BHG Style Spotters

The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home

diy

A furniture makeover doesn’t need to be costly. In fact, you may already own all you need to give your dresser, nightstand, vanity, or cupboard drawers a stylish revamp. Take a look at some of our favorite DIY drawer pulls, and see how these bloggers thrifted, upcycled, painted, molded, and tied their way to fresh-looking furniture.

1. DIY Copper Pipe Drawer Pulls

Upcycled furniture is the way to go this year. Katie, creator of Mountain Modern Life, is totally on board with this trend. She completely revamped this dresser with a good sanding, a healthy coat of paint, new and shiny legs, and let’s not forget the classy DIY copper pipe drawer pulls. Follow the furniture flip here!

Image Via: Mountain Modern Life

2. DIY Crystal Drawer Knobs

Not satisfied with the drawer knob alternatives found in stores, Julie opted to make her own. To refresh her space, she found a number of large crystals of similar shape and size — though she does mention the option to mix-and-match. By simply epoxying the crystals to bolts, she completely revamped the look of her dresser. Julie says if you’re ever bored of your new drawer pulls, simply remove them and repeat the process with another small treasure!

DIY Drawer Pulls

Image Via: Free People Blog

3. Jewelry Box Makeover

Ever wondered what to do with all of Grandma’s old brooches? Easily turn your jewelry box into a statement piece with blinged-out drawer-pulls; Simply remove the backs of the pins with pliers and get to work with your glue gun. No hand-me-downs from Grandma yet? Creative Carmella picked these beauties up at a local thrift shop.

Image Via: Creative Carmella

4. Gold Clay Knobs

For her master bedroom update, Amy wanted to spend as little money as possible. A great place for her to cut corners was with the update of her dressers’ and nightstands’ drawer pulls. Because she already owned the knobs and spray paint, the Delineate Your Dwelling blogger spent only $4.50 on a tub of air-dry clay (she approximated she only used $0.15 of clay per knob). Check out the tutorial for how to make inexpensive clay knobs.

Simple Inexpensive Clay Knobs, Delineateyourdwelling.com

Image Via: Delineate Your Dwelling

5. Rope and Hex Nut Drawer Pulls

For son Dawson’s bedroom, MarKay knew she wanted most everything to be DIY; down to the drawer pulls! For these rope-and-hex nut drawer handles, MarKay used rope, hex nuts, duct tape, and superglue. On her blog, Aqua Lane Design, she’ll show you how she styled, glued, and knotted the ropes to become the perfect drawer pull for Dawson’s room.

Image Via: Aqua Lane Design

6. DIY Acrylic Drawer Pulls

In another case of why-buy-it-when-you-can-just-make-it, handy-girl Sandra made these beautiful acrylic drawer pulls. She spent just fraction of what her local hardware store was asking for similar handles ($3.40/handle vs. $330) and saved over $8,000 on her drawer-pull replacements! Follow Sandra and her thrifty ways over at her blog Sawdust Girl.

DIY acrylic drawer pull - sawdustgirl.com

Image Via: Sawdust Girl

7. DIY Knobs from Faucet Handles

Amanda also nearly fell victim to overpriced drawer pulls, until she came across these old faucet handles. For her bathroom vanity remodel, all she needed to do way spray-paint the handles and add the hardware. The quick-and-easy project (and her Anthropologie self-restraint) saved Amanda some big bucks and gave her bathroom the perfect look.

repurposed faucet handle knobs

Image Via: Wit and Whistle

Your next bedroom, bathroom, or even kitchen update may not be the costly hassle you thought. Take a leaf out of these bloggers’ books and try the simple touch of updating your drawer pulls. Which ones are your favorites? Have you tried something like this before? Let me know how it went!

Until then,

~Bri

 

 

 


2

Summer can be so much fun, but also a little hectic. In our home we get so busy with Summer playing that we start skipping some of our cleaning. Oops! That’s what our big Fall clean is for! School is about to start and we want to have a clean and prepared home so we can get back into routine. Below you will find a list of 10 Smart Cleaning Tips for Fall from some clever bloggers.

