Monday, February 25, 2013

Stack it Up Bookshelf Video

Last summer I had the pleasure of working with an amazing production team; Brian Watkins, Autumn Foster and Mara McCloskey to film more than 40 of my favorite Salvage DIY projects. Our goal: To be shown during soft news broadcasting across the country in the coming year.
Here is a preview of one of the videos we made.

 The inspiration behind the project:
Multi-tasking is part of my daily life and my decorating style mirrors that same concept.  Whenever I design a room I constantly ask myself, how can one item be used for more than one reason?  A perfect example of that thought process are my book shelves.  They are stylish, create additional storage, automatically organize a collection and display home accessories.  The best part is it only takes and couple of minutes to make and you never damage a single book.  Wow, function, a quick fix, and personality at the same time! That’s a win-win sort of project in my book.   

Hardcover Books
Measuring tape
One pair of 4” long L brackets
Four 1 ½" long wood screws
Double-sided foam tape
How To:

  1. Select four to six books.  The thickness of the book will determine how many you will actually use.
  2. Screw in one L bracket to wall so it looks like the letter L is sticking out from the wall.  Using the level, screw the other L bracket along side the first one.  The width of the L brackets should be approximately one inch shorter of the end of the corners of the book.
  3. Place one small piece of double-sided foam tape on the inside corner of the backside cover.  Close the book and press it firmly together.  The last page of the book will stick to the back cover creating a pocket.
  4. Slide the book onto the L brackets.  The L brackets should be between the last page and cover, the pocket.
  5. Stack the remaining book on top of the bottom one until the L bracket disappears.   

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cast Off Rolling Storage

Storage space. It's something everyone can use more of, especially if you have children. This nifty rolling drawer is easy to make and even easier to fill with whatever goodies you like and roll it under the bed to hide them away.

Here's what you'll need:

Drawer (can find at salvage yard or recycling center)
Rag and water
Two colors of interior latex paint
Paint brush
Four soft rubber general duty 2” x 13/16” Swivel Casters (find at any hardware
store). You might need to buy larger swivel casters, depending on the depth of
the drawer face. The casters must have clearance to roll freely once they are
mounted on the bottom of the drawer.
Phillips drill bit
16 screws (take the drawer to the hardware store to measure the length of the
screws, they cannot be longer then the width of the bottom of the drawer

1. Clean  the drawer
2. Paint the drawer (minus the drawer face) inside and out, one color and let dry

3. Paint the face of the drawer another color and let dry

4. Flip the box upside down and drill each caster in each corner of the drawer

5. Fill with a few of your favorite things and roll it under the bed for safe keeping.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

DIY Kid Project from the Heart

The best Valentine ever!

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Scrap wood from the Rebuilding Center, nails, and his favorite colors from my spray paint stash, presto-change-o, we have art work! Cost: PRICELESS!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

One Old Canvas- Lots of Possibilities

Have you ever wandered through your favorite local thrift store aisles and discovered stacks of old painted canvases? Sure, most of these "works of art" are often far from desirable but new stretched canvas isn't cheap and there are so many things you can do to make them into something useful and beautiful for your home. Here's a little project I did recently to revive this painting I have dubbed, "El Gaunt Spaniard"  from the Goodwill bins here in Portland. Everything you'll need is pictured above.

Step One: Spray the front of the canvas with spray adhesive.

Step Two: Cut burlap. leaving a few extra inches on each side of the canvas.

Step Three: Using a staple gun, staple the burlap to the back of the wooden part of the canvas. Be sure to pull it tight on all sides, as you staple.

Step Four: Trim excess burlap and fold the corners neatly before stapling.

Step Five: Add decorative ribbon or fabric to the front and you are ready to tack up your favorite photos, note cards or other decorative items.

This is just one example of a quick change for an old canvas, but there are so many possibilities! Check out some of my favorite ideas from these other blogs for more inspiration.

Better Homes & Gardens: 14 Easy Canvas Wall Art Projects

Vanilla Joy: Paper Flower on Canvas

and of course there are several inspirational Pinterest boards to look through too!

What do you think? If you try any of these ideas send me your photos and I'll share them on my Facebook page.

