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Have you been considering a remodeling project but aren’t sure how to upgrade your room? To class up any room, just add a built-in unit. Unsure about the process? These 8 bloggers have you covered! Check out this compilation of built-ins for every room in the house and details on how to get the job done.

1. Front Room Built-In Bookcase

In need of a makeover for her out-of-date 2008 design, Stephanie used the odd shape of the room off her home’s entryway to her advantage. This DIY built-in bookcase was created by cutting and melding stock IKEA shelves. Give guests a great first impression by following Stephanie’s design process for her built-in, and be sure to check out the full makeover at her blog, Studio 36 Interiors.

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Image Via: Studio 36 Interiors

2. Kitchenette Storage Banquette Seat

You can never have enough storage, and — thanks to Kristi of Addicted to Decorating — now you can have more in your kitchenette. The best news? This DIY built-in storage bench is easy to build. At least that’s what Kristi says. See if she’s right, here!

Image Via: Addicted 2 Decorating

3. Office Desk Built-In

Laura and Dana configured this easy DIY built-in desk for their farmhouse office space. Though it may look complicated, the husband-and-wife team say it’s simply the outcome of building a few basic boxes, using a couple stock cabinets, and topping it with plywood. A little more than that goes into the project, and you can see for yourself at their blog Finding Home Farms.

Image Via: Finding Home Farms

4. Living Room Built-in

This built-in unit started as nothing more than a fireplace on a jutted partial wall. Nate and Michelle worked together to create a seamless shelving unit for their living room, complete with a classic molding. See how they did it – and find more cute pictures of their dog, Ike — over at their blog, Decor and the Dog.

Image Via: Decor and the Dog

5. Kids’ Room Bunk Bed Built-In

This blogger and mom of five opted for the logical approach to housing all her children. Extreme bunk beds. She really does go all out. Not only are the beds and stairs built-in, she went as far as giving each bed its own built-in shelving. Head over to the August Fields blog page and see this awesome process in four parts. Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Image Via: August Fields

6. Bathroom Storage Built-In

Ever have a bathroom with no storage? So did Angela — the creator of Unexpected Elegance — until she DIYed her own built-in solution. A “seriously easy” project, she claims, though you will need a space of wall between studs and a tool that can easily cut into drywall. You can find her tutorial on this diy built-in bathroom shelving at her blog.

Image Via: Unexpected Elegance

7. Bedroom Bookshelf Built-In

Take your reading nook to the next level. Try a built-in bedroom bookshelf headboard (say that ten times, fast). Our Humble Abode creator Amanda and husband Bed converted a dimly lit, dark wood room to an inviting, cozy space. They brought new life to an old bookshelf and look good doing it.

Image Via: Our Humble Abode

8. DIY Built-In Closet

Sawdust Girl Sandra admits that this project isn’t for the inexperienced, but she has a lot of tips to help you along the way, just in case. In her guide to plan and design a built-in closet, she’ll walk you through how to assess your closeting needs, measure a room, create a plan, and execute a design. You’ll have a beautiful DIY master closet in no-time!

Image Via: Sawdust Girl

As you prepare for your next remodel, keep these built-in ideas in mind, or even take a stab at executing one of them. You may be surprised in what you can accomplish. Show me your projects when they’re done!

Until next time,

~Bri


So the tread on your car tires is worn down. Time to replace them and send them off to the junkyard? Think again. Well, definitely replace them, but don’t just toss the old ones; turn them into something new! You won’t believe how cute these DIY tire upcycles will look indoors and out.

1. DIY Tire Flower Planter

Paint, plant, hang. That’s all you need to do to make this pretty DIY Flower Planter. Roeshel has a great tutorial over at her blog DIY Show Off. Hang in the home or from a tree out in the yard — she did both!

 

Image Via: DIY Show Off

2. Tire Climbing Tower

Check out Blessings Overflowing for this awesome guide to your own Tire Climbing Tower. Jackie has all the tools and steps you need for this fun backyard edition. Build as a stand alone tower or attach to your clubhouse or swing set.

Image Via: Blessings Overflowing

3. DIY Recycled Tire Dog Bed

How adorable is this dog?! Oh — and of course her DIY recycled tire dog bed! You can create this comfy spot for your four-legged friend, too, with a little help from Practically Functional’s step-by-step guide. Blog creator Jessi says it’s perfect for pooch Fawkes to curl up in.

Image Via: Practically Functional

4. DIY Tire Pond

Joan A., a blogger for Home Talk, worked with her husband to create this beautiful pond from an old tractor tire (which she picked up for free from a local agricultural equipment supplier). Check out the detailed photos from her post to see how it’s done. She’ll even show you how to incorporate a DIY fountain.

