming them into drawers?
Apr 14, 2011
How To Turn a Tapered Lamp Shade into a Drum Shade
I recently bought a set of five cheap lamps from a big box store. The price was right, but I wasn’t loving the tapered shades. Purchase five new drum shades? Not on my budget. Then it hit me. A tapered shade is pretty much half a drum shade, isn’t it? Chop off the top ring, extend the spokes, flip it upside down, and for 3 bucks plus the cost of fabric, you have a drum shade!
Mar 31, 2011
How To Remove Texture From a Wall
Spring is officially in season, and so are those home improvement projects we have been shying away from all year. After writing about removing tough wallpaper with warm water and dish soap, one of our readers, Rachel, asked how to take texture off of a wall. So here it is in all of its messy glory.First things first, this is one dirty and somewhat challenging job but if the texture has to go then let’s try to make it as eco-friendly as possible.
Mar 22, 2011
Taboo Bed Placements That Actually Work
There are these rules of bed arrangement that – spoken or unspoken – apply to almost every bedroom. You know, place the bed so that it faces the door to the room, allow space on either side of the bed, don’t block windows with the bed. But these bedrooms break those rules and I still like them:When you live in a tiny place with limited choices regarding furniture arrangement, you sometimes just have to break the rules.
Mar 18, 2011
An Inspiring 64 Square Foot Bedroom
Most bedrooms are twice the size but don’t offer near as much sex appeal (black floors) combined with a neutral softness that would attract both genders. Lots of big ideas for such a small space, let’s break them down after the jump.Lighting Isis (of Paper Flower Girl) does a fabulous job of keeping the space open and airy. She does this with sheer curtains hung effortlessly with a wire and clips.
Mar 15, 2011
A Twin Bed as Sofa
We loved Antero Kjaer’s use of twin beds as a sofa/guest bed in her small home. Here’s yet another twin bed under cover in a stylish home.As seen in House Beautiful, Roman Alonso used a twin bed covered with painter’s linen as his living room sofa. Add a long bolster to the “back” and you have what looks like an expensive custom sofa, not a simple box spring and mattress covered in affordable material from the hardware store!
Mar 11, 2011
How To Make a Recycled Newspaper Pom Pom
When asked to co-host a his and hers baby shower in a downtown Los Angeles loft for some dear friends, I knew I wanted the decor to be fun, made of recycled materials and not pink. I started with pom poms. Usually they’re made of tissue paper, but having a pile of newspaper on the porch, I needed to put it to good use.MaterialsNewspaper (8 sheets per pom pom)Floral wireString, raffia or monofilament to hang the pom poms with ToolsVery strong scissors 1. Lay out 8 sheets of newspaper.2.
Mar 7, 2011
High Impact Decorating with Multiple Matching Mirrors
When it comes to room makeovers, there are two things that never fail in dramatic transformations: paint — of course! — and mirrors. We’ve seen oversize mirrors, layered mirrors, mirrored walls, unusual mirror uses and just about everything in between. But today it’s time to talk about one of the simplest mirror concepts with perhaps the highest impact of all: multiple matching mirrors.• 1-2.
Mar 4, 2011
Cool Bedrooms vs. Warm Bedrooms
When it comes to colors in our home, we don’t discriminate. Our living room is a veritable rainbow of reds, purples, yellows, blues, greens and more. There’s one room in our house where our color preferences are heightened, though, and that’s the bedroom.Whether a room is warm-toned or cool-toned might not bother us in other rooms of our house, but we’ve got serious preferences when it comes to our bedroom.
Mar 4, 2011
20 Creative and Repurposed Kitchen Storage Ideas
It’s quite a blessing that there are so many creative and innovative ways to store things in the kitchen. With a fresh take and a will to repurpose, you can create an eclectic, functional kitchen space with a variety of different elements—some of which you never thought would end up in the kitchen!So, what kinds of things can be reused for kitchen storage?For utensil storage: Card catalog drawers Empty cans Flower pots For linens: Vegetable crates Another dresser!
Mar 3, 2011
Passage to India: Resources for South Asian Home Accents
From faded block-printed bedspreads and jewel-toned wall hangings to Colonial era teak furniture and diaphanous mosquito netting, Indian decor is as diverse as it is beautiful. Trying to define “Indian decor” is a futile and reductionist endeavor even for an expert (which I am not) — akin to trying to sum up “European cuisine” in a single blog post. That said, Indian-inspired fabrics and furnishings have happily become more mainstream in the United States.
