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DIY renter-friendly old vinyl floor makeover

Products I used in this project:

Ram Board

Cricut Maker Machine

Products I used in this project:

Ram Board

Cricut Maker Machine

Kitchen upgrade and more with under-cabinet lights

Thank you to Parmida LED for sponsoring this video! Here’s the link to the ultra-thin under-cabinet lights I used in the kitchen mini-makeover, my entryway and my home office update: https://bit.ly/eysundercabinetlights

Thank you to Parmida LED for sponsoring this video! Here’s the link to the ultra-thin under-cabinet lights I used in the kitchen mini-makeover, my entryway and my home office update: https://bit.ly/eysundercabinetlights

DIY small office makeover – home office inspiration

You will get lots of DIY renter-friendly home office decor ideas in this video, including how to have a hidden whiteboard, and office organization ideas, especially if your office space is very small. 

Here are some of the items I used in this makeover (most of the wood I already had):

Pendant lamp: http://bit.ly/pendantlampwood

Plug-in Lamp kit: http://bit.ly/pluginpendantkit 

Magnetic whiteboard: https://amzn.to/2PetzfW

Smart LED light bulbs: https://amzn.to/2YCpu8P 

Barn door hardware:

Patio Door roller kit (for wheels): http://amzn.to/2npLxTd 

Aluminum flat bar (¼” thick 8ft long):  https://thd.co/2zFvZvU 

Stainless steel straws (for spacers): http://amzn.to/2BBvHrr 

Hacksaw: http://amzn.to/2kgMxYh 

Mini Pipe cutter: http://amzn.to/2AO0MLl 

Regular Barn Door Hardware: http://amzn.to/2jECUyY

* some of these product links may be affiliate links

You will get lots of DIY renter-friendly home office decor ideas in this video, including how to have a hidden whiteboard, and office organization ideas, especially if your office space is very small. 

Here are some of the items I used in this makeover (most of the wood I already had):

Pendant lamp: http://bit.ly/pendantlampwood

Plug-in Lamp kit: http://bit.ly/pluginpendantkit 

Magnetic whiteboard: https://amzn.to/2PetzfW

Smart LED light bulbs: https://amzn.to/2YCpu8P 

Barn door hardware:

Patio Door roller kit (for wheels): http://amzn.to/2npLxTd 

Aluminum flat bar (¼” thick 8ft long):  https://thd.co/2zFvZvU 

Stainless steel straws (for spacers): http://amzn.to/2BBvHrr 

Hacksaw: http://amzn.to/2kgMxYh 

Mini Pipe cutter: http://amzn.to/2AO0MLl 

Regular Barn Door Hardware: http://amzn.to/2jECUyY

* some of these product links may be affiliate links

Quick, Easy & renter-friendly Kitchen upgrades

 

 

My LA Bedroom Makeover

 

Not sure why I waited so long to give my bedroom a new look – I love it so much more now! Lots of  small bedroom ideas for renters in this makeover: hanging blackout curtains and sheer curtains to replace vertical blinds, DIY nightstand, DIY headboard, electrical cord organization, and much more! All of these ideas are quick and affordable to do and here are some of the things that I used to make this makeover happen:

NoNo brackets
Drapery Pins (to hang curtains from vertical blind clips)
Curtain rod
Black out curtains
Glue Dots Flex tabs
Smart LED lightbulbs
WORX workbench
3M Command strips – removable
Brooklinen Bed Linens

Here’s the video on how to make the side table:

And here’s the video on how to make the headboard:

 

 

 

Not sure why I waited so long to give my bedroom a new look – I love it so much more now! Lots of  small bedroom ideas for renters in this makeover: hanging blackout curtains and sheer curtains to replace vertical blinds, DIY nightstand, DIY headboard, electrical cord organization, and much more! All of these ideas are quick and affordable to do and here are some of the things that I used to make this makeover happen:

NoNo brackets
Drapery Pins (to hang curtains from vertical blind clips)
Curtain rod
Black out curtains
Glue Dots Flex tabs
Smart LED lightbulbs
WORX workbench
3M Command strips – removable
Brooklinen Bed Linens

Here’s the video on how to make the side table:

And here’s the video on how to make the headboard:

 

 

How to build a small bedside table

Necessity is the mother of all inventions…. I needed a new bedside table to go with the  DIY headboard I made a few weeks ago, I had a pile of scrap wood, plus I got some great new toys, I mean tools!, including a portable work bench and a circular saw, and this is the result: a one of a kind sculptural bedside table!

