Sunday, March 4, 2012

Easy DIY Ideas

Hope you're all having a good weekend... we continue to explore Seattle and are making lots of progress on our "to do" list of getting settled back on US soil.   As you can imagine with so many expenses involved with moving back to the US (we bought two cars in the last week for example!) DIY solutions have also been on my mind. I thought a round up of some of my favorite ideas might be fun to share:

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These will be so pretty for a BBQ in our back yard this summer!

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A clever use to maximize garage space...

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DIY Roman Shades - the house we want has several separate windows so we will need several of these!

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I'd love to find a spot for antiqued mirror, and this shows how...

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A beautiful deck needs lots of potted flowers and plants and I love the earthy "lived-in" look of mossy pots.

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I'm thinking of this for the kids' bathroom - there are so many possibilities!

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I love this sweet, fresh look for the quickly approaching Spring.

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I'll be on the hunt for a few interesting chairs, perhaps flea market finds with potential. 
I haven't ever re-done a chair, but I'm itching for the challenge.

Thank you to all of you for the kind wishes on the house negotiations - with all of that positive karma swirling around good things will have to come out of it. :)
PS: I haven't forgotten about sharing Bali and Hong Kong pictures - coming soon!

Sources and DIY instructions can be found here.


Splendid Sass said...

So glad to learn you are making progress, Barbara.
These are great ideas. I pinned the garage diy.
Have a happy Sunday.

Thoughts on Design said...

Refinishing chairs, bureaus. etc. is pretty straight forward. You just have to take your time and be patient. (it can be messy, too...) There's the obvious, doing your own painting (boring) wallpapering (don't ever attempt it if you value your marriage...), etc. I tend to tackle DIY projects I find satisfaction in - like puttering about the yard. (or making ice cream on a hot summer evening...)

Time to wash (scrub) the paint off my hands...
Have a great week!


Acquired Objects said...

I love the citrus and flowers idea what a wonderful gift to give to wish everyone a happy spring. I've done my fair share of DYI and only really like painting. I've made dozens of Roman shades they're fairly easy but time consuming. I now let the pros handle most things since I'm short on time.

I hope you're enjoying your Sunday!

5th and State said...

love the idea for the plastic containers on the ceiling!
do let us know how it goes with re-upholstering, this non-sewer gasps at the thought!!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Great ideas. I love the prints. Good luck with all the decisions and the endless decisions you have to make. XO, Mona

Splendid Market said...

best of luck with everything, keep me posted. Love the burlap on the daff jars.

Karen said...

Great ideas! I really like the hanging storage bins!
Sounds like you're making progress towards home sweet home.

The enchanted home said...

Definitely some fun the idea of the garage storage, the fun prints and love antique mirror. I would never attempt window treatments though....I leave that up to the pros....I think in that dept. you get what you pay for!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Great DIY projects, Barbara! I'm happy to hear you're settling in and things are going well with the house purchase.
Have a lovely evening,
~ Wendi ~

I Dream Of said...

Glad you are making progress on your transition and are enjoying your new home city. Can you believe it's snowing? Love so many of these clever ideas - I'll definitely be borrowing from that first photo for summer entertaining. Hope you have a happy and productive week!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Great ideas. Love the antique mirror. Was it hard to figure out what cars you wanted so quickly? Sounds like it might be hectic for you. but fun! Enjoy seeing Seattle. Beautiful area.

Jennings and Gates said...

So many great inspirations! Have a great time.

The Vintique Object said...

There are so many things I love here. Can't wait to see what you decide to DIY -- especially your take on the roman blinds. I have considered doing the same, but am afraid of that project!

Stacy Curran said...

Thanks for your comment today Barbara. I hope you are doing well finding a house and moving....I can't even imagine having to do that again!

sofakingdubai said...

There are so many things I love here. Can't wait to see what you decide to DIY -- especially your take on the roman blinds.If you need more information about blinds then visit sofakingdubai.


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