wagon wheel ceiling decor, home decor, wall decor

Wagon Wheel Ceiling Decor

We were contacted by homeowners in search of a farmhouse living room redesign. We had so much fun finding charming lighting, cozy furniture, and unique and rustic decor to round out the space.

drawer flip

Drawer Flip

What do you do when you have an unattractive dresser from the 70's and a blank empty space in need of something to help maximize its space? Flip those ugly dresser drawers into gorgeous bathroom shelves - that's what! These drawers provided me with a creative way to use the vertical space in this bathroom nook where I'll keep guest toiletries, extra toilet paper, and bathroom towels. I wasn't sure how this would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised how easy this project ended up being.

transform an old fridge, appliances

Transform an Old Fridge

A client of mine lives in a studio apartment in Queens. His space is very industrial -dark gray ceiling, metal cubes for a coffee table, and he even poured his own concrete floors to add to the industrial look he is going for. So, when faced with what to do about his out-dated white appliances, we decided to paint his fridge instead of getting him a new one! There are a few products out there that promise stainless steel like finishes because they actually contain real stainless steel pigments! I tried Rustoleum's Stainless Steel appliance paint.

peel n stick cabinet makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design

Peel-n-Stick Cabinet Makeover

When you live in a rental there is sometimes very little you can do to make it your own. There is also very little you can do to update the space if it's older. My clients love the location of their apartment so they wanted to find temporary ways to make the space attractive and easy to clean. With tons of peel-n-stick options these days, I figured it was the perfect solution to update the bottom of these old cabinets so my clients enjoyed opening and cleaning them!

floating nightstand, painted furniture

Floating Nightstand

We don't have a ton of space on either side of our king sized bed (the giant bed was non-negotiable for my husband), so we didn't want anything boxy or bulky. So we started to think about something flush against the wall that could provide us with at least one shelf for our morning cup of coffee and to keep our latest book within arms reach.

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Organize Your Entryway in a Day With a Corner Unit

We hate shoes piling up on the floor more than anything, so we knew we had to come up with something creative. We had a 14" x 12" corner full of valuable real estate, but we knew we couldn't just install boring floating shelves or shop forever for a perfectly-sized, expensive piece of furniture. Reclaimed wood, old spindles, and plumbing fittings and piping would do just the trick. We created a tall corner unit with shelves--perfect for catching those small everyday items that can otherwise make your entryway look cluttered.

christmas tree on a wall

Christmas Tree on a Wall

My small space won't deprive me of a Christmas tree! You've just gotta get a bit creative when there is no room for an evergreen in your living room - but you can spare some open wall space! Michael's always has crazy sales this time of year - so, I got some faux evergreen boughs, decorations, some 3M VHB tape, Command hooks, stuck everything on my exposed brick wall, sat down, turned on Bing Crosby's Christmas album and enjoyed my tree while sipping on hot cocoa! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

peel n stick cabinet makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design

Peel-n-Stick Cabinet Makeover

When you live in a rental there is sometimes very little you can do to make it your own. There is also very little you can do to update the space if it's older. My clients love the location of their apartment so they wanted to find temporary ways to make the space attractive and easy to clean. With tons of peel-n-stick options these days, I figured it was the perfect solution to update the bottom of these old cabinets so my clients enjoyed opening and cleaning them! These particular peel-n-stick tiles are 4"x4" and come detached from one another so all you have to do it measure up your space, figure out where you're going to start, peel the tile off of its backing, adhere to the surface and repeat until the space is covered! The tiles will be easy to remove once these clients decide to move on, but I bet this landlord wouldn't mind keeping them in place - they look so good!

transform an old fridge, appliances

Transform an Old Fridge

A client of mine lives in a studio apartment in Queens. His space is very industrial -dark gray ceiling, metal cubes for a coffee table, and he even poured his own concrete floors to add to the industrial look he is going for. So, when faced with what to do about his out-dated white appliances, we decided to paint his fridge instead of getting him a new one! There are a few products out there that promise stainless steel like finishes because they actually contain real stainless steel pigments! I tried Rustoleum's Stainless Steel appliance paint. The can promises a "single application" and although that is far from the truth, the outcome is pretty good if you have the patience for several coats. In the end, we took an old 80's apartment sized fridge and updated its look for the cost of a can of paint.

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DIY Tray to Boot!

With the winter looming over NYC I needed to whip my entryway into shape. While shopping online and googling "Boot Tray" I wondered, like I often do, if I could just make one on the cheap. To make matters more challenging, most of my tools were on site at a client project so I really had to think creatively. I have a huge pile of scrap wood in my postage stamp NYC backyard for projects just like this! I broke down a pallet of wood, picked up a few things from my local hardware store, spent about $20 bucks, and had a great boot tray just in time for wet boots to thaw out on.

Sarah K., Hometalk Team
Sarah K., Hometalk Team
About meI'm a spokesperson and in-house project creator for the Hometalk Team! Alongside my handy hubby, I own a NYC professional organizing, construction, and design company: Nestrs. There's nothing better than talking about homes morning, noon, and night!