10 Easy Pieces: Indie Toilet-Paper Holders: Remodelista

ISSUE 3  |  Budget Remodels

January 20, 2017 6:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Toilet-paper holders are not the most glamorous fixture in the bathroom, but they are undeniably essential. In 2011 we dove into two subcategories: Modern Toilet-Paper Holders and Traditional Toilet-Paper Holders. Since then many more have arrived on the scene; here are 10 designs we’re admiring.

Above: The triangular Brass Toilet-Paper Holder by Copenhagen-based Ferm Living is $44 via Clever Spaces, Ferm Living’s retailer for the US and Canada. (For non-US readers, it is also available via Ferm Living’s international site.)Above: Koizumi Studio’s White Porcelain Toilet-Paper Holder includes a beech rod; ¥4,644 ($40.32). Contact Koizumi Studio in Japan for availability and shipping information. The same design is rendered entirely in wood as well.Above: Made of bent steel with a durable powder-coat finish and a solid brass knob, the Onefortythree Tissue-Roll Holder is $30.

Above: At the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Commune Design created this genius leather toilet-paper holder (we’re planning to DIY this one).Above: Made in Seattle from polished stainless steel, the Studio Andolina Toilet-Paper Holder is $76 via Etsy.Above: Designed by Pete Oyler, the Roll With It toilet-paper holder comes in combinations of brass, stainless steel, aluminum, and walnut; contact at Assembly Design for purchasing information.

Above: Japanese design studio Koizumi makes the A + W Toilet-Paper Holder of aluminum and wood from the Japanese Parozu, maple, and Tagaya trees; ¥4,300 ($37.34) at T-Kiki, in Japan.

Above: Labour & Wait’s Toilet-Paper Holder is made in England of solid oak; £22 ($27.10).

Above: London-based Yang Ripol Studio was inspired by sailing gear in their design for the Diabolo Holder for Vandiss. It’s available in black or orange rope with a chrome hub at Yang Ripol.

Above: The Hand-Forged Iron Modern Industrial Toilet-Paper Holder is available as part of a set (towel bar included); from $107.45 from Vin Tin, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, via Etsy.

Prefer to get creative? See our posts Bathroom: Low-Tech Toilet-Roll Holders and Back to Brass: Glamorous Bath Fixtures from Japan.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 8, 2014.


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3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Wood this Winter Season.

3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Wood this Winter Season.

3 Ways to Waterproof Wood

That natural beauty demands protection! Choose the products and techniques that work best with your wood.

By Glenda Taylor

How to Waterproof Wood

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Some of most delightful furniture, cabinetry, and trim work are crafted from wood, the world’s oldest and best-loved building material. Without protection, however, most wood will suffer from exposure to moisture and high humidity, resulting in swelling, warping, or even rotting. You might even find that some pests try to destroy your wood. That’s why if you find you have woodworm, bring in specialists fast! Protecting your wood is easy if you know exactly how to do it. Fortunately, you can easily avail yourself of products that protect wood while enhancing its natural beauty. When choosing the best method for how to waterproof wood, keep in mind that not all waterproofing products are the same—some are better suited for interior or exterior items, while others are geared towards dark- or light-grained wood. Here, we’ve outlined the three surefire ways to preserve your wood for years to come. If you’re wanting to keep wooden logs safely stored away in winter then look on sites like gardensite for log storage products.

How to Waterproof Wood

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Linseed oil, derived from the seeds of the flax plant, and Tung oil, extracted from the Chinese Tung tree, are the basis for nearly all hand-rubbed (a.k.a. wiping) oil finishes. Employed for centuries, these oils beautify and protect such dark-grained woods as walnut and mahogany, and they’re still in use today—with a few improvements. Blending the oils with other ingredients hastens drying times and eliminates stickiness. You can purchase pre-blended Tung and linseed products, or mix your own for a custom finish.

