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Super Stylish, Space-Saving DIYs Every Studio Apartment Needs
Living in a studio apartment presents some unique challenges—your bed is always right there, your kitchen is practically non-existent, and let’s not even get started on entertaining—but it also opens up opportunities for creative solutions. Rather than buy ready-made furniture or shelves that were designed for a much larger home, DIY perfectly proportioned decor and you might find that your place feels less crowded.
Aug 3, 2016
Smart Upgrades That Make Loft Beds Much More Livable
If you’re short on space, lofting your bed is one of the best ways to magically gain square footage. However, sleeping in the sky is not without its challenges—I’m looking at you, late-night ladder navigation. Here are 14 ways to make your loft bed dreamy. The built-in cubby smartly stores extra pillows and blankets—and books, if you’re me. The addition of a bedside outlet is so helpful, allowing for a phone charger, radio, fan, and more.
Aug 3, 2016
How to Make a Vintage-Style Felt Message Board For Under $25
making a comeback 9″ x 11″ frame that has an interior depth of at least ¾” and spring-loaded backing clips on the back of the frame. I used this picture frame. 36″ x 12″ piece of black felt 1″ White plastic letters Pencil Scissors Ruler or T-Square Hot glue gun Mitre or circular saw Qty 18 – 3/16″ thick square balsa wood dowels, 24″ long 1.
Aug 1, 2016
A Super Simple Trick To Turn Budget Basics Into Serious Style Statements
In their original states, a white pendant lamp and an unframed mirror are blank canvases for creativity. Add the beauty of natural woven fibers and some hits of eye-catching color, and you have a sunny lamp that will brighten any room and a mirror that will turn heads. Put these two DIY ideas on your summer project list so you can enjoy the results all year long.
Jul 28, 2016
How To (Seriously!) Upgrade a Basic $40 IKEA FJELLSE Twin to a Beautiful Cane Bed
Serena & Lily IKEA FJELLSE Bed (I only had space for a single, but go for the queen!) Molding of your choosing (I used two of these from Home Depot) Set of IKEA VÄSENTLIG Curtain Finials White Spray Paint Set of Table Legs (I used these from Lowe’s) 2 Tee Nuts (make sure the thread size matches your table legs) 24″ Open Cane Webbing Wood Glue Saw Hammer Clamps Staplegun 1. Spray paint all the pieces before you get started. 2.
Jul 21, 2016
How To Make a Knotted Macramé Glass Bottle Cover
Bottles covered in macramé, or knotted rope, are an old school craft — the result reads either nautical or Bohemian. The netting’s an easy way to add texture and decorative pattern to a surface, and it works particularly well with glass bottles and tall vases. Learn how to do it here, and then start knotting! IKEA 365+ Glass Carafe Twine Scissors 1. Tie a circle of twine around the top of the glass bottle.
Jul 21, 2016
How To Hack a $10 IKEA MELODI Pendant Lamp
IKEA’s MELODI pendant lamp is a really great blank slate — there are a million ways to tweak and hack one to make it yours. Weave the plastic shade with natural round reed get a contrasting mix of materials that’s both organic and modern. IKEA MELODI Pendant Lamp Natural Round Reed Scotch Tape Spray Paint (optional) Tools Drill & Bits X-Acto Knife Measuring Tape Pen 1. Wrap the tape measure around the diameter of the lamp and put an odd number of pen marks on the shade.
Jul 21, 2016
There Are 5 IKEA Hacks in This Bedroom: Can You Spot Them All?
The only thing better than a brand new IKEA hack is five brand new IKEA hacks, all in one bedroom. Can you tell which bunch of DIY projects began their lives as items from the Swedish big blue retailer? Here are the projects, and the IKEA items used to make them: 1. The WHITE CANE BED uses the FJELLSE Pine Twin Bed ($39.99) as a base, and dresses it up with woven cane, molding strips, curtain finials, and a lot of spray paint. For the full tutorial: → How to Hack An IKEA FJELLSE Bed 2.
