6

Mar

2015

simply grove office

I Instagrammed my studio this week and got some inquiries about my desk. I’ve had this desk for a few years now and I’m just not getting tired of it. My father in law built the sawhorse legs and my husband built the top. We used Surface Skin from Blik to cover the desk top. Though it doesn’t offer storage. it offers all of the tabletop space that I need! Go here for a somewhat easy sawhorse desk DIY. If you’re not in the place to build one, Ikea has these leg options and tabletop options. Below are more sawhorse desks to feast your eyes on.

via simply grove

via simply grove

via simply grove

Images: 1,2,3

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25

Jun

2014

Do you what to know what the easiest DIY is?? Painting a plain desk lamp in gold. It’s the simplest desk lamp DIY that there has ever been! I’ve done it 3 times with 3 different gold tones and each time it completely changed the lamp for good. Last week Elise gave us an amazing tripod lamp DIY that was painted in a pretty gold. It really is an easy solution for great design!

All you need is gold spray paint for this DIY. Make sure that you remove the bulb and cover up the cord, unless you want your cord to be gold. I always do a few coats. That way if it chips, it’s gold underneath. EASY CHEEZY!!!

ALSO, you can find me elsewhere this week-

How to style kitchen shelves.
Decorative pendants for the kitchen.
Shop for a pop of pink.

AND make sure to check out #destinationsummer.

 

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18

Jun

2014

Todays DIY is the perfect lighting solution for any space! Elise Vaughn has outdone herself with this tripod lamp DIY. Enjoy!

You will need:

Metal camera tripod
Metal saw
Snake rope lamp
Wire cutters
Wire strippers
Electrical tape
Outlet plug replacement kit
Gold spray paint

First of all I found a fabulous vintage chrome camera tripod. In selecting the tripod, I made sure that it would extend to the height that I wanted and that the main central height bar was hollow. Next I used a metal saw to cut the top section off- exposing the now hollow central pipe. The second part of this project is to find yourself a snake light. Take the plastic tubing off the outside of the flexible snake part of the light. Next cut the electrical cord at the plug and about three inches from the base of the light socket. You want to make sure that you leave yourself enough room to repair and reattach the electrical wires. Now you need to disassemble the light fixture completely – keep the wire threaded thru the snake section of your light as it will not be an easy task to thread it back through once removed.

This is a great time to paint a section or all of your light fixture.  I chose to paint my light gold using metal spray paint, and left the tripod chrome.

Thread the snake light up through the central hollow pipe of the tripod. Find someone that is familiar with repairing electrical fixtures, if you are completely unfamiliar with the process of putting the light fixture back together. You can purchase simple plug re attachment kits at any hardware store for around three dollars. Once your light has been reattached- find a light bulb and presto!

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11

Jun

2014

My kids have shared a room for the last 4 years. They have both loved there time together but now that they are getting older, they want their own spaces. So I recently transformed my office into Eden’s very own bedroom. Ethan is staying up in their once shared room. I will be posting pics of Eden’s entire space next week. Today you get a glimpse of the space, only because Elise Vaughn did another fantastic DIY specifically for Eden’s bedroom. This DIY shelf is the cutest thing ever! And Eden is totally in love with it. Take it away, Elise!

*  First select the wood and rope that you want to use- I found my bundle of white and neon rope at Fred Meyer for 8.99 and the piece of wood came from ReStore for 1.39!!

*  Next measure the shelf lengths from your wood, mark and cut to size.

 

*  Then you will need to measure and mark spacing for your drill holes in each corner of your shelf planks- chose a drill bit the same width as your rope so that it is a nice snug fit. also make sure that the holes line up for all of the shelves.
*  Next you will want to take your rope and wrap some sticky tape around the end so that it is easier to thread thru the corner holes.
*  Cut a length six times the total height of your shelf.
*  Begin at the top shelf corner hole- doesn’t matter which one.  Thread the rope all the way through leaving a 2 foot tail.  Make sure you are threading from the top of the shelf down.  With the tail of your rope extended beyond the top of the shelf, tie a knot in the rope under the board.  Don’t tie it to tight until all of your knots have been made, incase you need to adjust any of the lengths and knot placements.
*  continue threading your rope through the top of the next shelve and tie a knot under the board and so forth until you have evenly spaced out your number of shelves.
*   Once you get to the bottom shelf tie a knot under the board and then another knot that will sit under the adjacent hole.  Then thread the rope back up towards the top- tying a knot below each board before you thread it through.
*  Now that you are back at the top shelf with all of your excess rope, allow for a triangle hang pitch above the tope shelf and bring the row over to the opposite corner holes and begin the process over again, evenly spacing your knots and boards.
*  Once you have successfully threaded the rope through all four corners of your shelves – tie your original rope tail and the rope remnant together to be hung over the shelf suspension dowel.
*  The shelve suspension dowel is constructed from a plunger dowel and a metal pipe thread disk from the hardware store.

* You can either paint the metal disc or leave it as is.

*  Measure the length of dowel that you want and cut.

*  Thread the dowel into the pipe disc
* Screw the pipe disc into your wall and suspend your rope shelf from it.
* I added some tassels that I made out of white yarn to the base of my shelf- completely optional!

Presto an inexpensive and functional suspending wall shelf.

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