2012 Basement Project
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I have a quick and easy DIY for you today. I am laughing as I write this as I am kind of known for my accent walls (I have promised no more on a few occasions), and well, here I go again. ;) Today, I am sharing my version of a Mid-Century Modern Wood Accent Wall.
As I was repainting the walls in my house, I thought, hmmm...why not paint this section like a faux beam? It's only paint right? if I don't like it, then I will paint it back to the wall color. I would love to cover it with the real thing but I don't have it and I can always do it later.
Lots of attention to unique details makes this kitchen beyond ordinary. The configuration remained the same. . . only cosmetic changes. Can you spot them?
2012 was the first full year in our family's new house after moving across the country. We've been slowly transforming it into a home with some creativity, elbow grease, and lots of personal touches. It's also been a busy year transforming cast-off furniture for antique shows and for resale at a local shop.
If you love this project, grab your quick start DIY guide & subscribe to our blog!Do you need more storage for your office & craft supplies? This giant plywood pegboard DIY turned out so well. The unique abstract color blocks give a practical solution a little personality!BFORE PICTURE
I'm a trash-to-treasure visionary. Simply put, that means I'll gather and hold on to anything that has potential. It's a problem, and yet...sometimes it really pays off.This is a Cracker Barrel rocker that one of my tenants left behind when they moved. I asked her permission to take it and she was happy to oblige. You can see by the photos, it appeared to be in pretty bad shape, but it was very heavy, and not a bit wobbly. It sat in this condition on my front porch for the last four years. I finally got around to sprucing it up because I wanted to sell it. After finishing, it looks like I might just be keeping it.
Making this little macramé hanging pod is a bit trickier than a simple wall hanging, but it is well worth the effort. I already have a ton of ideas in mind for these little baskets. They would look adorable used for storage on a nursery wall. I also plan on making some for my son’s upcoming wedding in an actual old barn; how sweet would these look hanging on rustic wooden columns? So take a little time, learn this technique, and you’ll find a myriad of uses for your macramé hanging pod.(Affiliate links included for your convenience. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See disclosure here.)supplies needed:The finished size for this hanging pod measures 6″ wide x 15″ length (basket only). The fringe adds another 12″. 3mm cord:4 pieces, each measuring 8 feet4 pieces, each measuring 6′ 6″4 pieces, each measuring 6′4 pieces, each measuring 5’8″16 pieces, each measuring 5’4″one piece, measuring 3’6″preparationCut pieces of cord according to the lengths shown above. Be sure to tape all ends with painter’s tape to avoid fraying.step 1 – make the handleGather the 4 pieces of 8′ long cords and find the center. Create the handle by making a row of Square Knots measuring about 5 inches long.
So last year my fave shop was selling these half whiskey barrels and I just needed one for the garden - at first I wasnt sure what I was going to do with it!then I decided that I would turn it into a planter and yes it took over a year of it sitting empty in the garden for me to do something with it !! I got plants for it last week & decided to sort it yesterday!!
If you have wondered how to diy a roman shade I’ve got you covered! This tutorial is simple and for a beginner which is why I can do it and you can too! Several years ago I attended a beginner sewing class hoping I would become the next Martha Stewart. Although that never happened I did learn some sewing basics and how to sew a roman shade, which I am so glad to know. When I say basics I mean I can sew a relatively straight line and that is all the sewing skills you need to make a roman shade. PIN THIS!
If you've ever shopped for furniture you know things can add up pretty quickly! My best friend recently purchased her first home and wanted to move in with some fresh pieces. We found an upholstered headboard online for $800!! Yikes! After looking at it for a bit, I decided to spend a few bucks and try to make it myself
I had a client who was moving into her new dream home and wanted to save on the furniture budget. Since this dresser was free to her and made of solid wood, she hired me to to give it a face lift and make it fit with her current decor.
I love crafting everyday items into keepsakes for family and friends. Those projects made with love are extra special gifts. This Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stuffed with Poly-Fil® started out as a Birthday present bought in the wrong size that couldn’t be returned. My nephew was totally bummed when he tried to try it on and it was too small. I immediately thought I could turn it into a pillow!
I know, I know I'm late getting on the vase makeover train but I was looking for a specific spackling that I could never find here locally. Rather than give up completely on the idea I came up with a two step, kid friendly and cheaper way to get a pottery look.
Spring is in the air and what better time then now to build a gorgeous flower vase holder. This would also work great for a plant propagation station as well.Follow along with me and I will show you how to create one Of your own.
