How to Build a Long Wood Floating Shelf (That Won’t Sag in the Middle)Home Projects
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! Floating shelves are fantastic, and I knew I wanted one above the tub in my new bathroom. We searched high and low for a floating shelf that not only looked good, but could hold a lot of weight without sagging —especially because the wall is pretty long.
May 3, 2019
Make This Modern Geometric Puppy Bed for Just $30Home Projects
The star of Tanika & Brian’s chic and modern NYC apartment? That just might be Tansy the dog and the cozy geometric cubby she calls home in their space. It’s a handmade piece that you can slap together in a weekend and take home to your own fuzzy family. Amid cries of “Ooh” and “Ahh” and “Where can I get that?,” reader reldihs pointed out in the comments of Brian and Tanika’s tour that this cubby looked a lot like a DIY project by Ben Uyeda.
May 3, 2019
How To Oil Your Wooden Furniture & CountertopsHome Projects
It’s a fact of life that things tend to get dry and crackly in the winter: your skin, your lips, even your wooden furniture. And if you think your apartment feels like a dry, cold, relatively inhospitable place at this time of year, chances are your furniture agrees.
May 3, 2019
How To Customize Your Bookshelves With Diagonal Shelf InsertsHome Projects
I wanted to change up the look of my bookshelves as well as add a third shelf. With the help of a friend and a trip to the hardware store, this project took an afternoon to pull off and can be accomplished by someone with minimal experience. And, to help you out, I documented the process to walk you through each step. In my head, this project was super elementary. I’m not afraid of using a saw, so I wasn’t worried in the last bit.
May 3, 2019
How To Make a Leather Bench with Only One Power ToolHome Projects
I have a confession: Sometimes using power tools scares me. I know – that’s embarrassing for a DIY-er to admit. But I also know, deep down, I can’t be the only one who feels this way. So, what if I told you that you could make this bench with minimal tools and minimal upholstery skills? Seriously, there is no sewing involved.
May 3, 2019
Crown Molding is the Best Budget Way to Beautify Your HomeHome Projects
If you want to add just one thing to a room to fancy it up, to really take the space to the next level, you can’t do better than crown molding. Crown molding draws the eye up and gives a room instant architectural character. And depending on the profile you choose, it can be a very inexpensive upgrade — and even one you can install yourself. Choosing the right crown molding for your space depends not just on style, but on scale.
May 3, 2019
Everything Sucks, So Here Are 8 Fun Games to Play Outside This SummerPlants & Yard
I know I am not the only one depressed by the state of the world right now, growing more and more incredulous and outraged with each passing day. If you work hard, and do what you can to make things better out there, it’s okay to take a break too. One of the best ways to recharge is to gather a group of friends, go outside, and indulge in some brainless fun this summer. Balance your rage/shock/concern with some wholesome/ridiculous/playful outdoor games.
May 3, 2019
Wainscoting Is One of the Easiest Room Details to Get WrongHome Projects
Let’s talk about wainscoting. Wainscoting is one of our favorite ways to dress up a boring or unremarkable room, to give it an instant dose of old-world style. But it can also be an easy detail to get wrong. Specifically, a lot of people struggle with how far up the wall the wainscoting should be hung—an important detail that makes a huge difference in the look of the finished application. Here’s what you need to know.
May 3, 2019
17 Unique Ways to Create One Wood Accent WallHome Projects
It's a warm, welcome solution to your big blank sterile white wall problem.
May 3, 2019
How To Make a Quick & Easy Folding Room ScreenHome Projects
Privacy screens are like folding sculptures, both visually interesting as well as functional. In an outside space, they are a buffer between you and the neighbors, or can block out the bright sun. Inside, they divide spaces, hide clutter, or even serve as a headboard. Making a custom screen is also (surprisingly!) a quick and easy DIY.
Apr 30, 2019
This Handmade Modern Bean-Bag Toss Set Is Perfect For SummerHome Projects
Summer is quickly approaching (thank goodness) and with it lots of outdoor time. If you’re looking for a fun summer activity that doesn’t involve running (just me?) but fuels healthy competition, bean-bag toss is a great option.
