Home Office Lighting upgrade

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I recently gave my home office a pretty big makeover, which included changing the layout so that my desk would face the window. By attaching a two legged desk to the bookcases, it gave me a decent amount of desk space while at the same time leaving enough room to … Continue reading

DIY Coat Rack Light Fixture combo

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My apartment has a tiny entryway – it’s only 3ft x 3ft and there’s barely enough room for the door to open! Even though I installed a mirror to make the space look and feel bigger and bring in some light, the space still felt pretty dark, especially in the … Continue reading

Home Office Ideas: Hidden Whiteboard with Barn Door

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While I was redoing my tiny 5’x6’ home office set up, I wanted to incorporate a white board, but do it in a way that it could be hidden when I wasn’t working with it.  So I came up with this idea to build a multipurpose wall panel that would … Continue reading

Small kitchen ideas: open-shelving mini makeover

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One of my most pinned projects is the tension rod trick I used in my kitchen to hang things above the sink – it’s a great way to keep things off the counter.  Another thing I did that totally upgraded my kitchen is to add under-cabinet lighting – it’s so … Continue reading

DIY Test Tube Plant Propagation Station – Mother’s Day Gift

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Being stuck at home these days has made me get creative with what I have on hand. As I was looking through all of my left over materials from previous projects to see what I could make my mom for Mother’s Day,  I came across 4″ embroidery hoops, and test … Continue reading

IKEA chair hack: furniture makeover with a little bit of paint and fabric

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This post was sponsored by Surebonder.  All opinions are my own. When I moved into my apartment almost 6 years ago, I gave my dining room a makeover complete with custom wall panels, lighting, and banquette seating. Since I was on a budget, I opted for an inexpensive dining room … Continue reading

Engineer Your “Vertical” Space: tiny kitchen storage idea

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Loving to cook and having a tiny kitchen can sometimes seem like 2 things that don’t go together, but there’s ways to make every single cubic inch of that small kitchen work harder for you. Here’s the perfect example – my friend and her boyfriend love to cook and they … Continue reading

How to building a Murphy bed A-Z (without a workshop!)

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If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve taken on my biggest DIY project to date: building a Murphy bed for a 200 ft2 studio apartment makeover. I’ve shared the process in several posts and also made this video of the entire build, but I thought you might enjoy … Continue reading

Building a Murphy bed series – Step 2- 6: lift mechanism & assembly

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For highlights of this project, watch the video! In case you haven’t been following along, here’s a recap of the Murphy Bed series thus far. The first post covered an overview of the project and some things to consider for choosing the type of DIY Murphy bed, which you can … Continue reading

Building a Murphy bed series – Step 1: preparing the cabinet components

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Did you read my first post in this  “how to build a Murphy bed” series? In case you missed it, here’s a recap. I’ve undertaken a new big/small project, transforming a tiny 200 ft2 rental studio apartment into a functional home that reflects the unique personality of its occupant, that easily adapts to change … Continue reading

#Engineeryourspace inspired spotlight: The DIY Drum Shade

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Eight years ago, I created Engineer Your Space and launched my YouTube Channel and blog with 4 videos. One of those videos was titled: “how to make a DIY drum shade” – I wasn’t sure when I published it if anyone would watch a 15 minute video about making a drum shade, and … Continue reading

Building a Murphy Bed Series: Before you start – DIY Options

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  If you’ve been reading my newsletter and following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve undertaken a new big/small project, transforming a tiny 200 ft2 rental studio apartment into what I call a “nimble” home: a home that reflects the unique personality of its occupant, that easily adapts to … Continue reading

#Engineeryourspace Inspired Spotlight: IKEA bookcase Dividing Wall

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I love it when people share the projects they’ve made that are inspired by watching my videos or reading my blog. It’s truly amazing to see all that you’ve created and today is the first of my #engineeryourspace Inspired Spotlight. Every month, I’ll feature a project that one of you has made and … Continue reading

DIY Christmas Decor Ideas: Handmade Stocking Holder

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As some of you may remember, I completely transformed my living room at the beginning of the year by building a faux fireplace, complete with a faux fireplace insert. I’ve been enjoying it every since and now I finally get to decorate it for the holidays! I love hanging stockings … Continue reading

How to add color to a kitchen with a DIY window valence

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Sometimes you have to get creative to add color when you’re a renter. When I was working on a rental kitchen makeover for some friends, I wanted to add a colorful window treatment to coordinate with the temporary peel and stick tile backsplash. I didn’t want to go with curtains because … Continue reading