I'm not sure if this kitchen makeover is stunningly surprising or surprisingly stunning. It might be stunning for obvious reasons, but it's surprising for what DIDN'T change. Namely the flooring, the appliances AND the cabinets. Yes, the
Ring dishes are important. Truly. But sometimes you just need a dish that's big enough for those watches and sunnies. The solution: These faux Terrazzo tiles. They have stolen my heart and look like an easy afternoon project!
Valentine's Day is coming up quickly, and it's a common opinion that most men are difficult to buy for... so why not make a thoughtful gift for him instead? Here are ten of our very favorite DIY gifts from around the web for that special guy in your life.
I love the look of different shaped vases and planters, but they can be hard to find or a little too expensive for my wallet. This clay planter looks like concrete and the cone shape adds a cool & modern touch!
We covered the guys last week. Today we're turning our attention to the ladies. Although, I'm guessing there are a lot of guys out there that would love some of the things on this list as much as some of the ladies out there would love some of the things on the guys' list--okay, maybe not the beard oil, but I digress. So, read on and make your must-make list, because Valentine's Day is going to be here before you know it.
Mandi from Vintage Revivals, recently revealed her laundry room makeover and the results couldn't be more spectacular. Unlike a typical laundry room that you hide behind closed doors, this one you'd want to show off. Maybe even host parties in there. New penny round tile on the floor and slim subway tile on the wall, plus loads and loads of new storage and counter space prove to be the winning combination...
It's a goal of mine this year to build as much of the furniture and accessories in my home as I can. Obviously, some of the large stuff needs to be left to the pros, but this jewelry hanger is so easy anyone can do it! And should! The marble adds a lovely and chic vibe for sure!
Light fixtures are my favorite things to update in a space. The only problem is that they can be so expensive. Light fixture DIY can be intimidating but it is becoming so common that stores like Lowes and Home Depot are helping out more and more with great parts and foundational fixtures to get people started. A simaliar store-bought version of this fixture is pricey but check out how this DIY version is not that hard and very affordable.
The homeowner wanted something like the above fixture for her new kitchen. She didn't like the price tag, do we decided to DIY it. Here is how...
1. Swag Kit (Menards): Our light fixture was not centered on the table so we needed a swag kit. If your light fixture is centered, then you don't need the swag kit. You just need to buy the chain. They sell this seperately. The swag kit was on sale and therefore was cheaper than a swag hook and chain sold seperately, but you could also simply buy a swag hook and a chain not in the kit. They sell these at any home improvement store in the lighting section.
2. Portfolio Mini Pendant Kit (Lowes)
3. Large Glass Bowl (At Home Decor): It varies where I get my glass bowls for fixture. TJmaxx/Homegoods has great options. Sometimes you can score one at an Estate Sales or Thrift Stores. We wanted a huge orb bowl so I found this one at At Home Decor. It was $34.00 with a 10% off coupon. Important: There will be a hole drilled in the bottom of this bowl so make sure the glass is thick enough. If the glass is thin, then the bowl will break. My bowl was thinner at the opening but the bottom was good and thick.
4.Crescent Wrench: for tightening the nuts onto the threaded lamp pipes.
5. Two couplings (Menards): It doesn't matter what finish these are. These won't be seen.
6. Wire Stripper (Amazon): You will need this to attach to cut the pendant cord to size and attach the fixture.
7. Two Decorative Loops (Menards): These will be seen so get them in the finish you want.
8. Lamp Pipes (Lowes): Its easiest to get the variety so you switch them out if you need different sizes.
9. Two Rubber Washers ( The inside opening should be a larger opening than the diameter of threaded lamp pipe with coupling attached, but smaller or same size opening than your decorative loops.)
10. One or two metal washers: (The inside opening should be a larger opening than the diameter of the threaded lamp pipe with coupling attached, but smaller or same size opening than your decorative loop) I only needed one (see #11) but no matter what these will be seen so buy them or paint them the finish of your fixture.
11. Lamp Shaft (optional): I had an old thrift store lamp shaft that I wanted to add to the fixture. I took apart the lamp and pulled this off. It is solid wood. My plan was to cut it. The great thing about a lamp shaft is it has a hole through the middle. You could easily use a decorative finial or even small furniture leg for this. If you do, you will need to drill a hole through the middle. If you don't want to do this and want a more minimal look then a second metal washer would work.
