Written by Simon on March 19, 2011. PermalinkRecently I got to take part of a Rust-Oleum sponsored event in New Orleans, where along with a few other bloggers, I got a hands-on demonstration of two of their latest products from their Transformations line: Cabinet Transformations and Countertop Transformations. Geared for DIYers and budgeters, a kitchen renovation can realistically be achieved for under $400!
Trash to Treasure, Noguchi-style lamp
Written by Katie on February 8, 2011. Permalink
I just ran across Brooklyn Modern today, and saw the post on this lamp made by Rodney Trice of T.O.M.T.. Can you guess what it's made of? An old, broken fan cover. Freaking amazing. See the whole article from TimeOut. Photographs: (Fan: before and after) Rodney Trice
Free Furniture Plans from Recession Design
Written by Simon on October 20, 2010. Permalink
Extremely talented, and perhaps a bit strange (what's up with the chemical suits?), Italian design group Recession Design has created a whole line of modern furnishings for in and out of the home, and provided all the assembly plans free to download. I'm really digging the pastel palette and overall design layout too. Over 30 projects are available to download as a PDF at their website. Warning: the instruction are in Italian.
Studio Mama Pallet Furniture Plans
Written by Simon on March 19, 2010. Permalink
Design studio Studio Mama provides a creative and fun solution to the endless supply of discarded shipping pallets: make em' into furniture. The Pallet Furniture Plans are building instructions to create your own furniture. Bring your own pallets and carpentry know-how. A real good sanding or perhaps a clear finish is my recommendation if you're not into the industrial look. Or you can always paint it. Bonus! This reminded me of this pallet coffee table project that I saw on Flickr a while back. Enjoy.
DIY Chandelier from Lindsey Adelman
Written by Katie on January 5, 2010. Permalink
What!? I can hardly believe my eyes! Lindsey Adelman (of Bubble Chandelier fame) has provided instructions on how to make your very own chandelier. Be still my heart. Morgan of The Brick House (pic of hers lower right) made one and estimates the cost to be around $120. Freaking amazing. [via Apartment Therapy]
DIY Bidon Lamp
Written by Katie on April 17, 2009. Permalink
Turn any translucent plastic container into a light source with these handy plans designed by Petz Scholtus. Also, check out the NYTimes article about Scholtus's 'eco-renovation' of her 18th-century apartment in Barcelona. for complete instructions, visit R3project: The Bidon Lamp photo on left via NYTimes.
kraftwerk: DIY Cardboard Chair
Written by Katie on April 10, 2009. Permalink
Some of you might have seen this before, but it's new to me. For around $10 you can purchase the plans for an origami-ish cardboard chair. Weighing just under 4lbs and reinforced with polyurethane expansion foam, it's a great alternative for any of you DIYers on a tight budget. Plus, it looks neat. Designer: Tom de Vrieze 20.08"w x 33.23"h x 22.28" d (Total cost to build chair is around $25, including materials.) €5, Buy it here.