Apr 30, 2019
A One-Size-Fits-All DIY Project That’ll Keep Your Kitchen Drawer Organized ForeverHome Projects
We all know that the kitchen tool drawer can get messy fast. Housing everything from uni-tasking gadgets to everyday workhorses like cooking spoons, it’s easy for them to become a tangled jumble. And since we all have different items and drawers, there’s no one organizational solution that will work for everyone. Or is there? The answer is to build your own drawer inserts. You can customize them to fit both your exact drawer dimensions and your specific needs.
Apr 30, 2019
No More Ugly Radiators: How To Buy (or DIY!) Your Way Around an EyesoreHome Projects
While you may be grateful for it in the middle of a cold winter, an ugly heater can be an eyesore that you get tired of having to decorate around. Peeling or chipping paint, the wrong color or shape, or an awkward location can all make a radiator your least favorite piece of your home. Even if you don’t have a problem with how it looks, it may just be taking up valuable real estate that could be put to better use. But, don’t despair!
Apr 30, 2019
A No-Fuss Holiday Decoration that Lasts Forever & Doesn’t Take Up SpaceHome Projects
Remember the fabric Christmas tree that IKEA used to sell? Yeah, they don’t carry those any longer. Which is such a shame, because not only do these types of wall hangings last forever, but they are also great for small spaces because: a) they don’t have a footprint; and b) they are small and easy to store after the holidays are over. You can try searching for an old one on eBay, or you can easily make your own custom version that’s just as lovely as the original.
Apr 30, 2019
DIY a Deal: Make Your Own $329 Agate Accent Table for Under $60Home Projects
There’s a particularly gorgeous $329 accent table at CB2 right now that I can’t buy because I should really pay the mortgage this month, so I made a super easy DIY version. Sure, it doesn’t come close to the cast aluminum bamboo-shaped legs of the original, but did I mention it was cheap and easy? The top is inspired by blue agate, and if you sit far enough across the room while you drink your gin and tonic, the legs resemble something like bamboo.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Make Your Own (Affordable) Floor MirrorHome Projects
Ryan and Michelle are all about DIY projects in and around their Annapolis, Maryland home. Whether it’s propagating bamboo for privacy fencing, re-tiling bathrooms, or building custom furniture pieces, they love projects that allow them to save money while making their house more of a home. Ryan’s latest project – a DIY floor mirror – is no exception. Learn how to make your own by following his helpful tutorial.
Apr 30, 2019
Balancing Act: A Simple & Fun Game Even DIY Rookies Can MakeHome Projects
One of the greatest intersections of design happens when function and taste meet. Even more so is finding the sweet spot between functional kid-friendly toys and tasteful decor. In an age full of plastic, heavily-branded games, and now fidget spinners and glitter slime, it’s hard to imagine a world where toys and games can double as home decor. Unless, that is, you purchase an expensive artisanal alternative, or make your own.
Apr 30, 2019
How To Build Your Own Nightstands (Even If You’re New to Woodworking)Home Projects
Even as a self-proclaimed “maximalist,” I still find myself drawn to the clean lines and effortless simplicity of Scandinavian style. The soft, neutral color palette is very versatile in a variety of spaces without adding too much visual weight. If you’re down with hygge (and willing to try your hand at some amateur carpentry), then these nightstands are definitely for you.
Apr 30, 2019
Proof We Should All Use Giant DIY Jenga Games as Side TablesHome Projects
There is so much beauty and elegance to gaze upon in this wonderfully minimal house tour, but our eye was drawn to one particular—and highly unlikely—element: that museum-worthy pedestal, which is secretly a giant Jenga set. Looking at this house tour on Emily Henderson’s site of designer Melanie Burstin’s home, one would never guess that such a chic, refined space would feature something as chaotic and, let’s face it, loud as a giant Jenga set.