First Things First..... Your glass bowl needs a 3/4 inch hole in the bottom of it. Scary DIY right? While there are many tutorials out there to do it, my favorite being from Mandi from Vintage Revivals, I still don't do it. I have visions of a breaking bowl or bloody hand. So I always buy my bowl and drive right down to my local glass cutting shop. It cost $20 to have a hole drilled by the shop in my city. That is worth it to me. Once this is done and picked up you are ready to put it together.
Take the Pendant kit and take the ceiling mount (the part you attach to the ceiling) apart to free the cord. I always take a picture of something together so I can remember how it goes. Put aside the instructions for later. You will use install the light fixture per the pendant kit instructions. Note: See the part farthest to the left of picture #1...You use it to tighten the white screw to keep the cord in place. Since I used a swag kit, I didn't need this. If you don't use a swag kit, then you will need this. I will explain how later.
Remove the decorative nut from the top part of the light socket. This will expose an attached threaded pipe that you will use in step 5.
Take your glass bowl and set it aside. You will start attching things to it.
Add the metal washer first and then add the rubber washer. Do not skip the rubber washer step. You will tighten things to make the fixture sturdy and the rubber washer protectes the bowl from cracking.
Attach one of your couplings to the attached threaded pipe. Your washer and rubber washer will now be between the coupling and the socket.
Attach one of your threaded pipes to your second coupling. The end that is in my hand will go into the coupling that you attached in step 5.
Attach the threaded pipe to the first coupling. This picture is to show you the end product. It might be confusing because the picture in step 6 shows the coupling at the opposite end. At this point I twisted the coupling down so there would be enough threaded pipe exposed for step 9.
Insert the tight socket through the bottom of the bowl. (The bowl is upside down of course) Notice the rubber washer is the part that is up against glass.
Important: From here on out you might need an extra set of hands. You can do it with one person, but its so much easier with two.
I cut the lamp shaft down at the top. I did this so the there would not be cut wood seen that I would have to stain. This is where you could use a finial or furniture leg. Make sure you have drilled the hole and stained it before this step. Again, I didn't have to drill a hole because my $2 thrift store find, a shaft from a broken lamp, already had one. If you do need to drill a hole, drill one the size of your washer hole. You can skip step nine if you don't want to use a decorative finial of some type. In steps 10-11, replace the wooden part with a metal washer.
Note: the left side of the picture is the cord coming from the glass bowl. The right side will be the part of the cord/chain that goes to the ceiling. Next attach your second rubber washer. This will be pressed up against the bowl on the outside (between the finial and the glass). Now attach your decorative finial or second washer.
This should be how your fixture should be looking. Its not secure at this point. It is only secure in the picture because I am holding up the cord. If you can't tell, the socket is inside the bowl.
Attach your chain to one of your decorative loops. I always use pliers to do this. I already had installed the swag hook into the ceiling before I started the DIY. This allowed me to know how much chain and cord I needed. You can do this even if you don't need a swag hook. Just measure the amount of chain that you need for your desired height.
Tip: I typically like to hang a dining room table fixture 33-36 from the top of a table. So the distance between the bottom of the bowl to the table is 33-36 inches.
Attach the the decorative loop to the exposed threaded pipe coming up through the finial/washer. Note: I had to problem solve a little. I had too much threaded pipe exposed that the decorative loop didn't tighten down all the parts together. I fixed the problem by going back to the store and getting two more washers. To make it look more decorative, I bought two different sizes of thicker washers. I placed them in between the finial and the decorative loop. You could also problem solve by taking the fixture apart to step 6 and use a smaller threaded pipe. Use pliers to close the chain shut (not pictured). I also covered the bowl with some bubble wrap while I did this. Or, you could be extra careful and attach the chain to the loop before you screw it on the lamp pipe.
Intertwine cord between the chains. I did every four chains. After I got the fixture up I wished I had done every two or three.
Thread a small lamp pipe through your second coupling and attach it to the end of the chain. (This is why you need to measure your chain before you DIY) Thread the end of the cord, after its been intertwined in the chain, through the second coupling/ lamp pipe.
