diy

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 2.20

Spring is right around the corner! It won’t be much longer before we’re all outside, soaking up some sunshine and playing in the sand. For the few weeks of dreariness we have left, brighten things up with an at-home mani pedi. Show off some adorably painted fingers and toes this spring with these cute ideas!

 

If dark is your color, add some sparkle with this silver line nail art from Styles Time. I love the classic look mixed with a modern spin.

 

 

I love the minimalist look of this white nail with black tips I found on We Heart It. This design is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s for a glamorous night out or a day at home.

 

 

Want some more spunk? Take a look at these cuties–polka dotted chaos from Beauty High. I can’t get over how simple and colorful this style is!

 

 

I’ve always wanted to try a reverse french tip. For a good tutorial, look no further than this blue and gold beauty from The Lacquer Log. Simple and elegant, this color palette makes for timeless sophistication.

 

 

And now for my favorite: I am absolutely in love with this silver and gold style on Lulu’s. Classy but fun, this look just screams summer!

 

 

See you back here next week!

Erin


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Add Interest To Your Living Room With These Tutorials

Trend: Add interest to your living room with these tutorials. 

The living room is the space that most people spend the majority of their awake time, so why not make it comfortable and lovely? You don’t need to buy expensive furniture and paint all the walls, you can really add color and pattern with the accessories. Sew your own curtains and throw, build some triangle shelves, or you could paint your own rug and pillows. All of the tutorials below are very budget friendly. Enjoy!

 

Triangle shelves would be so cute in any living room, from Whimsy Darling.

Make this wonderful copper tubing table, from The House That Lars Built.

Paint a dropcloth to make a new rug, from Nellie Bellie.

This beautiful coffee table is made from pallets, on The Merrythought.

This handmade Spring Throw is lovely and easy to sew, from Design Mom.

Paint some pre made pillows, from Burlap and Lace.

Make your own artwork with paint drips, on BHG.

 Make this acrylic curtain rod, from A Storied Style.

Sew up some colorful curtains to dress up the window, from Bright Bazaar.

Add some plant life to your living space with these cute painted pickle jar planters, from Hibrid.

 

Do you have any living room update plans?

- Chelsey


Jen Jones

Organize With This: DIY Storage!

I have always been a bit of a storage “junkie” as one would say.  Not only do I love the process of organizing, I love beautiful and stylish containers.  What I don’t love is the impact that storage can have on my wallet.  Therefore, whenever I take on an organizing project, my first step is to brainstorm ways to create my own storage using materials I typically have on hand.  Most often times, a little creative thinking and resourcefulness allows me to DIY beautiful solutions on a budget.  And I am always up for the crafty challenge!

I have DIY’d a lot of storage over the years, and I typically find myself reaching for many of the same items over and over again.

 

Cardboard Boxes:

Boxes come in many shapes and sizes; the boxes I find myself using most frequently are shoe boxes and cereal boxes.  Pair the boxes with paint, decorative paper or fabric, and you have a high end look on a crafty budget.

{via}

The boxes above were given a few coats of paint and the edges were gilded with gold.  Below, boxes were covered in fabric to create a canvas effect.

 

Food Packaging:

Don’t throw away those oatmeal canisters, cereal boxes or soup cans!  They all can be upcycled as storage throughout the home.

{ soup can storage via }

{ cereal box drawer dividers via }

 

Jars:

Mason jar storage has gone viral over the years.  They can be used to corral anything itty bitty.  However, if you don’t have any mason jars on hand, head to the recycling bin and use any glass jar.  With a little paint, they can be crafted to look like storage purchased at your favorite home good store.  And they work great for holding anything from cotton in the bathroom to nuts and bolts in the garage.

{via}

 

Pegboard:

Maybe I typed too soon.  Mason jars and pegboard may have to battle it out for title of Most Versatile Storage Solution.  I love using pegboard all over our home to keep commonly used items within arm’s reach.  Pegboard in the laundry room organizes sewing supplies, in the craft room it organizes gift wrapping and crafting tools, while in the garage it organizes utility items.

 

Picture Frames:

Pictures frames work wonders for displaying your favorite memories, but their functionality doesn’t have to stop there.  If you have a few extras on hand, or pick some up at your local thrift store, they can be used to hold pegboard, decorative sheet metal and even canvas pockets to create stylish and practical wall storage solutions.

Simple hardware can also be added to a common photo frame to create a beautiful, decorative tray!

{via}

Crates:

Unfinished wood crates can be purchased extremely inexpensively at local home improvement and craft stores, and with a little paint and/or hardware, you can put them to work all around your abode.  Add casters to create pull out shoe storage, or cut them in half to create slim wall organizers!

{via}

Magazine Files:

Say farewell to paper clutter!  Magazine files organize magazines, mail, school papers, books, newspapers and stationery.  Because they are slim, they can also slide into pantries and linen closets to organize awkwardly shaped items in a sleek and stylish way.

{via}

Rope:

Thicker rope paired with thread or hot glue can be used to create baskets, while softer rope is perfect for embellishing containers and for creating storage bin handles.

{via}

{via}

Fabric:

Fabric can be sewn into organizational pouches, pockets and baskets.  It is also the key to making recycled boxes, food containers and jars look top notch.

{via}

Decorative Paper:

Just as I utilize beautiful fabrics for covering boxes, paper can do the same.  I also love to use decorative wallpaper, gift wrap and scrapbook paper to line bookcases, drawers and trays.

Storage does not have to be expensive to be beautiful.  Using common household items as storage is not only easy on the pocketbook, it also promotes recycling.  All you need is a little glue along with some lovely fabric or paper and you are well on your way to high end storage on a shoe string budget.


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 2.6

February! It’s that time of year again, folks. Amid all the flowers, fancy dinner dates, candy hearts and cards, it’s easy to get lost in the formalities of Valentine’s Day–and forget that the best way to spend it is loving on all those special people in your life. To help you celebrate, I found some awesome DIY ideas to make this year’s day of love the sweetest one yet.

 

As a hopeless romantic, I actually love reading through all of the cheesy Hallmark cards. Even so, I can never seem to find the perfect one. This year, stop worrying about finding a card that encapsulates all you want to say to your special someone–make your own instead. Look at these cute DIY card ideas from Delightfully, Kristi for some inspiration!

 

 

If you don’t have an artistic bone in your body (let’s face it, most of us don’t), look no further. These adorable Valentine’s Day card downloads from Camille Styles will do the trick!

 

 

If you want to spruce up your space this Valentine’s Day, take a look at this gorgeous star burst wall art from Lia Griffith. Super easy, super chic, and pretty enough to keep up all year if you want, this bright addition is sure to surprise your sweetie!

 

 

I know we’re six days into February, but it’s not too late to make this adorable ombré heart calendar from Me And My DIY. If you’ve got an extra hour or two this weekend, give it a try!

 

 

And finally, finding the perfect gift for your special someone is only half the battle–add a whole new “WOW” factor with these DIY gift wrap tutorials I found on The House That Lars Built. Love, love, love it!

 

 

Enjoy the week! If you try any of these cuties, I’d love to hear how they turn out!

Erin


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 DIY Bedroom Makeovers to Update Your Room

DIY-ify: 10 DIY Bedroom Makeovers to Update Your Room

You really don’t have to buy a bunch of of new items for a room to update it. My husband and I love to find a good buy at our local thrift shops. With some paint and love these plain and older items can be perfect for any bedroom. Some updated bedding, a painted headboard, and even using sheets to make a ruffle duvet cover. There’s so much you can do. Check out all of these awesome ideas below.

 

I love this pom pom throw makeover, from Sugar and Cloth.  

Make your own clothing rack, from Smitten Studio.

Some paint and stencils can makeover an old headboard, from Craftaholics Anonymous.

Adding triangles to plain curtains can really add color to a room, from BHG.

An old outdated lamp could turn into a modern bedroom light, from DIY Show Off.

Turn a couple of sheets into a lovely duvet cover, from Kiki and Company.

Give a plain full size mirror a makeover, from Lilikoi Joy.

Transform a beat up $10 nightstand into a lovely piece of furniture, from Spoonflower.

Make this wonderful bedside bench, from A Beautiful Mess.

Add a fun pop of color with this dresser makeover, from Knack.

Are you ready to update your bedroom?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from: A Beautiful MessSmitten StudioBHGSugar and Cloth, and Knack


Melissa Bahen

Building a Dream House: An Indoor Climbing Wall

When my husband and I decided to finish the basement playroom in time for Christmas morning, we discovered that we had completely different visions for the playroom. I wanted a wall of cubbies (a place for everything, and everything in its place!) and a cute art table, and he wanted monkey bars and a kid-sized climbing wall! The room ended up being a beautiful compromise–I got my cubbies and he got his climbing wall. You can find great inspiration all over the internet for cool DIY climbing walls.

indoor kids climbing wall

via Fun at Home With Kids

DIY indoor kids climbing wall

via Oh So Savvy Mom (this site has great, detailed instructions on how to make your own climbing wall)

DIY indoor kids climbing wall

via Finch Found

My husband put ours together in a single afternoon in a little over two hours. Some of the materials (3/4″ plywood, a couple of 2×4′s, and the bolts that anchor it to the wall)  came from the hardware store, and all of the climbing holds came from Atomik Climbing Holds and included all of the mounting hardware. These aren’t directions by any means, but the steps are pretty simple.

DIY indoor kids climbing wall

Mark and drill your holes on the plywood…

kids indoor climbing wall DIY

Pound in the t-nuts from the back…

DIY kids indoor climbing wall

Screw some 2×4′s into the studs with 6″ lag bolts…

indoor climbing wall kids DIY

Screw the plywood into the 2×4′s with 2 1/2″ lag bolts, and attach the climbing holds!

kids indoor climbing wall DIY

The kids started scrambling up and down the wall before my husband was even finished bolting on the holds. They really love it, and it adds a fun pop of color to one end of the playroom.