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.
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.
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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
Snake rope lamp
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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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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This DIY, seen on Design Sponge, is a clever way to design a bench. Hair pin legs are always a great go to for benches and tables. And the brushstroke upholstery is awesome! See the entire DIY here.
I hope that you are all having a great week thus far! I have to be honest in telling you that I am feeling a little overwhelmed in this moment of my life. If Simply Grove feels super sporadic, my apologies. I don’t ever intend to dismiss this blog but there are seasons where my creativity and time management needs a little attention and support. I am passionate about interior design and I will always be passionate about interior design. I’m really seeking out what my next steps in this crazy, blogging/entrepreneurial life are going to be. I never want to reinvent the wheel and just do things because other people are doing the same things and finding success. I want to do things that match up with my passions. Thank you for reading this blog and thank you for supporting Simply Grove. There are a millions of awesome blogs out there that are football fields more advanced than me. So the fact that you still visit Simply Grove means the world to me.
I would LOVE to hear from you! If there are any posts that you need more of, haven’t seen enough of, or are tired of, let me know! Either comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I really do value ALL of of your feedback. And I only want to blog what is important not just to me but to the readers.
Much love to you all! xxoo
Ok, this may be my favorite DIY that Elise has tackled thus far! It’s stylish, easy to achieve and goes with a variety of aesthetics. Be inspired and take notes!
What you need:
Gold spray paint
Electrical plug replacements
Disassemble the clamp light.
Spray paint the light cage gold.
Cut the electrical cord towards the end close to the plug.
Thread the wooden beads down the electrical cord. Follow the instructions that come with the replacement plugs to put your electrical cord back together and PRESTO!
Cheers, Elise (Check Elise’s kids clothing line here.)
DIY designer, styling and photography: Elise Vaughn.
Here is part 2 of the Cinco De Mayo inspired DIY that we posted yesterday, created by SG’s DIY contributor Elise Vaughn. This muted green is a fun, neutral option for your space. Visit the original post for the HOW TO’S here.
You are going to LOVE this DIY, coming straight from our DIY contributor Elise Vaughn. It’s Cinco De Mayo inspired and a perfect addition to your walls.
This fun project was inspired by the Mexican Star weave. Most of us have done this weave with four Popsicle sticks at a camp during our childhood. With this version I added a couple more sticks and made it a bit larger. You can make yours as large or as small as you want- the length of your sticks will determine the diameter of your woven star.
Branches or wooden dowel
Lay the sticks over each other so that they all cross in the middle and are spread evenly apart.
Attach your sticks together laying the yarn over the middle of the sticks with a long tail. Begin wrapping the sticks with the yarn in figure eights around each of the sticks and securing them in the back by tiring a knot with the tail of the yarn. -the sticks will still move around and will become more secure as your weave circle grows larger.
Next select your first color and tie the end around one of the sticks. Then start wrapping the yarn around each dowel- the pattern changes when you start from under or over the stick. You may want to practice a few times around until you decide on the pattern that you want to establish. When you are ready to introduce a new color simply tie the ends of the strings together and continue wrapping. Try mixing different types of yarns with different textures and thicknesses to add variety and texture into the weave.
Once you have obtained the desired size of your weave you can either leave the extra length of sticks or simply saw them off. And presto:)
Check back tomorrow for more weave art inspiration!
Cheers, Elise (Check Elise’s kids clothing line here.)
DIY designer: Elise Vaughn, Styling: Kirsten Grove, Photography: Kirsten Grove and Elise Vaughn.
Another amazing DIY from DIY editor Elise Vaughn…
This out of the box art DIY can be made with your favorite piece of art. Your friends and guests will be totally impressed with your detailed eye and artistic ability!
A piece of art that inspires you
A piece of freezer or wax paper large enough for your sketch
A permanent marker
Large empty frame
Binder clips or staple gun
Yarn of your choice
My art of choice was this mid-century painting by Van Hopple. I sketched out a basic copy of the picture onto the wax paper. I then attached the wax paper to the fabric with binder clips over a wooden frame. (You can use any large empty frame for this – you need to make sure it is open in the middle for the ease of stitching)
I then picked out my color palate of yarn. I used a large embroidery needle and began tracing over the sketch.
Once I had finished all of the stitching I simply ripped out the wax paper. I sewed seams along the edges of the fabric and threaded a small piece of round dowel through the top seam. Finishing off with some large tassels and presto!
Cheers, Elise (Check Elise’s kids clothing line here.)
DIY designer: Elise Vaughn, Styling: Kirsten Grove, Photography: Kirsten Grove.
Lighting and Sheets: Schoolhouse Electric, Ombre Towel: Nine Space
Last week I announced that SG has a new DIY contributor. Elise Vaughn has so graciously joined the team to bring some fantastic DIY’s to all of us. Take it away Elise!