Now its time to get it ready to install. Insert the exposed pipe through the ceiling mount. Frirst thread the jagged washer, then the grounding wire, and then (not pictured) secure it with a nut. Tighten with your crescent wrench. The nut, the jagged washer, and the grounding wire come with the pendant kit. You don't need to purchase them.
I am going to insert picture #1 again so you can see it. Skip this part if you are using a swag kit.
See the little part on the far left. If you are not using a swag kit you will need to install this on the threaded pipe attached to the second decorative coupling. (see Step 15). Thread your cord though it and screw it down over the lamp pipe until it is touching the bottom of the decorative coupling. There is not thread on the bottom part so it will be loose. Don't worry about this, once you do step 16 and tighten it will be secure. You can see it has an attached threaded pipe. This is what goes through the ceiling mount. Once you have done this, do step 16. Finally, screw the white side screw so it will clamp down on the grey light cord. Now you are ready to install. Again, this only concerns you if you are not using a swag hook.
Step 17: (not pictured)
Grab those pendant kit instructions and install your fixture according to instructions. You need a second person for this. If you are not comfortable with this...call an electrician.
Tip: If you are using a swag kit, hang the fixture on the swag kit first and it will hold the chandelier there while you easily install the wires and ceiling mount to the light box.
I love the brightness and simplicity of this fixture. I added a round vintage bulb and called it a day.
I like the extra detail the finial gives to the fixture even though it is not needed in the function.
I love the finished product. The table is a 40-inch diameter table. I think two of these hung over a rectangular table would look great. You could also do the same project with smaller bowls to get pendant lights for your bar.
The inspiration fixture was $299. The costs for the parts, bowl, and hole drilling was a total of $80. Gotta love that price savings right?
Do you recongize this kitchen? Check out the renovation details here. Happy New Year.
Nancy nabbed this forlorn bar cart for $15 at a garage/estate sale. She saw its potential and gave it a glamourous makeover. It started with a good cleaning, then she covered the cool gold-speckled wheels
Don't you love it when a friend admires something in your home and you can puff your chest out a bit and admit that you made it yourself? That's exactly what will happen with this pretty pretty pitcher. And it's just as easily removable as it was to create in the first place!
There's something so festive about candlelight. I tend to light a lot of votives during the holiday season, so naturally I'm a big fan of holiday-themed candles. Here are ten of my favorite candle DIYs that I've been drooling over this December.
Maybe its my love of the outdoors or maybe its my love of vintage, but I love a good lantern. I have always been drawn to these at flea markets and antique stores and they are a great way to add a little vintage to your decor. Here is how you can turn a vintage (or new) kerosene lamp into a lamp.
This winter, I'm sticking to my two neutrals: black and white. But, I want touches of glitter and natural elements added to the mix! As much as I love to go out and shop for new holiday decor, it's always nice to come up with ways to create those pieces in the comfort of your own home.
After spotting this idea on random roundups without links to the original project, I decided to go on a how-to hunt. Turns out the Bubble Lampshade tutorial comes form Lydia Pudel and the technique, although easy enough, involves more than just
'Tis the season! It's getting colder and that means you can walk around with a mug in hand filled with a warm beverage every hour of the day. And nobody will judge you. Triple points if your mug looks like one of these!
Airplants might just be the ultimate when it comes to plant etiquette. Similar to cactus, they require very little water making them *almost* indestructable. I am always on the look out for unique ways to hang and display your plants and this copper and clay DIY doesn't disappoint!
One technique I've yet to try is epoxy--the clear kind, not the wood filler and glue kind. I guess I've always thought it was tricky--you know...bubbles. But Beth's tutorial of
The living room in our new house started as a blank slate. It was empty and very, very plain. But certainly not anymore. Click through to see how I gave the space a healthy dose of character with unique furniture pieces and fresh shades of blue, green and gold.
The new space has a vibrant, energetic feel without being overwhelming. I started with the rug, believe it or not, because I find it intimidating to find affordable, attractive rugs. This one caught my eye, and I began designing the room around it. And I was thrilled to team up with Sauder for some of the main furniture pieces.
