DIY'ers Corner - Share your projects and tips here
Emily Hurley
September 12, 2013 in Other
Are you most comfortable with a paint roller in your hand? Do you love to work on projects in your home yourself sometimes?

Share your projects and tips with other DIY enthusiasts here!

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charleee
Well funny you should ask, Emily! Almost all my projects are DIY! Here's my first time ever Venetian Plaster wall:
September 12, 2013 at 1:50pm     
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charleee
A very tipsy Pinky and Floyd on the garden bench I made:
September 12, 2013 at 1:52pm     
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Emily Hurley
Looks great! That color is really striking.
September 12, 2013 at 1:52pm     
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Emily Hurley
Oh my goodness. The birds! Fantastic!
September 12, 2013 at 1:53pm     
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charleee
The countertop I'm 90% finished with:
September 12, 2013 at 1:54pm     
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charleee
The tile work in the front bathroom:
September 12, 2013 at 1:55pm     
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charleee
The tile work in the back bathroom:
September 12, 2013 at 1:57pm     
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charleee
Opening up/painting the kitchen cabs:
September 12, 2013 at 2:00pm     
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charleee
And I won't keep boring you so last but not least, the floral arrangement I made for our front porch. For this one I add/take away flowers seasonally. Soon I'll add some gourds and pumpkins!
September 12, 2013 at 2:02pm     
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charleee
Aren't you glad you asked? hehehe
September 12, 2013 at 2:03pm      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Emily Hurley
Whoa! You are super busy! I don't know how I'd find the time to do all these projects. I'm SO jealous!! Also, I am not brave enough to do them, but I'm hoping to change that.
September 12, 2013 at 2:04pm     
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charleee
You're still young! You are brave enough, you just need to get your feet wet, that's all. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice! And when you're retired there's plenty of time, believe me.
September 12, 2013 at 2:06pm     
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Emily Hurley
Haha! I've always loved that saying.
September 12, 2013 at 2:09pm     
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Rinna Hoffman
inset coatrack with exposed brick we just finished.
September 15, 2013 at 6:01am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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rosebud3
charleee, I am in awe.
September 15, 2013 at 8:42am     
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saletto
OMG Charleee, I love your diy's!!! I just loooove working with my hands, it's so fulfilling... My 9-5 job leaves my little time now to do stuff like this (used to do it all the time back in college), but when I see pics like your, inspiration hits :)) so I'm off to do some stuff and will be posting when finished!!!

And charleee, more pics please, I believe there's more... ;)
September 15, 2013 at 8:54am     
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grammythebuilder1
Rinna, I love your coat rack. What a creative idea! Makes practicality into an art installation.
I have struggled with having enough room in our fairly small house for when all four grandchildren sleep over. I decided to build a banquette in a corner of my art studio. I shared it on another thread but here it is for the DIY gang.
Just finished sewing the pillow covers but still need to tackle the mattress cover. It's just folded on now.
My granddaughter claimed to get away from her three brothers!
September 15, 2013 at 9:10am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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armygirl1987
I just recently painted my front door after the prompting and help from current houzzers. I am quicker to do outside work than inside.
September 15, 2013 at 9:23am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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armygirl1987
My next project will be doing the walkway.
September 15, 2013 at 9:30am   
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grammythebuilder1
I really like your door now Angela. Sometime when I get the time and energy, I'd like to do a similar colour on my boring white door.
September 15, 2013 at 9:35am     
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Brenda
I'm proud of myself for putting this flower arrangement together!
September 15, 2013 at 10:15am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Brenda
I'm proud of myself for putting this flower arrangement together!
September 15, 2013 at 10:15am     
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armygirl1987
Thanks grammythebuilder1. I actually hate painting but forced myself to do it.
September 15, 2013 at 10:42am     
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grammythebuilder1
Bravo blohse, you did a very nice job! I was a floral designer for over 25 years. Not everyone can end up with a balanced, pleasing shape and style. Beware, though, I started out doing flowers as a hobby and ended up owning my own flower shop for 9 years and working for other shops for 16 years. Lol!
