Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Lazy Woman's DIY

One of the hazards of my job is the intense house envy that can develop from day after day of looking at beautiful houses with gorgeously landscaped yards.  Since doing anything major like adding on, or redoing the kitchen is out at the moment, I've become a little obsessive about the DIY projects.  I steal all my ideas from people more clever than I am, then I execute them in this frantic, haphazard way, hoping for the best.  I am, if nothing else, an it-will-do-ist.

My latest project is sort of a house-wide decluttering and prettying-up which includes creating a separate and hidden play space for the twins in our tiny living room and the makeover of our little hallway.  Check it out.


Here's what I did:
1. Removed coat hooks from the outside of the doors and replaced them on the INSIDE to hide coats and bags.
2. Sanded (badly) and painted (also badly) the doors.
3. Applied Japanese paper cut to fit insets.

And, voila!  I still need to do something about our phone area/key rack, and paper the door leading to the garage, but things are looking better, no?

Check out the September issue of Sunset for step-by-step instructions for this and other wallpaper projects.


hilary belle said...

hi mamawall.

as a fellow it-will-do-ist (good-enoughist), except that i am ALSO a renter (so not that inspired to make improvements) i really have no business giving you any suggestions. BUT i will say that i think that overhead lamp thingy is sort of sad. maybe something that covers the bulb?

kiss kiss


CSchoech said...

The hallway is much improved! Can't wait to see the twins' play space in the living room. xoxo

jobwich said...

That looks great. Lamp not sad. I love lamp.

Continue stealing from the cultural elite.

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