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- 05/13/11--20:53: _Taming the Record Pile
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- 05/13/11--20:53: _Let's Upcycle: Sisa...
- 05/13/11--20:53: _Grow a Kitchen Gard...
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- 06/24/11--04:23: _Yes You Can...Paint...
- 05/13/11--20:53: Pegboard Goes Out of the Garage
- 05/13/11--20:53: Cinco de Mayo: Fab Last-Minute Party Decoration
- 05/13/11--20:53: Lost-and-Found: Reuniting Strangers with Prized Possessions
- 05/13/11--20:53: Make Your Own Cake Stand
- 05/13/11--20:53: Tie a Bow Like a Pro
- 05/13/11--20:53: Hanging Art...When You Don't Have Any
- 05/13/11--20:53: From Pillowcase to Shopping Tote
- 05/13/11--20:53: Magnetic Paint Gallery Wall
- 05/13/11--20:53: House Number DIY
- 05/13/11--20:53: Boutonnieres - 3 Handmade Ideas for Weddings and Proms
- 05/13/11--20:53: Spackle Your Way to New-Again Walls
- 05/13/11--20:53: Centerpiece 101: Building a Spiral Bouquet
- 05/13/11--20:53: Our Favorite DIY Projects from the ReadyMade 100
- 05/13/11--20:53: Taming the Record Pile
- 05/13/11--20:53: A Playhouse Plan That You Can Sew
- 05/13/11--20:53: Let's Upcycle: Sisal Rope
- 05/13/11--20:53: Grow a Kitchen Garden in a Window Box
- 05/13/11--20:53: Found While Renovating: Skeletons in the Closet and More
- 05/13/11--20:53: Weekend Project: 3 Kitchen DIYs
- 06/24/11--04:23: Yes You Can...Paint a Grill
pegboard can lift up the clutter that's been taking over workspace, thanks to easy add-ons like hooks and shelves. And did we mention that it's ultra-cheap when compared to pricey wall organizing systems?
Lajos Geenen, Readymade
Crafty entrepreneur Diana Rupp hung up a huge piece of pegboard behind her workshop's learning stations, so students have everything they need right at hand. Makes you just want to play with those spools of thread, doesn't it? One thing I'll warn you about: A pegboard panel has to be raised away from the wall a little bit, in order to accomodate things like pegboard hooks. Most people build a rail or framework made from wood strips to accomplish this, but I've had success with attaching unused kitchen sponges at the corners of the pegboard backing using hot glue instead. (Of course, this was for a way smaller pegboard than Diana's!) Get the full how-to over at the fabulous ReadyMade.
Julia Child famously organized her kitchen tools on a pegboard wall, but this DIYer took a more compact approach. I loved the notice-me shade of orange that was used, too. If you decide to paint the pegboard, I'd suggest spray paint. You won't have to worry about paint clogging the perforations the way a brush-on latex can often do.
Instead of a knitting bag (where yarns end up getting tangled into each other), hang the skeins on pegboard hooks. Just looking at all the different yarns is inspiring and keeps your stash at a manageable size.
Want more ideas for using pegboard? Check out...
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Cinco de Mayo-themed backdrop for the happiest of happy hours.
Natalie Norus, Mint Love Social Club
It's Cinco de Mayo time and you know what that means...themed parties! If you're low on time to craft your own Mexican-inspired decorations, this project is for you. Made using little more than tissue paper, ribbon and staples, she created an amazing garland in no time flat.
Natalie Norus, Mint Love Social Club
As you can see above, the individual Cinco de Mayo flags are just squares of tissue paper that have been shredded. For the how-to, check out the Cinco de Mayo fringe garland post at Mint Love Social Club.
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Filed under: Know-HowHow one woman turned facebook into a virtual lost-and-found for tornado victims and another reconnected a decades-old diary with its original owner.
We've found old classmates, friends and family members through Facebook, but would you ever think to use it as a lost-and-found? Neither did I. But Patty Bullion had the genius idea to do so, with a page dedicated to lost-and-found items from the aftermath of the horrible storms. She started with the items found on her lawn (family photos, a diploma and a stock certificate), but now thanks to the magic of social media, others are uploading photos of their lost-and-found items. Here's a link to check out Bullion's tornado lost-and-found Facebook page.
This happy postcard is part of a Flickr pool of found items. Photo: tartalom, Flickr.
