Monday, February 27, 2017

DIY to Try # Curtain rods


Dressing up the windows is an important part of a room decor. Between the drapery, rods and curtain panels, thinks can quickly goes out of control and out of budget. Fortunately, you can find all ready made curtains at an affordable price in a lot of store. And, to hang them, noting better and cheaper than a DIY curtain rods. Here after, you will find a great selection of tutorials to make you own rods.
I'm sure you will find the perfect option for your room.




Copper curtain rod // Design*Sponge


10 minutes curtain rod // The heathered nest

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Friday, February 24, 2017

How to make a wall lamp with a tin can


I finally found a solution for the bathroom lighting, with a DIY of course! I'm still looking for the perfect sconces but meanwhile I will not have to look at the naked bulbs anymore. I'm glad the bathroom is almost done, I still have to finish the shelf unit below the sinks. So you can expect a new post about the bathroom upgrade pretty soon! If you missed the previous article, you can have a look HERE.  I love tin cans, they are free and come in many sizes which make them one of the best material to upcycle. For those wall lamps I used medium size powdered milk cans and paper...that's it! As you can see it's a very cheap DIY to make!


To give you an idea, here are the wall lamp holder I started with.


Draw a circle in the middle of the tin can and drill holes all around it. The dimension of the circle must be a little bigger than the lamp holder socket. You will need to be able to fix the can on the plastic holder.


Use cutting pliers to cut out the circle. Watch you fingers, metal edges can be really sharp.


Clean the cans and spray paint them, insist on the inside of the can, the top and the bottom edges. I choose white paint because it matches the paper, feel free to pick any color you like


Cut the paper at the can dimension and use a glue gun to fix the paper around the can. Cut out the paper where the circle is.


Use your glue gun to fix the can on the lamp holder. The can must be fixed on the plastic part of the holder. Hold the can until the glue dries.


Screw the bulb back in place, use energy saving bulb or LED. They don't heat and it will be much safer.


Enjoy your new lighting! The small shelf on the left of the picture is also a DIY, you can find the tutorial HERE.




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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Interior inspiration # Greenery


 I want to give a try with a new post serie about interior inspiration. I want to propose you a selection of a few pictures on a specific decor theme, and give you a few tips on how you can archive these looks into your house. I hope you will like it. Don't hesitate to leave a comment if you have any suggestion or if you want us to talk about a specific topic.

Today, let's talk about green walls. Greenery is pantone color of the years and you can see a lot of green interior around pinterest lately. It's a dark and bold color, very present into the space. It works very well with white (pic 4), light mint green, wood and gold touch.

If you are not an adept of the total green look for a room, you can choose to paint only one wall (pic 5). Generally what works best when using dark color in only one wall, is painting the wall opposite the windows. Or you can also try the unconventional option to paint a corner (the pic 1). In both case use masking tape to delimit the area to be painted.

An other way to add green is painting only the lower part of the walls (pic 3), generally one third of the wall high is a good proportion. You can also play it a little more audacious and work with a two third of dark green. In this case is it will be wise to paint the upper part of the wall and the ceiling in light and similar tones (pic 2).

If you are truly a greenery lover, you can try the total green look. Paint the walls, the furniture and the woodworking in the same tone (pic 6). It's an interesting option for small rooms like an entrance or a night hall. It's also a good solution if you want to integrate thrifted furniture to the decor. It will aslo enhance any other decorative objet you will add to the room. Remember that even if you use the same color everywhere, you need to apply specific kind of paint for each different surface.

And if green if definitely not your color, you can always add a few plants ;)

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