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Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 | 9 comments

Reader Submission: DIY Vessel Sink

Reader Submission: DIY Vessel Sink

Local designer and DIY enthusiast Ginger Rodriguez sent us this story about how she built her own vessel sink. It’s pretty amazing that you can turn practically anything into a sink with a little planning and the right tools. Below, Ginger also shares some tips for creating your own custom-built and designed sink. I love vessel sinks and wanted to add one to my Old World style bathroom. The manufactured ones are gorgeous, but are only 14 to 16 inches on the inside. When I wash my face at my bathroom sink, I make a big, splashy mess. So I was really hesitant to go with one of those. But also, it’s more interesting and more fun to have one that is unique. I wanted a sink that would look like a pitcher pump pouring into a big wooden bowl or bucket — or anything that seemed like what would have been under a pitcher pump. Now, I can do some crazy and unorthodox DIY stuff, but even I...

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 | 6 comments

Reader Submission: Mason Concrete Coffee Table

Reader Submission: Mason Concrete Coffee Table

Thanks to Katie Moore of Olios Design in Old Town for submitting this incredible concrete coffee table her husband Andy built.  It looks just like the inspiration piece from Crate and Barrel but at a fraction of the price! Last fall, my husband and I had a craving for a few new pieces of furniture yet didn’t have the cash to purchase much. Although we found ourselves hunting and hunting at stores like CB2, Crate and Barrel, and even Room and Board, everything we liked was out of our price range. At one of our trips to Crate and Barrel, we spotted this beauty. Source: Crate and Barrel You may have seen this mason coffee table in their furniture showroom so you probably know what I am talking about. I walked in circles trying to find cheaper options, but my eyes were fixed on this table! The only thing holding me back was that price tag. At $799 I just couldn’t come to grips with it. Luckily my husband...

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 | 3 comments

Reader Submission: DIY “Thomas and Friends” Train Table

Reader Submission: DIY “Thomas and Friends” Train Table

I love the “build a better mousetrap” aspect of this reader submission. Daan set out to DIY a wooden train table for his young son Noah modeled after the popular Thomas the Tank Engine train table. Sure enough, he succeeded in making a solid, long-lasting version that his family can pass down for generations. Here’s how he planned and carried out the project in his home workshop. Noah loved to play with the “official” Thomas the Tank Engine table at Barnes and Noble which was out of service half of the time we went. This appeared to be directly related to the shoddy quality of that table (particle board and failing glue and joints) , which made its exorbitant price even more objectionable. I figured I could build one better myself and for less. I found the plan for the train table online. There are a ton of plans out there, some free and some you can purchase. My requirements were: It should be possible to disassemble the table...

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Reader Submission: Kids Chores on a String

Reader Submission: Kids Chores on a String

My friend Rachel created a clever chore system for her two older children, ages 7 and 5, that’s a cinch to make, nice-looking, and easy to use. She used twine, clothespins, and Sharpies. It helps too that Rachel has absolutely perfect handwriting, making her chore chart even more aesthetically pleasing. You could do this with a label maker too. The concept goes like this: The kids have daily “must do” tasks as well as weekly chores that they get to choose. They can rotate the weekly chores. The tasks are listed on clothespins. When the task gets done each day, they turn the clothespin over to the blank side. By the end of the day, all pins should be on their blank side. At night, Rachel takes note, and flips the daily tasks back to the “chore” side for the following day. When in full affect, Fiona and Eamon each get a $1 allowance on Saturday. This is the string of weekly chores with their telltale double green and...

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Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Reader Submission: 1940s DIY Kitchen Renovation

Reader Submission: 1940s DIY Kitchen Renovation

Although we like to share renovation projects just from the Del Ray area, this reader submission all the way from Oregon was just too good to pass up. In fact, this house looks just like so many Del Ray homes you probably couldn’t even tell it’s from the other side of the country. Special thanks to Linn for sharing her story. Love, love, love this kitchen! Right after my husband and I bought our small little bungalow this summer, it became clear the kitchen had to be one of the first parts we turned our attention to. The old kitchen appeared to be firmly stuck in the 40s, I bet it hadn’t changed one bit from when it was first put in! The walls and ceiling were green, it had a green laminate floor, laminate countertop etc… you get the picture! While charming in some ways, we really wanted something brighter, cleaner and more functional. We were set on basically taking on as many projects as we could ourselves, thinking...

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