How To: Give an Old Wooden Bowl a Gold Leaf Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

supplies for wood bowl goldleaf makeover
Photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

I don't know about your favorite thrift store, buy mine is LOADED with wooden bowls and canisters and stuff. Honestly, I don't spend much time in that aisle. After seeing Amy's wooden bowl makeover I just might be making a beeline for that particular aisle on my next visit. Some inexpensive gold leaf, glue, Martha's patterning tape, and a soft-bristle brush is all you need. And...

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Make it: Patterned Cork Coasters

by Stephanie Lee

DIY Patterned Cork Coasters

When I shared my favourite designers with you the other day, I wasn't kidding when I said they're a big influence on the way I decorate my home. In fact, today's DIY is a direct result of their colourful, geometric loving ways - after browsing through their works as I wrote my last post, I felt like I just had to add some bold shades and patterns to my next DIY. And here we are!

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Roundup: My Top 5 All-Time Favorite Designers

by Stephanie Lee
My top 5 favourite inspiring designers - Leah Bartholomew
Photo: Leah Bartholomew

There was a time in my life where if you'd asked me who my favourite artist or designer was, I wouldn't have been able to name a single one. Which is so odd, because nowadays I have a list of favourites as long as my arm whose styles influence me in so many ways, from how I craft, to the way I decorate for parties to how I envisage my dream home will look.

Regardless of whether your not you design or create art yourself, having a list of people whose aesthetics you admire can really help to inspire you at times when you find yourself in a creative rut. Read on to see some of my favourites! 

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Before & After: Lucy's Home Makeover

by DIY Maven
Lucy's living room before
Photo: Cup of Jo

Makeover stories are usually uplifting. This one is too, but it didn't start out that way. You see, Lucy's home didn't feel like home anymore as she had recently lost her husband. Lucy's sister Jo brainstormed with her interior designer friend Jenny Kmoenda and came up with a plan. They decided to

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Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, COMPLETE!

by DIY Maven

 

Maven's office swap compete
Photo: DIY Maven

If you've been following along with this series, you'll know that this project wasn't just a room makeover. It also involved some room swapping. My home office was going to be where my guest room was and vice versa. And my craft room was going to be a dedicated workout area. And my craft room was going to become a craft cubby located in the closet of the guest room. I'll admit it, I didn't think it was going to be possible to cram all my books, printers, and office and craft supplies into one room and make it make sense. BUT...after much planning, painting, and paring back, the room swapping experiment

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DIY Painted Leather Luggage Tags

by Alicia Lacy

Leather luggage tags are a classic travel accessory. They're durable, they weather well, and they have a timeless throwback bit of nostalgia. They remind me of the days of yore when air travel was a bit more glamorous and passengers dressed in suits and tea dresses.  

Air travel of yore or a cocktail party?
Photo: Laurence King Publishing

I'm heading to Palm Springs with dear friends next week, and in anticipation of our trip I put together...

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Shopping Guide: 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

by Faith Towers

SHOPPING GUIDE: My 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

As someone who crafts for both business and pleasure, I spend a lot of time at local art supply stores and on websites that sell craft goodies. But there are a handful of materials that I use all the time, so I make sure to always have them on hand. And I thought I'd share that list with you, so you can fill out your craft supply collection with all of the necessities.  

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How To: 'Dye' Clear Glass Any Color (We Test Two Techniques)

by DIY Maven

 

Dyed glass feature image
Photo: DIY Maven

 

A few years back, we profiled a new technique to 'dye' clear glass any color. The original maker included instructions that called for mixing acetone (nail polish remover) with Vitrail glass paint. Since posting the profile of the technique, the original how-to has vanished from the internets. We decided to take our own stab at the technique to see if we could replicate the outcome and devise our own how-to

With some trial and error, we were able to do it...but not without some 

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DIY Kitchen Makeover With a Twist

by DIY Maven
Megan's kitchen before
Photo: One Kings Lane

What I love about Megan's DIY kitchen makeover is it's totally unexpected. Let's face it, there's a lot of kitchen makeovers out there that, although they look fabulous after, they all kinda look alike. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing; they're popular for a reason. But as someone who searches for kitchen makeovers on the intertubes on a regular basis, something different is good. Now back to

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