Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Spring 2014

Packed with step-by-step projects, Do It Yourself is the go-to guide to personalizing your home. Find inspiration and instructions for simple room renovations, home decor projects, budget-savvy style, flea market makeovers, outdoor living ideas, and more. From power tool reviews to pillow projects, we cover the DIY spectrum and empower the reader to tackle new techniques and ideas.

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2 min.
home by hand

styling CATHY KRAMER Adrienne and Rob Hubbard’s home has stories to tell. After falling in love with Rob and moving from Canada to his family’s 50-acre farm in Everson, Washington, Adrienne set her sights on making his 1980s manufactured house a place they could both call home. Although the house hadn’t been updated since its construction, it became, bit by bit, a place that reflected the couple’s eclectic, happy, and relaxed vibe. “I saw it as a blank canvas,” Adrienne says. Although Target and IKEA pieces are scattered throughout, most of their furniture is hand-me-downs or Craigslist finds. “All the changes to our home have been done with a very small budget,” Adrienne says. “Because we don’t have a lot of money to work with, it forces us to think creatively.” In their…

3 min.
going global

how to stencil a floor in two colors What you’ll need: -Stencil (We used Moroccan Tiles wall stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.) -Flat-finish latex paint in white -Poster board -Exterior latex paint (Amounts depend on floor space. We used one quart each of Sherwin-Williams Blue Chip #SW6959 and Turquish #SW6939 for a 144-square-foot space.) -High-density foam rollers with rounded ends (We used 2-inch and 4-inch sizes.) -Paint trays or large plastic plates -Painter’s tape -Low-tack spray adhesive -Polyurethane and paintbrush step 1 Purchase or create your stencil. When stenciling a large space, it is helpful to purchase two stencils to let you keep working while one stencil dries. Apply your base color using a flat latex paint. We chose white for our wood floor. Allow to dry at least 24 hours. Create a sample on white poster board using your stencil…

2 min.
treasure hunt

After receiving her degree in interior design, Kristin Jackson spent five years designing for hotels all over the world, a busy job she describes as “residential design times 100.” When her daughter, Chloe, was born, Kristin made the shift to stay-at-home mom. To fuel her creativity—and prove her ethos that high-end design can be achievable and affordable—she launched a blog (, where she chronicles the DIY adventures she undertakes with her husband, Rob—painting, reupholstering, and building furniture for their Atlanta home. The busy blogger took a few minutes to chat with Do It Yourself. Q: YOUR HOME AND BLOG ARE PACKED WITH COOL PROJECTS. HOW DO YOU APPROACH A NEW DIY TECHNIQUE OR MATERIAL? A: We were in our house for a couple of years before we started to do anything. Once we started…

6 min.
wood works

how to stain a dresser What you’ll need: -Unfinished wood dresser -Screwdriver -180-grit sandpaper -Tack cloth -Paint roller -Primer -Semigloss paint -Painter’s tape -Wiping cloths -Wood conditioner -Gloves -Oil-base stain (We used Sherwin- -Williams Wood Classics. For colors, see Resources, page 110.) -Foam brushes -Natural-bristle brush -Oil-base polyurethane -Mineral spirits step 1 Gather your materials (a). Remove drawers and hardware. Sand dresser with 180-grit sandpaper, going with the grain of the wood (b). Wipe away dust with tack cloth (c). Prime and paint the frame of the dresser to get our look, opposite. step 2 Tape off the sides of the drawers (d) with painter’s tape. Rub wood conditioner on the drawer fronts with a wiping cloth (e). Let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe away excess. step 3 Apply stain with a foam brush, following the direction of the wood grain (f). Work from top to bottom so you can…

1 min.
color theory

projects LESLIE POYZER TRIAD COLORS are equally spaced on the color wheel and yield a vibrant yet balanced palette. Primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—make up the most well-known triad scheme. These pure hues combine to form all other colors. Use the colors in rooms where high energy is encouraged: offices, kids’ rooms, and family rooms. Small doses make the palette more palatable. ANALOGOUS COLORS fall next to one another on the color wheel. Often found in nature, these adjacent colors are pleasing to the eye. Because they’re in the same color family, analogous hues are soothing and work well in both small-and large-scale applications. Visit to watch a video on how to prep furniture before painting. COMPLEMENTARY COLORS reside directly across from one another on the color wheel and include pairings of orange…

2 min.
towel tricks

projects JODI MENSING HARRIS photographs STEVEN MCDONALD how to transfer an image with matte medium What you’ll need: -Laser-printed image -White dish towel -Matte medium (We recommend -Liquitex or Golden brand.) -Small paintbrush -Spray bottle -Artist’s canvas -Staple gun and staples step 1 Gather your materials (a). Print your image using a laser printer. Images with bold color, clean lines, or high contrast work best. Print or trim the image to fit your canvas (ours was 8×8 inches). Ensure your dish towel is at least 2 inches bigger on all sides than your image and canvas. step 2 Use a paintbrush to apply a thick layer of matte medium to the front of the image (b). Place the image facedown on the fabric, pressing to ensure all areas of the image are adhered. Let dry at least 24 hours. step 3 Spray the back…