Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Spring 2016

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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1 min.
fresh start

MODERN ART USE PAINTERS TAPE AND SAMPLE POTS OF PAINT TO CREATE THIS LARGE-SCALE ART. APPLY THE TAPE TO CREATE TRIANGLES AND GEOMETRIC SHAPES. BRUSH ON PAINT, REPOSITIONING THE TAPE AS NECESSARY. CHECK OUT MORE AFFORDABLE ART IDEAS: BHG.COM /DIYCANVAS DARE TO GO BOLD Tired of the same old light gray, bright white, or boring beige walls? Check out our adventurous paint picks—and find out why they work. CUSTOMIZE A PILLOW No sewing machine? No problem. See some of our favorite ideas for no-sew pillows. You can make these easy projects in minutes. UPDATE OLD FURNITURE Pin these ideas for future reference. Our DIY furniture makeovers will inspire you to rehab your tired dressers, chairs, hutches, and more.…

1 min.
from the editor

Step up your DIY game Do It Yourself has long been your go-to source for clever projects and clear how-to, and this issue also brings sophisticated design to the mix. Walking into the dining space featured on our cover (“At Your Service,”page 62), I was blown away to see so many top trends—industrial lighting, modern farmhouse furniture, highcontrast art—mingle effortlessly in one room. Knowing that I could make all the signature pieces myself was icing on the cake. As you peruse this issue, you’ll discover new looks, new products, new fonts, and new faces (including yours truly). You’ll encounter fresh takes on the types of stories you love, including furniture makeovers (“Roll with It,”page 72), budget projects (“Reclaimed Dreams,”page 100), and profiles of passionate DIYers (“Artistic Touch,”page 76). You’ll also find the same…

4 min.
block party

WE USED A LINOLEUM CUTTER SET THAT INCLUDES A HANDLE AND FIVE STEEL CUTTING TIPS. $10; DICKBLICK.COM TAKE NOTE Customize notebook covers with stamps made from balsa foam blocks, found at art suppliers. We used a linoleum cutter to carve geometric textures into this rigid foam material (opposite), but a dowel with a tapered end also works as a carving tool. (We created three designs: a screwhead motif, simple straight lines, and a grid pattern.) Dab an even layer of paint onto the designs with a stenciling sponge, and then stamp it on the notebook. ALLOVER PATTERN A repeating floral design makes a plain cotton pillowcase look like designer fabric. Remove the pillow form from the case, and slip a piece of cardboard inside to prevent the ink from bleeding through. Place…

2 min.
storage at play

Kids and clutter go hand-in-hand, so keep your home tidy by arming young ones with plenty of storage solutions and teaching them to be responsible for organizing their own stuff. —Pam Porter Using color-coding, opposite, to corral belongings in kids’ rooms helps eliminate sibling rivalry and foster tidiness in creative young minds. Sleeping beauty With a built-in desk, wardrobe, and shelving, the IKEA Stuva loft bed is more than just a place to crash. The efficient design and affordable price make it a perfect solution for small spaces and small budgets. Get it in all white or with one of five accent colors. $449; It’s a cinch Durable and designed to last, each Swoop bag features a nylon drawstring that cinches closed to bundle up a slew of playthings. Available in an…

3 min.
now in 3-d

THE BASICS WHAT IS IT? Three-dimensional printing (also known as additive manufacturing) creates a physical object from a digital 3-D model designed with modeling software such as CAD. A digital file (.STL or .OBJ) downloaded or created on your desktop computer provides the blueprint for a 3-D printer to make an object by extruding and layering material. WHAT MATERIAL IS USED? Anything from metal to glass to porcelain is fair game, but for hobbyists, the most common material is PLA (polylactic acid), a malleable and easy-to-use polymer made from cornstarch and sugar cane that comes on a spool. DIYers more experienced in 3-D printing can also use ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), a sturdy oil-base plastic with a high melting point used more often in professional manufacturing. WHAT CAN I MAKE WITH A 3-D PRINTER?…

4 min.
storage cubes

BEFOREAffordable and versatile, these modular shelving units are begging for a makeover. Ours are from the Better Homes and Gardens® collection at Walmart and are available in a variety of finishes. $49 ( four-cube organizer); $70 (eight-cube organizer); TOMATO CREAM SAUCE 2089-40, BENJAMIN MOORE, BENJAMINMOORE.COM VANITY FLAIR Stash shoes, beauty supplies, and accessories into this floating shelf system for swanky bedroom storage. Prep, prime, and paint three assembled four-cube units; let paint cure for two days. Hidden braces at the top and bottom of both ends of each unit attach it to the wall (see page 25). We mounted the top shelf so the unit’s bottom was 72 inches from the floor, the middle shelf 27 inches off the floor, and the bottom shelf 6 inches from the floor. If desired, set beveled glass…