Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Winter 2012

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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Meredith Corporation
USD 7.99
USD 15.99
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2 min.
branch out

projects KAREN BRADY & ARIN HUMMEL/EPHEMERA DESIGN, photographs ADAM ALBRIGHT, words CHELSEA EVERS “The intricate and complex patterns of natural elements are always inspiring to us—and easy to find.”KAREN BRADY PROJECT DESIGNER The bark side ABOVE and FAR LEFT: Add pizzazz to a plain cabinet with bark. Using heavy-duty scissors or a saw (safety goggles recommended), cut sheets of birch bark into equal squares. (We purchased ours from an online retailer to ensure the material was completely dry.) Glue them to the cabinet front in random order using contact cement. Fill empty spaces with more bark cut to size. LEFT: Keep your keys handy with a quick-fix hook. Cut a branch to the desired size, then drill a hole in the bottom. Screw a cup hook into the hole, then hang keys. “Pair branches…

5 min.
gilty pleasures

What we did ... This bedroom gets gold-star power from hand-painted touches. OPPOSITE: The starburst mirror is crafted with paint stir sticks spray-painted gold. See page 56 for instructions. THIS PHOTO: Start creating this eye-catching headboard by drawing your design on kraft paper. Cut out the design and tape it to the wall. Trace the shape on the wall with a pencil, then pencil a second, freehand line mirroring the shape about 4 inches inside the first line. Apply white semigloss paint between the lines. Sharpen the edges by outlining the design with a fine-tip white paint pen. Finish by drawing a line just inside the design with the paint pen. Bed linens pop with a curly stenciled pattern. The same damask pattern graces the chest of drawers; find instructions on…

4 min.
a flair for hardware

What we did ... Items from a hardware or big-box home improvement store used in untraditional ways add surprising architectural details to this loft. A bright color palette and floral prints on accent pieces such as rugs and pillows keep the industrial vibe in check. Ceiling tiles become cupboard fronts, vent covers add detail to a bench seat, rope lights embellish a table, and plywood and plexiglass panels define spaces in this open floor plan. What we did ... OPPOSITE: Space between two windows becomes a comfy seating area with the construction of a bench built from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and poplar trim, which are easy to paint. Four decorative register covers attached to the front make this piece look substantial. We also constructed valances to add height and depth to the windows.…

3 min.
pet projects

Visit to download these exclusive wall decals. Print, then cut them out. Trace them onto decal paper, cut, peel, stick, and enjoy! What we did ... Create colorful, off-the-wall fish tanks from inexpensive glass vases. To make one wallmount fish tank, you’ll need a 4-inch cylinder vase and four 7-inch square boards. Coat one board with acrylic spray paint in a neon color and let dry. Use a hole saw to cut a 5-inch circle in the center of two of the remaining boards, and trim 3⁄4 inch from a side of one of them. Paint these and the final board white, and let dry. Use wood glue and screws to assemble so the neon board serves as the base, the full white board as the backing, and the boards with…

1 min.
toolbox tidings

Fab finds Though these hardworking helpers cost less than $25 each, they’re priceless tools when project time comes around. Stanley FatMax tape rule with Blade Armor, 25 feet $20, Tape measures are nothing new, but this 11/4-inch-thick one from Stanley (above) ups the readability. Blade Armor protects the lockable blade, and the comfy housing is easy on your hand. Empire 12-inch True Blue magnetic toolbox level $13, Featuring 10 working positions, this level also has a Vari-Pitch vial that reads slope or pitch and measures in inches per foot. Irwin Quick-Grip 133/8-inch bar clamp $18, This one-handed clamp delivers up to 300 pounds of force—so good you might want to get a pair. Bayco LED portable work light $23, Part flashlight, part floodlight, this rechargeable work light features magnets and a handy top hook so you…

3 min.
food service

What we did ... OPPOSITE: A portable tool cart works as hard in the kitchen as it does in the garage. The fun blue hue caught our eye, but with spray paint and an afternoon, yours can be the fabulous color of your choice. Add a kitchenworthy surface with a slab of butcher block that’s 4 inches wider and longer than the cart (a 2-inch overhang on all sides); secure the block with construction adhesive. TOP, FAR LEFT: We hung storage accessories on the cart’s side by drilling through the metal and securing with nuts and bolts on the inside. Because the cart is made of steel, magnetic items are also a good choice. TOP LEFT: Pegboard cut to fit and painted to match adds flexible storage to the inside of…