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DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

Back in the day, my natural instinct was to fill every square inch of our home with art, but now I’ve come to really appreciate the value of bare walls. Not all the walls, of course, but I no longer see a blank spot (say, between our side door and coat closet) and have the immediate gut reaction to hang a piece of art just to say that I did.

That mental shift has taken a lot of the pressure off when it comes to decorating, and now I even err on the side of nothing is actually better than something. Every now and then, though, a space comes off feeling a little too boring or bland, and for those instances I love filling them with a little bit of texture rather than a big, bold piece of art. Which brings me to my latest minimalist DIY art project: DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads.

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

This simple, multi-piece wall hanging project doesn’t call tons of attention to itself, but is the perfect solution (in my clearly biased opinion!) for that awkward blank wall in your house. Hop over to Hunker here for the full tutorial, which explains how you can get the look in seven steps. The cool thing about this one is that you can customize the size of the wooden beads to be on the smaller side if you’re interested in using them as tabletop décor instead (sort of like this).

Have you tried any other types of textural, minimal DIY art projects lately? A few that have caught my eye recently…this DIY dowel magazine shelf (doubles as storage!), a set of clay plant pockets, and I’m absolutely smitten with the way Brittany’s fringed half-circle mirror turned out. Leave your own idea links in the comments below.

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

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Before & After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Last year was a bit of a doozy in terms of projects for the house. We had our chimney overhauled, the AC wall units deep cleaned, we renovated our hall bathroom with Home Depot, got the boiler inspected and tuned up, and we also had a brand new roof put on the house. It was awesome to cross so many major projects off our list, but, as I’m sure you can imagine, our house budget took a major hit because of it.

For that reason, John and I are doing our best to turn a (responsible) blind eye to any big renovations in 2019—at least we’re hoping to. Our landscaping could stand to be addressed and there are a couple of large-scale organization projects we’d like to tackle in our basement, but those types of things are going to have to be put on the back-burner until next year so we can build our savings back up.

At any rate, instead of thinking BIG lately, I’ve had to shift my attention to the smaller, more budget-friendly things that have been on my list since we moved into the house three and a half years ago. The first thing to get tackled? The dated built-in wood dresser in our hall bathroom.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

You saw when we unveiled our totally made-over bathroom last summer, complete with a brand spankin’ new custom shower and fresh new hardware throughout, but one part of the makeover that didn’t quite get done in time for the tour was the dresser you see pictured above.

We love having all of those drawers built right into the room, but the piece of furniture was looking dated, even after we switched out the hardware, as you saw here. I figured the best way to live with the dresser but also make it disappear visually was to paint it to match the walls surrounding it. And that’s exactly what I did.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

(Please forgive my iPhone photos here!)

I removed the hardware, laid some painter’s tape down, then gave the dresser drawer fronts and body three coats of white primer, letting each coat dry for about an hour in between. Then, I went back over everything with another three coats of white topcoat paint to match the bathroom walls. In case you’re curious, the white paint is called Snowbound from Sherwin Williams, and is my very favorite warm white paint. We used it in both our upstairs and downstairs bathrooms.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

After the final coat of paint was finished and had fully cured overnight, I added new gold hardware and then put everything back together again. I may be biased, but I think the difference is pretty remarkable! I love it, and definitely wish that I hadn’t put this “someday” project off for so long.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Looking at that side-by-side “Before/After” image above, doesn’t the new white dresser make the room look so much bigger? Aside from removing the upper shelving unit from the top of the dresser, nothing else has changed but the color, and I can’t help but think that the paint completely transformed the look and feel of the space as a whole.

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

To celebrate our fresh “new” white dresser, I wrote a big story for Hunker with five ways to organize your bathroom drawers. Over there I’ll teach you how to use everything from travel packing cubes and bamboo trays to whip your vanity or dresser drawers into shape. See the post here, but before you go, make sure to share your thoughts about our dresser makeover in the comments right here!

