Last year we concluded 2017’s Decor Quick Tips on a high note. For those who can recall, it was the very fun idea of transforming old dresser drawers into quirky under-bed storage units. I have since stumbled upon so many clever DIY ideas on things to do with old dresser drawers – enough to keep us knee-deep in interesting tips for a good few months! So, without further ado, here is the latest playful tip in our “awesome stuff to do with old drawers” Decor Quick Tip miniseries…
#52 Have any old and unwanted dresser drawers gathering dust in the shed? Hold a sec before you toss it! Why not repurpose that old drawer into a quirky side table. All you have to do is attach some salvaged legs to the bottom of your drawer (even the folding legs of a TV tray would work). The style of your upcycled table will take cue from the drawer and legs you choose to use. Attach some tapering wooden cone legs for a Mid-century feel or use metal filing drawers for a more Industrial look. Give your drawer a fresh coat of paint or leave it natural or distressed if that is your chosen style. Choose a knob or handle that will complement your chosen table legs.
I recently stumbled upon some pretty clever and quirky DIY ideas on things to do with old dresser drawers. Of course I immediately thought about turning all these interesting and playful ideas into another Decor Quick Tip miniseries….
#51 Need a bit of extra storage in the bedroom? A great and rarely-used space to stow some additional items is under the bed. Repurpose old or unwanted dresser drawers or crates to create a clever and quirky under the bed roll-out storage bin. Simply give your drawer a bright lick of paint (or leave it natural or distressed if that is your chosen style) and choose a pretty knob or handle if your drawer does not already have one. Finally, attach four castors to the bottom of your drawer in order for it to slide easily from under the bed. Now you have a tuck-away storage unit – perfect for linen, shoes, or toys.Read More »
Today we continue our “cool things to do with glass jars” Decor Quick Tip miniseries in which we focus on quick and easy ideas pertaining to the good ole fashioned Mason jar, a.k.a. Ball jar or Consol jar (as we call them in South Africa). If you have missed out on the first two tips in this series you can check them out: here & here.
#50 Looking for some counter-top storage ideas for your all your odds and ends? Just save some glass jars from the recycling bin to create your own pretty glass storage jars. All you will need is a few different sized glass jars (with lids), spray-paint, and then something to use as your jar’s knob or handle. It can be anything from pretty ceramic or crystal dresser knobs to quirky and cute plastic animals or miniature toys. These storage jars are perfect for a bathroom vanity or bedroom dresser, or use them to store stationery or sweets.
Vandag gaan ons voort met ons “cool dinge om met glasflesse te maak” Quick Tip miniseries. Die series fokus op vinnige en maklike idees met betrekking tot die outydse “Mason” flesse, ook bekend as Ball flesse of Consol flesse (soos ons dit hier in Suid-Afrika noem). Het jy ons eerste twee wenke van die series gemis? Gaan kyk na die wenke: hier & hier.
#50 Is jy op soek na ‘n paar slim bêre-idees vir al jou toonbank ditjies en datjies? Red ‘n paar glasflesse uit die herwin-drom om jou eie mooi glasfles bêrehouers te maak. Al wat jy nodig het is ‘n paar verskillende grootte glasflesse (met deksels), spuit-verf, en dan iets om te gebruik as jou houer se handvatsel. Dit kan mooi keramiek of kristal knoppe wees, of selfs oulike plastiek dieretjies of miniatuur speelgoed. Hierdie glashouers is ideaal vir jou badkamer kassie of slaapkamer spieëltafel. Of gebruik dit om skryfbehoeftes of lekkers te stoor.
It is time for our very first decorating Quick Tip of 2017! Today we continue our “cool things to do with glass jars” Decor Quick Tip miniseries in which we focus on quick and easy ideas pertaining to the good ole fashioned Mason jar, a.k.a. Ball jar or Consol jar (as we call them in South Africa). In case you missed out on the first tip in this series you can check out our “Glass Jar Soap Dispenser” tip: here.
#49 Forget paying a heap of cash in store for a fancy candle – why not get crafty and make your own? It is easier than you would think! A glass canning jar, also known as a “Mason” or “Consol” jar, would make for a perfect, vintage chic candle holder. Make a traditional wax candle by melting soy wax flakes and adding colour and scent oil to create a gorgeous scented candle. These would make beautiful gifts for loved ones! OR, keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay outside by creating citronella candles out of a glass jar, citronella lamp oil and torch wick.