Jul 20, 2016
From the Thrift Store to Your Garden: Low-Cost Outdoor Project Ideas
There’s really no need to spend big bucks on garden decor. Look around the house or scour places like Goodwill and flea markets for common items you can turn into planters, feeders, furniture, and decorations on the cheap. Above, this mid-century modern style bird bath from The Red Jet was created with the legs of one of those round plywood decorators tables and an inexpensive bowl —both of which are easily found at Goodwill.
Jul 20, 2016
A Rental “Ravioli Light” Gets a $10, 10-Minute IKEA Hack Makeover
This is my children’s small bedroom. The semi-flush mount ceiling light (which reminds me of a ravioli) is an improvement over our last apartment’s “boob light”, but is still boring and screams “builder grade.” Someday I might replace the whole fixture but in the meantime I was looking for a quick, cheap improvement that didn’t require turning off the circuit breaker. I found it…at IKEA of course.
Jul 15, 2016
Outdoor Upgrades: Totally Clever & Cool Backyard Hacks To Tackle This Summer
If you’re looking for clever ways to update your backyard or patio, without dipping into your ice cream budget, these projects are right in line with your priorities. They add seating, storage and decor for very little cash. Above, VT Wonen combined buckets and wood to make cheap and plentiful seating for outside. Add some spray paint and felt to some grapevine string lights for a welcome addition to your outdoor wall. From Drawn to DIY.
Jul 15, 2016
Wardrobe Makeovers: How To Restyle Your Jeans & Denim for Summer
While I’m not the type of person to cut off all her jeans on the first hot day of the year—I only have two pairs, after all—I can’t help but appreciate the inherent summery-ness of a well-done pair of cutoffs. This summer, transform old jeans, horribly out-of-date jean skirts, and denim yardage into pieces you’ll be rocking all season long.
Jul 7, 2016
Before & After: This Guy Converted an Old Cargo Van into a Tiny Mobile Apartment
Zach is an all-around creative sort of guy —photographer, filmmaker, art director. Wanting to travel in search of stories to tell, he brought his considerable talent to bear on an old cargo van, making it into a super stylish mobile apartment and studio. He’s now driving around the country, doing freelance work and following his dreams. Zach stripped the van and built it back up with solar panels, working electric, and even a fridge.
Jul 1, 2016
Pretty IKEA Hacks Your Dorm Room Needs
Decorating an entire dorm room from scratch can sound overwhelming, until you think about it this way: You now have one big (well, not so big) blank slate to make your own. All of these IKEA project ideas will add serious style to your place, but at IKEA prices, you’ll still have enough cash left over for those 50-cent hot dogs. The peppy colors and punchy patterns on these little alarm clocks will wake up your dorm room.
Jun 27, 2016
When Professionals Hack: IKEA Projects That Are Both Extreme & Extremely Creative
If you scoff at people who paint an IKEA dresser and call it a hack, this post is for you. These projects take hacking to a completely new level, transforming multiple items into something unusual and noteworthy. They are Frankensteinian yes, but all the more interesting for it. All of these hacks were commissioned by IKEA for its Space 10 living lab in Copenhagen, which was conceived as a place to test new product ideas and discover ways to increase our well-being.
Jun 23, 2016
Doormat DIY Ideas: Fast, Fun Fixes to Upgrade Your Entryway
First impressions count right? One of the first things any visitor will notice about your home is the doormat. While many opt for the typical brown grassy mat, you don’t have to settle for a boring design. Add custom messages, cut shapes, and play with color! There are many inexpensive ways to add personality and give guests a happy place to wipe their shoes.