Before/After: Dated Dresser Makeover

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Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

I know that some of you lucky folks out there live within easy driving distance of IKEA, but we are sadly not in that camp. Our closest store is two and half hours away, so whenever I plan a trip, I tend to prepare myself to stock way, way up. A few of my favorite things to get are their guest napkins (we keep a stack in the bathroom for visitors so they don’t have to use a shared hand towel), faux plants, storage boxes, and small pieces of furniture. Their prices are pretty legendary, and for good reason—they’re hard to beat!

As you probably already know, one other thing I love to keep an eye out for at IKEA is a potential DIY project or two. The store is packed with plain, minimalist containers, shelves, and pieces of furniture that can be hand-decorated with paint and other accents for a custom look. Case in point, the IKEA bench that I made over using paint and rope for Hunker.

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

Do you recognize the blue paint from a recent post here on the blog? It’s actually the same teal BEHR chalk decorative paint leftover from this project. It turned out to be the perfect pop of color our little IKEA bench needed, but ,of course, I couldn’t just stop there. I also used a drill and staple gun to add a modern rope detail to the seat to give it more custom edge.

What do you think? Would you have used a different paint color on the bench base? Maybe natural jute twine on the seat detail as opposed to white rope? My favorite thing about most of the DIY crafts I share here on the blog is that they can be tweaked to suit your personal aesthetic and taste, so tell me how you’d make this IKEA hack your own in the comments below.

Upgrade An IKEA Bench With Paint And Rope

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Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

While I’m well aware that not everyone can get on board with the faux plant trend, I can’t help but appreciate the whole “zero maintenance” aspect of the idea. I tend to struggle with keeping live plants, well…alive…so you’ll find silk plants tucked all around our house.

It’s not just because I missed out on the green thumb gene that I’ve gone “faux” with greenery, though. Our pets can’t get enough of nibbling on live trailing leaves, and although I’ve triple checked that the rooted plants we do have are okay for their systems, I still don’t love the idea of them snacking on anything other than their vet-approved kibbles. So, it’s just another big reason for me to succumb to the draw of fake plants.

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

The good news is that today’s DIY craft doesn’t have to involve faux plants. Whether you choose live succulents or the silk IKEA option I suggest over on the full tutorial here, you can still get this look in 10 minutes or less. Hop over to Hunker for the shopping list and step-by-step instructions for hacking my favorite 3-piece basket set into wall-mounted succulent holders. Oh, and make sure you keep scrolling through the tutorial for an alternative use for the displaced basket tops, too!

Hack IKEA Baskets Into Succulent Shelves

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Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Did you hear?! A brand new collection just launched in the DGD Pottery shop, and you can take your pick from any of the six new items this way. As has become tradition, I wanted to chat briefly about each piece here on the blog, too, so that you can get a sense of my thought process going into the making phase.

While, a lot of the time, I let the clay sort of take shape and evolve into what it wants (I prefer a pretty spontaneous method over a lot of pre-planning!), I do have an idea of the overall aesthetic I want. Keep scrolling to learn more about Collection No. 5, and then you’re invited to choose one of your favorites on Etsy here.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.5

Tall neck bottles seem to have become something of a default shape for me, so I’m trying to get better about creating vases that can hold more than just one flower stem or branch. That dusty blue organic vase pictured above definitely checks those boxes with its low, wide opening. You could fit a whole bundle of springtime flowers in this vase! Can’t you picture it on an Easter buffet with fresh Alstroemeria blooms overflowing the sides?

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My sister was actually the one who first got me thinking about making ceramic business card holders. She had seen one she really liked on a different Etsy shop, and asked me if I could try my hand at doing something similar but customized for her.

I started with four different prototypes to show her, and now that she’s had a chance to tell me what she likes and doesn’t like about each of the four based on her (very picky) aesthetic, I’m ready to release them to the world for you guys to snatch up throughout the next several shop updates. This first one is my personal favorite with its rich inky ash finish and organic carved sides.