Sometimes, lost-and-found items just start out misplaced. This was the case of the red leather diary that writer Lily Koppel found in a storage locker that her then-apartment building was throwing out. The diary was filled with recollections of late 1920's and early 1930's New York, written by a young Florence Wolfson. As it turns out, Wolfson was alive and Koppel was able to track her down. The resulting journey of the diary from finder to owner is fully recounted in Koppel's book, The Red Leather Diary. While it's definitely a touching story, I'd hate to have my childhood diary uncovered decades later, wouldn't you? I cringe just thinking about it. Next time I move or travel, I'm definitely going to take some extra precautions with my luggage.
To find out a little more about avoiding the lost-and-found (or finding something that's been lost), check out...
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SugarDerby shows us the surprisingly easy how-to.
Melissa Mack, SugarDerby
A cake stand is one of those things that are so adorable yet kind of hard to find. I mean, there's glass ones everywhere (you don't have to walk 5 feet into a thrift shop before bumping into 10) but the pretty ceramic kinds seem to be in short supply. That's why I was so excited to see this tutorial by Melissa over at SugarDerby. All you have to do is glue the bottom of a vintage teacup to a plate, creating a pedestal-style cake stand. Genius.
Melissa Mack, SugarDerby
You're not limited to using a tea cup to create the cake stand pedestal, though. A little glass bud vase, bottle or apothecary jar can work just as well. To ensure the strongest bond, use a specialty adhesive that works with glass and ceramic, like Loctite Stik'n Seal Indoor Adhesive.
Want to check out more ways to reuse vintage dishware beyond making a cake stand? Then check out...
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tie a bow! Our friends at ModCloth show us how...
If you've gone through the trouble of picking out a present you might as well take an extra few seconds to tie a bow onto the wrapped gift. After all, Mom deserves a little more effort! (Especially because she'll probably take 20 minutes to remove it from the package, to "save for a future occasion.")
To tie a bow into a traditional rosette, it's just a matter of pleating ribbon back-and-forth, then gathering. Using wired ribbon is key, since it'll hold its shape as you tie a bow. For the complete how-to (along with two other alternative fancy bows), check out the ModCloth blog.
Want other ideas for using bows? Check out...
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When Summer Pierre wanted to create a happy focal point above her son's changing table, went for a salon-style arrangement of hanging art, with a twist: Instead of prints, the talented author and illustrator went for a mix of scavenged and saved items. Her son's handknit "jeans" (a gift from a friend), a vintage sign and even an egg beater.
In her own studio space, she took a more traditional approach to the art, but not the hanging method. Here, she clamped her latest illustrations using a clothesline. How cute! For more ideas, check out her house tour.
Looking for alternatives to typical hanging art? Then check out...
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shopping tote that's just right for the fun season. And you don't even need to go to the fabric store to make one, thanks to this easy project by the lovely blogger Elizabeth Abernathy.
Even if you're not the best at sewing, this retro-inspired shopping tote can be yours in about an hour (give or take). The secret: Using a pillowcase. It already has all the seams you'll need, sewn right in place. For the cutest prints, search thrift stores for vintage pillowcases. (The linen section is often the most treasure-packed place of the thrift store, by the way.)
The main part of the shopping tote is shaped by folding up the pillow's corners and fastening them with buttons. Then, handles made from scrap fabric are added. What I especially liked was that Elizabeth used bits of rope to stabilize the handles. (Check it out, above.) This is a really useful trick if you hate when straps dig into your hands or shoulder as you carry a bag.
For more ways to repurpose a pillowcase beyond a shopping tote, check out...
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magnetic paint allows you to stick up art without damaging your walls. Our friends at ReadyMade show us how it's done.
Magnetic paint has been around for a little while, but I'm only now seeing it being used in really sophisticated ways. Like this installation at the gallery r20thCentury, which features posters and pamphlets displayed on the wall using rare-earth magnets. (Why rare earth? Because it's world away stronger than any alphabet magnet you can find.)
For the strongest effect, use three coats of the magnetic paint. While you can paint over it and still get the magnetic benefit, I've heard that two coats are the max for the second color coat. (And even then, it gets a little weak.)
Magnetic paint is ideal for a childs' room. (Just think, no unsightly holes made by tacks!) Here, it's used to repurpose a mirror into a message board. What's even more remarkable is that the designer finished the project with a topcoat of pink chalkboard paint. Love this idea.
Want more ideas for how to use magnetic elements in your decor? Check out...
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house number set inspired by Neutra's classic design can be yours for under $20. And it's ready in under two hours.