Materials: Mirror, Wood Beads, Needle, Thread, Strong Glue.
First of all I found an old mirror that was the perfect size for the intended wall. I removed the mirror from its frame and separated all of the pieces. You only need the actual glass mirror and the back board from the frame. Luckily the backboard from my mirror already had holes drilled in it from where the screws held the frame together. (If yours does not already have holes- you will want to drill some for hanging on the wall and any other decorative pieces you may want to hang from the frame.) Next I then glued the mirror directly to the center of the frames back board, making sure that it had even spacing around the edges. My mirror was light enough to use a hot glue gun, however, if your is heavy- definitely use a more industrious strong glue such as gorilla glue or E3000.
Now the real fun begins- sketch out what you want the end result to look like and then gather the appropriate amount of wooden beads for the size of your mirror. For my materials I found bags of unvarnished wood beads in various sizes from my local craft store. I used a needle and strong thread to string the beads together and then simply glued them directly onto the frame where I wanted them. I used the old screw holes in the back board to thread my suspending bead strings for an extra decorative touch. I added tassels that I made from creme yarn and presto, a quick and easy boho mirror!
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I’ve had a lot of clients request more and more DIY’s in their homes. Of course it brings down costs dramatically. It also brings uniqueness and character. I always suggest pairing a DIY with a modern piece just to neglect looking too crafty. Above is a DIY headboard slipcover. The color is right on point and looks so nice with the marble top side table. Bedrooms (like these seen over on Wren) are always a fun place to practice our DIY skills. Just remember, less is always more.
Today is a good day! Why?? Because I get to tell you that Simply Grove has expanded and now welcomes Elise Vaughn as SG’s one and only DIY contributor!! Elise and I have worked together in the past (remember Brass Razoo?) and we just get each other. Elise is an amazing clothing designer, jewelry designer and home designer. She can create something magical out of almost nothing. Her creativity is astonishing! So lucky for you and I, she will be bringing DIY’s to all of us that will make our houses that much more beautiful.
PS: Above is just a preview of what’s to come!
PSS:Check out Elise’s ETSY shop and you will want EVERYTHING!
I’ve come to realize something in life. Color creates moods, and very specific moods. If you know my style, I do not shy away from color. Saying that, I am very specific and picky with color because of the moods and vibes they give off. For instance, you say green and I say, what shade and hue of green? It can’t be just any green. It has be a super specific green. And speaking of green, that’s exactly the color that I chose for National Painting Week. When Sherwin-Williams asked me to choose a color, Hazel jumped at me! It’s exactly what I want in a green. It’s light, airy, pastely and just plain pretty. The only questionable detail was what I did with this glorious color. I decided to turn a side table that I already owned into a colorful furniture piece for my living space.
As you can see, the table was not in bad condition. It just needed a little pick me up. I bought it a few years back on clearance of clearance of clearance at a local home store. I can’t even remember what the original color was because I’ve repainted it so many times. I’ve never been satisfied with the outcome… until now.
I mean, you have to admit, that is a pretty color!! In fact, someone needs to paint cabinets or an accent wall in this color. Heck, even this on hardwood floors would be stunning.
I am so happy with how this quick and easy project turned out. It just proves again that a little paint can go along way!
For more SWPaintinWeek.com GREEN awesomeness, check out Vintage Revivals nieces bedroom and Four Generations One Roof’s bathroom. And tomorrow be inspired by RED with Thistlewood Farm, I Heart Nap Time and House Of Earnest.
This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with Sherwin-Williams. I received compensation and all words and opinions are my own.
Hi friends!! Is your week off to a good start? I’m having a hard time starting, even if it is already Tuesday. I feel like I’ve had too many vacation/spring break days and it’s throwing my jive off a bit. But I’m back and I’m working on some really great projects. I get to throw you a teaser today from a project I completed with Sherwin-Williams. Remember this bedroom paint project that I teamed up with Sherwin-Williams for National Painting Week last year? It really did change the feel of my bedroom and I still LOVE IT! This year I tackled a side table project using one of my favorite SW spring colors. You’ll have to wait until next week to see the before and after.
If you have read Simply Grove for awhile now then you know that though I love DIY’s, I don’t love nor promote difficult DIY’s. I am a simple DIY gal who wants great results without breaking a finger or the bank. Another detail that you may know about me is that I love to repurpose used items. And that is exactly what I have done with this Ikea stool (like this) and faux animal hide (like this) found on eBay. See, you can pretty much get anything that you need for your home from eBay. It really is a one stop shop!
For this project, I simply took the stool apart, traced around the animal hide using the top of the stool, cutting my shape out and attaching it to the stool using super glue. You could also try a glue gun or even velcro tabs, if you didn’t want it to permanently stay.
This little stool is a perfect accent piece for my home. It will work great for extra seating, a place to kick up my feet or just as a pretty detail added to any room.
This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with eBay. Items were chosen by me.