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Remember my quest to make vases with wider necks? Well, here’s another newer, wider vase to consider for spring. The funnel shape on this piece is perfect for delicate flowers that might need a little more support around their stems. Like the hand-painted design on the side of the vase hints at, it could also be great for fresh cut branches once the leaves come back out in a couple of months.

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To be completely honest, I’m really struggling with learning how best to make mugs. They’re my favorite shape to see other people making, but I’m personally still trying to figure out the best way to make and attach handles to complete mugs of my own.

This two-tone cup above was supposed to be a mug, but I ended up being too intimidated to try my hand at making a handle during the small window of time when I could have attached it (before the cup dried out too much, that is).Yes, I could have said that the no-handle design was my intent all along, but I never want to sweep things under the rug with you guys. Plus, I know you’ll understand that I’m still learning.

The cool thing is that, since admitting all of this over on social media, a lot of you have come forward to say that you actually prefer handle-less mugs, so maybe I should start intentionally make those, too! Leave your vote for “Handle” or “No Handle” in the comments.

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Not all hope is lost for me and mugs, though! That one you see above has got to be one of my most successful ones yet, and is definitely the sort of shape I’d love to keep making this season. I love the straight up-and-down sides, and the minimalist half circle handle is exactly what I was going for, too.

The layered mountains glaze design on the sides was something I tested out during the glaze class I took last year, and is another thing I’d like to perfect in 2019. I was born and raised in Virginia, so the Blue Ridge Mountains have always been a big part of my life. This mug is an homage to all the memories I’ve made hiking and camping in the mountains. See more photos of it this way if you’re interested.

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Last up is a new ceramic bowl, which is actually a bit of an unintentional hint for what’s to come. I don’t remember how I ended up with it, but I somehow came into possession of a lump of speckled stoneware clay (as opposed to the white clay I learned on and started my Etsy shop with).

This bowl was made by combining the white clay I had leftover and my lump of brownish clay to create a marbled look, and then I used a semi-transparent glaze overtop. I loved the final look so much that I’ve since started working exclusively with the speckled clay. I can’t wait to start debuting this fresh new line of finished pottery—stay tuned!

In the meantime, click the graphic below (or right here) to shop all of the pieces in Collection No.5. Let me know if you have a favorite from the bunch, or if there’s a unique shape or style you’d like to see in the shop later this spring and summer. I’m always open to new ideas, so leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do for you.

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Dresser Makeover Using Chalk Decorative Paint

*This post has been sponsored by Behr Paint Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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It’s finally time to reveal that big furniture project I’ve been hinting at for the last several weeks! Slip into a fuzzy robe, grab a second cup of coffee, and settle in, folks, because today’s DIY tale in partnership with Behr Paint Company is a meaty one.

It all started with an extra beat-up old dresser. I had spotted it toward the beginning of the year at a local thrift store with the price tag of $79. I don’t mind admitting that I sort of balked at that price because the dresser was clearly not solid wood (the dated wood veneer on the outside edges had seen better days) and it was wobbly, too. I ended up walking away from it that day but just couldn’t get it out of my mind. So, I went back a week later to give it a closer look.

I got down on my hands and knees in the store to inspect the legs and found that a few quick twists of the tapered legs helped get rid of most of the wobble. Even still, I wasn’t totally sold on the price, so I asked the woman at the cash register if there was any room for negotiation. She went back to ask the manager, and we ended up settling on $60. Still not quite a steal in my book, but I was excited to shave off nearly $20 from the original list price.

After getting the piece home and giving it an even more thorough inspection, I decided that the dresser still needed extra TLC beyond a simple tightening of the legs—namely, it needed paint. So, with a little help from you guys on Instagram, I chose a retro-inspired teardrop shape for the drawer fronts and got to work making my vision come to life using the Two-Part BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint System—all the supplies for which I purchased from the paint department at Home Depot.

