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

DIY Murphy bed / wall bed with hardware kit & DIY LED lights

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The 200 ft2 rental studio apartment I’m working on needed a Murphy bed so I built one with an industrial inspired interior complete with lighting. I did it using basic hand tools (no table saw or track saw), and without a workshop or fancy woodworking tools. It’s only the start … 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

My LA Bedroom Makeover

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  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, … Continue reading

How to build a small bedside table

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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 … 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

One DIY Headboard with Two Different Looks

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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 … 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

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

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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 … Continue reading

Product Review: WORX Hydroshot Power Cleaner

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When I was first approached to try out the WORX Hydroshot Power Cleaner, I wasn’t sure I could use it because I live in an apartment and don’t have access to a garden hose faucet. But when I realized that all I needed was a bucket of water to make … Continue reading

Recycled DIY Wall Art

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When I was giving my balcony a makeover, I wanted to reuse what I had as much as possible. I loved the wood tile I had hung on the lattice panels when I originally decorated my balcony but with the new design, I felt it just wasn’t big enough. So to … Continue reading