Here’s a list of some of the tools and materials I used to make this table:

Tools:

Circular saw

Drill

Materials:

1”x3”

1”x4”

¾” plywood

Iron-on wood edging

Wood glue

SPAX Screws

Necessity is the mother of all inventions…. I needed a new bedside table to go with the  DIY headboard I made a few weeks ago, I had a pile of scrap wood, plus I got some great new toys, I mean tools!, including a portable work bench and a circular saw, and this is the result: a one of a kind sculptural bedside table!

Here’s a list of some of the tools and materials I used to make this table:

Tools:

Circular saw

Drill

Materials:

1”x3”

1”x4”

¾” plywood

Iron-on wood edging

Wood glue

SPAX Screws

One DIY Headboard with Two Different Looks

When I moved into my LA apartment,  I had bought a bed frame that didn’t have a headboard – the plan was to build one that would have legs that could simply be wedged between the bed and the wall and not require to be screwed into anything. The first version of the headboard was upholstered with burlap and I loved it but over time, it got a bit discolored so I used that as an excuse to come up with a new look for my headboard.

The second version is more sleek and upscale, something you would find in a boutique hotel. The new look was inspired by a previous project where I had build wood wall panels to cover up an ugly wall. I love the way this one turned out and it has inspired me to make over the rest of my bedroom, so stay tuned for that!

Here’s a list of materials that I used to make the upholstered headboard:

3M Command strips – removable
Peel and Stick fabric tape
Burlap 13.5” wide panel fabric
Burlap 3” wide ribbon
Batting
Decorative nails

I recommend protecting the burlap or fabric with UV protectant , otherwise it may become discolored over time.

For the second version of the headboard, I used 1/4″ thick floor underlayment, 1″x2″ furring strips and screen molding to make the panels. Basswood strips were used to pretty up the sides.

I also used SPAX screws for this project which are my favorite – you can give them a try with this SPAX assortment screw pack

When I moved into my LA apartment,  I had bought a bed frame that didn’t have a headboard – the plan was to build one that would have legs that could simply be wedged between the bed and the wall and not require to be screwed into anything. The first version of the headboard was upholstered with burlap and I loved it but over time, it got a bit discolored so I used that as an excuse to come up with a new look for my headboard.

The second version is more sleek and upscale, something you would find in a boutique hotel. The new look was inspired by a previous project where I had build wood wall panels to cover up an ugly wall. I love the way this one turned out and it has inspired me to make over the rest of my bedroom, so stay tuned for that!

Here’s a list of materials that I used to make the upholstered headboard:

3M Command strips – removable
Peel and Stick fabric tape
Burlap 13.5” wide panel fabric
Burlap 3” wide ribbon
Batting
Decorative nails

I recommend protecting the burlap or fabric with UV protectant , otherwise it may become discolored over time.

For the second version of the headboard, I used 1/4″ thick floor underlayment, 1″x2″ furring strips and screen molding to make the panels. Basswood strips were used to pretty up the sides.

I also used SPAX screws for this project which are my favorite – you can give them a try with this SPAX assortment screw pack

Home color inspiration from my Chicago, LA and NYC studio apartments

Looking for ways to add color or personality to your home but can’t or don’t want to paint the walls? You’ll see lots of ideas to add interior color from my Chicago, LA and NYC Studio apartments.

Here are some of my favorite things I’ve used to bring in color and make myself at home no matter where I live:

Curtains

Colored Temporary Wallpaper

Grasscloth Temporary Wallpaper

Flexible Magnetic Sheets

Rugs

Furniture

You can see all the projects I did to my NYC studio apartment in this playlist and all the projects from my LA apartment are in this playlist – enjoy!