Jun 21, 2016
Space Savers: IKEA Hacks for Small Closets
Teeny tiny closet got you down? After you’ve winnowed your clothes down to the essentials with our Closet Cure (of course), check out these nine clever ways to use IKEA products to squeeze out a little extra storage in your closet. Above: A Grundtal rail and hooks squeeze out storage for a few extra pairs of shoes behind the door in this closet from Maria EMB. The Bygel rail can do the same for heels, as seen on Stylizmo.
Jun 15, 2016
Insanely Creative Things People Have Made from IKEA Bed Slats
What can you make from IKEA’s most utilitarian offering, you ask? Well what can’t you make? The SULTAN LADE bed slats are a $10 take home add-on that make IKEA’s platform beds feasible without a boxspring, but they’re also simply just a bunch of raw pieces of lumber stapled together to a polyester cord.
May 17, 2016
15+ Ways to Use Finials You’ve Never Thought Of
First there were tension rods. Then came the drawer pulls. More recently it was shelf brackets. But did you know that you can use finials in all sorts of ways, beyond curtain rods? Above, Sarah Klassen shared this excerpt from The New French Décor, by Gilles Trillard, which shows glass canisters modified with finials as tops. Chris Plantan caps off her book stacks with sculptural antique finials, which decorate her gorgeous partners desk. As seen on Design Sponge.
May 1, 2016
8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With IKEA’s $10 KNUFF Magazine Files
Even if you got stuck in there for a whole afternoon (and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t?), you might still never see every little thing the IKEA marketplace has to offer. Take, for instance, the untreated wooden magazine file the Swedish retailer likes to call KNUFF. It’s affordable and so unassuming you might miss it if you weren’t looking for it, but the KNUFF can be used for a whole host of things around the house.
Apr 25, 2016
All the Ways To Use Magnetic Knife Racks
I have a magnetic knife rack in my kitchen and I love it. It’s a fairly simple concept: mount that thing to the wall, and then anything metallic will stick to it. It feels sort of magical, honestly. And it turns out that magnetic knife racks are good for more than just knives: you can use them to organize and store all kinds of things around the house. Here’s a whole slew of ways people have used magnetic knife racks to make organizing easy.
Apr 19, 2016
From Lost Socks to Dirty Dishwashers: DIY Solutions for Problems We’ve All Got
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had shampoo explode in your luggage. Or if you’ve ever had a really unnecessary spat with your spouse about loading dirty dishes into a clean dishwasher. See? These things are totally universal problems that we all face. And that means, yes, somebody’s already thought of the perfect solution. Solution: This case from Lovely Indeed, made from a Tic Tac container.
Apr 14, 2016
Little Life Savers: Clever IKEA Hacks for Small Spaces
We love good IKEA hacks and even more so when they solve small space problems.
Apr 13, 2016
7 Ways to Upgrade IKEA Picture Frames
Want to give those plain old IKEA frames a little extra bit of pizazz? Of course you do! Here are seven creative (and very inexpensive!) ways to dress them up using paint, tape, and a variety of creative techniques. Above: All it takes is a little spray paint to add gold corners, and a little touch of glam, to a RIBBA frame. DIY from Repolished.
Apr 13, 2016
Before You Quit Facebook, Try This Settings Hack to Stay Productive
It’s not unusual to feel like social media is draining some of the energy from your workday and your life at home (you meant to get started on the laundry an hour ago, didn’t you?). One popular solution to the social media time suck is to quit cold turkey: Deactivating your Facebook profile could potentially give you back hours every day. But there’s actually a way to half-quit Facebook if you’d like to stay connected to your friends but, you know, a little bit less.
Apr 12, 2016
The Master Hack List: 100+ Ways to Use Your Favorite IKEA Products
The biggest benefit to buying IKEA isn’t to your wallet, it’s to your creativity. The fact that IKEA stocks so many affordable lines means that you can feel free to hack, adapt and remix the different pieces to suit your needs. But because we all know that the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources, here are some ideas to get you started (don’t tell anyone!).
