We love our new urban space in DC, and we’re still trying to get everything settled. It always seems like there’s one area (or sometimes more than one) that just collects clutter. That area for us at our new place was a built in desk in our living room. We weren’t using it for a desk, so it just collected the bar stuff that we didn’t know what to do with. It always looked messy which was driving us crazy! I kept telling Alberto that we needed to buy a cabinet to store everything, but we couldn’t find anything we like (story of our lives…) Then Alberto got the great idea to just leave everything where it was! I know, it doesn’t sound brilliant on the surface, but what he meant is that we could turn the desk area into a bar. This opportunity also gave me the chance to try something that I’ve always wanted to do: apply fabric to a wall. To finish it we could just hang a couple of shelves, and all of a sudden, a cluttered eyesore becomes a beautiful accent area in our living room! Read more →
Archive for category: DIY Projects
Our new apartment is great, but we never seem to have enough seating. It always feels awkward when we have guests and we’re all sitting on the same sofa next to each other or sitting around the rug (which is becoming more uncomfortable the older we get). We were struggling with how to add additional seating without spending too much money when our Peke Barney (during one of his manic episodes) ran into an unused bench in the corner. (Don’t worry, he’s fine. He only hit it with his head!) Read more →
The summer is officially over and since our move from New Jersey a few months ago, we find ourselves still working on our new apartment in the DC area. We’ve settled in for the most part, but I never realized how much stuff we have accumulated over the years…books, clothes, appliances, furniture, and an incredible amount of picture frames. Moving from a house to an apartment, storage has become a huge issue. Decorating our new smaller space is a challenge and trying to find an affordable organizing unit that we like can be quite a task.
Looking through many of our favorite craft and DIY blogs, I saw great ideas using leftover wooden crates. Since we seem to collect a lot of books (and I mean stacks and stacks of books), why not make a book shelf to hang on the wall? The project looked easy, so it seemed like the perfect project for this weekend. Alberto wasn’t completely sold on the crate idea because we are starting to go for more simple and clean lines in our furnishings. The crate was a little on the rustic side, but I convinced him that I could make it look very modern by making the shelves look like they’re floating. (Famous last words. Never kid a kidder…) Read more →
Like many families, our fridge has become the main pin board of the house. We keep family pictures, greeting cards, business cards, calendars, reminder notes, and tons of other random items on it. It’s been great to have everything in a central place because it’s so easily accessible. However, it’s also very messy and cluttered. So finally last weekend we decided to organize all that stuff into a new area…a door adjacent to the kitchen. We primed the door with magnetic paint (to still pin and not damage the wood) and then painted it over with chalkboard so that we could write our notes right on the door instead of having scraps of paper everywhere. It was a great idea, and so simple! Read more →
As I look up to this week’s project, I realize that I’m always learning something new with each new item. This week was no exception. I learned volumes.
We have a small room off of the kitchen which has just been converted into an office that would also serve us as a craft room. We found a couple of very modern and sleek tables that work great for both a desk and a work space. We also added boards, shelves, and put some of our favorite projects around the room for inspiration. The only thing we needed to finish the room was a fun crafty light for the space. It needs to be cool, modern and fabulous! (Foreshadow…) Read more →
Alberto and I had the house painted a few years ago, so before painting began we had to remove our house numbers. Unfortunately, we lost them and never got to replace them. After years of searching, we decided to take matters into our own hands and headed to Home Depot to see if they had the right kind of glass tile to make new numbers. We immediately came across the perfect tiles, a coppery brown and a really great ivory. All that was left to do was draw them out and grout them…they came out very pretty and so unique that they definitely enhance our porch! Read more →
Everyone has a favorite piece of old clothing that they just can’t bare to part with. I adopted one of Alberto’s. His navy Coca-Cola t-shirt was my favorite because it was so comfy. It had been worn for so long that it was all soft and light. But after so many years, the holes were getting a little large, and I couldn’t repair it because the thread would only rip more of the fabric. When the hole under one of the arms became so large that it exposed most of my side, Alberto had enough. He wouldn’t allow me to wear it any longer, but I still couldn’t part with it. Then this weekend, we were planning to make a tray using some of the old fabric from past projects, and then I got this great idea . . . why not use the t-shirt?! We could preserve it for memories sake, and turn it into something useful and fun. It turned out great! Read more →
It feels like we’ve been searching for a headboard for a very, very long time. We have never found anything that we liked, wanted, or was affordable. The perfect choice was, literally, under our feet. Alberto realized that an old bamboo rug would be the perfect material to make the headboard! It’s a beautiful rug, but we no longer had a place for it in the house.
Making the board was actually really very easy. We just needed to cut out the rug, attach it to plywood, and frame it with 1″x 2″s. We also decided to hang it on the wall instead of attaching it to the bed. It turned out even better than we thought it would! We added a few framed prints above the headboard to finish off the look, and now the bedroom is finally coming together! Read more →
When we first moved to our house we decided to adopt a botanical theme in the dining room. It’s tough to keep up as a lot of this type of art is expensive and requires to be framed professionally. But this past weekend while cleaning up the house, Alberto came across a book featuring old prints. The images were reproduction of old pencil drawings, and the book contained an entire section devoted to birds…it was the perfect opportunity to finish up the decor in the dining room! We built our own frames for this project and we also got to try out resin, something we had wanting to do for a while. The result is a set of really cute frames that are perfect for the room! Read more →
Alberto and I really loved how the Wood Shingle Christmas Tree came out, and we wanted to do something else with the leftover shingles. We thought of the mirror set that we got last Spring (which we used to make the Sunburst Mirror in June) and decided to make another decorative mirror for the house.
As we started shingling the plywood, it started looking even better than we’d hoped! Consequently, it became more and more difficult to decide where in the house we would place the mirror…the dining room, family room, the bedrooms? It looked amazing in each room, but once we stained it, there was no question where it would go. We had the perfect place in the dining room, and it will be one of the first things people see when they walk into the room…perfect! Read more →