DIY Cart Rescue/Furniture Makeover

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you have old furniture just taking up space in the basement, garage or attic? Or maybe with the start of yard sale season right around the corner, you’ll spy a fun furniture piece to flip…keep your eyes open! The other day I spied an old metal cart collecting dust so I decided to give it a purpose. It once belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Time to dust the cart off, give it life and make it useful.

cart makeover at diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • Old metal cart
  • Pine planks (I purchased three 1x3s and one 1×4)
  • Wood stain and sealer
  • ProBond Advanced

What I did:

First I cleaned up the cart a bit. I was going to spray paint it but it really wasn’t in bad shape (finish wasn’t original – it had been spray painted in the past) and I sort of like the few scratches and scuffs, making it look old and not brand new. Sometimes imperfections are perfect, right?

before…

cart before

cart before

Then I set about measuring and cutting the wood planks to fit the top and what looks like support for a bottom shelf. 

measuring

After deciding placement of the planks, I marked, sanded and cleaned each one. 

I stained each wood plank a rich beautful color. I brushed the stain onto all sides with a foam brush (in the same direction as the wood grain) and wiped away with a clean rag then let them dry for an hour or two.

Last step! Just glue and clamp the wood planks into place. Elmer’s ProBond Advanced is designed for gluing mixed materials like wood planks to the metal cart (porous to non-porous materials) without expanding, creating a foamy residue and making a mess. Awesome! Let the glue dry 24 hours. 

I applied a sealer to the wood to protect the finish and add a little shine.

Loved once again…

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Beautiful new wood top and shelf:

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Now what was once just junk now serves as a side table (or would that be center table?) in our family room.

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Are you a DIY’er? Find any recent ‘hidden treasure’? Find more DIY inspiration on Elmer’s Mixed Materials Pinterest board. 

 

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Design Style: Urban Classic

I’m often stumped when asked my decorating style. I tend to just do what I love. Our family room is a mix of modern with vintage, new with old, an “urban classic” style but with a bit more fun with pops of color.

I’ve recently been working on redoing the family room which is a mix of repurposed, thrifted, DIY and new. Vintage modern. Urban classic. It’s still a work in progress (I know. I know…I just revealed the family room makeover not long ago but it wasn’t feeling ‘just right’ so I’m slowly changing it. Again.) I love decorating. I love thrifting. I love DIY. But sometimes adding something new is just as important for achieving the look I love. Sometimes that means saving for a big ticket item but most of the time I’m working on a tight budget.

One of the elements you can’t miss in my family room is the set of Sauder Barrister Lane bookcases on either side of the fireplace surround. New but classic spin on the plain cubby-style shelving. I love the color/finish and the addition of vintage-looking name plates.

Two Barrister Lane bookcases give this wall and fireplace surround a built-in (but moveable) look.

I love the vintage vibe of the bookcases paired with a modern pattern like in this accent rug and colorful glass lamps:

And they’re versatile. So when I get the urge to rearrange, they’ll work in several other rooms in my home too.

Get the Look: For a bit of casual sophistication, Urban Classic reflects a smart, easygoing lifestyle through timeless decorating. Somewhat eclectic, this style focuss on mixing classic and found items to hint at a well-traveled taste. Urban Classic is full of sophisticated yet relaxed home design ideas with a healthy mix of materials. Colors are earthy and rich, while materials show age to suggest a loving history of use.

  • Find inspiration. Check out magazines, decorating blogs, ideas via Pinterest or a Google search. Sometimes inspiration can be found in art, fashion, one object, fabric patterns, catalogs, etc.
  • Mix repurposed, thrifted, DIY with new and modern (Sauder has a broad range of beautiful furniture at affordable prices) to create a room that reflects your style.
  • Personalize. Take what you love about your inspiration and put your own spin on it, making it fit your lifestyle, your personality.

Perfect timing: Before I even received this opportunity, I spied the Barrister Lane bookcases and knew right away that I wanted a set of two to flank either side of the vintage fireplace surround that you often see in my family room (sometimes I move it to the dining room). I couldn’t pass up the color, style, function and affordable price and ordered two of them online. THEN just a few days later, I received the offer to participate in the Sauder Get the Look campaign. Great timing, awesome coincidence! I purchased the product before the campaign became available to me. How perfect!

Purchase experience: The bookcases arrived and were simple to assemble by myself. The instructions were easy to read and the pieces clearly marked. There was however one piece missing from one of the packages. My first reaction was panic…would I have to box it back up and ship it back? (Sauder furniture is super heavy – not fun for shipping but definitely adds to the overall quality of product.) The answer: No. I simply went online to sauder.com and ordered a replacement part. Free-of-charge. It arrived within in a few days. No hassle! Great customer service – I was able to manage ordering the replacement part on a Sunday evening without even having to explain the situation to a sales representative or make an extra trip to the store or without having to return the product. Gotta love that!

What design style is most prevalent in your home? See more ‘Get the Look’ ideas from Sauder on Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder Woodworking. The opinions and text are all mine.


Craft Room Tour

Have you been following along the Craft Rooms and Spaces series hosted by Angie at Country Chic Cottage? It’s so fun seeing where bloggers create, getting ideas and motivation to maybe initiate some spring cleaning and organization in your own space?

DIY Show Off craft room tour

Thanks to Angie for the invitation to participate! I had no choice but to finally put things away. Here’s my chaotic craft room when I agreed to join the series…

craft room mess before

Yikes!

I’ve made some changes and cleaned things up for your arrival today. Ready for oodles of pics? There’s lots to see!

Craft Room at diyshowoff.com

Looking into the room from the hall (the resin button plaques on the wall are several years old, so no source to list).

Craft Room Tour at diyshowoff.com

One first thing you’ll notice is this room is PACKED full. But when everything is organized and tidy and in it’s place, its a great space for getting creative. The old farmhouse dining room table serves as a great workspace.

diyshowoff craft space

The skirt is sewn into simple custom sized rod pocket panels and attached using tension rods on 3 sides. I’m ready for an updated fabric/pattern but what I really love about the skirt is that it hides even more storage (things not so pretty to display, boxes of supplies and such) under the table. 

DIYShowOff Craft Room

The walls are lined with inexpensive shelving units, some tucked for a perfect fit against the back wall, providing TONS of storage and organization. A string of lights adds a fun festive feel.

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A small DIY desk area holds our desktop computer, although I’m more inclined to work from my laptop in the living room most days. 

work space at diyshowoff.com

I love the mix of old crates, baskets and vintage finds for storing craft supplies, mason jars for scrap ribbon by color…

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I recently added some shelves to the window for plants to bring some “life” to the space. 

diyshowoff craft room

 I love that this window sits low, close to the floor. The shelves add a little privacy (second floor) but still allow for lots of natural light to flood the room.

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I don’t remember where I got the light fixture (maybe Urban Outfitters years ago) but I really like the cage and sometimes clip cards or paint swatches there. 

craft room light fixture at diyshowoff.com

The walls are filled with a mix of fun frames collected over time, some with family photos, others just random art or thrift store finds and continues to grow here and there. 

gallery wall at diyshowoff.com Craft Room photo wall at diyshowoff.com Craft Room gallery wall

Pet Silhouette Art Tutorial

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

A DIY chalkboard + cork board + burlap message center helps keep ideas and schedules more organized. 

