How To: Make Super Easy, Super Quick Low-Cost Graphic Art

created at: 07/19/2011

Artwork. For my money, it’s the number one way to add personality to a room. Sure, a $25 can of paint can make a big impact, but I’ll take a white room with loads of art over boldly painted walls any day.

But, of course, you can’t just go to the artwork store and scan the aisles until you find just the right piece of scale and color that matches your decor. Real art takes time to create, and fetches appropriately not-cheap prices, and isn’t widely available at the local shopping center. Continue Reading

Make: Graphic Soaps

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Have you ever made soap? I haven’t, but I’ve always wanted to give it a go, and this tute REALLY makes me want to give it a go. The supplies are minimal and the process seems very easy. Here’s what needs to be on the shopping list:

  • clear glycerin, found at craft stores
  • essential oils, for scent
  • a small milk carton
  • tracing paper, book pages, transparency paper and even fabric squares (!)
  • permanent pens, optional

I’m thinking these would make VERY cool gifts–for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day–and favors for wedding and baby showers. Continue Reading

Give an Ugly Metal TV Tray a Modern Makeover

First of all, I absolutely love this redone metal TV tray. I’ll be honest, I snub those old sets of metal tv trays at GW or SA. I’ve never been a big fan of that whole tv tray concept. But this easy tutorial on Design Sponge has me rethinking my old mindset. Besides, tv trays are the perfect double for handy side tables at a gathering.

Ashley lifted her neighbor’s lovely discarded tv tray from the trash and then turned it into a nice white canvas for her handmade stenciling. Continue Reading

Pocket Guide to Wallpaper Removal

created on: 09/19/08

Stripping wallpaper is one of the worst home improvement projects I’ve ever undertaken.  During each room, I swore I would never hang wallpaper again, but……

 “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Michael Corleone, Godfather III

I daydream about sitting in my favorite chair, journaling (a verb?) about my goals and dreams, in front of a vibrant retro-inspired oversized graphic wallpapered wall.  No, no, no!! I won’t do it. 

If you can’t resist the urge and you need to remove old paper, here’s a condensed guide to explain what you’ll be up against, but you need to see this ugly job and, this not me. Continue Reading