Ready for a revelation? Well, Lifehacker has given one! Below is a graphic for those home renovators who relish in the look rather than the labor. Check out some simple home improvement ideas that have all the design and none of the sweat equity.
Not every necessary utility in a home is cute to look at. Fire alarms? Thermostats? Security systems? Those clunky squares aren’t a good look.
Luckily, The Third Boob has a great idea to hide those unsightly objects, a hinged canvas of any painting or photo. In just a few steps, the walls will look great and these systems will be easily accessible.
Start by gathering these materials:
- Chosen canvas
- Two flat hinges
- Screw driver
After picking out the perfect painting of a sunset or photo of the family, attach two flat hinges the top and bottom of one side of the canvas. Once attached to the canvas, secure the hinges to the wall. Make sure to screw the hinges tightly to ensure the safety of the system and stability of the canvas.
And that’s it! Enjoy large scale beauty without any of the nuisances of utilities cluttering up wall space.
Ready to renovate a home? Well, check out Fixr’s graphic on what Americans spend their home improvement budgets on before pulling out the ladder and paint brush. Scroll down for details!
Going to the bar is expensive. Along with the $10 cover, it's $20 for a couple of beers and the inevitable cab ride home. So why not pocket the $50 for a night out and instead pay less than $40 for an at-home bar to provide years of entertainment? By repurposing some old wood and purchasing only the building supplies, it is totally possible!
Besides the repurposed wood, these supplies are required:
Start by framing the bar, using 16″ centers. Create the sides of the bar by attaching sheathing to the frame. Reddit user 7thsonwoodworking found those pieces at a gas station, but can also be found at a local building site or hardware store for free with just a couple “please and thank you”'s.
In order to create a chevron look with the inlays on the surface, measure and cut each board so each side matches up to make the arrow shape. Do this until reaching the middle where both sides meet up. Get creative for this section, 7thsonwoodworking decided on a geometric pentagon shape, but any shape to fill the space will do. Similarly, the fronts and sides should also possess these designs.
Stain the trim of the surface, front and sides until reaching the desired hue. Once stained, screw all the corners of the inlays in. This will be the longest step in the process. Attach the trim to the surface, sides and front. Finally add a layer of polytheurane to make the bar shiny, crisp and clean.
For the advanced class, build some shelving behind the bar to keep all needed liquor and garnishes nearby. This finished look will have people wanting to party in a basement for the first time since high school.
Whether a home is a modern oasis or vintage abode, a rustic piece of furniture can add a natural luster to any room. And instead of paying through the roof in a furniture showroom, follow the steps of Reddit user BaconStripsandFishin to make a pallet coffee table.
While the look may look difficult to attain, the supplies and steps are surprisingly simple!
This project requires the following materials:
- A wood pallet
- Wood for legs and sides
- Walnut stain
- 16 lag screws
- Leftover coffee
To begin, acquire a wood pallet. These can be acquired for free or low cost at a local hardware store, lumber yard or construction site. While there, pick up the rest of the needed products. Except for of course, the coffee. In order to get the desired weathered look, the table will need to be stained with coffee once a day for a month. Any coffee can be used, Colombian, Hazelnut, etc.
First, disassemble the wooden pallet. Arrange the boards on the plywood and then nail them to each other with the nails pulled from the pallet.
Following assembly, sand the surface of the table until smooth but still weathered and cut the sides to the desire size. Once constructed, then begin the monthlong staining process with coffee. Meanwhile, stain the wood for the legs and sides with a walnut stain. The contrast of the tones will add a contemporary flair.
Once all the pieces are dry and fully stained, attach them to each other with the 16 lag screws. Check for stability and if shaky, add a few extra lag screws.
When finished, this furniture piece will be functional and add strong character to all living spaces.
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Leather is a great material to add to any furniture or home decor. And many people have plenty of leather belts that go unused for years. So why not reuse these materials while adding glamor to any dresser? Follow these guidelines from The Merrythought and repurpose a simple leather belt into leather drawer pulls.
Here’s the required supplies:
- Leather belt
- Measuring Tape
Begin by removing any of the preexisting hardware from the dresser. Next, pull out all of the drawers from the dresser to begin the process.
Then measure out the leather belt’s material to match where the previous hardware was without nailing it into the same holes. After checking the measurements, nail down one side of the leather pull. Take the other end of the pull and push it out to create a handle. Then nail down that side.
Repeat these steps until the handles of all the drawers are attached.
And that’s it! Enjoy this eco-friendly look in any room of the home.
Hello Chicago Handyman readers! Let’s start this week off right with some space saving tips from Business Insider:
Let’s face it: there’s a lot of cookware in the house that is purely just taking up space. And unless a cookware collection is in a gourmet restaurant, chances are multiples are not necessary. One way to clear the clutter without adding to the garbage is by turning a simple kitchen colander into a beautiful pendant lamp. And thanks to Handimania, there’s now a step by step tutorial to achieve this unique colander lamp lighting.
Gather these supplies:
- Cable with cap and top
- Plastic clump
- Screw hook
- Sharp knife
- Light bulb
Start by drilling a hole in the bottom middle of the colander, preferably widening an existing hole. Next close the cup of the cable tightly and fit it through the widened colander hole created.
The trickiest part of this project is figuring out the wiring. Make sure to securely screw the hook into the ceiling and attach the wires from the lamp to the ceiling.
For an even more funky and adventurous look, hang multiple of these lights in the center of a room in many colors. Once in place, this lamp is ready to light up not just the room, but the style of an entire home.
Summer is finally here! And with that, many more people will be outside, looking at exterior of homes. To ensure a house is ready for gawking, check out DIY Ready’s tips on how to improve curb appeal on a budget:
1. Make A Concrete Walkway Shine
Bring a driveway or concrete walkway back to life by acid washing the surface and watch the summer sun bounce off this improvement.
2. Camouflage Bulky Outdoor Appliances
Hide the clunky electric boxes and pipes by simply painting the appliances the same color as a home’s siding and feel free to let guests walk around the perimeter of the home.
3. Splash Some Color On A Front Door
What an easy fix! Slap a primary color on a front door for an easy solution for dull winter curb appeal.
Now have at it & make summer beautiful!
What’s a Passive House? It’s a home that utilizes little energy for a big payout in heating and cooling. By creating an airtight home, not only will carbon footprints be minimized, but it will also provide a perfect temperature in a house and slash energy costs in half. Check out Better Homestead’s graphic below emphasizing the basic principles of Passive Housing: