In my humble opinion, rope is an underutilized material. It emanates a subtle maritime vibe... something I like to call "nautical glam." It's also cheap and very versatile. Last week we showed you how to make a rope swing, and today we'll teach you how to make a rope shelf to hang on your wall.
How many times have you passed up a great old dresser at a yard sale because you weren't sure what to do with it? It happens to me all the time. Well, it turns out that there are lots of alternative ways to use a chest of drawers... they're not just for clothing anymore!
It's not often that we get to see an entryway makeover from both the outside and the inside. Well today is our lucky day, because this thorough transformation has been documented from all angles... and what a dramatic change it is!
There are some ugly fireplaces out there. And renovating one can be a daunting task. But it doesn't have to be as scary as it seems... and you don't even have to spend a lot of money! These budget friendly makeovers will knock your socks off, I promise.
This first makeover uses chalkboard paint to create a fresh look for a basement fireplace. Check out Our Fifth House to see more images and to read about the easy makeover process.
The renovation above cost only $82, if you can believe it. Kevin and Layla used wood and paint to achieve this drastic transformation. Head over to The Lettered Cottage to find out how they did it.
Again, paint was a major player in the fabulous makeover above. Limiting the color palette to black and white kept it clean, while the existing shape gave it a bit of a mid-century modern appeal. Click over to ManMade for more information and lots of other photos.
This time the homeowners used tile to invigorate a tired old fireplace - a big change without breaking the bank. Check out their blog post on the tiling process over at Magenta and Lime.
Talk about a massive transformation. Color was the biggest problem with the original fireplace, so lots of white paint and a splash of cool blue gave it a contemporary feel. A new base also added to its modern transformation. Read all about the makeover on Fox Hollow Cottage.
Sometimes I wish I had stairs just so I could paint them. Or tile them. Or make them look pretty in some way. There are so many great staircase makeover ideas floating around the Internet... I guess until I get stairs of my own, I'll just keep drooling over those.
1. Paint your railing in an interesting way to add drama. [Photo: Red Online]
2. The ombre effect isn't just for hair anymore... paint your stairs one color at the top and slowly add more and more of another color as you work your way down. [Photo: PS By Dila]
3. Remind yourself of your life goals with every step. [Photo: Live. Like. You.]
4. Give your home a nautical feel with a rope and cleat railing. [Photo: C Designs]
5. Add faux tile stair risers for a super easy update. [Photo: Curbly]
6. Replace your tired old railings with knotted rope... so easy! [Photo: Adore Ann]
7. Calling all design nerds: paint each of your stair risers like a Pantone swatch. [Photo: The Style Files]
8. Give your stairs a vintage look like Donna did. [Photo: Funky Junk Interiors]
9. Add lighting to each stair for a bright, contemporary look. [Photo: Curbly]
10. Use graphic wallpaper to add interest to the front of the steps, covering each stair riser. [Photo: Sunset]
Pegboards seem to be popping up all over the Internet these days. They're functional, but they're also fun to look at... I like to think of them as 3D polka dots. And there are plenty of nontraditional ways to use them.
The Ikea Rast, only available in a natural pine finish, lends itself to Ikea hacks... it's like a blank canvas. And we've shown Rast hacks before. But this transformation is so complete, you would never even know the end result was achieved using a $35 chest.
Up here in the northeast, the snow has melted and the trees are beginning to show signs of life. After a long cold winter, I can't get enough of the great outdoors... so I'm bringing nature inside! All of these pieces of wall art are simple to make, and they will add a bit of natural beauty to your bare walls.
Art doesn't necessarily have to be displayed in the living room... sometimes it can be more inspiring in another part of your home. Your patio, bathroom, kitchen or even your closet may be the perfect spot for your masterpiece. Go ahead, try it!
1. This colorful piece of art adds some much-needed interest to a monochromatic bathroom. [Photo: House and Leisure]
2. Make the mundane task of doing the laundry more fun by adding...