I can't get enough of Scandinavian design, and I'm on the hunt for ways to bring this style into my home. The decor in my house hasn't had a theme until very recently (unless you consider furniture inherited from past roommates a theme). Now that I'm almost 30 (panicked bells ringing as I type that), the items in my home are brought in with more intention. I love all things monochromatic, so the Scandinavian look fits my mostly-gray furniture perfectly. This dining table needed a new tablecloth, and the Scandinavian-inspried Swiss cross pattern seemed the perfect fit.
We've been into industrial-style DIYs lately over here at Curbly, so today we thought we'd share some gorgeous DIY industrial furniture project ideas you can make yourself. These DIYs are filled with weathered wood, pipes and metal accents, giving them an oh-so-trendy look. Keep reading to check them out.
Before I bought this nightstand, I had never stepped foot in an IKEA (gasp!). It wasn't for lack of wanting to, I just never had the opportunity before. As a former small-town gal, I haven't lived within driving distance of an IKEA up until I moved to the big city (more specifically, the Twin Cities) about a year and a half ago. Since moving, I've been putting off a trip to the IKEA because I know myself too well. I know that I love cute home decor, and I knew that I'd want to take everything in that store home with me. Impulsive purchasing aside, I needed a new nightstand. Let me tell you two things: #1. IKEA is awesome (and massive and a bit confusing at first - but they have Swedish Fish which totally made up for me getting lost), and #2. I love this TARVA IKEA nightstand because it is so hackable.
When it comes to thrift store finds, painting can be a fantastic way to totally transform something old into something new. That being said, too much paint can be a bad thing. Sometimes the most refreshing way to refinish a solid piece of wood furniture is to totally strip it naked and start fresh. That's how I felt about this chair (and its amazing technicolored dream-coats of old paint). Thankfully, it wasn't a ton of work to remove paint from the entire thing. Here's how:
I love my cat. I'm not shy about admitting that (I even mention it in my bio). I'm also not ashamed to say I think she's the best cat in the world. Her name is Donut, but I also refer to her as "Angel Face" or "Precious Baby Kitty" (which drives my fiancé crazy, I'm sure). The cat drinks filtered water and has a basket full of toys. She's one of the more spoiled cats out there, and leads a pretty cushy life (as evidenced by this plushy DIY cat bed I made especially for her).
Ready for a fun before-and-after project? A boring Craigslist dresser is transformed into a vision of blue beauty, in just 10 steps! There is a right way to to achieve a great finish on a painted dresser, and there is certainly a wrong way, too. Sure, you could just slap on a coat of paint and call it a day, but impatience and rushing through the repainting process means sloppy results. However, we're here to share our careful step-by-step process, and to make sure you get it right the first time around so your Craigslist finds can shine!
I love black and white, and what better pattern to show off this high contrast combo then buffalo check (also known as buffalo plaid). For the last few years, I've been adding more and more of this (usually) red-and-black flannel pattern known to my fall/winter wardrobe and home decor. Last year, I decorated a whole Christmas tree for $10, and buffalo check was the main star.
So, when I found this solid little table at a thrift store for $8, I decided to give it a giant gingham makeover.
Ah, the linen closet. The junk drawer of the closet world. The gateway to a lesser Narnia. What should be a place for organized towels and blankets can so easily become pure chaos! If you're the type who wads up their sheets and shuts the door, you're not alone! Fortunately, linen closet organization can be achieved with just a little change in routine and some prep work. Read on to learn how to make the best use of the space in your home, and tame that linen or bathroom closet once and for all.
IKEA is always a good choice for inexpensive furniture, and many of its furniture and home decor accessories make great bases for DIY projects. Are you planning to revamp your bedroom this season? Even if you're not, you're going to love these IKEA bedroom hacks that make basic products look like brand new, unique pieces!
1. Use a child's bed slat to make a stylish but functional wall organizer for hanging baskets, magazines and more!
2. Why not make your nightstand more tech-friendly? Give an IKEA Tarva nightstand a makeover so your electronics plug in more easily.