Apr 11, 2016
Easy, Affordable & Surprisingly Chic IKEA Hacks for Your Patio or Balcony
It’s finally spring! Time to dust off the door handle, step outside to your apartment balcony and start enjoying the great weather. While you’re out there, take stock at what you might need for the outdoor season ahead. A small table? Stools? A vertical garden? Planters? Whatever you need, you can source it affordably from IKEA–with just a little bit of crafty hack action to make your patio super chic.
Apr 1, 2016
9 Brilliant IKEA Hacks for Baby Nurseries
These are also so helpful, and so very cute to boot.
Mar 22, 2016
7 Creative Ways To Use the $3.99 IKEA SIGNE Rug
IKEA’s SIGNE rugs are a bargain at $3.99 each, and are a durable (and washable) material that’s handy for tons of DIY projects. See how easy it is to take one of these simple striped flat-weave rugs and turn it into something else entirely. If you need something long, try stitching a few together to make an elongated runner. Clara (in the lead image above) also embellished hers with some felt leaves. IKEA itself suggests turning their striped goodies into floor pillows.
Mar 7, 2016
How To Fake an Organized Home: IKEA Hacks That Quickly Conceal Clutter
Sometimes you need to cheat just a little bit. Like when guests are coming and you’re still making dinner, and haven’t had time to clean the house. Stuff is everywhere and you want to throw a tablecloth over the entire room and say, “Move along. Nothing to see here!” Other times, it’s just to preserve your own sanity. You don’t necessarily need long term solutions, just quick fixes that get you through the day until you have more time to deal.
Mar 1, 2016
Smart IKEA Hacks That Solve (At Least) Two Pesky Problems at Once
Those Swedes are pretty clever with their stylish designs and flat-pack furniture, but we U.S. residents have a few tricks up our sleeves as well. We can take IKEA products, mess with them a bit, and come up with something new that solves multiple problems at the same time. Check out these smart projects that meet at least two needs with one single hack.
Nov 16, 2015
Can You Spot It? 10 Nearly Unrecognizable IKEA Hacks
To pull off a truly spectacular IKEA hack, you need tools, talent and an unflappable vision. You need to be able to look at a footstool and see a shelving unit. Can you tell what IKEA products inspired each of these nearly unrecognizable hacks? Workspace shelving from Dutch magazine vtwonen, made from a FROSTA stool. This table was crafted from an ANTONIUS laundry hamper by The Clever Bunny.
Oct 4, 2015
Brilliant Ways to Use Drawer Pulls & Handles You’ve Never Thought Of
The options are endless.
Sep 8, 2015
10 Things You Can Do with a Wood Cutting Board Outside of the Kitchen
Lets get real here: Anything you can do with a small piece of wood, you can do with a wooden cutting board. It’s a pretty versatile thing in the realm of re-purposing. In case you need a little jump start on some ideas, here are 10 examples and projects to inspire you. 1. Grab a clock hardware kit and turn it into a wall clock, like Emma did with the state-shaped cutting board above on A Beautiful Mess. 2. Use it to top an ottoman coffee table, in lieu of glass or a tray. 3.
Aug 2, 2015
How To Dry Out (and Hopefully Save) Wet Phones and Tablets
A good majority of us have been there- that moment when you realize your phone is headed straight for a big puddle/tub/bowl of liquid. The moment that practically guarantees you have to buy a very expensive replacement. But if you’re quick enough, you may be able to throw one last Hail Mary and revive your digital device from the brink of death with this pantry staple. 2-4 cups instant rice Large zip top bag 1. As soon as possible (seconds count, act fast!
Jul 7, 2015
Very Cool Ways to Hack Galvanized Stock Tanks & Troughs
Galvanized stock tanks and troughs are essentially huge tubs which can be turned into or reused as any number of things. Depending on the context, they can read modern, industrial, or farmhouse. Learn all the ways you can hack them and create something spectacular and useful for your home. Bathroom Tubs: Jayme used a large round tank as a bathtub in her in warm and inviting modernist home in Philadelphia.
