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How to make a cheap, awesome, professional Curtain Rod. First off, thank you so much for being so kind about my new curtains in the dining room! I am taken aback daily by how many genuinely nice people there are in this blogging community. Thank you for loving the curtains along with me, and also thank you for just being plain ol’ nice. Now, shall we get down to bid-ness? Let’s talk Curtain Rods. I should dedicate an entire post just to curtain rods and best above ground pool, because after this experience, I think I know every single option of inexpensive curtain rod options in the greater Austin area. DIYing a Curtain Rod: I headed to Home Depot on a mission to find a practical inexpensive solution to my curtain rod dilemma. At Home Depot I found a variety of objects that could work, but in the end the heavens parted and I stumbled on Electrical Conduit.

Bless the person that invented this light weight, sturdy, and extremely inexpensive product! But let me back up for a sec. I bought the conduit that was 1/2″ x 10′. Curtain Rings and Finials: Vintage Revivals. DIY: Starburst Clock. I love clocks and especially love clocks with personality! Starburst Style clocks appeal to me in many ways but they're usually a little too retro or gold for my style-- so I was excited to try making a new version of the Starburst :) I'd love to see you do the same using the tutorial below! These clocks were my inspiration! [sources 1 & 2] a big handful of wood coffee stir sticks (7" long) all-purpose white gluesharp scissorsworking clock with a flat face To skip drilling & wiring a clock from scratch, I used a flat pre-made clock with no dimension-- this cappuccino masterpiece was $10 at Walmart.

You'll find long wooden stir sticks at grocery stores, restaurant supply stores or ask your local coffee shop if you can buy some from them. Step 1/ So that your sticks fit well side by side on the clock surface, you will need to cut a long and sharp point on one end of each stick. Continue adding glue in 'slices', positioning sticks along the way until you reach your starting point. 21 ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture. Before & after: rustic refinished desk. I see desks like these in thrift stores and on the side of the road all the time, and honestly, I can’t say that I feel inspired when I look at them. However, now that I’ve seen this refinishing job from Rebekah Disch, I’m reminded yet again that every piece of furniture can have potential in the right hands.

I really like the color she’s chosen, and the subtle aging is a great little detail. Nice work, Rebekah! — Kate Have a Before & After you’d like to share? Read more about Rebekah’s rustic refinished desk after the jump! Time: 4–5 hours Cost: $40 (desk was free, cost includes paint, poly, and hardware) Basic Steps: First, I removed the drawers and drilled a hole where I wanted my hardware to go, seeing as the desk wasn’t made with knobs. While the orbital sander is a great tool, be careful with how much pressure you use and the direction you sand in. Before & after: creative chair reupholstery. I might be angering some die-hard upholstery experts out there when I say this, but I’m a firm believer in thinking outside the box when it comes to choosing fabrics.

Clothing, rugs, industrial materials and even recycled non-textiles can be used to make an amazingly awesome upholstered chair. I love this chair from Katie Steuernagle for this reason. Her creative use of a Mexican embroidered dress to gussy up this old Louis chair is right up my alley. It’s clever, and while it might not be the most durable fabric ever — really, who cares? It looks great and only cost $25. Have a Before & After you’d like to share? Time: The whole project took exactly one year of sitting in the garage, two days of stripping toxic, orange, dusty old upholstery, two days of sanding and staining, two days of draping the dress around the chair too scared to cut it, and one afternoon of stapling the dress to the new wood base and foam I cut.

Cost: The chair cost $5 at a garage sale. DIY Chevron Rug. One of my favorite parts of my most recent project has to be the rug I made. From the very beginning of the project I kept talking about how I was going to make the rug, blah, blah, blah then the time came to actually make it and I freaked out a bit, but in the end it really was super easy. Here it is in all it’s glory: You will need the following supplies: - 2 yards of fabric.

. - One 6 x 9 dropcloth. . -5 x 8 Rug Gripper that I found a couple rows down at Lowes. -Aleene's Tacky Spray Glue Before you do anything make sure that your fabric and drop cloth is wrinkle free. I started this project a million different ways and kept having bunching as I was trying to attach all the layers, but I finally found a great solution. Find a piece of free flooring in your home and start layering your pieces. I laid down my rug gripper first and smoothed it out, then the drop cloth and smoothed it out and finally my fabric right side up and smoothed it out. Then sprayed my drop cloth with Tacky Glue Spray. Print Hula Hoop Rug Page | Crafts. I am SO proud of my DIY zig zag rug--Tutorial!

You've all seen those zig zag rugs around on design and home dec catalogs, websites, magazines... The zig zag/chevron pattern is everywhere this season and I have been craving it as I redecorate our bedroom with something more contemporary! I was so excited to copy these gorgeous zig zag rugs: (West Elm) (Madeline Weinrib Atelier) (West Elm Rug, Rachel of Kenzipoo's house) (West Elm rug, from Four Walls and a Roof) (Madeline Weinrib rug in Nicole Balch's home, from Making it Lovely) (Domino) Anyway, LOVING these zig zag patterns, and the West Elm one really isn't that overpriced, but I didn't want to spend $100-600 or whatever, depending on the size.

