In the spirit of back to school, I’ve partnered with Porch, Wayfair & Lonny to bring you a fun project that will help ease your kiddo’s transition from summer to the classroom. Search the hashtag on social media #back2schoolhacks to see what others have done! I remember as a kid, it was always crucial to stay organized from day one, and this project is perfect to encourage your little one to stay organized, and have fun while doing homework.
I created a cozy homework corner, and turned a toy cubby into a mid century inspired book & toy organizer by adding mid century table legs to the bottom. Zano isn’t quite school age, but he likes to “read” lots of books and lay on his belly and draw pictures in a note pad. I imagine him growing into this corner, reading chapter books and doing math problems, although it makes me teary thinking about it!
And SURPRISE! There is a giveaway involved! A lucky reader will win $500 gift card to Wayfair AND $500 worth of cleaning services from Porch!
How to enter:
- Follow Porch, Wayfair and Lonny on Instagram and
- Tag 2 friends in the comments on our photo to join in on the challenge!
The giveaway ends September 14th at Midnight. Winner will be announced on September 14th via social media.
I have to thank Wayfair for offering the play tent and cubby, and Porch for organizing this back to school event! Search the hashtag on social media #back2schoolhack to see what other bloggers have done!
Horray!!! My latest DIY for The Home Depot Apron blog is live! Go check out how I made this side table inspired by the age old, and currently trending, himmeli technique. What a cool table, right? This project is so much easier than it looks. It’s beginner level, for sure! The table top is made from walnut veneer plywood – I bet you didn’t know you could get walnut veneer plywood, did you? All supplies are from Home Depot.
Check out the post here, and leave a comment if you can! Home Depot loves meeting new readers
Have a great Monday!
Our original kitchen renovation plans included a desk-like area that would run from the cabinet beside the range, under the window and to the wall that meets the sun room (see this before photo for reference). We envisioned a desk/seating space that would appear like an extension of the kitchen, with a matching marble counter and a matching cabinet to store office stuff like a printer or filing system. Unfortunately we couldn’t install this desk-like space for two reasons: mainly cost, but the standard prefab cabinet depth was deeper than the wall that meets the sliding door to the sun room. The counter tops would rest beside glass, and if we didn’t want that then we would have to alter the sliding door area and it just seemed like too much of a headache at the time. I kind of wish we had pursued that option since our sliding glass door is broken anyway and we plan on replacing it, but we didn’t, and now we’re left with an bare, awkward corner in our dining room that just needed some help.
As a temporary solution I placed a Vittsjo shelving unit in the corner, which I spray painted gold (duh). And although it did the trick it always looked messy and I was SO TIRED of dusting those glass shelves, they always looked dirty.
I always thought a bar cabinet would look excellent in that corner, one like this or this or even this! But you know, $$$$$ and there’s just no way I could persuade my husband that we needed a $700 bar cabinet when I could DIY a legit one for like $150.
Here are the materials you need:
- Ikea Besta cabinet with the white high gloss doors
- 2 Lews Hardware brass knobs
- 4 x 4″ mid century style wood table legs
- 4 x angled plates
- Optional: wine glass holders
I wanted the inside of the cabinet to have a little flair, and I had extra faux bois gold foil wrapping paper (which I hoarded from Christmas). I used some double-sided tape and taped the paper to the sides of each cabinet wall (I didn’t want to commit to gluing it on).
We don’t have a ton of cabinet space (a decision I made on purpose, I hate having too much crap in kitchen cabinets!) and needed a place to stash our go-to wine glasses. I ordered these raw wood wine racks and screwed them into the Besta top using wood screws.
I actually had a set of wood legs from an old stool I found at a flea market, so I just removed them from the stool and attached them to the bottom of the Besta cabinet. The fact that they are vintage adds so much character to the cabinet if you ask me! For the same look, use these table legs, spray paint the caps gold, and attach them using angled plates.