Jun 27, 2015
10 Ways to Customize the IKEA Maskros Pendant Light
The PS MASKROS pendant light by IKEA is not exactly demure or in need of any gussying up, but it’s an ideal candidate for customizing because it requires a lot of assembly to begin with so if you start tailoring it from the outset, you’ll find it doesn’t add all that much more time. Check out some of the many ways people have used the MASKROS base and then given it their own twist: For reference, here’s the PS MASKROS as sold ($89.99).
Jun 18, 2015
35 Ways to Use Common Kitchen Storage All Around the House
Adapt these common household items to use throughout the house.
Jun 12, 2015
Before & After: IKEA KALLAX to Modular Credenza
IKEA’s KALLAX storage is so versatile as is, that it just makes hacks all that more wonderful. Astral wanted closed storage for her craft room and office, but also needed it to be modular in case her space requirements changed. The after adds a little height and a lot of personality: From Astral: The plan was to make a modular credenza for storage.
May 25, 2015
How to Hack a Compost Bin from a Vintage Ice Bucket
Just in time for summer gardening, Brooke from Prettyography shares this great idea for transforming a common thrift store find into something awesome for everyday use in the kitchen. Vintage ice bucket Twist-ties (2) Charcoal filter Washi tape Drill and drill bits 1. Prep the lid to be drilled. Remove any handle (if necessary). 2. Place washi tape around the center of the lid. This step will let you drill holes without the plastic cracking. 3.
May 21, 2015
How To Get Rid of Moths (and Prevent Them, too)
Nothing threatens a closet full of clothes more than moths. And they can invade even the most well-organized closet. These pesky creatures are responsible for holes in your favorite clothing, and oftentimes, the problem occurs completely unbeknownst to you. Like pantry moths and other pests, these silent clothing killers multiply quickly, too, so it’s a problem you’ll want to solve quickly with a good moth repellent.
May 11, 2015
IKEA Hacks that Look Like a Million Bucks
One of our favorite things about IKEA is the ingenious upgrades these simple designs inspire. You might never guess, if you saw them in person, that the bookshelves above began their life humbly flatpacked into a cardboard box. But they did! Here are seven different DIY projects that began with basics from that Swedish retailer, and ended with pieces that would be at home in the poshest of interiors. Above: Super-snazzy built-in Billys from The Makerista.
Apr 28, 2015
Easy IKEA Hack Ideas: 10 Sources for Customizing IKEA Furniture
IKEA. Its affordable, the designs are modern and the selection is pretty varied. Still, there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from taking a cookie cutter item and putting your own stamp on it. Fortunately, a number of businesses have popped up that IKEA hacks accessible to even the DIY-challenged. • O’verlays If you want to take that RAST to the next level, O’verlays may be for you.
Mar 30, 2015
How To Choose the Right Size Lamp Shade
Whether you’re buying something new or updating the old, pairing a new shade with a lamp can be tricky. We’ve got a few tips for you to keep in mind while you shop for that perfect shade. Measuring tape Lamp Remember these five things: The bottom edge of the lampshade should fall midway on the neck of the lamp. You don’t want the socket or the switch to be visible. When shade shopping, the shade size refers to the width across the bottom of the shade.
Mar 30, 2015
15 Stunning Ways to Hack IKEA's DUKTIG Play Kitchen
The tiniest, most adorable kitchens you ever did see.
Mar 7, 2015
IKEA Hack: The Best BILLY Built-Ins of All Time
Transforming IKEA furniture — and especially the BILLY bookshelf — has been done before. But when I saw this hack, I was truly impressed. Prepare to have a bunch of superlatives spewed your way, because it’s really that good… Gwen from The Makerista recently redecorated her friend Laura’s living room and, as part of the project, brought someone in to create these remarkable “custom” library shelves, using the IKEA Billy as the base.
