Written on September 19, 2013 at 7:16 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Tired of the boring ‘ol everyday lamp shade? Yeah, me too. All of these DIY’s will hopefully inspire you to create one for your home! Enjoy!
Fruit Bowl Lamp from By Wilma.
Natural Dyed Lamp Shade from BHG Style Spotters.
Duct Tape Lamp Shade from Justina Blakeney.
Anthropologie Inspired Floral Lamp from The Gold Jellybean.
DIY Geometric Lampshade from Weekday Carnival.
Cake Pan Lamp Shade from The Paper Mama.
Chopsticks Lamp Shade from How Joyful.
Whirl-It Lampshade from Pickles.
DIY Pom Pom Lampshade from Uncommon Designs.
Bundt Pan Chalkboard Lamp from Too Much Time On My Hands.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on September 6, 2013 at 9:00 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Sarah Khandjian is the crafty maker behind the DIY lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She is a graphic designer with a passion for creating lovely things. When not blogging or making something cute, Sarah can be found at the barn with her horse (her other passion).
I’m always looking for stylish ways to keep my desk organized. Since most of us spend so much of our days at our desks, why not fill them with functional items that look lovely, too? My organizational solution was to create a fun pencil cup using an empty paint can that would corral pens, pencils, and paint brushes. This colorful container also doubles as a daily calendar. It’s stylish and multi-functional – two things that are a must when you’re limited on desk space.
To create your own calendar pencil cup you will need:
- Empty one-quart paint can
- Washi tape, in various colors and patterns
- X-acto knife
- 2 printable magnet sheets
- Calendar template (click to print)
- Ink jet printer
Start by downloading the calendar template and printing out the text on the magnetic paper. Use scissors or a cutting machine to cut out each word and number.
It is helpful to bend the magnets around a pencil before you use them. This creates a slight curve in them and helps them wrap around the paint can.
Cover the entire outside of the paint can with washi tape. This can be kinda haphazard for a more organic look or it can be applied neat and orderly. Be sure that the tape hangs off both the top and bottom edges.
Carefully use the X-acto knife or a utility knife to cut off the excess tape on the top and bottom of the can. Peel off the small pieces of cut washi tap and you’re ready to add the magnets and fill the cup with writing utensils!
Happy DIY organizing!
Note: You can store the extra week day and number magnets on the back side of the paint can so you can quickly change the date.
Written on September 3, 2013 at 9:00 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hi all! I’m Christy, the “Planted and Blooming Girl,” a busy mom who dabbles in DIY projects in my spare time. The biggest of these is my staircase, and thanks to BH&G for featuring my project this month, as well as asking me to “guest blog” about it! Although the entire process was an adventure, I have to admit, the most exciting part of the whole ordeal was when I was called and asked if I would be interested in having my staircase renovation featured.
I almost ignored the call when it came, because the number was unavailable! I did answer, lucky for me, and this sweet voice introduced herself as Kit Selzer, an editor from Better Homes & Gardens…my mind was wandering at this point, could my subscription really be up, already? Wait… did she say editor? She went on to ask if I had submitted my staircase redo to the “I Did It” section online? Why yes, that’s me. She proceeded to explain that they would like to feature it in an upcoming issue of the magazine. What? In print? Get the heck out!!! That’s so awesome, I’m thinking, because now, it proves to my husband that the stairway really does look good! He didn’t understand the molding and trim or why I even ripped up the carpet to begin with! So I waited for her to get to the part where I send them a picture of me in front of the stairs and they publish it. Not the case. Kit told me that they would like to send a stylist and camera crew to my house to photograph the staircase, featuring me and possibly, my kids, within the next three weeks!
After several phone conversations with Kit and Lauren Matina, the stylist, reality set in that my stairs were going to be in a magazine! How crazy is that!? The staircase to be featured is in my family room, which I cleaned and arranged to magazine-page perfection for three days before they came. Little did I know, that once Lauren, John Bessler (the photographer) along with his assistant, arrived, they would upend everything in the room! Furniture was moved and artwork was taken down to make room for the huge photography screens, computers, camera equipment, clothes, shoes, and accessories. (Everything went back into place at the end of the day.) Lauren had her work cut out for her, by trying to coordinate the clothing for five kids! (Welcome to my world every single holiday.) It was a whirlwind and lasted for almost six hours! Six hours for one picture! It was a long day of taking pictures on the stairs, but John made the day fun because he was so great to work with!
This experience was so much fun, completely unexpected, and so unlike anything I’ve been involved in, as well as my children. I have such an appreciation for how much effort goes into each and every picture featured in this magazine.
Thank you again to BH&G for selecting my project. I hope I have given other people a bit of inspiration to “bloom” where they are planted and try a project they have admired!
Christy, Planted and Blooming Girl
Written on August 22, 2013 at 3:57 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Repurposed Filing Cabinets.
Are you no longer in need of that old filing cabinet? Don’t toss it, instead repurpose it into something more useful!
Kitchen Rolling Cart made from an old Filing Cabinet, via Curbly.
From filing cabinet to vintage kids kitchen, via Kristin Rogers Photography.
Add some color to update your filing cabinet, from Cecily Mae Handmade.
So clever! Filing cabinet turned garage organizer, from Trash to Treasure Blog.
File Cabinet Planters, from Boopy Projects.
File Cabinet + Door Desk, from The Tortoise and The Hare.
Filing Cabinet Table, from Better Homes and Gardens.
Filing Cabinet Side Table, from The Paper Mama on BHG.
Filing cabinet turned fabric organizer! Awesome idea, from Sew Many Ways.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on August 8, 2013 at 6:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Filing Cabinet Side Table
The ‘ol filing cabinet, once used for organizing our many MANY papers, is now headed towards extinction. I don’t know about you, but the majority of my bills and other items are digital and saved on my mass storage drive. I’m no longer weighed down with a crazy collection of wasted paper. So, what do we do with this “antique” filing systems? We find a new use.
I found this little file cabinet at a thrift shop for $5. It was scratched/dented and not the prettiest color. I always see these cabinets hanging around at thrift shops and this got me thinking… how can I reuse these relics? I turned this short tabletop file cabinet into a little side table. To see how I did this, check it out below.
- First, clean up your filing cabinet. Then, use some painters tape to cover up anything you don’t want painted. I wanted to keep the silver handles clean for this side table. I used an X-acto knife to trim off any excess tape. Pull out the drawers to spray separately.
- Next, in a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors), spray two layers of primer paint. Let it dry at least an hour.
- Add some color! I used 3 layers of a pale blue spray paint, from Valspar. Since this color ONLY came in matte, I added a shiny clear coating over the entire table. Let dry for at least 48 hours.
- Prep your table legs. I liked the shape and style of the Waddell Table Legs, from Lowes. The only down side, the legs were way too tall for a side table. SO, I cut each leg down to 14.5 inches high and drilled a hole (using a 5/16 inch wood drill bit) to add a new hole for each table leg. Add these 5/16 inch hanger bolts to replace the bolt section you cut off on these legs.
- Place these table leg tops on each corner of the bottom of the cabinet and use a permanent marker to mark a hole in the center. Use a 5/16 inch metal drill bit to drill a hole for each corner.
- Put each table leg top on the INSIDE of the cabinet, in each corner, and screw in the legs (one at a time).
- Place in your office, living room, studio, or right next to your table. Enjoy.
ENJOY! I use this little table to store my ribbons, tapes, and other things I need quickly.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on August 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm , by kkramer
Welcome to our new Friday Finds series where I’ll be sharing some of my favorite posts from our BHG Insiders. Here’s what’s inspiring me this week…
I always been a fan of patterns but didn’t consider working triangles into decor until I saw this collection of triangle wall treatments from Oleander and Palm. It’s such a bold way to dress up white walls!
I hate to say it but summer’s winding down and it’s almost time for school to start. On the bright side, at least you can personalize your little one’s supplies with these “Property Of” printable stickers from Confetti Sunshine!
Bloggers, would you like to work with us and have a chance to be featured in our upcoming Friday Finds? Apply to be a BHG Insider here!
- Kenzie Kramer, Social Media Editorial Assistant