Apr 30, 2019
Homemade Holiday Gift Idea: Make a DIY Barbecue MopHome Projects
The kitchen magician or grill master in your life will love this handmade, personalized BBQ mop from you! Pair this easy-to-make kitchen tool with a jar of homemade sauce 100% cotton twine 3/4″ x 12″ wood dowel (I found mine in a 3 pack at a hobby store, but you can always cut a longer dowel down to size.) 2 zip ties (use clear if you can find them!) Scissors 1. Wrap the cotton twine around a book or piece of cardboard that is 4″-6″ in length approximately 40-60 times. 2.
Apr 14, 2019
Basic Guide to DIY Basket MakingHome Projects
I come across so many beautiful baskets in stores that I forget these items are often handmade. With a little bit of practice and patience, it’s not so hard… as long as you start small. After all, they don’t joke about bird courses as ‘basket weaving’ courses for nothing! I recommend preparing your materials (find local materials, then dry and soak them), then weaving them into small shapes or flat mats.
Mar 12, 2019
How To Make an IKEA Hack “Fauxdenza”Organizing
I had a growing pile of paper work on my desk, and shoe boxes full of more paper work on the floor. I needed a quick and affordable closed storage system that hid all the clutter, but still fit in our small office. If this sounds familiar, perhaps this IKEA FULLEN “fauxdenza” hack is for you. We’ve blogged about the “fauxdenza” phenomenon before.
Mar 9, 2019
How To Make a Ladder WardrobeOrganizing
Geneva, from A Pair & A Spare, recently moved into a new studio space, and has been working through a long list of DIYs to make the space just right. She found an old ladder her builder had left behind and got to work on one of the projects she had in mind — a ladder wardrobe. She only spent $9 on the total project, and she plans to use it for storing work-in-progress DIY projects and pieces waiting to be photographed.
Feb 24, 2019
DIY Home Decor: How To Make a Modern Beaded Wood TrivetDesign Ideas
This simple DIY trivet is perfect for tea-brewing winter months and a great gift for design lovers. Not only does it embody two of my current obsessions— geometric shapes and color-blocking against unfinished wood—but it also is super practical and can be separated into three individual trivets. Here’s how to make your very own: 1″ Wood beads (I used 39pcs) Cording Paint Tools Paintbrush Palette ScissorsPaperclip or large needle (optional) 1.
Feb 24, 2019
Your Home’s Missing This One Multi-Purpose Piece of FurnitureHome Projects
My entryway is an awkwardly narrow space to begin with, situated between our front door and a stairwell. But it’s also a perpetual mess, as piles of shoes inevitably crowd the small area. I don’t like that it’s the first thing you see coming in or out, so here’s my solution: An entryway bench that will contain the shoe tornado and dog toys, but still look like a nice piece of furniture that belongs in the living room.
Dec 16, 2018
How to Make A Quick Floating Shelf with Invisible BracketsHome Projects
This is a quick and satisfying project.
Oct 20, 2018
Before and After: This Wood Panel Living Room Wall Puts Shiplap to ShameHome Projects
In just under a month, this living room went from cozy and sun-soaked to the homeowner’s favorite aesthetic: “boho surf-scandi.” And while the above photo reveals that the wall is in somewhat rough shape, just wait until you see the walls now… Those near-black walls alone are dramatically to-die-for—I especially love the way they work with the fireplace and stove—but then you add the paneling and wow! Amazing.
Jun 10, 2018
Before and After: A Clever “Wall Plus Headboard in One”Home Projects
We featured Malcolm’s epic small kitchen renovation earlier this week, but couldn’t resist sharing another DIY project from his condo. In less than a week (while being sick as a dog), he installed new wainscoting that transformed a second bedroom into a guest-ready retreat. Not only is it a subtle yet striking architectural statement, but no additional headboard is needed.