A new house number ranks right up there with painting the front door when it comes to adding curb appeal quickly. The trouble is that the really super-stylish ones can be oddly pricey. Believing that you shouldn't have to give up quality just because of a silly thing like a small budget comes this project by uber-DIYer Chris at Curbly. He replicated a whole set of house numbers for the fraction of a price of ONE number sold at DWR. Impressed? So was I.
The secret to creating the lookalike house number set was nixing aluminum in favor of painted Extira, an exterior panel product that has the benefits of MDF (easy to cut, well-priced) but none of the downsides (it won't absorb water). After tracing a template, he then cut out the house numbers with a jigsaw. Screws were added to the back with epoxy to create a cool raised effect. Here's the full house number tutorial.
Want more creative house number ideas? Check out...
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Filed under: CraftsIf you're looking for a unique boutonniere, this post is for you (and the favorite man in your life). Here are three crafty pin-ons that go beyond the expected flowers.
For a boutonniere that has a distinctly modern feel, why not try sculptural succulents? Even better, Ellen Frost of Baltimore's Local Color Flowers designed it for those who are a little intimidated about the whole idea of going the DIY route on boutonnieres. Here's her easy tutorial.
This fluffy pom-pom boutonniere kinda-sorta resembles a dahlia, for a twist on tradition. Made by wedding blog OneFabDay, it's made with yarn and...duct tape! How handy.
He's won your heart...so why not give him an award ribbon for his efforts? These prize boutonnieres are made from a wood slice hot glued to ribbon tails (and a standard pin backing). You can make a ton of these in no time flat, making this a great option for favors.
Can't get enough boutonnieres? Then check out...
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A "lei'd back" alternative to boutonnieres
Spackle can cure a wide range of little wall problems that often add up to a big chunk of your security deposit. So before you leave your campus digs or move house, take a little time out for quick corrective action.
When faced with a wall of nail holes, cracks and random gashes, spackle is your friend. But when you go to the big box home store and ask for it, you'll get one of two things: A tub marked "spackle" or a pail of joint compound. If you get the latter, don't panic. For us home DIYers, the stuff is generally the same thing, functioning to repair holes in the wall. Though I know the pro contractor set might disagree, the main difference I've seen is that joint compound doesn't dry out as fast as spackle.
Next you'll need a spatula for spreading the spackle across the damaged area. Though the plastic ones are cheaper, go for the metal instead. (Or at least a metal-edged plastic model.) Metal will level the spackle more precisely than plastic. If you don't have the requisite ventilating mask, primer and paint to match the wall, now's the time to get them. And for your final purchase, pick up a sanding block.
With tools in tow, you're ready to go back home for the repair job. Let's assume that you've opened the door too hard, sending the knob into the wall, leaving a gash. Pick out the crushed bits of wall from the gash, leaving a clean crevice. Now, apply a good sized blob of spackle to your spatula and spread over the crevice to fill, using a smooth stroke. Wipe away the excess from your spatula, then use the clean edge to level out the spackle filling. Don't make it too flush; remember that spackle constricts as it dries. A wet sponge can be used to even-out big blobs.
After the spackle completely dries, check to see if you need another layer (which you will need if it's a big area to repair). If so, repeat the filling process. If not, then you can sand the area smooth and apply primer/paint as needed. You're done.
Want to learn more about the riveting world of spackle (and joint compound)? Then check out...
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centerpiece (or even a wedding bouquet) that looks professionally designed. The secret? Using a deceptively simple spiral hand-arranging technique.
Spring flowers practically demand to be showcased in a gorgeous centerpiece, like these by floral designer extraordinaire Grayson Handy of Prudence Designs. (Don't you love the romantic palette?) But if you've ever removed the cellophane wrapper from a market bouquet and wondered "What now?", I have two words for you: Spiral arranging. This is a very loose technique that creates that pretty domed look in a centerpiece arrangement or bouquet. And you can do it all in one hand. My friend Brittni Mehlhoff of Papernstitch walks us through the process, which she used to create her wedding bouquet.
For your centerpiece arrangement or bouquet, she recommends using 15-25 stems. You'll want to have blooms in three sizes: Large, medium and small. Cut the stems to the same length and strip away excess greenery.
Start by holding a cluster of the large blooms. (Pick the prettiest ones, as these will be your "focal flowers.") You'll want to criss-cross the stems, which forms the basis for your spiral bouquet centerpiece.
Next, add in your other blooms. If you're going to try a "color blocked" style (which is very pretty if you have flowers in varying shades of the same hue), add the blooms in clusters of threes. For some reason, odd numbers always look nicer than even ones. Otherwise, add in single blooms, varying the size for a balanced look. Remember to keep criss-crossing the stems and to turn the bouquet as your work.
