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When creating art, I love adding dimension and repurposing items I already have. When it comes to the laundry room, you can find a million odds and ends that will look way better on the wall than they currently do scattered on top of the washer.

Button Up

Do you have a jar of buttons that you intended to use for some sewing project or salvaged from an old shirt? Use them to create an adorable grid of color-coordinated buttons. This easy piece of art is a smart way to incorporate a color scheme and will emphasize your laundry room’s purpose.

Via Sarah Richardson Design

Pants and Pictures

Have a few extra pant hangers you no longer use? Turn them into the easiest DIY picture hangers ever. Add a cute washboard to the arrangement and you have a personalized wall of art for your laundry room.

Via Thrifty Artsy Girl

Clothespins for the Win

Although not all of us still hang clothes up on the line to dry, we all still seem to have clothespins around the house. These handy, multi-purpose tools have another unsung ability: becoming works of art! There are some seriously amazing DIYs out there using these little guys.

Via Sweet Something Designs

Ironing Board Inspiration

Old ironing boards are just blank canvases waiting for a cute quote! This fun DIY showcases a lucky theme (St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, folks). However, feel free to try out your own favorite saying or add a single word, like a “Laundry” label or cheeky “Irony.”

Via My Creative Days

Basket Case

Sometimes you just need a way to make laundry less of a chore. With one of these graphic DIY laundry baskets, I would actually get excited about all that washing and folding (well… more excited). And though this isn’t art you’d hang on the wall, it’s functional art, which is all the more fun.

Via Studio DIY!

With just a few DIY ideas, you can make your laundry room look fresh again. Take a look around and use what you already have to create clever and cost-efficient art.


Novels, picture books, dictionaries, biographies, chapter books: they can be found sitting on coffee tables, tossed on end tables, strewn on sofa cushions, and hiding under desks, and they can totally overwhelm your living space. The addition of a bookshelf can tame your book piles and provide more space in your home. We’ve gathered a sample of stylish bookcases you can make yourself. Which one will you try?

 1. DIY Pipes and Planks Shelving

If you’re ready to house all your books in one place, this is the DIY project for you! Tina and her husband built this 13-by-10-foot bookshelf to fill the blank space in their living room and to serve as a gathering space for all their reading materials. You can adjust the size and supplies to fit your space as needed. Check out the full tutorial at her blog, Dusty Coyote.

Image Via: Dusty Coyote

2. Easy DIY Rope Shelf

Perhaps a bookshelf that spans an entire room is more than you had in mind. If that’s the case, then this DIY hanging rope shelf is just the ticket! It’s perfect for any room in your home. Build one in the kitchen for cookbooks, in the bedroom for nighttime reading, or in the living room for guests to peruse. Caroline has an awesome tutorial over at her blog, Burkatron.

Image Via: Burkatron

3. Concrete Block Bookshelf

Another  simple bookcase comes from The Crazy Craft Lady, Aimee. When all the books, papers, and law school supplies pushed her to her breaking point, Aimee built the perfect landing zone to keep everything organized. This project mostly consists of staining and stacking. Gather some pine boards and stone pavers of your choice, and you’re halfway done!

Image Via: The Crazy Craft Lady

4. Mounted Shelving Units

Molly made these mounted shelving units to flank either side of her wood-burning fireplace. The shelves were completely custom so Molly and her boyfriend took care to create a look exactly to their liking. Because everything is bracket-mounted, it can be changed with any new decor placed in the room. See their planning process here!

Image Via: Almost Makes Perfect

5. Multipurpose Crate Bookshelf

Not able to build a permanent bookshelf solution? Jamie’s got the perfect project for you instead! Head over to her blog, C.R.A.F.T., and see this awesome guide on how to style crates as shelving — four different ways! Place it, customize it, move it, add to it; the options are endless. Here is our favorite version. Which is yours?

How to make a bookshelf out of crates!

Image Via: Creating Really Awesome Fun Things

6. DIY Industrial Bookcase

This Pottery Barn-inspired bookcase cost just under $300—a steal compared to the retail price of $1,900! Jamison and his wife Jamie worked together to create an industrial-chic bookshelf to dress up their new living room. Jamison’s plans are so detailed you don’t need to have any previous woodworking experience to build a shelf just like this one. See for yourself; head over to his blog Rogue Engineer.

