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DIY, Handmade

Chalkboard Vase

January 23, 2007

Show of hands… All in favor of this chalkboard vase say, “buy!” I think it’s darling… Found at Contemporary Living in the UK. Great DIY idea for that vase you’re totally sick of in your bottom drawer (collecting dust). Add a little chalkboard paint and viola! A fresh new look just in time for Spring. Your choice – buy it or DIY it!

Chalkboard Vase
(image from contemporary living)

DIY

More Murals…

January 17, 2007

It’s so exciting when readers share photos of their DIY projects. I really love this handpainted mural from Trupti – thanks for sending it in, Trupti! Check out the mural over her bed… So pretty (click on image to enlarge).

More Murals...

(images from trupti)

Books + Magazines, DIY

Shredded Bliss DIY Project

January 16, 2007

I found a fun and inexpensive DIY project in the Budget Living “Home Cheap Home” book last night (it’s amazing what you discover when you sort through your bookcase). I’ve flipped through it so many times and never came across page 139 until it nearly hit me in the face last night as it flew off the book shelf, landing with DIY project, Shredded Bliss, looking straight up at me. This is the coolest and cheapest project ever, and I’m imaging it’s a bit challenging and fun to boot. If you don’t have the book (shame on you!), I’ll insert the instructions from the book just below the image. Have fun!

Shredded Bliss DIY Project
Shredded Bliss How To: Grab all the magazines you’d like to incorporate into this project, issues you won’t mind sending to the shredder, that is. Find a shredder that creates strips (try Staples where you can find them for around $20) and feed your colorful pages through it. Collect the strips that appeal to you the most, that work within your desired palette and the ‘look’ that you’re going for. Grab a narrow paintbrush and apply a craft glue to the back of each strip (Budget Living suggests Delta Sobo from Dick Blick. Locals: There’s a Blick across from the new West Elm over by Fenway Park, they have it.).

Place the strips in a pattern on a dry, clean, smooth wall and allow them to set overnight. The next day, brush on an even coat of clear sealant. Let that dry overnight and viola! You’ve just given your walls a facelift for less than the cost of one roll of wallpaper. Budget Living shows it in a bathroom, but with the moisture factor to consider, I’d suggest this project for a small office space, entry way, guest bathroom (no shower/tub), or just for one wall – behind the bed or your work area, for instance. If you have a galley kitchen, this would look great on the back wall. By the way, Home Cheap Home is loaded with excellent projects, the focus being on use what you have vs. constant spending, so I highly suggest picking up a copy.

Here’s the cover:

Shredded Bliss DIY ProjectAnd here’s another cool project that is totally animal friendly and easy to create in an afternoon. Use white linoleum, cut it into the shape of a zebra rug, and paint the black stripes yourself. I especially love the Gucci heels flung by the rug, but I have no clue how you can DIY those…

Shredded Bliss DIY Project
Learn more about this book over at Wilson Art (great website for designers, by the way). Grab a copy of this book for under $15 here.

(images via wilson art)

DIY

Mural Madness!

January 16, 2007

decor8 reader, Erin from Albuquerque, caught the mural bug and decided to try things out for herself. Five stars and a high five for our DIY’er Erin!

Erin says, “I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and am always using it for new ways to spice up my apartment. I fell in love with the tree mural you posted a week or so ago and decided to give it a try. It was actually a lot easier than I thought and only took about 4 hours to do. I love it! Thanks for all your good taste and keep up the awesome work!” -Erin

Mural Madness!

(image from erin glover)

DIY, Objects

DIY: IKEA ALANG Table Lamp Transformation

January 3, 2007

DIY: IKEA ALANG Table Lamp Transformation
Eric wrote in today to tell me about his IKEA hack DIY project, well at least he called it a hack, I call it genius. Great budget DIY job, Eric. Click here to see how Eric transformed the IKEA ALANG Table Lamp into a perky pendant (or two!).

Thanks for the tip, Eric. Great blog!

psst: If you like the pendants, but LOVE the wall in the background (I did!), then you’ll love what I discovered after digging around Eric’s blog. Check THIS out. It’s another DIY.

(image from modern self)

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