Category Archives: DIY Projects


October 18, 2017

Decorating / DIY Projects

Easy and inexpensive rental kitchen makeover on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

When it comes to rental decor, kitchens can be the trickiest spaces to customize. But when you consider it surface by surface, you can find some temporary solutions for dated or poorly designed kitchens. With a couple of personal touches and custom tricks for transforming your rental kitchen, you can easily decorate the room in your own style so the space can truly be yours. From my own experience redesigning our rental kitchen to the multitude of creative projects on other design sites, I’ve pulled together some of the best ideas for rental kitchen decorating. Read them all on the blog below!



August 10, 2017

DIY Projects / Tye Street Project

This post was sponsored by KILZ® Paint & Primer as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Porch refresh paint palette with @KILZbrand COMPLETE COAT indoor/outdoor paint and primer in one on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #KILZGetStarted #IC #ad(via Tinek Home)

I haven’t shared any updates from Tye Street (my father’s house) since the patio makeover last summer, and although I’ve been dreaming up some decorating projects indoors, the front porch design has been long overdue. The first thing you notice about his house is definitely the bright blue paint – one of the many happy colors on the little bungalows in his neighborhoods. But beyond that, his porch needs some attention. As you’ll see in the before pictures below, the white paint on the ceiling, doors, and windows needs to be scraped and repainted. Luckily, I’ve got just the paint that to cover these areas – KILZ® COMPLETE COAT™ Paint, a paint and primer that will make repainting easy and will hold up to the elements out here (It’s both an internal and external paint). This brand of paint is for DIYers that want to start their projects right so that they’ll have that perfect finish the first time – and I’m definitely in that camp! I’m channeling the traditional Southern porch with a ‘Haint’ blue on the ceiling, a fresh coat of white for the railing and windows, and cool dark grey for the front door. Click through to see the condition of the porch right now and see the KILZ Paint colors I’m using!
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July 1, 2016

DIY Projects

Modern home office with DIY bookshelf hack and standing desk on @thouswellblog

As a young designer, you can be sure I have cycled through many arrangements of my bedroom furniture. I mean it’s only natural that I rearrange my one true domain at least a couple times a year, right? Needless to say, the bookshelves you may recall flanking my bed in my last rendition have now been IKEA-hacked once more for a workspace makeover. As I mentioned at in this recent post with Black+Decker, I had two bookshelves in my room and two in my little sister’s room that I combined to create a long wall of shelves that now face my bed. Using my limited math skills and Home Depot’s lumber selection, I refaced the bookshelves to create a more substantial, ‘built-in’ look that also connects the four shelves into one unit. With the appearance of thicker shelves and a solid base, the shelves instantly had much more integrity as a unit. They now serve as a great backdrop for my new desk! Click through to see a few photos of the process and stay tuned for a full workspace makeover reveal later this week.
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June 21, 2016

DIY Projects

Why a drill is my DIY essential (plus enter to win one yourself) on @thouswellblog

When it comes to DIY projects, I’ve had a steep learning curve. I can visualize a finished project, but getting from start to finish (especially in three dimensions) can be a challenge for me. I’ve timidly ventured into the world of DIY just a few times on TS, usually to share simpler projects, but I started warming up to power tools along the way. When it came to making these mid-century bookcases, or this desk with gold hairpin legs, a drill came in handy and made the projects so much easier. There’s only so much a screwdriver can do, and whether it’s installing table legs or hanging a wall mirror, drills make the task easy and do-able every time. My latest DIY project is another bookcase hack, but this time my project is a little more involved. I’ll be sharing all the steps in the next few weeks, as I wrap up the finishing touches, but I have a sneak peek for you today (involving my new compact Black+Decker drill)! Plus, enter to win a drill and circular saw at the end of this post.
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March 18, 2016

DIY Projects

How to make a DIY desk with gold hairpin legs from PrettyPegs on @thouswellblog

I’ve been a fan of PrettyPegs‘ simple, modern table legs for chic Ikea Hacks for a while now, but when they released their new Harald legs I knew I had to try them out. They’re similar to hairpin legs, with a gold finish and pretty leather pockets for the ends. They’re slightly angled out for a light, modern look. I paired the legs with an MDF panel painted high-gloss white, but the size and colors are endless when it comes to the top you choose for your desk. The legs also have a bracket and come with all the screws you need to install them. With such an easy way to create a custom desk why not give yourself the perfect workspace with custom furniture legs?
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