A standard hand-rubbed oil blend consists of one-part oil (either Tung or boiled linseed), one-part mineral spirits, and one-part polyurethane varnish. Stir thoroughly before applying with a natural bristle paintbrush to dark-grained wood that’s been sanded and cleaned. (If looking for how to waterproof wood that is lighter in color, such as pine or ash, skip this method in favor of one of the next two; hand-rubbed oils have a tendency to yellow over time.) Let the oil soak into the surface, and reapply to any spots that look dry. Then wipe off the residual oil, rubbing well with clean dry rags to remove all excess. Allow the wood to dry completely; this can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on the degree of oil in the mixture. Finally, sand lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. Repeat the process with as many additional coats as required to obtain your desired finish.

As you become familiar with oil-rubbed blends, feel free to experiment with the formula. For a thicker product, reduce the amount of mineral spirits. If you’d like more working time before the finish dries, reduce the amount of varnish. Add more varnish for a glossier finish and quicker drying time. You can create a multitude of custom blends!

Note: Oily rags used to rub away excess oil can spontaneously combust—yup, even without being near flame, because as the oil dries it generates heat. Take precautions by keeping a bucket of water handy while working; as a rag becomes oil-saturated, drop it in the bucket while and continue with a clean rag. Later, hang rags out to dry separately. When completely dry, you can throw them away without risk, but rags should not be reused.

How to Waterproof Wood

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Polyurethane, varnish, and lacquer are tried-and-true sealants with excellent waterproofing properties. They’re either brushed or sprayed onto clean, sanded wood and allowed to dry completely, then the piece is lightly re-sanded and recoated. For best results, apply in a “room temperature” environment and never shake or briskly stir sealants before application—that can cause air bubbles that would remain on the surface, even after the sealant dries. Though relatively quick drying (some in as little as 15 minutes), these sealants often contain chemical solvents so ventilation is necessary during application. Read on for the pros and cons of these popular sealants.

• Polyurethane sealants, which contain various amounts of solvents in addition to acrylic and polyurethane resins, let you choose your favorite finish effect, from a high gloss shine to a gentle soft sheen. Plus, today’s polyurethane won’t yellow, so it’s a good choice for light-toned woods. Oil-based polyurethane offers the greatest durability, but brush cleanup requires mineral spirits or turpentine. With water-based polyurethane, cleanup is a snap with soap and water.

• Varnish, a combination of resin, solvent, and drying oil, gives a hard-shell finish that resists scratches without yellowing. To waterproof wood that will be placed outdoors, choose marine varnish, which contains UV absorbers to resist sun damage. For interior use on end tables and coffee tables, spar varnish is a good choice to resist pesky cup rings. Clean brushes with turpentine or mineral spirits.

• Lacquer, a mixture of dissolved tree resin or synthetic resin in alcohol, is the sealant of choice for indoor hardwood furniture. While it can develop a yellowish tinge over time that’s considered unattractive on lighter woods, on deep-toned wood lacquer brings out a rich, warm finish that’s uniquely scratch resistant. It’s available in a variety of sheen choices, and can be thinned with lacquer thinner. For optimum results, apply lacquer in multiple light coats. Note: Lacquer emits off strong fumes, so ventilation is absolutely essential; work outdoors or open windows and use fans.

How to Waterproof Wood

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When time is of the essence or you’re protecting a large project, such as a wood deck, go for a stain-sealant combo. These multitasking products add color while providing water resistance in a single step. Stain-sealant products contain color pigments with the addition of binders, which can be oil-, water- or alkyd-based. Depending on the concentration of pigment in the product, the final result can be transparent, opaque, or in-between. If applying a stain-sealer to exterior wood, you’ll want to reapply every year or two to keep the wood protected.

With the exception of alkyd-based products, stain-sealants don’t build up on the wood surface; instead, they soak in and any excess evaporates. Alkyd-based stain-sealants leave a light surface coating on the wood, making them better suited for interior wood items, such as indoor exposed beams or rustic furniture, that won’t require future applications. Outdoors, alkyd-based stain-sealers have a tendency to peel if the wood isn’t perfectly clean and dry when applied.

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Zero out of your pocket! Remodeling ideas with things you might already have in your home.


These are certainly some of our favorite zero cost ideas!