DIY burlap message center Craft Room message center

A lot going on, right? A LOT of junk which I’ve unsuccessfully tried to downsize but perhaps one day I’ll grasp the truth that if I haven’t used it in 10 years, I probably never will but I’m still waiting for that day to arrive.

Craft Room at diyshowoff.com

Ready to see more craft spaces? Start the tour at here to see Angie’s super organized space. Or if you’re visiting from the creative room at Major Hoff Takes a Wife, welcome friends! I’m so glad you stopped by! Or following along and ready for the next awesome craft room tour on the list? Head over to Homemadeville!

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Eclectic Guest Bedroom Ideas

When I shared our family room and kitchen in the What’s Your Style Series, one style those rooms (and all rooms in my home) share is “eclectic”.

Visiting from the beautiful bedroom at Shabby Love? Welcome, friends!

When you do what you love, specifically on a small budget; thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales and Craigs List become favorite sources for unique, eclectic decor. Our guest bedroom is no exception. 

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and a mix of old and new.

mixing old and new - eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff.com

Small budget? Wrap a canvas you already own with pretty wrapping paper to freshen up old decor. 

wrapping paper canvas art at diyshowoff.com

Layer the bed with a folded top sheet topped with a throw blanket. Cat optional. 

eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff

Eclectic: mismatched furniture, a mix of pattern and colors, collected-over-time gallery wall, DIY accents, a painted floor and flea market finds. 

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I’m in the process of planning a re-do on our other guest room/dressing room. Our master bedroom is a disaster since the day we moved in but always seems to get pushed further down the priority list. What’s your style and favorite bedroom in your home?

Posts related to this room/DIY in this bedroom:

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painted dresser tutorial at diyshowoff.com

See more of my style in the DIY Show Off Home Tour.

Ready for some more bedroom inspiration? Check out these bedroom beauties in the What’s Your Style Series:

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DIY Hanging Organizer (for peg hooks)

How do you add a fun pop of color to an otherwise neutral room? Try Pantone’s Color of the Year for something you may not normally choose. The Lowe’s Creative Idea March challenge was to use Valspar’s Radiant Orchid. Just a small touch adds elegance to my white and gray space. 

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Inspired by PB’s Gabrielle system, I created a wooden peg hook organizing caddy from scrap wood. 

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial

Materials I used: Most of my wood was purchased at Lowe’s and is left over from previous projects with the exception of the .50 yard sale find piece shown below. Adjust measurements according to your own needs or scrap wood measurements. Inexpensive pine works well for this project.

  • 1″ x 10″ x 18 1/2″ (back)
  • 1″ x 6″ x 18 1/2″ (bottom)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 4″ (sides)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 18 1/2″ (front)
  • 1″ deep (or however thick your peg hook rack is)  x 1″ tall  x 6″ wide (back stop piece)
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • Wood filler
  • Valspar Radiant Orchid 

What I did:

Mark the center top of the back piece of wood. Hold up to a peg on your coat rack, lining the center with the center of a peg. On the wood, mark the center of each peg placement.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Decide which hole saw bit is just a little bigger than the pegs. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

You’ll want your holes to be near the top end. I used a ruler to measure down about 2″ from the top and a level to make a cross mark to show the center of each hole. Drill tiny pilot holes where the pencil marks meet.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Attach the hole saw bit to your drill and using the pilot hole as a guide for the center drill bit, drill/cut holes. I think our hole saw bit is a little dull so the back side of my wood is splintered. (Thankfully no one will see that side!)

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Sand and wipe clean all wood pieces. Hang on pegs to ensure holes line up.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood glue, wood screws and clamps, assemble your caddy and let dry. I attached my screws from the bottom and back so they weren’t seen but you could also countersink screws, fill and sand.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

I thought that was it for the construction until I tested it hanging on my peg hooks. Oops, front heavy. Using just wood glue and a clamp, I attached the back stop piece to the center bottom of the back. This ensures that the caddy will hang level.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood filler, fill all seams and cracks. Let dry, sand smooth and wipe clean. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Paint the entire wood caddy. Mine took two coats. Radiant Orchid wouldn’t have been my first choice but it’s growing on me and it’s nice to do something bold and fun for a change. I love the Valspar sample size paint…more than enough and perfect for adding colorful accents. Down the road all it takes is a new coat of a different color to re-freshen things up. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

 

Now I have a shelf/tray for decorative items, toiletries in the bathroom

bathroom organization - DIY peg hook hanging shelf

DIY hanging peg hook organizer

hanging peg hook organizer

bathroom peg hook hanging organizer

Great for keys, wallet, sunglasses, change, cell phone near the door in the mudroom or entryway. 

Peg Hook Hanging DIY Organizer

DIY peg hook mudroom entryway organizing hanging caddy

PB inspired peg hook shelf caddy organizer

My peg hook is located in my bathroom but I’d really love to have something like this near the door as well. How about you? 

More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!    

LCI

*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Baseboard Trim

Yesterday I shared how I installed grouted vinyl floor tiles in the bathroom and today I just wanted to share a little baseboard trim tip. I re-used existing baseboard trim because it’s the old wide original trim in good shape. See how to easily swap out your baseboards here and a little tip for easy decorative trim detail here.  

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

I gave it a good scrubbing and a little scuffing with sandpaper.

Then reattached the baseboard trim using my nail gun and brads. Countersink the nails, fill with wood filler and sand. 

Next I sealed all of the seams with caulk – where the trim meets the wall and where the shoe moulding rests against the baseboard. I use DAP paintable caulk for windows/doors/trim.

FrogTape® Mult-Surface tape applied to the wall ensures a nice straight line without caulk smears. Apply the tape horizontally above the baseboard onto the wall. Use your thumbnail or a credit card to activate the PaintBlock® Technology.

DIY caulking baseboard trim

Cut the tip of the caulk tube at an angle (the larger the hole, the bigger amount of caulk-age, so I prefer to keep the cut on the small side. Holding the caulk gun at an angle so that the flat end of the cut hole faces the seam where the baseboard meets the wall, run a bead of caulk. 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

I fill my FrogTape container with a little bit of water. With a wet finger, smooth the caulk. I work from left to right and since this is a small space, I worked in an entire section (about 4-5 ft. at most). You’ll have a lot of excess (remember to have those paper towels handy). 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

Then peel away the FrogTape starting at a bottom edge and pulling up and away from the caulk. 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

Nice clean line! Repeat until all top baseboard seams are sealed. 

Now repeat the caulking steps (without the painter’s tape) where the shoe moulding rests agains the baseboards. Once dry (about 30 minutes), it’s time to paint!

Paint is Dutch Boy’s Cabinet and Trim paint. I used FrogTape where the shoe moulding meets the floor to prevent getting paint on my nice new grouted vinyl tiles. Using my thumbnail, I again activated the Paintblock Technology, then painted my trim. After the second coat of paint, I removed the FrogTape while the paint was still wet. 

painting baseboard trim

The vanity: I could have cut the baseboard trim so that the vanity sat flush against the wall but since the countertop had a little play (it sat out from the vanity about an inch), I attached scrap (stained) 1x4s cut to size to the back of the vanity, so that it would hide the gap and rest above my baseboard. (Also…one of my baseboards was good and glued as well as nailed to the plaster wall…I feared created a bigger more involved mess with pulling it off.) Now my countertop rests against the wall and is flush with the front of the vanity with no overhang but I don’t believe there’s a law or rule that says the countertop must protrude from the vanity. Is there? It also gave me a little more wiggle room for the tight fit plumbing. 

bathroom vanity and trim fix

Good as new! I love fresh, clean, white baseboards.

