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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 / 13 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

For vibrant blooms in the spring, you’ve got to plant bulbs NOW. via thisoldhouse
Sep 20, 2014 / 66 notes

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

Sep 19, 2014 / 39 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 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 have at it! What’s “it”?

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, 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 / 170 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 / 801 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 / 56 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 / 150 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 / 579 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

This kitchen storage hack costs less than a cocktail. VIA thisoldhouse

Hang cooking essentials from S-hooks on a stainless rail. We like the 21-inch-long Grundtal rail and five-pack of hooks for about $9 at ikeasverige (More kitchen ideas.)

-ts
Sep 17, 2014 / 136 notes

This kitchen storage hack costs less than a cocktail. VIA thisoldhouse

Hang cooking essentials from S-hooks on a stainless rail. We like the 21-inch-long Grundtal rail and five-pack of hooks for about $9 at ikeasverige (More kitchen ideas.)

-ts

Sep 17, 2014 / 1,416 notes

Vegetables. YAAAACK. Let me tell you: The guy at the corner market is gonna flip all the way out when he sees me buying celery for this project…instead of my standard jumbo bag of Lay’s. Paint idea via Maureen Cracknell Handmade. -ts

If you think washi tape is for wimps, you might want to consider lifting your vinyl flooring off the ground. See the full how-to from East Coast Creative. -ts
Sep 17, 2014 / 47 notes

If you think washi tape is for wimps, you might want to consider lifting your vinyl flooring off the ground. See the full how-to from East Coast Creative. -ts

Crown molding is pretty. But your shoes are prettier. Install as shown to hang your heels where you can see them, or (since all I see with this installation is NYC germs raining down on me) put a row near the floor in your closet, OR just tack a strip close to the ground on the wall behind your entry door as a subtle alert to guests the you enforce a no-shoes rule. Because, like I said, STREET GERMS. Read more. -ts
Sep 16, 2014 / 316 notes

Crown molding is pretty. But your shoes are prettier. Install as shown to hang your heels where you can see them, or (since all I see with this installation is NYC germs raining down on me) put a row near the floor in your closet, OR just tack a strip close to the ground on the wall behind your entry door as a subtle alert to guests the you enforce a no-shoes rule. Because, like I said, STREET GERMS. Read more. -ts

DURF storage tip of the day: If you aren’t already doing so, keep sheet sets organized in the linen closet by using one of your pillowcases as a storage bag for the rest of the set. This DURF moment brought to you by marthastewartliving, who else? More storage hacks from Listotic. -ts
Sep 15, 2014 / 396 notes

DURF storage tip of the day: If you aren’t already doing so, keep sheet sets organized in the linen closet by using one of your pillowcases as a storage bag for the rest of the set. This DURF moment brought to you by marthastewartliving, who else? More storage hacks from Listotic. -ts

truebluemeandyou:

DIY Dollhouse Skeleton Furniture Tutorial from Greenleaf Dollhouses. For DIY miniatures of all kinds go here.
DIY Skeleton Chair Tutorial here.
DIY Skeleton Fringed Lamp and Bone Picture Frame Tutorial here.
Sep 15, 2014 / 512 notes
Use a length of wire or twine and a few thumb tacks to create crumple-free storage for light items overhead. This implementation is inside of a closet. More via Listotic.
Sep 14, 2014 / 212 notes

Use a length of wire or twine and a few thumb tacks to create crumple-free storage for light items overhead. This implementation is inside of a closet. More via Listotic.