Jan 24, 2018
This Guy Built a Farmhouse Table & Redditors Ate Up The End ResultHome Projects
Mark Haggerty shared his DIY table project on the social media platform earlier this week and people are really loving it — both for the amazing end result, and for the price tag: $850, including lumber, hardware, tools, glue, and stain. From Mark: I have always wanted a farmhouse table, and when I bought my first house, the space next to the kitchen was begging for it. Buying a table wasn’t in the budget— plus, what’s the fun in that!
Jan 5, 2018
How To Refurbish Old Furniture: A Damaged Dresser Gets a Second ChanceHome Projects
As the popularity of mid-century modern furniture has risen, so have the prices. Finding an “MCM gem” for anything less than a few hundred bucks has become rare, so I practically did a double take when I stumbled on a Facebook listing for a four-drawer, tapered-leg dresser for a shocking $20. But on closer inspection I saw that the price was indicative of severe damage.
Aug 28, 2017
How I Finally Added Some Much-Needed Privacy to My Exposed BackyardPlants & Yard
I live in a city, which means my backyard isn’t a quiet, outdoor oasis populated by trees and wildlife — where the only sound is the wind and maybe some crickets. Instead I’m surrounded by cell phone conversations, kids whooping it up while waiting for the school bus, and tons and tons of barking dogs. While I love living here, sometimes it would just be so nice to feel like I’m the only person in the world.
Aug 8, 2017
Kitchen Pegboard Storage Wall DIYSponsored
Don’t walk away from a potential home because the kitchen cabinet space is too limited. This DIY kitchen pegboard storage wall will put everything from big pots to tiny doodads in its own place.
Aug 3, 2017
Made for Your Shades: A DIY Display for Organizing SunglassesOrganizing
On any given week, I’ll see anywhere from one to seven pairs of glasses and sunglasses make their way onto my kitchen island. (Why is the kitchen island the ultimate catchall for junk?) Coming in or going out, it’s the landing pad for shades.
Jul 24, 2017
How To Master a Modern Twist on a Classic Design DetailDesign Ideas
Traditional types of architectural woodwork — I’m looking at you, wainscoting — are cropping up more and more in homes these days. Woodwork like this is gaining in popularity due to two main phenomena: folks currently purchasing homes that have original woodwork are interested in restoring the historical craftsmanship, and those who live in homes that weren’t built with charming, handcrafted wooden details are opting to install it to add architectural character.
Jul 12, 2017
Building a Better Bench: DIYs For Every Area of Your HomeHome Projects
A good bench can be difficult to find, especially if you need one that’s just the right size for an awkward space. The available options tend to be too big, too small, or just too utilitarian. These DIY benches solve this common problem, letting you customize a bench that literally fits in better with your decor.
Jun 8, 2017
How to Turn the IKEA EKET into a Rolling Bar Cart or Bedside TableHome Projects
The cube-shaped EKET cabinet has us thinking outside the box, to all the stackable, modular options this simple design presents. By adding wheels to the bottom and stacking one on top of another using Velcro, you can easily switch out the cabinets or roll them from room-to-room—proving that this little storage unit has big potential.
Apr 21, 2017
Clever (& Cheap!) Ways To Organize With Wooden DowelsOrganizing
Walk into almost any hardware or craft supplies store and you’ll find a bin full of inexpensive wooden dowels. Buy one of these 48-inch-long wooden wands for under $5, and magically transform it into a useful organizing tool — everything from a DIY pegboard to a simple coat rack, like the one in the entryway above. If your home’s in need of some serious organizing help (whose isn’t?), let these hardware store hacks put things in their place.
Mar 14, 2017
DIY Furniture Knock-Offs That Really Knock It Out of the ParkHome Projects
Once upon a time there used to be a fairly definitive line between what a person should buy and what was possible to DIY. This is not the case any longer. Thanks in part to the maker movement growing to epic proportions over the last decade, and the buzzing blogosphere that churns out jaw-dropping tutorials at record speed, our collective confidence and relative body of DIY knowledge is out of sight.
Oct 4, 2016
How to Make An ’80s-Inspired Patterned Tile Planter With 98¢ TileHome Projects
House plants are a great addition to any home and stylish planters make them even more part of your decor. We asked artist and surface designer Dana Finnigan to share her favorite method for making a handmade tile planter — which you can customize with your own pattern. Take it away Dana…. 10 x 10 cm Tiles (or, for U.S.