Scroll on to learn how to get the same look on a tired vintage dresser of your own using my shopping list and printable teardrop template.

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Here’s What You’ll Need

1. BEHR® Chalk Decorative Paint (I used Picnic Table BCP29 and Silver Celadon BCP40 for this project)

2. BEHR® Wax Decorative Finish (I used ‘Clear’)

3. 1.75 in. Chalk Decorative Paint Brush

4. 1.875 in. Chalk Decorative Wax Brush

5. Printable teardrop shape template (click here for the free download)

6. Cardstock

7. Scissors

8. Standard clear office tape

9. Level

10. Measuring tape

11. Pencil

12. Painter’s tape

13. Drop cloth or scrap cardboard

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Step One

As I mentioned before, my vintage dresser came with a whole bunch of vintage scuffs and scars (including a dresser drawer that had actually come undone). If your piece of mid-century furniture is looking a little worse for wear, too, go ahead and take some time to clean things up. Use a damp sponge or plastic scraper tool to gently remove old dirt and grime, and you may want to spritz the inside of the drawers with a water and vinegar mixture to help get rid of any lingering musty smells.

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Step Two

Use a measuring tape to find the center of each drawer front. You’ll want to measure side-to-side and top-to-bottom to get the most accurate center point. Mark this lightly with a pencil, and repeat on all of your drawers.

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Step Three

Download the free teardrop shape template that I created for you, and print it onto cardstock as many times as you’ll need. Note that this design calls for two teardrops per drawer front, so I printed eight shapes for my 4-drawer dresser. Cut out the shapes along the lines using scissors.

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Step Four

Use standard clear office tape to attach the cut teardrop shapes to your dresser drawer fronts, with their points touching in the center. I included handy cross section lines on the template so that you can use a level to make sure the shapes are nice and straight.

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Step Five

Gently trace the teardrop shapes onto your drawer fronts using a pencil. Then, you can peel away and discard the shapes. You should now be able to see faint pencil lines marking where to tape in the next step to follow.

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Step Six

Pull out the drawers from the dresser and set them aside. Then, paint the entire exterior of your dresser using your BEHR Chalk Decorative Paint color of choice. In the example you see here, I used Silver Celadon BCP40 on the outside, painted on in three coats with a 1.75 in. Chalk Decorative Paint Brush. Make sure you allow the paint to dry for a couple of hours between coats.

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Step Seven

Meanwhile, in between the paint drying on the outside of your dresser, you can move on to taping off the teardrop shapes. Use small individual lengths of painter’s tape to make your way around the curves. I expected this step to take a really long time, but it only ended up costing me about 15 minutes per drawer! Put on some music or a podcast, and this step will fly by.

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Step Eight

When the paint on the outer edges of your dresser is completely dry, go ahead and gently push the drawers back in place. Use the same 1.75 in. Chalk Decorative Paint Brush to paint the teardrops in alternating colors; I used Picnic Table BCP29 and Silver Celadon BCP40 for this project.

Keep painting until you can’t see the wood drawer fronts beneath. Allow the paint to dry between coats as you did before. It’s easier to paint the teardrop shapes while the drawers are pushed into the dresser like normal, and they can dry easily there, too, since they’ll be up and out of the way.

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Step Nine

Wait at least two hours for the paint to fully dry, then give the entire dresser—outside edges, legs, painted teardrops, and exposed wood surfaces—a few thin and even coats of BEHR Wax Decorative Finish using a 1.875 in. Chalk Decorative Wax Brush. Give the wax plenty of time to cure before styling it with everyday bedroom essentials—things like a lamp, art, a plant, and a dish for jewelry.

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Although the dresser had a nice shape before, it just felt so plain. Plus, the dinged-up surface looked really tired. It needed a refresh. The updated painted exterior helped hide years of wear and tear, and the teardrop shapes on the drawer fronts makes the piece pop. You can visit BEHR’s color detail page here to see the full collection of color names and numbers in case you’d love to try a different combination on your own dresser—maybe Carousel Red BCP04 and Vintage Mustard BCP13?

