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Display Name: Chelsea1029
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We really needed to do something for our front entrance, but since it was such an awkward space we DIYed every single thing, (except for the vintage toolbox which I found outside of a junk store). Now it's completely functional and totally us. LOVE seeing this space when we walk into our home now!

http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2014/07/evolution-of-front-entrance-in-open.html

DIY list:
-Floating coat rack made from mismatched thrifted spoons
-Heart string art
-Painted basket
-chicken wire 'sealed' arch

~Chelsea
chelseasgarage.blogspot.com


13 DIY Project Ideas to Revitalize Old, Tired & Boring Items Around Your Home
7/19/14 04:25 PM

Here's the thing: Anyone can slap paint on a piece of furniture. Anyone at all. My 4 year old has been outside next to me painting her own tiny pieces for over a year now. I paint furniture almost every day - it's my business and I love what I do. BUT I think that there needs to be more consideration before whipping out the brush and paint. There are beautiful ways to paint a piece of old, (or even antique), furniture that maintain the integrity and character of the piece. Had this piece been painted in a bit more of a matte finish with gentle distressing to highlight the beautiful carvings, I think this piece would have really been something special.

However, the absolute most important thing is that Lynn loves her new-again piece. :) Good for you for putting in the work and getting it featured!

~Chelsea
chelseasgarage.blogspot.com


Before & After: A Dark Side Table Gets A Dose of Whimsy
7/9/14 03:43 PM

LOVE the colors you used! I did mine back in February around Valentines day creating an ombre teal background and a red heart. Loved it so much it's still up!

http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2014/01/arte-amore.html

Chelsea
chelseasgarage.blogspot.com


How To Make an Ombre Heart Painting Apartment Therapy Tutorials
6/17/14 12:33 PM

I don't disagree that grammar matters, but perhaps it is worth considering the creative person behind the project being featured. It's exciting for them to have their work featured on this site, and pointing out grammar mistakes takes away from their work. Sensitivity and consideration of others is just as important as grammar. If grammar is of concern to you then it may be more worth your time to contact the editors directly. That way your points are directed to those you intend to hear them rather than the one whose creative work is being featured.

I do love this makeover. It seems to fit in so perfectly in it's environment! As one who thoroughly enjoys rustic and industrial elements in the home, I could easily see using shelves like these in a home someday! Well done!


Before & After: A Grimy Garage Shelf Turns Into a Storage Showpiece
6/13/14 02:43 PM

Fantastic ideas, all of them! Thanks for sharing! I just posted this one myself this morning: A DIY rustic photo holder:) http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2014/06/rustic-picture-holder-hint-fathers-day.html

~Chelsea
chelseasgarage.blogspot.com


There's Still Time to DIY: 10 Last-Minute Father's Day Projects, Crafts, & Printables
6/13/14 12:16 PM

I absolutely love this! All the layers of pretty things, which Micah has displayed so well, make this small space so cozy and inviting! To those who have cried 'cluttered', please look at the space as a whole. She has designed it so well; it's not like walking into an episode of Hoarding Buried Alive. Not everyone is into minimalism. It's refreshing to see a home filled with sentiment and inspiration! Wonderful job, Micah!

Chelsea
chelseasgarage.blogspot.com


Micah's Stellar Studio House Tour
5/21/14 08:01 AM

Here's one more that 'blossoms' a pair of IKEA chairs into something fresh!

http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2014/05/fresh-ikea-hack-without-using-paint.html?m=1

Chelsea


DIY on a Budget: 10 Mod Podge Projects
5/20/14 10:40 AM

So cool! I just hung some art using sisal reaching my ceiling. Love the visual interest it adds to the wall! This coming week I'll be making a tutorial on how to create an ottoman from an old tire, (cleaned), and sisal rope. Fun stuff!
http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2014/05/spring-fresh-bedroom-master-bedroom.html?m=1


DIY on a Budget: 10 Projects Using Jute, Sisal & Twine
5/17/14 06:40 AM

What a fantastic round-up! Here are a few more for anyone in a DIY mood!
http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2013/07/diy-project-tutorials.html

Feel free to send pics if you try any so I can feature you! (contact info linked at the top of the page)

Happy DIYing!
Chelsea


10 DIY Projects You Can Make for Under $25
5/15/14 12:27 PM

This is a great post! I love the idea of using an odd space for maximum function, (and visual appeal)!

Here's our attempt at using a funny nook, complete with an arch cut-out in the wall only 8" from the floor. With crawling little ones I initially stuck a small cabinet in the space to keep our kids from crawling through the arch which drops 5 feet on the other side into our basement. Then we came up with a better idea: chicken wire! Now the kids sit on the vintage red tool box to pull on and off their shoes, (which are stored in a thrifted basket I painted), and their jackets and hats hang on a thrifted spoon shelf my husband helped me make.

http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2014/03/diy-yarn-art.html


Hallways, Nooks & Corners: Inspiration for Your Home's Odd Spaces
4/27/14 08:41 PM

This is a great post! I love the idea of using an odd space for maximum function, (and visual appeal)!

