DIY by Maple Leaves & Sycamore Trees

Maple Leaves & Sycamore Trees
Meet:  Kat from Maple Leaves & Sycamore Trees. In her search for the perfect ottoman, she REALLY applies thinking outside of the box.  I love her genius solution.  She took this table…

Cut the legs…
Worked some spray paint magic…
Recycled some foam…
Upholstered the top, added nail head trim and tufting…
TA-DA…all of their creativity and hard work paid off. Wow!
See the the full HOW-TO tutorial at Completed Ottoman.
And more of Kat’s creativity at 
Thank you Kat (and Mitch) for sharing your amazing transformation! So clever and GORGEOUS! (Thanks too for the recent post with MORE pantry eye candy including some I haven’t seen before. Just the motivation we need to add to our “pantry files”!) I also can’t wait to see the progression of your garage turned master suite! LOVE the doors!  :)

I Like It, I Love It!

Meet:  Meg from

I first ‘met’ Meg when she submitted her living room. Beautiful, colorful and full of energy. I was “lovin’ I Like It, I Love It” and couldn’t wait to see more.  A home tour that had me at “I like it”. 
Here are some pictures and the links for you to meet Meg too and see more of her beautiful home:
I love the bright fun colors and beautiful arches.
So pretty, so peaceful. I love the color selection and beautiful details.
What a beautiful, dreamy space.
Special room for a special little girl.
With a pantry in the works during our kitchen makeover in our own home, 
Meg’s pantry is truly an inspiration…
Organization Heaven!
If you’d like to see more or just make a new blog friend who shares your interest in creating a beautiful home (along with milk and chocolate chip cookies, margaritas, magazines and fashion on a budget – we’re all going to be good friends!), head over to Meg’s blog. She scored a fabulous blue ghost chair and I know I’m looking forward to seeing her upcoming office makeover!  Meg, thank you so much for sharing your design talent and beautiful home!

DIY Project Parade

I‘m enjoying the 80 degrees here today – in April! It’s the first gorgeous day probably since last summer so I’m taking full advantage. That means no picture editing/resizing or sharing my DIY from this week but let’s see what you’ve been up to!  Thanks for stopping by to link up or to browse the fun DIY projects linked below.  
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Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!



The DIY Show Off



If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:


1.You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love.


2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.


4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.


365 Days to Simplicity

365 Days to Simplicity

Meet:  Angela – She’s a talented DIY’er, wife and mother of 4 children.  Their home was built in 1860.  I don’t know how she does it but I love her creativity and smile at her writing.  Here are just a few of examples of her DIY talent

We all have these free materials:

Did you ever consider making something beautiful like Angela has? Gorgeous!

See how she did it at her original post, Toilet Paper Rolls on the Wall!
Or learn how to make beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Wall Art
Another brilliant idea!  What to do with leftover tiles?
Before:
After:
She’s also a very talented artist!  Head over to 365 Days to Simplicity to check out her work and more amazing DIY projects!
Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, Angela!  I don’t know where you find the time but I sure am inspired!  :)

Camelot Art Creations – RH Knock Off Clock

Attempting to get through the DIY Project Parade links (you guys are AWESOME!), I saw the little thumbnail from Desiree at Camelot Creations. I LOVE Restoration Hardware for inspiration and like Desiree, I loved this clock…

The price makes my jaw drop. $1495.00!  Unless you’re the winner a multi-million dollar lottery, I don’t know anyone who would spend that on a replication of a Paris clock – purely decorative. It doesn’t function as a clock, just looks like one. Do you?

Desiree decided she must have it. And she DOES have it. A DIY version. Cost?  An unbelievable $3.78! Her DIY pallet version is gorgeous…

See her RH Inspired Clock tutorial at

Camelot Art Creations
Super job, great tutorial, Desiree!  Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

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Breaking from DIY

We took a day off…

for a date night that did not include Lowe’s or Home Depot. 

Pittsburgh

Weather was pleasant enough to walk around, hold hands, rest, talk, be silly…

We dined on steak, asparagus with hollindaise and dessert (creme brulee for me, warm apple crisp with vanilla for Mr.) and the best (very potent) cocktail called “thin mint”. 