Image Via: Home Talk

5. DIY Toy Shelf from a Used Tire

Upcycle your used tire by creating a fun piece of children’s storage. Layne Quintanilla’s DIY toy shelf is the perfect addition for her boys’ backyard toys. With just a pine board, some screws, spray paint, and, of course. a used tire, she shows you how you can create this project. Check it out over at her blog Spaceships and Laser Beams.

Image Via: Spaceships and Laser Beams

6. Upcycled Tractor Tire Sandbox

Blogger Emily wrote this neat guest piece for I Heart Naptime. She and her son turned a tractor tire into a sandbox for under $25. Another great find from a tractor supply company, Emily got her choice of tire for free. See her process on how to clean, cut, paint, and prepare this fun DIY sandbox from an old tire here.

Image Via: I Heart Naptime

7. Upcycled Tire Table and Ottomans

Shazni was inspired to put husbands old tires to use. She went above and beyond buy creating several upcycled tire furniture pieces. Head over to her post on Instructables to see how she created a lovely furniture set that doesn’t look like a set of tires at all!

Image Via: Instructables

8. DIY Recycled Tire Swing

OK, so maybe you have thought of this one before. But it never hurts to see how to assemble one of these bad boys. Plus, Stately Kitsch creator Heidi researched a ton of options in her detailed post about the best way to hang a tire swing without damaging her tree.

Image Via: Stately Kitsch

Did one of these projects peak your interest? Give it a try! Who knew that tires could be used for decor, storage, sitting, and family fun?

Until next time,

~Bri


Though it’s been several years, I’ve always really enjoyed a good camping trip. Sure, I’ve got an issue with bees, spiders, and *shivers* freaky centipedes, but, really, how many of us like those critters anyway? But camping can truly be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations you can take. Now that the trend toward glamping — that’s “glamorous camping” for you non-Pinteresty types — is reaching new heights, anyone heading out to be one with nature is trying to do so in the coolest, easiest, chicest, most hackable way possible. We’re here to help. Check out these 10 camping tips and tricks sure to exceed the usual camping standards.

1. #Adulting

The first issue you’ll face when choosing to camp for the first time in your adult life is, well, everything. What tools do I need? What food should I bring? How do you build a fire? How do you pitch a tent? Where do you even put the tent? Trail Sherpa was kind enough to compile a list of tips from their bloggers that answers these questions and many more. If you were unsure about shaking hands with Mother Nature, you won’t be after you read through the advice.

Image via: Trail Sherpa

2. Sip and Set

With the shortage of coffee tables you’ll have in the woods, you’ll need to be prepared with a place to set your beverage. Blogger Megan has the DIY solution for you. Her tutorial for this outdoor drink holder is a quick, fun project you can personalize. Use a different pattern for each member in your camping party.

Image via: Positively Splendid

3. Bright Bottles

Worried about tripping over your guylines and tent stakes while carrying the roasting sticks? Me too. Mike from Instructables relaxes our fears with these DIY tent stake markers. If you’re not interested in an adult beverage, glass soda bottles will do the same trick!

Image via: Instructables

4. Floor Foam

Ever make it through the night in a tent with your air mattress still full in the morning? If you have, you’re one of the few. Prevent the pain of might-as-well-have-slept-in-the-dirt bed-deflate with this clever idea from Tiffany’s blog, A Little Campy. She lines the floor of her tent with huge, interlocking foam tiles. This gives support beneath the mattress pad and also lets you walk around your tent barefoot without worrying what might be beneath the canvas.

Image via: A Little Campy

5. Fashion-Forward Hiking

Hiking just got easier — and more beautiful. Spend time with friends or the kids making an afternoon craft for the next morning’s hike. Christine shows us how she created these DIY painted walking sticks with her daughter over at her blog The DIY Dreamer. Be sure to give these beauties a decoupage finish to ensure a lasting paint job.

Image via: The DIY Dreamer

6. Prepared and Planned

Meal prep at it’s finest, Mean Mommy Academy creator Sarah has a plan for your meal plan. You can download a template for free at her blogspot. Print one for each day of the trip; it will help you figure out not only what ingredients you’ll need per meal, but also what groceries to buy, what tools to pack, and even reminders for the day’s activities and what fun things you’ll need to bring for those as well.

