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Whimsical Oversized DIY Picture Frame

Posted by: on February 12th, 2015 | Make A Comment

Whimsical Oversized DIY Picture Frame

Natalie from The Creative Mom created this giant DIY picture frame for her husband as a Valentine’s Day gift. But this would be a terrific gift for just about any occasion: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday, or it could be a fun way to display a large photo at a wedding reception.

Natalie says it took her only one afternoon to put this together. You can whip this up for your home or as a gift in no time. Just follow Natalie’s step-by-step instructions. 

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How to Make a No-Sew Canvas Drop Cloth Pillow Cover

Posted by: on February 11th, 2015 | One Comment

How to Make a No-Sew Painted Canvas Drop Cloth Pillow Cover

This painted canvas drop cloth pillow cover is so cute and so easy to make. Katrina Sullivan of Chic Little House created it to decorate her home for Valentine’s Day. But you can paint your own design on the pillow cover to celebrate any holiday or to match any decor. After creating this pillow, you may find yourself totally hooked on canvas drop cloth projects! Just follow Katrina’s instructions for your own no-sew drop cloth pillow cover. 

 

I have a house full of boys and don’t often get to decorate my home using shades of pink; lately pink has been holding a special place in my heart. Valentine’s Day gives me the perfect opportunity to add so pink in my decor. I have a serious pillow problem and love pillows and decided to make a painted heart pillow for Valentine’s Day using a painter’s drop cloth. To keep this project fast and fun, so I decided to do a no-sew envelope pillow.

How to Make a No-Sew Painted Canvas Drop Cloth Pillow Cover

I picked up some pretty tulips from my local market and was instantly drawn to the shades of pink and green stem. I love decorating with shades of green in my home and love how pink and green complements each other.

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New Ways to Use Decorative Hooks from Young House Love

Posted by: on February 6th, 2015 | Make A Comment

YHL Product Collage

Best selling authors John and Sherry of Young House Love have a new line of  decorative hooks you can only find at The Home Depot. They initially conceived of these Young House Love home storage hooks as picture hangers, but they can also work just as well as wall hooks and cabinet or furniture hardware. So whether you choose to hang a frame from one, add a few for coat hooks near the door, or replace some furniture pulls, these knobs and hooks can provide a decor update that should only take you a couple of minutes to complete.

Here, John and Sherry show us three ways they’re using their new hardware, and they even show us a clever DIY to customize one of their hooks. 

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Easy DIY: How to Make a Decorative Crown Moulding Hook Rail

Posted by: on February 3rd, 2015 | Make A Comment

Easy DIY: How to Make a Decorative Crown Moulding Hook Rail

This is such an easy DIY project that’s practical and attractive, too. This DIY crown moulding hook rail uses simple materials easily found at The Home Depot.

We’ll show you the materials we used to create this, but you can easily modify it to fit the decor of your mudroom, entryway or where ever you plan to hang this decorative coat hook. The possibilities are endless. Depending on the crown moulding, hooks and paint you choose, you could make this for decor styles ranging from rustic or shabby chic to transitional or modern. 

Just follow the step-by-step instructions to make this easy DIY crown moulding hook rail for your home.

 

Materials Needed for DIY Hook Rail Project

Materials for This Crown Moulding Hook Rail

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

Posted by: on January 28th, 2015 | One 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 | 2 Comments

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 | 2 Comments

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 | 7 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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