Okay, so, the "we" above actually refers to the team at Popular Mechanics, but the sentiment is the same - while the DIY approach can be enriching, challenging, creative, and often save you lots of money, it doesn't mean that everything goes perfectly the first… Continue Reading
Finding the right size side table or nightstand presents a challenge for the small space dweller. Here's a DIY side table/nightstand project to the rescue. Recycling cardboard and paper into this functional piece of furniture brings the cost down to practically nothing, not to mention the eco-hip artsy practicality of the whole project. See how… Continue Reading
Somehow, the closet in our guest room was bestowed the unique honor of being the gift wrap storage center. It's perfectly suitable for the job but, let's face it, my perpetually sliding stack of paper could use some help. And don't even get me started on the ribbons which, as a girl barely pushing 5'4", are annoyingly out-of-reach.
I know I'm not the only one with A) a wrapping paper hoarding problem and B) a wrapping… Continue Reading
You know when your house needs cleaning. Your spouse or partner, kids, friends, or worst, mother-in-law, may have a different opinion, but you know how much dirt and disorganization your home can handle. One day, you'll walk into a room, and say "Yep, it's time to clean." Maybe once a day, a few times a week, or twice a month, but it'll happen.
Then, a question remains: Where to start? We're here to help. Every… Continue Reading
I'm not sure what I'm more impressed by: the amount of shoes this guy has or the storage and shelving system he created from Lack shelves and cutting… Continue Reading
There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget. But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap,… Continue Reading
It never ceases to amaze me how clever and creative people can be! Take this coat rack from JJ Evensen for example. I would have never thought to use old spoons as hooks! Attach them to some reclaimed wood and presto! Brilliance is born. (Check out more utensil accessories right here.)
Do you have any ideas for clever uses of common/unexpected household items? Share in the comments!
Who can turn down free fabric? In my business it's not uncommon to be offered discontinued upholstery fabric samples. If you know a little trick, it's simple to create your own patchwork upholstery fabric yardage. Thrifted chair, free… Continue Reading
My mom has been "saving" wine corks since the mid-90s. She puts them in a basket on her countertop, and says,she'll make a wreath out them. "For Christmas?" I'll ask. "No, for every day. Someday."
My mom will not be making a wreath out of wine corks.
But since she's got a whole heap of them, I'm thinking we need to create one of these upcycled wine cork… Continue Reading
See this beautifully rustic barnwood-framed mirror? Love it as much as I do? You're in luck, because my friend Emily from Merrypad, a DIY source of crafty home inspiration, has written up a how-to for those of us who simply have to have this mirror for ourselves. Take a look!
Where did the salvaged wood & parts come from?
The salvaged wood originated from my parents' old, old barn. They plan to tear it down soon, so I wanted… Continue Reading