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"Rental White" doesn’t have to be boring. Go bold with graphic black & white rugs and window panels. Make the room really pop with bright, retro furniture finds👍
Thanks for the inspiration apartmenttherapy. -ts
Sep 20, 2014 / 275 notes

"Rental White" doesn’t have to be boring. Go bold with graphic black & white rugs and window panels. Make the room really pop with bright, retro furniture finds👍

Thanks for the inspiration apartmenttherapy. -ts

(via apartmenttherapy)

I’m already feeling fall allergies. Amirite, guys? If you’re sneezing everywhere too, you might want to tackle these allergy hot spots. (Do it even if you’re not sneezing yet. Because YOU WILL.) -EL
Sep 20, 2014 / 38 notes

I’m already feeling fall allergies. Amirite, guys? If you’re sneezing everywhere too, you might want to tackle these allergy hot spots. (Do it even if you’re not sneezing yet. Because YOU WILL.) -EL

Sep 20, 2014 / 6 notes
THIS WEEKEND ONLY! via Maker Crate. Offer ends Monday 9/22.

Our Maker Crate project pick? The Copper Wall Art: get everything you need to get the look for $18 right here. -ts
Sep 20, 2014 / 14 notes

THIS WEEKEND ONLY! via Maker Crate. Offer ends Monday 9/22.

Maker Crate Copper Wall Art

Our Maker Crate project pick? The Copper Wall Art: get everything you need to get the look for $18 right here. -ts

DAILY FIND: A glorious DIY Decoupaged Office Chair via littlegreennotebook -ts
Sep 20, 2014 / 87 notes

DAILY FIND: A glorious DIY Decoupaged Office Chair via littlegreennotebook -ts

Without commentary.
Sep 20, 2014 / 162 notes

Without commentary.

For vibrant blooms in the spring, you’ve got to plant bulbs NOW. via thisoldhouse
Sep 20, 2014 / 75 notes

For vibrant blooms in the spring, you’ve got to plant bulbs NOW. via thisoldhouse

Sep 19, 2014 / 44 notes

So, remember when I had to swap this Rebel Wilson gif for a Tim & Eric gif in that stain removal post? It was because I had a loftier purpose in mind for Rebel… 

 thisoldapt is creeping toward at 50,000 followers!!! When we started this thing we weren’t expecting to connect with so many of you crazy-amazing DIYers, but we’re so glad that we did. 

So now we want to give you a bunch of stuff. Editors tend to accumulate (hoard) random things over time, so now we want to share some of the goods with you. Hm let’s see what we’ve got:

This from the good folks over at Hoover:

Maybe this thing here from IKEA:

Maybe a little of this action:

Some of this right here:

Ugh. All kinds of great stuff. All you have to do to qualify in this celebration of Oprah proportions is submit an apartment vignette or a photo of a cool upgrade from your apartment.

Once we get your submission (which we may or may not feature here at the blog) we’ll send you a list of possible love-presents (mucho limited quanities of randomness, while supplies last), you’ll pick from that random assortment, we’ll send it.

So, let the countdown to 50K begin. And, you guys, thanks. -ts


Concrete is probably my favorite DIY medium to play around with. Ben over at HomeMade Modern made these divine concrete pendant lights in 9 steps with about $13 worth of materials. Extra fun: He used plastic bevy bottles as molds. See all the steps here. -ts
Sep 19, 2014 / 174 notes

Concrete is probably my favorite DIY medium to play around with. Ben over at HomeMade Modern made these divine concrete pendant lights in 9 steps with about $13 worth of materials. Extra fun: He used plastic bevy bottles as molds. See all the steps here. -ts

Sep 19, 2014 / 871 notes

DAILY FIND: Sometimes the Internet is a crappy place full of crap. But today I’m reminded that it’s an amazing trove of free information from reliable sources: The University of Illinois Extension has created a searchable index of every stain known to man and stain removal solutions for each. The tool will even tell you what your window of stain-treatment time is to achieve optimal results.

This is nerd GOLD, people. Use it in good health. -ts

Editor’s Note: Sorry for the sudden Rebel Wilson gif swap. I need her for something else. Stay tuned. She’ll be back. -ts

DAILY FIND: With a few bucks and a couple of hours, you can create the cottage-style entry rack shown above. Good lookin’ out, lowes. Get all the steps here. -ts
Sep 19, 2014 / 57 notes

DAILY FIND: With a few bucks and a couple of hours, you can create the cottage-style entry rack shown above. Good lookin’ out, lowes. Get all the steps here. -ts

Sep 18, 2014 / 151 notes

Every month, TOH master carpenter Norm Abram answers reader questions and shares his best tricks of the trade. We’ll share them with you here because

Tying two short ropes together

Q: I don’t always have a rope that’s long enough. Is there 
a way to securely, but temporarily, tie together short lengths of rope?
—William Wildman, Marlton, N.J.

A: Knots that join ropes together are called bends. My favorite one is a sheet bend, which is easy to tie and won’t slip. Unlike the commonly used square knot, sheet bends are especially handy for joining ropes of different diameters, and they’re easy to untie after being under a lot of tension.

Illo 1. Bend the end of one rope (A) into a loop, called a bight. Feed the end of the other rope (B) up through the loop and behind both its legs.

Illo 2. Lead the end of rope B so that it goes across the top of the bight and then under itself. Tighten by pulling both standing ends. Leave at least 1 inch of rope B beyond the bight.

See more of Norm’s Tricks of the Trade

ALSO don’t forget to take your #SelfieWithNorm before the brand-new season of thisoldhouse starts in October!

Stop what you’re doing for a second and listen to what I’m telling you right now. Whether you’ve inherited ugly furniture or picked something up off the curb…YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE WITH UPHOLSTERY THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO VOMIT. You can reupholster, of course, but if you’re too lazy busy for that, you can use a dab of your favorite paint and a magical thing called fabric medium to transform just about any piece of furniture.
Check out this tutorial from Hyphen Interiors. It’s a favorite of mine. -ts
Sep 18, 2014 / 580 notes

Stop what you’re doing for a second and listen to what I’m telling you right now. Whether you’ve inherited ugly furniture or picked something up off the curb…YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE WITH UPHOLSTERY THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO VOMIT. You can reupholster, of course, but if you’re too lazy busy for that, you can use a dab of your favorite paint and a magical thing called fabric medium to transform just about any piece of furniture.

Check out this tutorial from Hyphen Interiors. It’s a favorite of mine. -ts