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Simple, Minimal Felt Placemats You Can DIY

by M.E. Russell

DIY These: Simple Felt Placemats

Around the middle of September every year, my interest in food (and eating said food) spikes by like 110%. I start saving new recipes on my phone, researching different restaurants, and expanding my shopping horizons at the grocery store. I imagine it relates to some ancient hardwiring in my body as winter approaches - at least that's what I'm tell myself as I'm stuffing my face. I'm already thinking about the hot meals I'm going to be preparing in the cold of winter, and wanted some simple felt placemats to pair those meals with.       

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How to Make a Waterproof Picnic Blanket

by M.E. Russell

How to make a waterproof picnic blanket

Ah, summer. It's a magical time. The days are slower, the weather is fantastic (here in the Midwest anyway - sorry, Southern readers!), and everyone seems happier. Are you taking the time to soak up some sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer? If you aren't outdoors-y enough for camping or hiking, try going on a picnic! Food always tastes better in fresher air, and with a DIY waterproof picnic blanket under your legs, you may never want to eat inside again.       

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Make This!: Customized Vinyl Wall Decal

by M.E. Russell

DIY This!: Vinyl wall decal

For some reason or another I'm obsessed with contact paper. Maybe it's because it's an easy way to transform objects, walls, anything really. It might be because shelf liner is cheap, or maybe it's the renter in me that loves how temporary it is. Whatever the case, it's a fact that I love vinyl. And it's a fact that I love to DIY, which is how this customized vinyl wall decal came to be.      

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Make This!: Customized Vinyl Wall Decal

by M.E. Russell

DIY This!: Vinyl wall decal

For some reason or another I'm obsessed with contact paper. Maybe it's because it's an easy way to transform objects, walls, anything really. It might be because shelf liner is cheap, or maybe it's the renter in me that loves how temporary it is. Whatever the case, it's a fact that I love vinyl. And it's a fact that I love to DIY, which is how this customized vinyl wall decal came to be.      

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How to Install a Fake Backsplash in Your Kitchen

by M.E. Russell

If you're a renter but want to improve your kitchen or bathroom, follow this tutorial on how to install a fake backsplash

Hello to my fellow renters! Here's the situation: I've been fighting with my kitchen ever since I moved into my apartment. It's completely functional, but it's not ideal for the following reasons: it's way too small, the cabinets do nothing to help visually, and the walls have been stained from cooking accidents of years past. I wanted to class the joint up a bit, and decided to install a fake backsplash by way of removable vinyl wallpaper.            

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Make This: Minimal Magnetic Towel Bar

by M.E. Russell

Make this minimal magnetic towel bar

Currently I'm living in a place with a kitchen that must hold some sort of record for tininess. There are four drawers, a couple of cabinets, and exactly one countertop. Said countertop is about 2.5 square feet, and that's literally my entire cooking workspace. Suffice it to say, I need to be wise about kitchen organization if I want to keep from going crazy. Knowing there's absolutely no room to store things horizontally, I recently went vertical with this magnetic paper towel holder.    

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Vinyl Tiles Go Mod

by DIY Maven

Vinyl Tiles Go Mod

Remember the peel & stick tiles that were all the rage back in the 80's? They still sell them, of course, and they're still an affordable and easily DIYed alternative to sheet vinyl. And they scream such. Now, however, Modularity Tiles, has a new vinyl tile line that just might leave the old peel & stick in the dust. Although they are NOT peel & stick, Modularity Tiles are still super-easy to install

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How to Paint Vinyl Flooring

by DIY Maven

How to Paint Vinyl Flooring

Yeah, I didn't believe it either when I first read the title, but, apparently, you can actually paint vinyl flooring. At least that's what Gregory Han did. Not only did he paint his dodgy bathroom vinyl floor, he stenciled it too. If you're completely inspired by his before and after pics and want to give it a go yourself, here's what Gregory says you'll need:

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Chalkboard Vinyl Decals

by DIY Maven

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Hu2's selection of wall decals include a chalkboard variety. That's right; you can jot down messages on them, erasing them as the mood strikes. The decals themselves have a fun retro vibe. The prices range from anywhere between £19 and £35 or about $31 to $58 US.

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Use ConTact Paper to Make Vinyl Wall Decals

by DIY Maven

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A while back, Instructable-er britsteiner shared her method of using black ConTact paper to make DIY vinyl wall art a la Tim Burton. The supplies she used were minimal, and include the following:

  • ConTact Paper
  • low-tack tape
  • marker or pencil
  • scissors
  • large scrap paper; newspaper works
  • plastic card, ie library, gift, etc

To see how it all came together, head on over to this Instructable. Although the Burton-esque design was great, I think I prefer the bamboo alternative that she made with the scraps from this project. How resourceful!

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