Feb 25, 2015
40 New Uses for Rubber Bands
Each day my postal worker delivers my mail through the slot securely wrapped in a single rubber band. Multiply that single band by sheer number of days and— needless to say—those rubber bits pile up. I’ve tried to refuse them to no avail, and I won’t throw them out. So they keep coming and I’m left to find alternate uses for the things.
Feb 16, 2015
IKEA BILLY Hack: How to Cover Up An Ugly AC Wall Unit
Mara’s condo has a necessary but unsightly feature smack dab in the middle of the living room: a wall-mounted air conditioner. She desperately wanted to disguise the yellowed AC unit so it was still accessible and functional, but infinitely better looking. After giving her IKEA BILLY bookcase a discriminating look, she reckoned it was tall and wide enough to fit nicely around the eyesore. Let the hack commence!
Feb 5, 2015
9 Stylish IKEA Hacks Your Cat Will Love
As a proud parent of a cat, a pup, and a lot of plants, I’m a firm believer that family also includes our adorable pets. And family members deserve beautiful and functional surroundings.You might have already upgraded your own spaces with IKEA hacks for your bathroom, tiny kitchen, and closets, but if you haven’t given your cats their own IKEA hacks then it’s time to change that. After all, your cats can appreciate a good IKEA hack just as much as the next human.
Jan 23, 2015
How To Make a Fruit Fly Trap To Get Rid of Fruit Flies
We’ve all experienced it at one point: fruit flies, first a few then an infestation surrounding your fruit bowl. They’re pesky little critters, but we’ve found the best way to rid your kitchen of them. Here are our quick instructions for making a fruit fly trap with just a few simple materials. Vinegar, fruit or wine (apple cider vinegar works especially well) Glass or jar Sheet of paper Tape Find a suitable glass or jar.
Oct 8, 2014
25 Masterful Ways to Hack 1 IKEA Dresser
Call them hacks, or makeovers, or just plain paint jobs, but these 25 DIY projects show you just what’s possible with IKEA’s TARVA dresser. It’s an unfinished wood blank slate, waiting for your personal stamp of style. Check out these ideas and finished projects, and try one yourself this weekend.
Aug 27, 2014
20 Ways to Hack, Tweak, Repurpose & Reimagine IKEA’s Trofast
Think you’re clever using IKEA’s Trofast to round up all your kids’ toys, do ya? Well, okay, it is perfect for that, but that’s so Trofast 1.0. You’ve got to expaaaaand your miiiiind. Think outside the biiiiiin. Like these folks, who show that mere toy storage is just the tip of the Trofast iceberg. Check out these 20 ways to use the use the Trofast. Some are true hacks and reimaginings, others minor tweaks and adjustments. Not familiar with Trofast?
Jul 2, 2014
IKEA Hacks: DIY Ways to Make Cheap Wardrobes Look More Expensive
We often turn to IKEA for cheap storage options, which makes their basic wardrobes a popular item in a lot of homes. Clever DIY projects and hacks pop up as people discover ways to upgrade the units to look more expensive and custom-built in their spaces. Here are 8 great projects to think about yourself: Designer Tommy Smythe updated his PAX doors with molding and vintage knobs. Combined with the sleek black paint, this new storage looks high-end and beautiful.
Apr 16, 2014
Weekend Project Ideas: 10 Power Tool-Free IKEA Hacks to Try
These IKEA hacks will take some effort, sure. But, you won’t need any power tools, extension cords or impossibly tiny allen wrenches for these transformations. These are the sort of projects you could do in a few hours with some of your existing IKEA furniture (or hey, if you want to get wild and brave IKEA to purchase a fresh piece to hack, knock yourself out). You could enjoy looking at — and using! — these projects by tonight.
