adding color to a kitchen with a diy window valence or cornice

Adding Color to a Kitchen With a DIY Window Valence or Cornice

When I revamping this very neutral rental kitchen, I wanted to add a colorful window treatment to coordinate with the new vintage inspired temporary peel and stick tile backsplash I installed. I didn't want to go with curtains because they tend to get dirty very quickly with all the cooking happening, so instead, I opted for a different take on the traditional window valance.

recycled diy wall art

Recycled DIY Wall Art

When I was giving my balcony a makeover, I wanted to reuse what I had as much as possible. I loved the wood tile I had hung on the lattice panels when I originally decorated my balcony but with the new design, I felt it just wasn't big enough. So to make is more substantial, I recycled materials I already had on hand to create the perfect wall hanging.

simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony

Simple DIY Outdoor Chair for a Small Balcony or Patio

I have a very narrow balcony that's also not that big and I find it's very difficult to find furniture, that will fit and be comfortable, especially a chair. I had some wood I could recycle for this project so I set out to design a simple chair that I could build using that wood.

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Small Kitchen Ideas: DIY Magnetic Spice Rack

Storing spices on the wall is a great way of freeing up precious cabinet space in a small kitchen. I made my own DIY wall spice rack by using a pizza pan with magnetic spice containers – the colorful spices will also doubles as artwork!
I also made my own magnetic spice containers with store bought spices by simply gluing magnets (from the dollar store) to the bottom of small round spice containers – I used liquid nails glue. For square spice containers, you can glue thin magnetic sheeting material on the back.

diy pull out storage cabinet

DIY Pull Out Kitchen Storage Cabinet

My rental apartment has a small kitchen and though it has a lot of storage, it doesn't have a lot of it that's within easy reach (I'm short!). But it does happen to have a gap between the fridge and the cabinets so I decided to make use of that wasted space and convert it into a pullout pantry!

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DIY Nightstands: IKEA LACK Table Hack

On one of my very frequent trips to IKEA, I found inexpensive LACK tables that were the perfect color to work as nightstands in my bedroom . The only problem was that they were too low for my bed. At $13 each, it was worth trying to find a way to make them work. My solution? Cut the legs of one table and stalk another table on top it!

diy small rental apartment balcony makeover

DIY Small Rental Apartment Balcony Makeover

One of the first things I did when I moved into my rental apartment is give the balcony a makeover. But after living there for 5 years, I was ready for a new look! I had installed reed fencing panels to cover up the concrete walls but I was tired of that look and wanted to change things up.

camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture

Camouflaging a Dated Bathroom Light Fixture

I needed a quick inexpensive way to update a very dated lighting fixture that also happened to be off-center over the vanity. Since replacing it wasn't in the budget, I opted for camouflaging the fixture with a DIY light cover that cost less than $15 to make, all without using any power tools!

old ikea kitchen cart gets a second life

Old IKEA Kitchen Cart Gets a Second Life

While working on a rental kitchen makeover, I needed to find a kitchen cart or island to add more counter space for food preparation. I considered buying a new a new island or building one from scratch but I opted instead to reuse an old kitchen cart instead.

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DIY Over the Door Hooks for Extra Storage in a Closet

Have you ever wanted to use over the door hooks but couldn't because the space between the top of the door and the door frame is too narrow, say from a million coats of paint? This happened to me in my new apartment and I came up with a really easy, inexpensive DIY version of over the door hooks a la MacGyver:

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About meIsabelle LaRue is part MacGyver, part Martha, and is the creator, host & producer of Engineer Your Space, an award winning DIY home design show inspiring renters to decorate their rental apartments like they own it!