11 Zero-Cost Room-Changing Ideas
November 14, 2016 8:00 AM

BY Justine Hand

Renovating your home can be a time-consuming and expensive process (I should know; I’ve been slowly working on my 1880s house outside Boston for almost two years now).

But you’d be surprised by how easy it is to refresh a room with just a few simple tweaks. I was reminded of this fact a few weeks ago when I volunteered to help a friend get her house ready for a party. Ostensibly, I was on hand to make the flower arrangements, but I couldn’t resist the urge to move a few things here and there. Before I knew it, we had completely transformed the look of the place, all within a couple of hours and without buying anything new.

None of the things I did would qualify as groundbreaking design, but what a difference it made. Sometimes even the simplest design tenets bear repeating.

1. Rehang your art.
Justine Hand Display at Cape Cod House
Above: At Harbor Cottage in Maine, a silkscreen print by British artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham hovers above the objects on the cabinet so that it feels like part of a larger composition. Photograph by Justine Hand.

One of the most common design mistakes I see is art that is hung too high. Rule number one with art, it should “relate” to the object(s) around it. I subscribe to the idea that, generally, pictures should be at eye level; you should never have to look up to view art (unless it’s hung over a tall object). My aunt Sheila, an architect, uses her windows as a guide, hanging art so the middle of the pictures hangs in line with or only slightly above the center of the windows.

Since eye levels and window heights vary, another good principle is that art should be viewed as part of a larger composition. For example: If you are hanging a single piece over a desk, it should be hover over the desk, creating a dialogue between the two pieces. If you are positioning a piece over the couch and next to a tall floor lamp, it should rest in relation to both so that it balances out the composition of the three objects.

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Above: A massed collection of 19th-century studio wedding portraits in this Paris loft makes for a witty and dramatic accent. (And no frames or nails required.)

Another picture principle: Have you ever noticed that the catchiest tunes have recognizable patterns along with periods of rest and syncopation? The same maxim applies to good design. So instead of hanging a single work of art on each wall, compose a dramatic crescendo by grouping several pieces on one wall, while at the same time creating periods of rest by leaving other walls blank.

2. Give your furniture room to breathe.
Lost & Found Loft Hotel Living Room
Above: Even in a huge space like this hotel loft by Lost & Found, you can create an intimate grouping by positioning seating and side tables close together.

As with pictures, with furniture the goal is to craft harmonious relationships within a space. Create more of a conscious grouping by pulling furniture away from walls and out of corners. You will notice a greater sense of intimacy within the space, as well as an airier quality.

3. Apply circular thinking.
Artilleriet Studio
Above: An intimate grouping of furniture, plants, and lighting at the Artilleriet apartment in Sweden has a dynamic circular flow.

As a former dancer, I believe that all movement, or at least the energy created by motion, occurs within a series of circles, not as straight lines (kind of like the image of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man). The same can be said with design. When arranging your furniture, you can create a similar circular dynamic, not by literally placing pieces in a real orb, but by imagining that each is held in place by a kind a centrifugal force. (Note that this concept also works on the horizontal plane. Can you see how the objects in the picture below create a cyclical effect?)

4. Create visual transitions.
Michael Verheyden House Sling Chair
Above: In Michael Verheyden’s house in Belgium, “transitional” pieces create a virtual cascade of objects, easing the eye from ceiling to floor. Photograph courtesy of Dwell Magazine.

Anyone with small children knows how hard transitions can be. That’s why teachers today give five-minute warnings. Harmonious design also involves what I call “transitional” pieces, items that ease the eye’s transition from one level to the next. A spindle-back chair adjacent to a tall armoire or even a pile of books placed beside the bed can serve as transitional objects. At my friend’s house, for example, I created a transitional object by adding a smaller basket next to a chair to create a sense of flow.

5. Revisit your attic.
Father Rabbit Bedroom Bedside Table
Above: That little set of drawers next to a bed by Father Rabbit Limited looks like something from my Great Aunt Dot’s attic. Normally, I might have dismissed such a piece, but here it is a witty accent that breaks up the otherwise spare, contemporary feel of the room.

You never want your home to look too new or too generic. Unearth old items—battered pieces, an old chair, your grandmother’s vase, even an empty frame with a rich patina—and use them to add character to your surroundings. You can even pick up something off the street, as long as it adds a contrarian element to your home. (On the flip side, if your home is all antiques, consider introducing something modern.)

6. Add greens.
Green Privet Berries
Above: Before they turn aubergine in the late fall, green privet berries make for a jolly bedside table arrangement. Photograph by Justine Hand.

Every room benefits from a fresh garden arrangement, but it doesn’t have to be flowers. I am just as likely to liven up a place with a sweeping branch or aromatic bunch of bay leaves. In the winter, evergreens and rhododendrons provide an unexpected bit of greenery. I don’t even dismiss the weeds. Grasses add texture and a breezy aspect.

7. Add white accents.
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Above: A rustic still life by Nikole Herriott of shop Herriott Grace employs white objects to evoke a dramatic chiaroscuro effect.

If you’re a regular Remodelista reader, chances are good that you already embrace white. But I’m amazed at how many other people I meet are phobic (maybe they think white is too cold or impersonal). I find it clean and soothing. Even just a touch goes a long way.

For my friends who seem shy about white, I’ve often gone through linen drawers in search of a crisp napkin that could enliven a dull dresser. I’ve used sun-bleached shells and white beach stones and even a roll of paper across the dining table as a means of introducing some bright, refreshing white.

8. Texturize.
Above: Designer Corinne Gilbert swaps in new textures each season. Here she has cotton, woven linen, felted wool, and angora blankets stacked on stools in the hallway.

Back in 1997, Ilse Crawford’s book The Sensual Home was a real eye-opener for me. Her mantra? Texture, even more than color, is key to creating a space that is warm and engaging. And it’s pretty easy to find texture already lurking in your home. You just need to dig it out. Liberate the cutting board from under the cabinet and rest it in plain sight on the counter. In your entryway, place a neat pile of your favorite fuzzy scarves on a chair next to a walking stick you found in the woods. Leave your leather riding boots out. Or your Wellies. Gather stones. In my friend’s house, I dug out an old basket (remember that “transitional object”?) and filled it with her knitting.

9. Don’t ignore the elephant in the room; tame it.
Layered Sheepskins by Carla Zwart of Met Melt & Suiker
Above: Sheepskins, hides, and pillows cover an unfinished wood bench. Photograph courtesy of Carla Zwart of Met Melk & Suiker from our post Through the Looking Glass: 10 New Trends for Fall 2016.

Most of us are living with pieces we don’t love because we simply don’t have the money or inclination to replace them. My friend was grinning and bearing a worn brown sectional behemoth because she didn’t want to spend the money to get a new couch “that was just going to get ruined by the kids and the dog.” Fair enough. Luckily, a chunky white throw tossed over the back and some white pillows did a lot to break up the monotony of the piece. An ugly dresser can usually be resurrected with paint. You can toss a sheet or a painter’s drop cloth over virtually any sofa, chair, or table (I even swathed a bad brass pendant in my dining room in a gossamer bed skirt). Also consider Swedish company Bemz, which has made a business of Ikea hacking. Their line of linen slipcovers in sophisticated hues take many of this megastore’s favorites from generic to genius.

10. Regroup.
Above: Organization does not mean putting things behind closed doors. By grouping utilitarian objects, John and Juli Baker create an artful display on their bedroom wall.

Introduce balance and harmony into your home by taking a moment to organize yourself and your things. Straighten the books on the shelf. Tuck odds and ends away in an artful box. Like you did with your art, you can group like things for visual impact. And consider those useful items that are pretty enough to be displayed in the open.

11. Don’t forget to break the rules and use your imagination.
Above: Architect Peter Legge used a green carpet stair runner that spills into a puddle on the floor to soften the entry of the three-story staircase.