Feb 9, 2014
How To Remove a Stripped Screw Without an Extractor
image:e4471c14063691b3b4999905f48d87bfe81e71bd w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Almost everyone who has worked on a DIY or renovation project has applied too much torque and stripped a screw head clean. It can feel like a frustrating dead end, especially if you don’t have a specialized extractor kit on hand.
Sep 27, 2013
6 Ideas for Updating Thrift Store Art
Nothing adds character to a space like art. But if you’re on a tight budget, your options might be a little limited. You could make like a college student and thumbtack a poster of The Starry Night to your wall — or you could make like a savvy DIYer and take some thrift store art to the next level. Related Video: The Secret To Buying Thrift Store Art Here are six ideas for updating thrift store art.
Apr 10, 2013
How To Repaint & Stencil Ugly Rental Vinyl Tile Flooring
Apartment renters share common challenges, whether it be unsightly overhead lighting covers or looking for easily removable decor solutions which won’t result in forfeiture of our deposits. In our case, the eyesore lives in our bathroom and kitchen, where an ugly, yellowish roll vinyl flooring has always bothered us. We finally found the initiative and opportunity to do something about it!
Feb 26, 2010
How To Care for Your Books: 5 Tips
Last week, a few readers were upset when we wrote about repurposing old books as stationery. While we’d rather see a book creatively reused than thrown in a landfill, many of our books are our most precious possessions and we would not want them to be destroyed. Here are some tips to help your books last longer.1. The spine of a new hardcover book can be stiff and might crack if it is forced open.
Feb 26, 2010
Frugal Living: How to Make Any Fridge More Efficient in 5 Steps
Want to know how to make your fridge run as smoothly as possible, to save energy (and you money) in the long run? We’ve got five things you can try today to make your fridge more efficient. Equipment and Tools Refrigerator Vacuum with a hose attachment Appliance thermometer 1. Keep it clean. We’re talking inside and out. Here’s an in-depth look at cleaning the inside (including how to save energy while doing so): How To Clean the Inside of Your Fridge in 30 Minutes or Less. 2.
Feb 26, 2010
How To Mount Hardware in Tile
anything The trick is to use a MASONRY bit when drilling the holes. These sharp tipped drill bits have a way of piercing the shiny surface of tile and slowly creating a smooth hole. Materials masking tape plastic anchors patience! Tools electric drill masonry drill bit level 1. Prepare your tile wall by cleaning it and removing any dust and dirt. 2. Locate where the hardware needs to be mounted. Be certain to measure and if there are multiple mounts, that they will be level. 3.
Feb 25, 2010
How To Prevent & Get Rid Of Pantry Moths
Pantry moth infestations are most frustrating. At the same time, I am committed to using natural, non-toxic, and mostly no-kill methods to deal with pantry moths. Here are the methods we recommend to get rid of them and effectively prevent further infestation. If you suspect you have pantry moths, first inspect everything in your pantry. Although moths tend to infest flours and grains, you should also check dried fruit, candy, pet food, etc.
Feb 25, 2010
How To Make “Fold, Stitch & Stuff” Floor Cushions
Big pillows may be readily available, but what if you long for custom accessories that won’t break your bank? My mock boxed cushions stuffed with standard bed pillows are so inexpensive and easy to make, you’ll never want mass produced again. Once you make one, it only takes about 30 minutes to put the next one together. This project goes so fast, you can knock out 3 or 4 before noon, clean up your apartment and be ready for guests by 7:00.
Feb 24, 2010
How To Care For Teak Furniture
A couple of years ago I inherited the Danish modern credenza that had been sitting in my grandmother’s living room for at least my entire life. She took incredible care of it and so I’ve tried to do the same. This means dusting, coasters and frequent oiling: Materials Unwaxed Teak Furniture Teak Oil Dusting rag Oiling Rag Well ventilated area 1. Dust: With a damp (not wet!) cloth, dust the piece of furniture so that you get every bit of dust off of it.