Looking for ways to add color or personality to your home but can’t or don’t want to paint the walls? You’ll see lots of ideas to add interior color from my Chicago, LA and NYC Studio apartments.

Here are some of my favorite things I’ve used to bring in color and make myself at home no matter where I live:

Curtains

Colored Temporary Wallpaper

Grasscloth Temporary Wallpaper

Flexible Magnetic Sheets

Rugs

Furniture

You can see all the projects I did to my NYC studio apartment in this playlist and all the projects from my LA apartment are in this playlist – enjoy!

Simple DIY chair perfect for outdoor living

I built this outdoor chair right on the dining room table of my small apartment, using just a few hand tools – if I can do it, so can you!

Here’s a list of all the tools and materials I used to build this chair below:

Tools:

Rockler Dowel Jig Kit

Drill

Drill bits

Combination Square

Speed Square

Mini clamps

Ratchet Straps

Rubber Mallet

Materials:

2 x 2”x3” x 8ft

2 x 1”x 6” x 8ft

1 x 1”x 6” x 6ft

SPAX Exterior Screws I used that don’t require pre-drilling

Behr Solid Weatherproofing Stain (Pewter)

 

Outdoor Chair Project Guide

I pack a lot of info into my videos and it might be challenging to follow when you’re actually building this chair. So I’ve put together a detailed project guide that includes list of all the tools and supplies needed, a handy cut list, plus step-by-step drawings that will make building go a lot easier. It’s the next best thing to having me there with you when you’re building your chair!

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I built this outdoor chair right on the dining room table of my small apartment, using just a few hand tools – if I can do it, so can you!

Here’s a list of all the tools and materials I used to build this chair below:

Tools:

Rockler Dowel Jig Kit

Drill

Drill bits

Combination Square

Speed Square

Mini clamps

Ratchet Straps

Rubber Mallet

Materials:

2 x 2”x3” x 8ft

2 x 1”x 6” x 8ft

1 x 1”x 6” x 6ft

SPAX Exterior Screws I used that don’t require pre-drilling

Behr Solid Weatherproofing Stain (Pewter)

 

Outdoor Chair Project Guide

I pack a lot of info into my videos and it might be challenging to follow when you’re actually building this chair. So I’ve put together a detailed project guide that includes list of all the tools and supplies needed, a handy cut list, plus step-by-step drawings that will make building go a lot easier. It’s the next best thing to having me there with you when you’re building your chair!

Screen Shot 2018-08-26 at 4.42.33 PM_edited-1

DIY room divider sofa bed combo

This quirky school bus conversion out in beautiful Joshua Tree is definitely one of the most unique projects I’ve worked on and my DIY sofa that also doubles as a bed and room divider is definitely one of a kind as well. It was so much fun to build and even though it was made for a bus, it could also work great in a studio apartment to help divide up the space. This is also a very affordable project: the cost, including the seat cushion foam, was $220 and here’s a list of the materials that were used:

Wood filler

¼” plywood

high density foam foam

Batting

Varathane wood stain (color: kona)

9 x 2”x4”s

2 x 4’x8’ 1/2 inch plywood

Spray Adhesive

Staple gun

This quirky school bus conversion out in beautiful Joshua Tree is definitely one of the most unique projects I’ve worked on and my DIY sofa that also doubles as a bed and room divider is definitely one of a kind as well. It was so much fun to build and even though it was made for a bus, it could also work great in a studio apartment to help divide up the space. This is also a very affordable project: the cost, including the seat cushion foam, was $220 and here’s a list of the materials that were used:

Wood filler

¼” plywood

high density foam foam

Batting

Varathane wood stain (color: kona)

9 x 2”x4”s

2 x 4’x8’ 1/2 inch plywood

Spray Adhesive

Staple gun

No sew DIY Striped curtains and other easy DIY home decor accessories

To save some money when I did my latest project, a very ambitious basement renovation, I made a few DIY home decor accessories, including no sew striped curtains perfect for non-sewers like me.

