My friend Britany has a hard time getting rid of things. She's not a hoarder by any means, and her home is actually quite clean and clutter-free. But it is full of beat up, hand-me-down pieces of furniture that she got in college. (And, though I wasn't there, likely weren't all that attractive when they were new). Case in point? This chair, in all its early 90s green-and-cranberry glory.Continue Reading
What do you do with a dilapidated indoor pool? Turn the whole space into a light-filled studio space, of course! Continue Reading
The problem with rounding up a bunch of images of great-looking dorm rooms is many on the interweb aren't real. I mean, they're real in that there are walls, windows, beds, bedding, etc. in the vignettes, but they don't look like most you'd see in the real world. For instance, take a look at this image courtesy of IKEA. Pretty, yes, but an actual dorm roomContinue Reading
Usually we think of using a pipe for plumbing... but there are so many other ways to use this sturdy material that don't have anything to do with sinks. Here are ten of my favorite DIY projects using copper, galvanized and even PVC pipe.
Time to update some summer projects. First is the leggy petunia problem. As you might remember, when we last left them, they were shorn down to about 2" stalks. After three weeks and a coupleContinue Reading
I stumbled across this product, while not strictly a DIY project, it's certainly DIYable. All you need are some wooden offcuts and a saw, choose your angle and cut a groove 70% of the way through, presto, instant photo block, perfect for showcasing your printing Instagrams.
Lindsay found this old secretary desk on Craigslist for $125. It looks like a quality piece of furniture. Someone may have even paid extra to have a wharf scene etched into the fold-down desk. All in all, it was prime for a makeover, andContinue Reading
As a kid growing up in the 80's, I most certainly did not use neon subtly. But now that it's 2013 and neon is back, it's important to use it sparingly. Here are ten ways to utilize these bright colors without overwhelming your space.
A couple of months ago, I stumbled into this warehouse of discarded furniture and I grabbed this beat up, run down, wobbly and barely held together coffee table. $10 give or take. Great purchase, right? What...you don't see the potential? Well, it took me awhile too, but I got there eventually. Continue Reading
Plywood is inexpensive, easy to use and extremely versatile. I've rounded up several easy to make projects covering simple decor accents through attractive storage solutions. Many of them can be cut to size at your local hardware store, so even those with modest woodworking skills should be able to attempt them.
I never had visions of being a stripper, but here I am... almost middle aged, living the suburban dream and, BAM, I did it. It wasn't pretty, but I swear I'll be better the next time.
Painting furniture is an easy and affordable way to give it a quick makeover, but after decades of facelifts, sometimes you gotta get rid of the paint and start as freshly as possible. This mini-dresser has been mine for an eternity, but now it's time to pass along to my daughter Eleanor for her new adopted bedroom on the 3rd floor.