Make: CHEAP Mod Wall Treatment

created at: 04/14/2011

Jason Hammond of local ‘From the Ground Up’ fame, replicated the above wall treatment in his family’s first floor bathroom for–get this–6 bucks. The original is actually CLIF™ wall panels from Modular Arts


To achieve this feat, Jason used scrap pieces of MDF in both 1/2″ and 3/4″ thicknesses. Once the MDF was applied, he filled the cracks and nail holes with paintable caulk and then covered the entire wall with a bright white paint. 

Read more about this project at the StarTrib. Continue Reading

3 Excellent DIY Wall Mirrors

Wall mirrors are a great way to add some punch to a room, while also opening up the space and making it seem bigger. Melissa at 320 Sycamore DIY’ed this great ‘wall-o-mirrors’ for her daughter’s bedroom. Total cost $19.98:

Making the sunburst mirror

Yes, you might need to re-learn a little geometry for this one (where’s that protractor, anyway?).

Wall O’ Mirrors  [320 Sycamore]

If you need a little more inspiration, check out Capree’s post about making your own sunburst mirror for under $25:

DIY sunburst mirror for under $25

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Reclaimed Gym Floor Wall Hooks

created at: 11/10/2010Reclaimed gym floor wall hooks??  How clever!  Before you grab your wallet and get to ordering though, check out how to create a reclaimed wood wall treatment.  Totally adaptable to a wall hook feature, right?  If you’re itching for some color, mask off a similar design and grab your favorite spray paint.  Easy.  Done.

For instant gratification, you can purchase the above pictured wall hook from UncommonGoods for $125.

How To: Make an Awesome Wall Treatment with Reclaimed Wood

In today’s video I show you how to do your own Reclaimed Wood Wall. This is a project I have been wanting to do for months and am so thrilled with the result. My husband and I were first inspired by The Antonio Treatment, an HGTV show starring a laid back kinda punk rock/metal dude who does everything green and features his dog Chewie a lot. We dig him. Antonio does BIG heavy hauls and revamps and shows glimpses into the projects, without doing big DIY tutorials. Continue Reading

How to: Make Boutique-Inspired Butterfly Wall Art on the Cheap!

created at: 10/27/2010

Here is a clever project to add character to your space without taking a lot of cash out of your pocket: paper butterfly wall art.

The back story: my daughter and I were shopping for accessories for her college dorm and went to a high end women’s clothing store in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. We love that store, as they are stylists for country music artists so they always have a great selection of women’s fashion. We saw “flutters” of butterflies all over the store, but when asked what were told they were not for sale having been made by their window display artists. Continue Reading

DIY: Mod Cinder Block Wall Planters

Good Golly Miss Molly! I think I’ll need a cinder block wall planter next Spring.  Not being a fan of cinder blocks, I’m happy to see them used in a design-i-licious way. Here’s all you need:

12″ cinder blocks

some extra blocks or pavers to glue inside the bottom of the blocks with plants

Liquid Nails

You can do any configuration you’d like plus the blocks are cheap and paintable so you can have pull them right into your outdoor color scheme.  Continue Reading

How to: Make Life-Size DIY Birch Tree Trunk Wall Art

created at: 08/26/2010

 These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and  

some of those half empty buckets of paint that seem to perpetually lurk in the corners of every garage.

You will need:

Cereal Boxes (or Similar Packaging)

Left-over House or Wall Paint

White Glue

Packing Tape

Poster Gum

How To:

#1: Cut boxes into flat sections, arrange with wider sections at the base of trunk and narrower pieces at the top. Continue Reading

Fun and Interactive Wallpaper.

A traditional wall, by definition (I think), is a two-dimensional surface. By extension, wallpaper, traditionally, is also a two-dimensional deal.


At least, it used to be. “Designer Kicki Edgren Nyborg has decided that wallpapers shouldn’t be boring and repetitive.  Instead they should be interactive, functional and whimsical.  As far as functionality goes, her “Off the Wall” wallpaper is able to house lighting and storage.  Her second design, “Trans Wall” is meant for those that want to go against the grain with whimsical patterns that create flow for the chosen room.  Continue Reading

Painting with Plants – The Living Wall.


created at: 2009/11/19

Designer Kari Elwell Katzander has painted a wall for the PNC bank building in Pittsburgh…

and, it’s alive.

“PNC really allowed me be very creative with the design of this wall. Inspirations from Verner Panton,Joan Miro and Alexander Calder were taken and used through my design process. Painting with living plants is a challenge met with great respect for the plant material used to grow vertically.”

Read more at Contemporist.


How To: Repair Damaged Drywall.

Any active home eventually results in some damaged drywall. Nail and screw holes, banged up paint jobs, even cavitiy-ish gapes from errant doorknobs, tools, and other sharpies.

Thankfully, it’s an easy(ish) fix, and HandymanHomeRepair has got a perfect how-to for getting the job done.

“Sheets of drywall are generally quite strong, but they are only made out of gypsum plaster that has been pressed between two sheets of thick paper. The thing that ensures rigidity is the kiln drying process. Continue Reading