This time of year, I try to do as much outside as possible. Everything from cooking to writing blog posts (like this very one...hooray for working from home) to paying bills is that much better from fresh air. Even with all the flies and spiders.
Give your favourite books and magazines the royal treatment with a "bookrest" that provides storage for your current reads while showing off their cover art.
These simple images of the Pack series from Takehomedesign illustrates one of my favorite principles to create to make a huge difference in your decor:
A secret bookcase door isn't the sort of thing you can just whip up over the weekend: assemble a quick IKEA bookcase, hang it in the doorway, and start stashing your stuff. Instead, it requires planning, creativity, and some clever design features to make it not just look like...well, and IKEA bookcase hanging in a door way.
With winter finally making its way out of our lives (for now), there's a whole lotta cleaning to do. Inside? Sure, but this also includes trimming all of those "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows"-looking branches and debris from your yard from all those record setting wind storms this year (yes, that happened too.)
I'm digging this one: by embracing very affordable materials (OSB subfloor panels, pine 2x4s and 2x6s), this project pulls off a high/low aesthetic that actually benefits from its low cost.
No more eating your dinner on the couch. Even if you can't afford, or have space for an heirloom quality dining table, you can outfit what ever space you've got with a proper eating space, DIY-style.
As a full time DIY blogger and editor, I see my fair share of furniture makeovers. Dresser makeovers, in particular, since their strong bones and relative low-level of use make them great fodder for a redo.
In a seriousness and sincerity - this is absolutely, 100% my favorite furniture makeover project I've ever come across online, or in print.
Check out this after shot:
The DIY blogosphere is full of inexpensive table projects made from affordable dimensional lumber and galvanized plumbing fixtures....so, we consider that topic still clever, but substantially covered. Now? Now is the time to build on the basic technique, a put some actual design into it.
The best kinds of creative inspiration are always born out a specific need. "Leftmusing" found herself looking for a very special solution for her apartment: "a table in my oddly shaped kitchen that could act as additional counter space, a place to eat, store kitchen stools and general spot to put stuff on, all while being 16"x52".
Like any true DIYer, designer and artist Ben Uyeda likes to have his tools on hand for quick fixes and tinkering. So, he came up with this original coat rack/storage project that incorporates a functioning set of screwdrivers into the design.
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.
Last summer, I shared this cool photo from Sonoma winery Medlock Ames, which featured an old picnic table, into which a recess had been cut to accept a cooler to keep drinks cold. A great idea, but know what's even cooler?
Building the table from scratch without a bunch of fancy woodworking tools, and incorporating the built-in cooler from the beginning.