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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Reader DIY Projects!

It has been truly delightful and inspiring to see the creative DIY projects that our readers have submitted.  We have received such a variety of different projects, and we have to admit they have inspired us to take on a few new projects ourselves!  Throughout the week, we are going to share some of our favorites with you, and Friday we will highlight the contest winners!

Pink and Orange Necklace Display Board!
Pink and orange is one of our very favorite color combinations. 
Like this Tory Burch tote:

Or these Kate Spade flats:
So what better way to show off your jewelry than with a pink and orange jewelry display board!
Reader KKA submitted this project, and we absolutely love it!  First, she started with a thick gold frame.  You can usually find these at thrift stores for a song.  If it isn't pretty, it doesn't matter because you are going to paint it anyway!

Next, she bought some inexpensive cork board to go behind the frame.  You can find this at Michaels or another craft store (and there is almost always a printable coupon for Michaels- be sure to google it and print one off before you go). 

Next, she sprayed the frame a glossy hot pink.  Say goodbye to the boring, bronzey gold!

Finally, she covered the corkboard with orange silk dupioni.  What a perfectly artful way to display your costume jewelry!

Rattan Chair Re-Do!
French Blue and white is a combo we will never tire of!  It is calming, classic, and stylish.  For instance, this gustavian dresser below is balanced perfectly against the creamy white walls.


Or the stylishly French-influenced dining room below.

Enter reader Kinzie from Kinzie's Creations.  She found this fantastic pair of caned armchairs at a yard sale- $35 for the pair! 
The lines are fabulous, and the caning is perfect!  But that old blue velvet and drab brown wood had to go!  So she removed all the tacks and staples...

Stripped off the fabric....

Painted the wood white, and recovered and pretty blue damask!
What a transformation!  This pair would be so gorgeous in a living room, or even separated with one at a desk and one in a guest room.  Perfect!

Master Bathroom Remodel
Reader Erin really raises the bar high for DIY projects!  She recently renovated a 1929 bungalow herself, and she shared this master bathroom re-do with us!
Before, the bathroom was dilapidated and downright scary.  Wood paneling, old tile, and holes in the walls!

Erin came in and ripped out the old paneling and completely replaced all the drywall, added a new subfloor and ceramic tile.

She added a new tile shower and replaced all the fixtures.

She also replaced the vanity with an uba tuba granite top.  The mirror is a Homegoods find.  Lighting is from Lowes, and the paint is Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments.

What a perfectly spa-like bathroom!  And Erin, the next the we decide we want to do some updating in our homes, we are calling you! 

Stay tuned for some more reader DIY favorites tomorrow!

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