Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as...
We've all seen our fair share of ugly ceiling light fixtures. We've also see our fair share of DIY ceiling light fixture cover ups. Here are six of our favorites, all of which can be adapted
School starts in two days at my house and we've been running around getting ready for my son to start the third grade. Although it is not much, my son is becoming the age where homework and projects need to get done at home. My dining room table has been the landing zone for everything. After homework was finished, it continued to remain all over my dining room table, making it a mess. This year, I decided to make a fun and organized place for homework and craft projects so I could take my dining room table back!
If you have a couple of bored kiddos on your hands who are "over" their usual summer activities, then this 5 minute DIY tent is the answer to your prayers. Not only is it as cute as a button, it's foldable and can be easily stored or brought in the house when the weather turns. And it only takes 5 minutes to make--per the maker, who, by the way is German so you'll have to do the...
Corrie Beth's maidenhair fern mobile takes me to a place of tranquility. It's so light and delicate and dreamy, don't you think? As you can probably imagine, the supplies to make one are minimal, and include
I'm in love with this mobile. (Seriously.) Because it's copper, it's not only beautiful, but it can be used indoors and outdoors. Its maker, Rachel, chose to put her's outdoors and left it unsealed so it develops a natural patina over
Nicole Gibbons was given a tall order when asked to re-do the smaller bedroom in a clients' 2-bedroom NYC apartment. It started as a "big boy room" for their toddler son, but a few months into the project--surprise--the couple learned they were adding another kiddo to the group. Nicole's plan had to change--big time. Now the room had to service a growing toddler AND a new baby, a baby, by the way...
Zakkiya, the talented illustrator behind Inkstruck Studio, recently released to the world a watercolor cactus tutorial that can make even a beginner look like a pro. If you feel her creation is a bit of a reach for your abilities, not to worry. Zakkiya has an entire
Our neighborhood preschool is a goldmine of childhood magic. It's a special place that brings families together; an emblem of our community's commitment to children.
This year, for National Painting Week, our friends at Sherwin-Williams encouraged us to seek out a community-based project. We were thrilled, because doing more of this sort of work has long been one of our goals. We instantly knew our beloved preschool would be the perfect candidate. The power of paint would be transformative, helping improve a space that does so much for children and families. Read on to hear all about it.
Come on...how cool is this: A pendant light made out of a lighting cord, a big light bulb, glue, craft paint, and wooden curtain rings?? Agata is the genius behind the idea that cost her
Courtney and her husband cleverly turned an IKEA Gulliver Changing Table into a much-needed bookcase. Although they used a very specific changing table, I can imagine something quite similar could be done
When Jessica spotted Anthropologie's Swing Shelf ($108), she knew she could DIY one for a fraction of the cost. She did...and for only $25. Supplies were minimal and included some sisal rope, some copper
Embracing Simplicity: DIY Ceiling Light Fixture Revamp Using Earth Magnets and a Barrel Shade
There are just a few incidentals left to complete, and then my home office will be finished. (I get a little giddy just thinking about it.) The hard stuff-building, painting, staining, and sanding is done. Now it's just a matter of making things look pretty.
One of those things is the room's ceiling fixture. I haven't seen any (excuse the expression, but it fits) boob light revamps on the interweb that hides their appearance.
Although I did see one project that suggested making a pretty bra (made of beads) for the thing. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. It still looked like a boob light--just ready for some action. Okay, I'm getting off track.
So! I had also seen a bunch of projects where the makers removed the glass part of the fixture and wired up a barrel shade to the original flange of the old fixture through which they drilled holes.
The outcome looked okay, but, because they had to leave room for their fingers to do the wire-twisting, the shades couldn't be flush to the ceiling--something I wanted. However, if the makers
I agree with Sarah, the genius behind this Ikea rocking moose (aka Ekorre $39.99) hack: it's pretty cute as is. However, the red red coat just wasn't working with Sarah's decor. So...she decided to change its species and turn Ekorre into a rocking SHEEP. As you can imagine, changing species called for some cosmetic surgery. First came rhinoplasty, as said moose's schnauz wasn't right at all. A nip and tuck and...
Mark Montano recently mashed up an IKEA Lack table and pages from an adult coloring book to outstanding effects. Minus the Lack table, we probably have all the supplies we need to make one, thanks to Mark, as he offers three printable
I have an 8 year old little boy and his closet needed a serious makeover. The long list of problems was clear. Let's start with the air conditioning duct that went from the attic unit to the main floor. It had sharp edges. Kid friendly... nope. We had stained wall paper, badly painted built-ins, and cracked plaster walls. Here is how the closet looks today.
I'm sure you've seen the cool potato sack-esque storage bags circulating around the web. They're a practical storage solution for kids rooms and other spots around the house. This simple update looks fantastic and has me ready to grab the ol' paintbrush!
After seeing baby gym after baby gym with plastic this and fuzzy that, this wooden minimalistic version is a welcome change! If you've got a baby on the way, or just want to make this as a gift for a loved one, try your hand at this surprisingly simple project!
It's that time of year... the holidays are over, and everyone is posting photos of their newly organized closets and pantries. So why not jump on the bandwagon and start whipping your own home into shape too? Here are ten fantastic sewing tutorials that will help you get organized in style in 2016.
We are a family who loves sports so it doesn't surprise me when my son wants to add in his "fan gear" to his bedroom. I want my kiddo to have things in his room that inspires him, and being a "fan" of something is also something I want my kiddo to experience. Here are ten bedrooms that incorporate sports decor yet the basic elements are timeless and grounded in style.