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One thing I didn’t anticipate having such a big impact on the makeover was the BEHR Wax Decorative Finish. After finishing up the painting steps, I walked backward to check out the overall look and loved it exactly as it was. Not wanting to skip a step, though, I followed through with the directions and layered the wax over the entire dresser, too. That moment turned out to be a complete game-changer!

If you look at the before/after graphic a couple images up, you can probably see how the wax really brought out the grain detail and color of the wood drawer fronts. The BEHR Wax Decorative Finish will also help protect the paint job I worked so hard on. Our cats are always jumping up on the furniture, leaving claw marks behind on unfinished pieces in our house. The wax on this dresser has already helped prevent visible damage from their paws.

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So, what do you think? Are you as excited by this as I am? The best part of all is that I have a ton of paint left over, so picture me wandering around our house looking for other pieces of retro furniture to make over. In the meantime, let me know in the comments below what type of piece you would make over with BEHR Chalk Decorative PaintFind your nearest Home Depot for supplies by clicking here.

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Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Practically since the first day I started this blog back in March of 2011, I’ve had a running series called “Thrift Store Scores.” The concept behind it was to share vintage furniture, lighting, and other decorative goodies scored from (you guessed it) local thrift stores. That was all fine and good when we lived in Lynchburg, Virginia, where thrift stores were practically around every corner, but since we moved out of town to Waynesboro, it’s a totally different story.

Instead of thrift stores, we’re surrounded almost exclusively by antique stores, and of course there’s a pretty big difference between “thrift” and “antique.” So, lately I’ve been called out (rightly so!) by you guys for including things like a $500 mid-century cabinet in a series titled “Thrift Store Score.”

All that to say that this calls for a title change! Welcome to the revamped “Secondhand Score” series. Hopefully the shift away from thrifty-specific terminology will help shed more clarity on our collection of secondhand antiques. First up with this evolved series name in mind? Our new-to-us set of retro dining room chairs.

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

As you may remember from our home tour, we used to have a great set of dowel-leg dining chairs that looked an awful lot like the famous Eames molded plastic side chair. Since they were inexpensive knockoff versions, our chairs came in well within budget, and still gave me the mid-century vibes I was hoping for in our dining room.

The only rub was that I knew they weren’t really mid-century, and that bothered me probably more than I should admit. So, I’ve unofficially been on the hunt for authentically mid-century (as opposed to reproduction) chairs for the past year.

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Late last December while I was working on a little dining room revamp at our house, I really got serious about finding antique wooden chairs to replace our cheapo plastic ones. I scoured Craigslist, kept an eye on the Facebook marketplace section that everyone raves about, I watched for new arrivals in my OfferUp app, and I also was a regular at all of our local antique stores.

It wasn’t until a couple of days after Christmas that I finally found the perfect set of retro chairs. They came from Circa in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, which (as you probably know) is a favorite spot of mine. The chairs are most definitely vintage, and I love the mix of their wooden frames with black leather upholstery. They’re comfortable, easy to clean, and, best of all, were within budget at about $250 for the set of five.

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

In case you’re wondering if you heard me correctly, yes, the store only had five chairs in the set. It’s definitely a bummer since we have room for six, but 99% of the time it’s just John and me eating at the dining room table, so we already have more chairs than we need with the set of five. Plus, we’re looking forward to keeping an eye out for that elusive sixth chair to round out the set. It’s our new favorite game when we’re out antiquing.

Before I finish up this story, I wanted to quickly mention the piece of art you may have spotted there between our new-to-us retro lamps (the ones I talked about a couple of weeks ago here). It’s a vintage Japanese architectural drawing that I found in this Etsy shop last summer.

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Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

The print had actually been saved to my “Favorites” list for months and months, and the purchase of those sleek mid-century chairs finally inspired me to order the print to help play up the cool monochromatic vibes of our new dining room setup. That Etsy shop has tons of gorgeous vintage art pieces to choose from, so definitely check them out here if you have time.