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I used my FrogTape along the door frame and window trim too. 

bathroom makeover after

 

If you missed it, you can see the complete before and after bathroom makeover here

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Eclectic Vintage Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

It’s time for the “What’s Your Style” series: Kitchen edition. Last month when discussing my style and our family room in the Living Spaces edition, I explained that my style can’t really be described in one word {unless the word “mutt” counts} so I’d describe our kitchen as a mix of classic, vintage, modern and eclectic and still a work in progress. 

DIYShowOff kitchen

Future plans include removing the bulkhead and replacing the upper cabinets and installing a real range hood. We’re saving for a new gas range and refrigerators. Yes, two refrigerators. My husband loves to cook and grill. And we have yet to come up with our kitchen island. Sometimes I use desks…

farmhouse kitchen

and because I like to change things up and rearrange, we’re currently using an old vintage dresser which provides storage for serving trays, paper plates and napkins, etc.

DIYShowOff kitchen

More vintage and eclectic: an old mail sorter is now somewhat of a butler’s pantry…

DIYShowOff kitchen

DIYShowOff kitchen

A small painted dresser next to the French doors leading to the patio stores grilling and Big Green Egg supplies as well as a ‘drop zone’ drawer right inside the door for hiding keys, mail, the contents of my husband’s pockets. 

DIYShowOff kitchen

We enter our home through the French doors in the kitchen…

DIYShowOff kitchen

so having a small coat rack and seat for putting on shoes is helpful (future location of 2nd fridge). 

DIYShowOff entry

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Here’s a look at our kitchen when we bought this old house…

kitchen-before-and-after

and after some DIY (painting cabinets, installing marble subway tile, wide plank antique distressed bamboo floors (which are darker than the pictures show), Virginia jet mist granite counters, paint, etc.)…

DIYShowOff kitchen  

DIYShowOff kitchen

DIYShowOff kitchen

There’s a small pantry cupboard that we use for pots and pans with a clock embedded into the door, a sliding ladder for reaching the spices displayed on wall-mounted lazy Susans and an over-the-doorway the cook book library (repurposed old chicken feeder).

DIYShowOff kitchen

DIYShowOff kitchen

DIYShowOff kitchen sliding ladder

Modern: We have a super deep under mount stainless steel zero radius sink and a modern/vintage-industrial inspired faucet. 

DIYShowOff kitchen faucet

We replaced the old windows a few months ago. 

DIYShowOff kitchen

And hey, were’s the microwave? We recently expanded some kitchen storage into what we call the open pantry right behind the kitchen. More rustic, industrial and a little eclectic farmhouse style…

open pantry at diyshowoff.com

(You may have noticed a little switcheroo with the decorative accessories in the photos above. I do love to re-decorate and re-arrange every time I clean. It’s sort of a reward and motivation…whatever gets it done, right?) You can see more of my home here

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Next up in the What’s Your Style series is Danika and her beautiful style at Gorgeous Shiny Things. Start at the beginning and make your rounds using the schedule below:

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DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Room Makeover Highlights

I’ve been catching up on That DIY Party links, pinning and collecting some favorites. That’s over 600 links filled with your awesome creativity! I’ve split up the highlights into 3 categories that I’ll share this week. Here are some room makeover DIY highlights from January’s That DIY Party that you’ll want to check out or revisit: 

That DIY Party Highlights {beautiful spaces} January 2014

Awesome use of space in this charming little entryway closet at Creatively Living Blog…love the insulator coat hooks!

entry way closet reveal @CreativelyLivingBlog

Oh-la-la! Parisian chic bedroom at Quirky Cool! Magnifique!

Paris themed bedroom @QuirkyCool

Not only would I be inspired to get to work! in this gorgeous homework station at Classy Clutter by Savannah but I may be inspired to daydream as well (don’t tell the kids!)…

homework station @ClassyClutter

Speaking of daydreaming, Mallory did a beautiful job with this little reading nook at Classy Clutter. Housework, DIY can wait. Let’s take a break!

reading nook @ClassyClutter

Get your rustic – antique – vintage fix over Shabby Love’s beautiful home tour. So much charming vintage eye candy!

Home Tour @Shabby Love (VintageMellie)

Loving this modern boy’s bedroom makeover at Amy Krist…so many fun DIY accents!

boys modern bedroom @AmyKrist

Grab a tissue for your drool. Brandi’s farmhouse kitchen at Nest of Bliss is so inspiring. That ceiling! That light fixture! That island! and more! I’ll take a helping of each, please!

farmhouse kitchen @NestofBliss

I love every precious detail in this guest bedroom makeover at Tidbits and Twine…the cozy and pretty twin beds, the black beauty cabinet, the frames above the bed and especially those sconce lights. 

guest room makeover @TidbitsandTwine

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Chalk Finish Paint Recipe

I’ve been working on a much needed laundry room makeover (I know! What the heck! We just recently revealed an open pantry makeover and a sweet bathroom transformation). We’ve been busy! But you’re about to get a laundry room sneak peek! As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I had the opportunity to whip up a batch of homemade chalk finish paint and the laundry pedestals I built just happened to be ready for a coat of paint. 

DIYShowOff Laundry Room Pedestals

Note: My laundry pedestals are an Ana-White plan and my first ever real DIY build. What a challenge to say the least! But I’m happy to say: I’m so glad it’s just done! It doesn’t look half bad! It’s functional! My new washer and dryer are at just the right height and I love the addition of a little storage space just underneath. Perfect fit for baskets, laundry baskets too!

DIY laundry pedestal

Chalk-Finish Paint Recipe

DIY Chalk Finish Paint Recipe at DIYShowOff

You’ll need:

Chalky Finish Paint Materials

  • Valspar Signature latex flat paint or latex paint with built-in primer
  • Plastic paint bucket
  • Stir sticks
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Plastic measuring cups (do not reuse for food)
  • Water (use cool, not warm)

How to mix it up:

1. Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris with 1/3 cup cold water in a plastic bucket.

DIY chalk finish paint tutorial

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DIY chalky finish paint tutorial

2. Stir until completely smooth. 

3. Mix with one cup latex paint and stir completely.

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how to make DIY chalk finish paint

4. Paint!

chalk finish paint

* Makes enough chalk finish paint for one coat for a 6-drawer dresser. Should not be stored and reused. (Although I did cover and re-use without problem for touch ups after installing the washer and dryer.) For smaller projects, mix less using these proportions, mix more for larger projects. Nontoxic.  To dispose, let dry completely in the container before disposing in trash.

DIY laundry pedestal

What I think:

I have to say, I’m really impressed. I love how smooth it brushes on. I love the chalky-finish. Most of all, I LOVE that primer isn’t needed. I decided on black for the laundry pedestals…

do-it-yourself laundry pedestal

 

{you’ll have to wait on the rest of the laundry room details but coming soon!}

and I then I moved on to painting over a hunter green console table…

DIY-chalk-finish-paint before and after

and dry-brushed it onto the legs of my painted upholstered chairs. 