Remember how I mentioned syncopation? Just as in music, the best design is never too predictable, so feel free to break the rules above and surprise people. Hang one piece of art way out in left field. Go monochromatic. Get crazy. But when you do, make sure that you are “intentional” about how and when you do it. Then you’ll look like a genius.

Want more easy, low-cost home improvements? Try burlap with DIY Rope as Curtain Rod or wallpaper with Emma Cassi’s DIY Wallpaper Headboard.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 16, 2014.

Black TV Stand To Industrial Steampunk In Minutes!

So much better than the original!

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Ikea items: Black LACK TV stand, Black bed legs BRATTVÅG 10cm

We are going for an industrial/steampunk look in our new apartment and were trying to find the perfect TV stand. Needless to say we found nothing.

So we thought to keep it simple and just get the black LACK TV stand, but we weren’t sure if the Denon receiver would fit in it. Things didn’t look promising.

Then I found photos online of people that had already hacked this TV stand to create more space and the idea of the Industrial LACK TV stand got born. I imagine that you could use a corner Entertainment Center to create a similar looking finished product!

We found a used LACK TV stand for 1/5 of the original price, in case we screw up, and got to work.

Things used:
1. Lack TV stand, black
2. Brattvåg bed legs, black
3. 2x1m threaded rods 12mm
4. 22 bolts 12mm
5. 10 square washers 13mm
6. 12 round washers 13mm
7. Copper spray mat

1. With a 12 mm drill bit I drilled through the 4 already aligned holes in the two boards. (You might need to move the drill around to make a bit of extra space for the 12mm rods)
2. Drilled two 12mm holed in the middle, back of the lower board for better TV support. I aligned these with the 2 holes on the side/back.
3. Cut the rod in ?33cm pieces resulting in 6 identical pieces.
4. Sprayed all rods, bolts and washers with the copper spray.
5. Screwed the 4 bed legs into the existing holes under the lower board. (kept 2 of the 4 round plastic discs that came with the legs to use them later)

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6. Used tape and newspaper to make a rectangle shape on the top board and proceeded to paint it copper with the spray.
7a. Started putting together the 4 rods with bolts and washers. I used the square washers between the two boards to make it hold the TV weight better, since this is where the most pressure will be.
7b. Adjusted all bolts around the stand to create 21.5cm space in between. The space is adjustable if you need less or more. (if you need more you should cut 4 rods to 35cm and two to 30cm)
8a. Inserted the last 2 support rods in the middle, and adjusted them to support the upper board tightly. I used the 2 round black plastic discs that came with the bed legs on the top of the rods to hold the upper board.
8b. I sawed off the two leftover bits that extended under the lower board.

And done!

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~ by Dimitris & Martina (MjW)
Curated From Ikea Hackers

If you’re interested in other ways to stand your TV up check out some of the awesome Future Automation that is being done around the area! You can hide your TV in the coolest places now!

How To: Get Rid of Spider Mites

How To: Get Rid of Spider Mites

Keep these creepy-crawlies from wreaking havoc with plants, indoors and out, using this all-natural battle plan.

How to Get Rid of Spider Mites

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Tiny, sap-sucking arachnids known as spider mites can be a problem any time of year, out in your garden and plaguing houseplants and greenhouse varieties, too. With females able to lay as many as 300 eggs every few weeks, spider mite populations can explode in a matter of days. Tell tale signs that you’ve been infested include speckled leaves or brownish webbing on the surface of leaves. Unfortunately, employing chemicals to control them can be a two-pronged problem: First, mites can develop resistance, and second, pesticides often kill such beneficial insects as ladybugs that like to feast on mites. We recommend going with the simple techniques and non-toxic remedies outlined here for in this guide on how to get rid of spider mites. However, if you are seeking professional help for you mite problem, it may be worth checking out something like pest control Des Moines to eliminate the whole colony of spider mites.