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Image Via: Rogue Engineer

7. DIY Tree Bookshelf

Patrick, contributor to the build-and-share website Instructables, DIYed his way to this trendy tree bookshelf. His instructions will help you breeze through the priming, painting, and construction of the project, but if you do get confused, he included a handy video tutorial of the entire process. The project cost around $150, and the whole thing can be completed in one weekend.

Image Via: Instructables

8. DIY Floating Bookshelves

If you’re looking for a subtler book storage statement, Mandi from Vintage Revivals has a fabulous tutorial on how to build your own floating shelves. A bit modern while still industrial, these magical shelves are ideal for any blank wall in your home. Stack them like Mandi did, or place them staggered along a larger wall to fill the space.

How To Build Shelves

Image Via: Vintage Revivals

All books need a loving home. Do yours have one?

Happy reading! Until next time,

~Bri


It has been surfacing on social media for some time now. So why is everyone using chalk paint? Not having to prep or prime your surface (beyond cleaning or smoothing out peeling surfaces) is a major bonus. We’ve gathered a sample of furniture projects and a sweet DIY chalk paint guide for you to see for yourself why the paint is so popular.

1. Chalk Paint Piano

Leigh Anne inherited this piano when she and her husband purchased their family home in 1986. Once her children grew up, it no longer served as much purpose and became a dark spot in her living room. A fun chalk paint update was just the cure! The piano is now a statement piece everyone can gather around during the holidays. See how she did it over at her blog, Your Home Based Mom.

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Image Via: Your Home Based Mom

2. Vintage Buffet

Pairing a vintage mirror and buffet table is a fun project in itself, but Beth took it one step further with a quick sanding and an application of chalk paint. In her tutorial, Beth adds the optional step of glazing. If you’re looking to add more dimension to your work, you don’t want to skip this step!

Gray painted buffet

Image Via: Home Stories A to Z

3. Baroque Makeover
This once sun-bleached writing desk achieved new life! Metallic gold accents and fiery red chalk paint work together to master this shiny/matte combination. Clear and dark wax finishes highlight the smooth surface. Stephanie’s review of the Southside Furniture Revival revival is witty and full of helpful hints.

Image Via: Furniture Flippin

4. Perfect Patina

With an original plan for a more nautical look, Nancy was inspired by a metallic furniture challenge and decided on a chalk paint and gold finish look instead. Head over to her blog Artsy Chicks Rule for the full tutorial. She explains how to overcome the struggles of painting with metallics, the process for her patinaed hardware, and the easy nature of painting with turquoise chalk paint.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Angle Shot - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Image Via: Artsy Chicks Rule

5. Distressed Fridge

There’s a lot of things we like about this fridge. It’s integrated, it delivers ice without opening the door, and it’s distressed with chalk paint. Chalkboard Fridge has an awesome tutorial on how to do this and similar projects. Learn how to make door panels, the distressed paint technique, and tricks for dry brushing.

Distress-Painted Fridge: How to Distress Paint

Image Via: Chalkboard Fridge

6. Custom Velvet Color

This pair of Victorian chairs started out with pale-green velvet. The cushions were in great condition, so rather than reupholstering them, Amy of Maison Decor decided to give the seats a chalk paint update. Tip: Multiple light layers of paint are better than a few heavy ones. Because of velvet’s nap, a light sanding needs to be done between each coat. When all the coats are dry, be sure to finish the project with a light waxing. It will leave the surface feeling like leather and looking like new!

Image Via: Maison Decor

7. Hitchhiking Headboard

Heather picked up this hitchhiking bed frame from the side of the road and got to work on a fun DIY project. She redid the cutout on the headboard and fixed a few other minor repairs. A few coats of green chalk paint, a layer of wax, and a good sanding led to this beautifully distressed bed frame. Check out how she did it here!

DIY chalk paint poster bed makeover from www.heatherednest.com

Image Via: The Heathered Nest

8. Techniques for Carved Surfaces

Paint and Pattern blogger Melanie Royals wrote a fab tutorial on four different ways to chalk paint those fancy carved surfaces on you vintage furniture. She’ll teach you how to dry brush, sandpaper distress, gold leaf, and highlight with metallic creams. Added bonus: Melanie has two pages worth of chalk paint color recipes. Check out Part 1 and Part 2!