What I used to make the curtains:

IKEA curtains

Burlap 14” panels 30 ft

Fusible tape

Pins

For the vase project, I used Cricut vinyl

Like the sofa in this makeover? It’s Slim Furniture’s modular compact line of modular furniture with integrated storage:

Watch how to make the side table/stool here:

To save some money when I did my latest project, a very ambitious basement renovation, I made a few DIY home decor accessories, including no sew striped curtains perfect for non-sewers like me.

What I used to make the curtains:

IKEA curtains

Burlap 14” panels 30 ft

Fusible tape

Pins

For the vase project, I used Cricut vinyl

Like the sofa in this makeover? It’s Slim Furniture’s modular compact line of modular furniture with integrated storage:

Watch how to make the side table/stool here:

How to make DIY barn door hardware

I’ve always wanted to make my own DIY Barn door hardware, and I finally figured out how! It was actually a lot easier to make than I thought and I only used off the shelf items I got on Amazon (you’ll be surprised to see how I used stainless steel straws ) and at the hardware store, and I only used hand tools to build everything!

Here’s what I used to make the hardware:

Patio Door roller kit (for wheels)

Aluminum flat bar (¼” thick 8ft long)

Stainless steel straws (for spacers)

I also used a drill, a hammer and these other hand tools:

Hacksaw

Mini Pipe cuter

If you want to compare what regular barn door hardware looks like, here’s some you can find on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2jECUyY

I’ve always wanted to make my own DIY Barn door hardware, and I finally figured out how! It was actually a lot easier to make than I thought and I only used off the shelf items I got on Amazon (you’ll be surprised to see how I used stainless steel straws ) and at the hardware store, and I only used hand tools to build everything!

Here’s what I used to make the hardware:

Patio Door roller kit (for wheels)

Aluminum flat bar (¼” thick 8ft long)

Stainless steel straws (for spacers)

I also used a drill, a hammer and these other hand tools:

Hacksaw

Mini Pipe cuter

If you want to compare what regular barn door hardware looks like, here’s some you can find on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2jECUyY

Easily Reversible Basement Renovation

Damaged walls and a worn out stained carpet were just some of the challenges in this makeover but with lots of creative and inexpensive projects that are also easily reversible, is was transformed from a dark and neglected basement into a bright and inspiring creative space where I can experiment and test out new design ideas.

Here are more links to some of the products I used in the various projects from the video:

Carpet project:

IKEA floor mats

Carpet tape

Wall panel lighting

LED lights

Corrugated transparent plastic

Unfortunately, the furniture (Slim sofa) is discontinued.

Damaged walls and a worn out stained carpet were just some of the challenges in this makeover but with lots of creative and inexpensive projects that are also easily reversible, is was transformed from a dark and neglected basement into a bright and inspiring creative space where I can experiment and test out new design ideas.

Here are more links to some of the products I used in the various projects from the video:

Carpet project:

IKEA floor mats

Carpet tape

Wall panel lighting

LED lights

Corrugated transparent plastic

Unfortunately, the furniture (Slim sofa) is discontinued.

Quick and affordable rental bedroom makeover

Many small bedroom ideas for renters in this makeover: hanging curtains over vertical blinds, storage ideas for shoes, jewelry and more! All these ideas are quick to do and affordable and here are some of the things I used to make it happen:

Hanging Jewelry Organizer
NoNo brackets
IKEA Curtains
Curtain rod
Tension Rods
Glue Dots double sided tape

(Optional: offset screwdriver )

Want to see how I made my hanging picture frame jewelry box? Watch this video:

Ep.2- how to make a hanging jewelry box organizer

Want to see how I made the makeup organizer? Watch this video:

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Want to see what I’m working on next? Follow me on Instagram

Many small bedroom ideas for renters in this makeover: hanging curtains over vertical blinds, storage ideas for shoes, jewelry and more! All these ideas are quick to do and affordable and here are some of the things I used to make it happen:

Hanging Jewelry Organizer
NoNo brackets
IKEA Curtains
Curtain rod
Tension Rods
Glue Dots double sided tape

(Optional: offset screwdriver )

Want to see how I made my hanging picture frame jewelry box? Watch this video:

Ep.2- how to make a hanging jewelry box organizer

Want to see how I made the makeup organizer? Watch this video:

DIYB-makeup-organizer-featured-image_edited-1

Want to see what I’m working on next? Follow me on Instagram

Reversible Rental kitchen remodel on a budget

Think you’re stuck with your rental kitchen the way it is and that you can’t do anything to change it? This rental kitchen remodel will change your mind! I had a $500 budget to inject some fun and personality into this generic white and grey kitchen and to make it more functional to prepare meals.

