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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In need of a makeover for her out-of-date 2008 design, Stephanie used the odd shape of the room off her home’s entryway to her advantage.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


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Trend: Amazing Storage Solutions for your Backyard!

Somehow we are already in the month of July and I’m guessing you’ve been spending quite a bit of time in your backyard for the Summer. If it feels messy back there, then this post will help. Today I am sharing 14 amazing storage solutions for your backyard. Enjoy!

1) Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

2) Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

3) How convenient and cute would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

How convenient, and cute, would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

4) Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

5) If you’ve been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and detailed AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

If you've been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and details AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

6) Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay mostly dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

7) I’ve shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

I've shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

8) Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

9) Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that’s why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that's why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

10) I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

11) After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

12) Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

13) If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don’t. Found on Jenna Burger.

If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don't. Found on Jenna Burger.

14) This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

Does your backyard feel organized?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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


Coat Rack Makeover for $15! Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

I’ve been on a mission to makeover our front entry. I’ve already added a cute shoe cupboard and added some artwork, but I still have more work to do. On my front entryway makeover to do list: paint the door, paint the walls, tear out the ugly tile, and add a coat rack. The tile and painting will have to wait for a while, so I jumped on the coat rack project. We don’t have much room in the entry and I needed a coat rack that can fit on the wall right behind the door. During my search I found a TON of cute wall racks, but they were way outside of my budget. I wanted something colorful, but not too expensive. That’s when I decided to makeover a plain white wall rack. I already have a lot of spray paint, so this was the perfect idea.

I’m happy with how this turned out! I chose to paint four gold hooks and two yellow. It’s my version of color blocking with hooks. The two yellow hooks are the spots where my 6-year-old can hang her coat and umbrella. So glad I won’t hear, “I don’t know where my coat goes.” from my kiddo anymore. Well, maybe I’ll still hear it, but less often? Ha!

Supplies needed:

  • inexpensive wall coat rack (I found this one on Amazon and love it)
  • primer spray paint
  • spray paint colors (I went with yellow and gold)
  • clear acrylic spray

Directions:

Step 1: Use a screwdriver to remove the coat hooks from the board.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 2: In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, prop up your hooks to prepare for painting. First, you’ll apply a couple coats of the primer (since the hooks are metal the primer will help keep the paint from chipping off). Next, add a few coats of your colorful paints. When the colorful paint is dry to the touch, add two coats of the clear acrylic sealer. I like to add the clear acrylic spray to the end of spray painting projects to add a strong barrier over my paint. It definitely helps. Note: Don’t forget to wear a face mask and eye protection when using spray paint. Stay safe!

Step 3: Let the hooks cure for at least 24 hours. Longer is better. The paint can dent and smudge right after painting.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 4: When the hooks are ready, grab your screwdriver and install them back onto the coat rack board. Install the board onto your wall and you are ready to organize with this colorful and inexpensive coat rack!

Final cost: $15 for the coat rack. I already owned all the other supplies to create this project.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Hi! My name is Jenni Radosevich, DIY blogger of I Spy DIY, and I am so excited to be here today posting as a guest Style Spotter!

I SPY DIY is a website where all my do-it-yourself projects come to life! I love seeking out the latest trends in fashion and home then showing you how to recreate them for less. I started my site in 2010 as a creative outlet and have been lucky enough to turn DIY content into my full-time gig. Being able to inspire my readers to create their own DIY project is what makes me most happy.

When I found out that Better Homes and Garden magazine wanted to feature my DIY wood headboard in the “I Did It!” section of the July issue, I was beyond excited. I have always loved and admired BHG, and this was a dream come true.

The day of the shoot was a complete whirlwind and totally surreal. My small studio was spilling over with props and people working to make my DIY headboard magazine-ready. I am so excited and grateful that they were able to capture my first wood-working project!

This project was one of my favorites and surprisingly pretty easy to achieve! I chose to paint half of the wood for something a little edgier, but if you’re looking for a more monochromatic look, use a single shade of wood. Or, you can really spice things up by painting the wood with bright, bold colors to make a real statement!

Finding a unique headboard for a king-size bed that did not break the bank was nearly impossible. Since the casing used to create the pattern is so inexpensive, it’s easy to scale larger for minimal cost. I also love that you can get more creative and intricate with the pattern with only a few additional cuts.

No matter what you do, this DIY project is the perfect solution to an upscale headboard on a low-cost budget. Get the full instructions for this project here or in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens!


One of the simplest improvements you can make to any room is to add new lighting. Easily said, and, these days, easily done. With a glorious price range, string lights can fit into anyone’s budget and are so simple to use — they can be adapted for a variety of projects, both indoor and out. Though typically used in holiday settings, string lights have recently been trending across the Internet as wedding backdrops, bed canopies, and the ever-popular dorm room decoration. Check out these other unique purposes for string lights, and see how much you can impress your guests with your new decor.

1. Frameless Photos

Personalize classic string lights by hanging your favorite photos off them like Urban Outfitter’s Instax-Inspired String Lights. Wrap the wire around nails or thumbtacks to suspend the lights. When you’ve found your desired shape, hang the images where you please by clipping mini clothespins over the wire.

Image via: UO Blog

2. Light Every Inch

Planning a big outdoor shindig? Don’t compromise your backyard’s beauty with your patio’s floodlights. Instead, completely encompass your pergola with string icicle lights. Check out this and other special occasion tips from Noah Interiors’ blog.

Image via: Noah Interiors

3. Starry, Starry Night Light

If you’re fond of the old Lite Brite pegboards, you’ll love this project. This fun DIY comes to us from Heidi, the creator of Happiness is Homemade. Her tutorial for a Constellation Canvas Nightlight is a great weekend project with just a few supplies. Choose any combination of favorite constellations, or make up your own!

Image via: Happiness is Homemade

4. Hammock Happiness

If you have two trees close together in your backyard, you have to try this DIY Backyard Getaway. Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming decided to add a little something to her backyard and created a summertime oasis in the the process. The finishing touch was the two sets of string lights. Her trick? She purchased one clear and one frosted set, then combined them by alternating the bulbs.

Backyard Hammock

Image via: Under the Table and Dreaming

5. Cheap and Chic

Update your porch, patio, or sitting room with this DIY Hula-Hoop Chandelier. Why? Because you can do it for just a couple bucks. Sarah created this light fixture with a couple of dollar store items and last year’s Christmas lights. Use a hot-glue gun to adhere lace ribbon around a hula-hoop. Wrap icicle string lights around the hoop, then use more lace ribbon to hang and mount the chandelier.

Image via: Sarah On the Blog

6. Party-Light Placement

Bethany has four ways to light up an outdoor party. Her first — and my favorite– idea is to use string lights to create a faux canopy across the deck by zig-zagging the wires back and forth. She also mounted a set of string lights to the underside of the patio table umbrella, shining light directly onto the table. You could also use the lights around the perimeter of the deck for guests to easily identify where the entrances and exits are in the dark. 

Image via: Kirkland’s Home Decor Blog

7. Biking Beauty

Pick up a few sets of battery operated LED string lights for this fun project. Cars can’t miss you riding your bike with Eleanor’s tutorial on Lights On a Bicycle. Don’t be afraid to get them in a few colors! Be sure to test for range of motion with the handlebars, brakes, and pedals as you zip-tie the lights into place.  

Image via: Eleanor’s

String lights can be used for a multitude of purposes; some of them surprising and a few I can’t believe I’ve never thought of before. What other ways have you used string lights in your home or yard? Let me know, or try one of these projects and tell us how you did!

Until next time,

~Bri


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