You guys are the greatest! Thank you for all the love over Friday’s post. Working with Domino is a DREAM, and I can’t thank you all enough because if it weren’t for you taking your valuable time and reading my blog and following me on Instagram (my media of choice), I wouldn’t have this incredible, life changing collaboration going on. I received such positive feedback on our dining room and the white floors, I’m really happy I shared the space. Not every home is polished and pristine, I’m happy I could share how we made our half-done space look pretty snazzy.
Now that you’ve seen the reveal! (If you haven’t, check the post out now!) It’s time to share the DIY behind this space. First up – the dining chairs!
I bought the dining chairs from a salvage warehouse for $10/each. They were worth every penny for the brass base alone! What you can’t tell in this photo is just how awful they smelled. These chairs came from a smoker’s home, and probably sat in the smoker’s home for YEARS, and smelled like it too. The original upholstery was grimy and they desperately needed to be redone. I feel like I always bite off more than I can chew when it comes to upholstery projects, but these chairs seemed straightforward enough so I wasn’t worried that I would be redoing 4 of them.
I removed the cushions on each chair first then went to cleaning up the bases. It looks like these chairs each sat in some water at some point in their lives, the bottom of the base that touches the floor are tarnished, rusty and dull. I asked my Instagram crew for some advice on how to clean oxidized/tarnished metal. Some suggested ketchup, some suggested wool brush, some suggested lemon juice and salt, some suggested Bar Keeper’s Friend. I tried a few methods, with no improvement. I think they just need to be re-plated. I called around some local shops and it would cost about $100/chair for re-plating. As much as I would LOVE to do this, it’s just not in our budget. For now (and due to the ‘Domino’ time crunch), I left the bases as is. I’ll be sure to update you if another method works!
There are so many upholstery tutorials out there, I’ll spare you the details and give you a high level summary of what I did. Usually with chairs, there is an upholstery ‘equation’ so to speak: plywood + foam + batting + fabric + staple gun (I have this one) = a comfortable seat cushion. I bought new foam for the seat cushions since the ‘vintage’ foam was super stinky and flat. The back cushions were in pretty decent shape so I left the original foam, sprayed with some Febreze and wrapped with new thick batting.
It took me quite a while to find a fabric I liked for these chairs. At first I was going to upholster them in a performance velvet, but decided I wanted a bit of pattern. I found this blue herringbone upholstery fabric at Jo-Ann’s (which I bought with a coupon). It was exactly what I was looking for! I bought 4 yards, although I probably only needed 3 1/2 yards.
Who doesn’t love a good before & after? Once I was finished with these chairs and brought them inside, my husband immediately said “wow! this is probably the first upholstery project you actually finished!” Ha! #whatajerk
No really, Kiri Masters from ilikethatlamp sent me a DIY lampshade kit, and it’s LE-GIT. Check out the lampshade I made!
This lampshade kit typically calls for fabric, you can make your own drum lampshade using the fabric of your choice, but you know me – I wanted to shake things up using paper!
Let me explain – I bought two rolls of this absolutely incredible faux bois gold foil wrapping paper from Target over the holidays (can’t find a photo! but Emily used it in this Target styling video). I don’t know why Target does this (I should tell them they’re giving me an ulcer), but Target only releases a small quantity of their best things. UGH! You know what happens? Frantic scarcity panics set in, and, if you’re like me, you either hoard ALL you can find and/or go to the 3-5 closest targets and scour their inventory for ‘just one more’ because you know it’s a limited edition item and once it’s gone, it’s GONE. I think I wrapped only one gift using this wrapping paper before it hit me that duh! I can’t just WASTE this wrapping paper! I can’t let it get torn to shreds! So, I hoarded my two rolls and let my brother (gently) unwrap his Christmas gift by nicely requesting that he not tear the paper and yes I would like it back.
