Posts Tagged 'DIY'

Honey Do This. Honey Do That.

I live with a huge DIY-er. Just another day in the “home” life of my handyman husband. He gets things done around here no matter what he needs to squeeze through. Like this bath fan/vent. Thanks honey! =)

I Spy: Gold Table Base. Get out your Paint Cans DIYers!

I came across this image of Manhattan Next’s kitchen on their blog the other day (shout out to them for being tops in the Apartment Therapy Homies competition! Whoot Whoot!). I love gold finishes and thought this was a nifty way to address any scratched up table base or a simple change of attitude for your interior.

Check out the gold table base in the background (yeah, ignore foreground incompletion).

Check out the gold table base in the background (yeah, ignore foreground incompletion).

I know there are quite a few budget knock-off reiterations of the classic curved all white table Saarinen Tulip table and Ikea is at the top of that list. I have seen a few used tables on (two showing up on the DC search today!), and for the most part, they might have their fair share of scuff marks and chips. But, for $50 plus plus about $15 of good durable gold paint, you can get yourself quite the gilded bargain for under $100! Ikeas’s Docksta is similar to the above table but the CB2 Oddessy table could work as well (sadly, the Oddessy does not have that great curve in the bend of the base as shown in pic above). Both retail for under $200 brand new. Purchase a can or two of gold spray paint, either Krylon’s Bright Gold  or Rustoleums Metallic Finish. It’s good to have a primer applied prior to application of finished paint unless the primer is already in the can as i(s with the Rustoleum). Try to cover up the top part if it’s attached. Blue painters tape and newspaper works. If you can separate base form top – that’s the easiest way to go about this project. And get painting!

Ikea Hacking Gone Glamourous. And Gorgeous.

I found this dressed up dresser on Houzz when looking for storage solutions for a clients nursery (paired here with the Crate and Barrel Colette upholstered bed). What looks a lot like other manufacturers fine goods, the solid wood $30 IKEA Rast dresser is reinvented  into a high contrast two-tone jewel using just primer, a couple top coats of white paint, walnut stain finish, and new hardware. All very easy on the purse strings or wallet. Here’s how you can save a couple bucks and spend just a a little sweat creating this DIY dresser.

An Ikea dresser all grown up. Perfect here as a bedside table with the Crate and Barrel upholstered bed.

Start with the simple solid wood IKEA Rast dresser:

Ikea Rast Dresser

Gather the following items:

  • Kilz all-purpose white primer for the drawer fronts
  • Minwax Poly Shade in Royal Walnut (Stain and Polyuerathane in one can!)
  • Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove in Semi gloss for the drawer fronts.
  • A foam roller for the paint, and two brushes for the priming and staining.
  • 6 ring drawer pulls (see my selection below)

Start by painting the face of your drawers with a nice, even coat of primer. While the drawers are drying, move over to the frame of the dresser and start staining with the Miniwax. Use long even strokes and thin coats. Wait a few hours, then add a second coat of stain. Once that’s done, add the second coat of primer to the drawers. The drying time is fast for primer, so you should be able to apply the semi-gloss paint to the face of the drawers. Wait an hour or so, then apply a second coat on the drawer fronts. I’d leave everything to really dry overnight. Once the sun rises the next day, slide the drawers into the frame, and add your new shiny drawer pulls.

To match the picture above, these six shiney brass ring pulls should do the trick for the drawer fronts. This old polished brass drawer pull can be found at Hardware Hut and cost $7 each:

Add six brass ring pulls to accessorize the drawer fronts. These are from Hardware Hut and cost $7 each.

If gold tone is not your game, this modern brushed nickel drawer pull would suit the lines of this dresser beautifully for only $3.99 each:

Belwith Camarilla Drawer Cabinet Ring Pull (Satin Nickel)


And as with any weekend project, make sure you’ve got a full tummy, plenty of space to work, good ventilation, and a drop cloth to lay down because you’re about to get a little messy. It’s all worth it in the end.

Record Temps Maybe?

74 degrees today in Washington, DC. Someone get me a drink with an umbrella in it and some good music.

paper umbrella drink glass design

Click here to to make your own DIY umbrella ella ella.


DIY Birdhouse to Tweet.

This lightweight punch colored bird house is on sale for only $4.99 at Urban Outfitter’s. I love the magenta and bright orange color and simple snap together Polypropylene construction. So cute, the birds will love to party in your yard.

bird house DIY

Crowning Moments.

There comes a time in our lives when crown moulding is like icing on the cake. Depending on your homes architecture and the look you strive to achieve within the confines of your abode, decorative trim just makes it all that much better looking. I lived in a 1940’s Cape in Arlington and LOVED the trim in my dining room, kitchen, bath, and sun room. With all intentions to carry it throughout the rest of the house, this busy girl just never got around to it. I now live in a gorgeous 1900’s Victorian in the District with deep and wide decorative trim around windows and doorways. Although crown moulding seems like  a logical choice in the main living spaces, I think it’s too much with the eclectic decor of which I adore. For you DIY’s who have an open weekend and a nearby Home Depot or Lowe’s, This Old House gives you a hand with a step by step plan to install crown molding, including selecting materials, installation, cutting miters, coping a joint, milling custom molding, and more… cause almost every cake could use a little icing.

Steps to Installing Crown Moulding

Steps to Installing Crown Moulding

DIY Custom Framing.

Tape it up and be done with it. Wanna frame your kids art from the last day of school?How about a place to glamorously frame out chalkboard paint? is at your fingertips. Droog Do Frame tape is at your finger tips. Tacky fun!



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"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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