Magnifying glass
White paper
Hose with spraying attachment
Spray bottle (optional)
Pruning shears
Plastic bags
Rosemary oil
Lemon-scented liquid dish detergent
One-quart jug

Your plants are in trouble: Leaves may be blotchy, be-webbed, streaked with silver or gold, or turning brown and falling off. But are spider mites to blame? These pests are less than a millimeter long, so grab a magnifying glass and inspect the underside of leaves, where they congregate. If you can’t see the culprits, place a piece of white paper under foliage and shake the leaves, then examine what falls on the sheet. Slow-moving, eight-legged pests—red, yellow, brown, or green in color—mean you’ve got spider mites. Two-spotted spider mites, so called for the duo of dots on their backs, are deemed “particularly troublesome” by experts, but diligent treatment can curb their invasion.

Simply wash the buggers away! Pressure-sprayed water is a surprisingly effective against spider mites, whether using a power spray from your hose outside or just a strong stream from a spray bottle on houseplants. Blast plants from below to hit the back of leaves. Then, take a clean, water-dampened sponge to wipe the backs of leaves, rinsing the sponge after each wipe by dipping it in a bucket of water. how_to_get_rid_of_spider_mites_on_plants

Prune any leaves and stems spider mites have attacked, placing the clippings in a plastic bag and putting it in the trash, not your compost (eggs can lay dormant until the perfect hatching climate arises). If the entire plant has evidence of mites, or its health seems too far-gone to bounce back, consider pulling it completely to prevent infestation from spreading to neighbors.

Mix this all-natural, non-toxic solution that’ll banish the invaders without harming phytoseiulus persimilis, a beneficial mite that snacks on spider mites.
• ½ ounce rosemary essential oil (found in natural health stores)
• 1 quart tap water
• 1 teaspoon of lemon-scented liquid dish soap

A soap-and-water combo is often used as a repellent on its own, but rosemary oil helps emulsify the solution, making it easier to spray. Combine all ingredients in a jug, shake well, and fill a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly before use, spraying plants either early or late in the day, avoiding the hottest periods. Spray plants (and surrounding soil) daily for at least four days, then on alternate days for two weeks. Once you’ve got the situation thoroughly under control, continue spraying once a week to keep plants healthy.

For outdoor plants, consider introducing predatory mites, ladybugs, lacewings, and other beneficial insects (find them online or at nurseries) once you’ve gotten the problem in hand. They’ll eat the spider mite larvae, mite adults, and all mites in between that try to muscle in on your restored territory. You may also want to put in companion planting, interspersing Chinese parsley, chives, dill, chrysanthemums, garlic, and onion throughout your garden to repel spider mites.

When plants are stressed, they’re more prone to invasion by spider mites and other opportunistic feeders. So keep them watered per their needs and ensure excess water drains well. Use nutrient-rich soil and vary feeding accordingly as seasons change. Be sure plants have the right light conditions for their species. Then be vigilant, inspecting for early signs of infestation and doing what it takes to nip it in the bud.


Curated From Bob Villa

7 Essential Man Cave Must Haves

Man caves have become a sort of getaway for the boys, to hang and kick back. So we looked at the 7 must haves of every man cave.
1. It Wouldn’t Be A Man Cave Without A Secret Door Entrance.
2. Don’t Want To Lose Track of time Spent in the Cave? Use A Domino’s Wall Clock


3.Who Said Chandeliers can’t be manly? We Present The Mandelier..

4. Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser, Because The Scented Hand Wash Feels A Bit More Manly Coming From A Whiskey Bottle.

5. A 1965 Ford Mustang GT Pool Table.

6. No Man Cave Is Complete Without A Giant Couch.

7. Last, But Certainly Not Least.. A Robot Bartender.
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7 Amazing Up-Cycle D.I.Y Projects

The latest trend has been to up-cycle old or unwanted items, and we simply love it! As our drains

are all from up-cycled material. This post shows you how you can take your old ordinary objects that
are laying around the house or garage and turn them into extraordinary every day useful items, that
are sure to wow all of your family and friends.