Image Via: Paint and Pattern

9. DIY Paint Recipes

If you’ve made it this far in the post, it’s clear you’re interested in chalk paint projects. But perhaps you’re sitting like me thinking, “I’ve already got so much paint at home! Now I have to buy another?” Honest answer? No, you don’t. You can still achieve a similar look with the paint you already have plus a few additional ingredients you might have laying around! Salvaged Inspirations creator Denise gathered the most popular DIY chalk paint recipes and gave them all a try. See her four favorites — and how to make them — here!

Image Via: Salvaged Inspirations

The stylish, matte finish of chalk paint is calling, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s not too late to get in on the hot trend. Do a furniture flip, or even coat small decor items with chalk paint, and let us know some of your favorite finishes.

Until then,

~Bri


As temperatures drop, snow is on the minds of those of us in colder climates. It can decrease visibility, shut down roads, and keep kids home from school. When that happens, they’re inside all day long. But don’t panic! We’ve rounded up a list of snow day crafts and activities to keep them from going stir-crazy and keep you from losing your sanity.

1. Easy Tissue Transfer Art

Easy art doesn’t always equal beautiful art, but this project is definitely an exception. Using just water, canvas, and colored tissue paper, Autumn’s 5-year-old daughter made this art piece all by herself. Your kids can do the same too; see how it’s done over at her blog.

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

Image Via: It’s Always Autumn

2. Peg Doll Templates

The creatives behind Mr. Printables have some great FREE templates you can download for your kids. A great (and inexpensive) snow day craft, this cute snowscape comes with templates for people, trees, and critters; you can make it all out of cardboard! After crafting, your children can play with these fun creations or set them in a special place to display.

Image Via: Mr. Printables

3. String Art for Kids

String art has been steadily growing in popularity, but kids with nails and hammers isn’t always the best idea! Blogger mom Sarah came up with an awesome, kid-friendly way to create string art designs. Canvas and thumbtacks work just as well as wood and nails. Help your child align his or her desired shape then let them do the rest!

Image Via: Repeat Crafter Me

4. Ultimate DIY Fort

Building a fort was the stuff of dreams when I was a kid! Alida, the creator of The Realistic Mama, gathered a list of her 15 favorite forts from around the Internet. They all have varying scales of difficulty, so leave the decision up to the ambitions of your children.

Image Via: The Realistic Mama

5. Snowflake Snack

The perfect treat on a snow day? A cinnamon-sugar snowflake! Happy Hooligans blogger Jackie shows us how to make her favorite wintry treat. Your kids will have a blast folding and cutting tortilla shells into beautiful snowflake creations. See the tutorial here!

Image Via: Happy Hooligans

6. Snow Day Movie Marathon

After a sweet treat, settle in for a movie marathon. Reel Mama, Lauren, gathered up a list of her favorite movies to watch with her children when the snow blows outside. She gives a brief description of each movie as well as where you can stream or order it online. Perhaps the kids can watch these from inside their fort!

Image Via: Reel Mama

7. Build a City

This is a great activity for those who have building toys. Simply line the floor with painters tape — you can do it like blogger Amanda did, so that all your streets and blocks are square, or you can create a city with curves and diagonals. Once you’ve lined up your city, let your kids go to work building the entire town. Check out how it’s done here!

Image Via: Dirt and Boogers

8. DIY Sparkle Slime

Amy Mascott pulled out all the stops on finding things for her children to do on a snowy  day. She showed her kids how to make homemade sparkle slime — and they loved it! She has a video, some great pictures, and a tutorial for creating your own snow day slime.

Image Via: Teach Mama

A snow day is a gift to your kids, and, now, you too! What project are you going to tackle? Do you have a favorite thing to do on a snow day? Let me know!

Until then,

~Bri

 


Why settle for an overcrowded fridge when you can stylishly show off your kids’ artwork with these cool new ideas? Decorate your walls in modern style, top your coffee table with a curated collection of your little ones’ works, or try one of these other innovative ideas.

Inspired Art Gallery

Kids’ art is usually pretty colorful, so if you’re wanting to create a gallery wall of their creations, consider using a neutral wall color. Then incorporate a few pops of color throughout the room, making sure they coordinate with the pieces displayed.

Via Sawyer | Berson

Curate and Condense 

Photobooks are becoming super popular for family photo albums, but they can also be used as a fun way to curate a collection of your little one’s art. Bonus: photographing artwork means you won’t feel bad about not saving EVERY picture your kid draws (your cabinets can only hold so much)! Plus, you’ll have a cute way to look back at how your child and their art have grown over the years.

