tag: wood

diy hanging shelves

June 9, 2014

diy hanging shelves by going home to roost (1)

to accompany my freshly hung gallery wall, i also made a set of three shelves to go along with it! i was so happy with how quickly these went together, how easy they were to hang and how well they’ve been working. from start to finish, this project only cost about $18, for all 3 shelves!

diy hanging shelves by going home to roost

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here’s what you’ll need:

– 8′ long board (see note below)
– leather or suede lace (buy strong lace, avoiding any that is brittle or stretchy)
– wood stain (i used ebony by minwax)
– paint brush
– hand saw or table saw
– drill
– wall hooks and drywall anchor if not hanging in a stud

*i used one southern pine pattern stock board from our local hardware store for the shelves. it was perfect for this project and only cost $10! one edge is finished nicely and there’s large groove that runs right down the center which creates a perfect ‘ledge’ for propping up pictures and the like. i also had my husband cut it into thirds with a table saw, but you could also cut them with a hand saw pretty quickly. the finished boards measure 7″ by 32″ each.

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step 1: mark the 8′ board into thirds and cut using a hand saw or table saw (be careful!)

step 2: stain the boards using your preferred stain color and let dry. the best way to do this is brush the stain on, then wipe it off with an old rag (one you won’t mind throwing away). you may also want use plastic gloves to keep your hands from getting stained!

step 3: using a pencil, mark a dot in each corner about 1″ in on both sides. use a drill bit to drill a small hole in each corner.

step 4: cut 2 equal pieces of leather or suede for each shelf. thread each end through the holes on each side and make a knot in the end (you may need to make a double knot to ensure it won’t slip through!).

step 5: use a level to to mark where to place the wall hooks. they should be placed 2″ less apart than the length of your board (for example, mine were 30″ apart because my board was 32″ long).

step 6: hang away! tie a knot in the end of the loop to create a second, smaller loop. hang the shelf and adjust any of the other knots to make sure the shelf is level.

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p.s. both of these photos are part of the greenhouse series by megan boltz, see more of them over on the home ground!

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stenciled floors

February 18, 2013

Posted by in home decor

stenciled floors (4)

stenciled floors (1)

stenciled floors (5)

stenciled floors (2)

stenciled floors (3)

find the above projects here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

lately, i’ve been researching painted floors and thought i would share with you a few that i have particularly fell in love with. as we house hunt and see old wooden floors throughout many of the homes, i can’t help but think about stenciling on them, even if in just one small room like the laundry area. my grandmother painted her wood floors a beautiful white and it brings such a clean, sweet, country feel to her little cottage. if you’re interested in learning more about how to go about painting wood floors, be sure to check out this tutorial by elle decor as well as this one over on apartment therapy.


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urban plus forest

January 23, 2013

Posted by in home decor

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i’m pretty sure the makers over at urban + forest designed everything in their shop with me in mind. i’ve always loved the use of birch in home decor- it can give any space a very clean, modern and rustic look all at the same time. i’m really fond of the irregular shapes in the woodcuts and soft shades of white and grey they have. head on over to urban + forest to see more.

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Posted by in handmade

starshaped press holiday showcase

starshaped press is a chicago based printing company that is one of the very few shops left in the country that still prints entirely like it’s 1929. no computers, no plastic, just antique metal and wood. this old fashioned shop has stayed true to the original craft of letterpress and the results are nothing less than breathtaking. step back in time as your browse their shop and studio to get a glimpse of this truly beautiful and unique craftsmanship!

*EXCLUSIVE discount for GHTR readers! Enter code ‘SMALLBIZ12’ during checkout to receive 20% off your order. thanks, jen!

starshaped press: etsy | site | facebook

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Posted by in giveaway

giveaway from thursday craft love!

as a way to escape the craziness of being a full time photojournalist in the philippines, ruby thursday uses her free time to escape to a world of arts and crafts. when she offered to host a giveaway for some of her handcrafted jewelry and accessories from her shop thursday craft love, i was ecstatic! i especially love her creative use of natural materials like wood, wine corks and hand woven fabric.


about the giveaway: enter below to win a $75 gift certificate to thursday craft love.

deadline: giveaway ends sunday, november 25th at midnight, est. the winner will be drawn at random and announced on monday, november 26th.

to enter: head on over to thursday craft love, then come back here and leave a comment letting us know what your favorite item is and why.

additional ways to enter:

>> like both going home to roost and thursday craft love on facebook, and leave another comment here letting us know you did so.

>> tweet the following, and leave another comment here letting us know you did so:

Giveaway! Enter to win $75 worth of handcrafted jewelry from @thursdayCRFTLV on @gohometoroost! bit.ly/S5ZFZC (Ends 11/18.)

thursday craft love elsewhere: etsy | blog | twitter | facebook


CONGRATULATIONS, MEGHAN! this giveaway is closed, thanks to all who participated!

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Posted by in trendspotting

woodcut chalkboards

chalkboards by lindsay letters

woodcut chalkboards

barkboard $64

woodcut chalkboards

wood slice chalkboard $17

woodcut chalkboards

chalkboard $45

woodcut chalkboards

chalkboard signs (2) $65

woodcut chalkboards

woodcut chalkboard $26.95

this trend had me at hello. anything that combines nature, pretty lettering and chalkboards is a win-win-win in my book. perfect for notes, to-dos and reminders hanging by the door or at your workspace. interested in taking this on as a project, diy style? make sure to check out this tutorial!

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Posted by in lifestyle

switch easy

i ran across these stylish avant-garde iphone cases by switcheasy this morning and instantly had to know more! found via erin godbey’s pinterest, i particularly fell in love with this seafoam blossom case. made from tough polycarbonate, they not only protects your iphone from damage but their 3d form gives the user an extra tactile grip. check them out here!

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diy towel rack

June 21, 2011

Posted by in home decor

diy towel rack

you know i love me some rustic cottage decor, especially when it’s mixed with modern accessories and beachy colors. i think this do it yourself towel rack from this old house would be the perfect addition to any bathroom that needs a little extra touch. can’t you just see your house guests hanging up their towels and smelling the fresh flowers? cute. cute. cute.

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