We caught half of a Broadway show.

Fresh air is good for renewing energy. 

We love our reno-ventures but we temporarily forgot about the chaos in the kitchen, the torn up flooring, the next DIY project on the list, the messy house. Just for a day. But we’re rested and ready to jump right back into this, this weekend:
Sometimes it’s good to step away.
DIY resumes this weekend. :)

Piecemeal Projects – Headboard to Hall Table

Amy from Piecemeal Projects is a new blogger and she has me cracking up – not because of her creativity and DIY ingenuity, but because of her technical “wallet measuring method” which did not work.  In the past month, I, myself, have leaned to carry a tape measure in my purse (darn, my purse is HEAVY but it comes in handy). 

Back to Amy’s awesome project. She looked high and low for a thrift shop piece that would work with little luck. She hunted for a real hall table – no DIY involved with no results. Determined, she scoured thrift shops again and found a twin-sized headboard and her DIY light bulb went off. 

Original Post:  Hall Table

This is what she started with:



And here is the result…


Meet Amy:  “I’m a newbie blogger from Australia. I’ve just bought my first home and am always on the lookout for ways to update and improve the daggy little canvas I have to work with :) “

Visit her at:  Piecemeal Projects 

Welcome to blogging, Amy!  I love your creative and clever hall table!  I look forward to seeing more of your DIY projects and tutorials!

An Amazing DIY'er – the Dilletante Proprietor

Lisa from the Dilletante Proprietor is one amazing DIY diva. I am amazed by her projects!

I bought a house and half an acre for 600.00 dollars at a tax sale and have set out to remodel and redecorate it for little or no money…using repurposed, reused, recycled items. I believe in organic gardening, growing your own food and living the original American Dream contrary to America’s current value system that more more more is the key to happiness!”

Lisa’s house was built in 1919 and has a history of little work and big chaos but Lisa is patient. She knows what she wants and achieves it with a small budget.  

Her kitchen before was a nightmare to put it mildly. You can read the horrors and HARD work for yourself at My Free,  Repurposed, Reused Kitchen.

She kept true to the 1919 style but with modern conveniences. The result is an adorable old-fashioned kitchen full of original charm. I just LOVE this…


There are more kitchen changes in progress and I can’t wait to see the results!


She also re-upholsters!  (I swear I would have taken a year off from DIY after the blood, sweat, tears and pure joy at finishing the kitchen).  Take a look at this thrift store chair before (love the plank walls and original hardwood floor too)…

And the beautiful chair after… (chair transformation post):


Gorgeous!

Another thing you’ll love about Lisa?  She dug a candle-stick lamp out of the garbage and created this:


What a beautiful lamp rescue, Lisa!

Here’s a peak of
some other pretty vintage finds from The Dilletante Proprietor.  Head over, say hello. I promise you’ll love her stories. :)



One more favorite:  Cottage Art
This picture
Becomes this art


Lisa – I love the simple life you’ve settled into, growing your own food, decorating and home renovations on a nearly non-existent budget and creating a lovely comfortable home.  You are an inspiration and I love your DIY projects. I can’t wait to see more now that I’ve gone through nearly every post and had a sneak peek of the stairs and the plank-walled bedroom and iron bed!  :)


DIY Project Parade and a kitchen floor demo…

We’re still working on the kitchen floor (finishing up the demolition today ~ HURRAY!!!!)!  Here has been our week at the DIY Show Off…

Kitchen floor before:

Removing a layer of vinyl, plywood and luan AND TONS of nails (big magnet comes in handy as well).  Hard work!  New tools that made the job so much easier (along with a circular saw and Dremel Multi-Max) to cut smaller sections to lift.  Flooring was also removed beneath the stove and dishwasher. 

I’m so thankful for Mr. DIY’s determination and physical strength! He even sings while he works. :)

Kitchen floor after demo but before new floor (coming soon!). As you can see, our original kitchen was much smaller until a previous owner added on sometime in the 1990s.  The original floor is the pine planks. The newer addition boasts a plywood subfloor.