3. Give a plain IKEA dresser an upgrade with fresh paint and unique drawer pulls like this leather handled RAST dresser.
4. Turn an IKEA coffee table into a beautiful upholstered bench for the foot of your bed!
5. Give a plain IKEA headboard a simple wood slat makeover with peel-and-stick pieces of wood.
6. Make your own table lamp with a concrete base for less than $30 using an IKEA lamp.
7. Beautify your walls with this simple brass corner frame hack using vinyl.
8. A fresh coat of paint and a little re-purposing allows you to turn a simple step stool into a modern plant stand perfect for the corner of your bedroom.
9. Make a campaign dresser using an IKEA Malm unit, and you'll forget what it used to look like.
10. Incorporate today's trends by dying your white IKEA bedding with this beautiful shibori technique.
11. Cover IKEA storage boxes with pretty wrapping paper to make simple storage that matches your bedroom decor.
12. Turn an IKEA highboy dresser into a unique piece of art for storing your clothes.
13. Cover an entire bed frame with batting and fabric for a luxe bed frame makeover.
14. Create a ton of storage under your bed with this IKEA KALLAX shelf hack.
15. Lastly, re-purpose an IKEA spice rack as a bedside shelf with a light!
All of these unique IKEA hacks would be a great addition to a bedroom or other areas of your home. Take advantage of affordable home decor from IKEA, and use these great tips to put your own spin on it!
This wood desk organizer is modern, minimal, and surprisingly easy to make (even if your woodworking game is totally weak). Read on for step-by-step instructions on making your own, and getting your desktop all tidied up!
On any given day, if you visit our house you'll find envelopes and papers strewn all over the place because we're not yet ready to file them away. Okay, I'll admit, sometimes we're just being lazy, but for the most part they serve as a reminder to action something important like paying a bill or scheduling in an appointment.
Regardless, while the intention is well-meaning, the resulting mess is... well, messy! So I decided to put a stop to the chaos and make us a place where we can put all the letters until we're ready to file them. Follow along for the simple how-to!
Wood Desk Organizer Materials
- Wood (I used pine)
- Hand saw
- Sand paper
- Wood glue
- Painter's tape
Measure and mark out the pieces for your wood desk organizer with a ruler and pencil. Then cut them out with a hand saw.
You'll need to cut 8 pieces in total for the sides, back, base, pencil holder and divider. See the image above for all the pieces and their corresponding sizes below.
Of course, you're more than welcome to come up with your own measurements to create a desk caddy that's sized exactly to your liking, but if you're unsure about the numbers, just follow along with mine. :)
- PIECE A, side of pencil holder: 3 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (74mm wide x 90mm tall)
- PIECE B, side of pencil holder: 3 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (74mm wide x 90mm tall)
- PIECE C, front of pencil holder: 3.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (90mm wide x 90mm tall)
- PIECE D, base of desk organizer: 13 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (330mm wide x 90mm tall)
- PIECE E, back of desk organizer: 13 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (330mm wide x 90mm tall)
- PIECE F, central divider: 9.5 inches wide x 2.5 inches tall (240mm wide x 65mm tall)
- PIECE G, front of desk organizer: 9.5 inches wide x 1.5 inches tall (240mm wide x 40mm tall)
- PIECE H, side of desk organizer: 3.5 inches wide x 3.75 inches tall (90mm wide x 98mm tall)
Important Note: These measurements were based on the timber I found at my local hardware store, which was 8mm/0.31 inches thick. If your wood is a different thickness, it'll push out the numbers slightly so make sure you adjust your measurements accordingly!
Once all your pieces have been cut, give the edges a quick sand.
Begin by getting Pieces A, B and C together (refer to the image in Step 1 to see which piece is which).
Glue Pieces A and B (the narrower pieces) to Piece C as shown below to form a 'U' shape. This will eventually be the pencil holder part of your wood desk organizer.
Apply glue to the bottom edge of the 'pencil holder' section and affix it to Piece D (which is the base of your desk organizer). Make sure the front of the pencil holder is flush with the front edge of Piece D.
Get Piece E (the back of your desk organizer), apply some glue to the bottom edge and stick it in place.
Apply glue to one of the long edges on Piece F (which is the central divider) and attach it to the middle of the base of your desk organizer as shown below.
