i am so excited to say that i am now a DIY contributor for design*sponge! my first DIY project for them is this pipe + leather wine rack. this thing turned out to be a complete pain in the ass – but i’m pretty happy with how it turned out. kinda ace hotel meets the addams family.
HEADS UP : you might be thinking why didn’t you make it with copper or brass or gold piping?! i tried man, i tried. finding the correct piping corner pieces is not as easy as you’d think. it was impossible to do with anything but plastic PVC piping unfortunately. because i’m no welder. so stop judging me!
i love seeing behind the scenes of other bloggers – brittni shows her photo setup and tricks which is a million times more profesh than mine (via paper & stitch)
photographer henry hargreaves recreates infamous last meals of prisoners – it’s creepy and fascinating (via buzzfeed)
when i see a recipe like this, all i can think is life is short it’s worth being fat (via bon appetite)
alexa meade is an artist that paints directly onto her subjects and creates 2D paintings from 3D life. obviously it’s crazy. (via where cool things happen)
along with my oscar ballot printable, these rosettes would make for such a fun oscar party (via house that lars built)
loving this simple copper, pine and leather magazine rack DIY - so so cute (via fall for DIY)
—- and just to be a pain, i’m going to ask one last time if you would please vote for me in the homies?! i promise to always do as many DIYs as i can and to always be here for you. ok i can’t promise that, because someday i might say F blogging. but until that day, i’m totally here for sure. please vote! i want votes! xx
i’ve been wanting to make a new coat rack for a few months to hold our laundry bags. yes we use laundry bags. it’s only because we mostly take our laundry over to my moms house to do it. yes we do our laundry at my moms house.
using just a few items from the hardware store, this DIY only took a few hours (plus drying time!)
the hardest part was picking out my favorite coordinating poplar and dowels! i decided that i liked the natural wood, but i’m sure it would also look dope in a nice stain.
one long wooden dowel
one piece of poplar wood
a saw or miter box
a drill with a 3/4″ paddle bit
1. measure how long you’d like each dowel. cut them down using a saw or miter box. sand the edges. we settled on 5 dowels at about 2.5″ (there are 6 dowels in the photo. i wasn’t sure yet)
2. after sanding your poplar (and trimming if you’d like), measure out where your dowels will go using a ruler and pencil. to figure out the center of the wood, place your ruler diagonally from one corner to the other and mark. do it to the other side and mark. you’ll be left with an X in the center (art school)
3. using your paddle bit, drill into each hole, make sure they’re deep enough for the dowels to fit.
4. tape off and paint your dowels. we used a piece of scrap poplar to hold my dowels for drying.
5. once dry, liberally apply wood glue to the holes in the poplar and do a light coat on the bottom of each dowel. place in the hole tightly and make sure a little glue comes out so you know you’ve used enough. wipe away excess and let dry.
6. for hanging, we used mounting hardware on the back, which unfortunately doesn’t flush with the wall. we’ve decided that we’re going to drill it straight into the wall later so that it can actually support the weight of two laundry bags belonging to people who barely do their laundry because they go to their moms house to do laundry.
now you have yourself a simple and modern coat rack that i would totally buy in a store!
as i mentioned last week – we’ve released two new themes in the shop!
they’re very simple and clean, and perfect for you and for me. i’m in the process of switching over to one of them real soon!
+ and as a thank you to you lovely readers — we’re offering $5 off all purchases over $45 until friday!
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