The star of this kitchen makeover? The peel and stick VINTAGE smart tiles in AZUR – they are full of life and color, and perfectly match the fun, eclectic sense of style of the renters: Shaina, Tessa and Waffles the dog. I was able to install the peel and stick smart tiles right over the existing subway tiles so this project was quick, easy and mess free, with stunning results. I used the tiles as inspiration for the rest of the makeover, including the rustic window cornice/valance I made with some scrap wood, and the IKEA kitchen cart revamping that I did: I gave it new wheel, a new top and made it even more functional by incorporating a space rack. It’s not the hub of the kitchen and with the beautiful blue stain I chose for the top, it looks right at home with the tiles.

The entire kitchen remodel, including the plants came in under budget at $446 and by doing it as soon as they moved into the house, Shaina, Tessa and Waffles the dog will get to enjoy their new kitchen for the next 3 years while they live in the house and work on their LA-based tiny house business, the LATCH collective, making the investment well worth it.

Here’s a cost breakdown for the makeover:

Total cost: $446

Backsplash: $368

VINTAGE Azur Smart Tiles –  46 tiles @ $8 each 

Window Cornice: $10

$6 wood and corner brackets

$4 paint (custom color)

IKEA BEKVAM kitchen cart hack/revamp: $48

2 ½” casters w/ brakes: $14

Wood: $15

Stain: $8

Plants: $20

Click here for the tutorial on how I revamped the IKEA kitchen cart and for more rental kitchen decorating ideas, you can watch how I gave a makeover to my LA apartment kitchen in this video.

** This video was sponsored by Smart Tiles – all thoughts and opinions are my own **

Think you’re stuck with your rental kitchen the way it is and that you can’t do anything to change it? This rental kitchen remodel will change your mind! I had a $500 budget to inject some fun and personality into this generic white and grey kitchen and to make it more functional to prepare meals.

The star of this kitchen makeover? The peel and stick VINTAGE smart tiles in AZUR – they are full of life and color, and perfectly match the fun, eclectic sense of style of the renters: Shaina, Tessa and Waffles the dog. I was able to install the peel and stick smart tiles right over the existing subway tiles so this project was quick, easy and mess free, with stunning results. I used the tiles as inspiration for the rest of the makeover, including the rustic window cornice/valance I made with some scrap wood, and the IKEA kitchen cart revamping that I did: I gave it new wheel, a new top and made it even more functional by incorporating a space rack. It’s not the hub of the kitchen and with the beautiful blue stain I chose for the top, it looks right at home with the tiles.

The entire kitchen remodel, including the plants came in under budget at $446 and by doing it as soon as they moved into the house, Shaina, Tessa and Waffles the dog will get to enjoy their new kitchen for the next 3 years while they live in the house and work on their LA-based tiny house business, the LATCH collective, making the investment well worth it.

Here’s a cost breakdown for the makeover:

Total cost: $446

Backsplash: $368

VINTAGE Azur Smart Tiles –  46 tiles @ $8 each 

Window Cornice: $10

$6 wood and corner brackets

$4 paint (custom color)

IKEA BEKVAM kitchen cart hack/revamp: $48

2 ½” casters w/ brakes: $14

Wood: $15

Stain: $8

Plants: $20

Click here for the tutorial on how I revamped the IKEA kitchen cart and for more rental kitchen decorating ideas, you can watch how I gave a makeover to my LA apartment kitchen in this video.

** This video was sponsored by Smart Tiles – all thoughts and opinions are my own **