This pantry area lacks charm. It’s coming out.  Mr. DIY dreams of a stand alone refrigerator and freezer in this area in the future.  We’ll prep it for just that however, there won’t be any new appliances at the time of our kitchen reveal. We’ll be saving for those. 
Removing storage?! It’s okay. We have a plan!

The area pictured below (which is now piled up because of the kitchen remodel) is right behind the wall in the kitchen with the stove.   It’s about 6 foot by 12 foot. There is a door to the powder room, a door to the enclosed porch, a door to the old cellar, a door way to the living room, a door way to the dining room and an entrance into the kitchen. Yea – SIX (6) door ways!  What to do with it?

Well, it sits right beside the kitchen. Very handy.  Here is our inspiration for this space.  An open pantry area but on a smaller scale. Lots of built-in open shelving. We’ve started collecting glass containers for dried goods. I hope ours looks this amazing. 
source (Emerson Made pantry courtesy of Design Sponge)

And just to keep it real, when you’re remodeling a kitchen – be prepared for the rest of your house to look like this. It’s our dining room.  My goal is to organize this a little more today since we have to live with it for a few weeks. The chaos is driving me crazy!  It’ll all be SO worth it in the end, right? :)
So much for my pretty PB inspired Easter centerpiece…see it in there?

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Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!


The DIY Show Off


If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:


1.You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.


Reminder!  Get the details for the upcoming DIY Club Anniversary Celebration and fun Linky parties coming up!

You're Invited to the DIY Club Celebration and 4 Fun Linky Parties!

The several months, my participation with The DIY Club has been fun, creative, and crazy all at the same time. As one of the Official DIY Gals, I can tell you that there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into The DIY Club. It is an honor and a privilege to work with my fellow DIY Gals, collaborate with talented DIY Club Resident & Dare Bloggers, and be inspired by all of the amazing DIY Club Members who link up every month at The DIY Club Project Party Monthly Contest.
With this special celebration, one party is NOT enough! We have 4 fun and creative linky parties lined up so that everyone can get linked up to one or more. I truly hope you can join us at all 4 parties from April 16th -30th….
Here at The DIY Show Off, I am hosting the Earthy Essentials linky party! That means all things canvas, burlap, linen, twine, rope and jute related!  I’ve seen some amazing projects out there using these materials! Get ready to link your previously created projects or get some new spring projects created using “earthy essentials”!
One lucky Earthy Essentials party participant at The DIY Show Off will win a fabulous prize pack from the generous folks at Canvas Corp. – so many fun products to spark creativity and a blog full of TONS of crafty inspiration. 
Here are the items in the Canvas Corp. Earthy Essentials Prize Package valued at $95! Imagine adding this awesome selection to your craft stash:

Stretched Canvas 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 4″x4″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 12″x12″ {1}
Stretched Burlap 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Burlap 6″x6″ {1}
Mini Canvas Triangles {3}
Mini Canvas Tags {3}
Mini Canvas Heart {3}
Mini Canvas Round {3}
Mini Canvas Diamond {3}
Mini Canvas Star {3}
Canvas Round {5}
Canvas Rectangle {3}
Burlap Triangle {3}
Burlap Tag {2}
Mini Burlap Square {3}
Mini Burlap Round {3}
Mini Burlap Heart {3}
Mini Burlap Star {3}
Mini Burlap tag {3}
Mini Burlap Triangle {3}
Mini Clothespins black {1pk}
Mini Clothespins red {1pk}
Clothespins white {1pk}
Jute Rope
Jute Rope Light Natural
Get your decoupage, white, earthy, and chalkboard projects ready and we’ll see you at all 4 parties starting April 16!
So, will you celebrate with us?

RSVP by leaving a comment below or on the event Facebook page.

The DIY Show Off

I would love it and be honored if all of you would include the button on your sidebar as well!
Please invite your friends on FB & Twitter. It is a party, after all! The more the merrier!!

TGIF at the DIY Club ~ BellaRae Designs

Head over to enter the weekend giveaway and check out this week’s Etsy feature at http://thediyclub.com/2011/04/tgif-etsy-feature-giveaway-bella-rae-designs/

Just in time for Easter!
DIY Club