1. Pallet + Mason Jars + Candles = Outdoor Chandelier :

 2. That Unwanted Dresser Into A Beautiful Couch! :

 3. That Old Sewing Machine Into A New Vanity

 4. A Piano Into A Piano Bookshelf! :

 5. An Old Wine Barrel Into A Coffee Table.. or Wine Table? :

6. Your Old Bicycle Into A Vanity :
7. The Old Fridge, Turn It Into A New Ice Chest :

Decorate Your Home With These 7 DIY Fall Wreaths

 The Holidays Are Around The Corner, Spruce Up Your Holiday Decor!


There’s something about fall that brings out the inner nester in all of us. What better way to enjoy the cool, cozy days of autumn than with a DIY fall wreath project? We’ve rounded up 15 DIY fall wreaths you can create to decorate your home with this fall.

Let us know which DIY wreath you decide to craft in the comments section below. Happy fall!

7 DIY Fall Wreaths

1. Autumn Burlap Initial Wreath

Personalize this darling wreath from Sophistishe by adding a wood or metal letter.


 2. $5 Fall Wreath – Dollar Store DIY

Ribbon in a fall leaf motif makes this $5 DIY fall wreath from Horseshoes And Hand Grenades extra festive.


3. DIY Fall Wreath

If minimalism is more your style, this DIY fall wreath from Family Food and Travel is for you.


4. Easy Fall Wreath for Your Front Door

The bird on this wreath from More With Less Today gives it Halloween flair while still maintaining a neutral fall vibe.



This easy DIY fall wreath from Midget Momma will take you all the way through the season, no change of wreath required.

15 DIY Fall Wreaths Midget Momma 2 Remodelaholic

6. Fall Picture Frame Wreath Craft 

The rustic, farmhouse style of this fall wreath from 7 on a shoestring is one of our favorites.


7. How To Make A Burlap Wreath

from A Grande Life


 Curated From Remodelista

Six Easy Steps To Painting Popcorn Ceiling! – How To

Easy Do It Yourself, In Only Six Steps!

How To: Paint Popcorn Ceiling

Give that tired textured surface a fresh new coat with these steps.

How to Paint Popcorn Ceiling
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The popcorn effect—so called for its resemblance to America’s favorite fluffy snack—is the result of loose particulate materials mixed into paint and applied to a surface, usually with a sprayer. A common treatment for ceilings from the 1950s through the 1980s that offered a bit of noise reduction, popcorn ceilings lost appeal in the late 20th century, largely because the aggregates used often contained asbestos, now banned as a carcinogen. Plus, the texture proved to be a formidable dust catcher, difficult to clean and repair. Many property owners with popcorn walls and ceilings are left asking themselves ‘does my business need an asbestos survey?’ which is not an ideal situation for anyone.

Since removing a popcorn ceiling is messy at best, and a costly headache if asbestos is indeed involved, you may have decided to live with one in your home. But rather than grin and bear it, why not paint it? A fresh coat will instantly lend a lighter, brighter look sure to open up the room. Though not an especially challenging project for the DIYer, painting a popcorn texture properly requires certain tools and techniques. Read on for details, and you just might learn how to paint popcorn ceiling into good favor once again!

Painter’s tape
Plastic sheeting
Drop cloths
Dust mask
Protective eyewear
Flathead screwdriver
Feather or microfiber duster
Vacuum with dusting brush attachment (optional)
Angled paintbrush
5-gallon bucket with screen
Long napped roller cover (3/4-inch nap)
Paint roller with extension handle

Prep your room carefully, since the texture of a popcorn ceiling is bound to cause a good deal of splatter when you roll on paint. Tape plastic sheeting around the walls and cover the floors with drop cloths. Also cover and mask any ceiling fixtures with plastic and painter’s tape.

How to Paint a Popcorn Ceiling

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Prep the ceiling edges to ensure you’ll be able to achieve a neat edge where the ceiling meets the wall. Don your dust mask and protective eyewear and, using a flathead screwdriver, gently scrape about 1/4 inch of the popcorn surface off the ceiling all along the edges. One of my friends who works in construction was telling me how he used his boom lift hire in Melbourne to get to his high ceilings to achieve this effect.

If your house was built before 1977 (the year asbestos was banned from textured ceilings), get the ceiling tested first to ensure it’s safe to work on. If it contains asbestos or lead, you’re better off leaving it alone, or having professionals handle the work.

