Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Towel Rail Look for Less

It's finally time for our next Look For Less Design Challenge! Several other bloggers and I have taken the challenge is to find a designer inspired piece and recreate it for less money.

Check out my DIY Panel Headboard from last round, or our West Elm Inspired Floor Mirror from the first round.

Look for Less Design Challenge
This time around, I wanted something smaller scale since we're in the process of finishing up our remodel. Every hour spent away from the remodel means an hour longer until completion. We're so close to being done!

I fell in love with this Threshold Hook Rail from Target, but wasn't loving the stain and style of wood.

Threshold Hook Rail

While this isn't exactly a "designer" piece, I knew I could DIY this in a dark Ebony stain that would match our new Master Bathroom's color palette. So a quick 30 minutes later, I have my very own DIY'ed Towel Rail.

DIY Towel Rail

Since we're deep into our Master Suite Remodel, we've got plenty of scrap wood laying around. I had Justin cut a piece of pine down to 24"x4"and sanded it nice and smooth for me.

DIY Towel Rail Materials

With the prepped piece of pine, I prepped the wood with Wood Conditioner. I've seen on other blogs that wood conditioner makes all the difference in the appearance of the stain, both in even coverage and the deepness of the color. I wanted this to be as dark as it could be without hiding the beautiful woodgrain, so Wood Conditioner was a no brainer.

After allowing the conditioner to dry, I put on two coats of Ebony stain (which we already had around the house), wiping off the excess after 5-10 minutes of dry time.

DIY Towel Rail Stain

With the wood fully stained and dry, apply 2-3 coats of Poly to protect the wood & stain against the elements. I applied 3 coats, allowing dry time between each coat.

Note: Many stains come in a Stain + Poly in-one option, however my ebony was not one of those options. If possible, I'd recommend using the two-in-one for time savings. 

DIY Towel Rail Stained Pine

The last step to prep the piece of wood was to lightly sand the piece smooth as the Poly can often leave a texture. I used a fine sanding sponge to do this.

DIY Towel Rail Sanding

Then it came time for my perfectionist husband to step in. I definitely could have done this part myself, but I'm the complete opposite of a perfectionist and have no time for details. So to make sure the towel hooks went on straight, Justin happily took the lead.

First step was to map out where my four towel hooks would go. Justin put down a piece of blue painters tape so he could see the lines he marked. We centered the towel hooks every 4", and centered them between the top & bottom of the piece of wood.

DIY Towel Rail Measurements

Here's a quick sneak peek to show you how we measured out the hooks.

Towel Hook Dimensions

Next up was pre-drilling the holes. using a self-centering bit on your drill. Justin pre-drilled the holes to ensure that the wood doesn't splinter around the hole. We used the hooks during this pre-drilling phase (see below) to ensure our spacing was accurate for the hole on each side of the hook.

Drilling Holes on DIY Towel Rail

With the screw holes pre-drilled and ready to go, we removed the blue painters tape and hung it on the wall using toggle bolts and a screw on each side. By doing this, the towel hooks (which will be attached next) will hide these screw holes.

Hanging Rail

And lastly it's time to install the towel hooks. These are as easy as screwing them into the pre-drilled holes that you prepped earlier. Double checking that they're all straight. And gazing at them adoringly.

Installing Hooks on DIY Towel Rail

And there you have it.

We purchased these towel hooks from our local Target store for $4.99 each. They're not available online, so I'm not able to link through - but they're in the organization area of the store.

This entire project cost us $20 and about an hour excluding dry time. So while it's not a ton less than the original Threshold version for $29.99, it is in the exact color I was hoping and the dimensions that fit our new bathroom. I love it!

DIY Chair Rail Hung
DIY Towel Rail in Master Bathroom

Looking for more DIY inspiration? Check out these five other amazing Look for Less projects from the rest of the team!

Note: Just click on the photos below to be directed to these other Look for Less projects.

Image Map

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Post: Kids Bookends from Plastic Toys

Everyone welcome Amy from Amy Krist  today who's sharing some pretty stellar bookends for her boys room. Awesome! 

After returning from our two week vacation to Germany this week I was itching to get back to DIY'ing. My head is spinning with fresh ideas but my rear is dragging from the jet-lag so I am diving back into the creative world one baby step at a time. I conjured up this project somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean last week. It is ridiculously easy and cheap for anyone who wants to fill a spare 20 minutes. It's functional, cute, colorful and best of all...inexpensive!

colorful bookend using old plastic toys+bricks

I don't know about your house, but ours is full of plastic toys. For some odd reason I found two identical dinosaurs stuffed at the bottom of my son's closet so I grabbed them before he noticed. You can use any chunky toys for this project. Supplies you will need:
kids bookends created from old toys and bricks_supplies

To start, add a nice glob of Gorilla Glue to the bottom of your toy and center it on top of the brick.

bookends made from bricks and plastic kids toys

Then let it dry completely.

kids bookends made from old toys

 Once dry, give both pieces a nice coat or two of your favorite color. I chose Meadow Green by Rust-Oleum.

bookends for kids using old toys
bookends for kids using bricks and old plastic toys

This color is a fun, happy green and is very eye-catching. I chose to paint each bookend with two coats so the color seeped into all the grooves.

