home about me our home

Tuesday, August 21, 2012



In blogland, and on Pinterest I see so many clever DIY ideas. Not being an avid DIYer I often look and say something like, “ Oh that is clever, and they did a really nice job, but I know ME, and I would not take the time to do it!”

When I was younger I actually use to do more DIY projects, but as time has marched on I have become more selective with what I try to do myself.

 Luckily I am married to a very handy man that can do just about anything. However he would never admit that to anyone, but I have seen his abilities so I know.

Since there are so many of you out there that do love a good DIY I thought I would show a few ideas that I think are really worth trying to attempt.

I found this first idea while perusing blogland. It was in a bathroom designed by Hickman Design Associates.

 I actually think this would be wonderful in just about any room. Think of a bathroom, kitchen or children’s rooms….

Don’t you just love it!? You could purchase any simple glass pendant light and write a special poem, words or thoughts on it.
To write on the glass you can use a white chalk marker. You can find them Here!

Speaking of script, how about some numbers? This next item was inspired by an art piece from Pottery Barn.

Adorable!! I can see this in a playroom, can’t you?

Do you like pillows? Do you need some for outdoors, or a family room? Check these out?

These were made by sewing two Ikea rug mats together! I told you it was a clever idea!!

Hidden storage for your book shelves, this would be great to hold all my old design magazines!!

Fall is right around the corner. I find it hard to decorate with autumnal colors since I am not a brown/orange gal. 

I always look for something in a neutral that will remind me of the Fall. Ballard has some leaf prints that would be so easy to do as a DIY project……..

A trip to Michaels for some artist canvas, a walk in the park and some white spray paint, and Voila!! You have some Fall art for your walls.

How about this next project for your walls…..

This treatment was done on the free standing unit, but I can see this done on an entire wall.

 It would be wonderful in a small entry hall to open up the space. Mirror squares and molding!! Love it!!

I hope some of these ideas have started your DIY juices flowing. 

If you would like to see a few more you can go to my Pinterest board called, You guessed it…….




pam {simple details} said...

Thanks for the great collection of ideas, Kathysue! I love the pendant idea, and just may have the perfect spot!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

What did they write on the pendant with? Such great ideas as usual, Kathysue.

Unknown said...

i always say i'm gonna try some DIY's on pinterest - but i never find the time to do them :o(

Unknown said...

i always say i'm gonna try some DIY's on pinterest - but i never find the time to do them :o(

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Kathysue....did you have to ask..The mirror cabinets will remain in the back of my silly little head! Last week I mentioned doing something like that on some of the kitchen cabinet doors...not all..just a few...MC said No.

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Love these DIY ideas. I long for the days when I am no longer encumbered by this nightmare business of mine when I can tackle a few more DIY projects. I love the Fall leaves idea. I love leaves and could keep that out year round. :)


The Pink Pagoda said...

Fantastic ideas! I'm not an orange/brown girl either, but I do love fall!

NanaDiana said...

Kathysue-What great ideas here- I think that one with the pendant light is just adorable. It would be really cute in a nursery, too.

What an easy leaf project, too. Perfect for Fall. Hope you have a great day- xo Diana

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I'm not a big DIYer either but I do LOVE that light!!!

michele said...

my creative juices are flowing as well, and i love these ideas! i am not a big seasonal decorator, but i do like to bring in some rustic touches and candles everywhere.

smiles to you.


La Dolfina said...

fun post Kathysue!!!
Great link to the pens too, Thanks!!!

Melinda said...

OH yes I'm off to your Pinterest page, can always find great stuff there. Love a good DIY project.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

So many great ideas. The pendant is adorable.

vignette design said...

Great ideas Kathysue! Love the book box. Great way to repurpose old books. Oh, and I have those Idea rugs and actually thought about making them into pillows!
Have a fabulous Wednesday! ~Delores

Stacy CUrran said...

These are great! I love the irst one the most. I love the idea of a poem or even the child's birthday, weight, etc at birth.....brilliant!

Victoria said...

Such great ideas, Kathysue. I am not a DYIer. Makes me think of macrame plant hangers in the 1970's. I do sew, though, and those rugs made into pillows are definitely worth trying. I love the pendant too. Maybe I'll have to change my mind about DYIing after all.


The hidden storage for the bookshelves is BRILLIANT! Aren't some people just so creative! I only wish I had more time to do a little diy....:(