Use a feather or microfiber duster—or your vacuum with the soft bristled dusting brush attachment—to banish dust from all nooks and crannies so that it doesn’t speckle the paint you apply to the popcorn ceiling.

Pull out the paint! Popcorn and other textured surfaces require more paint to achieve full coverage, so plan to use twice as much of the supply as you would on a flat ceiling.

Cut in around the ceiling edge with an angled brush. Load the brush with plenty of paint but apply with a light touch. Once the textured aggregate gets wet, it tends to peel off, so don’t overwork any area; just gently apply paint and move on. Plan to do a second coat if you don’t get full coverage in one pass of painting a popcorn ceiling.

Since you won’t want to be bending to refill your roller more than necessary to paint popcorn ceiling, use a long napped roller cover to load on plenty of paint in one swoop. And, rather than a roller pan, get the sort of 5-gallon bucket with a screen or grid—that’s what pros rely on to ensure the roller is sufficiently loaded with paint. Load the roller fully, and apply to the ceiling in one direction only. Make just one pass.

Allow the first coat adequate time to dry per the manufacturer’s recommendation, and then roll a second coat, again in one pass only but in a direction perpendicular to the first coat. These two coats will give you the most even uniform coverage across the whole ceiling—minimum overhead for maximum color refresh.

Curated From – Bob Villa

How a Shower Drain can make the World a better place

So, we know what you’re thinking. How the heck can a shower drain make the world a better place? Most people barely even know what their shower drain looks like let alone think about them in the context of making the world a better place. Well, maybe shower drains won’t change the entire world but they just might change “your world” and make it a better place. Inspiration can strike at any moment and sometimes in the most random of places. According to Business Insider and Mitch Ditkoff, President of Idea Champions, you get your best ideas in the shower.


You can also gain great inspiration from looking at a beautifully crafted decorative Shower Drain as well. There’s just something about looking down at something that someone else created and asking yourself questions like:

How did they create that?
What was their inspiration for that design
What Materials did they use?
How long did it take them to figure out their process?

and so on… There’s a myriad of questions that you might ask yourself so we won’t list them all. But, you get the point.




Another reason shower drains make the World a better place is that they can save your marriage. Wait, first we tell you Shower Drains can save the World, now this?!  How can shower drains save your marriage? Losing your wedding ring down the drain, having to spend extra money on a plumber to recover,  or your ring or buying a new ring is not a good way to build a lasting partnership with your spouse.

Shower drains save your big ticket items from being lost. If you want any additional protection, you can always put a Hair Catcher under the drain cover. Hair Catchers are designed for ultimate protection against clogging up your drains so we know that they’ll work for catching jewelry.

Shower drains like any household item can be boring if you let them, but with just a little bit of imagination and innovation they can be made into something beautiful, functional and inspirational.




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Three Awesome DIY Bathroom Enhancement Tips

There are a lot of ways that you can create a more beautiful and functional bathroom in your home. We have come up with a list of tips that will not only make your bathroom look great, but these tips will also make you feel great because you can do them all yourself.

Check out our DIY tips and let us know what you think. Did you try one or all of the tips listed here? Let send us a picture or two and let us know how it turned out.


Tip 1: Reclaim your old fixtures

  • Give your old scratched or stained faucets and handles an extended life by refinishing them. Refinishing your fixtures not only saves you money, but it also helps save the environment.

(Photo from http://www.blesserhouse.com/2015/10/how-to-spray-paint-shower-fixtures.html)



Tip 2: Add a special touch to your lighting

  • Creating modern lighting Fixtures by recycling items found around the house. You can turn things such as coffee can and old paint cans into beautiful, one of a kind lighting fixtures.

(Picture from: http://www.manmadediy.com/users/chris/posts/693-how-to-make-a-coffee-can-lamp)



Tip 3: Create more storage

  • Adding more storage to your bathroom can make your space feel roomier and it can help keep you organized. Being more organized in the bathroom can help you save time while getting ready for your busy days.

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