Once you've reached a nice size for your centerpiece, simply transfer the bouquet into the vase of your choice. If you'll be holding the bouquet, cinch with a rubberband and then cover with plenty of floral tape. To hide the tape, wrap with ribbon and secure with pearl-topped floral pins. For the full tutorial on wrapping stems (and to see more photos of Brittni's gorgeous wedding bouquet), visit the Papernstitch blog.
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ReadyMade magazine recently crowned the top 100 DIY projects as submitted by their readers. Here are our favorites from the list.
Patricia Heal, ReadyMade
I love any DIY project involving re-upholstery. I mean, how many times have you passed up a thrift store find that had a good shape, but ugly fabric? (Too many for me to count, at least.) This project by Shelly Lear actually starts with an electrical spool, so it's a good starting point for learning the mechanics of upholstering. Here's the step-by-step.
Patricia Heal, ReadyMade
Need more storage space for the random stuff in your kitchen? Try these hanging bins made from repurposed loaf tins. Dedicate each for a different grab-and-go item, like utensils. Here's the how-to.
This was my absolute favorite of all the DIY projects. Here, old cans destined for the recycling bin are joined together to create sculptural open-storage. It would work wonderfully on a wall. And how great would it be with a coat of glossy spray paint? Here's the how-to.
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record albums to mp3s, you're in good company. But when your LPs start to overwhelm your shelf space, it's time to get creative. Here's how I took control of my collection's overstock.
"Or better yet, why don't you just give most of them away? Or just convert them to mp3s...and then give them away," she continued.
You either "get" the idea of records, or you don't. This friend-of-a-friend clearly was in the latter camp. For her, she would just keep on skipping through life immune to the odd suspense of rummaging through 70's basement-smelling stacks in the hopes of finding a copy of "Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire)." And that's fine, because who needs people like that clogging up the stacks anyway. When she reads the inevitable trend story about the resurgence of vinyl, she will probably get her records from Urban Outfitters, next to a stack of clothes last seen on the set of "Clarissa Explains It All." I'll pretend, when she brings over her $30 find, that this conversation about converting records to music files never took place. Or when she eventually uses it for crafting.
A record is just different from an mp3. There's the whole bit about the pops and crackles, the sound quality, etc. But for me, listening to a record is a time-out. I generally listen start-to-finish, mostly because I have lots of 60's comedy records that have to be heard that way. This means sitting down and paying attention. If you catch yourself, you realize that you've been staring off into the middle distance for a half hour and that the worries you brought home with you are now gone.
Enter the crate. Used by the more old-school shops, the plastic milk crate is the right size for holding records. It's just...ugly. And there's a whole thing about the ethics of acquiring milk crates. (Owned by dairy vendors, the crates are not for grocery stores to give away. So if you take one, it's stealing.) And when the records are placed in a crate, they tend to slide as you remove albums.
So what I did was take a 13-inch storage bin (which has enough space for a 12-inch LP) and lined it with a large wire dish rack. When I added records, the slots in the rack cradled the albums into groups, creating an ersatz filer.
And no, I did not organize anything by color.
Want to learn more ways to organize your old-timey things like record albums, newspaper clippings and the like? Check out..
playhouse plan from fab blogger Homemade by Jill is sure to be a big hit. A little safer than wood models and definitely more affordable than commercial versions, this felt cottage also turns any table into a playhouse.
Playhouse plans run the gamut from time-consuming to seriously difficult, which is why I was so excited to see this felt version by blogger HomemadeByJill. Not only is it a relatively simple project to sew (just join lengths of felt to create an open-bottom cube, then cut out doors/windows and applique details) but it also is space-savvy, since it's designed to fit over an existing table. Just pack it up when playtime is over. Here are more details:
Check out the cute little window box, near a window covered in open mesh (for ventilation). The door can open and shut with velcro tabs. Love the scalloped trim at the top.
A view of the side, where you can see another mesh-covered window. Three-dimensional apples on the tree and the seriously adorable owl add whimsy. For the playhouse plan and how-to, visit Jill's blog.
Want to get inspired before you try your hand at this playhouse plan? Then check out...
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Upcycle this hardware store basic into a one-of-a-kind art piece, perfect for filling in any bare spot on a wall. (You know, above the sofa?) Or, use the same technique to quickly craft coasters. Our friends at the uber-cute ModCloth will show you how!