Monday, February 11, 2013

One Headboard, Three Looks

Sometimes it's difficult to decide what look you want with a project. With so many options: paint, stain, fabric and oh, so many colors to choose from I thought it would be fun to show you three decorative solutions  for the same headboard DIY project.

It all starts here, with an old headboard found on the side of the road calling my name.

For a girl's room:
 Add a mirror, adhesive drawer liner paper. wire window box, paint and decorative tacks.

For the Office:
Add magnetic paint under chalkboard paint on a panel and cork board.

For the Entry Hall or Great Room:
Add chalkboard paint, hooks and leftover paint from a previous project.

What would you do with this headboard?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

DIY Dresser Before and After

Found this not so pretty dresser.  It's basically a box with drawers...BORING. So I took some old tongue and groove boards and a couple pieces of left over framing and gave the poor thing a fresh new face lift.
The Best Part!  It's installed in one of the bathrooms at a restaurant I designed here in Portland, called Lardo,
Would love to hear whatcha think??
Take a Look.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

My Secret Stash of Salvage Goodies at Remnant Vintage Design Collective

I have been collecting salvage and antique items my whole life. When I had my antique store, Quimby's Arts and Antiques I was always on the look out for "new" inventory.  Since I closed my store, all of those wonderful treasures having been sitting in storage just waiting for their time to shine. Well friends, that time is now!

For a limited time- now through mid-March you can shop from my secret stash at the newly opened Remnant Vintage Design Collective in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, OR.

Here's a quick preview of some of the treasures you'll find there:

Come get it while it lasts!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Salvage Wood Project: Complete

On Thursday I posted a photo of the wood pile I found on the curb. It looked a little something like this:

Have you been wondering what became of this pile of scraps after I whisked it away to my workshop? Well friends, wonder no more!

The textures and patterns of the wood make for an interesting backdrop that is also functional to hold your accessories. It works in a hallway for outerwear, in a bedroom for jewelry, in a bathroom or even a kitchen. 

Here are a few photos of the process, so you can try it at home.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Salvaged Wood Project: Found on the Side of the Road

Sometimes DIY inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.  This pile of wood scraps and window frame were just left on the curb. My car screeched to a halt (I have no control)! I scooped them up, tossed them in the back and rushed home to my workshop, aka: the driveway! Can you guess what I will turn them into?

Hint: I did leave the door mat behind, for another inspired DIY visionary.

Come back Friday to see the finished product and how I did it.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Home Exchange and Vintage Finds

In late December I decided to explore the website in hopes of finding a likeminded homeowner on the Oregon coast to trade homes with for a long weekend. I was fortunate enough to find Chelsea and Brandt Kaemingk's super cute home in Lincoln City, Oregon.  The Kaemingk's own a small construction company that specializes in home remodels. Their own home, built in the 1940s is full of the most unique vintage finds and other items the couple has made over the years. The pictures online were great, but as soon as we arrived, I fell in love!

As a matter of fact, I called Chelsea immediately and asked if I could take photos for editorial submissions. This is your chance to see some of the unique details of their home before you see them in the pages of one of your favorite magazine (stay tuned for more on this later in the year).

Can you guess what these kitchen shelves are made from? Bunk beds! They have two sets of them in the kitchen on either side of the sink and they hold numerous treasures from Chelsea's trips to various antique and second hand stores. Silver platters, vases and other serving items- all functional, but they serve an aesthetic purpose as well by tying the stainless steel appliances and brushed cabinet hardware together.

There are so many fun ideas in this photo, starting with the unfinished dresser. They removed two of the drawers for more storage space; perfect for this blanket Chelsea's mom made from old sweaters.
The frames on the wall were either second hand finds or inexpensive new frames on sale. Clustered together with vintage newspaper clippings and other fun vintage finds.

In the guest bedroom they've added this old closet mirror to the shelf  to make a cozy workspace. Using a collection of old bottles, I like to imagine Chelsea found while walking on the beach, and more vintage newspaper clippings, images and accessories.

Staying at the Kaemingk's home made me feel like I had found kindred spirits in the salvage world.  Chelsea and Brandt simply took inexpensive items and made them look like high end accessories. By using multiples of one item, like the bottles or the picture frames, you can make a statement in any room of your home, without spending a lot of money. Easy decorating! What kind of inexpensive finds have you used to make your home more uniquely your own? I'd love to hear from you.