Image via: Mean Mommy Academy

7. Portable Kitchen Cabinet

Keep your campsite kitchen in order with a rolling drawer set. All of Melissa’s favorite camping cookwear fits neatly into these four drawers and moves easily from car to campfire. See how she and her husband made this rolling cart chuck box over at her blog, Finally-Forever.

Image via: Finally-Forever

8. All Within Reach

Hanging shoe racks have become one of the most multipurpose items in home goods. Lifehacker Alan Henry put his to good use with this DIY camping kitchen organizer. Alan picked the plastic variety for it’s durability and water resistance. Hang from bungee cords on an awning or as a personal items organizer inside the tent.

Image via: LifeHacker

9. With all these hacks, you’ll have plenty of time to lounge for a bit during your glamping experience. Take a peek at how the gals from Spell Designs created this beautiful boho glamping site. Most items were from around the house and easy for two people to set up.

Image via: Spell Designs

10. Northstory creator Alex made these cute magnetic invites for her daughter’s birthday party. As you plan your next camping trip, send these cute invites out to your friends. You can all connect with nature together.

Image via: northstory

Now that you’re ready to get your glamp on, what project are you going to do first? Do you have any other great camping tips and tricks? Let me know all about it!

Until then,

~Bri

 


A bedroom is never truly complete until the headboard is in place. Often the focal point of the room, retailers ask big bucks for this single piece of furniture. But don’t bother turning your pockets inside out for this statement piece just yet. Here at BHG we like to save a dollar where we can, too. Check out this awesome list of DIY headboards and headboard alternatives that will give your bedroom the finished look you’ve been searching for — without the big dollar signs!

1. Wordy Wall

This DIY book headboard is perfect for all the literary fans out there. Design Every Day creator Kassandra made this wordy focal piece with plywood, nails, tape, and old thrift store books. She completes the look with a vintage hanging lamp.

 

Photo via: Design Every Day

2. Fab Refurb

Serena Appiah understands how to pay a little and get a lot. She painted and reupholstered this vintage DIY headboard over on her site, Thrift Diving. This beautiful headboard, Serena suggests, could also be used as a dining room bench backrest.

Photo via: Thrift Diving

3. Double Drapery

This bed canopy is soft, romantic, flowy, and — added bonus — it involves no sewing. Teryn Yancey, of Vintage Romance Style, created this dramatic DIY bed canopy out of curtain rods, chandelier swags, ribbon, and two tablecloths. Held together with hot glue, this faux headboard is sure to draw attention.

Photo via: Vintage Romance Style

4. Headboard or Footboard?

Moroccan-theme headboards can fall into the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars. Don’t shell out the dough until you’ve searched for Moroccan…doormats? That’s what Kara Paslay did! She spent under $100 and made her very own, very trendy DIY West Elm Morocco headboard look-alike.

Photo via: Kara Paslay Designs

5. Upholstered Upcycle

Speaking of unique repurposing, who knew that an old door could make a perfect headboard? Rachael Ranney shows us how to make this upcycled upholstered headboard from a door in her video-and-photo tutorial on Buildipedia’s blog. Story here? Salvage old furniture and your room could look this good, too.

Photo via: Buildipedia

6. Nightlight, Better Built

DIY this fun marquee-inspired headboard with help from Emma Chapman’s step-by-step guide on A Beautiful Mess. She and her sister created the headboard for a guestroom, but a piece like this could also look great in a kids’ room and double as a nightlight.

Photo via: A Beautiful Mess

7. Hunted Happiness

The Hunted Interior’s Kristin Jackson created this DIY headboard from scratch with her husband. Together they formed and built the backboard, filled with foamed and batted the front, upholstered (and problem solved) the unique shape, and perfected the project with nailhead trim. See how they made this top-notch piece in Kristin’s step-by-step tutorial.

Photo via: Hunted Interior

8. Foam Faux Tile = Fauxm Headboard

Feel like there’s not enough time to make these neat projects? Courtney can show you how to create a stylish DIY headboard in just 20 minutes. Check out this fun project over at her blog, Sweet C’s, and see what you can make with just a little paint and a few foam tiles.

Photo via: Sweet C’s Designs

9. Maybe a Mountainscape?

Who needs any kind of headboard when this beautiful landscape is behind their pillows? Artist Pam Lostracco shows us on her blog how she painted her bedroom wall into a beautiful mountain mural rather than adding a headboard. The effect is stunning.

Photo via: Pam Lostracco

These DIY’s are not only lovely, they’ll save you a pretty penny too! If you’re looking to update the look of your bedroom soon, I hope you’ve found some inspiration here from these brilliant blogger ideas. In the meantime, keep DIYing, and let me know how your projects go!