1) This post is a great reminder to clean spots around your home that you might forget about. That outdoor windowsill could probably use a little scrub. Check out more tips (and a free cleaning list printable) on Live Laugh and Rowe.

This post is a great reminder to clean spots around your home that you might forget about. That outdoor windowsill could probably use a little scrub. Check out more tips (and a free cleaning list printable) on Live Laugh and Rowe.

2) Wow, this post goes into great detail on how you can keep a clean home by cleaning the house 30 minutes a day. One tip is to first clean anything up high and work your way down. Found on Stone Gable Blog.

Wow, this post goes into great detail on how you can keep a clean home by cleaning the house 30 minutes a day. One tip is to first clean anything up high and work your way down. Found on Stone Gable Blog.

3) Dress up the stained floor in your garage with some tile. It will really brighten up the space and feel more welcoming and I bet it’s easier to clean. Found on Handmade Charlotte.

Dress up the stained floor in your garage with some tile. It will really brighten up the space and feel more welcoming and I bet it's easier to clean. Found on Handmade Charlotte.

4) When I clean I prefer to use more natural ingredients. I often use vinegar while cleaning, so I love this DIY Cleaning Wipes recipe. The washcloths are reusable and the cleaning solution is made using vinegar and some essential oils. Check it out on Live Simply.

When I clean I prefer to use more natural ingredients. I often use vinegar while cleaning, so I love this DIY Cleaning Wipes recipe. The washcloths are reusable and the cleaning solution is made using vinegar and some essential oils. Check it out on Live Simply.

5) Even though your pillow is sitting in a pillowcase, it might need a little freshening up. Check out how you can clean your pillows using natural ingredients. Found on Popsugar.

Even though your pillow is sitting in a pillowcase, it might need a little freshening up. Check out how you can clean your pillows using natural ingredients. Found on Popsugar.

6) All this warm weather means you probably haven’t paid much attention to that coat closet for a while. This is the perfect time to get the closet organized and ready for Fall. This blogger added shelving and baskets to really organize everything. Found on How To Nest For Less.

All this warm weather means you probably haven't paid much attention to that coat closet for a while. This is the perfect time to get the closet organized and ready for Fall. This blogger added shelving and baskets to really organize everything. Found on How To Nest For Less.

7) After you’ve cleaned up your coat closet, get to organizing the cleaning supplies! Cleaning your home will be so much easier if you know exactly where everything is. I have to say this cleaning closet is BEAUTIFULLY organized. I love it. Found on 36th Avenue.

After you've cleaned up your coat closet, get to organizing the cleaning supplies! Cleaning your home will be so much easier if you know exactly where everything is. I have to say this cleaning closet is BEAUTIFULLY organized. I love it. Found on 36th Avenue.

8) Keeping your dryer clean of lint is very important, so why not add deep cleaning the dryer to your Fall cleaning list? This article goes into great detail on how to really clean your dryer. Found on The Family Handyman.

Keeping your dryer clean of lint is very important, so why not add deep cleaning the dryer to your Fall cleaning list? This article goes into great detail on how to really clean your dryer. Found on The Family Handyman.

9) While you’re deep cleaning your dryer of lint, you should also clean out the dryer duct. Another fire hazard and it really should be done (adding this to my Fall cleaning list). Found on Pretty Handy Girl.

While you're deep cleaning your dryer of lint, you should also clean out the dryer duct. Another fire hazard and it really should be done (adding this to my Fall cleaning list). Found on Pretty Handy Girl.

10) As the weather gets colder it can get a bit stuffy in the home, so why not make your own natural room spray? This article, on The Chalkboard Mag, has three different recipes for you to check out.

As the weather gets colder it can get a bit stuffy in the home, so why not make your own natural room spray? This article, on The Chalkboard Mag, has three different recipes for you to check out.

What do you do to prepare for Fall?

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


Looking for your next weekend project? You won’t believe how easy these terra-cotta pot upgrades are.  The only challenging part will be keeping the plants alive! Paint, build, dip, or hang your pots to become the coolest planter on the block before Monday.

