Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

tuesday’s find

October 11, 2011

Here’s a fun little DIY art project I found over on Little Green Notebook. We all have tons of little buttons that will never find their way back onto a coat, shirt or sweater. Why not turn them into art!

and some more inspirations


before and after

May 12, 2010

I LOVE this DIY project of turning a simple votive into something fabulous. I found it on Deliciously Organized, checkout the DIY section for many other good ideas!  So break out your crafty skills and get busy this weekend. Enjoy!

Mercury Glass how to: I’m going to start with the finish project so you see where I’m going.

Step 1:  The materials

Get yourself some glass votives, vases, glasses, anything glass would work. But I would start small till you get comfortable with the materials. Micheals, Home Goods and Target are good sources.

Spray bottle and fill with water, a drug store should be your best bet.

Krylon mirror paint or silver paint was used in the below pictures and could be used but the effect would be a little different. Check here for retailers.

Paper to wrap the outside of the glass in. Newsprint should work

Step 2. The process

After you have cleaned the glass inside and out. Wrap it in some brown paper. Squirt the inside of the glass with one or two squirts of water. Then spray the spray paint lightly on the inside. Turn the glass upside down and let it dry overnight. If the spray paint is too light you can repeat the process till you have reached the desired effect. Voila! pretty little votives.  I say do a bunch of them and scatter all over the yard this summer.

this version was done with the mirror paint vs the silver paint

before and after

April 14, 2010

This is a great DIY/before and after from Michelle  at Three Men and a Lady.  She took the simple starburst mirror and turned it into a stunning starburst mirror.  Simply Lovely! Please check out her blog so much to learn from someone soooo creative!

before and after

March 17, 2010

This is a brilliant kitchen redo from Lauren Liess over at Pure Style Home.  She did a great job working with the existing cabinets and appliances.  Totally transforming the space with paint,  bargain treasures and vintage touches.  This kitchen is an excellent example of not needing to start from scratch when you are handed a dated space.  Be creative and stick within your budget and use everyday materials in different way.  Check out Pure Style Home for more transformation pictures of her 70’s split level redo.

kitchen before: keep your eye on the ceiling here. it's feels low and the upper cabinets seem short and awkward

Removing the upper cabinets is such a smart move. It opens up the kitchen allowing space to display all sorts treasures


Yes they painted the fridge with chalkboard paint such a fun idea! The dishwasher got a coat too same as the cabinets, it all just blends.

the kitchen nook before

The wallpaper was a clearance find, the chairs from a thrift store and the table is a reproduction. Smart shopping!

before and after

March 10, 2010

How many times have you seen beautiful napkins at Anthropologie?  Almost to beautiful to use …at least as a napkin.  Kirsten Kranson from 6th Street Design School transformed some of those beautiful textiles into fresh, vibrant pillows.  If I had a sewing machine or even knew how to sew I might do the same.  So next time you are at Anthro or some another shop with great napkins, tea towels or hand towels, think again.  Enjoy!