DIY chalk finish paint, dry brushed

  • Easy to make!
  • No primer!
  • Great coverage!
  • Pretty finish!

What do you think? I’d say it’s a success and will definitely be using this recipe again on other projects in the future! 

More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!    LCI

*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Bathroom Makeover

The other day I shared the before and after bathroom transformation. I’ve gone from sitting and staring all day long at our recently finished open pantry (makeover here) to wanting to sleep in my new peaceful bathroom. Since the bathroom had was a nightmare before, ANYTHING would look good after. This is what we got with this old farmhouse…

Before – yikes! bathroom makeover before

And this is the potential I saw. I’m in love with the soft peaceful ‘after’ results! Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover Details at DIYShowOff

Paint: Those walls! Believe me, I did a good scrubbing but is there any better way to really clean up walls than applying a fresh coat of paint? Love this color! Valspar Pale Linen: Depending on light, sometimes it has a soothing blue tint, sometimes more of a gray/white tone but definitely a tranquil light blue color.

Vanity: The gorgeous Huntshire vanity with marble countertop and Talia faucet set from Virtu USA is the luxurious center of attention! Check out the beautiful detail and gorgeous espresso color.

Virtu USA Huntshire vanity

Metallics: Mixing the silver finishes like the brushed nickel faucets, polished nickel sconces, polished nickel vanity knobs, satin nickel curtain rod add just the right amount of bling!

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The vanity comes with beautiful antique gold hardware which I’ll re-use on another piece of furniture since I swapped them out for these beautiful polished nickel knobs.

polished nickel knobs

Pottery Barn Bevel Mirror: Go big or go home! {Heavy! Molly bolts included.} The mirror’s beveled mirror frame is the perfect glamorous accessory reflecting light and the illusion of more space into this small bathroom. 

bevel mirror

Lighting: Drool-worthy. ::sigh:: Thanks to LampsPlus for the stunning lighting! {Hudson Valley Monroe polished nickel adjustable wall lights} These are just the icing on the cake, aren’t they? Definitely my most favorite fixture in my home!

Lamps Plus Monroe Adjustable Arm Sconce

Floor: I did this all by myself! Would you believe they’re vinyl tiles? Easy to install and grout (use grout for vinyl) gives it a look so similar to real marble but without the maintenance or cost and installed in just a few hours! Check back for the tutorial.

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 The tub and shower will get a makeover later this year. In the meantime, I “framed” the bathtub nook/shower curtain with curtains (difficult to photograph that side of the room!)…

bathroom curtains

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Storage to the left of the bathtub/shower:

bathroom storage

Built in storage cabinet to the right…

bathroom storage cupboard

 Floating shelves and baskets provide more storage options. 

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Because there is no such thing as too many photos:DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover LampsPlus Monroe Adjustable Wall Sconce

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Still have a question? Let me know in the comment section and I’ll get right back to you. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Don’t forget to swing by to enter to win the Virtu USA Dream Bathroom giveaway to get started on creating your dream bathroom makeover. Easy to enter, lots of prizes! 

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Bathroom Before and After

Hello DIY friends! Let’s talk bathroom makeovers! Do you have an embarrassment of a bathroom? Outdated? Blah? Boring? Frightening? I know the feeling. Read on, my friend. You just may find yourself in a position to give your bathroom a serious facelift thanks to Virtu USA! bathroom makeover before and after

There are two bathrooms upstairs in our home. The master bathroom is the smaller of the two (remember, old farmhouse = bathrooms were not a part of the original house plans) and the bathroom I’m about to show you. One for my hubby (the master) and one for me (this one). I know you’re going to be envious that I have had this gem all to myself for a couple of years. Labeled the “girls’ bathroom”, welcome to my own little private oasis…  bathroom makeover before Gag! Because no one sees the upstairs main bath except those who live here, it hasn’t been at the top of the DIY priority list in the 7 years since we moved in. It was functional and clean even if it was super ugly and outdated. Sort of a hurry up, shower, brush your teeth, throw on some makeup and get the heck out of this room! But a less desirable (to put it nicely) “before” makes for a magical “after”. This girl has a happy ending for sure! DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover Vurtu USA When the opportunity to work with Virtu USA came up, it was just the motivation I needed to finally FINALLY rip out the old cheap doorless vanity (will have a new life as storage in the barn). The old medicine cabinet with Hollywood dressing room lights (that’s what those lined up round bulbs remind me of) became a roadside treasure for someone who must have needed it. My heart didn’t break as we tossed the old peeling up vinyl and I think the bathroom cried tears of happiness when I painted those poor sad walls. bathroom before Tiling the tub and shower surround will have to wait until later this year but that didn’t keep me from putting some blood, sweat, tears and lots of DIY and love into turning my bathroom into a beautiful new peaceful place just for me.  bathroom makeover after There are a couple of things that really make this an OMGosh! reveal. You probably couldn’t help but notice that gorgeous 48 inch Huntshire vanity topped with beautiful Italian Carrara marble… Huntshire bathroom vanity and the Talia faucet talia faucet I was immediately drawn to what the Huntshire description calls “straight lines and strong features”. I love the square basin with the traditional beauty, not to mention the size and storage (drawers and doors have soft closing hinges and slides!)…a place for everything and a big bold statement that this bathroom is finally not only truly functional but stunning as well! espresso bathroom vanity

More photos: DIY bathroom makeover I know you’re drooling over that lighting too, right? They’re the Monroe Polished Nickel Adjustable Wall Lights from LampsPlus DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

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Does your blah bathroom have you wanting to borrow your neighbors? Do you have a vision for creating a spa-like oasis? How would YOU like a chance to win a DREAM BATHROOM MAKEOVER? Head over to the Virtu USA Dream Bathroom Contest page for more details on how you can enter to win! Good luck! dream bathroom giveaway Ready for some more bathroom makeover inspiration? Check out these awesome blog friends for more:

*This post is sponsored by Virtu USA. As always, opinion, photos, and words are my own.

Eclectic Family Room {What’s Your Style Series & Giveaway}

Today I’m discussing my decorating style as a part of the “What’s Your Style” series. What words describe the look and feel of your home’s decor? Sometimes it isn’t as simple as a one word definition or description. family room What I love about decorating for myself in my own home is that there are no rules, no titles, no terms, no laws. All that matters when it comes down to it is that we’re comfortable. And what makes me happy (in a decorating sense) is being surrounded by a mix and match of colors and styles and things that I love. colorful painted wooden candlesticks I’ve never been able to pinpoint one specific design style (see my home tour) to describe the look of my home. It’s always evolving, ever changing. I can easily describe my style in one word: “mutt”. You’ll find rustic charm, vintage but modern too, a touch of cottage style here and there mixed with flea market and farmhouse inspired decor with a bit of fun and colorful and even industrial elements. Quite a mix, right? greenhouse frame desk So it goes without saying that “eclectic” is one word that encompasses the mutt-mix of design style in my home. I really don’t give labeling my design style much thought. I just do what I love. diyshowoff eclectic family room  But after walking through my rooms, I’d call my style “intrinsic eclectic”, short for “eclectic-vintage-modern-farmhouse-country-fleamarket-cottage-rustic-charm”.  It really depends on which room you’re standing in around here and what time of the year it is.  eclectic decor As a part of the “What’s Your Style” series, we’re taking a look at living spaces. If you’re visiting from the fabulous Danika at Gorgeous Shiny Things, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here! C’mon in, make yourself at home! You can find a list of all 13 bloggers’ living spaces at the end of this blog post along with an awesome Mohawk rug giveaway. desk decor Our family room is casual, fun and definitely eclectic.  I’m never afraid to combine periods and styles and prefer to mix new with old and flea market finds to create a space that feels at home in our home.eclectic family roomSummary: Because of my love for decorating, I find that I’m drawn to flea market finds and DIY accents that fit my style (and budget) best… a fun challenge that drives my creativity and results in a unique look that I love. eclectic family room  “Intrinsic Eclectic” sums up my style. What about you?   Italian Greyhound Rosie Next up in the What’s Your Style series is Michelle and her beautiful style at Iron & TwineStart at the beginning and make your rounds using the schedule below:

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Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Melissa from Shabby Love
Laura from Finding Home
Roeshel from DIY Showoff
Michelle from Iron & Twine
 
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Tips for Making a DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving Unit

I recently shared the open pantry before and after reveal and the star of that DIY ‘show off’ is definitely the industrial pipe shelving… Industrial Pipe Shelving  As a part of the January Creative Storage challenge for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, today I’m sharing a tutorial on what we did to use as tips for creating your own.

THIS IS LONG and sounds confusing BUT if you’re making one of your own, I think being detailed will help make the plan, design and build easier along with other tutorials and tips you may come across in your search for how to make DIY industrial pipe shelving. 

Getting started: The most difficult step (and not really that difficult when sketching a visual to help ‘build’ the correct size) will be your measurements and design. I’m no architect or artist, so my sketch is rough without fancy drafting software but it gets the job done and I was able to see where I needed to make adjustments. Start with measuring the space where the shelving will go. Length, height and width. I just drew the shelving (not to scale) on a piece of paper and labelled the measurements. Keep in mind that stock pipe comes in 12″, 18″ and 24″ pieces…any other size pipe will need to be custom cut/threaded (done by a Lowe’s associate). industrial pipe shelving plans

Understanding the construction: For 6 foot wide shelving, I wanted three supports for each shelf. Not enough support and the wood shelves may sag with weight over time. DIY pipe shelf construction  The pipe shelving frame is only connected horizontally by the wood shelving. Mine is only attached at the wall near the ceiling. I didn’t notice until assembling that my pipe cutting order was missing a piece so there should actually be another wall flange/pipe in the center top (and will be once I have more pipe cut). You could also screw it into the floor but we did not. It sounds as if it would be unsteady. Mr. DIY even had plans to add brackets for extra strength, however when installation was complete, even he was surprised by the how sturdy it is.

Each of the three built up/connected vertical pipe supports are individual and not connected to each other in any way. (Labeled on the left in the photo above as an example.)

Each wood shelf has three holes on the outer front edge (one on the left, one in the center, one in the right). Each shelf front is supported by resting on top of a tee in the front, threaded through a hole in the shelf with the vertical pipe. On the back, each wood shelf rests on an up-turned elbow. So each wood shelf is not anchored or screwed down in any way. It’s simply locked into place by the front pipe pieces through the holes in the shelf. Each shelf rests on a three tees in the front and three elbows in the back. 

My (vertical) measurements are rough but I knew that I had a 107 inch cap (the height from floor to ceiling) and could not go higher. Adding the measurements visually helps with adding up the numbers. I estimated my fittings (the flanges, tees and elbows to be 2 inches – they’re actually smaller but it gave me wiggle room in my design so I knew my shelving would not be higher than 107″ and coming in a few inches lower is ideal). The wood shelving thickness does not come into play because it doesn’t add to the height of the unit. On my drawing, starting with the bottom of the shelving unit, I drew in the flanges and the number 2 for 2″. Then, because of heat vent placement, I knew my first shelf needed to be above that. I drew in the 24″ pipes. Then a tee (2 inches), then my next pipe length 12″, another tee (2 inches), 15″ pipe to accommodate our microwave height, another tee (2 inches), another 15″ pipe, another 2″ tee, a 12″ pipe, a 15″ pipe, 2″ elbow. Adding those up, my rough shelving unit height measured at 107. Exact in theory, but due to the varying heights of flanges, tees, elbows and pipe threads when assembling, actual finished shelving unit height came in at 102.5″ (so, overestimating measurements in the plan ensures that shelving unit will not be too tall for the space).

Horizontal: My wood shelves are 20″ deep. As shown in the photo above, in the front the shelving rests on 3-way tees, in the back, it rests on an upturned 90 degree elbow. I chose 16″ pipes for connecting the horizontal 3-way tee to the upturned elbow. (Because the tee sits 1″ in on the 20″ shelf, measures 2″, then 16″ pipe, then a 1″ elbow totaling 20 inches, meaning once threaded it won’t touch/rub/scratch the wall. Keep the total horizontal support measurement shorter than the shelf depth.) For my top three horizontal frame supports (only 2 shown in photos for now), I added an inch (17″) to reach threading the wall/flange.

Horizontal pipe pieces:

  • 3 for each shelf (15 total for 5 shelves)
  • 3 for top of industrial pipe shelving frame 

Note: You may want to adjust pipe lengths to fit your own design. Maybe all one size or staggered shelving or a desk area. But once you understand the construction, you can customize each shelf’s height to fit your space. I used black iron pipe because the cost was a bit lower. Galvanized or maybe even PVC would work as well. All of my pipes and fittings are 1/2 inch. A Lowe’s associate made cuts and threads on pipes that were not an ‘in stock’ size. 

Shop: Make a list of plumbing supplies by counting up each tee, pipe, elbow and flange in your sketch.

Materials for a pipe shelving unit measuring 72 inches wide x approx. 102.5 inches tall x 20 inches deep. 

DIY pipe shelving plumbing materials

  • (6) flanges (be sure to get the correct fitting size for 1/2 pipe)
  • (18) 90 degree elbows (be sure to get the correct fitting size for 1/2 pipe)
  • (15) 3-way tees (be sure to get the correct fitting size for 1/2 pipe)
  • (3) 24″ pipes 
  • (3) 17″ pipes (custom cut/thread)
  • (15) 16″ pipes (custom cut/thread)
  • (9) 15″ pipes (custom cut/thread)
  • (6) 12″ pipes
  • screws and walls anchors
  • 7/8″ hole saw bit (perfect circle cut for 15 holes)

What we did:

Prep: First step will be to clean the pipes. Because oil is needed for the cutting process, they will be filthy, dripping with oil and there are likely going to be pieces of pipe that have that annoying super tacky glued price stickers protected by packaging tape that will need removed. Since I used iron pipe, I could not let the pipes soak in soapy water (they’d rust), so I used grease-fighting Lysol wipes, paper towels and lots of patience.

Paint: Next I spray painted all of the plumbing pieces Oil Rubbed Bronze. I did not use primer. Because I chose black iron instead of galvanized, scratches or poor coverage aren’t an issue.   spray painting pipes

Wood shelves: We cut 1 inch off of our 72 inch length so we’d be able to open the half bathroom door the entire way. This doesn’t affect anything. Decide where you want the holes (for the pipe supports) to be placed. I decided about 1 inch in from the front, 2 inches in from the sides. I created a template from a piece of cardboard. It looks like this: industrial pipe shelves tutorial

I simply lined up the edges of the cardboard with the left front edge of the wood shelf and marked my circle/cut mark with a pencil. Flip the cardboard and do the same for the right front edge. I measured the center of my 71″ length and pencilled in the circle/cut mark, lining it up with my template/stencil. I did this with each wood shelf. 

