Posts from the ‘DIY Projects’ Category

DIY- Molding It

Every time I go to a house with a lot of architectural detail, I get jealous. There’s something so interesting about old city houses, with their arched hallways, stained-glass windows and moldings on the wall. Most newer houses don’t have the luxury of these features.

The good news is that adding molding to your walls or ceilings is a lot easier than you may think. Most local hardware stores offer a lot of options. They have simple options or detailed ones, various widths and can come pre-painted white or unfinished.

I really like the crisp, modern look of white molding, but how fun would it be to paint the molding a bright, contrasting color to really up the cool-factor?

Once you’ve picked out the molding that you would like, head over to the “tools” section of your hardware store. Pick up a saw and miter box. I bought mine for under $20 and they came as a set.

When you get home, measure the molding to your desired length and cut it at a 45 degree angle. By using the miter box for this, it will make your corners match evenly.

Once you have cut all of your pieces to the appropriate lengths, if you plan on painting or staining your molding, it’s time to make it happen.

Wait until they are completely dry and then it’s time to attach them to the wall or ceiling. You can do this several ways. The easiest way would be to use a nail gun, but I’m guessing that most of you don’t have one handy and they are fairly pricey. You can simply take standard finish nails and hammer them in. Or, if you’re renting or don’t want to make them permanent, I have used heavy-duty, double-sided, removable tape and it actually worked.

If you use finish nails, you will likely need to use touch up paint for the head of the nail. If you use double-sided tape, make sure that it is heavy-duty and that you run it the length of your molding.

Get creative with the design and placement of your molding. In some cases, it can eliminate the need for artwork.

Some inspiration:

This one was just featured on Design Star’s first episode. Designed by Danielle.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.



You’re Lookin’ Awfully Leggy!

A common complaint that I hear from people is that they are bored or don’t like their existing furniture, but don’t have the funds for a whole new piece. An easy way to spice up your tables, is to switch up your legs. Whether it be a Dining Room table, a coffee table, an end table or a nightstand, you can change up the look significantly without spending a fortune.

There are a lot of options out there to suit the style that you are going for. What I love most is that a lot of the available table legs come unfinished, which leaves you the opportunity to stain it or paint it exactly how you would like it. This means, get creative!

When buying these, make sure that they are the appropriate height for your piece. Also, check how they attach to the table.

Here are some legs that I like:

Mid-Century Modern Leg

Cabriole Leg

Queen Ann Leg

Country Table Leg

Ball and Claw Table Leg

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Such an easy fix and can completely transform the look of your table.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


DIY Artwork

Need to add some art to your walls, but can’t find what you’re looking for? Here’s an easy way to DIY.

What’s great about this is that 1) It’s extremely inexpensive. 2) You get to personalize it. 3) Nobody else will have the same art.

First, go to your favorite arts and crafts store and head to the scrapbooking section. Pick out a piece of your favorite paper that you think will look good in the room you’re creating art for.

Next… I’m gonna go out on a whim here, but I’m guessing since you’re able to read this post, you have access to a computer? :) I’m also gonna guess that you have a program that allows you to type documents. Open that program and start typing. Type whatever the heck you want. Your favorite quote, your initials, your dog’s name… whatever you prefer. Now start playing with various fonts. Mix ’em up, play with the arrangement, colors and size. Find something that you like, that will look good with your scrapbook paper and print it out. If you don’t have a decent printer, save it and take it to a copy/print shop and get it printed out.

What kind of picture frames do you have around your house? Any extras that you can spare for this project? If not, head to your closest big-box store and pick one up. It doesn’t need to be fancy. In fact, it’s probably best if you keep it simple. You don’t want the frame to fight with the overall look of your art.

Now, all you’ve gotta do is adhere your print-out on top of the scrapbook paper. Double-sided tape works great for this. Make sure that you leave at least an 1.5″ border around the print-out. Place it in the frame as if it were a picture. Hang and you’re done. Boom! Who says you’re not an artist?!

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


DIY- Make Your Legs Fancy

Here’s an idea that will turn your store-bought, ordinary furniture into a mega-cool, one-of-a-kind piece.

Look at your legs. Not THOSE legs! The legs of your furniture. Dining room table, coffee table, bed, etc. What are we working with? Probably not too exciting. This picture inspired me to want to paint the legs of my furniture a chic metallic gold.

It’s like adding jewelry to your piece. So simple. So inexpensive. And… BOOM! So much cooler.

Another idea would be to paint just the inside of your legs a contrasting color. Glamour girls… what about bedazzling your legs? I would recommend just the inside of the legs for this one, for practicality purposes. You can also wrap twine around part of your legs to add an earthy texture.

What ideas do you have? I wanna hear about ’em.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


DIY- How to Distress Furniture

I love a clean, simple look. One of my favorites, actually. I love the look of vintage, worn-in furniture even more. A lot of furniture stores sell new furniture that has been treated to look like it’s old and damaged. Kinda like buying jeans that have holes in them. There’s typically a pretty hefty price tag to buy these “damages”.

There’s quite a few techniques that you can use to give your existing furniture an “updated” look. You can also buy a piece from a garage sale or flea market and refinish it.

Depending on the finish of your current furniture and the finished look you are trying to achieve, there are various ways you can do some serious destruction.

1) If your piece is painted, or if you are going to paint it, take some sandpaper and rough up the edges of your piece. I like to paint my piece an ivory and then paint it a color on top of that. When you sand it down, the cream will pop through as a worn-in look. Experiment with different sandpaper. Depending on the grit, it will produce different results.

2) Take thick, heavy-duty chain (can be found at a hardware store) and literally beat the heck out of the piece. This will add divots and dents to your piece.

3) Take a hammer and again, beat the heck out of it. Who needs anger-management classes? :)

4) Add some rusty nails at random. You can make nails rust by soaking them in vinegar.

5) Look around your house for tools you can use. Pizza cutter? Ice pick? Perfect.

P.S. Make sure you use safety goggles to protect your eyes. I get that we’re trying to do some damage here, but let’s stick with the furniture, please.

I like mixing old with new. You don’t need to go crazy and make everything in your place distressed (unless you want to). Having some of both will give your room even more character.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


DIY Headboard

Ready to turn your bed from boring to fancy-pants? Here’s an easy way to make your bed the bomb-diggity.

What you need:

1) Staple Gun

2) (2) Large pieces of wood cut to size. I like a lot of drama when doing this, so I typically make the height of the wood 3″-5″ shorter than the height of the ceiling. As far as the width goes, measure the width of your bed, add on 4″-8″ inches, divide the number by 2 and that’s the width that each piece of wood should be.

3) Upholstery fabric. You will want two panels of fabric. They need to be 3″ longer and wider than each piece of wood. If you go to the upholstery section of your fabric store, you will have a lot more luck. Most upholstery fabric is 54″ wide, which you will likely need. They are also going to be a lot more durable and stand up to wear and tear.

How to: Lay one panel of fabric face-down on a clean surface. Center a piece of wood on top of that. Wrap the edge of the fabric around the wood and staple it in the middle. Pull the fabric taught and staple it in the middle of the opposite side. Next, staple the fabric on the outer edges, making sure you are always pulling the fabric taught before stapling. Now, do the same to the other two sides of the panel. Repeat with the second piece of wood/fabric.

Note: If you want the edges of your headboard to have a “softer” look, you can add a layer of batting between the wood and the fabric.

Stand the two completed panels up behind your bed, leaving a few inches of space between them.

That’s it. Really. This is a no-brainer that has huge impact without breaking the bank.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


Vamp Up Your Bookcase

Want to add some personality to your place without it taking over the whole look of your room? Consider adding some color or pattern to the back of your bookcase, built-ins or cabinets.

There are several options here. You can add a bold color by simply painting the back of your piece. Bright colors and metallics are my favorite here.

There’s several ways that you can add a fun pattern, too. You can paint a pattern via stenciling or free-hand. You can add decorative contact paper(think shelf-liners), wallpaper or you can add your favorite fabric. I’ve even seen people use scrapbooking paper for this.

When using pattern, I like to stick to fairly simple patterns (stripes, for example). When you add whatever books, decor, dishes, etc. at the end, it often looks too busy for my liking. Just my opinion…

The inspiration:

Have other ideas? Feel free to comment. I would love to see Before & After pics. Show off your work and email them to me.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


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