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

by DIY Maven
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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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Embracing Simplicity: DIY No-Sew Mail Organizer

by DIY Maven

 

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I'm happy to report that my office makeover is proceeding nicely. The big stuff--desk, bridge arrangement, seating, even the craft cubby is nearly complete. The only things that remain on the bullet list is artwork, light fixture, and mail organizer. In today's installment of Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, we're going to tackle the last on that list. 

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Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover

by DIY Maven
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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 living out of a 22"...

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Before & After: Kitchen Wall Turned Office Area

by DIY Maven
Kitchen office wall before.
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We see a lot of home offices in guest rooms and craft rooms, but tucking one inside a kitchen, that's more rare. After seeing Katie's kitchen wall transformation, the trend just might catch on though. Of course, the first thing needed is a kitchen large enough to sacrifice the real estate. Luckily, Katie

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How To: Build a Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Console Table

by DIY Maven
Restoration Hardware Inspiration
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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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Modernize Your Boring Desk with this DIY Giant Wood Block Calendar

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Modernize Your Boring Desk with this DIY Giant Wood Block Calendar

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In an effort to get organized early in the new year, I've been making myself little desk accessories to get excited about computer work. And I'm happy to say, it's actually working. So, I thought I would share one of the projects that I recently made, for a jumbo wood block perpetual calendar. The larger size makes this calendar a statment piece and adds a fun playfulness to the typically bland work station. Click...

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