Make This: Minimal Magnetic Towel Bar

Make this minimal magnetic towel bar

Currently I’m living in a place with a kitchen that must hold some sort of record for tininess. There are four drawers, a couple of cabinets, and exactly one countertop. Said countertop is about 2.5 square feet, and that’s literally my entire cooking workspace. Suffice it to say, I need to be wise about kitchen organization if I want to keep from going crazy. Knowing there’s absolutely no room to store things horizontally, I recently went vertical with this magnetic paper towel holder.     Continue Reading

Dress your Tech: Custom DIY Typographic Laptop Sleeve

DIY Foil Laptop Sleeve

Like many bloggers and freelancers, my laptop is my life! So having a cushioned laptop sleeve to protect it is really important whenever I travel with it. My boring foam laptop sleeve just needed an upgrade to feel more personalized, so I figured out this fun way to add some bold, graphic lettering to the front to really make it pop. 

 

DIY Foil Laptop Sleeve

The trick? Iron-on vinyl! It’s such a useful craft supply, and when I came across this rose colored foiled vinyl, I couldn’t wait to try it. Continue Reading

Make This: Stylish Geometric Gold Glitter Pillow to Accent any Space

Geometric Gold Glitter Pillow

I’m a pillow hoarder. If you find me scouring the pillow section, get me out of there! Nonetheless, I still manage to bring home new pillows and this time I updated a plain pillowcase from IKEA to create this fun DIY geometric gold glitter pillow with random triangle patterns.

 Iron-on vinyl is an incredible craft supply to have on hand for a variety of projects, and you can find easy-to-use gold glitter vinyl by Cricut that you can use for this project without needing a Cricut machine. Continue Reading

Roundup: 12 Clever and Creative Ideas For Removable Wall Decals

creative ideas for using vinyl decals in the home

We’ve all seen the typical vinyl wall decal – a phrase in black, scripty letters usually hung somewhere in the home. Those aren’t necessarily my style, so I’ve rounded up 12 cool ideas and uses for vinyl in the home. Some are on walls. Some aren’t! Check them out!

 

 

1. Custom cut decals to create a robot’s dreamland!  See more on Hello Creative Family.

 

ideas for wall decals
Photo: Pixers

2. This set is for purchase, but you could easily duplicate it with black, red, and green wall vinyl found at your local craft store! Continue Reading

Magnificent Budget Bathroom Makeover

created at: 10/03/2011

From crown molding to beadboard to framed mirrors to adding a decorative edge to the side of the tub to re-doing the vinyl floor (for $10!), Diane tackled just about everything in her superior budget bathroom makeover. She even made the room’s small window look bigger without replacing it. Clever! To see how she performed this feat of magic, head on over to In My Own Style. 

created at: 10/03/2011

 

Vinyl Tiles Go Mod

created at: 06/08/2011

Remember the peel & stick tiles that were all the rage back in the 80’s? They still sell them, of course, and they’re still an affordable and easily DIYed alternative to sheet vinyl. And they scream such. Now, however, Modularity Tiles, has a new vinyl tile line that just might leave the old peel & stick in the dust. Although they are NOT peel & stick, Modularity Tiles are still super-easy to install and are very affordable, ranging in price from $2.00 Continue Reading

Before & After: A Festive Vinyl Furniture Revamp

created at: 05/03/2011

With the weather finally, maybe, starting to warm up it’s just about time to start scrubbing off winter’s dirt and grime and sprucing up that outdoor living space.  If your vinyl furniture looks like it’s seen better days, consider this colorful revamp!  

created at: 05/03/2011

After a recent cleaning of his garden deck, Reuben Munoz (of the fabulous blog Rancho Reubidoux – read it!) decided his flea market sofas were too bland and lacked presence.  Armed with a creative mind and a few bottles of Createx paint, he transformed their blocky “marshmallow nothingness” into a bold, one-of-a-kind statement piece! Continue Reading

How To Clean Vinyl Upholstery

Car seats, bar stools, patio furniture, boat cushions, vintage sofas, and ottomans are places you’ll find vinyl upholstery fabric. There are some handy dos and don’ts you’ll want to be aware of to clean off the grime without damaging the vinyl surface. Dos:

  • Use only warm water and soap
  • use a soft bristled brush to clean out the grime
  • rinse with a sponge and cold water
  • use only alkaline based cleaners to remove stubborn stains

Don’t use:

  • solvents or acid based cleaners
  • household cleaners
  • dry cleaning fluids
  • steel wool
  • industrial cleaners
  • waxes
  • petroleum distillates
  • silicone oils
  • concentrated detergents
  • concentrated bleaches

Store vinyl cushions in a cool and dry room, not the basement or attic where mildew can set in. Continue Reading

How to Make Vinyl Record Bookends

Vinyl Record Bookends

ModMischief was inspired by Urban Outfitter’s vinyl bookends and made a pair of her own in about 5 MINUTES. (Gotta love that kind of project!) All you need to make a set is a couple of LPs or even singles, if your books are the pocketbook size, a pot of boiling water and a block of wood, which is optional. 

To see the entire tute, head on over to Instructables.

 

How to Paint Vinyl Flooring

created at: 03/08/2010

Yeah, I didn’t believe it either when I first read the title, but, apparently, you can actually paint vinyl flooring. At least that’s what Gregory Han did. Not only did he paint his dodgy bathroom vinyl floor, he stenciled it too. If you’re completely inspired by his before and after pics and want to give it a go yourself, here’s what Gregory says you’ll need:      

 

  • 180 grit sandpaper
  • Sanding pole
  • TSP solution (tri-sodium phosphate)
  • Deglosser cleaner
  • Small paint roller
  • 3-4 small paint trays
  • Mixing sticks
  • Mask
  • Latex gloves
  • Latex primer/sealer
  • Paint brush(es)
  • Exterior “porch and floor” or vinyl siding paint
  • Stencil (we used Ed Roth’s Stencil 101 Decor)
  • Blue painters masking tape
  • Polyurethane sealer
  • Stenciling brush
  • Optional: small fan to help airflow/drying times
For the entire tutorial, head on over to AT.
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