To DIM (do it myself), I bought a yard of white "duck cloth," which actually comes in a lot of lovely colors at JoAnn for $7.99/yard. So here's my tutorial. Fold a 1-2" hem around all the edges . Then I peeled it off. Cut your freezer paper strips into 2" long pieces. Lay the strips out on the rug at one corner. Repeat this all the way down! Yay! How To Create Paper Blossoms | Apartment Therapy DC. Previous image Next image We've talked about using paper decorations to punch up a last minute party, but there are ways that you can incorporate paper into your everyday décor as well.

My favorite paper creations of late are tissue paper cherry blossoms, which are as pretty as they are easy to make.A few weeks ago I was charged with the task of decorating a ballroom for my daughter's school auction. The theme was cherry blossoms, and the result was magical…and budget friendly too! MATERIALS• Tree branches (branches with multiple off-shoots are best)• Tissue paper (A few sheets goes a long way. We used around 50 sheets for a huge room full of blossoms.)• Scissors• Scotch Tape (florist wire or glue can also be used, but tape is probably the least labor intensive)• Fishing line (optional depending on how you'd like to display the branches. Typically I'm not a huge fan of faux flowers, but these are so fun to make and so sweet that I've happily made an exception for them in my home.

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: machine appliqué. Here’s a great way to snazz up simple textiles with an easy embellishment technique – machine appliqué! This technique allows you to apply cut-out shapes of fabric to the surface of another fabric, achieving colorful and interesting effects that would otherwise be complicated to sew. In this post I’m appliquéing a tablecloth, but you can use the basic instructions here to appliqué shapes on just about anything around the house — curtain panels, throw pillows, cocktail napkins, duvets, even totes. (Bonus: appliqué is great for covering stains or flaws, so it’s a sneaky way to rescue stained pieces!) For beginners, it’s best to start with simple shapes with straight lines, but once you get the hang of this easy technique, you can appliqué just about any shape. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! What You’ll Need A variety of coordinating fabrics for the appliqué Background fabric Fusible webbing (a popular brand is Pellon) Sharp scissors Straight pins Sewing machine Iron 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Branch Bookshelf. Starburst mirror. So sorry for the suspense regarding my toolbox dresser project. I haven’t made much progress on it yet. In the meantime, I decided to make a starburst mirror. This project was a cinch because I learned from the mistakes I made on my sunburst mirror. The basic materials for this one: an Ikea plant glide (which I also used for my furniture-nail clock), wooden plant markers, and wooden skewers. How to make a starburst mirror Supplies Ikea Bjurön plant glide 2 dozen 5-inch wooden plant markers (available at nurseries) 2 dozen 5-3/4-inch wooden plant markers (available at nurseries) 2 dozen wooden skewers (with two flat sides)7-inch round mirror silver spray paintwood gluewooden tooth picksawtooth picture hangerCon-Tact paper (color doesn’t matter)newspaper or drop clothpaper towelbooks that are the same thickness as the plant glide Tools hammer & nailsmall sponge paint brushscissorswire cutterspencil & rulersanding block & fine sand papertack cloth 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

David stark’s post-it fridge project. [i'm so thrilled to welcome one of my design idols, david stark, to the site today. david is sharing a fun post-it diy project inspired by his fantastic new book, david stark design. welcome, david!] I am really excited to share our new book DAVID STARK DESIGN with you all, and I look forward to your feedback on it! As an artist, it is both exhilarating and strange to stand back and view the trends and thought processes of your own work. Working on the book forced me to zero in on and articulate a design strategy that is instinctual to me. The ideas that we blow out on a grand scale for big events are really small notions, often made with rather humble materials.

Grace inspired me to think about how those ideas could be carried out in a personal way. Immediately, I thought of an evening we created for New Yorkers for Children last September. I often use many of those same event design concepts when entertaining in my own home, albeit on a MUCH smaller scale. Functional Space Saving DIY Coat Hooks. Functional and space saving coat hooks aren’t easy to find. Some manufacturers have such hooks among their products but most of them are quite pricey. You would be amazed what you can make similar hooks from… A few of 1 gallon paint cans is all you need. At less than a foot deep they they are the perfect size. Sound like an awesome idea, right? In Vermont we need a little more. Dictionary Sacrifice Rosettes DIY. I’m a little in love with the rosettes I use to top my origami gift boxes.

They come from the humblest of beginnings, but end up looking pretty sharp smart when all’s said and done. Wanna make one —or sixty-three, like me? First, gather your materials: paper grocery bag cut-up-able dictionary page (or other contrasting paper)glue stickglue gun and glueselection of vintage buttonspaper cutter (or ruler and scissors) Next, cut your bag crosswise into 1.5″ strips.

This is a whole heck of a lot easier if you have a paper cutter, but if you’re the type of person who can measure and cut straight, then have at it. Now go ahead and cut your contrasting paper (in this case, some dictionary pages) into 1″ strips. Great. Get your gluestick and slather it on the the back of one of your contrast strips. Okay, now we’re getting to the good stuff.

Important question: Did you go to kindergarten? Keep folding till you’ve got at least 12 peaks on your strip. Now comes the fun part. Then like this… All set?