The 90’s are slapping me in the face! This was the decade when we bought the most cds. From classical to indie rock, if we liked it, we bought it for our cd library. It was like eating potato chips…you can’t just have one! As we flash forward three decades, (Oh, dear! Can it be that many?) we are beginning the process of digitizing the cds we want and donating those we don’t. Sidenote: If you are interested in selling your cds online, Bonavendi is a good place to go. Honestly, you won’t get much per cd but it can add up if you have a lot! One of the dinosaur furniture pieces that has been staring me in the face is our cd tower. While still in decent shape with functioning drawers, it looks tired, dated and in need of a makeover.
If you’re anything like me, the day you start thinking your furniture might need a makeover is also the day your mind becomes impervious to ANYTHING else. Once I decided to give my vintage dresser a refresh, I could not stop thinking about it, hatching the plan in my head while pretending to look at the TV above said-dresser. I’m sharing how I gave my old Mid Century Modern dresser a makeover so you can spend less time scheming, and more time enjoying the process. Find the detailed step-by-step here!
In my humble opinion, no fairy creation would be complete without the addition of a few teeny, tiny, magical mushrooms.
Make this Easy Ribbon Craft DIY using dollar store supplies and scrap wood. It makes a great addition to your home decor, and can be hung on the wall, or placed standing on an entry table or mantel. SUPPLIES Scrap WoodDollar Tree Gingham RibbonDollar Tree FlowersSpray Bottle With Water Acrylic Paint in brownHot Glue Gun Chip Brush
Hometalk Editor's Note: Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) can kill bedbugs on contact only. Additionally, be aware that spraying your belongings with rubbing alcohol can create a fire hazard. We advise you to please use this recipe safely and carefully. ( source)•••••Does the thought of bedbugs give you the creeps? Same! You never think that dealing with an infestation of bedbugs can happen to you until it does. Today we’re going to talk about how to make homemade bedbug spray (in case it happens to you) and how to prevent bedbugs from spreading.
Searching for ways to give your backsplash a makeover? I have an idea for you that is under $15! Have I told you I love our cottage? If I have not, then I want to let you know I do! We keep working at making it "our" home with our personalities reflected throughout. Sometimes I come up with a really crazy idea, and then the more I think about it I wonder if it is as crazy as I think it is, or if it is just perfect for our cottage.If you have read along for any length of time then you know my creativity was hindered by an art teacher for way too long. If you would like to read that post, you can click on Spring Decorating Idea. I am unsure if she was having a bad day, meant what she said, or what happened that day in 1980 something, but you know what? When working with the youth, you never know how you say something could be taken to heart. Sometimes you need to be mindful with your approach because like me, they could take that one comment and let that affect them... forever... don't worry, I got my confidence back in the creativity department. I quite enjoy it now... which leads us back to my crazy idea.There is one room in our home that I have not spent energy doing much of anything to since Mr. Vintage is dead set it will be completely remodeled. Yep, the kitchen... I have spent many hours combing the internet looking at kitchens. None really get me excited. I do not want a kitchen like everyone else. Standard boxes that store things... I want to be excited to be in my kitchen! I want it to reflect my personality... I want to wake up every morning with a smile on my face and be so excited to set foot in my kitchen that I cannot sleep at night... ok, that may be taking it a bit far. I already do not sleep enough... but I do want to be excited to spend time in my kitchen.I want to see curves... detail... furniture... not square boxes all lined up and your standard backsplash, and standard tile on the floor... I would love to have the black and white penny tile of days gone by, but Mr. Vintage does not agree... and I know you have to compromise... but why on this one detail do we have to? LOL.So, when I had a crazy idea for a new backsplash, I presented my idea to Mr. Vintage. He did not have much to say at first, sometimes I think he has to prepare himself for the idea and know we will more than likely move forward with it, but he has to mentally get himself ready for it... like why do I want the bathroom closet wallpapered? Click if you would like to read You will never guess what we did. He just shakes his head and asks how do you think this will get done and who is doing this project?My response is we can do this wonderful project together. Then we start whatever project and he takes over because he does not like how I do something or I get frustrated because it is not working out the way I saw it coming together in my mind.... secretly, he is just better at doing projects than me so I tend to get frustrated early on. Shhh... do not tell him my secret!So when I prompted him again about changing out the backsplash, he said he wanted to do it when we remodeled the kitchen. I said well, I have an "easy" way to make it different, and beautiful, and fancy pants... he rolled his eyes and kept doing what he was doing since he has found the projects are seldom easy... so then I had to step up my game and tell him I could do it for less than $15.00! That may have gotten his attention...Here is our backsplash before:
My husband was complaining about the mess of books in my son’s room this past weekend – to which I responded that if he doesn’t like it he should come up with a solution to store them!He grunted and said he didn’t want to spend money on a bookshelf.I decided I needed to prove a point – that we had everything we needed to make one in the house already – so I set out to make my own cardboard bookshelves. I was determined to do it in an afternoon….and I succeeded!Here’s how!Materials Needed – DIY Cardboard BookshelvesCardboard Boxes – I used one strong vegetable crate as well as on large and one medium sized cardboard box. Read on or watch the video to see how you can adapt this to fit your own space and the boxes you have available.A craft knifeGlue (I used Gorilla Glue which is actually for wood but regular craft glue will work too) and/or Duct Tape (I used both!)Measuring TapePen or PencilClamps (optional)The full written instructions are below or you can watch the video tutorial here:
Is there anything better than a sliding barn door to finish off a space?I absolutely love the look of barn doors and got a vision in my head so went with it. A wooden framed door with a plexiglass insert and a curved detail.Material list:(1) 1"x12"x8' - top(1) 1"x16"x8' - bottom(4) 1"x6"x6' - sides(2) 1"x3"x6' - middle support(3) 1"x2"x8' - supportsCurve detail was cut from leftover 12" and 16" pieces.The finished door size is 39" x 85.25"
Celebrate spring or any time of the year by creating fun craft projects while at the same time adding beauty to your surroundings! One way is to make an adorable table mat! It's a delightful way to provide a decorative accent feature that can dress up almost any area of your home - including the dining room, kitchen and living areas. And it's a great decorative accent piece that can be used anywhere, on any type of table, including buffets, side tables, end tables, sofa tables, coffee tables and of course dining tables, too. Check how easy it is to make a lovely decoupage table mat:
Store closing sign and covid had inspired this built in in our office. Our family has been living in our home for the last 14 years and never had the need to use our office as intended for or what would show on a listing if you sell our house one day.I saw a sign front of World Market and it said “store closing “ which means you can score a deal. I went in and I found 3 floating shelves and decided to buy it and later to figure out what we will use it for. That’s me,discount,buy it and later we will see what to use it for. My husband hates it but it is what it is.Since covid started many people forced to work from home and also kids to learn virtual. Decided to convert our workout room to office and that’s how it started. Sat down to the sketching board and started brainstorming on what do we want and what we do not want.Anyway, here are some pictures of our projects. Should’ve taken more pictures . This isn’t a weekend project ,neither on the cheap side but I am convinced we saved money and when we will decide to sell our house it will help the sale.Enjoy it and if you have any questions please do not hold back.
Do you have a long wall that connects two rooms together in your home and have trouble defining the space? Living in a raised ranch, or split entry as some people call them, I find this is a problem between the living room and dining room.
Once upon a time I made a DIY floor pouf.Many feet have been happy resting on it.My kids have rolled on it, built forts with it, used it for pillow wars, created cozy hobbit holes and many more things. Lately, it’s been starting to come apart at the seams.Crafty me, I saw this as an opportunity to recover it with fabric that better fits my decor now.And for you, I’m going to show you just how you can make a DIY floor pouf yourself. This is a great home sewing project and it’s one you can enjoy immediately and for years to come.So grab all (and I mean all) of your fabric scraps and let’s do this thing.
Like many others, I am sure you have seen or heard of the term “laundry stripping”. For me personally I had only ever heard of it being used for cloth diapers, and was curious to find out what it could do for my everyday laundry. The idea behind laundry stripping is that you are to soak your desired laundry in a combination of cleaning ingredients for several hours. This process will release any embedded dirt and gunk that a regular wash just can’t get out.I was skeptical after seeing some other tutorials and thought “this can’t be real” My laundry comes out fresh and clean, how much dirt can be left behind after its been through the wash?Well let me tell you.... “shocked” is what I was when I saw what was left over in the tub. I tried the method out on a few clean towels first and I was so grossed out that I proceeded to strip the rest of my towels, kitchen cloths and bed sheets.Stripping my laundry has made such a difference in the way that my towels and sheets feel now and you can bet that I will be doing this every 6 to 12 months to keep my laundry fresh and clean. So if you are about to replace your old towels or sheets because maybe they aren’t as absorbent or smell the freshest after being washed, why not give this method a try!