Thursday, November 17, 2011

DIY-Wall Art - Switchboard

The savvy style of this project comes from screwless wall plates in black, white, and silver finishes. The clean and contemporary design coordinates well with a sleek home office.

Painted the same color as the wall, the plywood piece blends in and allows the wall plates to stand out.

Step 1:  Cut the plywood sheet to 20 x 24 inches.

Step 2: Sand the plywood piece, and wipe clean. Apply spray primer and paint to the piece, allowing each coat to dry.

Step 3: Place the wall plates at right angles on the plywood piece, alternating colors as shown here. Glue the plates to the plywood piece. Allow glue to dry completely.

Step 4: Hang the project using picture hangers and appropriate hardware for your wall type.

Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY-Curtain Call

Grand Entrance
 Create an inviting nook along a blank wall in a foyer, a bedroom, or a hallway. Add a bench to stage the area for functional and fashionable seating. We used two moulding pieces to construct a cornice and attached lightweight curtains for flowing flair.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Use wood glue to attach two corner moulding pieces together, creating a square dome that is hollow in the center. Clamp the pieces together; allow to dry.

2. Use wood filler to fill in any gaps on the sides, and allow to dry.

3. Using a 3∕16-inch bit, drill four holes into one side of the assembled piece (as shown in the detail photo).
4. Paint the piece (both inside and outside) in your desired color. When dry, lightly coat the piece with glaze.

5. Cut a 3-inch piece of 18-gauge wire, and string it through one curtain’s rod pocket. Scrunch the curtain on the wire, and staple over the wire and through the fabric to attach the curtain to the inside left of the cornice. Repeat the process for the right side.

6. Locate a stud on your wall, and attach the piece to the wall with wood screws through the holes drilled in.

7. If you have drywall, be sure to hang with anchoring screws.

Tip: Lightweight fabrics work best to avoid putting too much weight on the cornice.

7 festive holiday interiors - Style At Home

7 festive holiday interiors - Style At Home