September 15, 2013 at 11:21am     
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Suellen Valetta
Painting is definitely my diy project.
September 15, 2013 at 11:35am     
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lrb945
wonderful to see venetian plaster as the first comment here! we have used this product for many years and many houses. why more people don't use it is a mystery to me. it is fun, easy, creative and gives your walls a depth that paint will never achieve. it is a no brainer for use on troubled walls with pits, cracks gouges, etc. talk about a silk purse from a sow's ear! spectacular. it works equally well in bathrooms; no sealing required. if you are new at doing your own work, this wall treatment will give your confidence an enormous boost!
September 15, 2013 at 2:25pm     
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Mutoba Ngoma
very impressive work
September 15, 2013 at 2:28pm     
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Robin W
I'll have some before and after photos next week on my two year anniversary of being in my house... I'll post them next weekend.
September 15, 2013 at 7:46pm     
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Christine Li
a.) coffee table made from an old wooden military crate on caster wheels, b.) bathroom vanity made from an antique singer sewing machine base, calacatta marble and a second hand above counter basin - all found on Craigslist, c.) nightstand made from an old Pepsi pop crate and refinished chair legs
September 15, 2013 at 7:47pm        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Pa F'field
wow u have great ideas
September 15, 2013 at 11:54pm     
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mamadubbs
Added trip to my plain mirror.
September 16, 2013 at 6:00am     
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redhead1
Painted and accessorized a flea market cabinet for granddaughter due in November
September 16, 2013 at 7:17am     
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idau85 A
Adding heated tile floor to a bathroom.
September 16, 2013 at 7:23am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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casa224
Tipping my diy imaginary hat to you, Idau 85 A !
September 16, 2013 at 9:27am   
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Emily Hurley
Someday I will have a heated floor in my bathroom...oh yes...someday. :)
September 16, 2013 at 2:23pm     
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charleee
First section of kitchen counter tile - done!
September 16, 2013 at 5:21pm     
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armygirl1987
That is a pretty kitchen charlee
September 16, 2013 at 5:25pm     
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charleee
Thank you Angela!
September 16, 2013 at 5:27pm     
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Suellen Valetta
Here are before and after pics of the 1/2 bath I just repainted from a sponge peach to medium aqua.
September 16, 2013 at 5:51pm        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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charleee
Much better Suellen!
September 16, 2013 at 5:54pm   
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rosebud3
Love the faucet and new paint SueEllen
September 16, 2013 at 9:41pm   
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Natalia Vovk
Here are the stencils that I've put on the wall of my closet to reflect the chandelier
September 17, 2013 at 10:18am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Emily Hurley
Love that! What a fun idea.
September 17, 2013 at 10:22am   
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Natalia Vovk
And the closet in the bathroom - removed the door, re-painted and installed the new shelves. The upper shelves have a unique shape for easier access.
September 17, 2013 at 10:28am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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lucaseattle
With just some tape / gesso (but only cause I'm a broke artist) / and a bowl of water made a mural behind & above my bed. I started at the top (once everything was masked off) then started adding a little bit of water to create a drip effect. The more I moved down the piece the less paint I used.
September 18, 2013 at 12:54pm        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Natalia Vovk
lucaseattle, this is a very interesting idea! I love your mural!
September 18, 2013 at 2:05pm     
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lucaseattle
Thank you very much Natalia! Yeah it was actually pretty simple and cheap... Just took a little bit of patience. Here's a before:
September 18, 2013 at 2:10pm     
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rkotseos
Been working hard on refurbishing a 1930 Sears and Roebuck home. Lots to do and lots of fun, one step at a time.
September 20, 2013 at 6:48pm        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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rkotseos
An out building I like to call the "Cottage" before and after.
September 20, 2013 at 6:50pm        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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rkotseos
Start on the kitchen gutting. 3 layers of linoleum and subfloor later, hardwood floors!
September 20, 2013 at 6:54pm        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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rkotseos
Along with the floors all the cabinets are being built from scratch.
September 20, 2013 at 6:56pm     
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rkotseos
Couple before and after of the shop and the garage.