Once I found the rug, I began thinking about the wall color. I chose a cheerful blue color called Tradewind from Sherwin Williams. In all honesty, I thought it would be lighter... but I'm thrilled with the way it came out! Sometimes design mistakes can be happy accidents.
Next, onto the furniture. We already had the sofa, and the Eames chair was my grandmother's. The acrylic chairs were a bit of a splurge... I've wanted them for years and years, and decided it was finally time now that we have more space.
The Round Coffee Table from Sauder was my inspiration for the gold accents that pop up throughout the room. They add a bit of warmth to contrast with the cooler blues and greens. I wanted to highlight the round shape by placing just a small grouping of items in the middle on a round Chilewich placemat. It's important to me to intersperse our home with objects that have personal meaning; a vase created by my uncle, Brooklyn glassblower Kevin Scanlan, sits in the center of the table with a set of candleholders that were a gift from my dad along with a vase of hydrangeas from our garden.
The painting is by artist John Diehl, a local painter whose work I've been admiring for years. This piece reminds me of driving along the highway at dusk... and the color scheme is just perfect for the space.
The Anywhere Console is another favorite piece of furniture... it provides us with a surface to display additional fun mementos (including a shell from the beach in St. Croix that I may or may not have stashed in my carry-on luggage). And I keep board games and other miscellany in the hidden storage below.
I just so happen to live with a man who works in the wine industry, so Mike and I had a lot of fun assembling the bar cart. The cart itself is also from Sauder, available here. I started with a tray full of booze, and then began accessorizing it with all of the things I deem necessary for a proper bar cart: flowers of some sort, a bowl of citrus fruit, glassware, striped straws... and the list goes on. We used Mike's grandfather's glassware to house the stirrers, gold spoons and fresh mint to garnish drinks.
I created a gallery wall behind the cart, filled with artwork from a mix of different sources; my mom did the pencil-drawn figure back in art school, and I painted the eye many years ago. The wave drawing is a print by the very talented artist Zaria Forman with whom I was friendly with in college. The others are thrift store finds.
I love that the room still feels warm and inviting despite the mostly cool color palette... I think it will be a lovely spot to sit and watch the snow fall once winter arrives.
To see more styling inspiration, check out Sauder's Put Together lookbook.
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We are big on lighting in our home. It's a necessity, sure, but that doesn't mean it has to be dull. We're always keen on creating our own lighting when we get the chance, and it's a great way to add personality. Many might think dealing with electricity and wiring is too complicated or even expensive, but this DIY pendant light project is so simple to make and minimal in design, anyone can do it. Did I mention this light only costs about $25?
- Lamp cord set
- Crystal bulb
- Hot glue gun
1. The cord was intended for a shade, so you will have the icky socket showing. Simply cut a strip of leather that will fit around the circumference of the socket.
2. Hot glue your leather to the socket area a little bit at a time. You don't need to use a ton of glue, just enough so the the leather and plastic stick securely.
3. Remove the pin from the pulley and release the wheel. Place the cord in the groove of the wheel.
4. Place the pin back onto the pulley.
5. To hang, simply hook it to an eye hook on your ceiling. Our eye hook was a bit too small, so we attached the pulley to a wire and then the wire to our eye hook.
6. Place your bulb into the socket, adjust as necessary and enjoy!
The minimal design allows the light to fit into the rest of the room seamlessly. It isn't too loud, but it still has enough personality to catch your eye! The pulley allows me to adjust the height of my light, so if I'm working at my desk, it's easy to lower. If I want to brighten up more space, I can easily pull the light higher up and so on. The crystal bulb also gives the overall light a unique look - especially at night when the mesmerizing shadow hits the walls!
I am having so much fun playing with cement. It's such an inexpensive material and there are so many possibilities for projects. I also love the durable, rough nature of cement. Something about it's raw look and feel adds a cool, relaxed feeling to your decor. It's definitely not a pretentious material.
I love having a little splash of decor outside my home to give folks an idea of what might be going on inside. These fun BOO garden stakes add just a hint of fright to my yard for Halloween. I'm not big of the gory and super scary this time of year, so these playful letters are just right for me.
Click through to see the full how-to, so you can create some custom cement garden stakes for your yard.