Above are the basic steps it took to make this lampshade. It really wasn’t difficult at all, it took some precision and patience, but overall I would absolutely make another lampshade using this kit. What do you think? The lampshade looks pretty convincing right? Would you guess it was a DIY if I hadn’t told you?
sources: fringe wall hanging / horse bookends: vintage / white ceramic vase / gold lamp base: thrifted / mirror parsons table (West Elm, no longer available) / sheepskin / headboard / black & white bedding / fringe pillow / chair: cb2 (no longer available)
The amount of things you can create out of copper plumbers pipe never ceases to amaze me. I could spend hours in the plumbing isle of the hardware store, brainstorming and scheming away. Usually I hustle out of there for fear the plumbing gurus will see the impostor that I am. “I’m a DIY blogger, don’t shoot!” Seriously though, I don’t even know the names of the fittings I used in this project haha. Don’t judge me.
I’ve always loved the look of a vintage wooden or iron ladder in a home. Old ladders can be used as a decorative architectural piece; they fit perfect in awkward blank wall spaces or nooks that needs something but nothing quite seems to fit.
We have this odd wall space beside the fridge that came about from our kitchen remodel. It’s the cabinet that encases the fridge. I’ve been contemplating painting it the same color as our walls, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger. As a temporary and creative solution for this blank space, I decided to make a ladder myself, from copper pipe!
(please disregard the subfloor! we’re still saving up for uniform flooring, until then we’re living with this beautiful, “vintage” 50 y/o subfloor…)
- Top & Bottom: 4 x 14″ length copper pipe
- Five rungs: 5 x 12″
- Mid section: 8 x 10″
Assembly is super straight forward, I figured pictures of the assembly would just be silly. I do however, recommend putting a dab of adhesive inside the copper tees and caps when assembling to strengthen the ladder’s overall integrity.
Use the ladder to hang tea towels, vintage fabrics, bath towels, or throw blankets. Seriously, anything looks adorable hung on a ladder.
I realized after making this ladder my hand towel game is really lacking. I just might have to fix this! Oh, and if you want to quickly clean your copper pipe, ketchup works amazing!
Two DIYs in one week?! What?! I know, I’m just as shocked as you. Although truthfully, I’m procrastinating a little on writing those dreaded New Years resolutions… I’m still sorting through all my feelings over 2014 and determining exactly what it is I want to get out of 2015. I want a lot folks, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure just yet.
SO! What exactly are we making today? Well, it’s a quicky art project that is probably a dud, but I actually like how it turned out so screw any haters and let’s get our copper tape art on!
You literally need 4 things to complete this project: Copper conductive tape, scissors, paper, and a frame – if you plan on framing it, or you could tape it to the wall all Washi-tape like with, you guessed it, copper conductive tape!
Rule of thumb for this project, no measuring is required. Honest. I taped out these hexagons very loosely. Doing so adds a dimension of “quark” and “funk” and all the other adjectives that are synonymous with ‘weird’.
There are two things you need to know about copper conductive tape. 1) there is a paper backing that you remove to adhere to any surface and 2) the edges are VERY sharp. I used the butt end of my scissors to smooth out each strip of tape after positioning them to the paper. Do NOT do what I did first: use you fingers to smooth out the pieces of copper tape. It’s real copper folks, and again, it’s SHARP. Copper conductive tape paper cuts hurt worse than manila folders. I know you all know what those feel like…
Above photo is before smoothing out with scissors, just FYI.
Then, I framed my fabulous artwork in a standard Ikea frame, the matting didn’t quite fit but you get the idea.
I love the overlapping hexagons. I recently saw a similar pattern displayed on the windows at Urban Outfitters. Such a coincidence!
Hello! I’m kicking off the new year with a fun project! This one is an ode to my favorite, and quite possibly the best selling rug of 2014: the West Elm Souk rug.
My husband says we can’t have this rug because we have dogs, that our dogs would destroy it, and then I would be the grumpiest wife if I had a dirty Souk rug. He might be right, but I cannot help but yearn every. single. day. for one! So, instead I brought this look into my home by upgrading a faux fur Eruo pillow I made last year. Sometimes you’re forced to get creative to get what you want, right folks?
This tutorial is so easy, all you need is a roll of painter’s tape, a comb, a Sharpie paint pen, and a faux fur pillow of your choice. I had a giant white faux fur Eruo pillow I made for my bed out of costume fur from the fabric store. Here is a smaller and very affordable option too if you don’t feel like making a pillow from scratch.
