Is your beige sofa getting you down? Consider giving it a playful (and colorful) facelift!
Lori Dunbar, a stationery designer and blogger, had had enough of the beige blahs and decided her sofa needed a bit of a makeover. Armed with a button kit and some colorful vintage fabric, she set to work giving her run-of-the-mill sofa a few playful additions. I think it’s safe to say that the after is anything but boring!
Have you ever shopped for printed fabric in a particular color palette and couldn’t find exactly what you were looking for? It’s happened to me countless times, which is why making your own printed fabric is sometimes the best way to go. I used buttons a while back to suit my needs, but here’s an even easier method: use tape and a bit of fabric paint. Jessica from How About Orange explains all, but basically it just involves some painter’s tape, fabric paint and a foam brush. Continue Reading
Up till now, when we’ve wanted to design our own bedding, we’d have to have it custom (code for ‘expensive’) made or we’d have to make it ourselves. Now inmod lets us design our own bedding for just a few hundred bucks, and they’ve made the process so fun it’s kind of addictive!
To design our own bedding on inmod, we simply choose a pattern, fabric color and type, colors for embroidery details and a size. Continue Reading
Urban Outfitters has joined forces with Republic Bikes to let you design your own custom, retro flavored, yet modernly styled Plato Dutch bike. It’s like putting together a great outfit, only better. Pick out colors for your frame, saddle, grips, chaincase, tires and skirt. The Dutchie is a single speed workhorse with old school practicality. It’s budget friendly at only $399 and they’ll ship it to your door. These photos prove that bicycles are very photogenic…
But the Swedish manufaktürer isn’t the only one gettin’ in on some customized Billy-ness. For year, decorators, DIYsters, and other Ikea Hackers have been given these classics some color and flair. The Guardian Online has created a collection here. Continue Reading
Simple, useful, and handmade. These are the kinds of projects the DIYosphere lives for.
From EvilMadScientist: “We said that it’s simple, and it is: it’s a brick wrapped in a piece of paper…hese are “cement bricks” — red dyed cement– and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books.” These left-brainers chose some Psis and brackets for their physics texts, but the technique is simple and could be applied to anything!
An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.
So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.
Artist Mike Edwards has brought paint-by-number to the 21st century, and it’s very cool! Basically, you upload a photo to Mike’s website diyart.com, which will be transformed into a numbered grid. You can print it off–for FREE–and start painting right away, or you can go to Urban Outfitters and order a Paint by Pixel Kit ($20) that includes paper, a classic grey scale paint set, and brushes. You can also find ‘chromatically arranged paint sets’ on the DIY Art website, which afford several other color choices. Continue Reading
Blair from WiseCraft has created one of those projects that make my DIY heart sing: using two materials – fabric and the lamination machine at Kinko’s – way beyond their intended use. Adding a bit of fusible webbing gets anyone custom, handmade placemat for everyday of the week.