You can stop at this point, but I wanted to add a fun detail to these bookends so I wound some of my nylon Masons twine in neon green around the base. I simply wrapped the twine like I was wrapping a present but you can create any pattern you like.

colorful bookends using kids old toys and bricks
bookends for kids using their old plastic toys

 To save my son's dresser from any further scratches, I stuck a few pieces of felt furniture pads onto the bottoms of each bookend. You're done!

bookends for kids using bricks and their old plastic toys

Aren't these fun? Like I said, you can use any old toy you have laying around the house to create these fun bookends. I have plans to make a set for my daughter using toy horses and will share those soon.

use old plastic toys to make colorful bookends
bookends created from kids old plastic toys

They certainly add a fun punch of color to any kid's room and are a great way to upcycle an old neglected toy laying around. This project cost apx $7.00. I purchased the bricks at Home Depot for $0.50 each and had the remaining supplies already on-hand. The rest of the supplies cost a few dollars each.

Go grab a few of those neglected plastic toys and turn them into something fun and practical! See you soon!

colorful bookend using old plastic toys+bricks
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Monday, April 14, 2014

The DIY'ers #57

Happpppy Monday & welcome back to The DIY'ers!

I just got back late (late late) last night so I apologize this is getting posted a little later than is typical for us. Justin & I had an amazing long weekend in California with friends - and if you're an Instagram follower, you saw that we were blowing it up with the palm tree & beach photos.
The DIY'ers Header
Here's what we've DIY'ed this week.

Kayla's Projects from Home Coming 

DIY'ers Projects Collage


Rea's Projects from Home for 4 Sweet Home

Rea's Projects Collage
 
The DIY'ers Top 3


Stove Backsplash Tutorial
How to Tile a Backsplash from Being Home
DIY Sharpie Mug
Simple DIY Sharpie Mug from House in the Heights
Average But Inspired Knockoff West Elm Brass Base Terrarium
West Elm Knockoff Terrarium from Average But Inspired


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Now onto the party!

The DIY'ers


The Rules? They're simple!
  1. Follow each host somehow; any way is fine! 
  2. Take a picture of your DIY and link it up below. 
  3. Text link back to Home Coming, Home Sweet Home or pick up The DIY'ers button from the left sidebar and include it in your post so others can get involved in The DIY party.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vacay time

Hubster and I are off on a "we're almost done with the remodel celebratory vacation" starting today! We're headed out to Santa Monica to visit friends and spend lots of time in the sun.

We'll be thinking of you as we're sipping our margaritas on the beach.

Peace out...(til Monday).

LA

Blogger Tips over at The Girl Creative

Hi friends. Figuring out how to build my very own projects gallery (with no coding) has been one of my biggest blogging accomplishments to date! So much better than scrolling through archives, right?

So today I'm over at TheGirlCreative.com sharing How to Create a Projects Directory on Blogger. I'm sure a lot of you out there are fellow bloggers, so whenever I figure out how to do something, I want to share it with all of you.

Swing on by and check it out!

How to Create a Projects Gallery for Blogger | Home Coming

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Master Bathroom, Stairwell & Closet Progress

We're here today with another progress update on our Master Suite remodel. We're 99% done and so excited to share our big reveals with you, but first, a progress update.

Please note, we'll share all of our materials, sources, and paint color in our big reveal photos coming in the next couple of weeks. 

In the master bathroom, we painted the walls a pretty grey and added in some mildew resistant mixture which is recommended in small bathrooms.

Mildew Resistant Mixture
Mildew Resistent Paint for Bathroom


We installed our floating vanity.

Installing Floating Vanity
Installing the Vanity


We installed our Pre-Hung Bathroom Door.

How to Install a Pre-Hung Door

And had our lighting fixtures installed.

Master Bathroom Light Fixtures

I've already shared a few photos of our Master Closet, but found some progress photos that I wanted to share with you. Here's Justin building our custom closet!

Installing Closet System
Installing Custom Closet System

Then we painted & primed the closet system, painted the walls and had our light fixture installed!


Master Closet Organization


We've primed and painted our sliding door for the stairwell/master bedroom.

Painting Doors

And we've spent a TON of time on our new stairwell. While Justin ripped it apart and leveled them out, I started staining the stair treads to match our laminate flooring on the main floor of the house.

Stairwell Progress
Staining Stair Treads


And there you have it. We'll be sharing quick tutorials for installing the vanity, the sliding door for the master bedroom in the next couple of weeks. And of course, the big Master Bathroom reveal will be coming soon too! Get excited!

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