Cutting/drilling the holes: We drilled a tiny hole into the center of each penciled circle (made lining up the hole saw easier). We used the 7/8″ hole saw bit for perfect clean drilled holes. It made creating 15 holes all the same size a breeze! I lightly sanded and cleaned around the holes and our cut edge.

hole saw bit for pipe shelving pipe shelving tutorial

Because we have exterior wiring/conduit going up the wall behind the shelving, we had to create a notch on each wood shelf. We used our Dremel Multi-Max to to this.  pipe shelving

Staining and sealing each side of each wood shelf is the most time consuming part of the project. I love that Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain dries in about an hour. I only applied one coat…isn’t the color pretty? I did one side then flipped and did the other (the edges and inside of the holes too), applying with a foam brush and wiping off (rubber gloves and lots of rags are a must!). Watch for drips! Then I applied 5 coats of polyurethane to the top side (after this much work, you’re going to want to protect the finish on these shelves!), allowing to dry 2 hours between each coat. Again, watch for drips! No sanding between coats required. Once the one side was dry, I flipped the shelves and repeated brushing two coats to the bottom side, drying between each one.  staining wood shelves

Time for assembly! I was super nervous about this part. The size of the room did not allow for us to connect and lift the shelving into place. So we propped up the first shelf using a hamper and books and assembled in place. industrial pipe shelving assembly I can’t believe how easily and smoothly assembly went. I started by attaching flanges to the first three pipes. Then added a tee to each one. The tee should be placed in a direction with one opening facing up, another opening facing horizontal towards the wall. Next, attach a length of pipe (mine are the 17″ ones) to the horizontal facing tee. Attach an elbow at the end of the horizontal pipe. You’ll want the elbow to face up for supporting the wood shelf. assembling pipe shelving  Hold that piece into place under the hole in the wood shelf. Thread the next length of pipe vertically (So starting order at the floor is flange, pipe, tee, wood shelf then next length of pipe). Continue building the shelf in this way. We kept the bar stools and books for support until the very end of the assembly process and securing the shelving to the wall. 

Work with a level on the wood shelving to ensure everything is square and level. (Adjust threading as needed.)

The top: securing the shelving unit. After the last shelf is in place, add the last three vertical lengths of pipe. Add an elbow to each one. Add a flange to each horizontal pipe piece and thread into the elbow. The flange should be touching the wall (threads will allow for adjusting). 

Using a pencil, mark the wall where screws (into the flange) need to go. Our walls are plaster so we drilled pilot holes and added heavy duty wall anchors. If you designed your shelf to line up with the wall studs…you’re good to go.  Screw flanges into place. securing pipe shelving to wall  Sturdy. Beautiful! Ready to be stocked and decorated.  industrial pipe shelving tutorial at DIYShowOff.com My cut pipe Lowe’s order was missing one of my top custom cut pipes so our shelving unit is only secured into the wall by the two outer pipe configurations and it’s still sturdy! But I do plan to add the top center piece to finish/secure it properly. Industrial Pipe Shelving Closing thoughts: Whew! That sounds way too complicated and long, but I promise…I only wanted to include as many details as I could for your research into making your own.  I was so happy that it was easier than I anticipated. The hardest part – the design and again, by drawing it out one piece at a time, even that isn’t so complicated. Trust me, math is not one of my strengths. The most time consuming part – the staining/sealing or maybe it was removing the sticker goo. But the reward? A gorgeous custom shelving unit way better than any manufactured piece. Wouldn’t you agree?farmhouse pantry

DIY pipe shelving at DIYShowOff

See the entire pantry before & after reveal here.

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Links to more industrial pipe shelving:

Brick House pipe shelving

Have any questions? Let me know in the comments! Good luck!

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Pantry Before and After

First project of 2014! A pantry makeover, before and after… DIYShowOff Open Pantry before and after makeover

Did that space actually grow larger and taller with the addition of shelves or is it just me?

Well…the pantry was actually complete December 1st, 2012 (remember I showed a sneak peek in the Christmas home tour?)…but since I’m just sharing the reveal now and still tweaking…let’s call it the first awesome DIYShowOff project to kick off DIY in 2014! When we removed a pantry closet in our kitchen to move the refrigerator (more on that here), it decreased valuable storage space. What were we thinking?! What to do? Well, after much thought, the solution was to utilize an odd room/hallway to create more storage space. Lucky for us, that space exists in our home right behind the kitchen. Jackpot! Kismet. Fate. Whatever – it was finally time to make it happen!

The space is bigger than a hallway but six (6!) doorways make it too awkward to be a room. There are doorways opening to the kitchen, dining room, living room, old cellar stairwell, enclosed porch (original front door) and half bathroom. We walk through that room a gazillion times a day.

It’s approximately 6 ft. wide and 9 ft. long with 9 ft. ceilings. Ever since previous owners enclosed the front porch and re-routed the front door, this poor former entryway has been feeling forgotten. Perfect for some custom DIY industrial pipe shelving and a new job description as ‘open pantry’. 

Where is all started: The idea to one day call this area a pantry formed three years ago after drooling over this awesome pantry by Emerson Made on Design Sponge. Emerson Made open pantry

And then falling in love with this cool pipe shelving I spied at the Brick House pipe shelving at the Brick House

inspired the transformation of this space…

before – boring, useless, a lamp for light open pantry before

now: a functional beautiful open pantry area… DIYShowOff Open Pantry

with new paint, new lighting and DIY industrial pipe shelving. It’s a small space…no room to get a photo straight on of the monstrous pipe shelves but plenty of walking room even with 20 inch deep shelving. 

Before from another angle… pantry area before

After…isn’t the industrial pipe shelving unit awesome?! DIYShowOff Industrial Pipe Shelving

It’s super convenient with it’s location right off the kitchen. industrial farmhouse pantry makeover The shelves were designed to fit the wall to ceiling and floor space perfectly and to accommodate our microwave as well as dried goods and baskets. I’m still messing with getting it all organized but I loooove how this once awkward unused space is now functional and pretty! Hurray!industrial cottage pantry

More photos: Notice all of the doorways? DIYShowOff Pantry farmhouse pantry farmhouse pantry decor

Custom design was also handy when working around the heat vent… Kitchen Pantry

Why yes, that’s still a little Christmas hanging around for another week or so. Thanks for noticing! Industrial Pipe Shelving I’ll share more about the lighting challenge soon too. farmhouse industrial pantry lighting