Sep 24, 2016
There Are 5 IKEA Hacks in This Bedroom: Can You Spot Them All?Home Projects
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
Practically Magic: DIY Projects Using Rot Resistant & Insect Repelling Cedar WoodHome Projects
Cedar is known for its rot resistant properties, not to mention its ability to repel insects. It comes in a nice smelling package to boot! All this makes cedar wood a good choice for home projects, both indoors and out. On the smaller end of the spectrum is a cedar bath mat. This one was made my Merrythought and is an easy way to get a spa-like bathroom. Jen made a cedar planter with a tapered edge for her front stoop, knowing it can be exposed to the elements.
Jun 11, 2016
Before & After: A Drab, Beige Wall Gets a Bold, DIY UpgradeHome Projects
When Paige and Thorben moved into their San Francisco apartment, they knew they were going to stay put for a while. And though they were renting, the couple made it a goal to customize their apartment to their liking—something they could call home and be proud of. Throughout the years, they’ve tackled many ambitious projects: building a Murphy bed, custom shelving, and “hacking” their kitchen lighting.
May 26, 2016
Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems You Can DIYHome Projects
One of my favorite small space hacks is swapping your bookcases for wall-mounted shelving. We’ve created roundups of wall mounted shelving systems before, but for those of you who are especially crafty there are also plenty of DIY options. Here are eight different DIY ways to turn a blank wall into a storage mecca. Above: Dabito from Old Brand New used components available at the hardware store to create this wall-mounted shelving system, which includes a desk.
May 13, 2016
Make It Yourself: 9 Smart & Stylish DIY Nightstands for Small SpacesHome Projects
A nightstand is a nice thing to have: everyone could use a little spot for a glass of water, and maybe a lamp, and a little bedside reading, and their phone while it’s charging. If your bedroom’s too tiny for a traditional nightstand, you could try one of these 11 nightstands that are perfect for small bedrooms — or, if you’re feeling especially crafty, use one of these nine DIYs to make your own. Above: DIY Parsons nightstand from A Beautiful Mess.
May 5, 2016
20+ Creative DIY Headboard IdeasHome Projects
Make your headboard the main attraction of your bedroom.
Nov 4, 2015
Before & After: Live Edge Adds Life as Coffee TableHome Projects
Jenny’s ambitious first-ever woodworking project was transforming this scrap wood into a live edge coffee table. Want to see how she did? We’re living for it: That little air plant looks right at home! From Jenny: One of my favorite parts about this table is the amount of detail in every inch of the board: you can see the black epoxy inlay, the knots and natural curve of the wood, and the beautiful grain details.
Aug 15, 2015
100+ DIY Project Ideas & Activities for Memorial Day WeekendHome Projects
It’s a 3-day weekend, which means there’s both time to relax and get some stuff done around your home. Whether you’d like to do something artsy-craftsy, or knock off some household chores from your to-do list, here are tons of DIY projects, activities and decorating ideas to choose from. Dig deep and have a great holiday!
May 22, 2015
IKEA Hack: The Best BILLY Built-Ins of All TimeHome Projects
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
Before & After: Bedroom Wall Gains Some Gravitas
Jenna Sue tackled this wall as part of a larger makeover of her entire master bedroom. The entire room lacked any special features, yet she wanted to make it a rich, interesting, and inviting space. With that in mind, she set out to make this wall a focal point of the room… Previously flat as a pancake, the wall now has texture and architectural interest, and elevates an otherwise bland bedroom into a sophisticated space. The gray adds a lot of warmth, making it cozy and relaxing.
Feb 3, 2015
Before & After: Hardwood Floors Reach a New Plane
Patrick is an avid DIY’er, but you’re about to see the toughest job he’s ever taken on. It wasn’t for the faint of heart, and he should’ve asked friends to help, but after a week of hard work, he transformed his hardwood into the floors he always wanted… Can you believe he planed his entire hardwood floor BY HAND? No, neither could I. But plane it he did, and therefore Patrick wins the award for DIY endurance. Hands down.
