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DIY Plywood Bookcase

10 Jan

Photo: Bolig Battle

Storage solutions for books and similar sized items can get expensive, but to save money you can build your own.  With less than $100 (not including the cost of tools) and a trip to your local hardware store you can recreate the shelving pictured above, featured on Danish design show Bolig Battle.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

1) Two sheets of plywood, preferably MDF (the size will depend on how much storage you need) cut into 12×12 squares

2) Wood glue, $3 Home Depot

3) Black spray paint, $3 Home Depot

4) Hammer

5) Wood

6) Nails

Here are the steps to create the bookcase:

1) Nail 12×12 wood panels to the wall to create plywood backing of the shelf, putting one nail in each corner of the squares.

2) Begin assembling boxes by applying a line of glue along the edge of the base board and adjoining it to a second panel, also treated with a line of glue. Hold the two pieces of wood together with a clamp. While clamped, nail the two pieces together to increase sturdiness. The result should be two wood panels adjoined in an L shape.

Photo: DIY Advice

3) Repeat the steps above to create a second “L”. Then glue and nail the two L-shaped pieces together to create a square. Use the clamp to reinforce the glued edges as they dry.

4) Once dry, glue a fifth piece of wood to the square to act as a base to the box.

5) Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve reached your desired number of boxes.

6) Spray paint half of your boxes.

7) Once dry, attach boxes to wood panels on the wall with glue (spread out over the surface of the box bases) and at least four nails or screws.




DIY Baby Swing

5 Jan

When browsing through the February 2011 issue of Dwell, I happened upon this photo. In addition to thinking….what a cute a baby…..I also thought…wow what a great DIY (speaking of the baby swing). All you need to make your own is:

1) A very study basket or bassinet with handles and padding

2) Some rope (I’d go with 1/2 inch wide to be extra safe), $10

3) A ceiling hook, $2

…….and you’ve got yourself a baby swing without spending hundreds of dollars.

Low-Cost DIY Bubble Chandelier

3 Jan

Chandeliers have a way of making rooms look grown and sexy. Unfortunately, they can also be cost prohibitive. So naturally when I ran across this gorgeous DIY chandelier via Small Notebook coming in at only $70 I was super psyched!


-18 4-inch glass balls from CB2 ($2 each)

-4 IKEA cord sets ($4 each)

-20 gauge floral wire ($1)

-galvanized electrical conduit and fittings ($12)

-4 25-watt clear bulbs ($1 each)


For instructions on how to assemble click here.

My New/Old Lamp

26 Dec

A few weeks ago I picked up a lovely new mid-century lamp from one of my favorite vintage stores Home Anthology (store blogged about here). I like vintage lighting because the designs tend to be more visually interesting than a lot of what’s on the market today, and often times you can get cute pieces for relatively cheap at thrift stores and Ebay. The only downside to buying vintage lamps is that sometimes the wiring isn’t the greatest and you can never be sure what the maximum bulb wattage should be. But with a little ingenuity and IKEA I was able to solve this problem.

Below is my vintage lamp along with its old wiring. I swapped the old wiring for the wiring in my Fado Ikea table lamp (which had been hiding out in the back of my closet, ever since I broke the glass that covers it…I had a feeling the wiring would come in handy one day). You can pick up a new one from IKEA for $20.

After removing the old wiring, I simply put the lamp on top of the IKEA lamp base.

Tah dah…..my new/old lamp!

Wallpaper Headboard

17 Dec

Martha Stewart shows how to use wallpaper to create a headboard. Cute AND cheap!

If You Don’t Like it, Paint it

13 Dec

A few months back I bought a pair of Design Within Reach’s Kyoto Stools. I was excited about the purchase because they were only $50 each on sample sale, compared to the almost $200 per chair (including tax and delivery) they would have cost had I purchased them online (I NEVER buy anything from DWR unless it’s on sample sale). But when I brought them home they didn’t match with my existing decor. Luckily, my wonderful boyfriend suggested I paint them. At first I was skeptical but decided to give it a try. Here’s what I got:

I’m happy with the outcome. See what $12 spent on spray paint and primer can do!