Anyway, that’s it for today’s “Secondhand Score” story! What do you think of the new chairs? Would you have passed on the set since it’s missing that sixth chair? Or do you think you would have, like us, fallen so hard for them that it didn’t even matter? Do tell in the comments below.

Secondhand Score: Mid-century Dining Chairs

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DIY Modern Minimalist Kinetic Pipe Sculpture

DIY Modern Minimalist Kinetic Pipe Sculpture

Question: what’s one project you’ve had in the back of your mind for ages that you’ve been dying to try out? I know you’ve got some sort of creative vision in there! I, for one, have dozens upon dozens of unfinished, not-even-begun DIY ideas racing through my brain at any given moment, but I’m happy to report that that list recently got one item shorter.

Case in point, my latest project for Hunker is something I’ve had on my list to make for years, and I finally had the motivation to bring it to life. Hop over to Hunker here to see the full step-by-step tutorial for my DIY Mod Kinetic Pipe Sculpture, including a linked shopping list to take even more of the guess work out of things.

DIY Modern Minimalist Kinetic Pipe Sculpture

DIY Modern Minimalist Kinetic Pipe Sculpture

I know I dub a lot (if not most) of my projects as “couldn’t be easier” to pull off, but I really, truly mean it this time. I was actually a little dumbfounded when I was able to wrap the whole thing up in one short afternoon. I remember setting the finished sculpture on the console in our living room, stepping back, and muttering a quick “Huh!” out of surprised satisfaction at the sight of it. Can you believe it’s made out of a couple of $3 pipes?!

Anyway, visit the Hunker website here for all the DIY details, and then I’d love for you to let me know about the project you’ve been aching to cross off your own list in the comments below.

DIY Modern Minimalist Kinetic Pipe Sculpture

P.S. Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day this week! In case you need inspiration for a romantic dinner at home, check back here to see the mini meal I pulled together for my own Valentine.

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12 Bold Patterned Throw Pillows

12 Bold Patterned Throw Pillows

There are a few things I’ve learned about throw pillows over the years, number one being that they’re almost always more expensive than you think they’ll be! The other thing I’ve picked up on, though, is that you can make your investment go much farther by curating a collection that’s color-coordinated and cohesive.

Of course, the same concept goes for practically any type of decorative accent you bring into your home, but if you focus on purchasing pillows that match each other and feel intentionally collected, then you can move them from room to room and never run out of combinations to try.

One of my favorite ways to update or refresh a space is to mix up the pillows I have out in the room. For example, I’ll pull the pillows I have on our guest room bed and put them on the living room couch (and vice versa) to give both rooms a mini makeover without spending a penny. Keep scrolling for links to a dozen throw pillows I’d love to work into our current rotation.

12 Bold Patterned Throw Pillows

1. Chickamauga Lumbar Pillow

2. Doerun Pillow Cover

3. 18″ Dream Pillow

4. Multi Bubble Geo Lumbar Throw Pillow

5. Dorado Handwoven Pillow

6. Diamond Throw Pillow

7. Crewel Geo Ripple Pillow Cover

8. Triangle Lattice Pillow

9. Sky Blue Throw Pillow

10. Jase Geometric Throw Pillow

11. Vintage Floral Outdoor Pillow

12. Kuba Cloth Pillow

Here’s a bonus trick for you: buy pillow covers instead! That way you can store the covers flat when not in use, and just unzip the old ones from the pillow forms when you’re ready to change things up. This is a game changer for my storage since I’m not trying to stuff a bunch of thick, fluffy pillows into a closet. Instead, I’m able to fold the covers away flat and place them lightly into the drawers of our linen dresser. Got a pillow tip of your own to share? Do tell below.

