For any DIY enthusiast, the clearance bin at the DIY store is a regular stop. This project, the Oddstock Floored Wardrobe was designed and built to take advantage of that bin. Brazilian teak prefinished hardwood flooring was found on clearance for an irresistible price. The box had apparently been returned from a large flooring job.
To make use of all the boards, they were cut to short, mitered pieces and arranged in a chevron pattern. Metal tile flooring dividers were used to hide the board edges, trimming out the doors. A simple box deep enough to house clothes on hangers was placed on Queen Anne legs for a romantic look. After many searches for the right door handles, utilitarian garage door handles were chosen because of their large size and casual appearance. A coat hook and mirror were added to the inside of the door for accessories.
You can change the look to be more modern by using straight legs instead. Fill the bottom with shoes or boxes and add shelves if you like, or try other types of wood flooring and experiment with different patterns.
A bedroom is often the most overlooked room in the house. You spend the big money on the rooms your guests will see - quality, lasting furniture for the living room, a dining table for hosting - or on practical pieces, like small appliances in the kitchen, or setting up your media gear for music all over your home.
A few years ago, I read a piece by designer Frank Chimero called "What Advice Would You Give a Graphic Design Student?" where he suggests, "Keep two books on your nightstand at all times: one fiction, one non-fiction." I've always been a big book guy, but I always keep Frank's advice in mind...though sometimes, one or the other is a magazine. (One of the good ones.)
Portland, Oregon-based photographer Jim Golden photographs these compelling collections of themed objects. You might have seen a few similar "things organized neatly" pieces floating about the internet, but I think Golden's work contains more than just thoughtful spacing and color themes:
I'm always a sucker for unlikely materials used in surprising places, so I'm all kinds of inspired by this concrete pendant lamp project by Ben Uyeda.
My friend Jamie of Design Milk got an awesome chance to share this look at designer/maker Daniel Moyer crafting a custom chair from a huge slab of walnut milled just for him. The video strikes a perfect balance: it's just long enough, the music's great,
and each scene walks you through the process of tree to final finish. With just enough workshop envy. Watch it below:
In an ideal world, we'd all have fantastic kitchens and dining rooms, with enough cabinet space and hidden storage for all the food, tools, and utensils one could ever need, all out of sight. But, most of us don't, and we're forced to leave some items out for view, particularly urban apartment dwellers.
If you're without an adequate home bar or liquor cabinet space, a great solution is
Men often get pegged as "utilitarian" decorators - they choose things that are comfortable and work, and don't worry about how they appear. But, I'm a firm believer that we're affected by the places we inhabit, work, and live, and so your environment should be a place you're proud of.
This season, I was excited to team up with DIY Network to create a series of original how-to projects with the theme of "Christmas at The Jetsons." The rest of the
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
"Errors in Production" is a new website by Heike Bollig that features a fascinating collection of consumer products with manufacturing malfunctions.
There are two of us here at ManMade. There's me, Chris, and I handle the content of the site, publishing the daily posts and projects. The other half is my compadre Bruno, who works behind-the-scenes keeping everything running smoothly. It's a great team, and we compliment each other well. I'm a dedicated Christmas fan, and Bruno...well, his last name is Bornsztein. Guess which winter holiday he grew up celebrating...
I've lived in my house for three years, and I have but one giant blank white wall left: the one across from my bedroom headboard, the first thing I see when I wake up. For the past thirty-six months, I've been slowly filling my walls with DIY art projects, screenprints from my favorite artists, even a full-on collage of colorful paint samples glued to the plaster (which are never coming off, by the way). But this guy...taunts every morning. Or, had been. Cause last weekend, I decided to do something about it.
Nothing beats a stylish DIY project that's made from easy-to-find supplies from the home improvement center, comes together in an afternoon, and provides extra storage space.
Wood veneer are thin pieces of full woodgrain, which are sold in flexible roles, so you can glue them onto core panels for the look and finish of hardwood grain pattersn without the expense of solid wood.
Because veneer is so thin (around 3mm), it's quite flexible and easy to work,
Last week, I sat down (well, you know, on the internet) with Bread and Badger, a husband and wife team from Portland, Oregon, who make excellent etched pint glasses, coffee mugs, and other drinkware, all with graphic, manly imagery.
Tell us the story of Bread and Badger. What do you make? We etch glass and ceramic cups with my original artwork, focusing on designs that appeal to men. We mostly sell barware like pint glasses and scotch glasses, but our new line of ceramic coffee and travel mugs has really taken off.
From where did the idea for etched glasses