September 20, 2013 at 6:59pm     
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rkotseos
Side entry, French door that leads off into space? Really? That HAD to be changed. Old oak leaded glass door at the Habitat ReStore $35 with all the hardware. That's a great find! Storm door too $75. Love it.
Yes, I know I need to paint the siding white to match but its going to be grey so it may not get there
September 20, 2013 at 7:02pm     
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grammythebuilder1
Wow, working hard is an understatement! You are making a huge difference, keep up the good work. Nothing like the the satisfaction of seeing your hard work pay off.
September 20, 2013 at 7:10pm     
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charleee
The second half of the tiling project in the kitchen is done! Yay!
October 8, 2013 at 9:06am        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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kimdee24
Looks so good, Charleee! Great job!
October 8, 2013 at 9:17am     
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charleee
Thank you Kimdee24!!
October 8, 2013 at 11:40am   
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mrmichaelburris
I love these threads! My prized DIY project is a pair (only one shown) of bed side tables that I made out of old pallets. My partner and I upgraded to a king bed which left no room for conventional bed side tables...my solution was to hang them on the wall. I found the pallets, ripped them apart, pressure washed the pieces and within an afternoon had the tables made. Total cost for both pieces: $3.98 for the hooks to hang them with. I catch a glance of these some days and puff out the ole chest a bit. lol Definitely my best DIY project to date.
October 16, 2013 at 6:06pm     
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Christine Li
mrmichaelburris - I love them!!! I made a nightstand for my hubby's side of the bed with an old Pepsi crate but haven't figured out my side of the bed yet. I was contemplating some sort of shelving for my phone and a couple books...your creation is perfect!
October 16, 2013 at 6:17pm   
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mrmichaelburris
Thanks, Christine! It was a lot of fun and really easy to do. The phone charger is probably my favorite feature! :)
October 16, 2013 at 6:26pm     
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patatas
Put a little kitchenette in the detached bedroom suite
October 16, 2013 at 6:46pm     
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Lori Nusbaum
I couldn't find storage that I liked for the master bath so I purchased different crates, held them together with c-clips purchased from the local hardware store and voila, a perfect 3 tiered storage shelf.
The barn wood was pulled out of a friend's barn and I made it into the 6' wide x 8 1/2' high bathroom door. We had to put it together with the wood standing up as the hallway is very narrow. It took 2 people holding the wood vertically, while the other one screwed it together cross pieces first.
I used the same barn wood to make the 9' x 4' kitchen table held together with a 2x4 wood frame underneath and plumbing pipe for the "skirt" and legs.
October 16, 2013 at 7:32pm     
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PRO
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Here is my most unique project - transforming an old sewing machine base into a bathroom vanity! I love the look of live-edge wood and knew that I wanted to incorporate a piece of burl somewhere in my home. It definitely is a conversation piece!
October 17, 2013 at 8:43am     
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charleee
Our $60 farmhouse table...
December 9, 2013 at 7:11am   
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PRO
Clear Lighting and Electrical Design
Donna saw a baby cradle and we decided to build one for a project. There is storage under the bed. This converts to a child's reading nook after the baby stage.
December 9, 2013 at 7:31am     
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charleee
Clear Lighting, that's adorable!
December 9, 2013 at 7:39am   
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PRO
Clear Lighting and Electrical Design
Here is a gear table with an 1930s era Ford headlight. Has a dimmer switch and a outlet for your device charger. Check out the shadow on the floor created by the holes in the gear.
December 9, 2013 at 7:53am     
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Lynda
Many projects on our new build were DIY (with my husband). Before this year, I had never cut floor tile, painted a whole house of baseboards, trim and crown molding, or helped with building furniture. Here are the "afters" of a few projects - the X trestle table, stairway to movie room, and Ditra and tiling on a 600 sf porch. I'm not sure I would want to do any of it again (definitely NOT the painting!)
December 9, 2013 at 9:08am     
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adivra
I've done a few things in the past, sometimes successfully. For physical reasons, I now hire projects out, although I will paint a piece of furniture. So many of the listed projects are really well done.
July 3, 2014 at 2:02pm   
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