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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Unrecognizable $180K Kitchen Remodel

by DIY Maven
J A S Design Build kitchen remodel before
Photo: J A S Design Build

Yes, I know we usually feature kitchen remodels of the DIY variety, but this pro job by J A S Design Build out of Seattle, WA, was too juicy not to share. But before we see the "after" let me warn you, perspective has changed completely, so we really have to take the word of J A S that this is even the same space. That's because not only is the vantage point of the photographs are different, J A S

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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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Embracing Simplicity: DIY Clothesline Photo Wall Display

by DIY Maven

 

inspiration for clothesline photo wall display
Photo: Umbra

 

As my new office space started coming together, I realized I had a very large blank wall that needed some major artwork. On the opposing wall, I have a small trio of frames, so I didn't want to do the same on the big wall. But I didn't want just one big image either. So I did what we all do, I searched the internets for some inspiration. One product popped up from Umbra (pictured above) that caught my attention immediately. The 30" x 26 1/2" configuration would be perfect photographs that hold a special place in my heart but have yet found a special place enlarged on my walls.

The store-bought version costs a very reasonable $20, but I knew I could make one for next to nothing. Which I did. Actually, I made two

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY Ceiling Light Fixture Revamp Using Earth Magnets and a Barrel Shade

by DIY Maven
Before
Photo: DIY Maven

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

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Before & After: A Rustically Refined Living Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Rustically refined living room before
Photo: Lindsay Stanford Photography via The Rustic Life

 

Sandra lives in an 1871 farmhouse, so when it was time to furnish her formal living room she decided to keep it refined--as formal living rooms quite often are--but she also kept true to the room's historical shell, populating it with rustic elements as well. Since she's only lived in her home for under a year, the before didn't look very lived-in, but from the photo above, you can see what

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Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover

by DIY Maven
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Image: DIY Maven

 

I've been wanting to re-do my home office and craft room forever, but I was completely intimidated to start the process. Why? Because I wanted to combine my office and craft space, and I just didn't think it would be possible. Too many books! Too many craft supplies!  My Sweetiepie wasn't deterred. "Have you seen me pack a suitcase?" he asked. (It's true. The guy once spent a month in China...

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Eye Candy: 10 Stunning Natural Stone Fireplaces

by Jennifer Farley
Natural Stone Fireplaces
Source: Lonny; Photo: David A. Land

Painted fireplaces have become a trend in the last decade and in someways, in the DIY world, our attention has been diverted from beauty of natural stone fireplaces. Dont get me wrong, I love a good painted fireplace. There have been a few brick/stone fireplaces that have been victim to my paint brush...for good reason. Today's post is a good reminder that natural stone fireplaces can make a beautiful statement in any style of home...even modern ones. Here are ten natural fireplaces that might make you want to put down your paintbrush and consider stone.

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Cuteness Overload: Ikea Rocking Moose Hack

by DIY Maven
Ikea Ekorre Before
Photo: Ikea

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...

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How To: Build a Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Console Table

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Restoration Hardware Inspiration
Photo: Restoration Hardware

Jen fell in love the moment she first saw Restoration Hardware's wood and steel console, which is pictured above. Employing simple metal connectors used in the construction trade, Jen was able to recreate the console at a fraction of the cost. (I'm guessing here, because Jen doesn't actually mention how much the project cost, but the RH inspiration clocks in at between $1195 and

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