1. Chandelier Planter Tutorial

Yes, these really are terra-cotta pots — complete with saucers as a matter of fact! Roeshel created this lovely planter with a thrifted chandelier, pots, outdoor spray paint, and a few miscellaneous craft items. If your chandelier has electrical wiring, you will need some wire cutters to remove  it. But it’s OK. Her tutorial shows you how to do that too!

Image Via: DIY Show Off

2. Copper Leaf Planters

Like Heather, you may feel like your moon cacti needs something a little more special than a plain terra-cotta pot. Check out how she painted and copper-leafed her pots to make a beautiful statement. She’ll even show you how to redo your leafing when you use the wrong kind of tape.

Image Via: Woods of Bell Trees

3. Dip Dye Succulent Pots

Succulents need a home that has a bit of edge. At least that’s what Jenni from I Spy DIY thinks. She used water and dye to create this dip-dye effect. This project is so quick, you’ll spend more time setting up and tearing down!

Image Via: I Spy DIY

4. Gold Foil Lettering and Glitter

Add a touch of class to your containers by adhering golden accents. Kellie created these planters (and a cute garden gnome) by doing just that over at her blog, Nest of Posies. She used dollar-store pots, paint, decoupage medium and glitter or gold foil printable paper to create these classy — and comical — containers for her plants.

Image Via: Nest of Posies

5. DIY Color Block Terra-Cotta Pot

Who knew a wooden spoon project could inspire such a lovely group of planters? Amanda saw a shellac technique used on some cooking utensils and thought the process could be replicated via terra-cotta. How right she was! Follow how she did it at her blog, Wit and Whistle.

Image Via: Wit and Whistle

6. Ombre Terra-Cotta Pots

The hardest part of creating these pretty DIY ombre pots will be waiting for the paint to dry. Sarah Jane took two terra-cotta pots and four colors of spray paint to make this fun project. Simply spray, flip, and repeat, alternating colors. See the whole process here!

Image Via: Sarah Jane’s Craft Blog

7. Dripped Watercolor Terra-Cotta Pot

This pretty painting technique is so simple to do! At her blog, Grow Creative, Elise will walk you through all the steps to help you achieve the drippy, watercolor look you’re hoping for. Plant flowers with a bold color for big impact.

Image Via: Grow Creative

8. DIY Painted Terra-Cotta Pots

Simple and lovely, Chelsea — creator of Lovely Indeed — will show you the perfect way to paint and hang these metallic, color-blocked beauties. She adds a separate tutorial for potting plants and another for the macrame hanger. Mount to the ceiling and hang; lovely, indeed!

Image Via: Lovely Indeed

9. DIY: Marbled Terra-Cotta Pots

Marble nail treatments were all-the-rage a few years ago, but now it marbled plates, bowls, mugs, and yes, even planters. Alana Jones-Mann warns that this project, while beautiful, is VERY messy. Plan to have a dropcloth and maybe even disposable gloves. Use any combination of colors, and be sure to finish with a varnish!

Image Via: Alana Jones-Mann

When painting and dyeing terra-cotta, it’s good to remember it’s an absorbent material. You may need more supplies than you anticipated or may need to start with a neutral base coat before getting into any fun colors you intend to use. With that in mind, it’ll be beyond easy to complete these quick projects this weekend. Now just pick one!

Until next time,

~Bri


Rediscover the good old days of playing pirates, super spies, and damsels in distress. The imagination, motor-skills, and teamwork that’s developed when playing make-believe in a treehouse is really what childhood is all about. So go ahead. Reminisce with your long departed imaginary friends, and show your kids what having a tree-fort is all about — or maybe just build one for yourself.

1) Building How-To

Makendo, a contributor to Instructables, built (and rebuilt) this classic take on a treehouse for his children. His very detailed how-to guide will tell you everything you need to know about constructing a treehouse and what to do to maintain the structure once the trees have grown too much.

Image Via: Instructables

 2) Family Farm Treehouse

Ruth and husband Paul built an awesome treehouse for their five children. Making it up as she went along, Ruth’s take on tree fort structure is all about paying attention to and using the surrounding area. Her tutorial on her blog, Family Farm Experience, will show you all the details, down to decorating, how to hang a swing, and building a sandbox.

