Category Archives: diy

Spring Modge-Podge DIY with ANYTHING (and a Drawer Set)

No, but really. Anything. This particular drawer set could be used as a nightstand, an office organizer or an end table for a couch, but the basic method could be applied to just about any old piece of furniture that you find.

I originally found this photo on Pinterest, and followed it all the way back to the original DIY post. The key materials are super simple, super cheap, and (seemingly) super fun. Check out the whole how-to here at Fussy Monkey Business!

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Simple Storage Solutions Round-Up

Keywords for today’s post: Cheap. Easy. Efficient. Done in five minutes. Capiche?

1. Teacup rack, found on Hello Tiger!

2. Mason Jar storage, found on Crazy Domestic

3. Repurposed Apple Crates, found on Re-Nest

4. Chalkboard paint labels on mason jars by The Inadvertent Farmer

5. Chalk Holder from an old Drawer Pull by Half Pint Salvage

6. Shutter paper holder, found on Li’l Magoolie

7. Jewelry storage idea from Pottery Barn

8. China dish drawer storage by Martha

Colleen’s Country Cottage Knitted Socks

This picture is enough to make me consider playing hooky. (Nevermind that we had four snow days last week… sigh…)

Yarn:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Needles:
US 13 – 9.0 mm

Check out Colleen’s Flickr page for the link to the pattern.

She says: “These socks are strictly house socks and nothing more. Silly me, made these with the intention of wearing them inside my wellies on cold days, but they are far too thick for that:( They’re perfect for around the house though…but they do tend to slouch down the leg making them a little annoying having to readjust them every so often.

If I were to make these again, I would use a better yarn and knit them in a smaller needle, in hopes that they fit and feel a little nicer.”

Thanks for the tips! Hope I can start on a new knitting project soon. It’s a tie between these socks and fingerless gloves. Hmm, warm toes, or warm hands? Hard to say…

Midweek DIY: Thrifted Fancy Bulletin Board

I’ve been promising myself since November that I will redo my office. Right now it’s a color that looks like Pepto Bismol watered down with chalky water. Not pleasant*.

Now, I haven’t quite gotten to the part where I open the can of gray paint that is waiting on the office floor. But I have made some progress with what will go ON the pretty new walls when they’re newly painted!

This project takes 5-10 minutes, and only cost me $5.25 – $5 for the frame at a thrift store in Salt Lake City, and $0.25 for the bulletin board at a thrift store here in Albuquerque. Not bad, eh?

YOU WILL NEED:

– An old bulletin board, big enough to fit your frame

– Any picture frame you think is interesting or beautiful (NOTE: make sure it has a front-to-back depth large enough to contain the thickness of the cork board you will be using.)

– A tape measure

– Pencil

– Some kind of cutting device (I ended up using a bread knife.)

1. Measure the inside of your picture frame. Give yourself more room to work with than the tape measure says: for example, if one length of the inside of the frame is 10″, actually use a measurement of 9 3/4″ or something of the like.

2. If there is any kind of border around your bulletin board, snip and pull it off.

3. Using a ruler, trace out the (adjusted) dimensions of your picture frame onto the bulletin board.


4. Cut along the lines you drew. You may have to shave off a bit more from one side or the other if it doesn’t quite fit into your picture frame. Once you get it in the frame, fold down the metal flaps (or staples, etc. – whatever would usually hold the glass, photograph and backing into the frame) to hold the cork board in place.

Et voila! You’re done! And I’d better get painting soon…

 

( * Note the gross wall color in some of the photos. Understand my desperation?)