Recent Posts

How to make a PVC Sprinkler Water Toy

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2008

Although this PVC Sprinkler Water Toy has been dubbed ‘Kidwash 2', it’s totally awesome for adult-types too! Inspired by Kidwash, this version uses mister jets. For supplies, you’ll need to head to your hardware store for 3/4" pipe and the following fittings:

2 ten foot lengths of PVC
3 end caps
1 threaded female chose connector (slip fit)
2 elbow joints (90 degree)
2 T connections
1 pack quarter mister jets (12 count)

For… Continue Reading

3729 views | Comments (0)

101 Picnic Dishes in 20 Minutes or Less.

By: Chrisjob Jul 04, 2008

The New York Times' Mark Bittman admits: "It may be nothing fancier than bologna or tuna salad on white bread, but you’re still likely to have a good time, which is probably why many of us remain devoted to the same picnic foods we’ve eaten all our lives." But sooner or later, a little variety atop the checkered blanket would be nice. But the bulk of the time should be spent outside, not in preparation in the kitchen. So,… Continue Reading

428 views | Comments (1)

Mid Century Modern Makeover: Upholstered Seats

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 03, 2008

created on: 07/04/08

Finally, the last step of this project - the seats.  The snaps and the backs were more entailed, these  are standard, boxed, no cord, with top stitching. 

Take apart the seat tops and boxing, lay it out on your new fabric and cut out the pieces. 

1.  Check out the condition of the foam.  If it has become compressed, try using a steamer to refresh the old foam.  This foam bounced right back.

Continue Reading

3015 views | Comments (3)

How To: Make a Pocket Sized Floorplan.

By: Chrisjob Jul 03, 2008

Apartment Therapy, Chicago-version, offers this clever take-along floorplan. The goal is to be able to account for all the components of your room, particularly scale, arrangement in color: "You will want to include basic information like the size and layout of your rooms, color choices (fabric swatches are perfect for this!) and sizes of existing pieces of furniture. Other things that might be helpful are window heights (in case you… Continue Reading

428 views | Comments (0)

The Spicelab Bar at Etsy.

By: Chrisjob Jul 03, 2008

I'm charmed by this Spicelab bar from PurposeDesign, featured in the Etsy Storque. Sure, it's not the only of its kind, but its construction is inspiring for DIY attempt, or not overpriced if you just wanna purchase one.


646 views | Comments (1)

All About Aloe: Growing and Usage Tips.

By: Chrisjob Jul 03, 2008

Ahh...aloe. It's natural, spiky, and modern, and with usefulness built right in. Check out some of these buying and growing tips, and all its healthful benefits. And, apparently, you can eat it if you're so inclined.

•    Buying Tips

•    Growing Tips

•    Watering

•    Repotting

•    Symptoms Of Poor Plant Care

•  … Continue Reading

298 views | Comments (0)

12 Quick Around-the-House Fixes

By: Diy maven Jul 03, 2008

Sometimes we're so busy around the house with the big stuff that we disregard the little stuff. Follow This Old House’s advice to fix the latter to bring harmony home.

  1. Take the Squeak out of Squeaky Floors and Stairs
  2. Unclog a powder room sink.
  3. Clean your stainless and keep it spotless.
  4. Hide scratches in woodwork.
  5. Tighten a loose set screw.
  6. Mask a musty smell (via your furnace!).
  7. Tighten loose chairContinue Reading
823 views | Comments (0)

Quick and easy hardware updates!

By: Diy maven Jul 03, 2008

This month's Workbench Magazine has a nice tutorial on how to refinish hardware. BUT you don't have to buy the mag to get the details. Just head on over to this Workbench page and then click on the 'online extras' that appears to the left of the article. Of particular interest is the process of making shiny brass hardware look bronze with brass aging solution.

976 views | Comments (0)

Mid Century Modern Makeover: The Back Cushions

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 03, 2008

created on: 07/03/08

Making the back cushions was the only complicated part of this project.  Once I figured out the length of the tabs and how to set the snaps, it was a breeze.

1. The first thing I did was take apart the old back cushion and trace it on the new fabric.

created on: 07/03/08

created on: 07/03/08

2.  Make the snap tabs using the old pattern.

created on: 07/03/08

3.  Cut bias strip 1 3/4" wide for welt cord.  See my welt cord tutorial.

Continue Reading

4904 views | Comments (3)

How to Turn Milk into Glue

By: Diy maven Jul 03, 2008


2319 views | Comments (0)