Is your beige sofa getting you down? Consider giving it a playful (and colorful) facelift!
Have you ever shopped for printed fabric in a particular color palette and couldn't find exactly what you were looking for? It's happened to me countless times, which is why making your own printed fabric is sometimes the best way to go. I used buttons a while back to suit my needs, but here's an even easier
Up till now, when we've wanted to design our own bedding, we'd have to have it custom (code for 'expensive') made or we'd have to make it ourselves. Now inmod lets us design our own bedding for just a few hundred bucks, and they've made the process so fun it's kind of addictive!
To design our own bedding on inmod, we simply choose a pattern, fabric color and type, colors for embroidery details and a size. That's it! When you have your new...
The Evil Mad Scientists got all evil-mad with an IKEA Enje window blind and turned it into a custom-made window covering. Some of the stuff they used include Robogrips, a stapler, fusible tape, double-sided
Urban Outfitters has joined forces with Republic Bikes to let you design your own custom, retro flavored, yet modernly styled Plato Dutch bike. It's like putting together a great outfit, only better. Pick out colors for your frame, saddle, grips, chaincase, tires and skirt. The Dutchie is a single speed workhorse with old school practicality. It's budget friendly at only $399 and they'll ship it to your door. These photos prove that bicycles are very photogenic...
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Billy Bookcase system, Ikea is not only issuing a book, but a special grafitti-ish version covered in Shakespeare quotes. [Perhaps the source of the "Billy" name those thirty years ago?]
But the Swedish manufaktürer isn't the only one gettin' in on some customized Billy-ness. For year, decorators, DIYsters, and other Ikea Hackers have been given these classics some color and flair. The Guardian Online has...
Simple, useful, and handmade. These are the kinds of projects the DIYosphere lives for.
From EvilMadScientist: "We said that it's simple, and it is: it's a brick wrapped in a piece of paper...hese are "cement bricks" -- red dyed cement-- and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books." These left-brainers chose some Psis and brackets for their physics texts, but the technique is simple and could...
An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.
So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.
Artist Mike Edwards has brought paint-by-number to the 21st century, and it’s very cool! Basically, you upload a photo to Mike’s website diyart.com, which will be transformed into a numbered grid. You can print it off–for FREE–and start painting right away, or
Blair from WiseCraft has created one of those projects that make my DIY heart sing: using two materials - fabric and the lamination machine at Kinko's - way beyond their intended use. Adding a bit of fusible webbing gets anyone custom, handmade placemat for everyday of the week.
My, my...how paint pens have grown. What used to put out splotchy, oily messes can apparently now produce thin, clean, consistent lines. A beautiful case-in-point: these custom window films from Kate at Design*Sponge. "In our home we needed some window films to provide privacy, but we also wanted them to let light through. using contact paper and a white paint pen, i’ve created some decorative window films that are easy to change, replace,...
For my money, there is nothing better than an Eames fiberglass (now plastic) shell chair. Eiffel base, with/without arms... I'd take them all.
But, sometimes, vintage versions have seen better days. So rather than let these stained and worn masterpieces remain untouchable, artists and otherwise creative folk have transformed them into something new. Apartment Therapy has gathered a few:
The Flirty Guide offers this cool, multipart tutorial for making a custom, playful chandelier. Paint, beads, wire, shades...it's a whole heap of processes towards a fun, one of a kind piece. Thrift store magic.
Making the perfect pillow form is like buying the right bra; it determines if your handmade, custom pillow looks professional and smooth or wrinkly and tacky. The right measurements and the even distribution of filling are the hallmarks of fabulous throw pillows. Pillow forms can be cut out of almost any fabric. Keep the fabric plain and preferably a light color. Inexpensive muslin always works well.
Your pillow form should be made in the...
Judy Lake hand crafts one-of-a-kind lampshades at her shop Lake’s Lampshades. She’s now sharing her secrets in this very informative tutorial. To make a custom lampshade of your own, you’ll need:
4" x 7" x 7" square bell frame
- 5/8" gros-grain ribbon
- ½ yard fabric
- pressure-sensitive styrene
- pressure-sensitive cloth tape
- wooden clothespins
- wide ribbon to hold panels as they dry
- quick glue with squeeze bottle
- ultra-fine Sharpie
BHG has some clever ways to create custom drawer pulls for pennies. Here are some of my favorites:
Great for a child's room, simply glue a dimensional letter (found in the scrapbook department of your favorite craft store) at the center of a porcelain pull.
A bit of paint breathes life into this wooden knob.
A round craft mirror and by-the-yard rhinestones and a little glue bring bling to this knob.
For the shabby-chic fan, a wooden...