Then affix Piece G to the front of your desk organizer so that it's flush with the front of the pencil holder section.
Finally, attach Piece H to the side of the work piece to close off the open end.
Apply painter's tape all the way around the top edges of your organizer to protect the sides from paint. Make sure the tape is well stuck down, then paint the edges in your chosen color.
Once the paint is dry, remove the tape and your wood desk organizer is complete! What a cute caddy!
There's nothing quite like the frustration of trying to find a shirt in a dresser drawer packed full of balled up clothes. There's no order, and everything is kind of just shoved in there. While it may be tempting to just close up your dresser drawers when they start to get chaotic, being able to have everything nicely folded and visible will make getting ready in the morning a million times easier. So, rather than just tossing that tee in the back of the drawer, fold it properly the first time so you can find it when you need it. Keep reading for the best way to fold shirts, pants, socks, even underwear!
Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started - don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire pit. We've rounded up 62 outdoor DIY projects to get you excited to be outside again as the weather warms up. From plants to playhouses, keep scrolling for more inspiration!
What ways do you want to transform your backyard? Let us know in the comments!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Pallet Couch: Doesn't this space look inviting? The good news is that it's made from free pallets and a few cushions!
2. Summer Hammock: Nothing says "ahhhhhhh" like a gently-swinging hammock. Get ready to relax in the fruits of your labor with this DIY.
3. Colorful Chair Makeover: There are no rules to how bright colors can be outside. See how these once bland lawn chairs got their day in the sun.
5. DIY Fringed Hammock: This hammock brings boho to the backyard with the addition of fringe.
6. Macramé Hammock Chair: I can"knot" get over how gorgeous this hammock chair is!
7. DIY Outdoor Cushions: Update your existing patio furniture by stitching up some of these quick and easy DIY outdoor cushions.
8. Easy Outdoor Bench: Emphasis on "easy!" Instant seating comes to life with wood beams, concrete blocks, and a bit of paint.
9. Modern Outdoor Sofa: This number is so sleek I might want to bring it inside my house! The good news is it's built to withstand the elements, which means you can make your back deck super classy.
10. Simple Grilling Cart: Grillin' on the go! With a built-in drink cooler, what more could you ask for out of an outdoor DIY project?
11. Outdoor Bar: If you're not really the grill master type, but more of a whiskey woman, why not make a drink bar for your backyard?
12. Wall-Mounted Serving Station: Want to entertain but don't have space for a full outdoor kitchen? Go vertical by building this simple serving station with drop-down tabletop!
13. Built-in Beer Cooler Table: Woah Nelly, what is this ingenious contraption? Never get up from your chair again with this DIY.
14. S'mores Station Centerpiece: Acting as both a lovely centerpiece and a warming station for marshmallow and chocolate, party guests are sure to be impressed by this s'mores machine (made from glass dishes!).
15. Cinder Block Bar: Combining two awesome things (plants and booze), this bar provides an easy builder's solution.
16. DIY Grill Countertop: Basically like having an outdoor kitchen, this brick counter space built around a grill surely makes outdoor entertaining a breeze.
17. Drink Cooler Stand: If you're constantly entertaining outside, or if you just enjoy having a cold beverage available whenever, this drink stand provides a classy solution to the standard cooler.
18. IKEA Outdoor Bar Cart: This entertaining station falls under the category of "why didn't I think of that?"
19. Built-To-Last Concrete Fire Pit: With a little elbow grease, you can build your own fire pit that you can enjoy for many summers to come.
20. Minimal Fire Pit: If clean lines are more your style, explore this fire pit put together by The Brick House.
22. Bug-Repelling Citronella Candles: These outdoor lights do double-duty by providing light and shooing away unwanted pests.
23. Fire Column: Nothing says "class" like fire in glass. Shed a little light in your outdoor dining space with this simple DIY project.
24. Pendant Light: This DIY might make you want to eat outside for every meal! Create a classy dining nook by hanging some proper light fixtures.
25. Ping Pong Ball Lights: Maybe the easiest outdoor DIY project on this list, these ping pong ball lights instantly add charm to any space.