  • Paint – inexpensive way to brighten up a room lacking natural lighting. (accent wall tutorial) Base wall color: Valspar Cool Grey. 
  • Lighting – The Allen + Roth fixtures from Lowe’s were super affordable at around $57/ea. but electrical wound up costing more than I anticipated due to labor charges because there was no lighting whatsoever in the space from the get go and an outdated electrical outlet. (We did attempt DIY but it was over our heads and I’m not referring to just literally!) The exterior track/wiring adds to the industrial charm.
  • Pipe shelving – DIY means custom to fit our space and needs. Not a cheap DIY but still more affordable than purchasing two manufactured floor to ceiling shelving units. I’ll share how we did in in a couple of days! Check back!
  • West Elm Fiesta Tile Printed Jute Rug (sold out)
  • Flea Market Distressed Galvanized Metal Clock (DecorSteals – currently unavailable)
  • IKEA Burken jars with lids
  • Large Seagrass Basket (I got a set of three nesting ones on clearance at Wisteria a few years ago.)
  • Petite Cow & Bull Cameo Plaques, set of 2 – Antique Farm House
  • Grocery Sign – I had plans for this to be a DIY sign (mine would have been the same wood stain as the shelving with white lettering, not red) but with so much going on in December and the real life holiday home tour deadline…when I spied it at Hobby Lobby, I couldn’t resist.
  • Galvanized letter B – Hobby Lobby

DIY Pantry Makeover before and after

DIY INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELVING TIPS & TUTORIAL

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ACCENT WALL

easy painted accent wall

 

LIGHTING DETAILS

Industrial Pantry Light Details

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Stylish Spaces – That DIY Party Highlights

One of my very favorite sources of DIY eye candy – your room makeovers. Here are some gorgeous room highlights from That DIY Party…

Entryway Style at Circus Berry

main-entry-style at Circus Berry

Kitchen Makeover at Turtles & Tails

Kitchen makeover at Turtles and Tails

 Kitchen makeover at Fisherman’s Wife Furniture

kitchen makeover at Fishermans Wife Furniture

Kitchen makeover at Maggie Overby Studios

kitchen remodel at Maggie Overby Studios

Kitchen progress at Nalles House

kitchen progress at Nalles house

 Hot beverage bar at Creatively Southern

hot beverage bar at Creatively Southern

Master Bathroom Makeover at HomeRoad

master bathroom makeover at homeroad  

Family Room Makeover at That’s My Letter

family room makeover at That's My Letter

Fall living room at the Happy Housie

Fall-Living-Room-at-thehappyhousie

Pudel Design studio reveal

Pudel Design Studio Reveal

Boys bedroom reveal at Little Bit of Paint

boys bedroom makeover at Little Bit of Paint

Vintage industrial boys’ room makeover at Freckle Face Girl

Boys Vintage Bedroom at Freckle Face Girl 

Coral, Aqua and Navy girl’s room makeover at The Chronicles of Home

coral navy girl room at The Chronicles of Home

Bunkroom at Hunting Creek Homestead

bunkroom at Hunting Creek HomeStead

Twin boy nursery at Our Pinteresting Family

twin boy nursery at Our Pinteresting Family

Shared girl/boy bedroom with vintage Disney theme at Persia Lou

vintage disney shared girl boy bedroom at persia lou

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Thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work! 

Cecilia’s beautiful Christmas Tree for the Christmas tree party & contest.

Cecilia's Christmas Tree

Colorful Eclectic Family Room Reveal

My family room finally feels just about complete and ready for a reveal! 

family room makeover

If you’ll remember, I shared the before photos a few weeks back. {Family Room Makeover Plan}. With some help from Overstock, welcome to the after: a happy colorful eclectic room.

I located more before pictures..

{when we bought the house}

family room before

{right after we moved in}

family room before makeover

 The details:

I wanted something narrow but a bit rustic to use as a coffee table. The height and length of this bench fit the bill perfectly. I love the “turnbuckle” detail too! The large size navy world map canvas is perfect for behind the couch.
family room makeover

 

This quote sounds just like something my husband would say. Love it!canvas wall art

Oh deer! Originally silver, I spray painted the deer an oil rubbed bronze with gold antlers for a custom look.
family room makeover

Workspace: We have a separate living room and I also have a home office/craft room upstairs but utilizing a small space of the family room to function as a workspace gives me an area to work on the main floor.
family room makeover

I fell in love with the chippy blue paint on this stool – perfect seating for my repurposed greenhouse frame desk (more on that later)!
family room makeover

eclectic home office

Keeping the walls and furniture neutral makes decorating with color fun!
family room makeover

Simply dropping our old mismatched planters into these braided baskets adds just the right amount of texture.
family room makeover

The fuchsia accent pillow covers are the perfect punch of coordinating color.
family room makeover

A dog crate that functions as an end table. I added gold Rub ‘n Buff detail to the scrolly metal design on the front door to give it more dimension.
dog crate end table

Don’t be fooled. My girls don’t share. The one on the right chased out the one of the left.

pet crate

Wall art to fill the blank wall space between the laundry room and bathroom doors.
wall art

family room makeover

Attention to detail…a DIY gold-dipped legs treatment adds a little something special to plain furniture legs of this criss cross side table.
family room makeover

Add a touch of glam to a boring chandelier with acrylic ornaments, dangly earrings and transparent vinyl decals.
family room makeover

Hideaway: Adding shower curtains to an old folding screen frame hides the cat tower for a more custom look and gives kitty more privacy. Easily removable for washing too!
family room makeover

That fish tank…ugh. One of the obstacles (along with the cat tree and plants) for this room but the beautiful hand-crafted tapestry makes it all tolerable. :) 

family room makeover

colorful painted thrift store candlesticks

colorful candlesticks

Source List:

Overstock

  1. Will H. Bradley ‘Modern Poster’ Canvas Art
  2. Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art
  3. Fuchsia Mulberry Thai Silk Cushion Cover
  4. Goldtone Blue, Black and Brown Thread Earrings (India)
  5. Iron Wall Mounted Deer Head Figurine (India)
  6. ‘Spring Romance’ Cotton Wall Hanging
  7. Michael Tompsett ‘World Map – Navy’ canvas art
  8. Walnut Espresso Criss Cross Table
  9. TRIBECCA HOME Swindon Rustic Oak Turnbuckle Dining Bench
  10. Casa Cortes Vintage Adjustable Metal Bar Stool
  11. ‘Canyon’ 18-inch Tweed Braided Basket
  12. WallPops Kolkata Stripe Stairs Decal Pack
  13. White and Navy Hotel Shower Curtain
  14. Small Tesy Residence

I had a good start with painted walls, new bamboo floors, colorful DIY drapes, the area rug and a few pieces of furniture but finally with fun decorative accents from Overstock and a little DIY effort, my room is pulled together. It’s colorful. It’s eclectic. It’s pretty and fun and just my style.  I love it!

Before:

family room before

Now:

eclectic family room makeover

Now I have a space for gathering with friends, curling up with a good book, an escape from loud ‘man tv shows’ and a workspace that may keep me from cluttering up the dining room table.

Do you love a mix of old and new? Fun colors or more neutral? 

Disclosure: I was provided OverStock store credit to makeover an area in my home. All opinions are in my own words and my own experience. OverStock has been one of my go-to online shopping sources for years…just one of those places to check out when searching for home decor or gifts.

Cottage Living Room Before and After

Remember that cottage living room that I designed with Cassity for HGTV Home/Shaw Floors?

Eclectic, beach cottage, living room

how to get this eclectic beach cottage look

That room inspired reader, Wendy, to change previous owner’s hunting cabin style into a lighter lake cottage style. She apologizes for the cell phone quality pictures but like me, I knew you’d be able to see past that to the “wow!” 