Feb 24, 2010
How To Make a String Tree Wall Mural
This impressive mural (along with a few others) were made by artist Kathryn Anderson with nothing more than pushpins and yarn. We’ll show you how you can create your own, step by step and with tips from the artist.Kathryn Anderson of KAndeArt has made some great wall murals out of nothing more than string and push pins. Here are her steps to creating a beautiful and unique murals from string.MaterialsPushpinsBrown yarn or stringA piece of wood to use as a thimble 1.
Feb 24, 2010
How To Clean Food & Pet Stains From A Wool Rug
It’s inevitable. If you have a pet and a nice wool rug, you will, at some point, have to clean your pet’s mess off said wool rug. You’ll get angry, you’ll assign a time out, then you’ll use this cleaning method to remove the funk, and all will be well. This is our go-to method for cleaning up pet messes on our rugs around the house. If caught quickly, it’s really the best possible, non-toxic way to clean pet stains from a rug.
Feb 23, 2010
How To Grow an Indoor Salad Greens Windowbox Garden
Salad greens are very easy to start by seed and can be grown indoors near a sunny window or outdoors on a small balcony since they don’t require pollination. You can either start seeds in small pots and transfer them to a larger container when they are ready, or just plant them right in to the soil. The latter is the easiest way for small space indoor gardening.
Feb 23, 2010
How To Build an Indoor Fort
Building forts with couch cushions, pillows, chairs, tables and lots and lots of blankets is a classic childhood indoor activity — but can also be fun as an adult. The best part is making it all up as you go along but here are a few basic pointers. furniture and cushions that are already in the room, pillows, blankets, sheets, extra chairs, heavy books and/or clothespins string of fairy lights, flashlights, snacks, portable TV or viewing access to the TV, laptop, books to read 1.
Feb 23, 2010
How To Make Scented Linen Powder
Don’t pay for extra packaging and products when you can make your own scented linen powder in a few easy steps. Your sheets will thank you. And if you like this, try a laundry booster and stain fighter, or a vinegar rinse to replace your fabric softener. Materials: 2 cups Baking Soda 1 bunch Fresh Herbs or Citrus Peel Oven or Microwave Blender, Electric Spice Grinder or Mortar and Pestle 1 Pint Glass Jar with screw on lid Awl or Hammer and Nail 1.
Feb 23, 2010
How To Cover An Ugly Air Conditioner
As our kitchen renovation draws closer to completion, we’ve started to notice how much of an eyesore our old air conditioner is. It’s in perfect working order and we’re keen to keep it so we’ve played around with a couple of ideas of how to update its appearance. We decided on a removable cover, full details below the jump.
Feb 23, 2010
How To Make Scented Vinegar Rinses
Earlier today we taught you how to make your own laundry booster with your own personalized smell. Even though it’s a great way to add some extra cleaning power to your laundry, we know many might utilize a scented vinegar rinse more often. It’s a great way to do away with fabric softener and even easier to make!Materials:1+ cups Distilled White VinegarEssential Oils or Fresh HerbsPlastic or Glass ContainerStrainer (optional) 1.
Feb 22, 2010
How To Clean a Power Outlet
This is slightly embarrassing but my power outlets are…grodie. Doesn’t it look like it’s crying out? It would be one thing if it was hidden behind the sofa but this is in plain view above the stove. However with a little elbow grease (about the amount of a Smurf) it’s clean, clean, clean.ToolsQ-tips Formula 409ScrewdriverRazor Blade (if you have excess caulking to remove) 1. Shut your power off.2. Remove the power plate cover.
Feb 22, 2010
How To Clean Your Jeans Without Water (In the Freezer!)
Here’s an oldy but a goody that’s even more relevant now as MORE people are doing it… I recently bought my first pair of “serious” jeans. The reason I know this is because as I was standing at the register about to pay A LOT of money for them, a cool dude who was standing next to me at the register said, “Oh, you’re going to like those.” “Do you have a pair?” I asked him.
Feb 22, 2010