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 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:
And 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…
(images via wilson art)
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
(image from erin glover)
Mmmm. Marcel Wanders. I love the glam he’s given to an otherwise traditional look here with his ‘New Antiques’ collection for Cappellini in black and white. It released last year, but the look is so in tune with 2007 trends, isn’t it? Combining old world charm with modern sensibility, New Antiques adds just the right touch of yesterday without looking like it should go back, and stay there. I’m thinking we’ll continue to see soft lines, old world appeal, lacquered furniture, and lots of polished finishes for ’07. And that’s fine by me. If you’re interested in this collection, visit Unica Home online.
Psst: I know that some of you (me included) cannot afford a toothbrush designed by Marcel, nevermind what is featured above. That’s okay. Use these over-the-top luxury posts as inspiration, to gather ideas, to spot trends, to inspire. You may find a chair with similiar characteristics in your attic, on the curb, or at your local antiques store for $100. Grab it, wash it with soapy water, let it dry, lightly sand, wash again, and when it’s completely dry, paint it with a lacquered paint in white or black to mimic the above. Or, go completely color crazy and introduce teal or coral. Remember, just because you cannot afford to buy everything you see doesn’t mean you cannot use what you see to generate ideas and create your own designs on a budget. Remember, you don’t always have to buy to decorate – use what you have or what you can find that suits your budget.
(images from unica home)