Here's our attempt at using a funny nook, complete with an arch cut-out in the wall only 8" from the floor. With crawling little ones I initially stuck a small cabinet in the space to keep our kids from crawling through the arch which drops 5 feet on the other side into our basement. Then we came up with a better idea: chicken wire! Now the kids sit on the vintage red tool box to pull on and off their shoes, (which are stored in a thrifted basket I painted), and their jackets and hats hang on a thrifted spoon shelf my husband helped me make.

http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2014/03/diy-yarn-art.html


Hallways, Nooks & Corners: Inspiration for Your Home's Odd Spaces
4/27/14 08:41 PM

Hi! Feel free to hop over to my blog, Chelsea's Garage and click on the home tour I have linked on the right hand side, (Tour Our Home) :)

http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2013/07/tour-our-home.html

~Chelsea


Chelsea & Matthew's Creative \"How-to\" Home House Tour
4/21/14 03:59 PM

Thank you SO much!!!


Before & After: This Busted Bed Gets Beautiful
4/1/14 04:30 PM

Hah! Too funny!

On a somber note, someone above commented that this bed was on clearance at West Elm - I just checked it out and couldn't find it. :( I'm actually considering making one now. LOVE that headboard!


Before & After: This Busted Bed Gets Beautiful
4/1/14 03:48 PM

This is so awesome. I had my three babies 17 months apart from first to last, (twins and then a surprise). I'm a big DIYer and have a successful blog on that and furniture refinishing, but it's about time someone spoke up about kids' birthday parties! I thought I was the only one out there who didn't invite a billion kids and make life-like animal cupcakes/cakes complete with eyes, ears and tails. My business is all about DIY but when it comes to my little ones and THEIR special days, it's all about them. I refuse to stay up all night or spend big bucks just for the attention to be taken away from them. I think the obsession with these kinds of 'Super Parties' has a lot to do with stay at home Mom's who need affirmation. A childs birthday may be their only chance to show off their creative skills, even at the sacrifice of their child; the true guest of honor.

Having given this some thought before, I've wondered what might be some other ways to scratch that creative itch and throw a big party for friends and family to attend - what about a big annual Memorial Day or Fourth of July cookout? Or New Years Eve bash? There are plenty of other events around the year to exercise one's creative muscles and invite a crowd. It's definitely fun to DIY and throw a big party, but parents must stop using their child's special day to show off.

Just my two cents. :) Great post, thanks for sharing!

~Chelsea
chelseasgarage.blogspot.com


Throwing The \"Perfect\" Kids Party When You're Not A Pinterest-y Parent Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/21/14 02:57 PM

We have the same rug, (and our front door is in the same spot in our living room with windows along the front wall)! Love your pieces; you already have a great mix! Here is what I would do:
1) Bring the sofa to the wall with the windows
2) Bring the two armchairs to the wall where the sofa currently is, but don't place them flush against the wall. Angle them in slightly towards each other with the dark round end table between them
3) Keep your console where it is, (love that piece and how you set it up!), but move the Barcelona chair in front of the bookshelf. Don't place it directly in front, but closer to the sofa, angled in towards the middle of the rug
4) A coffee table would REALLY tie the room together and keep everything looking cohesive!

We have really different furniture, but here is the link to a recent post I wrote on our living room: http://chelseasgarage.blogspot.com/2014/01/new-rug-new-living-room.html

Best of luck!

Chelsea
chelseasgarage.blogspot.com


How To Set Up More Clearly-Defined Areas in Living Room? Good Questions
3/13/14 10:20 AM

Oh Holly, Congratulations on this awesome feature! I have loved Wrens room for a long time, first when it was her nursery and even more now as her big girl room! I just submitted our home tour to AT and mentioned you as a great source of creative inspiration! Regardless of what happens, I so appreciate all the fun ideas you've shared!

~Chelsea
chelseasgarage.blogspot.com


Cottage Chic Meets Glam in Wren's Room Kids Room Tour
3/4/14 07:22 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments! This was one of my favorite transformations, hands down. I've never used that color before and it was definitely a gamble! But I think you need be at least a little bit fearless to refinish anything in the first place. :) And to anyone who hates seeing good wood painted over, I totally get that. It's understandable. I own pieces that I will never touch a brush to. But here's the way I see it - if you have a valuable wood piece passed down within your family and it's just collecting dust in your garage because it doesn't match the personality of your home, why not paint it and bring it back to life so it can be used and loved again?! That's how I feel at least. There are two sides to every coin.:)

Thank you Apartment Therapy for this feature!


Before & After: Chelsea's Buffet Transformation
2/22/14 04:14 PM