Five DIY and crafts projects you can make in an hour or less

I love seeing a custom painted accent wall or piece of furniture I’ve built turn out beautifully in the end. Sometimes, though, the small projects that take a whole lot less time turn out just as great.

Here are five DIY and craft projects for your home that you can complete in an hour or less.

Bottle into a lamp

Did you know you can take just about any bottle and turn it into a lamp? That’s what I did with this vintage wine bottle I found at The Insyde Outsyde Shop.

Fringe it up

Embellishing things like pillows, lamps or other small home accessories adds just the right amount of punch to a space. I love making fringe from duct tape for embellishing.

Faux jadeite

I love vintage jadeite, but it gets pricey. I came up with a way to get the look for way less.

Custom lampshade

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found the perfect lamp, but then finding the perfect shade to go with it has taken forever. One fix for that is making your own custom lampshade using any material you want.

Custom knobs

Ever since I discovered how easy it is to make your own custom knobs for furniture, I haven’t stopped thinking about what all I can make into a knob. Read this tutorial to start coming up with your own ideas for custom knobs.

Advertisements

Tips for Tackling a DIY Deck Project

MISSION, Kan., Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — (Family Features) While planning a new outdoor living space can be overwhelming, chances are there’s a home improvement retailer nearby that offers an abundance of resources to help you tackle virtually any project. If a DIY deck project is on your to-do list, these tips can help you navigate the aisles like a pro.

Do your homework. Get started by perusing retailer websites to learn about their product offerings and services. Then visit manufacturer websites for more information and to compare aesthetics and performance. Research your options and decide what materials and styles make the most sense for your lifestyle and preferences. For instance, if you are looking to spend more time enjoying your deck than maintaining it, you may consider a high-performance composite material, like Trex. Unlike wood, composite decking won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter, and resists fading, scratching and mold.

Take advantage of retailer resources. After you’ve decided on a preferred material, your local big-box retailer can help you obtain additional information, design ideas and product samples. To help get you on your way, lowes.trex.com can help you explore the decking and railing collections available through Lowe’s. In addition to perusing an array of decking options, you also can preview designer-curated railing pairings. Once you find a combination that suits your outdoor space, you can download the materials list to better guide your in-store experience.

Explore the store. Once you have determined the direction of your project and narrowed down your product preferences, orient yourself with the store landscape so you can navigate the merchandise in an order that correlates with your project. It may be easiest to start with decking materials in the lumber aisle and then move to railings, which can typically be found in an adjacent aisle or on an end-cap display. Pay close attention to signage and look carefully for logos to make sure you’re finding the brand you want.

Ask an associate. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The staff at your local retailer can provide tips to help you successfully navigate your project and the store. For instance, if the materials you are looking for aren’t on the shelves, many options are available via special order. Typically, an associate can arrange for the product you want to arrive in-store in about 10 days. Most stores also offer assistance with installation.

5 Easy Diy Projects To Re-Organize Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of your home, where family gathers and we nourish our good health. So, why not show it a little extra love with an easy home improvement project?

Quick do-it-yourself projects don’t need to be complicated or take up much more time than cooking a plate of pasta. In fact, one of the easiest ways to upgrade your kitchen is with some handy sliding shelves – it only takes 5 minutes!

Here are 5 ways to install sliding shelves to you’re your kitchen clean, organized and ready to go.

1.Economize your essential pantry space

For those with a narrow pantry, or no pantry at all, quickly installing sliding shelves will not only give you more surface space, but it will help to easily organize your groceries!

2.Install a pull-out trash can

Trash in your kitchen can be bothersome, get in your way, or be just plain unsightly. If it’s not contained well, it can start to smell, and foul odors don’t mix with cooking and eating. By installing a sliding shelf, you can tuck your trash can beneath the countertop so it’s out of the way when you’re not using it, and easily accessible when it’s time to clean up.

3.Make pots and pans more accessible

Instead of reaching into the back of your cabinet and fumbling with heavy pots and pans, simply install a sliding shelf that brings the heavy items to you. Glide the shelf out of the cabinet, grab what you need and then tuck it away again. It makes cleaning up less painful too!

4.Create storage for Tupperware or cleaning supplies

Maintaining a clean kitchen is important for keeping your family healthy. Easily store a supply of towels, disinfectants, and soap in a designated drawer so they are always readily available. Adding a shelf beneath your kitchen sink is easy and will ensure you have enough storage space for these essential items.

5.Organize your spices or cutlery drawer

Is your oregano, paprika and black pepper all jumbled together? Instead of wasting time searching for what you need to season your dish, use a sliding shelf to organize your spice rack so that each one is clearly visible. You might even end up rediscovering some flavors.

The next time your family gathers for a holiday dinner or you’re passing along a secret family recipe, you’ll be happy with how easy it is to find what you need in your newly organized and re-designed kitchen space. Plus, this transformation only requires a few basic household items like a screwdriver, pencil, measuring tape and 30 minutes on a Sunday afternoon. To get started, check out this easy-to-read installation guide.

With over 25 years in the business, Shelves That Slide knows exactly what your kitchen needs, and that’s why their DIY shelves come with everything you need for an easy installation.