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Make This: Scandinavian-Inspired Hand Printed Tablecloth

by M.E. Gray

Make This: Simple Swiss-Cross Patterend Stamped Tablecloth

Make This: Scandinavian Tablecloth

I can't get enough of Scandinavian design, and I'm on the hunt for ways to bring this style into my home. The decor in my house hasn't had a theme until very recently (unless you consider furniture inherited from past roommates a theme). Now that I'm almost 30 (panicked bells ringing as I type that), the items in my home are brought in with more intention. I love all things monochromatic, so the Scandinavian look fits my mostly-gray furniture perfectly. This dining table needed a new tablecloth, and the Scandinavian-inspried Swiss cross pattern seemed the perfect fit.      

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How to: Paint a Buffalo Check Table

by Jeran McConnel
Buffalo plaid table painting DIY

I love black and white, and what better pattern to show off this high contrast combo then buffalo check (also known as buffalo plaid). For the last few years, I've been adding more and more of this (usually) red-and-black flannel pattern known to my fall/winter wardrobe and home decor.  Last year, I decorated a whole Christmas tree for $10, and buffalo check was the main star.  

So, when I found this solid little table at a thrift store for $8, I decided to give it a giant gingham makeover.

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Make It: Minimal Wood Desk Organizer

by Stephanie Lee

This wood desk organizer is modern, minimal, and surprisingly easy to make (even if your woodworking game is totally weak). Read on for step-by-step instructions on making your own, and getting your desktop all tidied up!

wood desk organizer DIY - minimal and modern

On any given day, if you visit our house you'll find envelopes and papers strewn all over the place because we're not yet ready to file them away. Okay, I'll admit, sometimes we're just being lazy, but for the most part they serve as a reminder to action something important like paying a bill or scheduling in an appointment. 

Regardless, while the intention is well-meaning, the resulting mess is... well, messy! So I decided to put a stop to the chaos and make us a place where we can put all the letters until we're ready to file them. Follow along for the simple how-to!


minimal wood desk organizer

Wood Desk Organizer Materials

  • Wood (I used pine)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hand saw
  • Sand paper
  • Wood glue
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint

Step 1

Measure and mark out the pieces for your wood desk organizer with a ruler and pencil. Then cut them out with a hand saw.

measure the wood

wood desk organizer cut list

You'll need to cut 8 pieces in total for the sides, back, base, pencil holder and divider. See the image above for all the pieces and their corresponding sizes below. 

Of course, you're more than welcome to come up with your own measurements to create a desk caddy that's sized exactly to your liking, but if you're unsure about the numbers, just follow along with mine. :)


  • PIECE A, side of pencil holder: 3 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (74mm wide x 90mm tall)
  • PIECE B, side of pencil holder: 3 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (74mm wide x 90mm tall)
  • PIECE C, front of pencil holder: 3.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (90mm wide x 90mm tall)
  • PIECE D, base of desk organizer: 13 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (330mm wide x 90mm tall)
  • PIECE E, back of desk organizer: 13 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall (330mm wide x 90mm tall)
  • PIECE F, central divider: 9.5 inches wide x 2.5 inches tall (240mm wide x 65mm tall)
  • PIECE G, front of desk organizer: 9.5 inches wide x 1.5 inches tall (240mm wide x 40mm tall)
  • PIECE H, side of desk organizer: 3.5 inches wide x 3.75 inches tall (90mm wide x 98mm tall)

Important Note: These measurements were based on the timber I found at my local hardware store, which was 8mm/0.31 inches thick. If your wood is a different thickness, it'll push out the numbers slightly so make sure you adjust your measurements accordingly!

Step 2

Once all your pieces have been cut, give the edges a quick sand.

sand the edges of the wood pieces

Step 3

Begin by getting Pieces A, B and C together (refer to the image in Step 1 to see which piece is which).

Glue Pieces A and B (the narrower pieces) to Piece C as shown below to form a 'U' shape. This will eventually be the pencil holder part of your wood desk organizer.

glue a box together

Step 4

Apply glue to the bottom edge of the 'pencil holder' section and affix it to Piece D (which is the base of your desk organizer). Make sure the front of the pencil holder is flush with the front edge of Piece D.

apply glue to the bottom edge

secure the piece in place

Step 5

Get Piece E (the back of your desk organizer), apply some glue to the bottom edge and stick it in place. 

attach the back

Step 6

Apply glue to one of the long edges on Piece F (which is the central divider) and attach it to the middle of the base of your desk organizer as shown below.

insert the middle divider

Then affix Piece G to the front of your desk organizer so that it's flush with the front of the pencil holder section. 

attach the front piece

Step 7

Finally, attach Piece H to the side of the work piece to close off the open end.

glue on the left edge piece of the wood desk organizer

Step 8

Apply painter's tape all the way around the top edges of your organizer to protect the sides from paint. Make sure the tape is well stuck down, then paint the edges in your chosen color. 

mask and paint

Once the paint is dry, remove the tape and your wood desk organizer is complete! What a cute caddy!

minimal wood desk organizer

A simple way to keep your desk organized and free of clutter

Minimal wood desk organizer DIY - desk organization

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67 Furniture "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

by M.E. Gray

The ultimate roundup of furniture "Before & Afters" to inspire you!

I love a good before-and-after, don't you? There's so much satisfaction in taking a sad roadside find or cheap garage sale rescue and totally transforming it into something new and different. We've rounded up some of our favorite furniture makeovers to inspire you to either start that upholstery project, get out the spray paint, or hit up this weekend's local yard sale scene. From dressers to dining tables, here are some of our favorite furniture makeovers.           

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The 100 Best IKEA Hacks of All Time

by Alicia Lacy

100 Best IKEA hacks of all time.

We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation - basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride - so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. All...

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Shopping Guide: Killer Dorm Decor That Will Set You Apart From The Crowd

by Faith Provencher
Shopping Guide: Killer Dorm Decor That Will Set You Apart From The Crowd | By Curbly #dorm #decor
Photo: Urban Outfitters

It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year when college kids are starting to think about packing up to head back to campus... which means it's also time for a dorm decor shopping guide! Infuse your space with some extra style this semester with these über trendy, character-packed picks that will make you the envy of all of your friends.   

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IKEA Hack: The Tarva Nightstand Gets Naked

by M.E. Gray

IKEA Hack Nightstand Edition - A Tarva nightstand with cutout handles

One of the easiest ways to change up a piece of furniture is to switch out the hardware - but what happens when the hardware is abandoned completely? When my wife found this nightstand during a recent trip to IKEA, she immediately drew inspiration from a different piece of furniture in our house - our hardware-less credenza. Could we replicate the cutout drawer handle on her new nightstand? Turns out, we could! Trading a little extra work for the extra cost of new hardware, here's how this IKEA nightstand hack worked out.                     

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DIY This! A Simple Chalkboard Calendar that Anyone Can Make

by Holly Wade


DIY This! A Simple Chalkboard Calendar that Anyone Can Make

January is a time for getting organized and making resolutions to STAY organized. Easier said than done, right? To start small, try making this simple DIY chalkboard calendar that you can reuse every month to keep your dates straight. Store it in your office or use it as a command central for your family. The great thing about a chalkboard calendar is that it's easy to use and erase when plans change because they always do!

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How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table

by Faith Provencher
How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

The bed in our guest room is very tall. And if you've ever tried to find a tall end table, you know that they aren't easy to come by. So I decided to make one... and my version of the C table was born. This is not one of those time intensive woodworking projects - in fact, it didn't even involve power tools. Click through to check out this incredibly easy little side table project.

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