10 Sophisticated Leather DIYs For Fall

10 Sophisticated Leather DIYs For Fall
Photo: The Merry Thought

Leather is one of those materials that seems intimidating... but once you start working with it, you'll realize that it's not. I promise. So in honor of this sophisticated material, today I'm sharing ten of my favorite leather DIYs for your home. (And if you're not into using the real stuff, you can substitute vegan leather for any of these pieces!).   

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How to: Make a Super Easy DIY Terrarium Ready for Fall!

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Seasonal Terrarium | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I'm trying to find ways to decorate my home seasonally without having to store more decor away for the year or reorganize an entire room for one holiday! As a busy mom, I'm finding less time to devote myself to redecorating the entire house. As much as I love it, it's nice to have a few pieces that can stay out year round and maybe save me a bit more time. A terrarium is the perfect solution to this problem! 

 

 

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Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover

by Faith Provencher
Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Sonoma Magazine

While it doesn't quite feel like fall yet here in Boston, it is surely right around the corner... which means that it's time to swap out some of our summer decor with new cozy fall accents. Today we're sharing ten sophisticated picks that will give your outdoor space a warm, inviting vibe. Click through to check them out.   

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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1. Landen Black Metal Lanterns - Add some dramatic mood lighting to your patio with a set of these lanterns from Pier 1. $9.95 - $69.95

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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2. Coleus Plant - Add some warmth to your space in the form of brightly colored potted plants. Coleus is a good choice if you like reds and oranges. Buy this one at Burpee. $19.95 for 3

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Wayfair

3. Preston Throw - Keep a couple of cozy blankets on hand for those chilly nights. Pick this one up at  Wayfair. $38.99

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Wayfair

4. Avondale Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit - A fire pit will keep you warm, add light and provide endless amounts of marshmallow-roasting fun. Get this one  here. $84.99

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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5. LED String Lights - Bistro lights are a stylish way to provide plenty of lighting once the sun goes down. Buy these at Home Depot. $39.97

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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6. Deconovo Decorative Throw Pillow Covers - Red buffalo check plaid is a nostalgic choice that will add warmth and comfort to your patio chairs or sofas. Get these pillow covers at Amazon. $14.99

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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7. Studio Nova Luminaries - These mesh luminaries will cast an inviting glow over your patio or porch. Pick up a set at Overstock. $29.99

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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8. Kaleen Outdoor Rug - Keep your toes warm by putting a rug underfoot. Get this one from Rugs USA. $29-$79

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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9. Faux Pumpkins - Add some traditional fall accents in the form of faux (or real) pumpkins and gourds. Get these at Pottery Barn. $24.50 - $44.50

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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10. Lifeflor Outdoor Pillow - If plaid isn't your thing, try this alternative from Overstock. $34

 

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And be sure to check out Sonoma Magazine's tips for updating your outdoor space for fall!

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Make This: Hanging Fabric Planter

by M.E. Gray

DIY hanging fabric planter to organize your indoor greenery

I was recently reading an article on how millennials are especially attracted to houseplants as it gives them something to care for since they can't really afford to care for anything else (the article is here if you're interested). As a millennial, you can count me in as slightly offended but also totally in agreement. My home is slowly being filled with all things leafy and green - I just can't help myself. With all these plants comes the need for somewhere to put them, so let's take to the walls with this DIY hanging fabric planter.         

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You Know You Want to Cuddle Up in This DIY Flannel Throw

by M.E. Gray

DIY Flannel Throw | Cozy up!

Ahh, autumn. You make me want to light bonfires in my backyard, start drinking cocoa on the daily, and cozy up in anything warm and snuggly. This fall I'm exploring my reignited love of flannel (I'm actually wearing a flannel shirt right now as I write this), and with these local Minnesota temperatures ever on the decline, a DIY flannel throw was in order. I just love blankets - you can never have too many, which makes them a wonderful gift. This one was simple to make too, and ever so comfy.     

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Here's How to Start Your Gallery Wall Today, Even if Your Art Collection Isn't Complete

by Jennifer Farley

Rustic Eclectic Gallery Wall

I don't know about you, but I swoon over a good, curated art gallery wall. My Pinterest boards are filled with gallery walls created by designers and really talented stylists/bloggers, and these inspire me to display my own pieces. But what do you do when you only have one or two vintage pieces in your collection? Unless you're a designer or stylist who makes a living out of finding treasures, it can take a while to curate a collection of art...

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How-To: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

by Faith Provencher

Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

The front wall of our living room needed something. It was just begging for an accent wall, but we weren't sure what sort of material. Until we found Timberchic, a company that creates reclaimed wood specifically to be placed on the wall. It would lend a bit of a rustic feel to a space desperately searching for an identity, and some much-needed textural interest. Click through to find out how our wood accent wall turned out - and to learn how to do it yourself.   

 

Reclaimed wood accent wall - reveal
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's the wall now. What a difference, right?! The texture of the wood provides an interesting focal point without being a repetitive pattern (which could be dizzying while watching TV). We are absolutely in love with our reclaimed wood accent wall, and I'm so excited to share the process with you.

Materials

 

  • TimberChic lumber (with included roller)
  • Miter saw
  • Level and or laser level
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Box cutter and metal straight edge (not pictured)
  • Ladder (not pictured)

Materials needed for this project

 

How to create a wood accent wall:

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Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

TimberChic provides excellent instructions in the form of a PDF guide that can be found on their website, so I won't repeat everything they have in their guide, but I will provide some basic instruction along with tips and tricks that we found helpful. You'll begin by using a level to figure out whether your wall is level. 

Step

Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

The next step is to place the end caps on the edges of your accent wall. You will most likely need a ladder  so you can get up close and personal with those top sections. Once you place the end caps on the wall, use the roller to press it firmly onto the wall. 

Here's a tip - make sure you have it exactly where you want it, because it is virtually impossible to remove the piece without breaking it once you have attached it to the wall.

I would recommend that you purchase an extra end cap or two, in case there is an imperfection or one that isn't aesthetically pleasing (this is real timber, after all!).

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Next, you'll begin attaching the planks to the wall. You'll notice that each box of wood comes with a strip of black stickers... don't throw them away! Many of the planks have holes in them (again, this is real wood) so you'll use the stickers to mask the holes behind the wood.

Before removing the adhesive backing on the wood plank, place it on the wall and use a pencil to mark the hole. In case you were wondering, the hole in the photo above is a semi-circle shape because one of the adhesive strips on the wood is covering half of the hole.

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Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

 

Place a black sticker over the pencil mark that you created. We were worried that we would run out of stickers, so we used halves of the stickers for small holes. I would recommend that you do the same, just to be on the safe side.

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Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

 

Now remove the backing on the plank and place it on the wall, making sure to place it in the same orientation so that the hole is indeed over the black sticker.

Step

Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

 

Drag the roller back and forth across the plank to make sure that it is flat against the wall. Continue adding planks until your entire wall is complete. The bottom row will most likely be narrower than the rest, so you'll have to trim them down using a box cutter and a metal straight edge.


Here are some pictures of the finished product!

Before and After: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers

We couldn't be happier with the result - TimberChic has made a product that is truly simple to use and has a great mission to boot. They collect timber from the bottom of a lake in Maine that used to be used to transport lumber, and cut the logs into thin planks to create a usable resource out of forgotten wood.

Before and After: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers

Here are a couple of things we learned along the way: 

 

  • When measuring to determine the width of the top and bottom rows, take into account that there will be a fraction of an inch in between all of the other rows. We would have put a smaller row at the top so that the bottom row could have been a bit wider.
  • Choose your planks strategically - mix up the colors, textures and lengths to get a natural feel. It helps to have a friend hold up the plank while you look at it from further back.
  • Don't panic if the planks are not perfectly aligned... the wall is supposed to have a natural, organic feel so slight imperfections only add to its character (in my opinion).
Before and After: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers

 

Before and After: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers

I would definitely use TimberChic again, in fact I'm considering getting more in the future to create a small accent wall on the other side of the house. I think it would really tie the front and back sections of our home together. It's a very versatile material, and it would work great in any little nook such as the exterior walls of a kitchen island. The only place it wouldn't work well in would be an area with an irregular shape because that would require tons of complex measurements and cuts. They also offer a whitewashed color scheme which would work perfectly in a beach house, perhaps surrounding a fireplace or in an entryway. The sky's the limit!

Before and After: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers

Even Charlie the dog likes the new wall!

 

Before and After: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall
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Interested in seeing more accent wall DIY projects? Check out some more project ideas here.

 

Special thanks to Timberchic, who provided materials for this makeover free of charge. Learn more at their website and Facebook page

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97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal

by Faith Towers
97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
Photo: Houzz

Everybody knows that first impressions are everything, and that's true for our homes too. If the front of your house doesn't look great, people will assume the inside doesn't either. To get you inspired to spruce up your home's curb appeal, here's an epic roundup of gorgeous exteriors organized by style.   

 Craftsman Style

1. Contemporary Craftsman

97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
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2. Turquoise and Brick Beauty

97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
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3. Gray With Gardens

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Photo: This Old House

4. Craftsman Tudor Bungalow

97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
Photo: HGTV

5. Shingled Siding Craftsman

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6. Color Blocked Facade 

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Photo: Zac Pasmanick

7. Grey and White With Brick

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Photo: Home Bunch

 

8. Stone Accents

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Photo: Hooked On Houses

 

Tudor Style

9. Classic Brick

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10. Light and Airy

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11. Painted Brick

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12. Tudor(ish) Style

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13. Curvalicious

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Photo: Southern Living

14. Gardens Galore

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Photo: Coastal Living

15. Manicured Perfection

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16. English Style

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17. Landscaped Beauty

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Colonial Style

18. Cozy Stone

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19. Black and White

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20. Shrub Lined Pathway

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21. Paver Pathway

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22. Pretty Porch

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Photo: Georgiana Design

23. Federal Style

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24. Addition-Flanked

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25. Southern Charm

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26. Quaintly Gated

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28. Classic With A Twist

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Ranch Style

29. Crisp and Clean

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30. Bold Blue Door

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31. Major Makeover

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32. Shady Gardens

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33. Inviting Porch

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Victorian Style

34. Gardens, Gardens, Gardens

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35. Pretty In The Snow

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36. Fenced In Style

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37. Brick Beauty

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38. Square Gardens

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French Country Style

39. French Country Flair

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40. Mature Landscaping

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41. Flowers Everywhere

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42. Shrubs Galore

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43. Stone Wall Accent

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44. Manicured Hedges

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45. More Beautiful Hedges

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46. Climbing Ivy For The Win 

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47. Stone Entryway

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48. Greenery Everywhere

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Photo:  Sortra

49. Colorful Hydrangeas 

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Cottage Style

50. Cottage Charm

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51. Stripes Overhead

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52. Weathered and Wonderful

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53. Quaint and Inviting

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54. Urn Planters

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55. Mixed Materials

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56. Secret Garden

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57. Privacy Shrubs

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58. Old Stone

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59. Perfect Patio

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60. Round Stone Walls

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Cape Cod Style

61. Traditional Fence

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Photo: Country Living

62. Festive Seasonal Decor

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63. Unique Hedges

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64. Pretty Patio

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65. Pointed Stone Wall

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Mediterranean Style

66. Curved Driveway Garden

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67. Palm Tree Entranceway

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68. Lighting Matters

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69. Welcoming Fountain 

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70. Topiary Trees

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71. Grand Stairway

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72. Lighted Gardens

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Photo:  Houzz

73. Pretty In Pink

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Photo: Florida Homes & Lifestyles

74. Unique Foliage

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Photo: Craig Barron

75. European Charm

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Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

 

Mid Century Modern Style

76. Inviting Walkway

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77. Angular Entryway

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Photo: Architecture Art Designs

78. Cactus Chic

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79. Simple Elegance

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80. Brick and Cement

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81. That Pink Door!

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82. Potted Plants

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83. Statement Colors

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84. Good Grid

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85. Stairway To Heaven

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Modern Style

86. Horizontal Lines

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87. Curvy Pavers

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88. Cement Accents

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89. Stone Lawn

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90. Less Is More

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91. Rectangles Everywhere

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92. Levels

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93. Multi-Material

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94. Angular Architecture

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95. Sculpture 

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96. Pristine Gardens

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97. Clustered Shrubs 

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How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art

by Faith Towers
How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers

Ever since we moved into our new house, I had been searching for a fun piece of art that could hang in the empty space above the sink. And then my utensil drawer started getting too full... and I had an idea. Why not make a functional piece of artwork that could store utensils right on the wall? Then all of your often-used tools would be handy - no need to search through a drawer to find the peeler anymore. Keep reading to check out the final piece and to find out how to make one of your own.   

 

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers

A functional piece that looks pretty, too... what could be better than that? And here's the best part - it's incredibly easy to make.

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art

Here's what you'll need to make your own kitchen utensil wall art:

 

  • 16x20" silver tone frame
  • 16x20" piece of wood, 3/8" thick
  • Penetrating wood stain
  • Hammer
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag
  • Rubber gloves (not pictured, but highly recommended)
  • 1" long nails
  • 5-7 kitchen utensils, all stainless steel (or some type of silver tone)

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art

Begin by staining your wood according to the directions on the can. You'll want to wear a pair of rubber gloves to protect your skin from the stain. Trust me. I learned the hard way... they call it "stain" for a reason!

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art

Next wipe off any excess stain with a rag after the proper amount of time has gone by (whatever your brand of stain recommends). Let it dry thoroughly overnight.

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art

Next, lay out your utensils on the board the way you'd like them to look in the final piece and mark where the nails should go. 

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art

Hammer the nails into the board in their designated spots. Be sure not to hammer them all the way through, and do protect your work surface if you're using something that you'd rather not ruin. Hammer them in at a slight upward angle so the utensils don't slide off when you hang them up. 

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art

Open up the frame and take the glass out (save it for another project!). Remove the utensils from the wood momentarily and insert the wood into the frame. Bend the metal prongs down so the hold the wood in place. 

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers

And you're done! Mount it on the wall in your kitchen without the utensils on it, then hang them up after. Because I wanted to mount mine on tile, I used strong 3M Command Strips (the velcro style) to mount a 2x1/2" piece of 1' long wood which I then hung the frame on.

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers

Now every time I go to make pancakes or open a bottle of wine, I have everything I need within arm's reach. And now my kitchen looks a little bit cooler too. 

How-To: Easy DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers

If you decide to make your own kitchen utensil wall art, feel free to share the link to it in the comments section below. Happy crafting!

 

DIY Kitchen Utensil Wall Art
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23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

by Faith Towers

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Lana Red Studio

Concrete is one of those materials that seems intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it can be an amazingly versatile material for all aspects of your home. And since I'm desperate for spring to arrive up here in Boston, I'm sharing 23 concrete projects perfect for your backyard.   

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Storefront Life

1. Give an old end table some industrial charm with this simple tutorial. [Photo: Storefront Life]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Dream A Little Bigger

2. Who says stepping stones have to be boring? Find out how to recreate these for your own yard here. [Photo: Dream A Little Bigger]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Delia Creates

3. Hold up a patio umbrella in style with this concrete umbrella stand tutorial. [Photo: Delia Creates]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: The Kim Six Fix

4. Create super unique planters using thrift store containers! Get the how-to here. [Photo: The Kim Six Fix]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Vrai Magazine

5. Dress up your landscaping with one of these garden orbs... get the tutorial here. [Photo: Vrai Magazine]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Burkatron

6. Give your succulents a special place to live with these fun off-center concrete planters. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Burkatron]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Home Tree Atlas

7. Make a fun koi fish-adorned stool for your patio using this tutorial. [Photo: Home Tree Atlas]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

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8. Make a super cool oversized bowl planter using these simple instructions. [Photo: A Daily Something]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Johanna Rundel

9. These candlesticks will add some pizzazz to any patio table. Get the tute here. [Photo: Johanna Rundel]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

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10. You'll never guess what was used as a mold for this organically shaped cement tea light holder... find out  here. [Photo: Adorablest]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Lana Red Studio

11. This geometric planter is sure to be a conversation starter at your next barbecue. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Lana Red Studio]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

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12. Hold wine, herbs and other goodies in this clever cement centerpiece. Get the how-to  here. [Photo: Boxwood Avenue]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

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13. Rock some color blocked cement planters on your back porch... get the tutorial here. [Photo: Jest Cafe]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: The Paper Mama

14. This gold-topped stool would be perfect for the backyard, as either an end table or extra seating. Find out all the details  here. [Photo: The Paper Mama]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

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15. Part table, part umbrella base, this cement and wood creation is genius! Get the instructions here. [Photo: Houseful of Handmade]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Hello Glow

16. Personalize your space with some concrete letters... check out the directions here. [Photo: Hello Glow]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: DIY and Craft Ideas

17. Here's another clever stepping stone idea...head over here to learn how to recreate these yourself. [Photo: DIY and Craft Ideas]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: HomeMade Modern

18. Keep your beverages cool with this genius cement cooler trough with a drainage spout. Check out the tutorial  here. [Photo: HomeMade Modern]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo:  This Old House

19. Make a large planter with beveled details using   this tutorial. [Photo:  This Old House]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Lowes

20. Give your cement planters a pop of color in  this fun project. [Photo: Lowes] 

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo:  BHG

21. A birdbath is another great way to use concrete in your backyard. Get the how-to for this one  here. [Photo:  BHG]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Dream Garden 101

22. Here's another clever way to make large planter boxes... without having to mix any cement! Learn more here. [Photo: Dream Garden 101]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Dwelling In Happiness

23. Make sure you keep your wine cool on those hot afternoons with this awesome concrete cooler bucket. Get the tutorial  here. [Photo: Dwelling In Happiness]

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

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IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam

by Faith Towers
IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

The moment I ran across the Hyllis shelf on IKEA's website, I knew I had to hack it. My dining room was crying out for a shelf upgrade, so I drove down to IKEA immediately and bought three of them. You guys... they're only $15 apiece! My resulting hack has a glamorous vibe with a bit of rustic appeal, and it's super simple to do. Click through to check it out.   

 

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

So much better, right?! I'm loving the contrast of the gold with the dark stained wood. Let's get started!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for this project:

 

  • IKEA Hyllis
  • Gold spray paint (I recommend Montana Gold)
  • Dark wood stain
  • Four pieces of wood, size 10.5 x 23.5 and about 3/4 inch thick
  • Sandpaper
  • E6000 Glue
  • Rag or scrap of fabric
  • Rubber gloves
  • At least two C-Clamps (not pictured) 
IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Begin by assembling the Hyllis shelf according to the directions and then spray paint it gold. You'll probably need two thin coats... let it dry thoroughly between coats. And yes, I spray paint in the snow. It's not ideal because the paint dries slower, but sometimes you have to make due!

Be sure to wipe down the shelf thoroughly with a clean rag to remove fingerprints before you paint, and don't forget to paint the undersides of the shelves and the insides of the support pieces.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, apply the stain to the four pieces of wood. If you've never used stain before, don't be intimidated - it's surprisingly simple and forgiving! Just be sure to do it in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves and old clothes. Because it is aptly named... it stains. 

Let them dry overnight. You don't really have to do the undersides of the boards, but make sure you get the sides and go onto the edges of the undersides a bit (shown below).

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Now apply a generous portion of E6000 glue to the underside of the board, especially near the edges, and flip it over onto the Hyllis shelf.  

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Use C-clamps to ensure that the wood is firmly attached the the shelf. Most wood will be warped slightly, so this step is pretty important. Be sure to place a piece of scrap wood in between the clamp and the stained wood or else you'll end up with a round indentation where the clamp was.

Place one clamp on each side of the shelf, and let the glue dry for several hours. If you only have two clamps, move them to the next shelf and repeat the process. If you have eight clamps, you can do them all at once!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

And that's it... you're finished! Now go fill it with pretty knick-knacks. I love the look of it more and more everyday. The shelf we had there before was all wood, and it felt dark and dated. The metal frame of the Hyllis really adds airiness and makes the room feel much more open.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

And a quick safety note: be sure to bolt it to the wall, just like you would any tall shelf. There are small holes just below the top shelf that will allow you to do so. And before you call me out for not doing it, don't worry - it's on my to-do list for today!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

You could personalize this project by painting the wood a different color... white if you want to go super glam, or a bright color if you want to add some funkiness.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

This would look great in any room of the house - I can imagine it in the kitchen with piles of white dishware on the shelves, or in the kids' room with fabric bins for toy storage.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
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10 Creative Alternatives To Store-Bought Gift Wrap

by Faith Provencher
10 Creative Gift Wrap Alternatives
Photo: Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Still working on wrapping holiday gifts? Or maybe you aren't finished shopping yet? Today we have some gift wrapping ideas that are a little outside the box - literally and figuratively. We're sharing ten creative alternatives to basic, store-bought gift wrap... which will in turn save you some money, and be a little friendlier to the environment. Keep reading to check them out!   

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How To: Embellish Plain Gift Bags with Leftover Craft Supplies

by DIY Maven
Gift Bags feature image
Photo: DIY Maven

So you needed about two feet of some sort of special ribbon for a particular project, but you now have several yards leftover. Or maybe it was a sewing or upholstery project, and you have one foot square of fabric leftover. What do you do? If you're like me, you keep it thinking that someday you'll find a use for it. Months pass. Maybe even years. And still, when you see that ribbon or fabric square, you think, someday. Why

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40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas You Will Adore

by Capree K

40+ Scandinavian Christmas decorations

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIY Branch Garland

created at: 12/12/2012

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10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have

by Faith Provencher
10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo:  Beyond The Picket Fence 

The holidays are hard on the wallet, thanks to all the gifts and decorations that we're expected to buy. But with a little bit of ingenuity, it is possible to decorate your home on a budget. Today we're sharing ten DIY decorating ideas that are cheap or even free using things you probably already have lying around the house.   

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo: Julep

1. Turn colored paper into a beautiful, contemporary Christmas tree garland. Check out the how-to here. [Photo: Julep]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo: The Lily Pad Cottage

2. Grab some branches from the backyard to create this pretty centerpiece. All you'll need are a few small ornaments and some white paint. Check it out here. [Photo: The Lily Pad Cottage]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo: Architecture Art Design

3. Wrap existing artwork to look like gifts... voila - instant holiday wall art! Found here. [Photo: Architecture Art Design]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo: The DIY Dreamer

4. Turn sticks into lovely rustic ornaments using this tutorial. [Photo: The DIY Dreamer]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo: At Home With H

5. Thumb tacks are another great material that can be repurposed into holiday décor. Learn how to make this "joy" wall art project here. [Photo: At Home With H]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
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6. Give your Christmas tree a rustic chic vibe with these beautiful pine cone ornaments. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Make It - Love It]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo: Alyssa & Carla

7. Wire is another versatile material that most people already have. Learn how to make this wire star ornament  here. [Photo: Alyssa & Carla]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo: Cherished Bliss

8. This simple tree art is made with a pallet, but you could easily use any scrap wood and leftover latex paint you have lying around. Here's the tutorial. [Photo: Cherished Bliss]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo: Fler

9. Paint snowflakes and other festive designs onto rocks using craft paint. Found here. [Photo: Fler]

 

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo:  Beyond The Picket Fence

10. Make a bold statement with this big red star made with just ribbon, screws and scrap wood. Get the tutorial here. [Photo:  Beyond The Picket Fence]

 

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Five Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Projects You Can Make For Less Than $15

by Jennifer Farley

5 Decor Projects Under $15 using Amazon Prime

It's a harsh reality: we all want to do Christmas decor DIYs, but the busy holiday season is always packed family and friends. We want to spend money to "deck the halls" but are saving our pennies to buy Christmas gifts. Hopefully this post will be sweetness to your eyes, ears, wallets, and Christmas decorations. Today I'm sharing five simple DIY Christmas decor projects that can each be had for less than $15, and all the materials are available on Amazon Prime! Now you can make your home festive, save your money for that new/old Nintendo NES Classic for you kid (err, I mean, husband), and have another reason to stay in your flannel PJs longer. Read on to see all the projects ...     

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