Terri and Mark have a very large house that recently became much larger. No, they didn't grow their square footage OUT. They grew it IN. How? By using the hand-to-god-high, wasted-space ceiling in their great room. Design team Amalia and Todd Goldwasser worked over a span
This nightstand was in pretty poor condition when Reeves took it home and, after realizing that wood stain wasn't enough to fix some of the blemishes, she opted to paint it. Check out the final result below and let us know what you think!
This bedroom makeover not only looks better in the after version, it also looks bigger, with a few minimal adjustments.
I love the simple look of striped curtains; graphic, bold, clean lines. So where to find a set of striped curtains to match our colors and decor? Make 'em, natch! Like any good blogger, I've done my research (code for stalking a long list of other drool worthy blogs) and painting fabric is apparently not that complicated. Score 1 for the new painted curtain plan. Whenever I need simple curtain panels, I head to Ikea; for this project, I opted for the Ritva panels- I thought the fabric was a little more textured/ interesting than the simple cotton they also had on hand, and I liked the clean top of these more than the other choices with grommets.
- White curtain panels ( such as the Ritva from IKEA, $25)
- Painters tape
- plastic drop cloth
- foam roller
- ruler/ straight edge
- latex paint
Step One: I googled around and found that the only reason to wash the curtains first was to remove any sizing that might get in the way of the paint soaking into the fabric. A way to test is to drop some water onto the fabric and if it beads up... you'll need to wash it. If the water drop soaks in, then so will your paint and you're good to go! I just dove in with painting. Lay your curtains out onto a drop cloth first as the paint WILL soak through onto the surface below.
Step Two: Iron. (I skipped this step, but I wouldn't be a responsible blogger if I didn't tell you that it would be the best way to go...)
Step Three: Measure twice. My curtains needed to be 92" long so I figured a stripe that was roughly 9 1/4" would look perfect.
Step Four: Tape your lines. You folks are smart, so I won't go into detail for how to tape... but go slowly, and really press the edges of your tape into the fabric as best you can. (I happen to have a tool in my arsenal called a bone folder for making sharp creases in paper.)
Step Five: Roll on your paint. Move in small increments and roll your paint until the fabric seems saturated. I used the same paint color we have on our nightstands.
Step Six: After the paint has dried a bit, remove the tape.
Step Seven: Hem if necessary... I sewed my hem because I wasn't sure whether a ironing/ hem tape would work with the paint.
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.
I swear I see a chair not unlike the one pictured above every other week sitting dejectedly at someone's curbside. Usually, there's a 'free' sign attached to the thing. Next
Mandy was given a leather (or possibly naugahyde) chair for which she had BIG plans. Recovering it was on the top of the list, but when she maybe-not-accidentally dripped some paint on it, her plans changed. She decided to paint it with
This DIY idea is such a fun and unique way to spruce up plain headboards -- and would look great in a girl's room or guestroom!
All you need is, well, a headboard (obviously) and some paper flowers. Natalie Shriver created this version for Design Love Fest using West Elm's Morocco Headboard and some store-bought paper flowers. Check out how she did it right here!
If you really want to customize it, try one of these DIY paper flower tutorials to create whatever floral style and color scheme suits your fancy.
DIY Paper Flower Headboard via Design Love Fest
When you're tight on space, sometimes the room you do have needs to pull double duty, like in the case of this office-turned-guestroom!
With a little bit of re-arranging and a playful new accent wall, this kids' bedroom now puts the "fun" in functional!
(HEY! We're giving away a $200 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of this post! Read on to find out how to win!)
My dad was a jack of all trades as far as DIY was concerned. Plumbing, heating, engine repair. He did just about everything. The one thing he rarely did was make furniture. Only two such projects come to mind: a coffee table that was long gone by the time I came around, and there is the bench you see above. Dad's bench, as we refer to it, was never meant to be a 'beauty' piece, but rather a workbench of sorts for my mother.
It went on the auction block when they downsized about 6 years ago. As I stood watching the auctioneer offer up the bench, I decided I couldn't part with it and entered into a heated bidding war with a total stranger. I paid five bucks for it.
For being 60+ years old, it's in pretty good shape, and, thanks to box nails, it's still super sturdy. All it needed was some love and some Moroccan spice.