STEP 1 // using your comb, comb out the zig-zag pattern by brushing the fur in opposite directions
STEP 2 // place a piece of tape down the center of your combed zig-zag lines to protect the fur area that will not get Sharpie’d. Then, repeat step 1 & 2 about an inch away, parallel to the taped line. This is the zig-zag pattern that you will ‘paint’ with your Sharpie Paint Pen.
STEP 3 // using the Sharpie Paint Pen, go to town coloring the fur! I placed the paint pen on the tape and brushed inwards, repeating until I got about 80% coverage. No need to be a perfectionist here. If you mess up you can always trim away bits of the fur with scissors.
I’ve been dying to try this process on a cheap faux fur rug, like this one, to fully replicate the Souk rug, but I just haven’t had the chance. Someone do it! Quick!
I don’t want to sound like a complainer here, but seriously, glass ornaments! There’s not a whole lot more you can do with a glass ornament that hasn’t already been done. So instead of this project being an “OMG what an amazing idea I wish I thought of that!” sort of project, it’s going to be an “oh cool! I really like that version of that ornament!” At least I hope so.
We were each challenged to design an ornament using essentially the same ingredients: A clear glass ornament, ribbon, faux snow, and a Sharpie paint pen. The ornament shape, ribbon color, and Sharpie paint pen color were of our choosing, which is a great little twist because instead of all our ornaments being pretty much the same, we’re able to pick the ingredients that work with our individual styles and tastes.
Ornament inspiration: the hand painted Wanderlust Globe
My main mission was to find or make something that would be the equivalent of a globe display stand. I considered crafting it out of clay or wood, then I found this gold loop easel at the craft store, which ended up being perfect for the ornament version of the Wanderlust Globe, mainly because the head of the ornament would have posed some issues. Instead of trying to hide the ornament head, I utilized it as it was intended, to hang from something, like this easel!
The process of my ornament transformation is fairly straight forward. First, I painted two coats of chalkboard paint over a round ornament bulb. I hung the ornament to dry on the gold easel. I’m still so happy I found this easel,l it really is the best thing I could find that looked like a globe stand. Then I drew the continents with the white Sharpie paint pen. Maybe it was user error but I was having trouble getting the paint out, just don’t look too closely at North America…
Next, I took a gold marker and wrote in all the major locations. I wish the marker I chose had a little more metallic sheen to it, but I needed a fine tip so my options were slim.
The last thing I did was take a section of the glitter ribbon tape and wrap it around the base of the ornament topper. So, where’s the snow? Well, consider me disqualified because all I could come up with is sprinkling it around the globe stand for the picture. You can’t win them all can you.
Well, there you have it! Make sure to hop on over to the other beautiful participants to see what ornaments they cooked up! Here’s the list again if you need it
Wow! I can’t believe we’re already through with Thanksgiving. As of yesterday I am in full Christmas mode! The tree has been purchased, holiday decorating has begun, and lights are up on the house, which is super exciting because now that we’re homeowners, this is the first time we’ve ever hung Christmas lights outside. My husband is kind of afraid of heights, he had to climb up a ladder to hang our exterior lights, and it’s mean of me but it I couldn’t help but laugh as he got all worried climbing only two steps up from the ground. It’s not like our house is that tall!
I have an exciting announcement to make! I’m participating in a Christmas ornament challenge! The lineup for this event is blowing my mind. I religiously follow each one of these ladies blogs and feel unworthy to be lined up beside them. It must be a mistake!
The challenge is kinda like that foodie show Chopped? I always watch that show while I’m at the gym running on the treadmill, something about it mystery food dishes help me ignore the fact I’m working out. Is it weird that not one dish have I ever thought to recreate? I wonder if the show has ever taken a poll on this… Well, anyway, this challenge is something like Chopped, where we each get a box of random craft supplies (we all get the same stuff!) and we create an ornament of sorts using said supplies. The good news is no one is going to get publicly shamed, the bad news? I might actually shame myself if I don’t think up of something other than a snow filled ornament…
Here are the ingredients we get to work with: