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The Anthro bookcase

The Anthro bookcase
Have you ever seen something in a catalog, gawked at the price tag, and thought ‘I could totally make that?‘ That was my reaction to this bookcase in the Anthro catalog. Cool vintage books, beautiful bookcase, but why the heck does it cost $1400? So I set off to make my own. At first, I thought I could just buy a big piece of birch plywood and get the guys at Home Depot to chop it down to the many individual pieces. I had my dad cut several pieces of wood at these heights (below). To determine how many pieces I needed at each height, I measured the spine of the cookbooks we had at home. I sanded all the pieces with super fine sandpaper. Then it came down to gluing and staining the case. The wood was actually kind of tough to glue together, because all the interior segments are different heights. So the steps were: glue, wait 24 hours, then stain. I haven’t had a lot of experience with wood glue or stain, but I learned that I should be more careful with the glue. This post was featured on

sculptural braided extension cords I’m constantly getting into silly arguments with my partner about my DIY projects. Whenever I turn to him for advice, ever the left-brainer, he gives me the practical answer, which I hate. Shouldn’t you be able to carry it this way? I’m realizing that on the art/design spectrum, I fall much closer to the former than I thought. I’ve prefaced this particular project with the above disclaimer because I want everyone to know that this project is not practical. Is this project practical? Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials 3 extension cords (all the same length, 6′ or longer is better)scissorsmasking tape3 skeins of thick/bulky weight yarn3 plastic cord tubes (these can be found at IKEA or most hardware stores in the electrical section) Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. You’re done!

Wonderful Joy Ahead: And what got painted were... (drumroll) Bookshelves! LE and I tagged along with John to Chicago a few weeks back just so I could go to Ikea to buy their $4 wooden spice racks that have popped up around cute kids' rooms across the blogosphere. Like this photo that was posted on Ohdeedoh: Even before LE was born, I knew I wanted forward-facing bookshelves. About 1 1/2 years ago, I started keeping my eye out for forward-facing shelves. I bookmarked a few different great ideas for DIY: a fabric sling {tutorial}, rain gutter bookshelves {tutorial}, and build my own {tutorial}. After considering different options, the Ikea spice racks for $4/ea were just the right fit for us. Here's how ours turned out: Everyone knows that there's going to be a difference in quality between Ikea and Pottery Barn. The pieces of wood just don't line up perfectly, but the one who matters-- LE-- will never care. I have to tell you, these shelves are the easiest shelves to put together and hang. What I did:

Drawer Magazine Holders Accessories Published on March 26th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker Materials: Knuff , Svep (handle), walnut stain, black paint Description: A fast, small, and great makeover for Ikea’s KNUFF magazine holder. First I stained them with color walnut, then painted the end black with water based paint. Then added the handles and some wall stickers (His & Hers). I have more hacks and DIY, see my blog. See more of the His and Hers Knuff. ~ En Vintage Drøm, Gunn, Norway The Author Jules IKEAHacker "I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. DIY Craft Table or Kitchen Island I've been holding on to this bad boy for a while. I'm really not sure why? It all started a few months ago when one of my bookshelves literally snapped in half. It was *extremely* frustrating, and dangerous. I was alone when it happened and the bookshelf was entirely full... (1) Disassemble it. (2) Size it. (3) Attach it. I have to say, this was one easy, cheap and satisfying project. TERMS OF USE (Modified from ISLY) This project is free for personal use is not to be distributed/republished without my consent.

Decorative Pillow Pattern DANIELLA DAHLIA Felt par SewYouCanToo How to Make a Chandelier | Freshly Picked We started with this thrifted lamp shade. I had Chris add an extra row of wire. Using Brenna's tutorial, we made + cut wax paper circles. Here is our before light. Then, Chris installed these hooks to the ceiling. He then hung the chandelier. Here it is with the light on, wayyy better right? And with the light off, so very pretty. More Detailed Instructions A video to show you my sewing technique. Follow up to this post here. Next → ← Previous 25 Responses Leave a Reply HAIR STUFF IN CHIC ORDER photos & post by Kristin Ess If you’re a girl on the go, you’re probably familiar with the magical mystical “bathroom tornado”. It comes through scattering everything everywhere, leaving no bobbypin unturned. No one knows how it happens, but it’s a huge bummer when you return home from a long day to find this natural disaster has struck your bathroom counter once again. Luckily there’s a way to keep your hair stuff (or makeup brushes) all together in one super chic place. You will need: blue painter’s tape, paper towels, gloves, white flat spray paint, gold metallic spray paint, mason jars in various sizes… (and I used a vintage shot glass for the bobbypin holder, but that’s optional.) Remove the lids from your mason jars.Put painter’s tape along the edge of a paper towel or two.Wrap the jar. Related posts:

DIY: Magazine Bowl I made this bowl a couple of years ago while Daniel and I were visiting his parents in Michigan. It is made from magazine pages that I picked specifically for their bright colors. I've seen this project on various blogs here and there, but I think Cindy brought it to my attention way back when. We had quite a few lovely crafting days at her house. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. When my bowl was finished and the glue was dry, I sprayed it with shellac to make it shiny. Great for storing hair thingies in the bathroom.

Honestly WTF Tutorial: Lace Lampshade by: inkodye This project is shockingly simple, yet produces really beautiful and unique results. We were able to transfer the pattern of lace onto our lampshade by using the photographic property of Inkodye. It’s like magic! The lamp we used was found at Ikea for $15, but any cotton or linen lampshade will work perfectly. Total tutorial time: 20 minutes Used in this project: Inkodye Red Orange Materials. Prep. Mix. Paint. Pin. Snip. Develop. Unravel. Scrub. Illuminate. Tea Shelf recently, we’ve been exploring the amazing selection of loose leaf teas at our local hippie coop grocery store (oh, san francisco….). We’ve been collecting little samples of calming herbals, invigorating blacks, and exotic mixes of every plant and herb you can imagine. taking a cue from grandpa’s garage workshop, we put together a simple organized shelf where we can hang and display our current selection of teas and the cute accoutrements that go along with them. happy tea time!derek & lauren CLICK HERE for the full instructions after the jump! here’s what you’ll need: a thin shelf (we used a white “ribba” art shelf from ikea that is about 21” long) 3 small glass jars 3 short screws spray paint for painting jar lids (optional) 2 cup hooks cordless drill or screwdriver

Typography nails: 13 ways to get the look! | Font Crafts I’m not a nail art fanatic, but I appreciate a good manicure when I see one! I thought it would be fun to find some examples of nail art using fonts! I think I found some pretty stellar examples that you’ll fall in love with and get a kick out of too! The ultimate in typographic nails has to be this Helvetica set by the Daily Nail . I’m assuming the Comic Sans version on her other hand didn’t turn out as well. LOL. These nails from Tornado Calli are anything but comical! This set is letter heavy! Harry Potter fans will love casting spells with these fun nails via the Daily Glean! This chalkboard set from Concrete and Nail Polish gets an A+ in my gradebook! Show some love for your favorite social media sites with these nails by Nailasaurus. If you’re a Glee fan, you’ll love this set from Victoria C7 . These script nails by Sally Hansen are so elegant. Go old school and make notebook nails like All Laquered Up did!

Tutorials I've recently discovered how amazing quinoa is. Do you guys eat quinoa? You can prepare it so many ways it could go with practically any meal. Ingredients::: {{{This is not an exact science, I sorta just guessed at quantities}}} 3 C. cooked quinoa {1 C. dry prepared according to package} 1/2 C. black beans 1 C. chopped mushrooms 1 finely chopped garlic clove 1 tsp. garlic salt 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. dried dalmatian sage 1/3 C. goat cheese 1 egg beaten 1 C. italian style bread crumbs {this is a very rough guestimate} 1 C. extra virgin olive oil Directions::: Prepare quinoa according to the package directions. In a shallow pan lightly sauté the mushrooms in olive oil, let cool slightly, put mushrooms in food processor, set pan aside. Add black beans to the food processor with the mushrooms. {{{Like I said, not an exact science...}}} Pour mushroom/black bean mush into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle a small amount of bread crumbs in and mix thoroughly. Form small balls and then smash into 1" thick patties.