Mar 1, 2011
The DIY Gods of Spanish Harlem
Take a good look at the lovely things in the photos of this NYC home. What if I told you they were the handiwork of two young roommates, created on the cheap, in the middle of their rented apartment, with the use of ONE (and only one) power tool, a drill? Impressive? Yes! Welcome to Jeremy and Ralph’s House of DIY …The Project: Handmade Reclaimed Wood Dining TableThe Materials: Church floor joists from Build it Green NYC, legs from IKEA.
Feb 22, 2011
Before & After: Budget Galvanized Shower Surround
Jarrett and Catherine of Bungalow Bungahigh have tackled DIY projects that make mere mortals shy away, like rehabbing an outdated basement bathroom on a super tight budget. They got creative with their choice of materials and were able to get a whole new look for under $200 – $158 to be exact……and the After!Here is what Jarrett and Catherine tell us about the project: We recently rehabbed our tired basement bathroom.
Feb 22, 2011
Painting a Room? How To Avoid Paint Bubbles
If you have a hard time living in a space sans color and tend to paint every place you live, you’ve likely encountered the damaging effects of bubbling paint. I have and as they appeared on Monday, I thought to myself, I should have known better! Luckily I was only painting test swatches on the wall, but there they were: those irritating little air bubbles behind the paint. What they are and how to avoid them? Read on.What are paint bubbles?
Feb 22, 2011
How To Make Your Own Pine Tree Car Air Freshener
The ubiquitous pine tree air freshener. Call it what you will: kitsch, cute, ghastly. One thing it isn’t is natural. So, if you like the look of the staid and true conifer (or want to get creative and make your own design), have we got the tutorial for you.Kristina Hoglund at ReadyMade has put together this clever DIY for making your own organic air freshener that will put all those service station pine trees to shame.
Feb 18, 2011
Wood Epoxy Fixes Around the House
Last month I wrote about how my dog’s New Year’s resolution was to ditch the dog food and start on the ‘woodchip’ diet. After she chewed through all of our windowsills, the AT community was wonderful in helping me figure out the best way to fix it! My husband took a reader’s advice and used wood epoxy, in this case J-B Weld KwikWood Epoxy Putty. See the step-by-step results below. First, he removed any splinters and lightly sanded the damaged and surrounding area.
Feb 17, 2011
How Much Fabric Should I Buy?
I consider myself a bit of a do-it-your-selfer, but after many years and many more failed projects, I have also come to realize my own limits. One of those limits is reupholstery. So, for me the question is not, “how do I reupholster this chair?” it is, “how much fabric should I buy to give to the guy I’m paying to reupholster this chair?
Feb 16, 2011
How To Make Your Own Shade Sail
I’m sure in certain parts of the world people are looking forward to the start of Spring and warmer days, but here in Australia it is hot hot hot and there is never enough shade. So I’m making my own! No heavy plasticky shade sails for me… I’m opting for light white muslin to let the light in but take the edge off.MaterialsAs much fabric as you need to cover your chosen area. (As mentioned above, I used muslin.
Feb 14, 2011
Valances, Pelmets and Lambrequins: Inspiration Gallery
Do you remember that Domino feature where they completely made over an apartment for only $2018? The part that stuck with me, other than THE WHOLE THING, was the window valances, made by staple-gunning IKEA fabric to plywood and adding ribbon trim. While I’m DIY-shy, it hasn’t stopped me from collecting images of valances I like and might want to copy some day. Which got me into all this valance terminology, which I’ll try to unpack below.
Feb 11, 2011
Before & After: Adding Style to an IKEA Karlstad Sofa
Whit and Rachael Gardner of Our Mid Century are savvy stylists, whether we are about talking vintage or contemporary furnishings— the post that they shared with us for Home Project month proves it. When the search for an affordable mid century sofa kept coming up dry, they did a complete makeover of an affordable IKEA basic to help it fit in smoothly with their vintage style home. The “after” looks like a totally different sofa!…and the After!
Feb 7, 2011
How to Hide a Security Camera Under a Light Switch
The first step after getting a security camera is to hide it. You can go the Teddy Bear route if your camera relies on batteries and you are placing the camera in a children’s room. But if your camera is going to be placed in your living room, you’re going to need to consider where it’s going to be plugged in. We decided to find the best spot available where we wanted our camera and checked the image prior to opening any holes on the wall.
Feb 7, 2011