Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Winter 2015

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
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1 min.
make merry

Warm It Up Before temperatures drop and guests arrive, score our top decorating tips for cozying up your home this winter. Flea Market Fab Take a look at these must-try makeovers for vintage treasures such as doilies, yardsticks, dishware, and more. Store More Make furniture work twice as hard with smart storage strategies. Maximize dressers, bookcases, and more with these ideas. Gifts So Sweet Quick. Cute. Affordable. Our handmade holiday gifts, including these clay jewelry dishes, check all three boxes.…

1 min.
editor’s letter

SHARE YOUR PROJECTS! We want to see them. Follow us on Instagram at @doityourselfmagazine Tag your pics with #diyrightnow when you start—and finish!—a project. #diyrightnow The hardest part of any project, quite simply, is starting it. For me, anyway. Whether it’s due to a shortage of time or perceived lack of know-how, getting myself to haul my tools out of the basement and actually dig in is always the biggest hurdle. In the case of my living room wall, it took five years. For five years, this wall taunted me with its weird 1970s painted paneling (you can’t see it well in the “Before” photo, but trust me, it was there). Then I found a new product that’s affordable, über simple to install, and gorgeous. Timeline Skinnies wood planks are prefinished real wood and…

4 min.
state of the art

WHAT YOU’LL NEED • Drop cloth or trash bags • Large canvas • Acrylic paint in several neutrals and colors (We used beige, gray, taupe, white, blue, and aqua.) • Medium-size paintbrushes with mediumsoft bristles • Artist palette • Clear acrylic gel medium (We used Artist's Loft Gloss Super Heavy Gel.) • Painting knife Different strokes Muted hues, acrylic gel medium, and a 36x48-inch canvas team up for a showstopping piece that fills the awkward space above a sofa. Drizzle and dab neutral paints across a canvas (a). Use a paintbrush to spread the paint in free-form and X-shape movements one color at a time, starting with the darkest neutral (b). Overlap is fine, but too much mixing will muddy the colors. Let dry. Brush blue and aqua paints on the canvas, mixing first on an artist palette…

2 min.
storage genius

Hooks are priceless when it comes to conquering clutter. These low-profile GeckoTech Hooks, opposite, are removable and repositionable, and they require no tools thanks to revolutionary microsuction technology. Starting at $5; 1. Frame of mind Here’s an aha moment—a twosided picture frame in a pretty copper finish! And if that’s not enough, the Podium from Umbra features a concrete base that doubles as a storage container. $30; 2. Tie one on With an inventive self-locking design, Q-Knot Plus multipurpose ties bundle objects and seal bags. The stretchable ties come in three sizes and colors. $13 for an assortment of 24; for retailers 3. Narrow it down Though designed with the kitchen in mind, any small space can benefit from the Origami Folding Cart. Offering a convenient work surface when you need it and…

2 min.
lighting idea center

24/7 INFORMATION & INSPIRATION Feiss Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or elevate your space as a whole, we have a myriad of lighting designs, from timeless traditional to incredibly innovative. Achieve your design vision at Kichler See Kichler for the decorative lighting, ceiling fans, lamps and mirrors as well as landscape and undercabinet lighting solutions that are made for your life and your style. Get inspired using our online catalogs and galleries. Visit to see our complete line. Progress Lighting Progress Lighting offers lighting products that meet a variety of consumer lifestyles. Visit us online and enjoy our award winning literature to select the right fixtures for your next project. Visit Quoizel Quoizel creates timeless lighting fixtures and home accessories designed with you in mind. They balance form and function and provide an unparalleled level…

2 min.
arts + crafts

1 FISKARS ADJUSTABLE ROTARY CUTTER $36 WHAT IT DOES: Slice through fabric with ease and accuracy. WHAT WE LOVE: A pivoting handle creates three fixed positions for right- or left-handed cutting. 2 SEWLINE STYLA $6 WHAT IT DOES: Mark on fabric with water-soluble ink. WHAT WE LOVE: The ceramic tip glides over fabric without snagging. 3 ADHESIVE TECHNOLOGIES HYBRID CORDLESS GLUE GUN $25 WHAT IT DOES: Melt glue sticks when you craft on the go. WHAT WE LOVE: Power this glue gun with a cord, batteries, or both. 4 GINGHER KNIFE EDGE DRESSMAKER SHEARS $44 WHAT IT DOES: Makes long cuts through fabric comfortable with a bent-handle design. WHAT WE LOVE: The blades are sharp as a knife from end to end and can cut easily through multiple fabric layers. 5 OMNIGRID OMNIGRIP 8½×12-INCH RULER $20 WHAT IT DOES: Pair with a rotary cutter for precise cutting. WHAT WE…