27. Portable Fire Pit: This flame is on the move! Which is perfect if you are an renter or apartment-dweller.
28. Recycled Bottle Tiki Torch: Old wine bottles get new life as mounted tiki torches with this outdoor-friendly DIY!
29. Tin Can Lights: This project is a classic, and couldn't be left off the list! If you need a quick, easy, and cheap solution for your outdoor lighting situation, grab some tin cans, tea lights, a hammer and a large nail, and get to punching!
30. Mason Jar Lamps: Another classic, these jar lights are a simple and sweet way to brighten your backyard.
31. Pool Noodle Luminaries: Even if you don't have a pool, you can set these floatable candles off in a large container of water to add ambiance to any space.
32. Flower Pot Fire Pit: Who says fire pits can't be cute? Beautiful in blue, this outdoor DIY project only requires a flower pot, stones, and a little flame.
33. DIY Trellis with Planter Box: Give crawling plants somewhere to go by building them a trellis. This project is also great if you're looking to fill visual space in your patio or deck area!
34. Hose Housing Station with Built-In Planter: Gardening hoses are hard to keep neat and pretty. This project solves that solution by keeping the hose hidden! Plus there are flowers involved, which is always a bonus.
35. Homemade Flower Beds: Bump up your home's curbside appeal by installing these flower beds you can make on your own.
37. Vertical Planter: Take your plants a step up. Perfect if you're low on space but big on greenery!
38. Plant Chandelier: Ooh la la! Who needs lights when you can have leaves?
39. Succulent Letters: Say it with succulents! Create "wall art" to hang in your outdoor space.
40. Tapered Cedar Planter: Giant planters are not cheap, but with a little woodworking you can craft your own from cedar.
41. Geometric Cinder Block Planters: Cinder blocks are at it again! With a simple paint job, you can create a modern-looking planter to house all kinds of greenery.
44. Colorful Patio Tiles: I can't get over what a simple and transformative idea this is! If you can't commit to painting your patio, try chalk for a temporarily colorful time!
45. Painted Patio: If you're looking for a way to bring bold to the backyard, this paint job takes the cake.
46. Stenciled Concrete: This stencil job mimics the look of a rug with the low-maintenance factor of concrete! Try this look on for size if you're trying to create a more intimate outdoor living space.
47. DIY Rug from Drop Cloth: Personalize the patio by making a rug from a drop cloth. It'll withstand the elements, too!
48. Pallet Walkway: A couple of pallet boards bridge the gap in this DIY. Totally doable, and totally cheap!
50. Pea Gravel Patio: Want to build your own patio? Pea gravel makes it easy to create a patio space without all the pavers.
51. Tree Swing: How sweet is this swing? Even if you're grown, there's nothing quite like swaying under a tree.
52. Circular Rope Swing: If you're working on your balance, try this swing on for size!
54. Sandbox with Seating and Awning: Keep the kiddos safe from the sun by adding an awning to your sandbox. Plus these plans come with adorable seating!
55. DIY Bungalow Play House: With chalk board panels, this playhouse can be imagined into any space.
56. Play Tent: Can I move in? This cloth tent is also collapsible, so it's easy to move inside and out!
57. Hula Hoop Hideout: Give each kid their own special space with some fabric and a few hula hoops.
58. Tire Teeter Totter: Alliteration aside, this teeter totter is adorable. Plus it's made from recycled materials, so it's good for the kids and the earth.
59. DIY Tether Ball: This DIY feels like a throwback! Do you guys remember playing tether ball long into the afternoon? Turns out it's pretty easy to make one of your own for you or your offspring to enjoy!
60. Mini Bowling Lane: How adorable is this?? Bowling never looked so cute, plus it's small so it doesn't take up a lot of space!
61. Giant Four-in-a-Row: Everything better when it's bigger. Fair warning: you may end up being house-party-central if you build one of these.
62. Giant Jenga: Last but not least, this thrilling game is the perfect addition to a summertime backyard party.
By their nature, containers require more frequent watering than plantings in the ground. Smaller containers in full sun can need watering twice a day during hot spells. Go large when choosing new containers to save on time and water demands.
Choose a group of plants that are compatible in looks and culture. Match up their needs for light and water first, then play with combining colors and texture.
These perennials are my first 'go-to' s for drought tolerant containers. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors with blooms that benefit pollinator insects and ask for little in terms of water and fertilizer. Most will overwinter and also combine well with other drought tolerant plants.
Herbs for garden and kitchen
Culinary and ornamental herbs are another group happy in well drained soil and sun. Those with variegated foliage are stunning accents planted solo in a container. Among my top favorites are:
Variegated lemon thyme
Sages that are edible and ornamental: 'Berggarten', 'Aurea', 'Purpurescens' and 'Tricolor'
Oregano 'Kent Beauty' trails beautifully out of hanging baskets and into the marinara sauce.
These garden perennials make a successful leap between garden beds and containers and back again:
Coral bells, Heuchera 'Green Spice', 'Peppermint Spice' and 'Moonlight'
Geranium x 'Johnson's Blue' and other hardy geranium
Oxalis tetraphylla 'Iron Cross'
Dusty Miller -
Sunrose, Helianthemum 'Wisley Pink' and 'St. Mary's'
Add these grasses and grass-likes for contrasting texture
New Zealand Flax, Phormium and variegated iris both offer tall, strappy, striped leaves.
Low growing glack mondo grass has dramatic dark foliage and and small white or purple flowers.
Variegated lily turf, Liriope muscari 'Variegata', 'Silver Dragon' and 'Sunproof' all have white edged leaves and purple blooms.
Annuals that can take the heat (and a bit of drought)
Many of the popular annuals used for seasonal color do best with regular water and fertile soil. Be sure to keep these birds-of-a-feather together. Here are some great annuals that don't like as much water and fertilizer and that combine well with other types of plants listed in this article:
African daisy, Osteospermum Symphony series
Sweet allysum, Lobularia maritima
Dwarf snapdragons, Chinese Lantern series
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When you live in a small house or apartment, one big challenge you face is finding furniture to fit the scale of your space. I live in a compact two-bedroom with my fiancée, and furnishing it has been a slow process. Rather than being frustrated by how cramped it can feel, we try to cooperate with the space we have. That means rejecting the idea of a full-sized couch and opting for a larger loveseat. It means storing vertically and hanging what we can. It also means accepting the fact that our eating and living areas needs to share space. We weren't having any luck finding a small dining table, so I decided to build one instead.
We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation - basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride - so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. All...
More and more I find myself opting for greener products in my home. Call me a hippie (you're a hippie!), but I just don't want all that toxic chemical junk around me. I've successfully transitioned all my cleaning products to eco-friendly versions, and I'm now dipping my toes in the realm of homemade cleaners. If you've made your own cleansing sprays before, you know the main ingredient is almost always vinegar. I love the cleaning power of vinegar, but hate the smell. Doesn't it just remind you of decorating Easter eggs? This recipe for all-natural wood cleaner doesn't have that overpowering vinegar aroma. Instead, is has a light lemon scent. And I have to say, it's a crazy-pleasant smell. Like I kind of want to wear it as a perfume.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin (can be found at the natural foods store)
- 20-30 drops of lemon oil
This cleaner is easy to make. Simply combine all ingredients in a large bottle, and shake it up! I opted not to use a spray bottle, and instead I'm keeping mine in a simple amber one. The reason is that I've found when I make all-natural cleaners, the sprayer tends to clog up and break. If anyone has any tips to prevent this from happening, let me know in the comments please!
To use this all-natural wood cleaner, distribute a little bit of the solution on a soft cloth, and wipe wood surfaces clean.
This wood cleaning solution is more about getting rid of dirt, and less about polishing. This makes it great for cleaning floors, dishes, or wood surfaces you eat off of or prepare food on. If you're looking to make a cleaner with a little more polishing power, add a tablespoon of olive oil to this mixture.
In case you're curious what each ingredient is for, here's the breakdown: The water is essentially the carrier. The vinegar is the cleansing agent. The vegetable glycerin helps the solution dry faster, and the lemon oil is there to smell amazing.