Dit is tyd vir ons heel eerste Decor Quick Tip van 2017! Vandag gaan ons voort met ons “cool dinge om met glasflesse te maak” Quick Tip miniseries. Die series fokus op vinnige en maklike idees met betrekking tot die outydse “Mason” flesse, ook bekend as Ball flesse of Consol flesse (soos ons dit hier in Suid-Afrika noem). Het jy ons eerste wenk van die series gemis? Lees ons “Glasfles Seepspuitbottel” wenk: hier.
#49 Vergeet van daai duur kerse wat mens in die winkel kry – wees slim en maak jou eie! Dit is makliker as wat jy sou dink! ‘n Glas inmaakfles, ook bekend as ‘n “Mason” of “Consol” fles, sal die perfekte vintage-chic kershouer maak. Maak ‘n tradisionele waskers deur sojawas te smelt en dan kleursel en geurolie bytevoeg om ‘n pragtige en geurige kers te skep. Die kerse sal ook mooi geskenke maak! OF, hou daai irriterende muskiete weg deur ‘n sitronellakers uit ‘n glasfles, sitronellalampolie en fakkelpit te maak.
Last month we finished the last of our Quick Tips about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger. So it is high time for another! A couple of weeks ago I spotted a cute Nifty video about things to do with glass jars and immediately thought that would make for an excellent new Décor Quick Tip mini series. So without further ado here is the very first Quick Tip about cool things to do with Mason jars, Ball jars or Consol jars (as we call them in South Africa)…
#48 Forget grimy bars of soap or generic plastic hand soap dispensers that get tossed in the bin. Why not make your very own stylish and sleek soap dispenser from an ordinary glass jar. All you need is glass canning jar, also known as a “Mason” or “Consol” jar, and a salvaged pump nozzle from a discarded soap dispenser. Cut an appropriate sized hole in the metal lid of the jar and insert the pump nozzle. Now just fill the jar with your favourite hand soap for the bathroom or dish soap for the kitchen!
Verlede maand het ons die laaste van ons vinnige wenke oor interessante dinge om met die nederige klerehanger te doen gedeel. Dit is dus hoogtyd vir nog een! ‘n Paar weke terug het ek ‘n oulike Nifty video gesien oor glasflesse en wat mens als met hulle kan maak. Ek het dadelik gedink dit sou ‘n uitstekende nuwe Décor Quick Tip mini-reeks maak. So hier is die heel eerste Quick Tip oor koel dinge wat mens met “Mason”, “Ball” of “Consol” flesse (soos ons dit hier in Suid-Afrika noem) kan doen…
#48Vergeet vuil koekies seep of generiese plastiek handseep spuitbottel (“dispenser”) wat net in die drom beland. Maak jy jou eie stylvolle en elegante seepbottel van ‘n gewone glasfles. Al wat jy nodig het is ‘n glas inmaakfles, ook bekend as ‘n “Mason” of “Consol” fles en ‘n pompaksie spuitkop van ‘n weggegooi seepbottel. Sny ‘n gat in die metaaldeksel van die fles en druk die spuitkop daar deur. Vul die fles met jou gunsteling handseep vir die badkamer of skottelgoedseep vir die kombuis!
Did you know that this coming Sunday, the 9th of October, is South Africa’s very first official “Garden Day“? No? Well, neither did I.
Luckily, our gal SuzelleDIY brought this fact to my attention while I perusing her latest DIY videos. In celebration of Garden Day, Suzelle show us how to make a fun garden swing out of old wooden pallets.
Now to be honest, I have had my fill of pallet-related DIYs and furniture designs. The whole pallet idea was fun and unusual when it first started trending a good few years ago. It also played right into the extremely popular Industrial design style which further boosted the pallet fad’s popularity. Like with most quirky fads, everyone jumped on the pallet DIY bandwagon. My Pinterest feed was filled with hundreds of pallet furniture and decor ideas. Some were brilliant and beautiful, but unfortunately most were tacky and unrefined. I soon grew tired of the fad.
That being said, I can still appreciate a clever pallet DIY idea – especially if its use is appropriate to the space and home style, and if it is refined and well thought through. Suzelle’s Pallet Swing ticks all those boxes which is why I am sharing it with you today! It is a fun and playful idea for the garden or backyard and the design is uncomplicated and tasteful. The addition of pretty bunting and colourful cushions makes for a happy and inviting scene!
Sigh, wish I had a tree branch big and strong enough to accommodate such a fun swing in my garden! I can already envisage myself spending hours on it reading and sipping refreshing cocktails.