Fancy Schmancy Built-In Bedroom Features

By: Kitliz_at_diydiva Feb 23, 2011

created at: 02/22/2011

There is a different mindset when it comes to building a room from scratch, as opposed to painting, papering, or if you’re particularly ambitious—tearing down a wall or two—in an existing room. I most often describe this difference as “there is a lot of drywall dust clogging up my brain” but in reality I just haven’t thought far enough ahead about the cool features you can include in a room when you’re building from the ground up. I mean, you know you’d have a secret door in your bedroom if you thought of it, am I… Continue Reading

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How To: Create Unique, Rustic Window Trim

By: Kitliz_at_diydiva Feb 22, 2011

created at: 02/22/2011

This, my friends, is a blank slate. It's also a slightly fuzzy picture (sorry about that) of a very large unfinished window in a room I would one day like to sleep in instead of living in a garage. Ah, wishful thinking. But daydreaming aside, something had to be done with this thing and after a week of painting I was so ready to break out the power… Continue Reading

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Ellen's Amazing Upholstered Chair

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 21, 2011

One week ago, Ellen, author of NouveauStitch and my new online BFF, purchased this "before" chair at her local HomeGoods store with the intention of slipcovering it. As always, she knew exactly what she wanted and set right to work creating a slipcovered version of her inspiration chair. Well, things didn't go as planned. Here's where her passion and perseverence paid… Continue Reading

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Roundup: DIY Headboards You Actually Can Do Yourself

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 18, 2011

created at: 02/17/2011

You don't have to ask me twice to write about DIY headboards. To me, headboards are  a piece of furniture with which you can do just about anything, design-wise. Understated or ornate, they can be painted, upholstered, woven, salvaged, taped on the wall, or built. You can essentially make a headboard out of anything that fits behind your bed. So much freedom, so little time. Let's take a look at some of my favorites and how you can get… Continue Reading

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DIY: Sliding Barn Door From Salvaged Wood

By: Capreek Feb 17, 2011

created at: 02/17/2011

It's equal parts rustic, modern, and cottage chic - but there's one thing this sliding barn door is not:… Continue Reading

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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred (Plus 4 Bonus How-to's!)

By: Diy maven Feb 16, 2011

created at: 02/11/2011

David Erik Nelson's new book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred from No Starch Press is subtitled 'Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids.' That's true; the projects inside the book will appeal to kids, but they will also appeal to adults with a penchant for DIY. That's why it's a perfect book to buy to tell the kids in your life it's for them, but really it's for you!

The book is divided into 3 parts. The first is entitled 'Kid Stuff,' and it contains things that are great for… Continue Reading

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How To Sharpen Your Beloved Scissors Yourself

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 16, 2011

Scissors get dull. Fast. The last time I took five or so pairs to a professional to be sharpened, I seem to remember paying about $50.00! After that shocker, I just started buying a few new pairs when they went on sale. It's high time I learn exactly how to sharpen my own scissors so I did a little… Continue Reading

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How To: Calm Your Alarm Clock's Display and Sleep Better for 25 cents

By: Chrisjob Feb 15, 2011

created at: 02/15/2011

I'm a terrible sleeper. I struggle with falling asleep, and staying asleep. I got it from my dad, and I've tried meditation, different levels of mattress and pillow softness, earplugs, heavy curtains, and everything I can think of. And I've learned a few things over the years of trying to feel rested: I need a little bit of distraction to occupy my mind to fall asleep, and once I'm there, I need an absolutely black and silent room to stay… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Sunburst Mirror For Under $25

By: Capreek Feb 15, 2011

created at: 02/14/2011

Sunburst mirrors have seemingly been around and in-style since the beginning of time and odds are that that fact isn't changing any time soon.  The iconic decorative accent is available in a wide range of styles and an even wider range of price points.  If you're looking to add this stylish piece to your decor, we've got two DIY versions that'll set you back less than dinner and a… Continue Reading

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4 Design Secrets to Conquer the Tall Wall Challenge

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 15, 2011

When so many people are challenged with decorating small spaces, it seems odd that there are those who struggle with decorating their great big tall walls. Luckily, there are more ways to capture and utilize that space than hanging a giant quilt way up there.(Don't you love those three poufs?)

1. Shelve it and use your collections as art. Functional, decorative and it pulls the wall into the coziness of… Continue Reading

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How to Make a $10 Electric Guitar

By: Diy maven Feb 11, 2011

created at: 02/11/2011


Dave Nelson, author of the new title, Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred,hosted an hour-long webcast today NOW AVAILABLE ON YOU TUBE in which he shows us how to build a $10 one-string electric guitar using a stick, some wire, a can and wax. Other topics he… Continue Reading

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Valentine's How To: Make Typographic Stones

By: Chrisjob Feb 10, 2011


created at: 02/10/2011Lynn wanted something personalized, handmade, and decidely not cheesy to give to her special someone this Valentine's Day. She recalled a project she'd seen on Poopscape, and decide to turn it into a custom typographic art project for her… Continue Reading

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Inspiration: 4 Mod Pillows to Make Yourself

By: Capreek Feb 10, 2011

created at: 02/10/2011

It's no lie: I love me a good pillow.  But modern pillows tend to be on the pricey side and I definitely don't love that.  When faced with this dilemma, I say bust out your sewing machine and get… Continue Reading

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Studio Apartment Woes: Create a Bedroom Out of Thin Air!

By: Capreek Feb 09, 2011

created at: 02/09/2011

What's more shocking to me, other than the fact that this studio apartment was transformed into a one bedroom, is how much bigger it looks after!  It's magic, I tell you.  Magic (and lots of hard… Continue Reading

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4 Hot Italian Font Wallpapers

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 09, 2011

Font decorating hasn't captivated me, until now. These four rooms, dressed up in graphic font wallpapers by the Italian company Wall and Deco, have me rethinking this whole font decor thing. These walls add just the right character (Ha!, no pun intended) and would provide hours of obsessive word searching. Oh! Get a load of that duvet and pillow combo.… Continue Reading

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