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Room Makeover: Space-Saving Baby’s Room and Craft Room Combo

Posted by: on January 28th, 2015 | Make A Comment

Room Makeover: Space-Saving Baby's Room and Craft Room Combo

Making the most of a small space is important if you live in a condominium or apartment. We’ve seen how Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love turned her tiny balcony into a versatile, comfortable outdoor space. Now she shows us her craft room, which she needed to turn into a combination craft room and baby’s room (for little Markus).

Wait. A craft room AND a baby’s room?

Yep. This room makeover creates a combo space for a baby and for crafting. As you’ll see Amber makes it work beautifully. Along the way she shares mini tutorials on how to hang a gallery wall, a super clever way to add the appeal of wall paper without actually hanging wall paper and a cute art project made from paint brushes.

 

When we moved into our current condo, my one request was to have a craft room. For two years it was my office and allowed me to be productive and grow my blog. When I found out there was a baby on the way, I wasn’t quite ready to give up my workspace, but I knew it had to change. Big time.

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How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting (for an Adorable Baby’s Room)

Posted by: on January 26th, 2015 | Make A Comment

How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting (for an Adorable Baby's Room)

Beadboard was one of the magic ingredients Alix Adams used to create an adorable nursery for her soon-to-be-arriving baby girl Charlotte. Alix writes the DIY and craft blog A Ruffled Life. She is such a dedicated DIYer that she installed the beadboard in question when she was approximately seven months pregnant. But that just goes to show that this is definitely a very doable project for anyone who’s keen to take it on. 

Here’s Alix’s tutorial showing how to install beadboard wainscoting… and create an adorable baby’s room, too.

How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting (for an Adorable Baby's Room)

Incorporating woodwork into your home sometimes seems like an overwhelming or difficult task. The first time I stared at a pile of beadboard stacked in my garage I thought to myself, what have I gotten myself into? But like many house projects, after measuring twice and making a couple of careful cuts you become more comfortable channeling that inner carpenter. Installing beadboard details throughout your home is easier than you think! Come on, I will show you how to install beadboard wainscoting, with a few tips and tricks I learned along the way…

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Free Plans for an Awesome Chicken Coop

Posted by: on January 22nd, 2015 | One Comment

Awesome DIY Chicken Coop

Raising chickens has grown in popularity in recent years, and a lot of folks are looking for instructions on how to build a chicken coop. This coop, designed and built by Natalie Dalpais of The Creative Mom has to be one of the best we’ve ever seen. It’s practical, with several features to make cleaning and egg gathering easier. And perhaps best of all, it actually looks attractive! It looks like a classic barn with a raised center aisle roof. 

We have the instructions here, along with plenty of helpful photos. Plus, we have the chicken coop plans and building instructions in downloadable form so you can print them out. (You’ll see a link in the Supplies Needed section below.)

 

My family and I live in a little farm town. We are not farmers, not even close, but sometimes we like to pretend that we are. Like when we got baby chicks a few years ago when we were totally unprepared to raise chickens and built a very humble chicken coop (more like lean-to). I’ve been slightly embarrassed by our lean-to coop for some time now, so I decided to take matters into my own hands (and my dad’s very capable hands too) and build a chicken coop we can be proud of. This coop is no lean-to! It’s SUPER sturdy (sturdy enough that my kids thought it was a fun playhouse to play in until we put the chickens in).

It’s also pretty large. It’s about 32 square feet, and can easily fit up to 12 chickens.

Awesome DIY Chicken Coop Tutorial with Free Downloadable Plans

We’ve been raising chickens in our lean-to coop for a few years now, so we’ve learned a thing or two about what a good chicken coop should be like.

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Building a Garage Laundry Nook

Posted by: on January 20th, 2015 | One Comment

A specially-built garage laundry nook

Jamie Dorobek , the mastermind of the blog C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things), masterminded a way to make her laundry routine a lot better. She needed a way to stack her mismatched washer and dryer and bring a little order to her laundry space. She and her husband came up with this terrific garage laundry nook. 