Via Paislee Press

Artistic Collaborations

Do you love to make art as much as your child does? Then consider a collaboration! I love the way this mother works with her daughter to create one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase both of their artistic styles.

Via The Mischievous Mommy

Soft Side

Doesn’t every child dream of making his or her artwork come to life? These plush creations based on children’s artwork may not actually be alive, of course, but how awesome would it be to have a beloved drawing become a favorite toy?

Via Child’s Own

Combining Portraiture and Art

If you have some basic Photoshop skills (or have a friend who does) this tutorial is an amazing way to create a beautiful picture of your child adding their artwork to the world in a magical way. I’m obsessed with how the creative spirit of this little girl is captured in such a unique way by combining her portrait with one of her works of art!

Via Ali Brown Studios

There are many innovative ways to display your kids’ artwork, and it is so lovely to add that personal touch to your home. For more fun ideas, look here, here, and here. I dare you to be as creative as the little artists in your life!


Stylish home accents don’t need to cost a pretty penny. You can achieve your desired look with a little bit of time and one craft supply that is easily attained. Although paper isn’t always considered for DIY projects, you may just change your tune after looking at some of our trendy examples of paper home decor.

1. DIY Geometric Bowls

Who says organizers can’t be pretty? And what’s prettier than pattern scrapbook paper? If you want some cute geometric bowls to hold your odds and ends, all you need is some glue and a few folding skills. Jennifer shows us all the tips and tricks over at her blog, The Craft Patch.

Image Via: The Craft Patch

2. Ombre Paint Chip Wreath

An inexpensive project, this wreath is perfect for year-round decor and is so easy to make. The Hipster Mum has a great tutorial on how to use free paint chips and a few common craft supplies to make your own ombre wreath. If you don’t own a cutting machine, don’t worry. You’ll just need to cut the leaves by hand instead.

Image Via: Hipster Mum

3. Gold-Tipped Feathers

Lia Griffith’s gold-tipped feathers have so many uses: holiday ornaments, fall garlands, and year-round works of art. Lia supplies you with three downloadable feather templates for both a cutting machine and scissors. Cut up a variety of your favorite color feathers, then take a gold paint pen, or acrylic gold paint, and color the tips with metallic magic, string them up from a fun branch or bar and hang for all to enjoy!

Image Via: Lia Griffith

4. Crepe Paper Petals

Oh Happy Day contributor Ashley created this beautiful faux flower wall art inspired by traditional Indian flower torans. A quick trip to your local crafts supply or hardware store should land you with everything you need for this pretty crepe paper project. She provides a template for the petal shapes as well as tips and tricks on how to create the art quickly and beautifully. See the tutorial here!

Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day!

Image Via: Oh Happy Day

5. Hexagon Wall Art

Geometrics and metallics: hot and hotter. Combining both into wall art is the best decision you can make. This project is easiest with a large hexagonal paper punch but can also be done by hand. Use a combination of glitter, foil, and heavyweight paper or cardstock to cut your hexagons, then use craft glue to stick your shapes in place on a stretched canvas. Wall-safe tape can be used to scatter any extra shapes along the wall.

Image Via: Tara Dennis

6. Rainbow Paint-Chip Wall

Here’s another project from the world of free. Don’t bother with a gallon of paint! Pick up a variety of paint swatches and use them to color your wall instead. Blue painters tape adheres these paint chips to the wall. You might even have a roll laying around so this project won’t cost you anything but time.

Image Via: Poppytalk

7. DIY Paper Dahlias

Beautiful paper flowers have never been easier — or larger! 100 Layer Cake has lovely images of these fun paper dahlias as well as a step-by-step tutorial. Where will you put this simple and elegant DIY paper decoration?

Image Via: 100 Layer Cake

8. Contact Paper Accent Wall

This is the perfect home accent for apartment dwellers. When no paint or nail holes are allowed, how do you make the beige walls of your home more interesting? Katie of Mountain Modern Life has the solution for you. Although it might look like geometric stamps of cream-color paint, this funky accent wall is actually designed with contact paper. It doesn’t leave a residue behind, and you can complete an entire wall for under $3.

Image Via: Mountain Modern Life

With just a sampling of paper decor projects, I can tell I’ll have enough DIYs to last me awhile. Share some of your favorites with me! In the meantime, I’ll be comparing prices on cutting machines, scissors, and paper varieties.

Until next time,

~Bri


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