Image Via: Family Farm Experience

3) Simple and Sturdy

If you’re feeling over your head on the building side, you may want to try this simplistic version of a tree house. Kristen Duke shared her family’s backyard treehouse and how she and her husband constructed it. Rather than relying on the support of trees for construction, the Duke’s opted to build around a tree, using rocks and concrete to hold down the structure.

Image Via: Kristen Duke Photography

4) Tree Stump-House

Did you lose a tree to disease or storm and now have an ugly stump taking up a corner of your yard? Do what Alli did, and build a treehouse right on top! Hope over to her blog Made with Happy to see her design and the separate tutorials for the frame, floor, roof, and walls.

Image Via: Made with Happy

 5) Treehouse Fun (Or Exercise?)

The Wellness Mama, Katie, knows the importance of her children’s physical development. She invented an amazing treehouse for them to use for fun without realizing they were exercising. Added bonus? The structure is strong enough for adults to play too! Be sure to check out the video of the whole treehouse at the end of her blog.

How to Build a Treehouse for exercise and fun

Image Via: Wellness Mama

 6) Playhouses are Cool, Too!

Tiny trees or no trees at all in your yard? No problem. Your kids can get the same imaginative wonder out of a grounded fort. Vintage Revivals creator Mandi built this adorable outdoor hideaway with her husband, Courtney. Jump over to her blog and see how they designed, built, and decorated the backyard staple.

Image Via: Vintage Revivals

7) This One’s for You

Maybe you remember the simple pleasures of building forts and climbing trees; maybe you never had a clubhouse at all. It doesn’t mean you can’t have one now that you’re grown. Just ask these friends who built a lifesize tree house on an old campground — complete with electricity and two lofted bedrooms — in honor of a late parent. Childhood dreams coming true in adulthood!

Image Via: The Lettered Cottage

There is so much to think about when deciding whether or not to build a treehouse. Where would it go? How big can it be? Is my tree strong enough? All good questions — all good things to decide. One question you’ll never need to ask, though, is, “Will my kid like it?” Well, answer yourself this. Wouldn’t You?

Until next time,

~Bri


10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

Trend: 10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

It seems more and more people want to scale down their living spaces to live with less stuff. Decorating these small homes can be a challenge, so I’ve collected 10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces.

1) This coffee table opens up into a great storage space! Great for blankets, magazines, and other items you want to hide in your living room. Found on vtwonen

This coffee table opens up into a great storage space! Great for blankets, magazines, and other items you want to hide in your living room. Found on vtwonen

2) This isn’t actually a new DIY, but it’s so cool. This was built into this stairway to hide booze during prohibition! These days it’s used to store other items. Found in NY Times (the home of Eric Schiller).

19cov-infogallery-pix-custom6-v2

3) Makeover your front entry with some benches and wall hooks to create more storage and it looks great! This DIY was made for $85. Not bad. Found on The Natos.

Makeover your front entry with some benches and wall hooks to create more storage and it looks great! This DIY was made for $85. Not bad. Found on The Natos.

4) We have some special wines that we are saving, but we don’t really have much space to store them. I love this vertical wine storage solution! Hide those bottles in some large PVC tubes behind a magnetic message board. Found on the Lowes blog.

We have some special wines that we are saving, but we don't really have much space to store them. I love this vertical wine storage solution! Hide those bottles in some large pvc tubes behind a magnetic message board. Found on the Lowes blog.

5) Now that my daughter is headed into first grade, we are going to need some sort of study space for her in her tiny room. This fold down wall desk is perfect! She can just fold it away when she’s done. Found on Ana White (comes with free building plans).

Now that my daughter is headed into first grade, we are going to need some sort of study space for her in her tiny room. This fold down wall desk is perfect! She can just fold it away when she's done. Found on Ana White (comes with free building plans).

6) Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don’t really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY.

Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don't really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY. Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don't really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY.

7) My tiny house only had one built in closet when we first bought it. That makes storing items kind of difficult, so a couple years ago my husband and I built a Mini Pantry. We fit it into the tiniest little space in our kitchen. Check out the DIY on the Home Depot Blog.

