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    September 28, 2015
    DIY Juju Hat

    Remember when African Juju Hat wall hangings were all the rage? I have to say, I still love them. I just happened upon a Juju Hat DIY from Love Maegan. It looks fairly straight forward and is a great excuse for buying feathers, which I’m always tempted by anyways.

     


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    September 25, 2015
    Gold Standard

    Sometimes I think I’ve seen every possible Ikea hack out there. Then a new one pops up. This DALFRED bar stool makeover requires only gold spray paint. I’d say add a coat of sealer, too. I don’t know how well spray paint holds up to constant wear. Get the instructions here.


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    September 16, 2015
    DIY Marble + Wood Trays

    Coco + Kelly has a very straight-forward tutorial for making your own wood and marble cheese trays from tile and wood remnants. The only out-of-the-ordinary thing you need is a food-safe surface sealer. Get the instructions here.


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    September 3, 2015
    Creative Bike Storage

    It’s always hard to find a stylish way to store a bike indoors. These ingenious, multifunction storage racks are actually made from bike seats and handle bars mounted on a wooden plaque in an homage to taxidermy. Via Curbly.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    September 2, 2015
    DIY Dreams: Giant Cross Stitch

    I was in Home Depot the other day and ran across the pre-cut peg boards and kinda wanted to buy one just to see what I could make with it. Now that I know I can use it make a giant cross stitch, I’m going to have to go back. Instructions and photo at Simply Mal.


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    August 25, 2015
    Put Up Your Drawers

    I was at an estate sale this weekend and ran across several great-looking vintage file cabinets. I love the look of them, but don’t really have the space for another piece of furniture. Then I ran across this post from SF Girl By Bay featuring some vintage drawers hung as shelves. It’s a great industrial look and a nice way to upcycle a banged up file cabinet. You can even find smaller vintage drawers being sold on Etsy. Below, set of 2 army green industrial drawers, $22.


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    August 18, 2015
    Awesome West Elm Hacks

    Buzzfeed has compiled a very doable list of fantastic West Elm hacks for those of us who love the West Elm look, but throw some serious shade at West Elm prices. Above, industrial curtain rods very convincingly recreated with threaded pipe from the home improvement store. I’ve done a few projects with threaded pipe and I can tell you it is both affordable and fairly easy to work with. Just make sure to clean off the oil first. Check out the whole list here.


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    August 4, 2015
    Stepped Up Shoe Storage DIY

    Fashionable shoe storage made from a wooden ladder and 2x4s. This project is super simple and, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may be able to find a wooden ladder out on bulk trash pick-up day. I actually saw one on my way to work this morning. Get the instructions here. Via A Pair and a Spare.


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    July 20, 2015
    A Little Monday Marbling

    Did you know you could use spray paint to marble hard surfaces? Me either. Luckily, Vintage Revivals has a great tutorial for upping the cool factor on your plain white vases right here. Now I’m wondering if this would work on Ikea furniture.


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    July 8, 2015
    Cheap Ways to Make Stuff Look Expensive

    Buzzfeed has compiled a great list of Ikea hacks that make inexpensive pieces look like they cost a pretty penny. Above, an Ikea kitchen cabinet laid on its side and topped with wood from trendsender.

    A simple paint update for an inexpensive Ikea step stool from Bloglovin.

    My personal favorite is this jute cord update for the Foto pendent from design sponge. There are over 30 ideas on Buzzfeed’s list – many for pieces you may already have at home.


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