We all have that awkward spot in our homes that needs a little art therapy, but well...who has the time to search for just the right-sized piece? (And procrastinating on that task is how that bare spot got there in the first place.) On top of that, things can get expensive fast. To save time and cost, upcycle sisal rope into a piece that will be just the right size for you. The trick is to coil the rope into nice little swirls, then glue in place. Easy, right?
You can also use this technique to create coasters and trivets. These would make a great hostess gift for the upcoming warm weather entertaining months...after all, sisal can stand up to lots of wear-and-tear. Check out the full how-to at ModCloth.
Want to upcycle more household basics into something more fabulous? Then check out...
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kitchen garden that fits right on a window ledge.
A kitchen garden window box of herbs is the answer for those who like the idea of a garden, but can't commit to a summer of tending a whole bed of plants. Or, those of us who forget to tend the garden until it's scorched earth. With a window box right on the kitchen sill, you'll be reminded to water the plants on a daily basis and will have the herbs at arm's length for easy enjoying.
So, what to put in there? I usually go for mint and basil (for mojitos and basil gimlets), because they create the illusion that I'm a fabulous gardener. Just leave them in a sunny spot for a few weeks and you'll come back to find amazing, heavenly scented bushes. Easy. But this month's HGTV's Family Gardening Club Project goes one step further and uses petite vegetables as window box filler. They recommend lettuce, radish and dwarf carrot, started from seeds. We say: Overachievers. But we're secretly envious of their patience. Here's the how-to.
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Filed under: Know-HowThe next time you undertake a renovating project, take a peek at what's inside the walls. If you're like these accidental treasure hunters, you might find something completely surprising.
D. Sharon Pruitt, flickr
Skeletons in the closet? We've all got them. Though some literally have skeletons in their closets...or chests. After moving into an 1887 Queen Anne, this contributor on the This Old House forum went to look through the property's barn. Inside she found a collection of furniture, boxes and trunks. Tucked into one of those trunks was a skeleton. Though the story is shocking, it's not an episode of CSI: The Olden Days. Turns out the skeleton was a medical model used by a previous owner, who was a Civil War surgeon.
Bottles are a common find, but what about a stash of Prohibition-era (and beyond) empties? This was spotted by a guest at an old bed and breakfast that was undergoing renovations.
An example of the Thompson machine gun. canuckshutterer, flickr
If empty bottles from a possible speakeasy are too tame for you, how about a gun from the same era? While renovating, a Chicago-area resident found the 1928 Thompson sub-machine gun, worth $10,000. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't cash in on his odd treasure. After reporting it to the police, they confiscated the gun.
Want to get renovating? Then check out...
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Weekend project #1: Rethink your kitchen cabinets
A standard-as-can-be kitchen gets a pop art-inspired new look thanks to the most creative use for posters we've ever seen.
Photographs by Jason Radspinner of Image Locations, Inc.
Weekend project #2: Fake a beadboard wall
In tough times, an interior designer tests how far she can stretch a dollar. What I loved about this story was the faux beadboard wall made by applying beadboard wallpaper ($25/roll). Much easier than adding the real thing.
Photo: Michael J. Lee
Weekend project #3: Change up your color palette with paint
In this makeover, a traditional kitchen gets a modern look. Though the tiled backsplash, new counters and cabinets are a little beyond the scope of a weekend project, the new soft neutral hued walls made just as big of an impact in a fraction of the time.
Looking for more great projects? Check out...
grill look new again with this under-the-radar product: High-temperature paint.
another pint please; flickr
So, an ugly, banged-up, scratched and chipped grill hood won't have any impact on your BBQ fare. But if the state of your grill hood has been bothering you, there's an easy fix that you might not know about: High-temperature paint. It's frequently used for cars, stoves, fireplaces and yes, grills. Generally, the paints can withstand temperatures of up to 1200 degrees (making it OK for the exterior, but obviously not okay for interior grill components) and can be found at most hardware stores. Spray paint formulations dominate (though some brush-on varieties exist), since they reliably produce a glossy, smooth coat.
Though the painting process is a straight-forward one, there's one step not to forget before you paint the grill: Removing oxidation damage. Oxidation appears on the exterior elements of your grill as kind of a dull, ashy cast. Though it looks irreversible, you can get rid of it by simply washing down the grill exterior with dish soap and water. Then, you'll just scrub away any debris, apply a primer if desired and then spray on a few light coats of paint.
Want to know more about getting your grill into shape? Check out...
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And for ideas on upgrading your grill, watch this...