 

Raise your hand if you love laundry! How about doing laundry in your cold garage with your washer and dryer seven feet apart from each other. My hand is not up. But, that’s how we did laundry in Casa de Dorobek for almost two years. Over the last few months (we have a new baby, so DIY takes a lot longer these days), we made our garage laundry room corner more useful, cute, and organized. Check it out above.

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Cute Mini Pantry with Pipe Shelves and Sliding Door

Posted by: on January 15th, 2015 | 5 Comments

Cute Mini Pantry with Pipe Shelves and Sliding Door

DIY blogger Chelsey Andrews and her husband built the cutest mini pantry you’ve ever seen. It’s a very clever storage solution for their small kitchen. It’s not only quite functional, though. With its hand stamped wall pattern and sliding door, the pantry adds to the kitchen’s visual appeal, too. Here’s how she built her mini pantry, including a clever solution for building shelves in a house with uneven floors. (And look at the end of the article for the free downloadable kitchen poster you see in Chelsey’s kitchen.)

Our little 950 sq. ft. house was built in 1920 and came with exactly one closet, in my daughter’s room (that doesn’t really help with everyday storage). Since adding more space to our home is not currently in our budget, we need to get creative with what we have.

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How to Make a DIY Acrylic Frame

Posted by: on January 9th, 2015 | 2 Comments

How to Make a DIY Acrylic Frame

Can you spot the gorgeous DIY here? Squint for a glimpse of the awesome acrylic frame in the background. It’s a DIY by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design.

Here’s her tutorial so you can create one for your artwork.  

 

I’ve long loved acrylic frames. With their clean lines and bold stand-offs they are artwork in themselves. That said, they cost a pretty penny, especially if you want to make a ginormous one, which is what I was after! After perusing blogs and gathering tips and tricks, I felt pretty comfortable taking this challenge on. I’m so thrilled that Home Depot partnered with me to make it happen. This is by far the coolest DIY I’ve done, and I’m excited to share it with you!

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Furniture Makeover: Paint and New Hardware Transform Old Wooden Chest

Posted by: on January 5th, 2015 | Make A Comment

Furniture Makeover: Paint and New Hardware Transform Old Wooden Chest

Giving new life to an old piece of wooden furniture is as easy as adding a new coat of paint and new cabinet hardware. It might be hard to believe the gorgeous wooden chest you see above started off as the neglected trunk you see below, but the furniture makeover was really quite simple. Though this furniture makeover is for an old chest, it’s pretty much the same as what you’d do to renew an old wooden table, bookshelf or buffet. Bookmark this tutorial for the next time you have a thrift store find that just needs a little TLC.

Old wooden chest before getting a makeover

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Festive DIY Wreath Made from Pinecones and Greenery

Posted by: on December 19th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Festive DIY Wreath Made from Pinecones and Greenery

When it comes to Christmas, I tend to get a little carried away….think Clark Griswald meets Elf. Well, maybe minus all the lights. My first step in decorating for the holidays is to pop a wreath on the door; it’s instant festive, and puts me in the spirit! It’s also the only spot we can have the feel and smell of real greenery (thank you, allergies!).

I love the fresh wreaths from The Home Depot (such a great deal, too!), but this year I wanted to jazz mine up a bit, so I came up with this DIY wreath made from pinecones and greenery. The secret ingredient, though, is a tiny bit of spray paint.

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A Glam, Golden Christmas Card Holder

Posted by: on December 18th, 2014 | 2 Comments

A Glam, Golden Christmas Card Holder

Christmas cards can be one of the best parts of decorating for the holidays. The trick is finding a way to display them that keeps them out of the way and easy to see. This upcycled wheel frame Christmas card holder is a great solution. That’s what I use. But I wanted to add some glam to it for the holidays.

Here’s what I did. 

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How to Make a DIY Ladder Stocking Holder

Posted by: on December 17th, 2014 | 11 Comments

How to Make a DIY Ladder Stocking Holder

No Mantel? No Problem!

In all of the homes we’ve lived in in the last eight years none of them have had a mantel. That’s totally fine with me about 330 days out of the year, except around the holidays. No mantel to decorate for Christmas… it’s a travesty.

Kidding! But seriously, where do you put the Christmas stockings? I’ve gotten creative over the years with stockings but this one is my best one yet, I think.

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