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Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 | 3 comments

Yarn Wreaths Three Ways

Yarn Wreaths Three Ways

DIY Del Ray brings you three different ways to make a festive fall wreath. One requires knitting skills, but the other two are easy enough for anyone with some yarn to tackle in under an hour and makes a great weekend project. Wreath #1: Yarn Ball and Pinecone Wreath Materials Needed: 1 skein of yarn (or multiple skeins of assorted colors) 1 wire wreath form Florist wire Aluminum foil Tacky craft glue Wire cutters 5-6 pinecones Steps: Make foil balls in various sizes. I like a variety of small and large — no two need to be alike. Wrap the yarn tightly around the foil balls covering most of the foil. It’s ok if some of the foil peeks out — you can adjust the yarn balls when you secure them to the wreath. For my wreath, I chose a chunky orange yarn, but you can use any thickness. The thick yarn takes less time to cover the balls. After you make all your balls, roughly determine how you...

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Reader Submission: Basement Workbench

Reader Submission: Basement Workbench

Local resident Landall Proctor shares how he turn a cluttered corner of his basement into a functional, well-designed work area: As a competitive cyclist and general bike lover my wife and I have a lot of bicycles. There are four in the basement that should be kept in the house for security and neurotic reasons and two in the shed. I do all my own maintenance work and was getting a little frustrated with the lack of workspace I had in our basement for bike repairs. This past weekend I decided to better utilize the small space we have in our basement that I have taken over as my “bike room.” Here’s the before picture: First, I wanted to do this project on the cheap and my first thought was to use some old lumber from other projects I have tackled. Unfortunately none of it would quite get the job done so my wife and I took a trip to Community Forklift to try and get some inexpensive, recycled materials to...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 | 1 comment

Refreshing Furniture on a Budget

Refreshing Furniture on a Budget

DIY Del Ray welcomes guest blogger Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, owner of Stylish Patina, who shares her tips for refinishing furniture: You would be amazed at how just a little paint can turn something old and drab into something beautiful and fresh! I have done this with furniture since I was fresh out of college with no money to buy furniture. I lived in Denver at the time and learned about thrift stores, yard sales and the good old local Salvation Army. I love seeing the potential in something everyone else thinks is junk. My company Stylish Patina does just that. I find vintage/antique furnishings and breathe new life into them either through paint or just a good old fashioned cleaning. I am also a stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint which has become the premier furniture paint over the last year. Today I am going to walk you through the steps I take when working on a project. Here is the chair we are staring with today. Not too...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 | 0 comments

Paint Pick-Me-Up

Paint Pick-Me-Up

Looking for ways to spruce up a drab piece of furniture? Here are three ways to give your furniture a quick and easy pick-me-up. 1. Paint a yard sale find When I saw this table at a yard sale, I just knew it would be the perfect replacement for the nightstand between my daughters’ beds in their shared room. With a little TLC, it would provide enough surface to hold all of the books we read and set aside at bedtime. I negotiated the sale, took it home and gave it a good sanding. It’s not the best table in terms of construction, but undaunted, I painted it with two coats of primer, and then a coat of the white we had in the basement (Duron Plastic Kote, interior acrylic latex enamel). I sprayed the top surfaces with Valspar clear sealer (flat). My daughters couldn’t be happier. And now the fish bowl fits on the table too. She was lonely all the way up on the bookshelf after all. Shared by Leslie...

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2011 | 1 comment

Welcome to DIY Del Ray

If you obsess about home improvement, decluttering your small space, choosing paint colors, re-purposing furniture and planning your next project, this is the place for you. Join us as we explore solutions and inspiration for small space living in the Del Ray area of Alexandria, VA. We’re not DIY experts, but we do love dreaming of ways to reinvent and improve our homes. We hope this blog will serve as a resource for the community to see what others are doing, ask for advice, and get creative. So let’s get started. Projects: What DIY projects have you completed? Send an email to diydelray[at]yahoo.com and tell us what worked, what didn’t work, what you love, what you’d do differently. Please include before and/or after photos if you have them. Questions: Have a question about a project? Don’t know where to start? Send a photo and description of your project to diydelray[at]yahoo.com and we’ll post on the blog for others to comment. We’re also on Facebook and we invite you to...

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