DIY Furniture: A Step by Step Guide for creating your own stunning furniture projects, is set to hit shelves this month and I can’t wait! Full of amazing ideas from established designers such as Rich Brilliant Willing, Peter Marigold and Lindsey Adelman, and combined with brilliantly laid out easy-to-understand instructions, DIY Furniture couldn’t be more useful and inspiring. Best of all, the projects can be easily assembled using common materials at a fraction of the normal cost.
Featuring 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world DIY Furniture shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture from scratch.
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Great idea for a DIY bedside table.
Via ml-hdesign, Remodelista
Taking a brief break (until later today) from the product reviewing to post these fun rooms with chalkboard painted walls. I have been toying with the idea to use chalkboard paint on some of our walls… My only worry would be whether or not my girls would realize they can’t draw on every wall, just specific ones. If painting an entire wall isn’t a commitment you want to make, or if it just isn’t an option, then maybe a smaller scale/less permanent choice like these wall graphics form Firm Living would be better. Printed on adhesive backed vinyl, these work with chalk and can be applied/removed without damaging the wall.
Images via NYTimes, Ferm Living
A great memory from childhood is standing with my back to the door frame, and my mom making tick marks with the year and my new height. It was so exciting to see every inch of progress. Keeping a growth chart is a great thing to do with your kids, but if you don’t own your own home writing on the wall might not be the best option. And if you move you can’t exactly take a chunk of drywall with you. These over sized rulers are the perfect alternative to writing on kitchen walls and backs of bedroom doors. The simple vintage style Ruler Height Chart is available through Great Little Trading Co, or for something a little more colorful try the Measure Me Stick from Studio 1am. Or there is always Amazon. If you have the time and resources though, creating your own is a relatively simple undertaking and a great weekend project to do with kids. You can pick up some birch or maple ply from a local hardware store, and they will typically be able to cut it to size for you. Then all you need is some nice number stencils, finish, and you are off and running. There are plenty of helpful tutorials out there, and I might end up doing one of my own here soon. One important thing to consider is the height of the ceiling where you plan to put the ruler. Our ruler is six feet tall ( the kids may get taller, but I doubt we will still be measuring them at that point). Seven feet is also a good height, however not all older homes/apartments have bedroom ceilings that tall. Be sure and plan a way to anchor it to the wall too, you don’t want a giant ruler falling on top of anyone!
If you are looking for some fun projects to do with your children, or help with a specific job you might have already started, pay a visit to Built by Kids. Built by Kids is a wonderful resource for everything DIY as it relates to children. You can browse weekend projects, sort by skill level, or select something for a certain age range. It even gives suggestions for things you can build with your child, or that they can do by them self. I know I am already planning our next weekend project in the very near future. For ideas and inspiration visit the Built by Kids website.
Halligan over at Design Sponge posted a really great DIY idea for customizing a ceiling fan. I don’t have a ceiling fan, but if I did I would try this out for sure. I can think of several other ways to use the same idea though.
Via Design Sponge