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April 29th, 2012

Hey there everyone, time for another roundup of some inspiring projects gathered up from all around the blogosphere, enjoy these links and projects on this lovely Sunday!

Dark and dramatic was the choice in this kitchen cabinet makeover by Decorating Cents, and what a smart choice it was, especially with that beautiful backsplash. 

decorating cents kitchen via cassity


Speaking of kitchens, if organization is on your to-do list, Lindsay from Living with Lindsay shows you how to build your own pull-out trash and recycling bin.

pull out recycling livingwithlindsay


There are a lot of painted rug tutorials out there, but this painted graphic patterned rug by the almost 40 year old intern is particularly beautiful, check out the intricacy of the detail and all achieved with paint, fabric medium, and painter’s tape! (via Design*Sponge).

before and after rug design sponge


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Wood Shim Window Box Planter

April 27th, 2012

Greetings all and happy weekend!  I’ll be spending the next three days at our Alma Project house sprucing up a few rooms, it’s a lot of work but I can’t wait to get it all done with the help of a small crew of volunteers!  Also, next week I’m co-teaching a gardening workshop in partnership with the Home Depot in Roseville, California on Thursday evening – be sure to come if you’re local!  I’m assigned the task of inspiring the participants with a few creative ideas for container gardening, so it was time to work some magic with some ordinary stuff found at my local HD store.

This planter project is one of the few ideas I’m preparing for the workshop and I thought I’d share it with you all today.  It’s a plain window box that I dressed up with painted wood shims that were trimmed to fit the dimensions of the box to form a one-of-a-kind planter.  Here’s the quick step-by-step to make your own version in less than two hours.

wood shim window box planter after

First, gather up some supplies which include: a wood planter box (I chose this one), several dozen wood shims (I used approximately 40 shims), wood glue, craft paint or paint samples from the paint department, small paintbrushes, miter box or compound miter saw (not shown), spray primer (optional), hot glue gun (optional).


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