12 Bold Patterned Throw Pillows

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How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

I’ve been promising a look into our recently made-over living room, and today is finally that day. Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “How many times can one person redo a room in their house?!” and while I’m personally of the mind that a home is never technically “done,” there was a very specific reason for this most recent update.

You see, John and I had been thinking about investing in a second Samsung Frame TV for our upstairs living room for about four or five months. You may already know about the one we have in our downstairs family room, and that it’s easily our favorite piece of technology in the house. In case you’re just catching up, though, the Frame TV displays a piece of digital art when not in use, so the television literally transforms into a decorative accent the moment you switch it to its dormant art mode. Genius, right?

Well, anyway we wanted to make our upstairs gathering space just as functional as the one we enjoy downstairs, so over the holidays we finally bit the bullet and ordered a new TV (albeit a smaller version of the 55-incher we have downstairs). That’s it right there in the photo below displaying a cool monochrome print.

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

With the new TV in place, we decided to turn our attention to the furniture in the living room facing it. You know we’ve always been absolutely smitten with the vintage leather couch we used to have in the space, but it just wasn’t quite comfortable enough for lazy TV watching, so we ended up putting it in my office to turn that room into more of a lounge, and we put the overstuffed tufted couch that we had out in our sunroom in its place in the living room.

Since we had spent so much money on the new TV, it was really important that we find a way to redecorate the living room on a next-to-nothing budget, and luckily we already had that cozy sofa on hand to use in place of the leather couch, which was really more for show than longterm seating, if you know what I mean.

There were still a couple of hurdles to get over, though, which I’ll get to later in this post. The first problem was that I had never really loved the legs of the tufted blue couch as it was. You can see the original chunky block legs in the before/after graphic below. I was all for the cool teal color, the sharp lines of the silhouette, and the tufting—not to mention that it’s the most comfortable couch in the world. But those bulky legs had to go.

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

**Sorry the lighting is so off between these photos. I know it’s making the couch upholstery look totally different, but I promise that it’s the same couch in both photos.

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

Happily, the changing out of the legs couldn’t have been easier, and I’m now kicking myself for waiting so long. All we did was unscrew the old legs and put a set of new tapered legs that we ordered from Amazon in their place. The entire project took about 10 minutes, but the difference (at least I think) is pretty amazing.

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

The updated tapered legs make the couch feel a little sleeker and definitely more mid-century in style. I also love that the richer wood tone of the new legs matches the rest of our wood furniture better than the original almost-black legs did before. See how they’re almost an exact match to the antique teal side chair in the photo above?

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

The rest of the room came together from there piece by piece as I continued working to make it as comfortable and cozy as possible in honor of the new TV. I put together a mini gallery wall off to the side above the couch, making sure to balance the traditional pieces out with contemporary ones, and I also added a new wall-mounted sconce. The ultra modern shape of the new light fixture helps keep the couch and art from looking too “Grandma’s House.”

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

You might be wondering where our new leather side chair came from. It’s actually on loan from my parents who are downsizing a lot of things from their home before they move to our area in the next few months. While the piece isn’t exactly 100 percent my style, I do love the retro ’70s feel of it, and it’s beyond comfortable to sit in.

The reason it’s the perfect addition to this particular space, though, is that it swivels, so it can be shifted to face the couch for regular conversation and twisted toward the TV at other times as needed. I might not give the chair back to my parents after all!

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

Truth be told, the room took some getting used to. For the longest time this space was so much about looks. It was where we kept our favorite pieces of antique furniture (whether they were comfortable or not), and although we still spent plenty of time in the room before, it wasn’t exactly my top choice for lounging around any time of day. Now the living room is just as comfortable as the family room, and offers us a lot more flexibility in terms of gathering with friends and family.

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

What do you think of the “new” room? Do you like the new art and furniture arrangement, or would you have personally erred on the side of looks over function? My favorite part, of course, is that we didn’t have to buy any new furniture—just $30 worth of new legs for a couch we already had! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

How To Update Your Sofa For $30

*I earn a small percentage from purchases made using the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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