Mar 24, 2014
Before & After: DIY Cooler
Summer’s outdoor entertaining calls for keeping drinks cool, but budget options aren’t all that attractive. Ashley from Shanty 2 Chic turned a basic styrofoam cooler into a stylish solution that doesn’t diminish your décor. Looking for a weekend project that will up the ante on your patio parties? Check out this after:Ashley put together this country chic cooler stand with $50 in supplies and some power tool basics.
Jul 12, 2013
Before & After: Beige Office Made Beautiful
Where I used to avoid working in my cluttered office since I could just carry my laptop elsewhere in the house, I now ONLY want to work in here.  The mood it creates is nothing short of inspiring. I used the rich wood tones and bold colors that I love, and I added in pops of color in unexpected places.
Jun 11, 2013
Before & After: Kitchen Banquette from Scratch
Tonya lives in a “fantastically old” house that’s filled to the brim with home improvement projects. The target for one of these projects was a blank corner of her kitchen that needed seating beyond just the high chair that usually lived there. Check out what she was able to do with this little corner in just one weekend.  The idea seemed logical and simple and kind of a no-brainer.
May 28, 2013
Before & After: Revamped 1970s Plywood Chair
Everybody has at least one piece of old furniture in their attic, but how often do you actually do something with it? Lacker was rooting around in his and found this vintage chair from the 1970s. It was in decent shape, with a metal base and plywood seat. See how he gave it a second life, after the jump.Lacker says: I was on vacation and looking for something to do. When I saw this chair, I immediately thought of creating a new seat and chair back with pieces of veneer.
Apr 26, 2013
Before & After: Ashley’s Pantry Makeover
My bi-fold pantry door is an eyesore. It has a fake woodgrain and blocks the left side of the shelves when it’s opened. But it’s an unusual size, so finding an off-the-shelf or salvage replacement has been impossible. I thought about converting it à la Jason’s closet-door hack, but then I stumbled upon Ashley’s attractive solution. While she didn’t have a bi-fold to begin with, her door replacement would work for just about any ugly door, including mine.
Apr 11, 2013
Downton Abbey Cocktail Recipe: Mr. Bates
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Last night fans from coast to coast toasted the return of their favorite Downton Abbey characters. We’d like you to actually get a taste of Downton for this week’s 10-Minute Happy Hour. • The Bittersweet Mr. Bates The Kitchn
Jan 8, 2013
Before & After: Tube TV Armoire Gets a Widescreen Upgrade
Upgrading an old CRT television to a modern flat screen is a costly endeavor in itself, and it gets even more expensive when you consider some of the hidden costs of upgrading. For instance, if your old tube TV fit snug in a TV cabinet, you’ll need to find a new furniture home for the likely larger new screen. Or, you could take a cue from this no-cost DIY project and transform an old TV armoire into something new.
Jan 3, 2013
Before & After: A Shed Goes from Farmhouse to Modern
David needed to replace his rotted out farmhouse shed and wanted to go for a more modern look. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for a readymade modern shed, he took a stab at building one of his own for a quarter of the price. I have to say I am in awe of his results.For $3000, David demoed, hauled and started building from the ground up. It only took him a few days and some hard work.
Aug 3, 2012
How To Fix Dents in Wooden Floors & Furniture (With an Iron!)
Many years ago a teacher told me that you could steam out a dent in a piece of wood (one where the wood fibers had been compressed, not where they had been removed) using a wet rag and an iron. This technique was meant for unfinished wood, but unfortunately, most of the wood we deal with in our homes has some sort of finish on it. With some research I learned that this technique can work with finished wood but it depends greatly on the type of finish you are dealing with.
Feb 28, 2012
5 Creative Ways To Organize With Dowels
5 Creative Ways To Organize With Dowels
Mar 6, 2017