Until then,

~Bri


I don’t know if there’s anything better than sitting around a bonfire eating toasty marshmallows and listening to crackling wood. My unlucky soul, however, lives in an apartment and can’t enjoy such pleasures unless someone else is throwing a party. I’ll keep dreaming though. Here are just a few inspiring fire pits I can’t keep off my third-floor-living mind.

1) Do you have a unique landscape feature that goes unused? Convert it into a fire pit! Lucy couldn’t keep the fish in her koi pond because of predators. Instead of constantly restocking, she let the water-feature dry out. Now it makes a beautiful addition to her patio.

Image via: Lucy’s Lampshade

2) This DIY brick fire pit saved blogger Jim a pretty penny, costing only $1.35. Most of the materials were leftovers scrapped from project sites. Check out Jim’s step-by-step guide on how to create this unique inground fire pit.

Image via: The Perfect Garden Hose

3) This tabletop fire pit is so neat. Karen shows us the detailed steps for making this portable fire pit on her blog, The Art of Doing Stuff. She goes as far as creating the glass enclosure and teaching us a cool trick with a spaghetti noodle.

Image via: The Art of Doing Stuff

4) If you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, this project is for you. From Man Made, a postmodern male’s hands-on creativity blog, Chris shows readers how to create a concrete fire pit from scratch. Those who take on this project will really enjoy Chris’s detailed explanations and images.

Image via: Man Made

5) Morgan Satterfield of the Brick House needed to replace a failed attempt at a DIY cinder block fire pit. Testing out a new skill she picked up from friends, Morgan explains a basic welding project to create this sleek, square fire pit.

Image via: The Brick House

6) This artistic DIY mosaic fire pit is perfect for the bold-color lover. Kristy O, of 3 Peppers, provides detailed steps of laying the pavers, creating the pit, and choosing the mosaic tiles for her Florida backyard project.

Image via: 3 Peppers

7) Giving old items new purpose is an art form. Sarah, creator of House and Fig, has that art mastered. She shows us in just seven steps how to turn a washing machine drum into a DIY fire pit. Talk about an upcycle.

 

Image via: House and Fig

8) Making a fire pit multipurpose isn’t something you’ll hear too often. Robin and Mike from All Things Heart and Home had a stellar idea to use their fire pit for not one, not two, but three purposes! Check out the how-to on this fire pit/tabletop/game board.

 

Image via: All Things Heart and Homes

Greet the heat and get started on building these DIY fire pits so you can enjoy their flames all summer long and well into the fall. Have a marshmallow or two for me!

Until next time,

~Bri


I always seem to have one too many frames. Whether they’re on sale at Target or marked with a 50 cent sticker at a garage sale, for some reason I continually feel the need to purchase more and more picture frames. Maybe it’s an addiction…who knows?

If you’re like me and have 10+ picture frames laying around the house at any given time, it’s time for a change. Say goodbye to the forgotten frames bought at a thrift store far, far away and say hello to refreshing DIY projects of the here and now.

 

Little Inspiration gives her favorite Instagram photos a more permanent home with an old frame, floral wire, clips and a glue stick.

 

Don’t throw out the old, rusty silverware just yet! Instead, repurpose it with white spray paint. Spunky Junky shows us how to transform ordinary silverware into one-of-a-kind artwork with frames and upholstery (found at a thrift store btw).

 

While They Snooze transforms cheap-looking file cabinets into personalized (and more expensive!) cabinetry. You’re only a fresh set of hardware and a few white frames away!

 

Save money on paper by making your own dry erase board out of an 8 x 10 picture frame, scotch expressions masking tape and a white piece of cardstock. Two Twenty One shows us how it’s done.

 

One-of-a-kind artwork doesn’t have to break the bank! Apartment Therapy creates something exciting and new out of an ordinary piece of thrift store art by dipping its canvas and frame in paint.

 

Learn how to make your own pin cushion with Craftaholics Anonymous‘ easy tutorial! All you need is a frame, paint, fabric and batting.

 

Who says that picture frames belong on the wall? Instead, use them as magnets on your refrigerator for chore lists, weekly schedules, the kids’ artwork and more! Props to Vintage Glamorous for the idea.

Oh Crafts serves desserts on recycled frames. Convert any old frame into a tray like Lindy’s with a coat of spray paint and textured paper placed between the frame and glass.

 

Provide function for frames and style for shelves by combining the two. See Shanty Chic for a quick and easy tutorial.

Photo via Porch.com

Frames are fun! You’ll be surprised at all the cool things you can do.


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