My tiny house only had one built in closet when we first bought it. That makes storing items kind of difficult, so a couple years ago my husband and I built a Mini Pantry. We fit it into the tiniest little space in our kitchen. Check out the DIY on the Home Depot Blog.

8) This DIY Pegboard Shelving Unit is like functional artwork. The perfect shelving unit for a small space. Found on Apartment Therapy.

This DIY Pegboard Shelving Unit is like functional artwork. The perfect shelving unit for a small space. Found on Apartment Therapy.

9) Utilize all the space in those cupboards. Installing hooks and small shelves inside your cupboard door will give you a spot for those small kitchen items. Found on Jenna Burger.

Utilize all the space in those cupboards. Installing hooks and small shelves inside your cupboard door will give you a spot for those small kitchen items. Found on Jenna Burger.

10) Be sure to use all the space in your laundry room. Shelves above for organizing and a top over the washer and dryer so you can fold clothes. Found on Four Generations One Roof.

Be sure to use all the space in your laundry room. Shelves above for organizing and a top over the washer and dryer so you can fold clothes. Found on Four Generations One Roof.

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


Pool noodles. Really, I swear. Who ever thought such lovely projects could be made from $1 floaties? Not this girl. See for yourself how to create these lovely decor pieces that doesn’t look cheap at all (but totally are).

1. Pool Noodle Nautical Pilings

Create some really lovely mantel decor with swim noodles, paper, rope, and glue. Miss Kopy Kat shows two versions. One with natural looking wood and one painted lighter to match her brick wall. Added bonus, it looks more like driftwood that way too.

Image Via: Miss Kopy Kat

2. Starfish Pool Noodle Wreath

Meatloaf and Melodrama creator Dee had this beautiful idea to create this simple starfish wreath from pool noodle. Start by choosing a beachy color ribbon — if you’re using a pattern one, consider opting for one that’s easy to line up. Once the noodle is cut, formed, and taped, wrap and glue the ribbon and decorate as desired.

Image Via: Meatloaf and Melodrama

3. DIY Coffee Filter Letters

Construct each letter here — or any word — with coffee filters, cardboard, glue, and swim noodles. Sarah, one of the minds behind Boxwood Clippings, says you’ll need about half a noodle per letter. Follow the how-to guide here, then hang your project, and enjoy the feeling of your fat pocketbook after spending just $12.

Coffee Filter Letters Tutorial on { lilluna.com } Such a fun way to display your favorite word!

Image Via: Boxwood Clippings

4. Pool Noodle Footstool

On their list of pool noodle projects, mother-daughter team Steph and Vicki have this awesome pool noodle footstool. Can’t find an ottoman to go along with your furniture set? Choose any fabric you want, and wrap it around batting covered swim noodles! Build out from the center or construct in rows, this footstool has 19 noodles, but feel free to use more for greater area coverage.

Image Via: Mother Daughter Projects

5. DIY Rope Lamp

Kelly has a neat trick to update her son’s bedroom. Head over to her blog, The Lily Pad Cottage to see how she uses a pool noodle and rope to nauticalize his bedroom lamp. A tip? Buy more rope than you think you need! Because you will need it.

Image Via: The Lily Pad Cottage

6. Stone (Pool Noodle) Decorative Column

How would you fill the space in an awkward corner of your bedroom? A carved stone column ought to do it! Oh, except I’m on a budget. Rather than carving out stone for hundreds of dollars, try creating this ditty for just over $20. That’s a bit more reasonable, and you can see how Jen did it over at her blog Epbot.

Image Via: Epbot

7. Bolster Pillow with Contrast Button Ends

Head over to Designs by Donna Atlanta to learn how to create this adorable bolster pillow with assistance from a pool noodle. The purpose (other than shape) is to help create the dimple at the end of the gathered fabric. Her how-to guide is full of info and helpful tips.

Class up your living spaces with one of these pool noodle projects! That’s a handful of words I never thought I’d say together, but these bloggers have proven it’s true. Have you found other pool noodle decor that has surprised you? Let me know what the project is or how these ones turn out for you.

Until then!

~Bri


© Copyright , Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy | Data Policy | Terms of Service | AdChoices