“Trust me when I say the entire cabin, while in good shape structure-wise, was decorated in a super-kitchsy cabin/lodge/hunting style.  Lots of bear and moose decor.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I wanted to steer it in a lighter, lake retreat style.”

before

cottage living room makeover

“Before…every. single. wall.  Hunter green.  Blah.  All this furniture was left by the previous owner, so I used what I could to save money.  The sofa and one of the chairs, which I slip covered.”
 
after
 
“I had a fairly small room to work with, a minuscule budget, and a pretty ugly starting point.  Lots of paint, Craigslist finds, DIY and a few new purchases (thanks Pier One and Home Goods).  My only disappointment was not being able to incorporate that red chandelier of your room…the husband said The Ceiling Fan Must Stay!”
 
 
I love that our eclectic beach cottage design inspired Wendy’s own beautiful lake cottage version…
 
She also dressed up builder basic interior doors using a beadboard wallpaper….
 
before
after
 
Now I may be a little biased but didn’t she do a beautiful job with her version of the room? What do you think?

Family Room Makeover in Progress

I have been working on my family room for years. It keeps getting pushed to the back burner. Ever have one of those rooms?

repurposed coffee table

When we first moved in, we removed carpet. Then lived with plywood subfloors for a few years before finally installing bamboo flooring.

calibamboo

I painted the French doors a beautiful Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean blue with glazing when I created a door pediment from an old headboard…

turquoise french doors.jpg

And the old hunter green striped LaZBoy sofa was great quality but I was thrilled when it got slipcovered…

before

hunter green striped sofa

after

Comfort Works slipcover, living room, beach theme

And then I saved my money to order the Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower fabric I had to have to make curtains. That fabric sat untouched for a year. I finally got the curtains sewn but not hemmed although you couldn’t tell in photos.

DIYShowOff family room tour.jpg

It’s a room that I tend to decorate here and there, one we rarely use so it gets cluttered up, but it’s never really been finished.

Until now. With the help of Overstock.com, this room is getting “polished”… i.e. “completed”. I also want it to function more as a studio/work space too since it has great lighting. It’s finally happening!

If you’ve ever shopped at Overstock, you know there’s a great selection of all things home related at great prices. And I love shopping the WorldStock section for beautiful handmade home decor and furniture. 60-70% of the purchase price goes back to the artisan and suppliers! 

Here’s a sneak peek at my Overstock order. Definitely eclectic…just the way I like it! Some things will have a bit of a DIY spin.

overstock makeover

 

  1. Will H. Bradley ‘Modern Poster’ Canvas Art
  2. Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art
  3. Fuchsia Mulberry Thai Silk Cushion Cover
  4. Goldtone Blue, Black and Brown Thread Earrings (India)
  5. Iron Wall Mounted Deer Head Figurine (India)
  6. ‘Spring Romance’ Cotton Wall Hanging
  7. Michael Tompsett ‘World Map – Navy’ canvas art
  8. Walnut Espresso Criss Cross Table
  9. TRIBECCA HOME Swindon Rustic Oak Turnbuckle Dining Bench
  10. Casa Cortes Vintage Adjustable Metal Bar Stool
  11. ‘Canyon’ 18-inch Tweed Braided Basket
  12. WallPops Kolkata Stripe Stairs Decal Pack
  13. White and Navy Hotel Shower Curtain
  14. Small Tesy Residence

SEE THE FULL REVEAL HERE

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winners are MINDY Y. who tweeted about the giveaway and BRANDY with this comment: Something I would add to my wish list is paint for every room in my house, including all the little things like tape, items to remove wallpaper, etc… Wallpaper…..the reason I have not painted before now!

CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! Please respond to the email I’ve sent to claim your prize within 24 hours. 

$100 OverStock Gift Card Giveaway

But wait! There’s more! Overstock is generously donating a $100 gift card to TWO DIYShowOff readers! Two ways to enter to win:

FIRST:  Visit OverStock.com. Come back here and leave a comment below sharing what you’d add to your wish list. One comment per visitor. One winner will be chosen at random from the comments on 11/14/13.

THEN:  For more chances to win, stay up-to-date with DIYShowOff and share the giveaway via the entries on the Rafflecopter form:

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Good luck! 

Disclosure: I was provided OverStock store credit to makeover an area in my home and to host an OverStock giveaway. All opinions are in my own words and my own experience. OverStock has been one of my go-to online shopping sources for years…just one of those places I check out when searching for home decor or gifts. :) 

DIY luggage rack and sprucing up the Guest Room

Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenge for November is sprucing up the guest room. So, it’s all ready for your visit! Pack a suitcase because I whipped up a pretty DIY luggage rack:

diy luggage rack  

Materials I used:

  • Three poplar 1in x 2in x 6 ft (they really measure 3/4 x 1-1/2 inch)
  • One 3/4 x 36 inch square dowel
  • 24″ by 16″ fabric
  • Twelve 1-1/4 inch pocket hole screws
  • Two 3-1/2 inch machine screws with washers/nuts
  • Valspar Spray Paint + Primer 

Tools I used:

  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Saw
  • Sanding block
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Stapler

I cut the poplar and dowel as follows:

  • Two 25″ long pieces of poplar (tops)
  • Four 20″ long pieces of poplar (legs)
  • One 19″ dowel  (cross beam)
  • One 16″ dowel (cross beam)

Next, I painted my wood pieces. (You may want to wait until you have frames assembled. I had to do paint touch ups after assembly because of pocket holes.)

Using my Kreg Jig I  drilled pocket holes into each of the four legs on the 2″ end (2 holes each) and each end of both dowel rods. 

DIY luggage rack tutorial

Drill a hole into the each leg piece in the center on the short side (10″ down).

DIY luggage rack tutorial

Outside frame: Attach one 20″ leg to the 25″ top using two screws as shown measuring in 1 1/2 inch. Repeat with the other side.

DIY luggage rack tutorial

Then the dowel as shown.

DIY luggage rack tutorial

* My pocket holes are facing out. They’re more noticeable if they’re on the inside when the luggage rack is unfolded. 

Repeat the above steps for the inside frame piece EXCEPT attach legs 3 inches in on the 25″ top piece (or lay out on top of inside frame and make sure one set of frame legs fits inside the other for folding).

*This is where I’d paint the frames instead of beforehand like I did. 

Now, cross (sort of tuck) the smaller frame into the larger frame above the dowel. You may need to loosen the larger frame’s dowel a little to get it to fit properly. 

Insert the 3 1/2 inch machine screw into the pre-drilled hole through both frame legs on each side. Secure with a nut on the inside. 

DIY luggage rack

Cut fabric rectangle measuring 24 x 16 inches. Fold, iron and hem all borders. (My seam allowance is 1 inch on the short ends, 1/2 inch on the long ends.)

DIY luggage rack

Staple short ends to under side of top frame pieces (between legs). 

how to make a luggage rack

All done!

Open and guest ready:

diy luggage rack

 

foldable luggage rack tutorial

Folded and easily stored:

diy foldable luggage rack

More ideas to be guest room ready:

Add…

  • a variety of magazines to the night stand
  • freshly laundered sheets and towels
  • a comfy throw blanket
  • tissues
  • fresh flowers
  • alarm clock
  • easy access to outlet for chargers
  • extra toiletries

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app! I’m SUPER EXCITED that THIS PROJECT will be featured in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas digital magazine! Be sure to get the app and check it out! 

Lowes-Creative-Ideas-Fall

*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own.